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  • NHS track and field takes a victory lap in postseason awards

    Madison Shaw|Jul 17, 2024

    The Niwot High School track and field teams have once again proven their dominance, with the girls team winning the state title for the fifth consecutive year and the boys team finishing as state runner-up. Their outstanding performance through the season has been recognized with numerous awards, showcasing the incredible talent of both teams under Coach Maurice Henriques, who was named CHSAA's 4A Girls Track Coach of the Year. Leading the girls team, sophomore Addison Ritzenhein had a stellar...

  • Gatorade Players of the Year

    Madison Shaw|Jul 17, 2024

  • Student Athlete of the Week Mohi Bauer

    Jack Carlough|Jul 10, 2024

    Mohi Bauer accomplished quite a bit during his junior year at Niwot High School, both in the classroom and on the pitch. Along with taking college-level math classes through Front Range Community College, he received a mid-season promotion to the varsity boys soccer team and ultimately played big minutes for the Cougars. His contributions as an offensive facilitator helped Niwot win seven of its final eight games, including two in the Class 4A state tournament. "That was a cool experience, joini...

  • Elise Cranny prepares for the Olympics

    Bruce Warren|Jul 10, 2024

    Niwot High School graduate Elise Cranny, who now runs professionally for Nike, is preparing for her second appearance at the Olympics, to be held in Paris from July 26 through Aug. 11. Cranny finished second to Elle St. Pierre in the 5,000 meters by two one-hundredths (0.02) of a second in a photo finish at the Olympic trials to secure a spot in Paris on the U.S. Olympic team. Last week, Cranny also ran the 1500 meters at the Olympic trials, finishing sixth with a time of 3:57.87 a sub-4-minute...

  • Student Athlete of the Week Kaleb Noterman

    Jack Carlough|Jul 3, 2024

    Kaleb Noterman likes to keep things simple when playing football: see the ball, catch the ball, and score. Unconcerned by that which he can't control, the wide receiver/defensive back is turning heads this summer ahead of his second year at Niwot High School. The single-minded rising sophomore played junior varsity football last season but amid a summer of rapid growth, varsity head coach Nik Blume is anticipating substantial production from Noterman moving forward. "Kaleb's route running has...

  • Elise Cranny running back to the Olympics for 2024

    Scott Barto|Jul 3, 2024

    Niwot High School class of 2014 graduate, Elise Cranny, is headed to the Olympics for a second time this July. Cranny qualified to go to Paris to compete in the 2024 Olympics during the Team Trials in Eugene, Oregon, between June 21 and June 30. Cranny finished second in the 5000M at the trials on June 25 with a time of 14:40:36 - a mere 0.02 seconds behind the first-place finisher. "I feel honored to be able to represent the U.S. at the Paris Olympics," Cranny said, "especially because the last...

  • Tigers take the trophy: Erie boys lacrosse postseason honors

    Madison Shaw|Jul 3, 2024

    The Erie High School boys lacrosse team capped an extraordinary season by clinching the state championship, an impressive milestone marking the program's first-ever state title. Led by Coach Nick Mandia, who was named the Class 4A Northern Coach of the Year, the team showcased its dominance, ending the season with a stellar 15-3 overall record and a perfect 5-0 conference record, finishing first in the 4A Northern League. The Tigers' triumphant journey culminated in a commanding 14-6 victory...

  • Mead girls lacrosse scooping up postseason awards

    Madison Shaw|Jul 3, 2024

    In only their second season, Mead High School's lacrosse team, comprised of girls from all across the St. Vrain Valley School District, ended the year as State Runners-Up. Under the guidance of Coach Katie Coleman, they finished the season first in the 4A Northern League with an overall record of 17-2, with numerous postseason accolades complementing their performance on the field. Niwot senior Anne Booth, a captain and the backbone of the Maverick's defense, earned the prestigious title of...

  • Student Athlete of the Week Kianna Butler

    Jack Carlough|Jun 26, 2024

    It didn't take long for newcomer Kianna Butler to find her groove with the Niwot High School varsity softball team last season. After transferring from a Class 2A school in Flagstaff, Arizona, Butler became the Class 4A Cougars' top pitcher during her junior season. Niwot head coach Bobby Matthews trusted Butler with 130.2 innings in the circle and was rewarded with a stellar 2.68 earned run average. Butler, not one to shy away from pressure, said she enjoyed the competitive leap from 2A to 4A....

