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Friday, February 5

 Congratulations to the 8 players that will continue to play soccer in college! 

Alycia Orth-San Diego Christian College, Emma Brainerd-Macalester College, Laura Feehs-Azusa Pacific University, Allie Stone-Azusa Pacific University, Hannah Kohlts-Adams State College, Nicole Thompson-University of Nebraska-Kearney, Raliegh Mercer-University of Nebraska-Kearney, Kenna Aguilera-University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

Monday, May 24
Arapahoe Vs. Fairview in a rematch of the Arapahoe tournament final

ENGLEWOOD — The Arapahoe Warriors played without mercy Saturday.

Well aware that No. 8 Rocky Mountain dug out of a three-goal hole in the quarterfinals to upset top-seeded Cherry Creek, the Warriors were out to knock the Lobos down early and keep kicking.

"We knew we had to keep our lead and stay strong early," Arapahoe forward Shannon Koundourakis said. "We did what we could. We held them off."

The Warriors needed 31 minutes to do all the damage in a 3-0 Class 5A state semifinal victory at Pirates Stadium that was a nice blend of tenacity and technical soccer.

Koundourakis assisted on Alex Anthony's opening goal and Laura Feehs' goal in the 31st minute. Koundourakis did most the heavy lifting for

Allie Stone's goal in the 27th minute, shooting the ball through the hands of Lobos goalkeeper Brittany Lott (seven saves) for Stone to tap home.


The Warriors (15-2-2) extended their unbeaten streak to seven games and will play for their 10th big-school girls state soccer title at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

The Lobos, who lost in the semifinals in 2008, finished their season 15-4.

The Lobos struggled to get off their heels, were stymied in the midfield, lost their linking play up top and mustered just one shot on goal. Lobos coach Ron Clark thought the wind and heat took a lot out of his team.

"I think we get this team again on a regular day I think we give them a better fight," he said.


Rocky Mountain team page | Arapahoe team page | Full boxscore

Rocky Mountain 0 0 — 0
Arapahoe 3 0 — 3

Goals: Anthony (Koundourakis), 19th minute; Stone (unassisted), 27th; Feehs (Koundourakis), 31st. Shots on goal:; Rocky Mountain 0-1 — 1, Arapahoe 6-4 — 10. Saves: Rocky Mountain (Lott) 3-4 — 7, Arapahoe (McGough) 0-1 — 1. Offside: Rocky Mountain 0-0 — 0, Araphoe 2-2 — 4. Corner kicks: Rocky Mountain 0-0 — 0, Arapahoe 2-0 — 2. Fouls: Rocky Mountain 4-2 — 6, Arapahoe 2-6 — 8. Yellow cards: None.

Tuesday, May 18
Onto the Semi-Finals with last minute heroics

With a deft touch of her left foot, Shannon Koundourakis sent Arapahoe into the semifinals of the 5A state girls’ soccer playoffs and eliminated Air Academy.

Check out more photos from the game.

Koundourakis’ loft in the 91st minute gave the No. 5 seed Warriors a 2-1 overtime victory over the No. 4 Kadets on Tuesday at Air Academy.

Goalie Sarah Tanous didn’t get enough of Koundourakis’ shot to punch it over the crossbar.

“I knew there wasn’t a lot of time left in the game,” Koundourakis said. “I took the ball inside, I figured why not take it.”

The Warriors (14-2-2) trailed for most of the playoff game, until Laura Feehs’ 77th-minute header off a corner kick tied the score at 1. Arapahoe had been pressing offensively and carrying play the final 20 minutes, running more players up top. Feehs’ goal came off a great corner from Raliegh Mercer.

“We fought hard, had a couple chances early,” Arapahoe coach Kirk Bast said. “The second half, I think, a lot of it was us. We pushed to the point where we had (only) two backs ... It’s what we had to do to try and win the game.”

The Kadets (14-4) were clinging to the 1-0 lead, a goal by Sarah Schweiss in the 13th minute. Schweiss’ 25-yard shot looked to be harmlessly on its way into Arapahoe goalie Molly McGough’s hands. McGough went to the ground to catch and cover, but the ball hit a tuft of grass and bounced over McGough into the Warriors’ net.

