Published on Saturday, October 01 2011 18:32
BY BRUCE WARREN
NHS FootballNiwot is 1-3 in the books and 2-2 on the field after the first four games. The Cougars won their first game against Adams City on the field, but had to forfeit due to use of an ineligible player under CHSAA rules. Read more: Coaches’ Corner - Oct 2011
Published on Saturday, October 01 2011 18:28
Out In Leftfield
BY BRUCE WARREN
Logan Fauber, a Niwot High School freshman, represented Colorado as part of Team Colorado 1997 (birth year) at the United States Roller Hockey Championships, commonly known as State Wars, in Cincinnati Aug. 3-6. Team Colorado went 6-0 in the tournament and defeated roller hockey teams representing the states of, North Carolina, Illinois, and Pennsylvania and the province of Ontario. In the State Wars Championship game, Team Colorado defeated Michigan by the score of 7-2 to take home the championship. This is the second consecutive year Team Colorado has won the championship.Read more: Out In Leftfield - Oct 2011
Published on Monday, August 29 2011 02:02
NHS Football Team Scores Big On First Drive Of The Season
BY STAN MANZANARES
Niwot High School football team members and coaches expressed their gratitude to the Niwot community for the overwhelming support of the team’s 2nd Annual Niwot Football Food Drive benefiting the OUR Center. The players who participated in last year’s event set their goal higher this year, hoping to exceed last year’s total of 3000 pounds of food. This year’s goal was set at 4000 pounds, an ambitious 33 percent increase. Little did the players know when they set out on their mission that they would exceed that goal by a much larger amount.
Residents of the Niwot community who were home Aug. 12, were greeted at the door by a Niwot football player distributing one of 1880 grocery sacks, requesting food donations for the Longmont-based nonprofit organization which helps people in need in the St. Vrain region move toward self-sufficiency. The sacks, donated by Bert Steele of Niwot Market and store managers from both King Soopers of Gunbarrel and South Longmont, were affixed with a note detailing a list of suggested items for donation.
The players returned Sunday morning to collect the donated items, then delivered them to the OUR Center Food Pantry. When the delivery was complete, players discovered that nearly 5125 pounds of food had been donated by Niwot residents, more than twice the 1000-pound increase they were hoping for.Read more: NHS Football Team Scores Big On First Drive Of The Season Sept 2011
Published on Sunday, August 28 2011 22:11
Out In Leftfield
BY Bruce Warren
With longtime coach Miikka Keronen moving to Broomfield High School to coach girls tennis next spring, Niwot athletic director Jim Butterfield hired new NHS math teacher Rachel Bevan to coach the highly successful program. Bevan coached both boys and girls tennis at Eastern Hills High School in Texas before moving to Colorado with her husband. She played competitively in high school in the Dallas area before marching band became her focus. She continued to play non-competitive tennis through college before becoming a math teacher and tennis coach at Eastern Hills, a 1400-student school in Fort Worth. Keronen will continue to coach the boys program at Niwot.
Niwot High’s Harrison Lang, who won the Class 4A state title at No. 1 singles last year, didn’t take the summer off. Lang, who won the 4A State Tournament in the #1 Singles Division, advanced to the semi-finals of the ITA Summer Sectional Championship before losing in the singles division. He and his partner, Kellen Bates, won the doubles division. Lang is rated as a 4 star recruit according to www.tennisrecruiting.net, and played in the USTA National Championship in the Boys 16’s Division, where he lost in the first round, 6-2, 6-0.
CHEER AND DANCE
Jim Butterfield announced that Nicolette Griffith will take over the coaching duties for the Niwot High cheer and dance squads. Griffith coached similar programs at Thornton High School, and has already been busy preparing the squads for the fall sports seasons.
NIWOT YOUTH SPORTS
Former Niwot-area residents Mike and Kelly Ratliff have moved to Texas, but haven’t forgotten their time in Colorado. Mike Ratliff, who served as a coach and board member for Niwot Youth Sports and Niwot Baseball, Inc., for many years, said their son Sean Ratliff is on the road to recovery from a serious eye injury suffered when he was hit by a foul ball in the on-deck circle in spring training at a New York Mets minor league field.
Published on Sunday, August 28 2011 18:57
Niwot High Fall Sports Previews
BY BRUCE WARREN
Coach Chris Koerner returns for his second season with most of his staff intact, intent on changing the mindset of the program. “We have 10 players on varsity, and six of them are seniors,” Koerner said. “We should be very competitive. It’s time to get that winning mentality going.”
NHS grad and former college setter Jamie Dwyer returns as JV coach, and Troy Kannella returns to handle the C team. Preston Brown is new to the program, but has a great deal of experience coaching volleyball. He will coach the D team. Koerner also added a varsity assistant this season, Keri Churchich, who was an all-state volleyball player in California.
With 53 players trying out, Koerner had to make 10 cuts to get down to a more manageable 43 athletes. “We have 21 freshmen, and two of them are on JV,” Koerner said.
Senior Tara Buck enters the fall playing her third year on varsity for the Cougars. “She’ll be a power on the outside,” Koerner said. Buck was named all-conference last season. Senior Becca Chavez returns as a setter. She rotated at the position last year when Niwot played a 6-2. Sophomore Meghan Richard is also competing to play setter, and if the Cougars go to a 5-1 this year, she or Chavez will see action on the right side.
Koerner is thinking of making the switch to a 5-1 offense so that the hitters will get consistent balls from the same setter.
Another senior, Emily Stagnitti, moves up from last year’s JV squad. She is expected to play the right side or defensive specialist. Senior Katie Meek, who started in the middle last year, will return to the same position this fall.
Senior Mandi Newton will be a defensive specialist, while Renee Plomondon, a junior, moves up from JV to play outside hitter this year. Junior Jacqui Sigg will be a defensive specialist, while senior Julia Teta will play the middle. Junior Julia Vaiser will play outside hitter.
“It’s going to be a fun year,” Koerner said. “Our goal is to be above .500. We have to develop the mindset that we can win. The team chemistry is really good. Most of the kids on varsity play club volleyball.”
Koerner lists Longmont and Silver Creek as the Cougars’ main competitors. “We open with Silver Creek, so we should know right away if we can win or go to the fifth set, we’ll be okay.”