  • NYS Monarch Field ribbon cutting and celebration

    Jessica Walker|Jun 26, 2024

    Hangge Fields at Monarch Park were abuzz with activity this past Sunday, June 23, as the volunteer board members of Niwot Youth Sports hosted a celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony for their brand new building housing concessions, storage and permanent bathrooms on site. NYS President Pat Longseth and NYS Hangge Fields at Monarch Supervisor and Maintenance Director Glenn Wager, who also serves as NYS Girls Softball Commissioner, were on hand to officially open the building. Riki Frea, NYS...

  • Cougars girls tennis team serves up postseason results

    Madison Shaw|Jun 26, 2024

    Niwot High School’s girls tennis team had an impressive season, finishing third in the 4A Region 5 League with a 7-5-1 overall record. Under the experienced leadership of Head Coach Aimee Hites, who has been at the helm for about 15 years, the team showed remarkable skill and tenacity. The Cougars’ roster featured a mix of seasoned seniors and promising underclassmen. Sophomore Saha Kolli emerged as a formidable force on the court, earning a 4A All-State Second Team honor. Kolli’s performance in the No. 1 singles spot was admirable, achie...

  • Silver Creek boys swim and dive makes a tidal wave in postseason awards

    Madison Shaw|Jun 26, 2024

    The Silver Creek Raptors made waves this season, not only claiming the Class 4A state championship, but also securing second place in the 4A Northern League and earning numerous postseason accolades. Under the guidance of Head Coach Debbie Stewart, the team, which is comprised of talented swimmers and divers from Niwot High School, Mead High School, Erie High School, Dawson School, and Silver Creek High School, showcased the strengths of their athletes, leading to numerous honors and new school records. James Story, a junior from Mead High...

  • Out In Left Field-BASEBALL

    Bruce Warren|Jun 26, 2024

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  • Out In Left Field - TRACK

    Bruce Warren|Jun 26, 2024

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  • Out In Left Field - TRACK

    Bruce Warren|Jun 26, 2024

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  • Out In Left Field - BASKETBALL

    Bruce Warren|Jun 26, 2024

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  • Out In Left Field - SWIMMING

    Bruce Warren|Jun 26, 2024

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  • Out In Left Field - SKIING

    Bruce Warren|Jun 26, 2024

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  • Out In Left Field - FOOTBALL

    Bruce Warren|Jun 26, 2024

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  • Out In Left Field - TENNIS

    Bruce Warren|Jun 26, 2024

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  • Out In Left Field - VOLLEYBALL

    Bruce Warren|Jun 26, 2024

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  • Student Athlete of the Week Ben Gabrielson

    Jack Carlough|Jun 19, 2024

    Not initially expecting the starting role he was given, it took some time for Niwot High School boys soccer midfielder Ben Gabrielson to get comfortable at the varsity level last fall. Gabrielson, then a junior, had received spot varsity minutes the year prior and was competing with other talented upperclassmen who were also searching for playing time. But as the season wore on and his confidence grew, Gabrielson quickly became a reliable presence in the Cougars' midfield. Niwot finished the...

  • NHS girls soccer strikes through postseason awards

    Madison Shaw|Jun 19, 2024

    The Niwot High School girls soccer team had an impressive 2024 season. Under the guidance of Coach Stephen Dimit, the team finished the year 8-4-4 and secured a spot in the state tournament. The team's hard work was evident throughout the season, resulting in several players receiving postseason accolades. Seniors Paige Russell and Margaux Boyer led the charge, both serving as team captains who played pivotal roles in the midfield and defense, respectively. Russell scored three goals and had...

  • Rutherford and Booth shine at All-State game

    Bruce Warren|Jun 19, 2024

    Niwot High School's softball season ended last fall, but for seniors Autumn Rutherford and Anne Booth, the last game of the season came in June. Rutherford and Booth were selected to play in the Colorado High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) All-State game June 12 at Rawlings Field in Pueblo. Niwot softball coach Bobby Matthews said, "Players are selected by coaches who are members and teams are put together from all classifications." Rutherford and Booth played for the Blue team, which won...

