Two local coaches are among the 50 finalists for the Positive Coaching Alliance's Double-Goal Coach Award.

Boulder boys soccer coach Hardy Kalisher, who led the Panthers to the Class 5A state title last fall, and Shining Mountain cross country coach John Hamilton, whose solid squad turned out the likes of standout Birdie Hutton in recent years, were the only two coaches from Colorado up for the award honoring coaches who strive to win "while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports to develop better people, better athletes."

The PCA will announce its 20 award winners on March 19, honoring each with a trophy and $250.


-- Boulder High grad Nina Van Loon placed eighth in the women's epee at the USA Fencing Junior Olympics in Maryland recently to earn a spot on the U.S. junior national team that will compete at the junior world championships in Croatia in April. Van Loon, ranked 19th in the world, is a Harvard University freshman.

-- Former Broomfield star girls basketball player Chaundra Sewell was recently named a 2012-13 Capital One third team Academic All-American for Division-I women's basketball. Only 15 players earned first, second or third team honors. Sewell, the leading scorer and rebounder for Wyoming as a senior this season, carries a 3.85 grade-point average in pre-pharmacy.



-- Flatirons volleyball club is hosting an evening clinic for girls in fourth and fifth grade from March 5-April 4 at Angevine Middle School in Lafayette. For more information, visit flatironsvbc.org.