Brush High School Beetdiggers – The Fort Morgan Times
Brush beet harvester, class 2A / 3A
The Beetdiggers only managed to play four games in a scrappy fall 2020 schedule and clinched a win over Fort Lupton thanks to that tough slate. The incredibly young team relied primarily on running as a strong junior core led that facet of the game. Now senior, Cesar Hinojos racked up 270 yards in those four games, while Jayce Kreegar (131 yards), Kyle Wellen (116 yards) and Alejandro Maltos-Garcia (106 yards) followed. Brush sends Maltos-Garcia back to quarterback with five other potential QBs to choose from.
Coach: Lance Schwindt
The Beetdiggers were part of an incredibly tough Patriotic League 3A, which sent three of eight teams to the State Tournament during the C season. Brush finished ninth in the middle of league competition but sacked all but three for. the 2021 season. In particular, the Beetdiggers dismiss killer queen Kealy Langford (59 kills), Kenedi Brunner (16 aces, 145 digs) and Kylee Kendall (123 digs, 88 assists). “Our last season was a whirlwind,” said coach Taylor Stewart-Dunbar. “We were more excited about this season because of it, and the girls didn’t need that much time to get back into shape. They still have everything they learned fresh in their minds and are looking forward to playing a normal season, especially our seniors. “
Coach: Taylor stewart dunbar
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The Beetdiggers had a strong 2020 year that saw them all the way to the Class 3A State Semifinals, where they ultimately fell to eventual state champion Eaton. Their regular season roster featured many of the state’s top talent, but the Beetdiggers pushed their way through with an 11-8 record while finishing fourth (9-7) in the Patriot League. Brush has graduated many of his heavy hitters, but brings back Braelynn Rule (16 RBIs, .900 defense percentage) and Karly Tadolini (0.909 defense percentage). Rule pitched all 18 games last season and finished with a 7.30 ERA and struck out 60 while allowing 97 earned runs.
Coach: Tom odle
The Beetdiggers are sacking a small squad for the 2021 season, but what they lack in size they more than make up for in experience. On the boys’ side, Brush will be looking for advice from seniors Cooper Keuroglian and Kaden Schwindt, as well as junior Zack Anderson. Second year student Xzavier Navarette also demonstrated a strong work ethic early in his tenure with the team. The ladies, on the other hand, are showing strength in numbers as junior Kashlynn Tadolini leads the way for fellow juniors Bailey Link and Addison Alexander, alongside freshman Alex Hass. Tadolini finished sixth at the regional during the 2020 season but was unable to attend the state meeting due to COVID rules. “With such a small number this year, our goal as a team and coaching staff is to focus on the great talent that we have,” said coach Morgan Hass. “I mean, we have some really strong runners who have so much to give and they are working extremely hard. We work towards public relations and individual goals. Right now, we’re rebuilding for the future of Brush’s cross-country, and these kids are paving the way for future runners. Running is not without pain and discomfort every day, but as a team and staff we all understand what every athlete goes through and with that it creates a bond and respect for each other and the sport. We are a family.”
Coach: Morgan hass
Braxton Shelton was the only State Class 3A qualifier for the Beetdiggers in 2020. He finished tied for 42nd with six other golfers with 168 strokes. Joining Shelton on the BHS team this year are: sophomore Kaden Conner, junior Parker Stone, junior Myer Wickham, senior Quinten Muhlbach and senior Sam Mettlen. The Beetdiggers have already completed about half of their season, which they started in early August, but there are still the back half, as well as the regional and state.
Coach: Anthony wilson
The Beetdiggers have a great squad for the 2021 season as they fire seven veterans and add five new ladies to the mix. The best comebacks are: Rilee Wolf, Lilee Bradshaw, Catalina Garcilazo, Julie Mendez-Cardenas, Yadira Madera, Kenya Hernandez and Kylie Kirby. These ladies helped Brush to excel in the Patriot League competition, where she placed sixth, as well as at the State Championships. “We competed in the Game Day division (last) year, for the first time! It was a new experience and we learned a lot from it. We have placed it down for the state, ”Martinez said. “I had a very young team last year so hopefully we can bring what we learned from last year to this year’s team and grow from it.”
Coach: Jessica martinez
Jenni Grubbs, associate editor of the Fort Morgan Times, contributed to this report.