Published: September 11, 2013
Weather keeps Woodland Park AD on toes
On two occasions Wednesday, portions of U.S. Highway 24 in Teller County were closed due to heavy rains and fears of flash flooding.
That fact wasn't lost on athletic directors who, in addition to everyday duties, now must monitor the skies to ensure safe travels of their student-athletes.
"We take it minute by minute these days," Woodland Park athletic director Michael DeWall said. "We have what we refer to as Zero Hour, or what time we would have to leave to make a game on time. When the (Ute) Pass closes, nobody knows how quickly it'll reopen or what the county will do."
With a chance of rain continuing through Friday, DeWall and others are forced to adjust to life in the flood zone following the Waldo Canyon fire.
"For coaches to have to throw that into their preparation, it has to take away a little from what they're doing," DeWall said. "We had a lightning delay last week (Sept. 3) when Sierra came to play our softball team. Usually, we would have sat around and got the game in, but with the flooding possibilities we have now, we knew they could get stuck here so we sent them back. That's something that never used to happen."
Pikes Peak Chr. has Friday night lights, temporarily
Last year, Pikes Peak Christian football coach Doug Miller had an idea: move one home game to a nighttime kickoff and rent lights to give his players a prime-time experience.
At 7 p.m. Friday, the Eagles will play host to Cripple Creek-Victor, complete with eight sets of construction lights that will properly illuminate the 120-yard playing field near the corner of Flintridge and Vickers.
"We usually play our home games on Saturday afternoon, but we wanted to give our kids a Friday-night experience," said Miller, in his third year. "We were able to raise the $1,200 that wasn't in the budget anywhere, and we invited the neighbors, too, especially where the lights might be shining in their backyards."
In last year's debut, Miller had six sets of lights, spaced about 25 yards apart - a figure suggested by school math teachers.
On the second go-round, Miller is beefing up the brightness.
"We did a pre-game warmup last year, and six just wasn't just covering the territory," Miller said. "We quickly made an arrangement for two more sets of lights."
Heart attack claims life of Doherty alumnus Alford
Aaron Alford, a Doherty graduate and former Colorado State football player, died Aug. 12 of an apparent heart attack. He was 39.
Alford was an assistant coach at Utah from 2007-10, an assistant coach at Southern Utah from 1999-2000, Western Illinois in 2001, Wyoming in 2002 and Akron from 2004-06.