LONGMONT -- Twin Peaks Charter Academy could soon be entering a probationary period. But, in a good way.
The Colorado High School Activities Association voted to continue the process to award the young school full status for CHSAA-sanctioned varsity athletics. At the CHSAA legislative council meeting on Jan. 24, Twin Peaks Charter has every reason to believe the state's prep sports governing body will officially green light Twin Peaks to compete in varsity sports for the 2013-14 school year.
Athletic director Jeremy Hamlin said the school is excited to add varsity athletics -- and things that come with them like league play and postseason promise -- to the culture at the year-old school.
"It's great for the students to have a goal to shoot for, whether they want to shoot for postseason success or hit their times and places they want at state competition," Hamlin said. "It's really encouraging for them as they go about their season to have a lofty goal and measurable results. It also give the school some exposure to show that we have athletes who are working hard and improving. It should help encourage them to work hard both in athletics and in the classroom."
Twin Peaks will have to complete a full probationary year of competition under the CHSAA guidelines. Right now the school's sports are playing a junior varsity schedule.
While Twin Peaks can officially compete in varsity sports next school year, its teams will not be able to join a league until the following year. Hamlin said the school has been in contact with the Mile High Activities Association, which would be a good fit for the Class 2A school along with other local schools Alexander Dawson and Longmont Christian.
"We're excited about starting this side of the journey," Hamlin said.
Twin Peaks athletics currently include boys and girls cross country, volleyball, boys basketball and both boys and girls track and field. Hamlin said girls basketball and boys soccer will be added next year, with girls soccer to come after. Twin Peaks already has two full-sized gyms and an on-site practice field, and is working on either acquiring or building outdoor athletic fields and a full-sized track.
The Timberwolves also plan to add a unique touch to their athletic programs by introducing a fencing team.
"That's something new and exciting," Twin Peaks principal B.J. Buchman said. "It's not something you normally see at your average high school."
The student population at Twin Peaks is 87 and next year it will have its first graduating senior class.