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CU is in the ITA College Tennis Rankings for the first time in the regular season since April 2010.
The Buffaloes, ranked No. 75, join nine other Pac-12 Conference teams in the rankings. Colorado holds a 7-11 overall, 2-5 Pac-12 record, tying for sixth in conference standings. With three matches left in the season, the Buffs have already matched their 2011-12 win total.
“It’s exciting for the program, and it’s exciting for the players,” CU head coach Nicole Kenneally said. “It’s been a few years since we’ve been included in the national rankings. I think it’s a testament to all the hard work the players have put in during the fall semester and in this spring semester. It shows their continued engagement in the process of learning and getting better in every match and every practice. I’m excited for the program.”
The most recently the Buffs have been ranked in the regular season was when they concluded the 2009-10 regular season against No. 19 Texas. The Buffs went into the match ranked No. 68 and finished the season with an 11-13 overall, 3-8 Big 12 record and a No. 72 ranking.
The Buffs have marked several milestones this year. They earned their first ever Pac-12 win on March 10 with a 4-2 win over Arizona, breaking a 26-match regular season conference losing streak. This season, the Buffs have taken down two out of eight ranked opponents. CU beat No. 62 Stephen F. Austin 6-1 on February 2, marking their first win over a ranked opponent since the then-ranked No. 55 Buffs defeated No. 71 Denver on February 1, 2010.
After facing a tough stretch versus ranked Pac-12 teams, the Buffs got a big win over No. 59 Oregon last weekend. The 5-2 victory over the Ducks marks the highest ranked opponent the Buffs have defeated since beating then-ranked No. 46 New Mexico on February 7, 2009. All nine of CU’s most recent opponents have either been ranked, had at least one ranked player or both (as is the case for six of the teams, including Oregon). Of the teams the Buffs have faced this season, 11 hold a place the current rankings, with five ranked in the top 25.
The Buffs conclude their regular season against stiff competition. CU takes on No. 70 Washington State at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 5 and No. 45 Washington at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 7. They end the season against No. 63 Utah at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20. All matches will be held at the CU South Campus Tennis Complex unless weather moves play indoors.
CU media release
2013 COLORADO FOOTBALL QUICK FACTS
2013 COLORADO Schedule
(Won 1, Lost 11; 1-8 Pac-12)
Colorado State (Denver)
CENTRAL ARKANSAS FRESNO STATE
*at Oregon State
*OREGON (Family Weekend) *at Arizona State *ARIZONA (Homecoming) *at UCLA
*at Washington *CALIFORNIA *SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA *at Utah
Colorado State (Denver)
at Fresno State
*at Washington State *UCLA (Family Weekend) *ARIZONA STATE
*at Southern California
*STANFORD (Homecoming) *at Arizona *WASHINGTON
Head Coach: Mike MacIntyre (Georgia Tech ‘89) Record at Colorado: 0-0 (first season)
Career I-A Record: 16-21 (three seasons)
Office Telephone: 303/492-5330 Twitter: TBA
Location: Boulder, Colo. (Pop., 102,500)
Enrollment: 29.884 (full-time)
Nickname: Buffaloes Colors: Silver, Gold & Black Conference: Pac-12
Stadium: Folsom Field (53,613; natural grass/opened in 1924)
*—Pac-12 Conference game.
2012 Record: 1-11
Pac-12: 1-8 (6th/6, South Division) National Rankings: NR
Program Quick Notes: This fall will celebrate CU’s 124th season of intercollegiate football (first was in 1890) … Colorado has had its last 26 games televised nationally or regionally, upping its total to 203 (out of 282) dating back to 1990 (72%); 43 of CU’s last 49 regular season non-conference games (88%) have also been on the tube … CU has been ranked 293 times in its history, the 26th most all-time… Since 1989, CU has played the sixth most ranked teams in the nation (114), trailing Florida (130), LSU (120), Michigan and Ohio State (117) and Florida State (116) … CU’s 43 wins over ranked teams dating back to ‘89 are the 16th most in the nation (third in pac-12, behind USC, 55, and Oregon 44; all-time, Colorado’s 66 wins over ranked teams are the 23rd most in history …The team’s 2.683 cumulative grade point average through the Fall 2012 semester is its highest on record.
