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Student-Athlete of the Week: Luke Weber

The stage is set for Luke Weber's grand finale. Two years after winning the No. 3 singles state title and leading the Niwot boys tennis team to an overall state championship in 2020, Weber is focused...

 

Niwot boys tennis to face Grand Junction in first round of state tournament

Only one season removed from winning it all in 2020, the Niwot High School boys tennis team is back in the Class 4A state tournament with high aspirations. Niwot, which finished third in State last...

 

Niwot girls take first in St. Vrain Cross Country Invitational

Homecoming week took a hit on the Niwot cross country team. According to head coach Kelly Christensen, his Cougars were far from 100% when they lined up for the St. Vrain Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 17. But even without four top runners, the...

 

Charlie Kirtland's resiliency highlights strong week from Niwot boys tennis

Being a freshman on varsity comes with its challenges. Instead of typically facing opponents of a similar age in middle school, there's a chance that someone four years older stands on the opposite...

 

Student-Athlete of the Week: Gavin Burrage

Outside linebacker Gavin Burrage wasn't going to allow Niwot football to lose its first-ever game played on campus. Going up against Skyview, Burrage's barrage held the Wolverines to only one...

 

Student-Athlete of the Week: Gabe Martinez

Multi-talented is perhaps the best way to describe Gabe Martinez. In addition to becoming an Eagle Scout in February, the Longmont Christian School senior has taken on both baseball and tennis during...

 

Niwot boys tennis falls to Cheyenne Mountain in mid-season test

In about one month's time, the Niwot boys tennis team will be squaring off against Colorado's top talent in the state championships. Head coach Aimee Hites' Cougars got a taste of that level of play o...

 

Niwot cross country sweeps RE-1J District Meet, continues prep for state championships

It was a successful Homecoming week for Niwot High School. Football won on its home turf, volleyball swept Silver Creek, boys tennis went 1-1, softball got a win and for cross country, both the girls...

 

Niwot cross country underclassmen getting experience during early-season meets

NHS cross country head coach Kelly Christensen opted to roll with mostly freshmen and sophomore runners during Niwot’s first two meets of the season, giving them some valuable experience before the veterans take control. Not only have the...

 

Niwot boys tennis sweeps lone match of its week

Coming off a third-place finish in the Boulder High Panther Invitational on Aug. 26, the Niwot boys tennis team returned to Class 4A Region 5 play on Aug. 30 at Mountain View. The Cougars arrived in Loveland with a perfect 4-0 league record and it...

 

Student-Athlete of the Week: Chad Volf

Chad Volf's versatile skill set at quarterback proved perfect for Niwot football's offense in their 22-16 season opener win over Greeley Central on Aug. 26. Volf rushed for two touchdowns and threw...

 

Niwot cross country enters season with high expectations and record turnout

The past, future and present are all looking pretty good right now for the Niwot cross country program. One year after the girls' squad won state and the boys finished runner-up, the Cougars' juggerna...

 

Niwot boys tennis' No. 1 doubles team impressing coach Aimee Hites early on

While Niwot boys tennis head coach Aimee Hites expects senior and No. 1 singles player Luke Weber to finish top three in Class 4A, it’s her No. 1 doubles team of freshman Oskar Hansen and sophomore Sebastian Moy that has amazed her the most. The...

 

Student-Athlete of the Week: Matt Hansen

The lengthy bus drive south to Pueblo West High School on Aug. 18 was well worth it for the Niwot boys soccer team after senior goalkeeper Matt Hansen pulled off a miraculous 50-yard game-winning goal...

 

Niwot boys soccer beginning new season with increased hunger

In what could have been considered a transitional season following the graduation of eight seniors, the Niwot boys soccer team continued its winning ways last fall and reached the second round of the...

 

Student-Athlete of the Week: Autumn Rutherford

Niwot softball's 2022 season commences Aug. 16, and for the third straight year, Autumn Rutherford will be one of the Cougars' biggest bats. Rutherford's ability to impact the game offensively with...

 

Former Gunbarrel resident Dick Tharp to be inducted into CU Athletic Hall of Fame

The University of Colorado’s 17th class to be inducted into the CU Athletic Hall of Fame was announced in June and it features former Gunbarrel resident Dick Tharp, who was the school’s athletic director from 1996-2004. Interestingly, Tharp and...

