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 By Jack Carlough    Sports    February 1, 2023 

Coach Bobby Matthews seeing improvement among Niwot wrestlers

It hasn’t been an easy season for the young Niwot High School boys wrestling team. Wins have been tough to assemble and with a limited number of opportunities remaining, head coach Bobby Matthews wants his Cougars to continue “pushing...

 
 By Jack Carlough    Sports    February 1, 2023 

Student Athlete of the Week - Rowan Lavigne

Looking back at her nearly-complete Niwot High School girls swim career, the relationships Rowan Lavigne has built come to the senior's mind almost immediately. "Since freshman year, I've made my...

 

Student Athlete of the Week: Eric Falcon

The first two years of Eric Falcon's Niwot High School wrestling career didn't go according to plan. Beset by the COVID-19 pandemic and a leg injury, he was unable to dedicate his complete focus to...

 

Student-Athlete of the Week: Molly Slupik

While Niwot High School girls basketball's first win of 2022-23 was inarguably a team effort, few Cougars were as critical to the victory as Molly Slupik. A junior starting forward, Slupik had...

 

Niwot girls basketball secures first win at Skyline

The Niwot girls basketball team is winless no more. Following an 0-9 start to the Niwot High School girls basketball season, head coach Jon Hill's Cougars rallied late in the game to beat the Skyline...

 

Gary Daum Classic brings wrestling fans to Niwot

Niwot High School's wrestling coach, Bobby Matthews, opened the Gary Daum Classic wrestling tournament with a brief tribute to the late NHS wrestling coach, then asked the crowd to join him in a...

 

Student Athlete of the Week: Ryder Evans

Although only a sophomore, Ryder Evans has proven early on that he can compete against Colorado's top wrestlers. The 126-pound Niwot High underclassman owns an 18-5 record so far this season and his...

 
 By Jack Carlough    News    January 4, 2023

Annual Gary Daum Classic remains a marked event for Niwot boys wrestling

Over the course of a season, not many other events mean more to the Niwot High School wrestling program than the Gary Daum Classic. The annual wrestling tournament, previously known as the Boulder...

 

Student Athlete of the Week: Alexander Long

For the first time since breaking his ankle as a sophomore, Alexander Long finally feels like a "complete basketball player" midway through his senior season at Niwot High School. "I didn't really...

 

Burrage, Evans lead Niwot boys wrestling at Keith Kilker Memorial

Overall, it was a mixed bag of results for the Niwot High School wrestling team at the Keith Kilker Memorial boys wrestling event held from Dec.16-17 in Keenesburg. The Cougars left Weld Central High School 3-4 in duals with junior Gavin Burrage...

 

Niwot girls swim and dive takes Class 4A crown at Rex Memorial Coaches Invite

The Niwot High School girls swim and dive team entered winter break on a high note by topping the Class 4A field at the REX Memorial Coaches Invite on Dec. 17. Niwot placed 12th overall, but the...

 

Student Athlete of the Week: Rose Pacheco

The term downhill guard doesn't suit many better than it does Rose Pacheco. Her ability to drive towards the hoop may appear reckless at times, but it frequently results in two points for the Niwot Hi...

 

Student-Athlete of the Week: Vithal Arya

After moving to the United States during his sixth-grade year, Vithal Arya was tasked with learning a culture far different from the one he had experienced growing up in India. "It's a culture shock...

 

Niwot boys wrestling litters leaderboard at Wheat Ridge Invitational

Things are beginning to look up for the Niwot boys wrestling team. Coming off a disappointing last-place finish at the Fort Lupton Invitational, the Cougars rebounded nicely on Dec. 7 to beat a...

 

Niwot girls swim bests Erie in dual meet

Several Niwot High School girls swimmers were at their best on Dec. 8 in a dual meet against Erie High School. Head coach Ella Thramann said that many of her Cougar swimmers broke their personal-best times, all leading to an impressive 199-93 win at...

 

Niwot wrestling still searching for identity in early-going

While the Niwot boys wrestling team hasn’t found much success yet, there are still plenty of opportunities ahead. The Cougars currently have only two seniors in Charlie Kidd and Vithal Arya, three juniors and 21 underclassmen. Early struggles are...

 

Student Athlete of the Week: Jerek Funkhouser

It was only game No. 1, but when Jerek Funkhouser scored 27 points in Niwot High School's season opener on Dec. 1, it was a great omen for the Cougar boys basketball team. The senior's career-best...

 

Jamieson Legh, Rowan Lavigne lead Niwot girls swimming at Lightning Invite

New Niwot High School girls swimming head coach Ella Thramann has both veteran influencers and young talent helping her navigate the early days of her first season. On the older side, seniors...