Lettermen Returning: 63 (29 offense, 30 defense, 4 specialists) Lettermen Lost: 11 (6 offense, 4 defense, 1 specialist)
Starters Returning (18)—Offense 9: C Gus Handler (15/5), OT Jack Harris (13/11), OG Alexander Lewis (14/11), WR Tyler McCulloch (12/10), C/OG Daniel Munyer (15/12), OT Stephane Nembot (7/7), TB Christian Powell (9/9), WR Nelson Spruce (9/9), QB Jordan Webb (9/9). Defense 9: CB Kenneth Crawley (10/10), CB Greg Henderson (21/9), S Marques Mosley (7/7), DB Parker Orms (16/10), SS Terrel Smith (19/7), DT Josh Tupou (7/7), DE Chidera Uzo-Diribe (17/10), ILB Derrick Webb (16/9), CB Yuri Wright (6/6).
Others Returning With Significant Starting Experience (14; min. 3 career starts)— DB Jered Bell (3/2), DT Nate Bonsu (5/5), QB Nick Hirschman (3/2), TE Vincent Hobbs (5/5), TB Tony Jones (4/2), DT Samson Kafovalu (4/4), DE Kirk Poston (3/3), WR Paul Richardson (13/0), TE Kyle Slavin (4/3), WR Gerald Thomas (4/4), WR DaVaughn Thornton (3/0), ILB Paul Vigo (6/5), DB Kyle Washington (5/2), FB Alex Wood (3/3).
Others Returning With Significant Position Game Experience (13; two or fewer career starts)— TB Donta Abron, WR Keenan Canty, C Brad Cotner, TB Malcolm Creer, ILB Brady Daigh, TE Scott Fernandez, TB Josh Ford, TB D.D. Goodson, DB Jeffrey Hall, DT Tyler Henington, OG Jeromy Irwin, DE Juda Parker, DT Justin Solis.
Starters Lost (5)—Offense 2: OT David Bakhtiari (33/22), TE *Nick Kasa (12/12). Defense 3: OLB Jon Major (31/12), DT Will Pericak (49/12), FS Ray Polk (33/7). *—career starts at tight end; previously a DE.
Others Lost With Significant Starting/Playing Experience (4)— OG/T Ryan Dannewitz, WR Dustin Ebner, OG Eric Richter, ILB Douglas Rippy. Specialists Returning (4)— PK Justin Castor, SN Ryan Iverson, P Darragh O’Neill, PK Will Oliver.
Specialists Lost (1)— P Zach Grossnickle.
Base Spring Roster (97 players/71 scholarship)— 17 seniors, 29 juniors, 28 sophomores, 23 freshmen (18 redshirt/5 true).
2013 Spring Schedule
Colorado is allowed 15 practices over 34 days per NCAA rules (not including spring break); sessions break down as follows, tentatively listed below on the column on the right: three in shorts (no contact), four in pads (no tackling, or NT below), four in pads (tackling allowed 50 percent or less of the time), four in pads (tackling allowed throughout). The primary location will be the practice fields north of Boulder Creek; the spring game will be at Folsom Field (other scrimmages on the practice fields).
Calendar (dates, times approximate and subject to change; confirm daily with the CU Sports Information Office)
MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH
5— Pre-Spring Coach Mike MacIntyre Media Roundtable (10:00 a.m., Dal Ward Center)
7— Practice # 1
(2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice) (2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice) (2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice)
OPEN shorts/helmets OPEN shorts/helmets OPEN pads-NT
OPEN pads OPEN pads OPEN pads OPEN pads-NT OPEN pads
8— Practice # 2
12— Practice # 3
13— PRO TIMING DAY (8:30 a.m., Dal Ward Center/Practice Bubble; ’12 seniors: assorted sprints and drills)
14— Practice # 4 15— Practice # 5 19— Practice # 6 21— Practice # 7 22— Practice # 8
(2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice) (2:15 p.m. meetings, 4:00 p.m. scrimmage) (2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice) (2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice) (2:15 p.m. meetings, 4:00 p.m. scrimmage)
—————————————————— Spring Break (March 23 through March 31) —————————————————
APRIL APRIL APRIL APRIL APRIL APRIL APRIL
2— Practice # 9 4— Practice #10 5— Practice #11 9— Practice #12
11— Practice #13 13— SPRING GAME 16— Practice #15
(2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice)
(2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice)
(2:15 p.m. meetings, 4:00 p.m. scrimmage)
(2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice)
(2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice)
(Practice #14; meetings TBA, 10:30 a.m. game; Pac 12 Network, KOA-Radio) (2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:30-5:00 p.m. practice)
OPEN pads-NT OPEN pads OPEN pads OPEN pads-NT OPEN pads OPEN pads OPEN shorts/helmets
PRACTICE ACCESS (MEDIA & PUBLIC): All spring practices are generally open, however the last 20 minutes or so of most if not all will be a closed period. Photography and video are permitted during the first 20 minutes; see below for additional information.
