Published on Thursday, June 30 2011 22:56
Hangge And Dageenakis Families Honored by Niwot Youth Sports July 2011
BY BRUCE WARREN
Hangge Fields at Monarch Park was unveiled as the new name of the Niwot Youth Sports ballfields in Niwot off Highway 52 near Shepherd Valley Waldorf School at a dedication ceremony June 5. The fields were named in honor of Gregg Hangge and his family, including wife Karen, sons Joe, Jon and Jake, and daughter Jill Hasson.
At the same ceremony, the primary softball field at the complex was named “Dageenakis Field” in honor of John “Tony” Dageenakis and his family, including wife Elayne and sons Tony, Jeff and Craig.
The dedications honored two families who have volunteered countless hours to make sure that the Niwot-Gunbarrel area had quality sports programs and facilities for area youth.
Hangge Fields at Monarch Park
Gregg Hangge began his participation in Niwot Youth Sports, then known as Gunbarrel Lefthand Valley Recreation Association, as a volunteer when his son Joe jointed the K-2 basketball clinic in 1989. Basketball Director Dennis Roth quickly recruited the elder Hangge to become the girls program coordinator when his daughter Jill began playing, and Hangge took over as Basketball Director from Roth in 1993, a position he held for many years. Hangge was honored by the Colorado Association of Community Educators in 1994 for coordinating a program which had grown to 500 youth.Read more: Hangge And Dageenakis Families Honored by Niwot Youth Sports
Published on Tuesday, May 31 2011 05:46
Coaches’ Corner - June 2011
BY BRUCE WARREN
Niwot High Girls Tennis
Coach Miikka Keronen’s squad took sixth place at state in Class 4A, surpassing the team’s goal of finishing in the top eight. “It was a great season,” Keronen said.The Cougars qualified five of seven slots for state. Read more: Coaches' Corner - June 2011
Published on Tuesday, May 31 2011 05:06
Out In Leftfield - June 2011
BY BRUCE WARREN
NIWOT YOUTH SPORTSThe ballfields at Monarch Park will be renamed “Hangge Fields at Monarch Park,” in a ceremony scheduled for Sunday, June 5, at 5 p.m., in honor of volunteer Gregg Hangge and his family’s service to the organization for over 20 years. At the same time, one of the softball fields at Monarch Park will be named Dageenakis Field in recognition of John A. Dageenakis and his family’s long support of Niwot Youth Sports. All current and former NYS participants, parents and coaches are invited to attend. Opening Day activities, with games, food and raffles, will be held that afternoon. Read more: Out in Leftfield - June 2011
Published on Friday, May 27 2011 23:59
Bruce W. Warren
Published on Saturday, March 26 2011 00:27
Niwot opened the season in Coors Field with a convincing 7-1 win over Skyline High School behind a strong pitching effort from senior Connor Messinger. Messinger, who has started for four years at Niwot, went five shutout innings before turning it over to seniors Zennon Gill and Dylan Kaczeus, who each pitched an inning to close out the game.
The Cougars earned the right to play in Coors Field by selling 1200 tickets to Rockies games this summer, and earning over $8,000 from the fundraiser. Coach Craig McBride was proud of his young squad, which featured four freshman starters. “I was really encouraged by the performance at Coors,” McBride said. “It’s a big setting.”
“Messinger threw really well,” he continued. Gill and Kaczeus were not as sharp with their control, but held the Falcons to only one run. “Kaczeus was fantastic last summer,” McBride said, noting that he had injured his arm while working out in the offseason. “He has to get his confidence back.”
Niwot's Connor Messinger delivers a pitch at Coors Field while shortstop Aldair Cintora looks on
Read more: NHS Boys Baseball Preview - March 2011