  • NHS hosts baseball camp for NYS players

    Bruce Warren|Jun 19, 2024

    Niwot High Baseball coach Ken Rosales and his staff, along with players from the 2024 squad, hosted a week-long camp for Niwot Youth Sports players June 10 to 14 at the Niwot High School field. Approximately 63 campers worked on drills from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. before finishing each day with a scrimmage. Drills included agility games, baserunning, hitting, bunting, fielding, throwing and pitching. Rosales and pitching coach Greg Wilcox expressed hope that players participating would take lessons...

  • Student Athlete of the Week Justin Gawrych

    Jack Carlough|Jun 12, 2024

    Very few high school athletes earn the right to hoist multiple team state championship trophies throughout their careers. Last month, the now-graduated Justin Gawrych joined that rare company when he helped the Silver Creek High School boys swim and dive team to its second Class 4A title in four years. Gawrych, who swam for the Raptors while attending Niwot High School, was grateful to have helped Silver Creek secure the ultimate prize twice. "It was super exciting because we went second the...

  • NHS baseball racks up post season awards

    Bruce Warren|Jun 12, 2024

    Five Niwot High School Cougars received Longs Peak Conference postseason baseball awards, which were announced by NHS Head Coach, Ken Rosales. Leading the way were juniors Haden Shaw, Charlie Shaw, and Kaige Kennedy, who were named first team All-Conference. Haden Shaw caught most of the varsity games this season, but also took a turn on the mound when needed. He led the Cougars with a .507 batting average and had a team-high 27 RBIs. He received Honorable Mention All-State honors as well....

  • NHS boys volleyball aces postseason awards

    Madison Shaw|Jun 12, 2024

    The Niwot High School boys volleyball team had an impressive showing in the Northern Conference postseason awards, with five players and their coach receiving accolades for their standout performances this season. Leading the way were sophomores Charlie Kirtland and Diego Kheng, who were named to First Team All-Conference. Both players also earned an All-State Honorable Mention for Class 5A. Kirtland led the team with 209 digs and 397 receptions. He was second in assists with 38 and third in...

  • Swinging success: NHS girls golf postseason awards

    Madison Shaw|Jun 12, 2024

    The Niwot High School girls golf team had a remarkable season, finishing third in the Longs Peak League under the guidance of Coach Ed Weaver. Wendy Cheruiyot had an outstanding season, finishing second individually in the league and earning accolades on the All-State Second Team for Class 4A, as well as the Long's Peak All-Conference Team. As a freshman, Cheruiyot's performance was exceptional, demonstrating skill and composure on the course. In the state tournament, Cheruiyot was the Cougar's...

  • Student Athlete of the Week Eliana Henriques

    Jennifer Wagner|Jun 5, 2024

    "Track has always been something I enjoyed," said rising Niwot High School senior Eliana Henriques. "I hope to participate on a college team after I graduate from high school next summer. It has been a challenging past few years, but I feel like I'm finally making a comeback." Henriques' sophomore year track season was cut short due to injury when she hit a hurdle while running in March 2023. She tore her ACL and later had surgery in April 2023, followed by a lengthy nine months of physical...

  • 10 Niwot High School students to compete at Nike Outdoor Nationals

    Jennifer Wagner|Jun 5, 2024

    From June 12 to June 15, 10 local Niwot High School students will compete in various track and field events at the Nike Outdoor Nationals Tournament held at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. They are attending the tournament as part of REAL Training, a local club team consisting of students from Centaurus High School, Legacy High School, Montrose High School, Niwot High School, and Riverdale Ridge High School. The 10 Niwot students will join seven students from the other high...

  • Night of Champions: Academic and athletic excellence at Niwot High School

    Madison Shaw|Jun 5, 2024

    The Night of Champions ceremony unfolded with an air of anticipation and excitement as students, teachers, parents, and community members gathered to recognize the exceptional achievements of Niwot High School individuals and teams throughout the school year. From academic brilliance to athletic prowess, the event summarized the student body's spirit of dedication and perseverance. Eric Rauschkolb, Niwot High School's Principal, opened the June 2 formalities, setting the stage for an evening fil...

  • 20 Niwotians place in the top 20 at Bolder Boulder 10K

    Jennifer Wagner|Jun 5, 2024

    On Memorial Day, over 48,000 participants lined up to race the Bolder Boulder 10K. Out of that number, a whopping 242 participants live in Niwot, with 125 women and 116 men participating. With so many participants, runners are timed based on age and gender instead of just the finishing time and place. In addition to the amateur racing categories, the Bolder Boulder, which first started in 1979, has expanded to include Elite categories and an International Pro Team Challenge that attracts...

