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KEVIN CARMODY Updated: November 29, 2012 at 12:00 am

One more run for Olympic champ Franklin at Regis

The CHSAA 5A girls’ swimming and diving championships, Feb. 8-9 in Fort Collins, just turned into a national, and perhaps international, event. That’s what happens when an Olympic champion decides to swim for her Colorado high school.

Missy Franklin, the four-time gold medalist and high school senior, confirmed Wednesday that she will compete for Regis Jesuit at selected dual meets this season. At last year's 5A state meet, Franklin chopped more than 4 seconds off the previous state record in the 200 freestyle and defended her title in the 100 backstroke. The event was sold out weeks in advance, and many parents and fans were unable to watch the event live at Edora Pool Ice Center.

Don’t wait too long to get your tickets, which are available at the following link: http://chsaa.ticketleap.com

TCA’s Carlson earns Army honor

The Classical Academy will be the site of a unique event at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday when the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour will visit the school to select kicker Daniel Carlson to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

The tour is part of five U.S. Army selection tour teams that travel across the country to announce all 90 players and 125 marching musicians. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl takes place in San Antonio and kicks off at 11 a.m. Jan. 5 and will air live on NBC.

 

No banner for Kadets girls’ basketball, yet

In case you missed Wednesday’s Air Academy-Pine Creek girls’ basketball opener, and are beside yourself for not witnessing the team hoisting the 4A state championship banner, breathe easy.

Air Academy administrators have penciled in Jan. 5, 2013, as a night to remember. Not only will the Kadets honor the girls’ basketball team, but state championship teams from girls’ soccer, girls’ lacrosse and boys’ swimming also will share the limelight as well.

 

St. Mary’s trio holds National Letters of Intent ceremony

Better late than never, right?

St. Mary’s honored volleyball players Emily Whitelaw and Bria Sweeney and softball standout Teaja Rivera at a National Letter of Intent ceremony Thursday. The trio previously signed their NLIs, but due to previous commitments and the Thanksgiving break, was unable attend an event in conjunction with the Nov. 12 ceremonies that occurred throughout the area.

Whitelaw signed her NLI with UCCS, while Sweeney will play volleyball at Northwestern College in Iowa. Rivera will continue her softball career at Trinidad Junior College.

 

Air Academy’s Shuck earns national citation

Here’s one citation Air Academy’s Diane Shuck is happy to receive.

Shuck, the assistant principal and athletic director at Air Academy, recently was one of eight individuals selected to receive National Federation of State High School Associations Citations on Dec. 17 in San Antonio.

NFHS citations are presented annually to outstanding athletic directors in recognition of contributions to interscholastic athletics at the local, state and national levels. State associations nominate athletic directors for NFHS citations, and the NFHS Board of Directors approves recipients.

It’s the latest honor in an esteemed athletics, coaching and administrative career for Shuck, an Air Academy graduate who has worked at her alma mater since 1992. Among her highlights, Shuck earned the Distinguished Service Award in 2010 from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. In 2007, she was selected as Colorado Athletic Directors Association Athletic Director of the Year, and in 2008, was named National Association for Sport and Physical Education Central District Athletic Director of the Year.

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