 

Junior class brings optimism to Niwot softball

Anne Booth and Autumn Rutherford were both major producers in nearly every facet of the game last year for Niwot High School softball. Now entering their junior seasons, expectations have only risen...

 
 By Jack Carlough    Sports    August 3, 2022

Niwot boys golf entering fall with strong core of returning talent

Reaching the 4A state championships for the first time since 2017 wasn't a fluke for last year's Niwot boys golf team - it was simply a product of a consistently competitive program. The Cougars broug...

 
 By Jack Carlough    Sports    August 3, 2022

Student-Athlete of the Week: Julia Rudolph

Although she's just entering her junior year, Julia Rudolph has been a valuable leader for Niwot High School track and field. Rudolph was named a team captain last season and then helped the Cougars...

 
 By Jack Carlough    Sports    July 27, 2022

Student-Athlete of the Week: Ben Classen

This fall will look a little different for Niwot senior Ben Classen. After spending the past two years playing football, the Niwot High incoming senior has decided to shift his complete focus to...

 
 By Jack Carlough    Sports    July 20, 2022

Student-Athlete of the Week: Rachel Noble

A rarity in most sports, Rachel Noble was a four-year varsity player on the Niwot girls basketball team. The 2022 grad accumulated an impressive 80 career games played while scoring a total of 254 poi...

 
 By Jack Carlough    Sports    July 13, 2022

Student-Athlete of the Week: Grace Crall

Staying active is a must for recent Niwot grad Grace Crall, and she accomplished this need well by playing both basketball and soccer during her successful high school career. In Crall's final...

 
 By Jack Carlough    Sports    July 6, 2022

Niwot alum Elise Cranny wins national title in USATF 5K

Gracing the podium's peak is nothing new for 2014 Niwot alum Elise Cranny. Nearly one year removed from her first Olympics, she made national headlines once again on June 26 by taking first place in t...

 
 By Jack Carlough    Sports    June 29, 2022

Student-Athlete of the Week: Carly Toothaker

One of the first gifts Carly Toothaker could remember receiving as a young child was a soccer ball, and after some time to reflect on her recently-completed high school career, that present can be...

 
 By Jack Carlough    Sports    June 29, 2022

For REAL Training athletes, summer brings mix of work and recovery

Becoming a state championship-caliber track and field athlete is a calculated process. Even as the so-called "offseason" commences during the summer, Niwot's top talent remains focused on maximizing...

 

Student-Athlete of the Week: Easten Leatherwood

Niwot High graduated senior Easten Leatherwood has just a few more weeks before he leaves for Durango to begin his college football career at Fort Lewis College. A 3A North Central 3 League...

 
 By Jack Carlough    Sports    June 15, 2022

Student-Athlete of the Week: Nick Yard

Not many high school baseball pitchers have suffered the setbacks Nick Yard has experienced during his prep career. The recent Niwot High graduate has undergone not one, but two Tommy John surgeries...

 
 By Jack Carlough    Sports    June 15, 2022

Niwot track athletes continuing season with REAL Training

Niwot track and field athletes don't get much of an offseason. Only a few weeks removed from the state championships, the Cougars, competing for head coach Maurice Henriques' REAL Training club team,...

 
 By Jack Carlough    Sports    June 8, 2022

Student-Athlete of the Week: Nicholas Stade

Having never touched a pole in his life, Niwot senior Nicholas Stade needed just three weeks to learn the pole vault and place ninth in the Class 4A state track and field championships on May 22....

 
 By Jack Carlough    Sports    March 30, 2022

Niwot set to introduce boys volleyball program in 2022-23

It took a little longer than expected, but Niwot will officially welcome boys volleyball as a varsity sport in the 2022-23 school year. The anticipated offering will mark the lone boys volleyball...

 

Niwot's Coach Mo featured in new book

In his nearly two decades coaching high school track and field - the past 11 of which having come at Niwot - Maurice Henriques, or as he's affectionately known as Coach Mo, has accrued a good deal of...

 

Jamieson Legh shines for Cougars in Mustangs Invite

With star swimmer Mary Codevilla out for the weekend, it was Jamieson Legh’s turn to take charge for the Niwot girls swim team. The junior dominated in a pair of individual races to help the Cougars finish second in 4A at the Mustang Invitational,...

