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June 18th. Evan Sims doesn’t quite remember how it all happened. Boulder’s senior goalkeeper was watching video of the evening when he passed out in the penalty area, breaking several bones in his face.

Cruel. And for a while, he thought it would be a permanent image of his football career.

But even as his high school playing days ended in the fall, his face bruised from the touchline, his return to the game was marked by a surprise first division offer. Sims was originally a member of Cornell (Ivy League) due to his out-of-the-box mind, but through his playing at it, he became a Big Red signer.

“I was planning on going to Cornell without playing football,” said Sims, who entered academy in December. “Then, sometime in January or February, I received an email from a coach that was in response to a recruiting survey done a few years ago. And they basically said they needed another goaltender in this recruiting class and they asked who was already at Cornell or applied to Cornell to add a keeper.”

Sims replied. He sent in his film and impressed the camp at the end of April, where he showed off his talents to the coaching staff. The following week, he was offered a place on the team.

“He called me and said, ‘Coach, I’ve kept this to myself, but I want to let you know that I just got back from Cornell and will be playing football at Cornell University,'” Boulder Coach said. Hardy Kalisher said. “We will all be rooting, tuning in and watching games online. And all of a sudden my social media feed will now be filled with Cornell athletics.”

As a player, The Sims only weighs 150 pounds. He said he was 5 feet 11 1/2 but usually rounds it up to even 6 feet. Although, he plays a lot more.

With a high school GPA above 4.6, he has been a big part of the Panthers’ football success over the past two seasons, reaching the quarter-finals in the pandemic spring season last year and then finishing first in the 5A playoffs. the fall.

After both, he was named the team’s most valuable player in a roster of next-level talent. He was the first player in the Front Range League twice and was awarded an honorary mention by the state selection in the CHSAA.

“When Evan was injured tragically at the end of the season, the team really felt it,” Kalisher said, emotionally recalling the scene that required an ambulance for Sims, who was knocked out in mid-October against Broomfield. “And at the same time, they really rallied to play in the lineup for Evan. And the fact that Evan, as soon as he could, left the hospital after a broken face and a concussion and stood on the edge, the team really rallied, answered him and wanted to play for him as best as possible.

Kalisher said Sims has long cemented a place among Boulder’s strong line of goaltenders. He — the coach graciously pointed out — replaced two-year-old starter Toby Bateman, who helped the Panthers reach the semi-finals twice in a row in 2018 and 19.

That was after Miguel Alaniz, who went on to play for the Colorado Mesa, and Murray Smith, who recalled how Kalisher slowed down Fairview and MLS great Shane O’Neal in a state quarter-final win in 2010.

Kalisher said Sims is also on par with other state goaltenders such as Henry Hüttel, 5A champion in 2012, and Djibril Doumbia, who has come through players like Legacy’s Tajon Buchanan (now a member of Team Canada at the World Cup) and a strong program from Broomfield to support the perfect 2016 season for the Panthers.

“Evan is absolutely in the mix,” Kalisher said. “In his best games, I remember playing Fossil Ridge in one game and Henry Hüttel came up and said, ‘I’ve seen the highlights and it was one of the best games ever.’ Our goalkeepers were all supportive of each other and I know Evan. will do the same.”

Back on the pitch, Sims regained his sense of the game by taking part in training sessions with his former club team. In recent months, he has also been training with his Boulder teammates and three younger brothers.

All of that was enough to get him ready for his ID camp two months ago, where he impressed the Big Red coaches and received an offer just a few days later.

“The head coach called me and said they liked what they saw,” Sims said. “And if I really wanted to dedicate myself to hardcore football and stuff like that, they would have offered me a place. So that was good.”

Sims said he specializes in the environment and sustainability. He will join a football program that ended 11-3-2 last fall, the Big Reds’ third consecutive winning season under coach John Smith.


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