Teeing off with team-by-team girls 🏌️‍♀️ previews, plus Weld County All-Star 🏀 coverage

We're pulling double duty today, preparing you for the springtime girls golf season, while also fully
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Teeing off with team-by-team girls 🏌️‍♀️ previews, plus Weld County All-Star 🏀 coverage
By The Playbook • Issue #73 • View online
We’re pulling double duty today, preparing you for the springtime girls golf season, while also fully wrapping up the winter hoops season.
University Middle School was the home of some Weld County All-Star basketball action this past Tuesday. And, some Patriot League golfers hope to become all-stars on the links this spring.

Stock art (Courtesy of shutterstock)
Stock art (Courtesy of shutterstock)
The Lead
Around the Patriot League — Girls Golf Preview Edition
Brush Beetdiggers
  • COACH: Shawn Stutzman, second season
  • 2018 RECAP: Brush placed 11th at the 3A Region 3 Championships. The Beetdiggers’ highest placer was Ximena Pena, who placed 20th, shooting a 29-over-par 101. Pena placed 69th (110-105-215, plus-73).
  • FIRST ROUND: Brush Invitational, 10 a.m. March 25, at The Course at Petteys Park in Brush.
  • ATHLETE TO WATCH: Pena will look to build off her strong sophomore campaign and state tournament appearance from a year ago.
Estes Park Bobcats
  • 2018 RECAP: The Bobcats had just one golfer at regionals and state. Megan Miller placed seventh (83-80-163, plus-21). She also placed fourth at the Region 3 meet (plus-7 79). She earned all-state first-team honors for her stellar season.
  • FIRST ROUND: Chilly Chili Invitational, 8 a.m. Saturday, at Eagle Trace Golf Course in Broomfield.
  • ATHLETE TO WATCH: Miller is back for her senior year and should have her sights set on a top 3 finish at state after her stellar junior campaign a year ago.
Resurrection Christian Cougars
  • COACH: Eric Hinz, third season
  • 2018 RECAP: The Cougars qualified one girl, Elisabeth Perl, for the 3A state tournament. Perl finished 12th, shooting 29 over par during the two rounds.
  • FIRST ROUND: Monday in a Tri-Valley League Match at Colorado National Golf Club.
  • ATHLETE TO WATCH: Perl, a senior, is no doubt one of the best golfers in the Patriot League. She finished 12th at the state tournament a year ago, second in the league only to Estes Park’s Megan Miller.
Strasburg Indians
  • COACH: Eric Gilbert, seventh season
  • 2018 RECAP: The Indians had two girls qualify for the state tournament, Veronica Davis and Kateri Potter. Davis shot 57 over par, tied for 44th. Potter shot 75 over par, tied for 71st. The Indians finished 35 out of 41 teams in the tournament.
  • FIRST ROUND: Strasburg’s first round was suppose to be Thursday in a Metro League tournament at Foothills Golf Course. However, due to the storm the round was cancelled. Its next anticipated round is April 5 in the John Birleffi Invitational at Boomerang Links in Greeley.
  • ATHLETE TO WATCH: Junior Jolee Roberts is the only returning golfer to the varsity team from this past spring. She averaged a score of 100 per round.
Weld County All-Star Games
By Quinn Ritzdorf, qritzdorf@patriotplaybook.com
The Patriot League had 13 players between the boys and girls participate in the Weld County All-Star Basketball game Tuesday night at University Middle School.
Of those 13, Eaton had the most participants with three girls — Bailie Duncan, Sydney Booth and Michaela Hill — and two boys — Cody Kessel and Harrison Zeller.
The Patriot League had a great showing in the girls 3-point contest with both Duncan and Booth of Eaton making the three-person final. As for the boys All-Star game, Bryson Becker led all scorers with 27 points and also grabbed the most rebounds with 15.
But who would have thought that the smallest school represented at the girls all-star game would have the biggest showing?
Representatives from Highland, the only Class 2A school in the game, were the difference makers.
The Huskies senior Laramie Woods scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds, securing the Most Valuable Player award. Her teammate, Lauren Frink, recorded seven points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
As for the “away” team, Naomi Hidalgo of Greeley Central tied Woods for the most points in the game with 13. However, it wasn’t enough, as her team lost 55-53.
“It was definitely an experience,” Eaton’s Duncan said. “It was cool to actually talk to (other programs’ players) and play with them on the same team.” 
The game featured 45 seniors from 18 high schools throughout northern Colorado. Players are nominated, and teams are compiled, by area coaches.
During halftime girls 3-point contest, the final round consisted of Duncan, Booth and Hattie Sheets (Greeley Central). Duncan started the round with a couple made shots.
Then, Booth took her turn making six shots from behind the arc. With the Reds, she didn’t take a 3-point attempt all season. She would have won the contest if not for Sheets making her seventh 3-pointer just as the buzzer sounded.
“It was cool to be out there and show what I can do that I didn’t even know I could do,” Booth said. “I practice them in practice but that’s never where I am in a game.”
This game was unlike most all-star games — the girls actually played defense. There was hustle, typically unseen at events like this, from girls diving on the floor for loose balls to charges taken.
The "home" team of the girls Weld County All-Star Game. (Photo by Quinn Ritzdorf)
The "home" team of the girls Weld County All-Star Game. (Photo by Quinn Ritzdorf)
However, that all changed when the boys took the court. As expected, the boys all-star game consisted of Steph Curry-range shooting and attempted dunks that only LeBron could pull off.
Jackson Hayslip from Greeley Central took home the Most Valuable Player award for his 22-point, 11-rebound performance. He led his team to a 113-103 win.
Hayslip also made the final round of the halftime 3-point contest, which also featured Alonzo Guzman of Union Colony. The contest went into two overtimes before a winner could be decided. Guzman won the last round four shots to three.
The crowd didn’t come for the points, though. They came to see some highlights, and the boys delivered.
There were a couple 3-pointers made from the mid-court logo, but the dunks stole the show. Becker and Northridge’s Joe Lombardelli both had some impressive dunks, but the highlight of the night came from Prairie’s Jade Cass, who drove baseline and threw it down with a reverse dunk.
“It’s cool because some of these teams we have never even seen before and we don’t know some of these players,” Becker said. “We get to come out and play and have fun when it’s not that big of a deal.”
Check out the video below for highlights from the game.
Weld County All-Star Game Highlights
Weld County All-Star Game Highlights
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Future of the Patriot League
Platte Valley’s Jose Lopez is off to a blazing start to his sophomore baseball season. In the first game of the season on Friday, Lopez went 3 for 3 with six RBI, a double and two home runs.
Last year as a freshman, he hit .231 with six RBI. He didn’t have a home run the entire year and in one game, he already has two this season. If he continues this start, watch out for Lopez the next three seasons.
Coming up in Saturday's edition of The Playbook
We’ll break down the brand new track and field season, team by team. Plus, we’ll take a special look at Brush’s standout wrestler, Wyatt Pfau.
Thanks for reading. See you Saturday!
Bobby Fernandez, The Playbook Publisher
Quinn Ritzdorf, The Playbook Reporter
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