Niwot’s nine team trophies lead to second place finish in Cup standings

Cougars once again prove to be one of Colorado’s athletically superior schools

Isaiah J. Downing / For the Daily Camera
The Niwot athletics programs secured four state championships this 2018-19 season, including the girls cross country team back in October in Class 4A. For the second consecutive season, the St. Vrain Valley school placed second in the Cup standings, finishing only slightly behind Holy Family.

One can count all the team trophies the Niwot Cougars won in 2018-19 on two hands … but just barely.

Dominating in track and field as well as cross country, excelling in tennis and swimming — it was a memorable season for the St. Vrain Valley school in many ways. Nine NHS teams came away with trophies, certainly a display of talent in sports that put the Cougars among the more decorated schools in Colorado when looking at the entire school year.

And, as has become tradition for the school since the Cup was introduced in 2007, Niwot was once again in the running for the top area standing until the very end. For the second straight season, the Cougars finished second in the overall standings among the 24 schools in the coverage area — just a few points behind Holy Family, who won the Cup for the third time.

The Cougars had an area-most four state championship teams crowned during the three preps seasons, starting with the girls cross country team in October and then extending to the district-wide gymnastics team the school hosts in November. In the spring, it was a rare double-dip for the girls and boys track teams — the latter who won the team championship for the first time ever.

But Niwot’s accomplishments did not stop there. The Cougars also took second place in five other sports — boys and girls tennis, girls swimming, volleyball and golf. In all, that meant nine of 19 athletic teams added to the school’s trophy collection, or a mind-boggling 47.4 percent.

It seemed like this was the year the Cup finally fit in the NHS trophy cases at the school. But with Cup points awarded only to teams that made the playoffs, the fact Holy Family made postseason in more sports tipped the scales in its favor ever so slightly.

So keep fighting, Cougars. The Cup would be a delightful addition to all those title trophies.

Adam Dunivan: or on Twitter @AdamDunivan24.