The Kadets had life in the overtime but couldn’t convert, getting a quality scoring chance just minutes before Koundourakis’ game-winner. They also missed a chance to go up 2-0 when Whitney Morin’s shot beat McGough but was kicked away on the goal-line by midfielder Allie Stone.

“We just couldn’t finish in the last part,” Kadets coach Nancy Sibley said. “That was very disappointing. It was disappointing to give up (one) in any game when you’re up 1-0.”

Saturday, May 15
ABK rolls into the quarterfinals
post preps: 5a girls soccer state tournament

Feehs' goal is enough for Arapahoe

Arapahoe 2, Heritage 0
By Paul Willis
Special to The Denver Post
Updated: 05/15/2010 01:15:36 AM MDT

CENTENNIAL — For Laura Feehs, the dismal conditions Friday were anything but dreary.

The Arapahoe Warriors senior persevered through rain, a frigid crosswind and slippery turf conditions — not to mention the Heritage defense — en route to a nifty first-half goal that propelled her fifth-seeded team to a 2-0 victory against the No. 12 Eagles in the second round of the Class 5A state girls soccer tournament.

"She's indefatigable as far as her fatigue," Arapahoe coach Kirk Bast said. "She never quits."

Feehs got a sweet feed from near midfield by Blair Larson, then juked a Heritage defender and ended up one-on-one with Heritage keeper Kari Spicer near the top of the box.

"I saw the goalie coming out, and I knew she was going to go down to try to stop the shot," Feehs said. "So I just chipped it over her."

The tally in the 26th minute marked the 16th of the season for the Asuza Pacific-bound Feehs, and the Warriors (13-2-2) added another on a strange play in the second half. Samantha Harder launched a direct free kick from 40 yards out that Spicer got to in plenty of time, but it caromed off her hands and into the net.

Spicer, who was solid all season for the Eagles (11-5-1), can take solace in knowing that the play didn't decide the game. Tony Hurt, who is retiring after 17 seasons as the boys and girls soccer coach at Heritage and will move to South Korea in late July, had no problems figuring out why his Eagles were eliminated.

"I thought we dominated the first 15 or 20 minutes of the second half, but we were never able to get inside and get some really good chances," said Hurt, who will teach at Seoul International School. "The keeper (Molly McGough) was solid and held onto stuff, but we never had a really good, good shot."

Arapahoe appears to be back on track after going 1-2-2 in the regular season's final five games.

Heritage 0 0 — 0
Arapahoe 1 1 — 2

Goals: Arapahoe, Feehs (Larson) 26th minute; Arapahoe, Harder (direct free kick) 59th. Shots on goal — Heritage 2-3 — 5; Arapahoe 4-4 — 8. Saves — Heritage (Spicer) 3-3 — 6; Arapahoe (McGough) 2-3 — 5. Corner kicks — Heritage 0-2 2; Arapahoe 2-3 5.

Kaitlin - Denver Post Student-Athlete of the Week
preps - student-athlete of the week
Kaitlin Bast, Arapahoe
Height: 5-feet-8.
Weight: 135 pounds.
Age: 17. Born: April 29, 1991, in Littleton.
High school sport: Soccer (2008 All-Colorado by The Denver Post, midfielder).
Grade-point average: 3.9.
Class: Senior.
My favorite subject: Cultural geography.
My favorite athlete: Fernando Torres.
My favorite team: Liverpool.
What I listen to: Dispatch, Sugarland and Bob Marley.
The best thing on my training table: Fruit smoothies.
Pregame ritual: I say a prayer and like warming up the same way.
Time management tip: I stay organized and plan ahead.
Planned career: Considering physical therapy and international relations; signed to play soccer at the University of Denver.
My family: Parents Kirk and Joan, brother Keegan, sister Maggie.
I would love to visit: Europe.
What I like most about high school sports: I like playing with different age groups. You start with freshman and it's new and exciting; then at the end as a senior, you're in charge.
What I like least about high school sports: The seasons are short and the weather hasn't been good, but there's nothing I don't like about it.

