Skyline High boys basketball coach Michael Peterson understands the Falcons’ athletic programs have gone through some tough times in recent years.
That’s precisely the reason the second-year coach wasn’t about to let an opportunity to give his players a taste of the school’s championship past pass him by.
The 2011-12 season marks the 30th anniversary of SHS’ 1982 state title in boys hoops. The team crown was the first of nine in all sports for SHS since the school opened in the fall of 1978.
The squad will be honored at the Falcons’ Dec. 3 home opener against Arrupe Jesuit.
“I want these young men to know that within the halls of Skyline they can be anything they choose to be,” Peterson said of his players. “Our boys are extremely excited that (the 1982 team is) coming back to be part of this.”
Peterson said nine of the 15 players from the 1982 team have committed to attend the reunion in addition to coach Mike Flynn.
The 1982 Falcons will meet with the 2012 group at the team’s morning shootaround on Dec. 3, and attend a post-game banquet after the game to get to know the current players and, Peterson hopes, impart a little perspective.
Peterson said one thing he hopes his team gets out of the rendezvous is just how fast fortunes can turn. The 1982 title came in just the fourth year of the new school as it built from scratch.
“To me, history is very important,” Peterson said.
The coach is hoping the night will reach beyond just the Skyline walls to attract community members.
“I don’t care if you’re part of Skyline or not,” he said. “This is something for the city of Longmont to be proud of.”
A quartet of local athletes signed national letters of intent during the early signing period, including a trio at Erie on the final day of the window Wednesday.
Lauren Murphy-Payne (Adams State softball), MaKayla Kovac (Mesa State softball) and Dylan Brooks (Adams State lacrosse) all made their commitments binding.
Swimmer Connor Dwyer, meanwhile, signed with Division-I Western Kentucky. Dwyer, who attends Skyline but swims for the combined team at Longmont, is the defending 4A state champ in the breaststroke and is qualified for next summer’s Olympic Trials.
And the readers say …
For one of the few times all fall, the BoCoPreps.com Game of the Week as voted on by readers is not one that includes a St. Vrain Valley School.
Readers of the prep sports site this week tabbed the Class 4A football playoff game between Monarch and Broomfield as the game to watch.
But both BoCoPreps and the Times-Call will have full coverage this weekend of all playoff games featuring St. Vrain schools, including Longmont, Silver Creek, Frederick and Lyons.