  • 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...

  • Niwot Youth Sports to host ribbon-cutting ceremony

    Madison Shaw|May 29, 2024

    After a weather delay on April 28, Niwot Youth Sports President Pat Longseth is eager to cut the ribbon on the new Niwot Youth Sports Monarch Improvement Project building. The end-of-season celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony is now scheduled for Sunday, June 23, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Hangge Fields at Monarch Park. The six-field complex, with access off of Highway 52 just west of 79th Street, is now home to a building that includes permanent restrooms, a concession area, and equipment storage...

  • Niwot girls golf takes seventh at Class 4A state tournament

    Jack Carlough|May 29, 2024

    This year's Class 4A state tournament served as another reminder of how much potential lies within the Niwot High School girls golf program. With three competing golfers, including lone senior Mina O'Dell, the Cougars placed seventh in the team standings with a two-round combined score of 555. Head coach Ed Weaver's trio shot a 280 in the first round on Monday, May 20, before cutting off five strokes the next day at the Country Club of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Last year, O'Dell,...

  • Student Athlete of the Week Menbere Sullivan

    Jack Carlough|May 22, 2024

    Only a few weeks removed from her third and final season within the Niwot High School girls soccer program, Menbere Sullivan is already experiencing some nostalgia looking back on her senior campaign. "It was definitely the best high school season I've had," Sullivan said. "Our team was super close all year. Even if it was a super young team, I think the upperclassmen really stepped up. Our team had the same goal and purpose for the whole year, which I think really helped throughout our season....

  • Girls tennis ends the season losing seven seniors

    Jennifer Wagner|May 22, 2024

    The Niwot High School girls tennis team had an eventful week competing in the Class 4A state championships. In the individual competition held May 9-11 at Pueblo City Park, four students took home third-place trophies. Sophomore Saha Kolli placed third in No. 1 singles by defeating Megan Fields from Pueblo County, 6-0 and 6-0, in the first round and Joanna Carter from Severance in the quarterfinals, 6-1 and 6-2, before losing to Lila Moldenhauer from Kent Denver, 6-1 and 6-1, in the semifinal round. She then defeated Haylee Hussmann from Air...

  • Silver Creek boys take top honors in state swim and dive

    Bruce Warren|May 22, 2024

    Coach Debbie Stewart's Silver Creek swimmers and divers took home the Class 4A state title May 11, scoring 329 points, 62 points ahead of second-place Windsor High School at 267. "The class of 2024 had an amazing run," Stewart said, "finishing first in 2021, second in 2022, second in 2023 and first in 2024." The combined team from Silver Creek and Niwot high schools started strong with a victory in the 200 Medley Relay, with senior Stephen Codevilla leading off, followed by junior Chayakorn...

  • NHS sends three golfers to state

    Bruce Warren|May 22, 2024

    Niwot High School's girls golf team qualified three golfers for the Class 4A state tournament in Colorado Springs, giving the Cougars a chance to place as a team. The regional tournament was held at Twin Peaks Golf Course in Longmont, with 67 girls competing for the 21 state qualifying scores. Junior Alena Kasanicky led the Cougar squad with a fifth-place finish, followed by freshman Wendy Cheruiyot (16) and senior Mina O'Dell (21). "Mina got into a playoff," Coach Ed Weaver said. With a 3-way...

  • Niwot track girls take 1st, boys take 2nd at State

    Jessica Checkas|May 22, 2024

    The Colorado State Track and Field Championships resulted in big wins for Niwot High School at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood. The 3-day event, which concluded May 18, gave the Cougars a chance to compete against the best in Class 4A in the state. And the runners and throwers from Niwot did not disappoint, turning in exceptional performances to dominate the meet, with a fifth consecutive state team championship by the Cougar girls, and a second-place tie by the Cougar boys. No other school came...

  • Niwot baseball eliminated by Palisade in regionals

    Jack Carlough|May 22, 2024

    Although disappointed by the season-ending first-round playoff loss, the Niwot High School varsity baseball team left Colorado’s Western Slope with heads held high. The Cougars, who fought their way into regionals by winning seven straight games to close the regular season, pushed host Palisade High School to its limits in the Class 4A Region 4 tournament opener on Saturday, May 18. Niwot tallied 13 hits and scored runs in five different frames but was ultimately undone by walks, errors, and a difficult sixth inning in the 17-10 loss. Palisade,...