 

Niwot girls basketball set for second year under Jon Hill

The Niwot girls basketball team may be young, but second-year head coach Jon Hill believes the Cougars are well aware of his expectations. In Hill's inaugural run last season, he was fortunate to have...

 

Student Athlete of the Week: Zoie Chociej

Zoie Chociej's dominant senior season has her feeling optimistic that she can continue her softball career in college. The Niwot High School second baseman had highs in batting average (.645), RBIs...

 

Niwot cheer has high expectations heading into state and beyond

Despite still being a "growing" team, the Niwot High School cheer team and head coach Christina Ayers are looking forward to what she expects to be a competitive showing at the state spirit...

 

Student Athlete of the Week: Nia Terrell

The admiration gymnast Nia Terrell's teammates have for their senior leader is abundant. As Niwot High School entered its final event at the Class 4A team state gymnastics championships on Nov. 4,...

 

Student Athlete of the Week: Raiden Stahly

Raiden Stahly, Niwot High School football's only four-year varsity member this season, played his final high school snap on Nov. 4 in the Cougars' finale against Denver North. It was a mix of...

 

Niwot gymnastics takes third at State, Kylee Schlepp wins individual title

Considering her team's youth, Niwot High School head gymnastics coach Marisa Purcell was more than pleased with her Cougars following the final event of the Class 4A team state championships on Nov. 4...

 

Student Athlete of the Week: LiChen Liao

Digesting his No. 2 singles state individuals tournament semifinals loss hasn't been easy, but Niwot boys tennis junior LiChen Liao is surrounded by a support system which should help him return next...

 

Niwot girls grab fifth consecutive cross country state title, boys take runner-up

Make it a five-peat. For the fifth time in as many seasons, the Niwot High School girls cross country team took first place at the Class 4A state championships on Oct. 29. Months of preparation,...

 

Niwot boys tennis' LiChen Liao and Charlie Kirtland embrace lessons learned at state tournament

Admittedly, LiChen Liao wasn't pleased with the results in the Class 4A boys individual state tennis tournament. He had won the No. 2 singles title last year and his goal was, of course, to defend...

 

Student-Athlete of the Week Eric Walker

Thanks in part to a position change, Eric Walker has been a valuable producer for the 12-3 Niwot High School boys soccer team, which begins Class 4A state playoff action on Oct. 27. Cougars head...

 

Niwot cross country cruises in Class 4A Region 3 championships

The final hurdle the Niwot High School cross country team had to clear before the state meet came in the form of the Class 4A Region 3 championships on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada. In need of a top-four regionals...

 

Youth runs wild for Niwot cross country in Longs Peak League Meet

A whopping seven Niwot cross country underclassmen — girls and boys combined — had a top-10 finish in the Longs Peak League Meet on Oct. 12. On the boys’ side, Cougar freshman Rocco Culpepper led all runners with a time of 15 minutes, 18.9...

 

Niwot boys tennis' Luke Weber finishes runner-up in No. 1 singles state tournament

The face of Niwot High School boys tennis picked up his final piece of high school hardware on Oct. 15 in the state individuals tournament. Senior Luke Weber cruised through the Class 4A No. 1 singles bracket, defeating Cheyenne Mountain’s Andrew B...

 

Student-Athlete of the Week: Hannah Waldron

Hannah Waldron has erupted during her senior season for the Niwot girls volleyball team. The four-year varsity player recorded her first-ever 10-kill game against Roosevelt on Oct. 5 and then...

 

All seven Niwot boys tennis' lines headed to individual state championships

After suffering a second-round loss to Kent Denver in the state dual tournament, the Niwot boys tennis team still has an opportunity to secure some hardware in the Class 4A individual state...

 

Student-Athlete of the Week: Madison Shults

The final chapter of Madison Shults' Niwot High School cross country career has been a good read. In the month of September alone, Shults had top-10 finishes in the RE-1J District Meet, the St. Vrain...

 

Student-Athlete of the Week: Anne Booth

Niwot softball's power-hitting pitcher Anne Booth reached a difficult milestone during the Cougars' loss to Riverdale Ridge on Sept. 29. In only her junior season, Booth recorded her 100th career hit...

 

Niwot boys tennis knocked out by Kent Denver in second round of state dual tournament

While Niwot boys tennis head coach Aimee Hites believed her No. 8 seed Cougars were capable, drawing No. 1 Kent Denver in the second round of the Class 4A state dual tournament was a challenge. Niwot...

 

Niwot cross country girls leave Arizona with Desert Twilight win

As is typical this season, Niwot cross country’s depth on the girls’ side delivered another meet win. All eight Cougars girls who traveled down to Mesa, Ariz., for the Desert Twilight XC Festival on Sept. 30 finished within the top 20 to secure...

 

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...

 

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