GOLDEN — Haley Prey paid a price to earn a black belt in karate. She would occasionally leave sparring sessions with her nose bloodied, the air sucked from her lungs after absorbing a well-placed strike to the gut.
What she couldn’t do was complain. The two sparring partners were her older sisters, Sydney and Makena, and Haley wasn’t about to let them see her sweat.
“I couldn’t show it,” Haley said. “I just had to keep fighting. It’s just about being competitive and staying in there.”
Years of intense sibling rivalry have made the Prey sisters — Sydney, a senior, 18; Makena, junior, 17; and Haley, freshman, 15 — a formidable athletic trio this year at Golden High School. The girls had long anticipated the lone year they’d all spend as high school peers, and they were determined to make the most of it.
It’s safe to say they have.
All three girls started during the winter for the Golden girls basketball team, leading the Demons to their first Jeffco League title in a decade and advancing to the Class 4A state quarterfinals. They repeated the feat in the spring by leading the girls golf team, as its three top scorers, to a league title and a team berth in the upcoming 4A state golf tournament, which begins Monday in Erie.
“I told them after basketball (season), when they lost in the final eight, this was best experience I’ve had in my life, just watching the three of them together,” said their father, Hank Prey, a former college basketball player at Colorado School of Mines. “I’m going to miss it. You think it’s a long time, but it’s such a short timespan once it’s over. It’s everything I could have hoped for.”
Sydney, who was named the 4A JeffCo League female athlete of the year, will graduate Friday and then turn her attention to a college career at Colorado Mesa University, where she will golf and play basketball.
Before a practice for their final tournament together last week, the three sisters sat on a patio at the…