St. Mary's soccer coach Sagastume to step down
After seven seasons and the program's only state championship, St. Mary's boys' soccer coach Lou Sagastume is stepping down at the end of the season.
When the end is depends on the No. 23 Pirates (6-9), who open the 3A state playoffs Friday against No. 10 Aurora West College Prep Academy (12-3). If the Pirates win, they advance. A loss and they are out of the postseason.
"I've been thinking that I want to have a little more free time, especially at the times of the year where the weather is nice in Colorado," said Sagastume, who will continue to coach club soccer.
To read more about Sagastume's decision to step down and how some of his players have reacted, go to blogs.gazette.com/preps.
State cross country adds pre-race events
While action to crown champions at Saturday's state cross country meet at Norris-Penrose Event Center won't start until 9:20 a.m., two new pre-race events should get the blood pumping a little earlier.
At 8 a.m., a race featuring unified (Special Olympics related) and Paralympic runners will make its debut.
The abbreviated race, measured at approximately 800 meters, will finish, like the other races, on the rodeo arena dirt.
All teams have been asked to attend and surround the finish line to encourage the participants.
"A race like this has been part of the state track meet for years, so we're just trying to broaden the inclusion piece," Cheyenne Mountain athletic director Kris Roberts said. "This gives more kids a chance to compete."
At 8:45 a.m., the You Can Play Project will be conducting a video shoot to promote the program endorsing inclusion and diversity in sports and extracurricular activities. It also is encouraging high school students, teams and schools to enter a statewide video contest that documents their commitment to the idea that great teammates are judged on heart, talent and skill, not race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other potentially discriminatory traits.
St. Mary's set to add nine to athletics hall of fame
On Friday, nine former athletes, coaches and athletic directors spanning 60 years of St. Mary's athletics will be inducted into the school's athletics hall of fame.
The inductees are Father Michael Kavanagh (athletic director), Jack Holvey (football), Richard Jewett (football and basketball), Anthony Ducros (basketball), Jeanette Kelly White (volleyball), David Grenardo (football), Ryan Taylor (football/track), Kathryn Runyan Hanshew (volleyball and athletic director) and Christopher Heilman (wrestling).
KEVIN CARMODY, SCOTT KANIEWSKI, THE GAZETTE