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Jeffco names its Athletes of the Year

Golden’s Sydney Prey is the Jeffco 4A Female Athlete of the Year

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ARVADA — Pomona High School graduate Brandon Micale has collected multiple awards after the end of the 2016-17 school year.

The three-sport (football, wrestling and track) senior not only picked up the Class 5A Jeffco Male Athlete of the Year award June 9 during the 32nd annual Jeffco Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet, Micale was also presented the coveted Freddie Steinmark Award by the Colorado High School Coaches Association.

“It definitely means a lot to me to be recognized for all the accomplishments,” Micale said. “It seems like it’s just for this year, but it’s really for four years of hard work in the weight room and on the field.”

Micale, who will play football at the University of San Diego next fall, was also recognized at a Colorado Rockies game this month after being named the recipient of the Colorado High School Activities Association Active Scholar Scholarship.

The Pomona graduate spent a lot of time last winter visiting multiple schools before deciding to head to the West Coast for college. Some of his visits included John Hopkins University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Micale helped lead Pomona to back-to-back 5A state football championship games. He was on back-to-back 5A state wrestling championship teams and helped the Panthers’ boys track team to a state title in 2016. All while tackling differential equations and linear algebra.

He finished off his outstanding prep athlete career winning the Class 5A boys discus event last month at the state track and field championships at Jeffco Stadium.

“That was huge for me,” Micale said of concluding his prep career by winning his lone individual state title. “I’ve won team titles with wrestling and track, but I always left at the end of the season with a fourth- or third-place individual title. It was the only season where I wasn’t like ‘darn’ at the end of the season. It was the first time I’ve ever rode home from a state championship happy. I left at the top.”

More top athletes honored

Ralston Valley’s four-sport (cross country, basketball, girls soccer and track) Sarah Bevington was named the 5A Jeffco Female Athlete of the Year. Jim Hynes, Ralston Valley’s athletic director, described Bevington as “Wonder Woman” during his introduction of the Ralston Valley graduate who finished with 16 varsity letters during her four years as a Mustang.

Bevington will play soccer at Baylor University next fall.

Another four-sport athlete was named the Jeffco 4A Male Athlete of the Year. Dylan Jacob, who heads to Western State Colorado University to play football, left Green Mountain High School with 14 varsity letters in football, basket-ball, boys swimming and baseball.

“He is an athlete who has meant the world to me over the last few years,” Green Mountain football coach Matt Pees said. “He is a young man who exceeded expectations every step of the way during his career.”

Golden graduate Sydney Prey was named the Jeffco 4A Female Athlete of the Year. The basketball and golf standout wasn’t able to attend the ceremony, but she has a good reason. Prey was in Alamosa playing in the CHSCA All-State Games.

Prey, who will play hoops and golf at Colorado Mesa College, led the Demons to their first 4A Jeffco League girls basketball title in nearly a decade. She also became a four-time state golf qualifier, placing fifth in the 4A state tournament last month.

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