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2021 Niwot 'Turkey Trot' features a festival of miles on the track

Turkey Trots seem to be the ubiquitous activity of choice for many on Thanksgiving morning. These fun races vary in distance from 5k to 10k (sometimes longer, sometimes shorter) and usually feature...

 

Comeback season for Niwot boys basketball tips off on Dec. 2

The Niwot boys basketball team didn't see much success during the abbreviated 2020-21 season, but the "hard lessons" they learned during the 1-13 campaign should pay off in a much improved 2021-22,...

 

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...

 

Out in Leftfield

CROSS COUNTRY Taylor James (Niwot) is on the Cross Country roster for Stanford University this fall, but has not officially competed for the Cardinal yet. James, a freshman, will have an opportunity...

 

Out in Left Field

CROSS COUNTRY Lucca Fulkerson (Niwot), a freshman at Princeton University, helped her squad to a second-place finish at the Lehigh Invitational Sept. 3, when all five runners crossed the 6K finish...

 

Bumped: Niwot's Class 4A title bid ends in semifinals

Going into its semifinal match at the 2021 Class 4A state championships on Nov. 13, the No. 6 seed Niwot volleyball team seemed well-nigh unbeatable. Behind seniors Zoe Gibbs and Morgan Daugherty, the...

 

Student-Athlete of the Week: Morgan Daugherty

On Nov. 13 at the Class 4A state championships, senior Morgan Daugherty played her final match in a Niwot volleyball uniform, ending a short but highly impactful career. In two seasons for the...

 

Four Niwot High athletes commit to collegiate programs

On Nov. 10, Niwot High seniors (from left) Morgan Daugherty (volleyball), Zane Bergen (track and cross country), Zoe Gibbs (volleyball), and Mary Codevilla (swim and dive), signed letters of intent...

 

Niwot volleyball cruises to regional title and advances to state

Niwot volleyball is heading back to state for the first time since its runner-up finish in 2018. On Nov. 6, the No. 6 seed Cougars blew through two opponents at the Region 6 qualifying tournament to...

 

Niwot rallies to finish second at Class 4A state championships

The Class 4A state gymnastics meet on Nov. 5 was full of memorable moments for Marisa Purcell and the Niwot gymnastics team, and there's at least one they'd like to forget. When it was all over at...

 

Student-Athlete of the Week: Brad Bair

At 6-foot 3-inches and 225 pounds, Niwot senior guard/tackle Brad Bair is a force to be reckoned with on the football field, as opponents across the scrimmage line from him can no doubt attest. But...

 

Unlikely champion leads Niwot girls to fourth straight state title

As predicted, the nationally-ranked Niwot girls cross country team ran away with the title after a historically dominating performance at the 2021 Class 4A state championships, held Oct. 30 at the... Full story

 

Bergen defends title with new Class 4A record

Niwot's Zane Bergen put an exclamation point on the end of his high school cross country career with another title-winning performance at the Class 4A state championships. All alone when he crossed...

 

Quick shot: Early goal lifts Niwot in first round of Class 4A playoffs

If you weren't in your seat when the horn sounded to start Niwot's game against Regis-Groff (9-7) in the first round of the Class 4A soccer playoffs, then you probably missed all of the scoring. Just...

 

Niwot gymnastics claims 2021 regional title

Behind a much-improved performance on the uneven bars, the resurgent Niwot gymnastics team turned in its top score of the season to claim first place at the Class 4A Region 2 championships, held Oct....

 

Student-Athlete of the Week: Azael Marrufo

During four seasons as a varsity winger for Niwot, Azael Marrufo has been the Cougars' most productive attacker, with 34 goals in 34 games, the most recent a game-winner against Regis Groff in the...

 

Niwot runs over Mountain View for long-awaited win

The 2021 season won't be remembered as the best in Niwot football history, but on Oct. 22 the Cougars made it the most successful in more than a decade. Behind a balanced performance in all three...

 

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...

 

Prok leads Niwot to perfect finish at cross country regionals

Not much is perfect in life, but at least two things at the 2021 Class 4A Region 3 cross country championships on Oct. 22 were: the mild autumn weather, and the Niwot girls' final score in the team...

 

Niwot boys claim third straight regional title

The results weren't quite as perfect for Niwot in the boys' race, but with six runners in the top 10, it was a title-winning performance nonetheless. Behind defending Class 4A champion Zane Bergen in...

 

Student-Athlete of the Week: Eva Klingbeil

In September 2020, Niwot distance runner Eva Klingbeil was on the cusp of a breakout season when she suffered an injury that ended her racing year prematurely. For the first time since joining the...

 

"Resilient" Cougars fall in softball regionals

Though it was the perfect fall day for outdoor sports, the outcome of a pair of games for Niwot High School's Varsity softball team was less enjoyable. The team, which had played increasingly well in...

 

Niwot held scoreless at Thompson Valley

Niwot Cougars head coach Nikolas Blume didn't mince his words after the team's 34-0 loss on the road at Thompson Valley (2-4) on Oct. 14. "I'm not sure if we ever got off the bus," he said. "We were b...

 

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...

 

Singles power Niwot to 3rd place finish at state

Behind a title-winning performance from LiChen Liao at No. 2 singles, the Niwot boys tennis team finished third overall at the 2021 Class 4A state tennis championships, held at Pueblo's City Park on...

