Prep notes: Palmer football coaching search enters interview phase

By Kevin Carmody Updated: December 18, 2013 at 8:40 pm • Published: December 18, 2013 | 8:30 pm 0

According to Palmer athletic director Robert Framel, final interviews took place Wednesday for the school's opening at football coach.

The vacancy was created Nov. 8 when Justin Rich tendered his resignation after two seasons on the Terrors' sidelines.

For the next cycle, Palmer is penciled to play in the 4A Southern League, despite the 5A school having its playdown request denied by the Colorado High School Activities Association. In the proposed league, up for approval at next month's legislative council meeting in Aurora, Palmer would compete in the 4A league with Coronado, Cheyenne Mountain, Pueblo Centennial, Pueblo South and Pueblo West.

Gillette retires for second time, this time for good

Randy Gillette recently retired as softball coach at Palmer Ridge after four seasons. If that sounds familiar, that's because he's been there before.

Gillette spent nine years at Lewis-Palmer before announcing his retirement so he could go back to school. Not long after Palmer Ridge opened its doors in 2008, school administration asked if Gillette would help build the program.

Last season, the Bears reached the 4A state tournament and were achingly close to advancing past the first round, dropping a 5-4 decision to Ponderosa.

Still, he doesn't have any regrets.

"We got a few things done, and we got the program headed in the right direction," Gillette said. "This is the time to step down."

Gillette works full time as an assistant district manager at Woodmoor Water and Sanitation.

Odd calendar timing puts Cheyenne, Coaches invitationals on same weekend

Thanks to a late Thanksgiving, the annual Coaches Invitational at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton will be staged on the same weekend as the annual Indian Invite at Cheyenne Mountain.

Still, Indians athletic director Kris Roberts hasn't seen a sharp decline in entrants.

"We still have 18 teams, but probably about 400 swimmers after having 500 last year," Roberts said. "It's a little bit of a drop, but shouldn't be a substantial impact. We've always run our event the weekend before Christmas, and I know the calendar messed things up with scheduling. That's one of those things we can't control."

Coronado football run could be the last of its kind

Could Coronado's amazing playoff run be the last of its kind? Yes, if a proposal to change bylaws passes.

Under the change, teams playing down a classification will not be eligible for the postseason in their respective sport. On Nov. 30, the Cougars, playing down to 3A, won their first state championship in football with a 28-24 win over Silver Creek.

That proposal is among many that will be addressed Jan. 30 at a council meeting in Aurora.

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