Thursday, March 19
Warriors' family affair
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Special to The Denver Post

By Brian Forbes
Posted: 03/19/2009 12:30:00 AM MDT

Soccer speaking, Kirk Bast came into the money when he became coach at Arapahoe.

He hasn't squandered his inheritance.

Since taking over the Warriors' boys squad in 1989, then adding the girls and eventually dropping the boys so he could be an assistant coach at the University of Denver, Bast has guided the Warriors to eight of their 14 state championships.

Five of Bast's titles — most recently in 2006 — have come while coaching the girls, who began the season ranked No. 1 in Class 5A and are 3-0-1 despite missing players to injury and club commitments.

Bast, however, always plays the hand dealt, even when that means directing a girls program that has been the gold standard in prep soccer since winning the 1978 championship — the first year girls soccer was sanctioned by the Colorado High School Activities Association.

And even if that hand looks like a no-win situation.

"Dumbest thing you can do is to follow a legend," Bast said of replacing Stu Johnson, who won four titles with the Arapahoe girls and led the junior varsity boys team on a run of around 200 matches unbeaten.

Bast has become quite a legend himself.

As a varsity coach, Bast is 510-91-46. At Arapahoe, he is 465-85-37 overall and 297-47-16 with the girls team, which beyond the five titles has two second-place finishes and two more trips to the final four.

During that run, six of his players have been All-Americans, and more than 60 have been all-state selections.

One of those all-state players is his youngest daughter, senior attacker Kaitlin Bast. Kaitlin, who will play next season at DU, played varsity and won a title as a freshman — not because her dad is the coach, but because the seniors told Kirk they needed her talent.

"We have probably two different sides," Kaitlin said of the relationship between Kirk the dad and Kirk the coach and Kaitlin the daughter and Kaitlin the player.

Said Kirk: "I was a coach long before I was her dad. I will enjoy coaching another kid next year."

Raised in St. Louis, Kirk Bast grew up playing pickup soccer with the children and friends of people such as Harry Keough, Frank Borghi and Gino Pariani, who all played on the United States' famous 1950 World Cup team that defeated England 1-0 and was the subject of the 2005 film "The Miracle Match."

"These guys were literally the best kids in the nation, and we were just playing in parks at the time," Bast said.

Bast, who was "never a great player by any stretch," played collegiately at Rockhurst in Kansas City, Mo. Bast eventually found his way to Denver and would hook up with the ABKs — Arapahoe Ball Kickers — as the school's team was first called when it was a only a club sport.

The songs the teams sang on the bus back then are the same today. Heck, they even drive the same way to every stadium out of habit and tradition. Because tradition — i.e. winning with an array of talent — is something Bast would never think of changing.

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It's thumbs up for Arapahoe High School soccer player Amy Barczuk after she signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Colorado.


There was excitement at Arapahoe, where the stage seemed almost too small to hold seven college-bound members of the girls soccer team, the latest legacy of a program that has won nine state championships.


 Lucky sevenCoach Kirk Bast will be the first to admit the tradition started long before he arrived. But there's no denying Arapahoe remains a powerhouse when it comes to girls soccer.That was evident when seven girls walked off the stage in the school cafeteria having committed to take the tradition to the next level - the NCAA."It's a huge compliment to them and all their teammates," said Bast, whose daughter, Kaitlin, signed to play for the University of Denver. "The other thing I love about it is the kids still love the game and want to continue playing."For most, after playing on club teams since they were little, it means heading in different directions once high school ends.Not so for Kaitlin Swanson and Davonne Holland, who will attend Creighton University in Omaha."It will be a lot better going to college with someone you know, someone you can room with and feel comfortable with on the field," Swanson said.Others said it would be difficult going separate ways, considering how close the team was.Amy Barczuk opted to stay local and sign with CU. "I considered my out-of-state options but felt it was better to stay home," Barczuk said, noting her older sister is at CU and playing in Boulder will give her family a chance to watch her games.Amanda Dennis signed with Winona State in Minnesota; Amber McKinnon with McPherson College; and Louise Timboe with Davidson.How will they keep track of one another?"I don't know. Probably

Facebook," Barczuk said.


