Notebook: 5A state swim meet prelims effectively sold out; hockey at the Pepsi Center

Girls swimming

(Kevin Keyser/

All tickets for this weekend's Class 5A state swimming meet have been allocated to schools for Friday's preliminaries. It means the 5A swim meet, set for Feb. 14-15 in Thornton, is effectively sold out on Friday.

Parents of swimmers may obtain tickets to the prelims through their school. The general public may wait in line starting at 2:30 p.m. on Friday to buy tickets should they go unused by a school.

A limited number of general public tickets remain available for Saturday evening's finals -- that line opens at 12:30 p.m. Saturday -- and a good amount of tickets are available for dive prelims on Saturday morning. These tickets will only be sold on Saturday.

Again, parents may go through their school to buy tickets to the finals.

Plenty of tickets are available both days for the 4A meet.

Both the 4A and 5A meets will be shown on the NFHS Network this weekend.

Find the pysch sheets for each meet here.

Pepsi Center set for two hockey games

Cherry Creek Dakota Ridge hockey

Dakota Ridge is one of four teams playing at the Pepsi Center on Wednesday. (Jack Eberhard/

Four teams will play at the Pepsi Center on Wednesday night, and are selling tickets that can be used to at an upcoming Avalanche game.

Battle Mountain and Dakota Ridge will face off at 5 p.m., followed by Mullen and Bishop Machebeuf at 7:30 p.m.

The teams are selling two tiers of tickets:

  • $20 includes a ticket to the high school games, as well as an upper-level ticket to an Avs' game, and a $5 donation to a high school hockey team of their choice.
  • $45 includes a high school ticket, a lower-level Avs ticket and a $5 donation.

There are two options for Avalanche games with this package: Feb. 26 against the Los Angeles Kings, or March 10 against the Winnipeg Jets.

Find more information on this flyer.

Short stuff

  • Rampart hired Rob Royer to be its new football coach late last month. The Rams sifted through 60 applicants before making the choice. Royer has been a head coach at Summit, and also served as an assistant at Southlake Carroll in Texas -- a team that won that state's 5A Division 1 title in 2011. Most recently, he was the offensive coordinator at Woodland Park for the past two seasons. He was introduced to the Rampart community on Monday night. Here's a list of all of the coaching changes this offseason.
  • A number of coaches were honored by the NFHS Coaches Association's Awards Program. Colorado coaches of the year include: Gunnison's Shana Benson (volleyball), Monarch's Phil Bravo (football), Mountain Vista's Theresa Echtermeyer (girls soccer), Sheridan's Linda Elliott (spirit), Legacy's Dawn Gaffin (softball), Discovery Canyon's Michael Humphrey (boys tennis), Pueblo South's Shannan Lane (girls basketball), Air Academy's Scott Newell (boys swim), Thompson Valley's Matt Norton (girls track), Eaglecrest's John Olander (boys basketball), Paonia's Andy Pipher (wrestling), Loveland's Paul Quere (boys track), The Classical Academy's Alan Versaw (girls cross country), ThunderRidge's Joe White (baseball), and Alamosa's Larry Zaragoza (boys cross country).
  • The Colorado High School Coaches Association announced its 2014 class earlier this month. Included: Cheyenne Mountain's Carl Fetters (football, basketball); Durango's Ron Keller (track, cross country); Cheyenne Mountain and Palmer's Mike Provenzano (hockey); Otis' Bonnie Wallin-Kuntz (volleyball); and Poudre's Randy Yaussi (cross country, track).