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Why Summer Training & Camps?
The coaching staff at BHS has refined the summer program over the past 9 summers to maintain a high standard of excellence as one of the top soccer program in high school soccer. As a result, no other 5A (big school) high school boys soccer program in Colorado has experienced the success that Boulder High over the past 6 seasons: Boulder High has won 1 State Championship, 1 State Runner Up, 3 State Semi-Final Appearance, 5 State Quarter-Final Appearances, 3 League Championship Titles and 3 League Runner-Ups. Boulder has qualified for the Colorado 5A state play-offs a school record 9 years in a row! Additionally, BHS boys soccer student-athletes have been named Colorado 5A player of the year 2 years in a row, 1 Colorado Player of the Year (All Classifications), 1 All-American, 1 Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year and over a dozen All-State selections and 42 All-League selections.
We believe a key reason for our program’s success is the level of commitment and high standard of training during the summer months. A testament to the summer program is the high number of BHS alumni, playing at the college level, who return to the program to mentor the current underclassmen and to participate in the summer training.
The foundation of BHS soccer success is our summer training and pre-season camps programs and is essential to our continued tradition of success. The primary focus of the summer training program is improving individual skills, fitness and, most importantly, building chemistry amongst the student-athletes.
At each summer session we typically have 60-70 student-athletes, pre-season camp has as many as 90 students and last year we had over 100 students tryout for the program with about 68 making a team in the program.
The Summer Training & Pre-Season has 4 components:
1) Summer Training (Free for BHS students)
2) Varsity Prep Team Camp (returning varsity and invitation only)
3) Pre-Season Camp (8th-12 Graders Welcome)
1) Summer Training: July 6 – August 6, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursday 6:00PM-7:30PM
• At Boulder High’s Recht Stadium (During the Boulder IronMan Event we move training to Casey Middle School)
2) 8th Annual Varsity Prep Team Camp (Hosted by University of Denver): Friday-Sunday July 24-26, 2015, at Aurora Sports Park in Denver, Afternoon Friday session, All-Day Saturday and Sunday.
• This camp is for returning varsity players and by invitation of Coach Hardy Kalisher. Priority is given to juniors and sophomore who played JV during the 2014 season. Registration Packets emailed to individuals as available from DU.
3) 2015 Boulder Soccer PreSeason Camp: August 10 – 14 (Monday through Friday), 6pm-7:30pm, at Boulder High School (meet in the stadium)
Open to 8th – 12th Graders
4) 2015 Tryouts: August 17-20, 2015, 6:00PM-8:00PM, At Recht Stadium at Boulder High School
Plan on attending all tryout sessions
Boulder High Boys Soccer 2013 Varsity Team 5A State Semi-Finalist (only 3rd time in 33 years Boulder has reached the semi-finals, 3rd time in past 4 years), Front Range League Runner-Up with a 9-1 record and the league 4th time in 33 years the Panthers finished in the top 2 of league play. The overall record: Varsity 15-4, Junior Varsity 14-0-1 (for the second undefeated season in our programs history) and Freshman/Sophomore recorded it’s best season ever with a perfect 14-0 record! Combined total of 43-4-1!
Boulder Varsity lead Colorado 5A in offense with 70 goals in 19 games and three players, Mason Douillard (17g 13 a), Javier Castruita (12g 9a), Matteo Wilczak (12g 5 a) breaking double digits in goals. These three are only 3 of 5 Panthers since the early 1990’s to score 10 or more goals in a single season. Sophomore Jack Dooley was also close to double digit goals (9g 5a) but was sidelined for 4 goals with an injury just before the playoff run.
The Panthers boasted one of the best defenses in the US with 971 consecutive minutes without a goal (Top ten shutout streak in the US), 11 straight shutouts, a program record 13 total shut outs and only 1 goal against in league play and just 2 goals against in their last 15 games. The defense was anchored by Boulder’s all-time leading goalkeeper in minutes players, lowest goals against average in a season (.51), most shutouts, most wins, Henry Huettel. A defensive unit of Kevin Van Lieshout, Ryan Bower, Spencer Rafii, Mitchell Davis and Quinn Liebmann were terrific all season on the defensive side of the ball.