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amy sign
Thursday, February 5
It's thumbs up

 for Arapahoe High School soccer player Amy Barczuk after she signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Colorado.

Wednesday, May 14
Free Kick, costly result

Controversial call sinks Arapahoe against Creek

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Arapahoe's Brittany Froistad, left, leaps past Cherry Creek's Kelly McDermott during Tuesday's 5A quarterfinal match in Centennial. The Bruins prevailed 1-0.

When Caroline Danneberg's free kick rocketed its way into the back of the net Tuesday, the Cherry Creek girls soccer team erupted with joy, while Arapahoe stood in awe.

The Warriors weren't so much disbelieving of Danneberg's double-overtime shot that gave visiting Cherry Creek a 1-0 victory in the Class 5A quarterfinal matchup but the call that led to it.

The free kick was set up by a hold against Arapahoe on Cherry Creek's Taylor Grillo, a foul that appeared a bit touchy for the situation and set up the Bruins with a free kick just above the box on the left side.

"I think it could have gone either way, honestly," Danneberg said. "They're an aggressive team and we were running through, and it's just how the ref called it."

Incredulous Arapahoe players and fans screamed in the direction of the officials as Cherry Creek (14-2-2) celebrated its way toward its sideline. Arapahoe coach Kirk Bast kept a level head while pleading his case, to no avail, to the officials.

"We just expect a better job," Bast said moments later. "I understand where kids and parents are frustrated with high school and that level of officiating for us. I mean, it's hard for us. I don't want to take anything away from Cherry Creek, but it was a call that decided the game."

The controversial ending overshadowed an extremely intense, well-played match in which Arapahoe (15-2-1) held a pronounced lead in total shots (19-11) and shots on goal (11-4) but repeatedly was stymied by Bruins freshman keeper Molly Poletto.

"Out of my four years playing varsity, this is by far my favorite playoff game," said Danneberg, who left-footed her winner after Sara Bennett faked a move at the ball. "Molly is an amazing goalie. Her nerves were probably so bad before this game, but she made some amazing saves."

Arapahoe, which nearly broke through several times behind pressure from Kaitlin Bast, Shannon Koundourakis and others, was puzzled afterward.

"That official, I don't know why she took the game," Kirk Bast said. "The last time we had her, she stopped the clock during our conference game with Heritage and they ended up scoring a tying goal with 22 seconds left. I just feel bad for our kids because I don't think that was the way to end this game. I really don't."

Cherry Creek 0 0 0 1 - 1

Arapahoe 0 0 0 0 - 0

Goal - CC, Caroline Danneberg (unassisted), 98th.

Shots - CC 2-6-2-1 - 11; A 5-8-5-1 - 19. Shots on goal - CC 0-3-0-1 - 4; A 2-6-2-1 - 11. Corner kicks - CC 2-6-1-0 - 9 A 3-1-1-0 5.

Goalies - CC, Molly Poletto (98 minutes, 11 saves); A, Katie Swanson (40 minutes, 0 saves), Katherine Liebetrau (58 minutes, 3 saves). Yellow cards - A, Laura Feehs (68th).

Sunday, April 27

ROCKY PREP REPORT: Coaches Cherish Memories

Gerry Valerio and Scott Stocker Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Every high school sport has its easily identifiable icons, those coaches who have come to define the sport in the state.  Arapahoe's Kirk Bast and Columbine's Peter Horvath easily fit into that category for boys and girls soccer.  As the spring sports season rapidly comes to an end, Horvath and Bast are noteworthy for different reasons, though.

"Bast, meanwhile, is experiencing a different career milestone. In his 19th season at Arapahoe, Bast notched his 500th career win April 17 against Gateway.

