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Updated: March 26, 2009, 3:02 PM ET
ESPN RISE Magazine

Girls' Track - Thompson Valley


The success of last year's Eagles team was no surprise to coach Matt Norton. "We thought we had a team to compete for a state championship," he says. He was absolutely right, as Thompson Valley edged Mullen by 14 points to claim the Class 4A state crown. The Eagles enter this season as the team to beat again since the majority of last year's top performers and point scorers return to help the team repeat. Senior sisters Liz and Laura Tremblay are two of the team's biggest contributors. Liz finished fourth in the 200 and third in the 400 last year and may also run the 800 this season. "She had an awesome cross country season," Norton says. "She's a versatile and dangerous athlete. We've changed her workouts a little to give her more track strength." Laura won both the 800 and the 1,600 last year and is the favorite to repeat in both events. "She's as strong as an ox right now," Norton says. "She's got big goals for the 800, the mile and the two-mile, and she's on target to hit them."Senior Brooke Regan can compete in events from the 200 through the distance events and will join senior Sierra Method in relays. Senior high jumper Justine Boddy finished third at state last year despite injuries, and she hopes to be healthy enough to compete in the pole vault and triple jump as well. "She's going to be really dangerous in all three events," Norton says.

Boys' Track - Longmont


Every track team struggles to replace the points lost by its departed seniors, but Longmont's crowd of up-and-coming stars should be well-equipped for the task. Senior Daniel Barry, who was fourth in the 400 and sixth in the 100 at last year's 4A state meet, should challenge for both individual titles this season. So will Junior Aaron Praska, who was seventh in both the 110 and 300 hurdle events. Junior Tevan McIntire's long jump, triple jump and high jump potential is promising.

Girls' Lacrosse - Heritage/Littleton


It took a monumental effort for the Gryphons to beat a highly touted Air Academy team in last year's state semifinal, but the hard-fought 13-12 win is a sign that Heritage/Littleton can compete with anyone. Attacker Liz Datino, who was second on the team in goals scored last year with 65, returns as a senior this season. Star sophomore attacker Anna Salemo added 42 for the Gryphons and could be more productive this year. Sophomore Maddie Hosack, a midfielder, adds depth for the state finalists.

Boys' Lacrosse - Cherry Creek


The Bruins came up just short of the state championship game last year, falling to Fort Collins, 7-6, in the semifinal. This year, the team looks suited for a run at the state title. Several of the team's All-State participants return, including All- Colorado senior attacker Michael Beimford, an Ohio State recruit. All-Colorado honorable mention R.C. Willenbrock, a senior midfielder, will also be a pivotal contributor.

BREAK OUT TEAMS

BASEBALL  BAYFIELD Senior designated hitter Jeff Huffmyer cracked seven home runs for the Wolverines last year. GIRLS' SOCCER  AIR ACADEMY All-State senior Shelby Williamson, a Kansas recruit, was last year's team defensive MVP. BOYS' SWIMMING  CONIFER Senior Christian Treat hopes for a Class 4A state title in the 200 freestyle. GIRLS' GOLF  GLENWOOD SPRINGS The Demons are led by All-Colorado honorable mention senior Michelle Stripp.