Other Farmers: Annie Kunz and Bella Hartley, WRHS 2011

In contrast to 1970, as all of us who have daughters can attest, girls are now a big part of high school athletics.

The WRHS girls varsity soccer team was the 2009 state champ. And two of the Farmers made the top 10 in a recent Denver Post poll: Annie Kunz and Bella Hartley.

Bella and Annie are both juniors and both graduate in 2011. Bella is part of the ODP 92 Player Pool in Colorado.

Bella plays club soccer for Real Colorado, and Annie plays club soccer for Colorado Rush.

Already a household name in the state’s prep track and field circles, [Annie Kunz, a] Wheat Ridge junior evolved last year on the soccer field from a raw talent to an all-Colorado technical titan.

And now her world is exploding in a way familiar only to fiction.

The returning Class 4A player of the year attended her first U.S. national team camp for the under-17 girls in February, and has narrowed her choice of colleges to Texas A&M and current national champion North Carolina.

Always tall, fast and with a nose for the goal, Kunz is now deft with her long legs, and has great touch and vision. In soccer terms, she’s developing into an amazing anomaly.

“I just got back on the (soccer) radar outside of the state,” Kunz said.

She was a key cog in Wheat Ridge winning the Class 4A state championship last May, scoring a goal and an assist in a 2-1 victory over Valor Christian to cap a 19-0 season.

Wheat Ridge’s Kunz is busy as a bee,” by Brian Forbes, The Denver Post, March 18, 2010

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