Fort Collins was already a targeted high school. The football team won the Class 5A Front Range League championship last season and so players decided the design for practice shirts would include the not-so-subtle acknowledgment of their dominance. Now, the Lambkins’ girls cross country team went and got itself ranked No. 1 in the CHSAANow.com preseason poll for 5A cross country. There are more than a few eyes on the Lambkins this fall sports season.
Seeing double: Fort Collins High School’s A.J. Ott has won his first two appearances this season for the Lambkins’ boys golf team. Ott, who finished sixth at the Class 5A State Championships as a freshman last season, is picking up right where he left off, giving Fort Collins a guaranteed boost and looking like a strong candidate to achieve his own goal of a state title.
They’ll take it: On Thursday, Windsor and Resurrection Christian made short work of the opposition at their respective boys golf league matches. Windsor took it to Tri-Valley foes by eight strokes at the Mad Russian while Resurrection Christian won its league match at Applewood by a whopping 36 strokes. A win is a win, sure. But that kind of domination has got to feel good early in the season.
AA Ace?: Autumn Anderson may or may not have a middle name, and that middle name may or may not be Ace. After starting a freshman in its first game, Fort Collins rode sophomore Anderson to a 1-0 pitchers’ duel win against Westminster on Thursday. Anderson had 14 strikeouts and allowed just two hits.
Looking good Lambkins: The Fort Collins High School boys tennis team qualified players at every position for the 5A State Championships last season. To start the 2013 season, the Lambkins are business as usual, having shot to a 2-1 record, including dominant wins against Mountain Range and Windsor. The loss, which was shortened due to weather, was to perennial power Fairview.
Big ol’ tournament: Triple Crown Sports, in conjunction with Fort Collins High School’s softball team, will host a 13-team tournament Friday and Saturday at venues across Fort Collins. The tournament, in its eighth year, brings in teams from across Colorado and one team from Duncan, Okla.
Kicking off: Fossil Ridge High School’s football team has the honor of kicking off the football season for Fort Collins area schools. The SaberCats host Westminster at 6 p.m. Thursday at French Field. Fossil Ridge went 3-7 last season, including a season-opening 28-24 loss to Westminster.
After further review: The Fossil Ridge boys tennis team thought it took second at the Grand Junction tournament thanks to a dual loss to Grand Junction. After tallying total match records, though, organizers told SaberCats’ coach Judy Schultz the team finished tied for first and actually collected more points toward regional seeding than Grand Junction.