2013 Expanded Schedule
SEPT. 7 SEPT. 14 Sept. 28 OCT. 5 Oct. 12 OCT. 26 Nov. 2 Nov. 9 NOV. 16 NOV. 23 Nov. 30 Dec. 7
Colorado State (Denver) tba CENTRAL ARKANSAS tba FRESNO STATE tba at Oregon State tba OREGON (FW) tba at Arizona State tba ARIZONA (H) tba at UCLA tba at Washington tba CALIFORNIA tba SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA tba at Utah tba Pac-12 Championship Game ESPN
at campus site (division champion with best record)
OPEN WEEKENDS: Sept. 21, Oct. 19. *—Pac-12 Conference game; (H)—Homecoming; (FW)—Family Weekend. tba—to be announced (games on the selection menu of ESPN-ABC, FOX Sports/FSN and the Pac-12 Networks; most arrangements will be announced up to 12 days in advance). RADIO: All games broadcast locally on the Colorado Football Network. National radio games to be determined.
2013 COLORADO FOOTBALL STAFF
Mike MacIntyre (Georgia Tech ‘89)
Brian Lindgren (Idaho ‘04)
Gary Bernardi (Cal State-Northridge ‘76) Klayton Adams (Boise State ’05)
Troy Walters (Stanford ’99)
Toby Neinas (Missouri ‘95)
Bryan McGinnis (San Jose State ’07) Adam Toyama (Hawai’i ’04)
Darian Hagan (Colorado ’96)
Katie Bason (Wake Forest ‘05)
Max Allen (Colorado ‘10) Scott Unrein (Colorado ‘11)
Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers Secondary / Cornerbacks
Secondary / Safeties
Kent Baer (Utah State ‘73)
Andy LaRussa (Southern Utah ’02) Charles Clark (Mississippi ’07) Jim Jeffcoat (Arizona State ‘82)
Offensive Graduate Assistant Offensive Graduate Assistant Defensive Graduate Assistant Defensive Graduate Assistant
T.C. McCartney (Louisiana State ’11) Mike Pitre (UCLA ‘07)
Omar Young (Savannah State ‘05) Jeff Smart (Colorado ’09)
Director of Sports Performance Dave Forman (James Madison ’02) Assistant Director of Sports Performance Kerry Johnson (Mississippi ’05)
2013 COLORADO FOOTBALL LETTERMEN PICTURE
Colorado has 63 lettermen returning for 2012 (61 from the 2012 team, with an additional two from the 2011 season); they break down into 29 on offense, 30 on defense and four specialists; the Buffs lose 11 lettermen off the 2012 squad (6 offense/4 defense/1 specialist). CU returns 18 starters from last season (9 offense/9 defense), losing 5 (2 offense/3 defense); several positions had multiple personnel shuttle in and out, so there are several other players back with starting experience. The 2012 starters are listed in bold (six or more starts, thus occasionally two players listed at same position if they shared time due to injury or rotated), and (*) denotes letters earned primarily on special teams. The breakdown:
2013 Colorado Football / Alphabetical Roster 2-2-2
49 RASMUSSEN, Kory 89 RAY, Austin
7 REED, Markeis
6 RICHARDSON, Paul 14 SCHROCK, John
88 SLAVIN, Kyle
23 SMITH, Josh
41 SMITH, Terrel
57 SOLIS, Justin
22 SPRUCE, Nelson
38 STEWART, Alexander 82 STUART, John
25 THOMAS, Gerald 9 THOMAS, Jeff
42 TU’UMALO, K.T. 55 TUPOU, Josh
86 TURBOW, Alex 51 TUSO, John
96 UZO-DIRIBE, Chidera 32 VIGO, Paul
26 WALKER, John
4 WASHINGTON, Kyle 1 WEBB, Derrick
4 WEBB, Jordan
97 WILHELM, D.J.
45 WILLIAMS, Lowell 90 WILSON, De’Jon 47 WOOD, Alex
5 WOOD, Connor
2013 TEAM CAPTAINS: To be named in the fall.
CU’s Chucky Jeffery was named to a All-Conference Team and freshman Arielle Roberson was named to the All-Freshman Team.
