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  • Student Athlete of the Week Payton Johnson

    Jessica Walker|May 29, 2024

    Homegrown talent is harder to come by for Niwot High School athletics these days. NHS pulls from over fifty middle schools for its student body and open enrollment at all St. Vrain Valley high schools allows students to choose where they study and compete during their high school years. But one of the most exciting young athletes at NHS is a Niwot area native, who just completed her sophomore year, and is already a girls lacrosse state champion. Payton Johnson, a rising junior at Niwot High...

  • NYS completes successful winter basketball season

    Jessica Walker|Mar 20, 2024

    Niwot Youth Sports started the Winter Recreational Basketball season in December with record registration numbers and lots of excitement for its third season partnering with Rocky Mountain Youth Basketball (RMYB). On Saturday, March 9, the season ended with four team championships and four team runner-up champions at the Rocky Mountain Youth Basketball End of Year Tournament held at local gyms in Longmont, Frederick and Niwot. NYS had 29 teams enter the tournament, including seven girls and 22...

  • Niwot High School continues to excel

    Jessica Walker|Feb 7, 2024

    When it comes to the multitude of success stories coming out of Niwot High School these days, the statistics speak for themselves. Academically, NHS remains the only school in the St. Vrain Valley School District with an International Baccalaureate (IB) program, in which there is a 40% participation rate. An impressive 72% of students are taking at least one IB or Advanced Placement (AP) class. And, NHS students currently boast one of the highest SAT scores in the district at 1103 and one of the highest PSAT composite scores in the State of Col...

  • MVP project rounding third and heading for home

    Jessica Walker|Aug 2, 2023

    Niwot Youth Sports held its bimonthly board meeting at the Niwot Inn and Spa on July 19 and board members were given some exciting news about the Monarch Improvement Project (MVP). NYS president Pat Longseth told the board that the building was weeks away from opening, would be ready to greet the NYS Fall Ball Softball Season, and was inching closer toward its $500,000 fundraising goal. The board is now planning a grand opening celebration and hoping to get additional community support to raise...

  • Lise Murphy is Niwot Elementary School Teacher of the Year

    Jessica Walker|May 31, 2023

    Each year the St. Vrain Valley School District requests submissions from families for their annual Teacher of the Year award. Together with each school's input from their respective administrations, every elementary, middle and high school then reviews family submissions and nominates a teacher to send to the district-wide competition. This year it came as no surprise to many of the students she has taught over the years that Niwot Elementary's 2022-2023 recipient is third-grade teacher, Lise...

  • Beautiful spring weather greets NYS baseball & softball opening day

    Jessica Walker|May 3, 2023

    Blue skies and temperatures in the mid 60's brought out many Niwot Youth Sports families to the NYS Recreational Baseball/Softball Opening Day Celebration on Sunday, April 30, at Hangge Fields at Monarch Park. Over 300 young athletes lined up early in the morning for team pictures in their new jerseys and hats. A bouncy castle and the ever popular concession trailer were on hand to entertain and feed kids, parents, grandparents, siblings, and fans alike. The Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free...

  • Multiple tournament victories for NYS recreational basketball

    Jessica Walker|Mar 22, 2023

    The winter 2023 Rocky Mountain Youth Basketball League hosted 120 teams for its end of season tournament on Saturday, March 11, at the Rocky Churches in Niwot and Frederick. By day's end, nine of the Niwot Youth Sports recreational basketball teams came away with first or second-place finishes. NYS sent 20 teams to the tournament in three age groups. Rocky created a dizzying and impressive tournament bracket with up to five division tournaments per age group. The winning teams and coaches are:...

  • NYS basketball wrapping up as baseball & softball registration opens

    Jessica Walker|Feb 15, 2023

    Niwot Youth Sports (NYS) basketball is in full swing, with 200 youth participants this winter competing in the Rocky Mountain Youth Basketball league. NYS is fielding 15 teams this winter and teams have played four weekends of action thus far. There are two more weekends of regular season play followed by an end of season tournament Feb. 27 through March 4. NYS teams play against local talent from Rocky Mountain Youth Sports Upward League and Carbon Valley Recreation Center. In addition to...

