6 Colorado highschool soccer gamers who make excellence on and off the sphere – The Denver Put up

Fountain-Fort Carson running back Q Jones is the 2020 Denver Post Gold Helmet Award winner, beating six other worthy senior finalists. Here’s a look at each of them:


Rachel Ellis, The Denver Post

Cherry Creek Senior Chase Penry intercepts a pass at the 20 yard line during the 5A State Football Championships against Valor Christian at Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl in Pueblo on Saturday, December 5, 2020.

school: Kirschbach

On the field: Rated a three-star wide-receiver by 247Sports.com, Penry is on the way to CU after ranked 12th in state history with 167 receptions – even during a shortened senior season. The 6-foot-2 wideout began in its junior and senior years with consecutive 5A state championship teams as well as the 2018 Bruins roster, which reached the state title game in its sophomore year. Penry finished with 2,193 yards and 26 touchdowns, including a senior year in which he caught 53 passes for 760 yards and nine TDs in nine games.

Off the field: Penry is an all-state academic award winner in football and basketball. His athletic ability and cumulative GPA of 3.7 received offers from several Ivy League schools. In addition to taking a challenging course load at Creek, Penry volunteered at local homeless shelters and for a food bank that bought meals from restaurants struggling with COVID closings and delivered them to churches and families in need. In addition, Penry worked at Creek’s youth football camps and coached several students after the pandemic broke out last spring. He continued this training work with a handful of DPS students when their season was postponed to spring.

Jack Pospisil

Senior quarterback Jack Pospisil takes a ...

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Senior quarterback Jack Pospisil takes a water break during the first round of the Class 5A playoffs between Eaglecrest and Pomona at Valor Stadium at Highlands Ranch on Friday, November 20, 2020.

school: Pomona

On the field: Pospisil, an all-state wide receiver in his junior year (53 receptions, 818 yards, 12 TDs), moved to quarterback as a senior. He never missed a beat and scored a total of 1,097 yards (705 rushing, 392 passes) with 15 touchdowns (11 rushing, three passes, and one return) as an all-state pick for the 5A State semi-finalists. The three-year college starter in both soccer and baseball will head to Central Missouri next fall, where he will play soccer with athletic and academic scholarships.

Off the field: In the classroom, Pospisil finished with a 3.95 GPA while giving the community time and “never missed a workout” with the Panthers soccer and baseball programs, according to soccer coach Jay Madden. Pospisil volunteered for Pomonas Youth Speed ​​and Agility Camp and the Arvada Food Bank. He also worked with Moore Special Education students during school.

Zack Rakowsky

Loveland senior Zack Rakowsky (5) makes ...

Rachel Ellis, The Denver Post

Loveland Senior Zack Rakowsky (5) breaks a breakaway for the end zone during the 4A State Football Championships against Palmer Ridge at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl in Pueblo, CO on Friday, December 4, 2020.

school: Loveland

On the field: Rakowsky, a three-year-old college letterman in football, ran for 2,700 yards and 41 touchdowns during his preparatory career, which included a pair of 4A state championships. The CSU Pueblo engagement had 1,000 yard rushing seasons in its last two years in a row, despite spending a lot of time with the quarterback (73 of 139, 1,035 yards, 10 TDs). His 1,393 rushing yards and 19 TDs last fall resulted in a state title run that resulted in his being named 4A State Player of the Year. He also started two seasons for the basketball team, averaging 14.1 points, 2.5 assists and 2.7 steals per game as a senior.

Off the field: Rakowsky, one of two athletes recognized by the National Football Foundation of Colorado, came 66th out of 417 students in his class with a GPA of 3,865. Outside of school, he volunteered at the Loveland Rotary Club, raised scholarship funds for the Loveland Parks and Rec Department, and devoted himself to Relay 4 Life, the Larimer County Food Bank, and the Boys & Girls Club.

Avery Shunneson

Avery Shunneson of Thomas Jefferson High School ...

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Avery Shunneson (14) of Thomas Jefferson High School charges with the ball in the first half of the game against Denver North on Friday, April 23, 2021 at All-City Stadium.

school: Thomas Jefferson

On the field: More than a few college football programs kept an eye on the 6-oof-1,225-pound two-way star. And for good reason: In his four-year college career, Shunneson collected 291 tackles (24.5 TFL), 9.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries and a total of 918 rushing yards (11 TDs). That included a 4A Spring State Championship season in which he completed 652 yards, 60 tackles (3.5 for loss), a sack, and a fumble recovery. Still, Shunneson is tied to Princeton, where he will compete as a pitcher for the athletics program.

Off the field: Shunneson’s academics were near impeccable with an unweighted GPA of 3.95 (4.78 weighted), which put him eighth in a class of 284. He also served as a volunteer umpire for YMCA football and basketball, helped build a sports field at a community center, and participated in Tech for Seniors, which provides seniors with phones, computers, and other technology. Shunneson is also fluent in Spanish and has worked as an interpreter for the fishing outfitter “Zihuatanejo”. And when the TJ athletics team needed a throwing coach, guess who intervened? Mr. Shunneson.

Kory Tacha

Limon Senior Kory Tacha (10) powers ...

Rachel Ellis, The Denver Post

Limon Senior Kory Tacha (10) drives former defenders into the middle of the field during the 1A national soccer championships against Strasbourg at Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl in Pueblo on Saturday 5th December 2020.

school: Lime

On the field: A driving force in the top three-peat state title of the Badgers, Tacha almost never left the field as one of the team’s leading rushers, tacklers, punters and kick-returner. On the offensive, he collected a total of 4,445 yards (3,434 rushing) and 67 touchdowns (56 rushing) as a rushing-and-receiving threat. In defense, he scored 207 tackles (18.0 for loss), five interceptions, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. And with special teams he gave two kickoffs for touchdowns, a punt for a TD and even blocked a punt. If you add it all up, you get a three-time selection for all states and a two-time 1A player of the year to compete for the CSU in the fall.

Off the field: Tacha has been a member of the National Honors Society for three years and took second place in his senior year with a GPA of 3.95. He was a member of the Limon Student Council for four years, serving as vice president, secretary, and historian, played the trombone in the school band, and has performed in his church band for the past six years. Tacha also served on the IMPACT youth group for seven years, made annual mission trips to a Navajo reservation in Arizona, and served on an advisory board for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for four years.

Jordan Woolverton

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Durango quarterback Jordan Woolverton of Durango High School celebrates Palisade High School sales during the CHSAA Class 3A State Playoffs in Durango on Saturday.

school: Durango

On the field: Woolverton, a four-year starting quarterback for the Demons, accumulated 5,535 career passing yards (387-of-551, 59 TDs, 9 INTs), 7,223 total yards, and 89 total TDs (passing, rushing, receive, defense) Preparatory career decorated during a high. The CU preferred walk-on played four of seven games in his senior year with a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder, but still threw 1,010 yards and 12 TDs to lead Durango to the 3A fall state title. He also caught seven interceptions as free defense security and averaged 40.3 yards per punt as the 3A State Player of the Year.

Off the field: Woolverton graduated a semester early with a GPA of 3.9 so he could attend the Buffs’ spring soccer training sessions. Previously, he worked on Durango’s unified basketball team, was a volunteer coach at Durango’s youth speed and conditioning camps for three years, and coached budding newbies who joined the football program. Woolverton also performed at local elementary schools and performed for certain children upon request, including a memorable case when he granted an autistic child’s wish to meet and play soccer – a visit originally scheduled for 30 minutes and lasted for hours.

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