With effort and selfless love for your team you can create magic. Make no mistake, these young men put years and years into developing their skill and conditioning but it takes more than skill to play that well in the big games and under the big pressure. As a young man myself, I was fortunate to be on some championship soccer teams (SHP ’89, USD ’92), but as a coach, these boys reminded me and clarified for me that it is not how well you pass the ball, shoot or dribble or how many sprints you do in the off-season because every competitive team and player must focus on doing those things just to be in the conversation. The secret is both those things AND how much you are willing to give of yourself so that teammates can flourish. It’s not about you and your goals it’s about leaving no doubt that you gave your best to your teammates, then, redefine your best again, so that your teammate can be experience success. If you do that, win or lose the game, you and your team are true champions. Boulder’s first Boys Soccer Colorado 5A State title in 32 years of soccer is a tribute to the spirit of what it means to be a part of a community — a team. Now each of these young men knows what it also takes to be a leader in life. Yes, I do believe that sport exposes character and one special season and one special game can change lives. Boulder High came so far this season after a 2-5 start and the toughest out of conference schedule in the state. Then they won the most competitive 5A conference in Colorado and 12 of their last 13 games. It’s not just that they won, it is how the played the game — before, during and after each match. Tonight, in the State Championship, they played the beautiful game. At times tonight, I wish I wasn’t the coach, so I could just sit back and watch the dance they put on display. “The dancer may not be the ultimate athlete, but the ultimate athlete is a dancer.” Tonight they danced — for each other, their school, families, the soccer community and Boulder, Colorado on the biggest stage, on the best field, in the biggest soccer stadium in Colorado. They did it this season and tonight when nobody expected them to do so. Every season I repeat this quote I first heard in college to my players, “All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.” As these young men move forward, they have all learned that the “difficult” part wasn’t the sweat of training or games, is was being vulnerable enough to love their teammates like brothers, which, when they let it happen, really was not that difficult at all. And in return, they all became more than they could ever have expected. La Familia, I’m Proud of You!
Boulder High Boys Soccer Friends and Family,
What a terrific game on Wednesday! #6 Boulder defeated #10 Fairview 1-0 in overtime at the Colorado 5A State Semi-Finals, earning Boulder’s first trip ever to the Colorado State Championship game. These young men played with poise, class and character and won with grace and respect for their opponent.
Thank you for supporting Boulder at the game. The Boulder High supporter are the envy of the Colorado high school soccer. Go Uber Fans! Your support helped give this team that extra boost! Now we ask for one more push from our supporters as we head into the 5A State Championship game.
The State Champion game is Saturday, November 10 versus #4 Smoky Hill inside the Colorado Rapids’ stadium at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Kick off is at 4:00PM.
After starting the 2012 season with a 2-5 record and the toughest out of conference schedule in Colorado, Boulder has won 11 or it last 12 games, was crowned Front Range League Champions for just the second time in 32 years and is on its best run ever in the Colorado State tournament. Most important, these young men are doing it the right way as a an example of sportsmanship and team spirit on and off the field.
Riding a wave of great team spirit and community support, Boulder High Boys Soccer, under the nickname “LA FAMILIA”, looks forward to playing its last game of the season for the State Championship with your continued support. Thank you.
-Coach Hardy Kalisher
With just 9 seconds left on the clock, Boulder High School Boys Soccer won it’s second league title in Boulder Soccer’s 32 years in the last game of the Front Range League season versus Mountain Range High School. The Front Range League is consistently the hard league title to win in Colorado 5A soccer.
Boulder High won the league title in 2010 with goalkeeper Henry Huettel being the only remaining player from that team. Henry was a freshman back up goalkeeper in 2010. In 2011 Boulder High finished in 2nd place by just one point.
Boulder High positioned itself to be in control of being crown 2012 Front Range League Champions by rattling of 5 wins in a row, including victories versus 5A Top 10 ranked teams: Fairview, Fossil Ridge and Loveland. However, a slip up against Poudre High put extra pressure on the Panthers to win the last two games of the season or risk being passed over by the other top teams in the league.
On senior night, Boulder High beat a motivated Legacy High 2-1 and then had to turn around and play Mountain Range High away on the next day. With the potential for tired legs the Panthers persevered until the end. With just 9 seconds left on the clock, junior Pancho Valdivieso make a great defensive play and crossed the ball with technical perfection to the center of the penalty box. Senior goal scoring leader, Lake Brant scored the game winning goal and ignited the end of the game celebration. Click below to see one of the finest goals ever scored at by the Panthers.
(A little unknown fact is that Pancho took a hard fall in the locker room before the game and was questionable to play but, with the league title on the line, the Ecuadorian exchange student was determined to compete for his team).
The key to this teams success has been a unshakable team chemistry built on hours of training together, weekly team dinners, community support and a motivation to uphold the tradition of excellence at Boulder High.
The next challenge for the team is the 5A State Playoffs.
Boulder High varsity is currently alone in first place in the highly competitive Front Range League with a record of 6-1. The same week Boulder beat undefeated and un-scored upon #4 ranked Loveland 1-0 away, Boulder broke into the State’s 5A Top Ten rankings for the first time this season at #10. This is the 6th season in a row that Boulder has appeared in the Denver Post Top Ten 5A Rankings.