  • Leopold brothers take first place in Water '22 Student Showcase

    Jessica Walker|Dec 28, 2022

    Niwot Elementary School third-grader Oskar Leopold and his brother, kindergartener Teddy Leopold, won first prize in the Water Education Colorado's "Water '22 Student Showcase" competition awarded earlier this fall. They competed in the kindergarten through fifth grade category. Their task was to show how water interacts with and affects us all as Coloradoans. Their efforts earned them a $1,000 prize in this 18 and under student contest. They were also recently featured on a social media and...

  • NYS rec basketball evaluations bring out local youth talent

    Jessica Walker|Dec 7, 2022

    Niwot Youth Sports boys and girls recreational basketball started the season a bit early this year by bringing out players for pre-season evaluations at Flagstaff Academy this past week. Evaluations ran from Thursday, Dec. 1 to Sunday, Dec. 4. New NYS basketball commissioner Micah Hayes and his volunteer coaches were able to use these days to get a first look at their players and help them make competitive and well-matched teams for each division. The Niwot Youth Sports basketball program is...

  • NYS Flag Football Superbowl crowns new champs

    Jessica Walker|Nov 9, 2022

    Niwot Youth Sports hosted three simultaneous flag football championships on Sunday, Oct. 23, at Niwot High School. At the end of the day, three new Super Bowl Champions were crowned. In the JV Division, the Bills and the Colts battled it out in the wild card game early in the morning. The Colts started the year rather cold, with only one victory in their first six games, but made a roaring comeback late in the season and kept that streak going with a win over the Bills. Next up were the Broncos...

  • Chilly Sunday brought heated competition to NYS Flag Football

    Jessica Walker|Oct 26, 2022

    For the first time this season, cold and cloudy weather settled in at Niwot High School on Sunday morning, Oct. 16, for the last week of regular season games for NYS Flag football. Temperatures hovered around 50 degrees for the first game kick offs. The All-Pro division had a bye week, due to the school holiday weekend, and the Rookie division Vikings scrimmaged each other as they continued to work on football fundamentals. Despite the chilly temps on the field, there was plenty of heat as...

  • Records fall at 15th Annual Niwot Trot

    Jessica Walker|Oct 5, 2022

    After a three year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, downtown Niwot hosted a packed and fast crowd of runners, joggers and walkers for the 15th annual Niwot Trot 5K on Sunday, Oct. 2. The starting horn blared at 9 a.m. sharp and a sea of elementary school children sprinted down Murray Street from the starting line just in front of the Niwot Post office. The course is a flat and fast 3.1 miles, which winds runners down Murray, then curving around east on Neva Road before sending them north on to...

  • NYS Flag Football finds a new home field

    Jessica Walker|Sep 14, 2022

    A cheer tunnel of young Niwot Youth Sports athletes assembled on the new Niwot High School football field last Friday to welcome their favorite NHS football players onto the field for the first time ever. Many stayed on a soggy and cold night to watch Niwot High's football team win their first homecoming game played at the school. Two days later, on a bright and sunny morning, it was their turn to play. The Niwot Youth Sports flag football athletes made their debut at home at Niwot High School...

  • NYS Flag Football season opens

    Jessica Walker|Aug 31, 2022

    There was plenty of sunshine and throngs of bold colored, crisp NFL flag jerseys running around the outfields of the Biff Warren Baseball Complex on Sunday, Aug. 28, for opening weekend of the fall 2022 Niwot Youth Sports Flag Football season. Two outfields at the complex are transformed each Sunday into regulation size NFL flag fields for the 13 teams competing this fall. Each team chooses an NFL team to represent, complete with reversible jerseys in team colors and with team logos. Back to run...

  • Niwot Youth Sports hosts NFL-style Combine with NHS Youth Football Clinic

    Jessica Walker|Aug 3, 2022

    Just as NFL rookies start reporting to training camp in mid-July all across the country, the young athletes of Niwot Youth Sports were recently treated to an opportunity to start prepping for the upcoming flag football season. While it doesn't seem like football weather, anyone who has played football growing up knows that the summer months are where workouts and practices increase in intensity. It's where the work is done and champions are created. So how do you start building champion...

  • NYS Rec Baseball season recap

    Jessica Walker|Jul 6, 2022

    Niwot Youth Sports had an outstanding spring 2022 season with 31 teams competing in the recreational baseball program. The season officially kicked off on May 1 with Opening Day festivities, including a visit from Colorado Rockies' mascot Dinger, a bouncy house, refreshments and preseason scrimmages for each team. Many NYS baseball alumni, including former players, coaches and administrators, were on hand for the ceremony, which included a special presentation about the Monarch Improvement...

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