Category Archives: Spring Sports

Boys swimming dives into new season

By Mikayla Roberts

As spring draws near, spring sports begin, and the boys’ co-op swim team is getting ready for a powerful season. The team is made up of a collection of five different high schools: Legend, Chaparral, Ponderosa, Lutheran, and Elizabeth, led by head coach Warren Ross and assistant coach Sheli Hemming. The team is co-op because each school doesn’t have enough members to support a full team. So with the combination of swimmers from each school, a co-op team was created.

With a new season and new swimmers, motivation and goals begin to increase.

“I’m excited. We have a great team right now and I plan to get to state this season,” said Legend senior Jackson Davis, one of the swim team captains. Jackson is returning this year after swimming for four years, starting as a freshman.

So far 36 swimmers are on the team, five of which are from Legend: Jackson Davis, Zach Blackburn, Mason Deal, Aaron Tanarasoo, and Rodrigo Gallardo. The managers of the team are Kellie Davis and Chelsea Linton. The entire team has been practicing very hard in preparation for its first meet on Friday, March 7. The match will be a home meet at the Parker Recreation Center versus Highlands Ranch Co-op.

Girls’ Tennis gears up

By Andy Sidel

Girl's Tennis, Practice: Day 1. Photo by Andy Sidel
Girl’s Tennis, Practice: Day 1. Photo by Andy Sidel
Girl's Tennis, Practice: Day 1. Photo by Andy Sidel
Girl’s Tennis, Practice: Day 1. Photo by Andy Sidel
Girl's Tennis, Practice: Day 1. Photo by Andy Sidel
Girl’s Tennis, Practice: Day 1. Photo by Andy Sidel

Yesterday, Feb. 24, the Legend Girl’s Tennis Program began their season. Head boys’ tennis coach Craig Marshall is also the head girl’s coach. This year, in place of J.B. Miller (the previous JV coach), social studies teacher Tim Coit will be running the JV side of the team. With 52 girls trying out this season, some adjustments had to be made. According to Brittany Been, a junior, there are nine returning varsity players and roughly 16 or 17 overall returning players.

“There are so many players this year that Coach Marshall had to make some adjustments. There is a JV-1 team, a JV-2 team, and a JV-3 team. The JV-1 team will have the top 12 JV players. The JV-2 team will have the next best 12 players, and the JV-3 team will have the rest of the players,” Been said.

As with any Spring sport, the cold weather has a large impact. Today, the team had to practice inside due to the fact that it was windy, cold, and below freezing. Last season, the girl’s tennis team spent the entire first week of practice shoveling snow off of the courts. Each day, it snowed just enough to cause a need for a different type of exercise than playing tennis.

“Playing in the Spring can get very cold. But it’s worth it toward the end of the season when it warms up a little bit. I really like playing with all of my friends and its a great chance to meet people I wouldn’t normally have a chance to interact with,” junior Mary-Mac Carlin said.

The Titan Girl’s first match is on March 13 at 3:30 p.m. against Douglas County High School. The Varsity team will play at Railbender Park on Twenty Mile Road and the JV teams will play at Legend.

As the team gears up for the first match, they will be playing challenge matches, doing shadow drills, and helping one another to be the best.

“There is no true distinction between varsity and JV. Everyone cares about everyone and we get to collaborate and just have fun. That’s all it’s about,” Been said

Better Than Before: Titan’s Tennis Prepares for a Successful Season

By Jenna Schuster

Although Legend’s girl’s tennis team has only been around for five years, they have slowly worked their way up to become a formidable opponent in Douglas County. With a new coach and a strong varsity lineup, this team is gearing up to become unstoppable.

Coach Craig Marshall went from an assistant coach to the head coach of the team in a single summer. Team manager junior Mitch Swim stated that “Coach Marshall is one of the most positive guys I’ve ever met, and his strategy for the season is going to have a good outcome.”

Coach Ben Wolf is also a new addition to the program. Junior Karlie DeBerard believes that “he has a completely different coaching style that’s helping the team.”

DeBerard is optimistic about the upcoming season. “I think we’re going to do a lot better than last season because we’re working together as a team and we’ve already improved so much,” she said.

Despite losing their tennis veterans to the graduating class of 2013, the team is ready to face a new season with vigor. “We have a lot of JV players from last year who are going to step up and be on Varsity this season,” said Swim.

The girls are really good at “holding each other accountable,” said DeBerard of the team’s strengths. They hope to get to state and have a winning record this season.

These Legend Titans are ready to play. They’ve come to the court to win this season. They’re “stronger, better, and faster,” than ever before said DeBerard.

Boys’ Lacrosse Growth and Changes

By Bethany Eveleth

Boys’ lacrosse is is among the spring sports just starting their seasons–and the lacrosse team is going to look a bit different this year.

“We are carrying our first full class of seniors, we have 12 graduating players this year,” varsity coach, Christopher Magrin said. “This changes everything, it changes our competitive ability, our practice leadership, and the overall tone of the program.”

In the Douglas County League there are 11 eleven boys’ lacrosse teams that compete for two playoff spots, which is extremely difficult according to Magrin, who’s varsity team’s goal is to make it to playoffs this year.

“There will be a bit of a learning process adapting to our new skill level,” Magrin said. “But we are suited to perform well if we can find our rhythm.”

The program has grown immensely since it’s start three years ago. The lacrosse program now includes over 60 boys, when three years ago there were just 16 players.

Their season started on March 7, in a game against Boulder High School, which ended in a loss. The team’s second game on March 9 against Eaglecrest was cancelled due to poor weather conditions. Their next game is on March 13, at Sports Authority Stadium at seven o’clock.

“This is one of the most talented group of lacrosse players that I have coached in my 10 years of standing on the sideline,” Magrin said.