Additionally, Roberson was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the fifth time and for the second consecutive week.
Jeffery, a 5-foot-10-inch guard from Colorado Springs, Colo., earns All-Pac-12 Media honors for the second straight season. She leads Colorado in scoring (13.6 ppg), assists (4.0 apg), rebounds (8.6 rpg) and steals (2.3 spg). Jeffery has 10 double-doubles on the season, eight of which have come during conference play. She is prominent on the Pac-12 leaderboard ranking fifth in steals, assists, assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3), overall rebounding and defensive rebounds (6.6 drpg), 10th in scoring and 13th in free-throw percentage (.707).
Roberson, a 6-1 forward from San Antonio, is second on the team and ranks 15th in the Pac-12 in scoring at 12.4 points per game. She tops the Buffaloes in free-throws made and attempted (92-of-136) and is second in rebounding at 5.8 per outing. Roberson is one of the league’s better offensive rebounders with a team-best 86, ranking seventh on the league charts.
She scored her fifth Pac-12 Freshman of the week honor after averaging 13 points and 7.5 rebounds as the Buffaloes extended their winning streak to nine with road wins at the Oregon schools. She had a game-high 16 points on 6-of-11 from the field against Oregon, including a perfect 2-of-2 from 3-point range which gave her 9 on just 15 attempts over a four-game span. She also recorded four rebounds, one block and one steal.
Roberson recorded her second career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds in the come-from-behind win at Oregon State. Roberson had eight offensive rebounds alone, matching her personal best, and which ties for the eighth best single-game performance in team history. She hit 6-of-7 from the free throw line, including a pair of free throws with six seconds left in overtime that provided the final winning margin (66-63).
Roberson earned the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week award three times during the nonconference schedule, and was the inaugural recipient of that honor on Nov. 12 after scoring 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting with six rebounds, five steals, two assists and two blocks in her collegiate debut – a 70-65 win over Idaho on Nov. 11.
The Pac-12 added Freshman of the Week to its weekly honors for the first time this season, joining the standard Player of the Week honor which this week went to Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike. Roberson has won Freshman of the Week more than any other player (three others have three: Jillian Alleyne, Oregon; Lia Galdeira, Washington State; Talia Walton, Washington).
Roberson’s honor is CU’s eighth weekly award in the Pac-12 since the Buffaloes joined the conference in 2011, and seventh this season alone. Jeffery has earned two Pac-12 Player of the Week honors this season. Roberson’s five weekly conference awards in one season are the most by any Buffalo in the Big-12, Pac-12 era (since 1996-97).
The Pac-12 coaches’ awards will be announced later this week.
2013 Pac-12 Media All-Pac-12:
Brittany Boyd, CAL; Gennifer Brandon, CAL; Alyssia Brewer, UCLA; Michelle Plouffe, UTAH; Layshia Clarendon, CAL; Jazmine Davis, WASH; Lia Galdeira, WSU; Cassie Harberts, USC; Chucky Jeffery, COLO; Kristi Kingma, WASH; Atonye Nyingifa, UCLA; Chiney Ogwumike, STAN; Joslyn Tinkle, STAN; Markel Walker, UCLA; Davellyn Whyte, ARIZ.
2013 Media All-Defensive Team:
Brittany Boyd, CAL; Lia Galdeira, WSU; Chiney Ogwumike, STAN; Eliza Pierre, CAL; Joslyn Tinkle, STAN; Markel Walker, UCLA.
2013 Pac-12 Media All-Freshman Team:
Jillian Alleyne, ORE; Lia Galdeira, WSU; Arielle Roberson, COLO; Talia Walton, WASH; Jamie Weisner, OSU.
Player of the Year: Chiney Ogwumike, STAN
Freshman of the Year: Jillian Alleyne, ORE
Defensive Player of the Year: Chiney Ogwumike, STAN
Coach of the Year: Lindsay Gottlieb, CAL
A team led by the University of Colorado Boulder looking for clues about why Earth did not warm as much as scientists expected between 2000 and 2010 now thinks the culprits are hiding in plain sight — dozens of volcanoes spewing sulfur dioxide.
