Not only were the Nederland High School athletics honored for their fall feats, but they were fed a fantastical feast of soup. The homemade soups included Alsation potato, ginger squash, vegan veggie lentil, Sicilean sausage and a myriad versions of chicken noodle.
The hearty, tasty soups were combined with salad and rolls and fruit to make a comfort meal for the toughest of athletes. After dinner the football team, volleyball team and cross-country team met in the gymnasium to be presented their awards.
Nederland Middle/Senior High School Principal Lynn Donnelly said that the present athletes are the most terrific she has ever seen, praising them for their determination and for fighting until the buzzer sounded.
She introduced the cross country coaches, Ken Robinson, Kathy Butler, Dave Femmer and Mike Hermann. Coach Robinson thanked the crowd for attending, saying it was the largest number of people attending the event that he had ever seen. He thanked school staff members for their support and thanked his team for believing and achieving.
The girls’cross-country team won the state championship for four years in a row, and Robinson said he expects the legacy will continue. “If we took out our senior runners, Kelley, Bex and Jessica, and ran with just our sophomores and freshmen, the team would have come in third place in the state. These girls have a tremendous legacy and a great future.”
Managers Dyani Chapman and Mackenzie Belden were thanked for their loyalty and support to the team. Kelley Robinson, Bex Hermann, Jessica Ousley and Bailey Keutschenmeister made the All-Conference team, and Kelley Robinson has been nominated as the Colorado High School Activities Association Athlete of the Year.
Robinson was also named the Most Valuable Player; Bex Hermann received the Panther Award, and Coaches Awards went to Bailey Keutschenmeister, Jessica Ousley and Jenna Mahon.
Soccer Coach Kevin Hueth described the boys’ season as dramatic. “We had a goal to reach the playoffs, but ended up with a 5-9-1 record playing a tough schedule, but every game was played with their hearts.” The highlight of the season was the last game triumph over long-time nemesis, Alexander Dawson, which gave the boys a blast of glory at the end.
Parker Landry Murphy was the Most Valuable Player as well as being named Mile High League All-Conference. Rookie of the Year went to Thomas von Mettenheim for his work defending the goal. The Golden Boot went to Gus Forrest for being the shining light motivator on the team. The Panthers’ Award went to Dennon Jones and the Players’ Choice went to both Nathan Sanfacon and Jaden Pieper.
Football Coach Aaron Jones handed out the awards to his team, saying the boys had played against teams with twice the numbers and never slacked in their efforts. He praised Senior Joe Moctezuma who was the second highest running back in the state with 1,400 yards. “But football is not a one-man sport. It is the work of the whole team.
The Panther Award went to Matt Mills, who “never missed a practice, never complained and is the epitome of the Panther work and attitude ethic.”. Offensive Most Valuable Player went to Joe Moctezuma. Defensive Most Valuable Player went to Dillon Weaver.
Volleyball Coach Aubray McLain and Assistant Coach Shelby Nation presented the volleyball awards. She said that some of the girls left the team, but the ones who stayed put their hearts into the season.
She honored Dayna Larsen who was named to the All-Conference Team for her hard work. Kabita Ghale was Most Valuable Player. Danielle Wood received the Panther Award. Cori Januzzi was named Most Improved and Brianna Lindstrom won the Horizon Award.