Huge contingent for Cougar Classic
A total of 41 teams are scheduled to compete Thursday at the annual Coronado Cougar Classic cross country event at Monument Valley Park, quite likely the largest race that won't be run on the state course.
The boys' varsity race kicks off the action at 3:30 p.m., followed by the girls' varsity race at 4 p.m. Boys' and girls' open races will ensue, followed by an awards ceremony at 5:45 p.m.
"We'll have around 2,000 runners here," Coronado cross country and track coach Doug Hugill said. "Last year, Mountain Vista won the 5A boys' title and Coronado won 4A, and they'll go head to head. There will be great competition."
Last week's heavy rains did not impact Monument Valley Park as it did with other parks, much to the relief of Hugill and race officials.
"Monument Valley Park is solid as a rock," Hugill said. "The community has really stepped up to help. People from all over have helped to shovel and rake, and we appreciate that."
Nehme opts for home-like feel of Montana State
In the end, Ghassan Nehme picked his future home because it felt like his current home.
The senior Cheyenne Mountain guard recently committed to play basketball at Montana State after also considering Portland and Idaho State.
"My decision mostly came down to what was most comfortable to me, what made me feel at home," said Nehme, who averaged 18.8 points last season in helping Cheyenne Mountain to the 4A state quarterfinals for the first time in school history. "I could see myself going there and having a good future there."
While Nehme can't officially sign with the Bozeman, Mont., school until Nov. 13, he is glad the process is finally behind him.
"It came down to committing early to get the stress off," Nehme said. "This is a dream, but once it became a reality, it's very stressful. It's more than what I expected it to be."
Live scoring program a hit with golfing regionals
More than two years ago, IT specialist Doyle Heisler dreamed of someday creating a program that would score golf tournaments as each shot dropped into the hole.
This week at a handful of boys' golf regionals across Colorado, he's seen the fruits of his labor pass with flying colors as iWanamaker has brought the action to computer screens and cellphones of family and friends across the globe.
"It's fantastic," said Mike Dorsey, one of the company's investors and area tournament director. "We got almost 23,000 web hits just yesterday (Tuesday) at three events. We're thrilled to death this idea is happening. I think we're revolutionizing golf."
For those who want to follow area 5A teams at the Northern regional on Thursday in Broomfield or Friday's Southern regional at the Colorado Springs Country Club, visit iWanamaker.com or follow the link from chsaanow.org.