 

Niwot volleyball, boys soccer standouts rack up All-State honors

A trio of Niwot girls volleyball players and one boys soccer star received CHSAA All-State honors following the conclusion of the fall 2021 season. On the soccer pitch, Niwot senior attacker Azael Mar...

 

Niwot football's Nemec and Classen receive All-State recognitions

With a 4-6 record, Niwot football had one its most successful season since 2008 and in turn, its top players received some impressive individual hardware. On the CHSAA All-State lists,...

 

Niwot girls struggle in Trojan Classic Invitational

Not much went right for the Niwot girls basketball team in the Trojan Classic Invitational, hosted by Longmont High from Dec. 16-18. The Cougars' scorching start to the season was simmered with...

 

Ravaged by COVID, Cougars limp through weekend tournament

It hasn't been easy for Niwot boys basketball to put together a formidable team in recent weeks. Head coach Clay Wittrock estimated that since early December, nine Cougars have missed games and/or...

 

Niwot finishes second in REX Coaches Invite

Senior swimmer Mary Codevilla’s Niwot legacy grew a little larger following a pair of historic races at the REX Coaches Invite on Dec. 18. Codevilla, a Notre Dame commit, has been swimming for the USA National Junior Team and the REX Invite was her...

 

Niwot girls look to rebound in 2021-22

First-year head coach Jon Hill is looking to rebuild a Niwot girls basketball team that went winless last season. Niwot, which opens its 2021-22 season hosting Denver West on Thursday, Dec. 2, began o...

 

Niwot boys soccer ties Skyline in regular season finale; playoffs loom

When Niwot and Skyline get together in boys soccer, a close game typically follows. That proved true once again on Oct. 22 when the two teams settled on a 1-1 draw. Niwot will now enter the 4A state p...

 

Kenneth Rosales named new Niwot baseball head coach

Former Lyons head coach Kenneth Rosales is the new leader atop Niwot baseball. Rosales brings his unique coaching journey to Niwot in hopes of restoring the program's previous glory. NHS athletic...

 

Student-Athlete of the Week: Jasmine Aldama

Through Oct. 3, Jasmine Aldama has put on the Niwot softball uniform a whopping 83 times in her career. The versatile senior cleanup hitter has been a valuable asset for head coach Bobby Matthews....

 

Niwot Olympian Elise Cranny headlines homecoming festivities

Back when she was a budding high school track star, Elise Cranny never thought she would be honored as she was during this year's Niwot Homecoming celebration. The 2014 Niwot graduate and 2021 U.S....

 

Student-Athlete of the Week: Olivia Sroka

Whether she's gliding down the snowy slopes of Winter Park or mastering the balance beams, Olivia Sroka does so with ease. The multi-talented athlete has reached impressive heights in both skiing and...

 

Niwot volleyball takes down rival Silver Creek

After coming into the week ranked fifth in Class 4A, the Niwot volleyball team proved itself worthy on Sept. 1 by cruising past Silver Creek in four sets (25-14, 25-22, 22-25, 25-13). Cougar head...

 

Stout defense bestows win in Niwot's season opener

Games are often won or lost in the red zone and that proved true in Niwot football's season opener at Greeley Central on Aug. 27. The Cougar defense didn't budge much all night to secure the team's...

 

Cougars flaunt offseason improvements in opening week

The fall sports season has officially arrived with Niwot softball kicking off its slate of non-league games. After dropping its home opener to George Washington 8-6 on Aug. 18, Niwot split a two-game...

 

Niwot football leaning on returning talent

Year two of the Coach Nik Blume era will commence at 7 p.m. on Aug. 27 when the Niwot football team opens its season at Greeley Central. The Cougars struggled with a 1-6 record in 2020 but anticipate...

 

Niwot boys soccer returns to action following short offseason

Just about four months separate the Niwot Cougars from the heartbreak they endured in the Class 4A boys state soccer semifinals, bumped from fall to spring in the 2020-2021 school year. That is all...

 

Niwot softball ready to take next step

After winning two of its final three games last season, the Niwot softball team is primed for continued success in 2021. Head coach Bobby Matthews' Cougars return their ace pitcher and nearly all...

 

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