Fort Collins, Rocky Mountain and Fossil Ridge all logged playoff appearances and double-digit wins last year, and Fort Collins made a trip to the Class 5A state semifinals after securing a Front Range League Championship.
Katy Couperus had eight goals and four assists for the Lambkins last season en route to a first-team all-conference selection and a second-team CHSAA all-state selection. Fellow team captain Madi Ott, another all-conference selection, and Kasey Dietrich join her.
Rocky Mountain returns 11 players from last season, and the Lobos have hopes for a deeper trip into the playoffs.
With a new coach in Shannon Clarke, Fossil Ridge players look to buy in to a strictly team-first mentality. To Clarke, the team always comes first, so much so that he does not report individual stats after games. A host of seniors make up the team this season.
Poudre returns some senior leadership and also looks to incorporate some young talent this season.
Expectations aren’t any less in the smaller classes. Windsor won the Class 4A Tri-Valley Conference last year and both coach Cristi Thomas and her players have said not only do they want to win the conference again, they want to do so in undefeated fashion. In Class 3A, Resurrection Christian is coming off a Sweet 16 appearance and looking to build off that success. Meanwhile Liberty Common is in its first year as an official CHSAA member and hopes to win the Mile High League after returning all starters from last year’s team.