 

Student-Athlete of the Week: Raaghav Agarwal

With his varsity tennis season now behind him, Niwot senior Raaghav Agarwal is turning his attention to another type of head-to-head match. This year, he is taking on a key technical role for the...

 

Niwot boys clinch 11th straight regional tennis title

The Niwot boys tennis team punched its ticket to the Class 4A state championships with a rousing team win at the 2021 Region 5 tournament, held at the home courts on Oct. 6-7. Led by junior Luke...

 

Niwot falls to fourth-ranked Fort Morgan

It's cliche to say that a team played better than the final score indicated, but for second-year head coach Nik Blume, it's also a pretty fair characterization of Niwot's 52-27 loss to fourth-ranked F...

 

Playoff-bound Cougars honor seniors as regular season wraps up

Niwot varsity and junior varsity softball players honored seniors Hannah Bassett, Ava McComas and Jasmine Aldama for senior night on Oct. 5. Earlier, head coach Bobby Matthews and his players learned...

 

Niwot sweeps Mountain View for eighth straight win

Losing a star player never helps a team, but the absence of standout middle hitter Zoe Gibbs didn't seem to hurt the Niwot volleyball team in its home match against Mountain View (4-13, 1-10) on Oct....

 

Gunlikson captures sixth place at state golf championships

The third time was a charm for senior Niwot golfer Christopher Gunlikson at the 2021 class 4A golf championships, held Oct. 4-5 at City Park golf course in Denver. Behind a sharp short game and smart...

 

Classen leads Niwot to road win over Skyview

Junior quarterback Ben Classen was definitely the star of Niwot's 42-13 win over Skyview, but it was senior Bryce Nemec who had the most memorable moment of the game. With Niwot leading 35-6 in the 4t...

 

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 boys clinch berth to Class 4A state championships

The Niwot boys golf team is heading back to the Class 4A championships, after a rock steady round at the Region 3 qualifying tournament on Sept. 21. Behind clutch putting from Christopher Gunlikson...

 

Student-Athlete of the Week: Christopher Gunlikson

During his first three seasons as a Niwot varsity golfer, talented left-hander Christopher Gunlikson was one of the league's strongest performers during the regular season, but struggled with...

 

Niwot boys cruise to fourth straight win

Senior Jacob Elston scored twice, while three of his teammates also found the back of the net as the Niwot boys soccer team posted a 5-0 victory over Mountain View at home on Sept. 23. It was the...

 

Niwot teams claim first at Desert Twilight XC Festival

On Sept. 24, Niwot cross country added another data point to the growing body of evidence that its teams are among the best in the country. With a colorful Arizona sunset as a backdrop, both the Niwot...

 

Niwot trounces Riverdale Ridge for homecoming win

The Niwot offense got off to another slow start in its Sept. 17 matchup against league foe Riverdale Ridge, scoring just six points in three quarters, despite success moving the ball on the ground....

 

Bergen leads ailing Niwot boys to a win at the St. Vrain Invitational

Niwot cross country coach Kelly Christensen wasn't surprised when nationally-ranked runner Zane Bergen crossed the finish line first at the St. Vrain Invitational on Sept. 18, but he was surprised to...

 

Student-Athlete of the Week: Isaac Robinson

Niwot senior Isaac Robinson describes himself as "a little bit of a perfectionist" when it comes to academics, a tendency that has paid off with a top GPA and a selection as a 2021 National Merit...

 

Olympic homecoming

Niwot High graduate ('14) and 2020 Olympian Elise Cranny is returning to her alma mater. On Friday, Sept. 17, the decorated distance runner will be riding in Niwot High's motorized homecoming parade,...

 

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 bats come alive at Berthoud Invitational

Behind sophomore Anne Booth and her 10 RBIs, Niwot won three out of four games at the Berthoud Invitational softball tournament, held Sept. 10-11 in Loveland. With the wins, Niwot improved to 7-7 on...

 

Niwot's Mia Curry sets sights on another Class 4A championship

Niwot gymnast Mia Curry admitted that winning a third straight Class 4A all-around title is in the "back of her mind," but there's another piece of hardware that she'd rather have at the end of her...

 

Niwot holds on to beat #3 Thompson Valley

It was a night of big kills, big digs, and even bigger comebacks as #5 ranked Niwot took on #3 Thompson Valley in an edge-of-your-seat thriller that spanned five back-and-forth sets. Behind UNC-bound...

 

Lackluster Niwot thumped by Eagle Valley

Niwot's Sept. 11 matchup against Eagle Valley (2-0) got off to a thrilling start for the home fans, with a foiled onside kick attempt, a long run by quarterback Ben Classen, and finally, a 1-yard...

 

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...

 

Student-Athlete of the Week: Thomas Carnagie

Niwot's 26-20 win over Thornton in the final football game of the 2020 season wasn't just the team's sole victory of the year, it was also a breakout game for running back Thomas Carnagie, who ended t...

 

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...

 

Niwot volleyball impressive in season-opening win

Before the 2021 volleyball season began, fifth-year head coach Daisha Agho wasn't sure if she was more excited about the veterans returning to the varsity lineup, or the impressive newcomers, who do...

 

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