The study results essentially exonerate Asia, including India and China, two countries that are estimated to have increased their industrial sulfur dioxide emissions by about 60 percent from 2000 to 2010 through coal burning, said lead study author Ryan Neely, who led the research as part of his CU-Boulder doctoral thesis. Small amounts of sulfur dioxide emissions from Earth’s surface eventually rise 12 to 20 miles into the stratospheric aerosol layer of the atmosphere, where chemical reactions create sulfuric acid and water particles that reflect sunlight back to space, cooling the planet.
Neely said previous observations suggest that increases in stratospheric aerosols since 2000 have counterbalanced as much as 25 percent of the warming scientists blame on human greenhouse gas emissions. “This new study indicates it is emissions from small to moderate volcanoes that have been slowing the warming of the planet,” said Neely, a researcher at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, a joint venture of CU-Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
A paper on the subject was published online in Geophysical Research Letters, a publication of the American Geophysical Union. Co-authors include Professors Brian Toon and Jeffrey Thayer from CU-Boulder; Susan Solomon, a former NOAA scientist now at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Jean Paul Vernier from NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.; Catherine Alvarez, Karen Rosenlof and John Daniel from NOAA; and Jason English, Michael Mills and Charles Bardeen from the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder.
The new project was undertaken in part to resolve conflicting results of two recent studies on the origins of the sulfur dioxide in the stratosphere, including a 2009 study led by the late David Hoffman of NOAA indicating aerosol increases in the stratosphere may have come from rising emissions of sulfur dioxide from India and China. In contrast, a 2011 study led by Vernier — who also provided essential observation data for the new GRL study — showed moderate volcanic eruptions play a role in increasing particulates in the stratosphere, Neely said.
The new GRL study also builds on a 2011 study led by Solomon showing stratospheric aerosols offset about a quarter of the greenhouse effect warming on Earth during the past decade, said Neely, also a postdoctoral fellow in NCAR’s Advanced Study Program.
The new study relies on long-term measurements of changes in the stratospheric aerosol layer’s “optical depth,” which is a measure of transparency, said Neely. Since 2000, the optical depth in the stratospheric aerosol layer has increased by about 4 to 7 percent, meaning it is slightly more opaque now than in previous years.
“The biggest implication here is that scientists need to pay more attention to small and moderate volcanic eruptions when trying to understand changes in Earth’s climate,” said Toon of CU-Boulder’s Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. “But overall these eruptions are not going to counter the greenhouse effect. Emissions of volcanic gases go up and down, helping to cool or heat the planet, while greenhouse gas emissions from human activity just continue to go up.”
The key to the new results was the combined use of two sophisticated computer models, including the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model, or WACCM, Version 3, developed by NCAR and which is widely used around the world by scientists to study the atmosphere. The team coupled WACCM with a second model, the Community Aerosol and Radiation Model for Atmosphere, or CARMA, which allows researchers to calculate properties of specific aerosols and which has been under development by a team led by Toon for the past several decades.
Neely said the team used the Janus supercomputer on campus to conduct seven computer “runs,” each simulating 10 years of atmospheric activity tied to both coal-burning activities in Asia and to emissions by volcanoes around the world. Each run took about a week of computer time using 192 processors, allowing the team to separate coal-burning pollution in Asia from aerosol contributions from moderate, global volcanic eruptions. The project would have taken a single computer processor roughly 25 years to complete, said Neely.
The scientists said 10-year climate data sets like the one gathered for the new study are not long enough to determine climate change trends. “This paper addresses a question of immediate relevance to our understanding of the human impact on climate,” said Neely. “It should interest those examining the sources of decadal climate variability, the global impact of local pollution and the role of volcanoes.”
While small and moderate volcanoes mask some of the human-caused warming of the planet, larger volcanoes can have a much bigger effect, said Toon. When Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted in 1991, it emitted millions of tons of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere that cooled the Earth slightly for the next several years.
The research for the new study was funded in part through a NOAA/ ESRL-CIRES Graduate Fellowship to Neely. The National Science Foundation and NASA also provided funding for the research project. The Janus supercomputer is supported by NSF and CU-Boulder and is a joint effort of CU-Boulder, CU Denver and NCAR.
BOULDER — The University of Colorado track and field program is pleased to announce the signing of nine more prep athletes who have committed to compete and continued their education with the Buffaloes for the 2013-14 season.
The talented group has combined for 11 state championships. Four of those signees are from Colorado, while two are from California, two are from Montana and one is from Utah. All but one of the newest additions will be competing in the middle and long distances while the other is a sprinter.
