Among a large number of athletes from a variety of athletics programs at Highlands Ranch High School to sign national letters of intent to take their …
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Among a large number of athletes from a variety of athletics
programs at Highlands Ranch High School to sign national letters of
intent to take their talents to the collegiate level, six more join
Highlands Ranch athletics celebrated its student athletes who
made college commitments in the Spring time April 22 at the school
in Highlands Ranch. Among them were three baseball players, one
signing for football, two from the Falcons Class 5A state
championship runner up team and one from the school’s powerhouse
girls hoops program.
Michael Brady - Mesa State University, football
Brady is a three-year varsity football player at Ranch who is
usually found in the defensive secondary. Also a basketball and
baseball athlete for the school, he received All-State honors as a
D-back his senior gridiron season.
“I enjoy just being out on the field with your teammates
enjoying the game and all the great moments within it,” Brady
He said his favorite high school football moment was beating
Chaparral and ThunderRidge.
“We were huge underdogs and to win those games shocked a lot of
people,” Brady said.
Chelsea Dornseif - Westmont College, volleyball
Dornseif was a part of the Falcons’ top 4 volleyball team in
2008 and their 2009 Class 5A state championship runner up roster.
Both years she was voted Most Inspirational Player. A two-year
varsity player, she heads to California to play for Westmont.
“I wanted to go there first,” Dornseif said. “After visiting and
practicing with the team, they offered me a spot
“I love how every play is different. It’s always changing and
Dornseif said, in her senior season, the team’s goal was to win
the state title. Although it fell just short, the Falcons did go
further in the state tournament than before in its history. Her
favorite moment of high school volleyball was of course the state
showdown, winning the game that took Ranch to the championship
finals and walking out as a tam during the event’s Parade of
“It was so amazing,” she said. “I couldn’t believe we made it
Dornseif plans on studying kenesiology at Westmont.
Conner Kincaid - University of North Dakota, baseball
After three seasons of varsity baseball, Kincaid is headed to
the Sioux’s program at the University of North Dakota. Also a
tennis and cross country during his time at Ranch, the senior has
earned a past All-League honorable mention as a pitcher. Kincaid
signed with the Sioux for the chance to play Division I ball and
for the opportunity to fly. He aspires to study aviation at
“I enjoy pressure situations, whether it’s being the last batter
of coming in for the close,” Kincaid said of his sport of choice.
“I love those situations.”
His favorite moment of high school ball is when the Falcons beat
cross-town rival Mountain Vista his junior year.
“It was a close game all the way until the last out,” Kincaid
He hopes to go out strong in his senior season with a state
Leylin Marroquin - Bucknell University, volleyball
Marroquin heads to Pennsylvania to play volleyball at Becknell
University. She is a two-year varsity athlete and libero on the
Falcons’ 2009 state runner up team and a part of the 2008 Top 4
team as well. She is also a tennis athlete. The senior said she
enjoys every aspect of volleyball.
“All parts are important,” Marroquin said.
Her favorite moment of high school volleyball was during the
state championship tournament against Doherty.
“It was really intense, and the atmosphere on the court was just
really supportive, and I’ve never had so much fun on the court,”
She plans on studying engineering at Bucknell.
Christian Schneider - Hastings College, baseball
As a pitcher, Schneider is in his first season of varsity
baseball at Highlands Ranch after hard work and improvement from
his junior year. He heads to Nebraska to play for Hastings after
graduation. He has also been a basketball athlete at Ranch.
“I love being with my teammates and the pressure and competition
of baseball,” Schneider said.
He also would like to see the Falcons get deep in the playoffs
and reach a state title. Schneider said his favorite moments of
high school ball was throwing a no-hitter during his sophomore year
and playing with the Colorado Rockies scout team at the Arizona
Fall Classic as a senior.
Shanti Smith - Sacramento State University, basketball
Also headed to California is Shanti Smith to play hoops after a
year at high school varsity ball at Ranch. Having coming to Ranch
from Regis Jesuit two years ago, Smith earned All-Tournament honors
during the team’s trip to Oregon.
“My favorite, favorite moment was probably shooting a half-court
three [pointer], because I thought coach [Jarocki] told me too, but
she really didn’t,” Smith said. “Everyone in the gym laughed at me.
I loved it.
“I love playing. It’s so fun.”
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