Prep notes: Record-setting finale for Lyons’ Myers

It was a memorable finale for Austin Myers with the Lyons football team.

Myers completed his record-setting senior season with a record-setting performance during the Lions’ finale last week against Clear Creek. While most teams had opted to double-cover Myers for the bulk of the season, Clear Creek decided to attempt to handle Myers one-on-one. Four touchdowns and 314 yards later, Myers had compiled the fourth-best single game receiving yards total in state history.

“He had 280 yards in the first half and they didn’t put anyone else on him until the second half,” Lyons coach Brandon Wilkes said. “I saw the numbers at halftime, so I wasn’t as shocked after the game. But seeing those kinds of numbers still makes you go ‘Wow.’ He had some big receptions right out of the gate and it adds up quick.”

Myers recorded touchdown receptions of 75, 25, and 24 yards in the first quarter alone before adding an 80-yard score in the second. The gaudy numbers added to Myers’ school-record final total of 1,148 receiving yards on the season.

Myers also finished with a school-record of 1,918 all-purpose yards, a total buoyed by two kickoff returns for touchdowns and 215 yards rushing. That rushing total doesn’t sound like much to write home about, except that Myers reached that it in only 14 rushing attempts. That’s 15.4 yards per carry.

Not bad for a kid who didn’t exactly overwhelm Wilkes with his physicality just a few years ago.

“Two years ago I couldn’t put him on the field. He was maybe 110 pounds soaking wet,” Wilkes said. “It’s always emotional when seniors have their last game, and here’s a kid that humbly gave credit to his teammates and coaches. There were a few tears of joy shed after that game.”


GUEGAN RESIGNS FROM BOULDER SOFTBALL

The Boulder softball team may not have made the sort of strides in the win column the Panthers had hoped for over the past five years, but that has never been a reflection of the effort turned in by head coach Susan Guegan.

Now it will be someone else’s challenge to turn around the Boulder program, as Guegan has decided to resign after five seasons.

The Panthers finished just 2-17 in 2014 and have won only 12 games over the past three seasons. A reasonable attempt at levelling the playing field by moving down to the Class 4A level may have backfired somewhat this past season, as the rugged 4A Northern League did no favors for a squad that started the season with just 13 players.

While Guegan said she may take a year to “recharge” she expects to stay involved with coaching the Boulder Pride club team, which means she may very well wind up mentoring the players that could eventually turn around the Panthers’ program.

“The girls were great and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience,” Guegan said. “After the flood last year and having only 13 girls this year, I just didn’t see the level of commitment or growth I needed to keep my energy up. I’m starting a nutritional business and felt like it was time to focus on the more creative side of my life.”


COLLEGE COMMITMENTS

A number of local standouts have announced their college verbal commitments in recent weeks.

Standout swimmers Christian Feiler of Boulder and Tyler Lis of Silver Creek have chosen Princeton and Northwestern, respectively. Boulder girls swimmer Tasha Reidenbach has chosen Towson University.

Golfer Adara Pauluhn, a Niwot student who has competed with the Skyline girls team, will continue her career at Boise State.


ALUMNI CORNER

Longmont alum Nikolai Harroun, a soccer player at Grinnell College, was named the Midwest Conference defensive Performer of the Week … Boulder graduate Charlee Dyroff, a Rhodes Scholarship candidate with the Columbia volleyball team, moved into fourth-place on the program’s all-time list for digs … Former Broomfield wrestler Jerry Huff was named to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference preseason all-league team for Adams State … Silver Creek’s Danielle Dageenakis was named the RMAC women’s soccer defensive Player of the Week after leading Regis University to a pair of wins.

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