Biographies for each of the signees are below:
Heather Bates, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Pine Creek)
Bates won the 2011 and ’12 Colorado State 4A 3,200-meter run and was the runner-up those same years in the 1,600. Bates also won the 2012 Colorado State 5A Cross Country Championship by more than 30 seconds and was named The Denver Post and The Gazette Cross Country Runner of the Year. She raced at Nike Cross Nationals and took 12th overall after placing third at the Nike Southwest Regional. Bates was named all-state in track and cross country in 2012 and was awarded the 2012 Colorado Running Hall of Fame High School Long Distance Achievement Award. She also had two other big accomplishments in 2011 as she won the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships and took second in the AAU National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships.
Erin Clark, Eugene, Colo. (South Eugene)
Clark recorded a sixth-place finish at the 2012 Oregon State 6A Cross Country Championships and placed third at the 2011 state championship and eighth in 2010. Following her sixth-place finish as a senior, Clark placed eighth at the Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional and took 11th at the Foot Locker West Regional. Clark also competed at the Nike Cross Northwest Regional her junior and sophomore years, placing fourth and seventh, respectively. On the track she won the state 3,000-meter title as a sophomore in 2011. At the state meet during her junior year, she took second in the 3k and was third in the 1,500.
Austin Mitsch, Carmichael, Calif. (Jesuit)
Mitsch is the Delta River League and Jesuit High School 200-meter dash record holder (21.50). He is a six-time DRL Champion, four-time Sac Joaquin DI Section Champion and a two-time San Joaquin Masters Champion. Mitsch has competed at the California Interscholastic Federation Qualifying meet in the 100-meter dash (2011 and 2012) and the 4×100-meter relay (2010 and 2012). He was named the California All-State Track Second Team, as named by ESPN High School Magazine in April, 2012. Mitsch was also named the Sacramento River Cats 2012 Male Track Athlete of the Year. He enters his senior season as the team captain.
Melanie Nunn, Broomfield, Colo. (Legacy)
Nunn finished fifth overall at the 2012 Colorado State 5A Cross Country Championships, improving from a 12th-place finish as a junior. She went on to compete at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional Championships when she took 10th to earn a spot at the Foot Locker Nationals where she finished 35th overall. Nunn won the 5A Region 3 Championship in 2012 and the 5A Region 4 Championship in 2011. She is a finalist for the Boettcher Scholarship.
Mandy Ortiz, Edwards, Colo. (Battle Mountain)
Ortiz recorded a top-15 finish at the Colorado State 4A Cross Country Championships (15th overall) and placed sixth at the 4A Region 6 Championships as a senior. During her junior season, Ortiz won the 4A Region 5 Championships and placed 11th at state. She raced at the 2012 Colorado State 4A Track and Field Championships and placed seventh in the 3,200-meters and 12th in the 1,600.
Zach Perrin, Kalispell, Mont. (Flathead)
Perrin won three Montana State High School Championships, one on the cross country course and two on the track. He won the 2012 cross country championship after a runner-up finish his junior year. Perrin raced in the Foot Locker West Regional and took eighth overall before placing 10th at the Foot Locker Nationals in 2012. On the track, Perrin brought home a pair of state championships in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs. He also ran the best time by a Montana high school runner in 2012 in the 3,200 at the Arcadia Invite (8:55). Perrin also earned a top-20 national cross country ranking in 2012.
Adam Peterman, Missoula, Mont. (Hellgate)
Peterman placed second to Perrin at the 2012 Montana State High School Cross Country Championship. After the state championship, he placed second at the Nike Cross National Northwest Regional before running to a 23rd-place finish at the Foot Locker West Regional. Peterman placed third at the state cross country championship his junior and sophomore seasons. At the state track and field championship, Peterman earned a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs as a junior. In 2011, he took fourth in the 3,200 and fifth in the 1,600. Peterman also earned a top-20 national cross country ranking in 2012.
Hagen Reedy, Clovis, Calif. (Buchanan)
Reedy was the 2012 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Cross Country Championship runner-up after winning the CIF Central Section Championship. She went on to place 20th at Nike Cross Nationals. Reedy also recorded a second-place finish at the 32nd Annual Woodbridge-Estancia-Costa Cross Country Classic with the fourth best time in course history (16:17 for three miles). In 2011, Reedy won the CIF Championship, the CIF Central Section and took seventh at Nike Cross Nationals. As a member of the track team, Reedy placed fifth at the CIF State finals of the 3,200-meters. She also earned a top-20 national cross country ranking in 2012.
