Jeffco honors top athletes


ARVADA —The sports season is over and the awards are getting handed out.

Leading the way as 5A Jeffco’s Male Athlete of the Year is Ralston Valley’s Spencer Svejcar. Standley Lake’s multi-sport athlete Zoie Hoben was awarded 5A Female Athlete of the Year.

“I loved every minute of my time at Ralston Valley. I may have had a really good athletic career here (at Ralston Valley) but it’s only because I had great coaches and teammates,” Svejcar said.

Besides excelling on the basketball court Svejcar was also perhaps the best defensive football player in the state helping the Mustangs go to the state championship game with his play as a safety.

Hoben finished her career as one of the best female athletes to ever play at Standley Lake excelling in gymnastics, diving and track & field.

Luke Stratman was awarded 4A Male Athlete of the Year after his remarkable career at D’Evelyn. Evergreen’s Lexie Malazdrewicz was named 4A Female Athlete of the Year.

“It’s an honor,” Stratman said. “I really just tried to give it my all every time I stepped on the field or on the court. I will miss D’Evelyn.”

Stratman, who led the state in scoring with 27.5 points per game as a basketball player, will play baseball next season at Washington.

Ralston Valley’s Jeff Gomer was awarded the 5A Female Coach of the Year after leading the Lady Mustang’s basketball team to the Great 8. And Chatfield’s Steve Schimpeler was named 5A Male Coach of the Year.

Conifer’s Larry Fitzmaurice was named 4A Male Coach of the Year, and Evergreen’s Jenifer Mintle was dubbed 4A Female Coach of the Year.

A pair of Columbine assistant coaches were both named 5A Assistant Coaches of the Year in Dirk Visser (Female) and Derek Holliday (Male).

Green Mountain’s Fred Johnson was named 4A Male Team Assistant Coach of the Year. And Evergreen’s Greg Cooper was tabbed as 4A Female Team Assistant Coach of the Year.

Columbine and Alameda were both awarded with the 5A and 4A Paul Davis Award.

The award symbolizes athletics is an integral part of the overall educational program. It is given to honor schools displaying the qualities of honesty, fair play, cooperation, competitive spirit and respect for the rules throughout their athletic program.

In addition, Ralston Valley and D’Evelyn both won the 5A and 4A Fred Steinmark Award., named for the iconic Freddie Steinmark, a 1964-67 three-sport scholar-athlete at Wheat Ridge High School.

The award symbolizes athletic excellence in all sports and is given annually to the Jefferson County League high school with the best overall league record in male and female varsity sports.


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