Colorado will be the focus of the country’s high school athletics scene next week, as the National Federation of State High School Associations is scheduled to convene its 94th annual Summer Meeting at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
The NFHS is the leadership group for high school athletic and performing arts programs across the country, and the annual Summer Meeting is expected to host representatives from the high school associations of all 50 states, in addition to the District of Columbia.
Highlighting the five-day event will be the 31st annual induction ceremony for the National High School Hall of Fame. Fittingly, this year’s class is led by former Nuggets guard Chauncey Billups, a graduate of Denver’s George Washington High School.
For the first time, the annual all-state soccer games will be held in Colorado Springs. Yet it was business as usual for area standouts when the rosters were released on Wednesday, as once again the two contests will feature a strong local flavor.
The Class 5A boys state champions from Boulder will be well-represented, with Javier Castruita, Mason Douillard, and 2012 BoCoPreps.com Player of the Year Lake Brant all competing for the Black team. The squad also will feature Broomfield’s Jake Bellindir and will be co-coached by Boulder’s Hardy Kalisher. They will be opposed by a White team featuring Holy Family’s Jay Elliott and Sam Esler of Centaurus.
Like Boulder, the Class 3A girls state champs from Peak to Peak will be prominent in the girls game. BoCoPreps.com Player of the Year Belle Morel will lead the Pumas contingent alongside teammates Ivy DeVries, Brianna Wetmore, and Galen Roda on the the White team alongside with three Broomfield players — Katie Forsee, Hailey Mazzola, and Brittney Stark.
Legacy star Kelsey Killean, in addition to Holy Family’s Monica Stokes and Micaela Blanchard, will play for the Black team.
Admission to the game on June 26 at District 20 Stadium is $5 (children under 12 free). After having the game delayed a month last summer due to the poor air quality from wildfires, donations will be accepted at the game for the American Red Cross. Non-perishable food items will be collected for Care and Share of Colorado, and organizers also will be accepting slightly used soccer equipment to help needy youngsters.
SHINING MOUNTAIN NAMES VOLLEYBALL COACH
Shining Mountain athletic director Mike Hawkes announced that Ashleigh Mounger has been named as the Lions’ new head volleyball coach.
Mounger recently moved to Colorado from suburban Chicago, where she was the freshman-level coach at Elgin High School. Mounger has been coaching at the school’s middle school camp this week but will get her first true meeting with her new players next week during Shining Mountain’s high school camp.
“I moved here because I have a lot of family here, and I was looking for any place where I could coach,” Mounger said. “I’m really excited to start with the girls and teach the sport I love.”
Monarch baseball star Shay Maltese was named to the second team of Louisville Slugger’s High School All-American team … Longmont graduate Josh Cogdill, currently a track athlete at Colorado State, is one of several Rams athletes competing at the USA Junior Nationals this week in Iowa. Cogdill is competing in the decathlon.
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