When the Erie baseball team heads to All-Star Park in Lakewood Friday and the Dawson squad travels down south to Pueblo Saturday, it not only marks the official end of the sports year for local high schools, but the entire Colorado prep scene as well.
It's been a pretty remarkable nine months locally, as teams and individuals from the BoCoPreps.com coverage area have battled at the highest levels in every sport and we've had more than a dozen state championships, both individually and team-wise.
Sure, there was plenty of disappointment and heartbreak as well, but I feel that when this past school year is looked back on in the future, it will be remembered as one of the most successful seasons in recent history.
But it's not over yet. Both Erie and Dawson have an opportunity to cement their place in history as well this weekend.
News and notes
• Niwot had several student athletes make their college choices official on Tuesday, signing letters of intent to play at the next level. Signees include: Max Petrak, Montana State, tennis; Meghan Waidler, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, softball; Ryan Kannegieter, Nebraska Wesleyan, basketball; Walker Bounds, Lake Forest, basketball; Mark Ramirez, Johnson and Wales, soccer; Ford Ladd, New York University, baseball; Aaron Nicoll, Cornell College, football.
Erie also had a late signing, as Anthony Willert committed to run track at Missouri Valley College.
• On Monday, Niwot announced it had hired Kelly Christensen to take over the boys and girls cross country programs starting next fall. Christensen was most recently at Palmer Ridge High School, where he coached the Bears to the 2014 state title and second place in 2015. A former collegiate All-American, he was also the boys track coach, leading the team to state titles in 2014 and 2015.
"Obviously, coach Christensen brings a wealth of knowledge, and his running experience with him, but what impresses me the most is his want to develop a student athlete," Niwot AD Chase McBride said in a release. "He prides himself on helping young men and women to use athletics to learn life lessons."
• Erie High announced last Thursday that it hired Cliff Brandmier to be the new boys and girls soccer coach starting next school year. Brandmier comes to the Tigers from Western Michigan University, where he was an assistant coach on the women's team for the past three seasons.
• Rebekah Hallman, a Kansas Wesleyan University women's cross country student-athlete from Erie, is among 42 KWU students named as a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete for the 2015-16 academic year.
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