In a very good throws league, Henry Carlson ranks among the best.
The Northern and Tri-Valley Leagues are both 4A leagues that cover roughly the same chunk of northern Colorado real estate. Back when the Tri-Valley was formed, it was clearly the junior league, both in terms of longevity and--more importantly--in terms of talent. The gap between the two leagues gets a little smaller each year. At some point, if not yesterday, it will make sense to reconfigure these two leagues along geographic lines so that there no longer exists a substantial overlap between the two.
League Member Teams: Berthoud, Erie, Frederick, Holy Family, Mead, Roosevelt, Skyline, Windsor
Last Year's League Results: Largely on the strength of numbers, Roosevelt dominated last year's league meet. Windsor came in second about 40 points back, with Mead in third. At State, however, it was Windsor that took top league billing, finishing 14th with 24 points. The only other league member schools managing to reach double digits were Roosevelt and Skyline. Among 3A league member schools, both Berthoud and Holy Family were buried fairly deep in the 3A State results.
Key Losses to Graduation:
Berthoud: Josh Doyle, Cooper Skoric
Erie: Quintin Hyrup
Frederick: Damian Madrid
Holy Family: Joseph Fountaine, Michael Zeman, Nick Sloan
Mead: Will Compton
Roosevelt: Brayden Davis, Cameron Hurtado, Caleb Kimball
Skyline: Braden Kram
Windsor: Luke Desmond, Cale Englert, Jason Ayres
Key Returning Athletes:
Berthoud: Jake Rafferty, Kade Leonard, Tyler Markell, Ryan Schmad, Wyatt Woodrick, Brock Voth, Peter Scheller, Dawson Visger
Erie: Jamison Cartwright, Noah Roper, Adam Huonder, Hogan Warlock, Ethyn Tyson, Bryce Meier
Frederick: Sean Holbrook, Jacob Cole
Holy Family: Mitchell Guyot, Braden Bartlett, Kyle McCabe, Rasce Engelhardt, Brandon Biehler
Mead: Justin McDaniel, Jaxon Bennett, Dominic Esters, Hunter Payne, Hayden Debuse, Isaac Dukes, Ryan Lavanchy, Zackery Collins, Austin Majerus, Bryson Tillema, Jack Weis
Roosevelt: James Heater, Mikey DeRock, Cody Logan, Ethan West, Isaac Orozco, Joseph Meek, Angelo Hurtado, Robert Pagano, Trent Beall, Jorge Pargas
Skyline: Henry Carlson, Jack Wathen, Jarod Svensson, Kyle West, Moses Rivera
Windsor: Jaedyn Traut, Robert Colin, Preston Terwilliger, Ethan Ball, Ryan Schumacher, Brett Freitag, Jalen Butkus, Hayden Reynolds, Dallin Myatt
This spring, Mead looks very good in distance. Skyline and Windsor look very good in sprints, with Berthoud not far behind. Skyline and Roosevelt look very good in throws, with Mead not far behind. In short, it should be a very exciting and competitive spring for the Tri-Valley.
As of this writing, Roosevelt counts as your favorite to repeat. They won by a solid margin last spring and--like most of the rest of the league--their losses to graduation really aren't all that oppressive. The Riders should be back wearing targets on the backs of their singlets.
Mead and Windsor, though, should provide the main competition--as they did last year. Only Mead seems to be the team with upward trajectory working in their favor. The Mavericks could prove to be the surprise team of the Tri-Valley this spring.