Bast came to Arapahoe in 1989 after a two-year stint at Prep South High School in St. Louis and one year at Lexington Catholic in Kentucky. Colorado soccer has not quite been the same same then.   Bast's boys and girls teams have combined to win eight state championships. The Warriors are 10-1-1 this season and ranked No. 5 in Class 5A by the Rocky.  Bast, 49, said he felt the pressure when he took the reins at Arapahoe. The Warriors already had won five soccer titles and were established as one of the state's top programs.

"My first season we lost in the quarterfinals with the girls and that was the school's worst finish in the previous five years," said Bast, who did not know he was approaching his milestone victory. "I'm mowing the grass in the summer saying, 'I've got to do better.' I was so fortunate to come into a winning tradition that had already been established by Larry Emsing and Stu Johnson.

"Bast also said it is difficult to pick out his best teams or individuals during his career.  "I'm not saying this as a cliche, but the years and the kids have all been different and they have all been special in so many ways," Bast said. "Certainly, the early championships were special to me because I had never done that before and I was excited. But I have been more excited to see the kids' faces afterwards. I may forget names now and then, but I always seem to remember what happened.  "When you look back at the years, it is about the relationships, about having such great people to work with," Bast said. "The memories are great. I just want to make a few more before I call it quits."

Monday, April 21
Varsity Coach Kirk Bast Reaches Career Milestone with 500th Victory

Congratulations to Kirk Bast on reaching the 500 career victory mark when the ABK Varsity Team defeated Gateway 10-0 on Thursday April 17, 2008.  This achievement, rarely seen in any sport, at any level, is testament to Coach Bast’s ongoing commitment to delivering competitive soccer teams at Arapahoe High School.   Below please find a summary of Kirk’s coaching history along with an article from the Denver Post reaffirming ABK as the marquee girl’s high school soccer program in Colorado. 

 Kirk Bast – Career Coaching Record 




Lexington Catholic, Lexington, KY              15-0-0

Prep South HS, St. Louis                           30-6-9

Arapahoe                                             287-46-15

Arapahoe                                             168-38-21

Overall Girls                                         302-46-15

Overall Boys                                        198-44-30

  Total Overall Record - 500-90-45

 State Championships 

5 State Championships Girls                                                                       3 State Championships boys




Thursday, April 17
500 Wins for Coach Bast!!
Followed by a frosting of silly string!
The varsity team celebrated Coach Bast's 500th WIN as a high school coach today by dousing him with an ice-water bath & coating him with silly string, as TV cameras recorded the memorable event!!  A decisive 10-0 win over Gateway produced this landmark record for Bast's career, with most of the team posting either a goal or an assist!

Coach Bast gets a cold shower...

ARAPAHOE GIRL'S SOCCER 2006 5A State Champions

Kaitie Amsberry                        Caitlin Oliver

Caitlin Bast                                Jennifer Ratterman

Lauren Cavarra                          Lindsay Ratterman

Megan Flannery                         Suzie Sittko

Brittany Froistad                        Danielle Solich

Katherine Leibetrau                  Lindsay Stein

Jordan Lombardi                       Katie Jo Swanson

Katie Macrum                             Jamie Wilson

Kelly Menachof                          Mary Zapapas

Meredith Monson


Monday, February 25
 NSCAA TEAM  High School Girls Soccer Programs Victories by School 
(Best known accomplishments as of February, 2008)   
Top 10 All-Time 
  School State Wins
1. Ramapo New Jersey 512
2. East Brunswick New Jersey 509
3. St. Thomas Aquinas Florida 506 
4. Mount Lebanon Pennsylvania 452
5. St.. Pius X New Mexico 440
6. Mendon New York  417
6. Tamarac New York  417
8. * Arapahoe Colorado 413
9. University California  395
9. Northfield Vermont 395
*Note that ABK's actual Varsity victory count at the beginning of the '08 season was 472 wins vs. the 413 as represented by NSCAA.  The actual figure places ABK 4th overall.  NSCAA has been notified of the corrected figure.



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