Notebook: 5A basketball Selection Show set for Sunday

(Kevin Keyser/

(Kevin Keyser/

This season's 5A basketball Selection Show is set for 3 p.m. Sunday at the WMDC Building just behind the Red Lion Hotel in Aurora.

The Selection Show will reveal the 5A girls and boys tournament brackets on a team-by-team and region-by-region basis. The room can accommodate 150 people, though the Selection Show will also be shown on the NFHS Network. Additionally, the brackets will be concurrently unveiled on

Coaches, players and fans are welcome to attend the event.

The 4A brackets will be posted immediately following this event, which should end around 5 p.m.

Wheat Ridge announces Reardon as new coach

In a release sent over email on Tuesday, Wheat Ridge officially announced that former Poudre coach Dan Reardon will head the Farmers' football program.

Reardon, 5-14 over the past two seasons at Poudre, has a long history of coaching. Included was a seven-year stint at Ursuline High School in Ohio, where he was 68-26 and won three state championships. From 2007-10, Reardon's teams went 53-6. This past year, Ursuline, a private catholic school, had an enrollment of 507 kids.

"Dan Reardon is a man of quality character and quality football knowledge and experience," Wheat Ridge said in a statement. "He is an excellent role model that will help develop character and leadership with our students and athletes.  He will be an asset to Wheat Ridge High School."

Reardon replaces Reid Kahl, who had a very successful nine seasons at the school, including 4A championships in 2006 and 2008 and a runner-up finish in 2010. Kahl was 85-24.

Football adds targeting rule

Dangerous hits will be further penalized in high school football.

The NFHS last week added a targeting rule, meaning hits that take "aim and (intiate) contact to an opponent above the shoulders with the helmet, forearm, hand, fist, elbow or shoulders," will be penalized by a 15-yard penalty.

The change was made "in an effort to reduce contact above the shoulders and lessen the risk of injury," according to a release from the NFHS.

The NFHS rules committee also added the following definition of a defenseless player: "A defenseless player is a player who, because of his physical position and focus of concentration, is especially vulnerable to injury."

Additionally, the committee limited the number of players that can line up on each side of the kicker during a kickoff, which should help avoid injury -- especially in onside kick situations.

Short stuff

  • Awards from this past weekend's state swim meets: Ralston Valley's Maddie Myers was named 5A swimmer of the year; Douglas County/Castle View's Kaitlin Costello was named diver of the year; Regis Jesuit's Nick Frasersmith was name swim coach of the year; Regis Jesuit's Kim Hagger was named dive coach of the year. In 4A, Niwot's Marjorie Driscoll was named swimmer of the year; St. Mary's Academy's Alexa Beckwith was named diver of the year; Manitou Springs' Roy Chaney was named swim coach of the year; St. Mary's Academy's Lisa Kafka was named dive coach of the year.
  • A slight rule change in boys and girls soccer requires a goalkeeper to leave the field when they are injured and the referee has stopped the clock. Previously, an injured player in the field was required to leave when injured and the referee had stopped the clock, but goalkeepers were not.
  • Jefferson County¬†has started a new Facebook page¬†encouraging good sportsmanship.