Ben Saarel, Park City, Utah (Park City)
Saarel was named the 2012 Gatorade Utah Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year after winning the Utah State Class 3A Championships in 14:56.7, which was the second fastest time ever run on the course. In doing so he helped the Miners to a fourth-place team finish. Saarel placed second at the Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional championship before winning the Foot Locker West Regional. At the Foot Locker Championships, Saarel placed fourth in 15:13, just 14 seconds behind the winner. On the track he won three state championships in 2012 (800, 1,600 and 3,200). Saarel also earned a top-20 national cross country ranking in 2012. At the 2013 Simplot Games, he won the 3,200-meters and broke the meet record with his 9:00.62 performance.
The University of Colorado Boulder Police Department will honor its officers at the annual UCPD Awards Ceremony this evening. Among the honorees are Corporal Matt Delaria and Officer Joe Rossi, who will receive the Lifesaving Awards for intervening as a woman attempted to commit suicide. Commander Jason Wade will receive the Distinguished Service Star
Award for pulling a young man out of a burning car.
On the evening of Aug. 31, 2011, Corporal Matt Delaria and Officer Joe Rossi received a call from a woman who said her depressed friend had overdosed in an attempt to commit suicide at the College Inn, Room 103. The officers knew the College Inn campus housing was vacant that semester and believed the caller mistook it for the University Inn, a motel at 1632 Broadway. They quickly headed to the motel and spoke to a desk clerk, who confirmed the guest in Room 103 matched the name provided by the caller.
Through a partially curtained window, the officers saw the 33-year-old woman inhaling the contents of a compressed air canister before she lapsed back into unconsciousness. The officers forced entry through the window and provided immediate medical assistance as they called in paramedics. The woman had ingested a large amount of alcohol, prescription drugs and compressed air. She was taken to Boulder Community Hospital and survived. According to a letter of commendation from their sergeant, the officers’ “intimate knowledge of campus and their informed and experienced decision to check a similarly named and geographically adjacent location led to the saving of this young woman’s life.”
Distinguished Service Star Award
On Nov. 19, 2011, then-Sgt. Jason Wade discovered a disabled vehicle on the shoulder of U.S. 36 that had smoke billowing from the engine. Three young men attempted to put out the fire. Wade ordered the men away from the vehicle as he grabbed his patrol car fire extinguisher. A tire then exploded due to the intensifying heat. After Wade returned to the safety of his patrol car, the three men told him that a semi-conscious and intoxicated young man was still inside the car.
Wade returned to the vehicle, which was almost entirely engulfed by flames. Wade tried to quickly rescue the man, who was disoriented and fought Wade’s efforts. The man grabbed onto the door frame to prevent Wade from pulling him out of the car. Wade wrestled him out of the burning car. The man survived and was taken to BCH for evaluation.
Wade’s commander nominated him for the award due to his “bravery despite the imminent risk of serious harm and peril to himself.”
CU-Boulder Police Chief Joe Roy lauded the efforts of Wade, Delaria and Rossi.
“Commander Wade, Corporal Delaria and Officer Rossi should be commended for their roles during these emergencies,” Roy said. “Their quick thinking and heroic actions prevented further injury or death in these cases.”
Other awards to be presented tonight include:
· Collaboration and Determination: Presented to 12 officers for the speedy apprehension of Nathan Wood, who sexually assaulted a female CU student in October 2011 and stole women’s clothing while they were showering in residence halls. Wood was recently sentenced to 6 years in prison.
· Diligence and Resourcefulness: Presented to 8 officers for the investigation and arrests of CU students Mary Essa and Thomas Cunningham, who served marijuana-laced brownies to their professor and classmates in December 2012. The act sickened and/or hospitalized eight victims, who did not know that the brownies contained an active ingredient of marijuana. Each suspect has been charged with 18 felonies.
· Directed Problem Solving: Presented to 5 officers for their efforts to reduce alcohol/drug and other behavioral problems along the multi-use path and wooded areas of campus. These efforts resulted in the arrests or summonses of more than 110 people over the summer of 2012. Another Directed Problem Solving award will be given to 9 officers who have focused on reducing overall drug and alcohol problems.
