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Longs Peak consists of 9 high schools with all competing at the 4A level. The schools are located in the Northern and Eastern part of Colorado along the foothills and eastern plains. 

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Fort Morgan HS 
Mustangs (938)
 

Coach: Josh Langford - 16th season

 

Returning starters: 2 
2022 Record: 16-8

 

2022 Srs playing at the next level: None

 

Players to watch: None committed - David Keller (SR) CF, Charlie Langford (JR) SS

 

2023 Outlook: Only returning 2 starters the Mustangs may be young but with veteran coach Josh Langford at the helm their is no question they will be well prepared for each game. Graduating a large majority of the teams impact players Fort Morgan will look to David Keller (SR) and Charlie Langford (JR) to provide guidance and leadership. D. Keller, C. Langford and Joseph Laydon (JR) will be the teams top hitters in the lineup but need support from a group of inexperienced underclassmen. Body Wheatly (SO) returns as the lone Varsity pitcher from 2022 but for the Mustangs to contend a 2nd arm will have to emerge from a group of unknowns

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Frederick HS 
Warriors (1181)


Coach: Colin York - 3rd season

 

Returning starters: 4  

2022 Record: 6-17

2022 Srs playing at the next level: None

 

Players to watch: None committed - Cruz Zamudio (Sr) C, Tanner Rosati (Sr) INF, Tyler Silva (Sr) P, Riley Faulkner (Jr) INF, Max Meza (Jr) INF

 

2023 Outlook: Coach York is optimistic that Frederick will take a step forward this season after finishing 6-17 in 2022, "Each year is always a different team, but hoping we can come closer together and compete towards the continued goal of winning games and making the playoffs". Having Cruz Zamudio (SR) healthy and behind the plate is a big step towards that goal both on the field and in the locker room. Zamudio, Tanner Rosati (SR), and Joey Villani (SR) will be the big sticks offensively and defensively Riley Faulkner (JR) and Max Meza (JR) will look to lock up the middle of the infield. The Warriors will be inexperienced on the mound and look for Tyler Silva and Sam Fisher (SR) to step up on the pitching side of things.

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Mountain View HS 
Mountain Lions (1165)
 

Coach: Brian Smela - 14th season

 

Returning starters: 3  
2022 Record: 12-12

2022 Srs playing at the next level: None

Players to watch: None committed - James Deal (SR) LHP, Jacob Mraz (JR) C

2023 Outlook: 7 seniors graduated from a team that went 12-12 in 2022, finished 5th in the Longs Peak League and advanced to the 1st round of the playoffs. Veteran Coach Brian Smela knows the Mtn. Lions will be young but still believes they will compete in league and can qualify for the playoffs. Lots of the offensive production graduated and moved on with the exception of Jacob Mraz (JR), who hit just shy of .500, James Deal (SR) and Nick Garcia (JR). J. Deal was one of the teams more used arms as well but will play an even larger role in 2023. Who else rounds out the pitching staff is unknown but younger or inexperienced guys will be needed for the Mtn. Lions to return to post-season play in 2023.

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Niwot HS 
Cougars (1177)
 

Coach: Ken Rosales - 2nd season

 

Returning starters: N/A 
2022
 Record: 5-18

2022 Srs playing at the next level: None

Players to watch: None committed - Jack Brooker (SR) OF/RHP, Jed Kilpatrick (JR) INF/RHP, Brooks Barber (SO) MIF

2023 Outlook: Traditionally Niwot has had rich history of baseball success over the years. Winning 5 state championships and 21 league championships. However, in his 1st year as Coach, Rosales saw the Cougars go 5-18 and miss the playoffs for the 5th season in a row. His goal last season was to be very competitive in all aspects of the game and we assume it will be the same again in 2023. They will have their work cut out for them again in the competitive Longs Peak League.

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Northridge HS 
Grizzlies (1157)
 

Coach: James Kerr - 1st season

 

Returning starters: 8  
2022 Record: 14-10

2022 Srs playing at the next level: None

Players to watch: None committed - Parker Steckle (SR) P, Jace Ried (SR) INF/P, Gannon McGeen (SR) OF/P

2023 Outlook: The Grizzlies return the majority of their line up from a team that went 14-10 and advanced to the 1st round of the playoffs. Offensively, expectations couldn't be higher with 8 players back who produced the 3rd highest batting average in league. Jace Reid (SR) and Gannon McQueen (SR) were the teams top 2 hitters and plan to continue their tear through Longs Peak pitching. As good as they are at the plate, the pitching staff may be better. Experienced arms Parker Steckle (SR) , Lincoln Lyons (JR), Pierce James (SR), J. Reid and G. McGeen logged a combined 115 IP and all are back for 2023. No longer are these guys a sleeper in the league and if they play solid defense 2023 could be an exciting season for Northridge.