  • Niwot High School girls soccer season ends with first-round playoff exit

    Isaac Stephens|May 22, 2024

    The Niwot High School girls soccer team has played their last game of the year, falling to Lutheran High School in the first round of this year's playoffs. Niwot came into the series with an impressive 8-4-3 record that landed the team the 21st spot out of 32 teams. The Cougars came in against a very strong 12th-ranked Lutheran team that has been on a warpath since the playoffs started, taking down everyone in their way en route to their state championship match. In the second round, Lutheran...

  • Student Athlete of the Week Sergio Pimentel

    Jack Carlough|May 15, 2024

    Hitting a baseball, already one of the most difficult tasks in all of sports, became significantly more challenging for Sergio Pimentel when he suffered an orbital fracture last summer. Pimentel's injury occurred when a baseball struck him in the face, tearing a muscle in his right eye that now keeps his pupil permanently dilated. Along with struggling to see in bright environments, Pimentel's right eye now interprets straight lines as curved. Little came easy for Pimentel early in his senior...

  • Niwot baseball closes regular season on six-game winning streak

    Jack Carlough|May 15, 2024

    Earlier this month, Niwot High School baseball head coach Ken Rosales admitted that his team would need a perfect final two weeks of the regular season to potentially qualify for state regionals. Well, six wins later, the Cougars have done everything in their power to make things interesting. Requiring a top-32 spot to make regionals, Niwot stood No. 31 in the Class 4A Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) Selection and Seeding Index as of Sunday, May 12. That is not a final...

  • Student Athlete of the Week Sage Xiong

    Jack Carlough|May 8, 2024

    The Niwot High School boys volleyball program, fresh off its second varsity season, will soon likely have its first player advancing to the college level. After receiving an offer he couldn't refuse, senior Sage Xiong plans on taking his talents to Lakeland University, a Division III college in Plymouth, Wisconsin. Xiong led Niwot in assists (617) this past season as the Cougars' primary setter. "I got a pretty good scholarship to go play there," said Xiong, an Erie High School student who...

  • Niwot baseball heating up at the right time

    Jack Carlough|May 8, 2024

    Fueled by cold bats and inconsistent gloves, the Niwot High School varsity baseball team entered the final day of April riding an eight-game losing streak. However, while their frustrations grew with every narrow defeat, the Cougars never lost faith that their struggles would cease. At Mountain View High School on Tuesday, April 30, the Cougars' trust in themselves was finally rewarded in a 10-8 win over the Mountain Lions. Junior left fielder Jagger Kilpatrick cranked his first high school...

  • NHS girls soccer to state playoffs

    Bruce Warren|May 8, 2024

    The Niwot Cougars will head to Lutheran High School in Parker for the first round of the state Class 4A girls soccer playoffs on Wednesday, May 8. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m., with the 12th-seeded Lutheran Lions hosting Niwot, which finished the season at 8-3-4, giving the Cougars the 22nd seed. Lutheran closed out its 9-4 regular season with a 1-0 loss to Mullen, which is seeded 15th. "I'm excited to see them," Cougar Coach Stephen Dimit said. "They were a finalist last year and finished...

  • Niwot sends five lines to state girls tennis tournament

    Bruce Warren|May 8, 2024

    The Class 4A Region 5 tournament, held at Niwot April 30, saw the Cougars send five lines to the state tennis tournament at Pueblo City Park, with play beginning Thursday, May 9. Erie High School had the best result, sending six lines to the tournament. At No. 1 singles, Niwot's Saha Kolli finished second to Erie's Nanoha Nakamura. Niwot's Tracy Yu won the No. 2 singles final over Stella Rulon of Longmont, 6-4, 6-3. Yu is doing double duty this spring as a member of Niwot's girls soccer team as...

  • Niwot High School boys volleyball season ends during play-in tournament

    Isaac Stephens|May 8, 2024

    The Niwot High School boys volleyball season has come to an end as Niwot split games during their round-robin play-in tournament. Niwot was placed in the eighth group with 17th-ranked Legend High School and 8th-ranked Cherokee Trail High School. The Cougars came in as the 9th-ranked team out of 24. The Cougars played their first matchup against Legend, making quick work to take the match 3-1, giving the Cougars a fighting chance for one of the eight playoff seats up for grabs in the state tournament. Disaster struck for Niwot when they took on...

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