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Legend shortstop Bobby Dalbec.

It has been anything but the dog days of summer for a handful of Colorado athletes who recently solidified their college plans.

Three of the state's top baseball players announced their college commitments in the past few days, with Legend (Parker,) shortstop Bobby Dalbec scoring the most high-profile program.

Dalbec, who batted .444 with five home runs and 21 RBI last season for the Class 5A state runners-up, announced on his Twitter feed that he had committed to national champion Arizona.

"Dream come true! Just committed to play at the University of Arizona and be a wildcat!" Dalbec posted on his Twitter feed at @BobbyDalbec.

The Denver Post has more on Dalbec's commitment.

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Austin Sparks (24) last year at Valor Christian.

Shortstops Brody Weiss of Regis Jesuit (Aurora) and Michael Burns of Columbine (Littleton) also notched Division I offers. Weiss verbally committed to UC Santa Barbara, while Burns accepted an offer from Wichita State.

In addition, two Colorado basketball players committed to Division I programs.

Austin Sparks, who played at Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch) last season but has since transferred to Fairview (Boulder) for his senior season, will play at South Dakota, according to the Post. The 6-foot-8 Sparks post 14.7 points and 8.5 rebounds a game last season.

Also, The Gazette reported Mikayla Reese, a 5-8 guard from Sand Creek (Colorado Springs), verbally accepted an offer from Oklahoma State. Reese, who will be a junior, averaged 13.6 points last season.