Castle View High School might well be a perfect example of a new high school’s athletics program in development. The school is only on its second …
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Castle View High School might well be a perfect example of a new
high school’s athletics program in development.
The school is only on its second class of seniors since it
opened in 2006. The Sabercats’ 2008-09 academic year was a bit of a
breakout season for many of its sports programs. For instance, the
boys soccer team went on a playoff run. Girls soccer followed with
its first playoff home game — the first playoff game at home for
the entire school. Softball also made a lot of noise in its league
and made an appearance at state.
The school’s cross country teams started qualifying full teams
to the state run with one runner, Chris Ganem, finishing in the top
three as a junior. Last fall, Cats football not only broke a
lengthy losing streak but mounted a much-needed winning season, its
first so far.
Needless to say, having started with only freshmen and sophomore
athletes who would have otherwise most likely attended Douglas
County High School, if the Sabercats haven’t come into their own
already, they are certainly on their way.
The 2010 spring sports season is another perfect example of how
a new school develops into quality programs. Championship-caliber
programs in fact.
Castle View’s girls tennis program, led by head coach Andy
Holdefer, who used to coach at Douglas County, with assistants
Michael Schneider and Arron Kellar, beat Lewis-Palmer on April 29
to win the league championship.
The Cats’ girls golf team, under the coaching of Perry
Villanueba, won four golf tournaments in a row as of April 26 and
compete as a heavy favorite for its league title, too.
On the diamond, View baseball head coach Shawn Wyss, along with
staff Mike Milham, Chris Cooper, Scott Smeeton, Mark McNeely, Gordy
Herhiser and Joe Marti — good lord, they must have more coaches
than players — put together a great season, culminating in a league
championship-deciding game on the road against Cheyenne Mountain on
Once again, Cats girls soccer has locked up a playoff spot with
a third-place finish in their league. Andy Liddle returned as head
coach with Ryan McClintok, Jared Neal and Paul Gardner
As for the track teams, both the girls and boys teams are in the
top 4 in the state and are expected to send several kids to the
Class 4A state championship. With coaches John Lancett, Chris Bell,
Mike Smith, Dana Walner, Nathan Hartz and Mark Kuhn giving
direction, the Sabercats are expected to make quite a noise come
the last week of May.
As part of Douglas County’s co-operative swim and dive team,
coached by Will Amos, Castle View High School swimmers Gabe
Chamberlin, Jake Lenner and Andrew Weber already have booked a trip
to Fort Collins for the class 5A state championship swim meet. All
three have record state-qualifying times in one event and-or
View athletic director Derek Cordes suggests, outside of natural
growth and maturity that comes with a senior class of athletes, the
work Patrick McHenry, the department’s strength and conditioning
coach, and Tom Bradley, the Cats’ athletic trainer, has been doing
with their student-athletes have truly been paying off.
However, as a new school continues to grow in development, it
also grows in population. Many Castle View teams will have 5A
obstacles to contend with come their respective postseasons.
Though, with the past teams’ successes over the past two years,
I’m sure confidence will carry the Sabercats far in the next two
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