Tristan Widic, a striker on the Mesa Ridge High School soccer team, has most of his individual goals accomplished six games into his senior season.
He’s already set the Grizzlies’ program scoring records for goals in a career (69), goals in a season (28) and goals in a game (7).
He scored five and added an assist in a 7-0 win over Pueblo West, helping Mesa Ridge to a 5-1 record, on Tuesday to earn Gazette Prep’s Peak Performer of the Week.
“That’s a big win for us,” Mesa Ridge coach Mario Sigala said. “They were in the top four last year, so it was a big win for us and for the team.”
With the records and a commitment to join Colorado Mesa’s soccer team - a Division II program currently ranked No. 6 in the United Soccer Coaches poll - taken care of, Widic is focused on getting the Grizzlies back in the postseason.
“It’s nice,” Widic said of the individual accomplishments, “but we’re focused on the team. We want to make it to the playoffs. That’s my ultimate goal.”
The Grizzlies last went to the playoffs in Widic’s freshman year, but he missed the game due to a red card. He’s doing what he can to make the most of his final opportunity at a run to state with 10 goals and eight assists through six games.
“His versatility and his speed and accuracy... It’s an amazing gift,” Sigala said.
He's added three field goals and six PATs for the Mesa Ridge football team this fall.
In the end, the coach hopes the senior has one more award to go with a trip to the postseason, a Colorado Springs Metro League MVP.
“He’s been runner up for the last couple years,” Sigala said. “It’s been one of those things.”
Sigala and Widic agreed the true striker is most dangerous with the ball at his feet where he can beat defenders on the dribble. He’s also improved his weaker left foot.
“He’s a full package,” Sigala said.
That much was evident after the senior tallied 11 points in a match against the Cyclones. With his individual abilities established, the senior is putting his focus on the group.
“I think we can make the playoffs, and I think we can go far too,” Widic said.
Other Peak Performers
Christa Vogt, Colorado Christian School volleyball: The junior finished Tuesday’s sweep of James Irwin with nine kills, which tied for the team lead. Vogt also added five digs, three service aces and three solo blocks to help the Lions improve to 2-1.
Cory McLellan, Palmer Ridge football: The senior came up big in his final Battle of Monument, helping the Bears to a 35-7 win over Lewis-Palmer. McLellan caught two short touchdown passes and intercepted a pass. He finished with six catches for 49 yards.
Samm White, Cheyenne Mountain field hockey: The sophomore midfielder scored the game-winning goal on a tip-in with 17 minutes left against Kent Denver, last year’s state champions.
Mason Norman, the Classical Academy: Norman beat teammate Ryan Moen to the line to win first place at Saturday’s Eagle Valley Invite. The Titan sophomore finished in 16 minutes, 27.6 seconds, more than 20 seconds ahead of Moen. TCA finished second at the meet.
Kylee Bunnell, Mesa Ridge softball: The sophomore helped the Grizzlies pick up a pair of wins last week. She scattered three hits in a six-inning win over The Classical Academy and went 4 for 4 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored. She added another RBI and three runs scored in a win over Canon City on Thursday.