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PREP NOTEBOOK: Gieck leaves Manitou football after history-making season

March 12, 2014 Updated: March 12, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Danny Gieck isn't leaving Manitou Springs, but he is stepping away from his post as football coach after two seasons.

Gieck, a Manitou Springs alumnus, works full time as the district's director of buildings and grounds and couldn't give the football program the attention it deserved.

"To be a football coach, and do to it right, it takes a lot of time," said Gieck, whose Mustangs went 12-1 last season, their lone loss to Platte Valley in the 2A semifinals. "I didn't have time to do all the things it takes to do it right, and it's not fair to the kids if I don't do it right for them."


Hall of Famers Provenzano, Fetters to open home baseball season with first pitches

Former longtime hockey coach Mike Provenzano, who was recently inducted into the Colorado High School Activities Association Hall of Fame, will celebrate in festivities by throwing the ceremonial first pitch for Cheyenne Mountain's home opener vs. Lewis-Palmer at 4 p.m. Monday.

Provenzano isn't the only hall of famer who will be on the mound. Carl Fetters, a former student and coach for the Indians and future member of the Colorado High School Coaches Association's Hall of Fame, also is scheduled to throw a first pitch.

Because the game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, Cheyenne Mountain is waiting for confirmation from Fetters.

Fetters and Provenzano both are part of the CHSCA's Hall of Fame class, to be officially inducted on March 29 at the Red Lion Hotel in Aurora.


Doherty's Anderson to start college career at USAFA prep school

Doherty senior forward Jason Anderson, who recently helped the Spartans to their first 5A Metro League title in four seasons, recently announced his intent to attend the Air Force Preparatory School in hopes of playing basketball at the Air Force Academy.

The 6-foot-7 Anderson averaged 13.5 points and 6.9 rebounds this season.

"I wish we had him for a little bit longer, and they're getting a heck of a kid and a good student," said Spartans coach James Lane after Anderson transferred to Doherty from The Classical Academy prior to the 2013-14 season. "Besides those character things, he's a really good athlete. All the things are there to mold him into a Division 1 basketball player."


Springsteen resigns as Liberty wrestling coach after four seasons

Liberty has a vacancy at wrestling coach after Shawn Springsteen recently tendered his resignation after four seasons. In that time, the Lancers snapped a three-year dual losing streak and in 2014 recorded their best finish at the Metro League tournament in nearly a decade.

"The program is in much better shape than when I showed up," Springsteen said. "We had a challenging year for a lot of reasons, and the team ended up doing extremely well under those circumstances. I'm looking for a little down time to recharge."

Springsteen, who earlier spent six years in active duty for the Air Force, didn't rule out a potential return to coaching.

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