Prep notes: Several longtime coaches stepping down

February 26, 2014 Updated: February 26, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Longtime coaches step down from posts

A trio of coaches recently announced they would be stepping away from the athletic arena after long tenures.

Brenda Lough is retiring after 23 seasons as Widefield volleyball coach and physical education teacher, the longest-tenured member of the athletics staff at the school.

Matt Reeves is leaving Palmer girls' swimming and diving after eight seasons but didn't rule out a return to the deck down the road.

"I'm stepping away for a while," said Reeves, a Mitchell graduate who works for the Red Cross. "I'm at least taking a couple of years off."

Last Saturday, Doherty wrestling coach Dave Kalbach oversaw his final match when Brandon Supernaw lost in the 5A state championship match at 160 pounds.

Kalbach led the Spartans program for the past five seasons.

Palmer girls' coach advances into regional voting

Palmer's Dave Shackelford couldn't get his team past the first round of the 5A basketball playoffs after Tuesday's setback at Rangeview.

But the longtime girls' coach did advance to regional competition. He received more than 86,000 votes in state competition of USA Today High School Sports "Best of" series to find the best girls' basketball coach in the country.

Regional voting is underway and will continue through March 4. One high school girls' basketball coach from each of the eight regions will advance to national voting.

To vote, visit

Gatorade names Meyer boys' soccer player of the year

Pine Creek goalkeeper David Meyer recently earned honors as the Gatorade Boys' Soccer Player of the Year.

Meyer, who was voted to the Class 5A Colorado All-State First Team by the Colorado High School Coaches Association at the end of the 2013 season, led the Eagles to the school's first boys' soccer championship.

In 20 games played, Meyer gave up all of four goals. He made 77 saves, while helping the Eagles win the state championship.

Meyer was also on The Gazette's All-Area First Team.

Kevin Carmody, The Gazette

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