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Riverdale Ridge HS 
Ravens (1185)
 

Coach: Ray Garza - 5th season

 

Returning starters: 4  
2022 Record: 17-8

2022 Srs playing at the next level: None

 

Players to watch: Ty Thompson (SR) RHP - committed to Univ. of Northern Colorado, Elijah Lofton (SR) OF, Daniel Hoodak (SR) P, Jaiden Villareal (SR) P, Cayden Trujillo (JR) INF, Landon Brophy (SO) INF/P Tyler Swan (SO) INF/P

 

2023 Outlook: After winning the league championship and advancing to the playoffs for the first time in the schools short 5 year history the Ravens look to make it a regular event moving forward. To do that the team needs a strong season from Longs Peak preseason MVP Ty Thompson and the rest of the pitching staff. Coach Garza knows his arms have what it takes to continue the success but has questions around who will be their battery mate behind the dish. Losing 3 catchers to graduation leaves the position wide open and a big need as the season approaches. Elijah Lofton (SR) and Landon Brophy (SO) had solid offensive seasons a year ago but the question is if any returning players or underclassmen will be able to step up and fill holes left by 2022 graduates. The wildcard for the Ravens could be pitcher Jaiden Villareal (SR) who returns after missing the entire 2022 season due to injury.

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Roosevelt HS 
Roughriders (1061)
 

Coach: Brian Saya - 3rd season

 

Returning starters: 5   

2022 Record: 12-11

2022 Srs playing at the next level: None

Players to watch: None committed - Nate Renn (SR) OF/RHP, Caden Karabensh (SR) 3B/RHP, Seppe Salvatore (JR) 

2023 Outlook: Even though the Roughriders finished 7th in the Longs Peak league last season they still qualified for playoff baseball for the 7th year in row. If they want to continue that streak they will need to swing the stick better in 2023. The good news is Seppe Salvatore (JR) and Nate Renn (SR) return after both hitting over .300 on a team that finished 8th in league in average.  As for the pitching staff N. Renn and Caden Karabensh (SR) both pitched 30+ innings in 2022 and are penciled in as teams #1 and #2 arms. This team has some key pieces in place but to compete for league other returning players and underclassmen will have to make an impact as well.

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Severance  HS 
Silver Knights (720)
 

Coach: Kevin Johnson - 3rd season

Returning starters: 6  

2022 Record: 19-9

2022 Srs playing at the next level: Carson Fagan - Univ. of Mary

Players to watch: Nolan Hertzke (SR) 3B/RHP, Mason Bright (SR) P/OF

2023 Outlook: The Silver Knights have only had a Varsity baseball team for 2 years but that hasn't stopped them from playing in the State Tourney both seasons. Severance will lean on a core group of seniors that will be the teams driving force. With pitching from returners Nolan Hertzke (SR) and Mason Bright (SR) these guys can compete with anyone. The two combined for 67 IP and 79 Ks in 2022. Offensively, there will be some shoes to fill but M. Bright, N. Hertzke and Joe Tamburro (SR) will be the core leading the charge. With the recent success and good leadership this program doesn't know how to do anything but win.

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Thompson Valley HS 
Eagles (1085)
 

Coach: Chad Raabe - 2nd season

Returning starters: 9   

2022 Record: 13-11

2022 Srs playing at the next level: None

Players to watch: Jay Douglas (SR) C/P - committed to Northeast JC Norfolk, Kellen Schultz (SR) P, Javier Flores (SR) OF, Riley Suarez (JR) 1B/OF, Jackson Lund (JR) P, Beau Heaton (SO) 2B, Evan Raabe (SO) SS/OF/P

2023 Outlook: Expectations are high this season for a team that returns an entire lineup that was knocked out of the playoffs by the eventual state champs. An offensive power in 2022 hitting .360 with 88 XBH, 69 SBs with 4 players that finished over .400 on the season. Jay Douglas (SR), Riley Suarez (JR), Evan Raabe (SO), and Zack McVay (SO) are all back in a lineup that will be even better with maturity and last years experience under their belt. Jackson Lund (JR) and Kellen Schultz should strengthen a pitching staff that struggled in 2022 due to injuries while E. Raabe and Beau Heaton (SO) improve the team defensively. Thompson Valley looks to compete for a league title this season and could make some noise in the post-season.

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Skyline HS 
Falcons (1465)
 

Coach: Travis Schlagel - 7th season

 

Returning starters: 6

2022 Record: 12-11

 

2022 Srs playing at the next level: Wynn Drewes - Northeastern JC

 

Players to watch: None committed - Connor Ormsby (SR) OF/P, Joren Rodriguez (SR) INF, Collin Wright (SR) SS/P, Evan Gail (SR) P, Sam Carmona (JR) INF/P, Grayson Gomez (JR) 1B/P, Jonathan Canar (JR) OF, Emilio Gutierrez (JR) C

 

2023 Outlook: Skyline jumps from the Northern League to the Longs Peak League in 2023 and will need to continue to hit the ball well to compete. The Falcons hit .360 as a team last season and return 6 starters from that lineup. The pitching staff was suspect at times but after a year of Varsity experience and 4 of top arms returning Coach Schlagel expects improvement. Look for the Falcons to lean on Evan Gail (SR) as the teams #1 on the mound and Connor Ormsby (SR) and Grayson Gomez (JR) to smash baseballs in the middle of the order. The team finished 12-11 last season but will need to play better defense moving forward to see the positive results they expect. 

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Special Thanks 
to all the High School coaches that helped make this publication happen by providing league, school and player information to assist with the most accurate and comprehensive Colorado 
High School Baseball publication.
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