· Boldness and Creativity: Presented to all patrol officers for their efforts to maintain pedestrian safety and prevent accidents among cars, pedestrians, cyclists and skateboarders.
· Initiative and Enthusiasm: Presented to Sgt. Paul Taylor for his efforts with the Housing Liaison Program and annual prescription-drug take-back program.
· Diligence and Resourcefulness: Presented to Sgt. Aaron Siegel, who oversees security and safety management for more than 1,500 events per year on campus.
· President of the United States Visit Campaign Ribbon: Presented to active members of UCPD who served during three presidential visits over a 6-month timeframe in 2012.
“I am very proud of the outstanding work of our officers,” Roy said. “These smart men and women have proven time and again that they proactively solve problems and make every effort to protect the CU community. I am especially pleased with officers’ diligence last year in keeping the campus safe during major events such as President Obama’s three visits to CU.”
The Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s highly praised school anti-violence tour continues in spring 2013 with a new program based on “The Tempest” that focuses on themes of vengeance and forgiveness.
Created in conjunction with the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado Boulder, CSF’s “Twelfth Night” anti-bullying tour has now been seen by more than 22,000 Colorado schoolchildren. That inaugural program examined the problem of bullying through the character Malvolio.
The new program explores the character of Prospero, who conjures a mighty tempest to shipwreck his enemies of old on his remote island domain. But even as he plots his revenge on those who wronged him years before, he ponders his actions and at the last moment turns to forgiveness instead.
“The rarer action is in virtue rather than vengeance,” Prospero says, renouncing all his schemes for payback.
“This is really about how to relate to other people and deal with conflict in your life. This performance and the workshops that follow focus on the importance of reconciliation and forgiveness as a tool for ending the cycle of violence,” says CSF Literary Manager Amanda Giguere, who co-created the program with Timothy Orr, interim producing artistic director.
During the program, four professional actors perform an abbreviated version of the play. The actors then lead the students in small-group exercises exploring alternatives to violence that are based on the latest research from CU-Boulder’s Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence.
The play emphasizes that there is always a choice between continuing the “cycles of revenge” and choosing not to retaliate, says Beverly Kingston, director of the center. She notes that 33 percent of American high school students had been in at least one physical fight in the preceding 12 months, according to the 2011 national youth risk behavior survey.
“You can see that in every one of those fights, someone had to make a decision to retaliate for some reason,” Kingston says. “Violence really begins with a decision and we all have a choice how we respond to difficult circumstances in our lives. That’s the message of this play.”
The new play makes use of Japanese bunraku-style puppets to represent some of the characters, including Prospero and his spirit servant Ariel.
In actor and stage manager Caroline Barry’s hands and animated by her voice, Ariel’s sea-blue face and colorful trailing veils seem almost to swim across the stage. With a few simple gestures — a thoughtful nod and touching foreheads with his spirit companion — the puppet Prospero becomes a fully-fledged character.
“We really want you to start imagining the actors’ expressions on the puppets,” says actor Crystal Eisele.
The new program debuts Feb. 12 at the Cole Arts and Sciences Academy in Denver. There are more than 40 schools on the spring schedule — and for the first time, a senior center — and Giguere expects to add more.
CSF’s innovative anti-violence school programs have received tens of thousands of dollars in grant funding and been featured prominently in print, online and television media across Colorado.
CSF’s anti-violence production of “The Tempest” is available for booking. For more information email email@example.com, call 303-492-1973 or visit http://www.coloradoshakes.org/education-outreach/shakespeare-in-the-schools.
CSF in the Schools: “The Tempest,” spring 2013 scheduled performances
February 12 (AM) Cole Arts & Sciences Academy – Denver
February 12 (PM) Denver Montclair International – Denver
February 13 (AM) Whittier Elementary School – Boulder
February 13 (PM) Angevine Middle School – Lafayette
February 14 (AM) Eagle Ridge Academy – Brighton
February 15 (PM) Flagstaff Charter School – Longmont
February 19 (AM) Westminster High School – Westminster
February 20 (AM) High Point Academy – Aurora
February 20 (PM) Clyde Miller P-8 – Aurora
February 21 (AM) Sunset Middle School – Longmont
February 22 (AM) Archuleta Elementary School – Denver
February 22 (PM) McGlone Elementary – Denver
February 26 (PM) Platte River Charter Academy – Highlands Ranch
February 27 (AM) The Academy of Charter Schools – Westminster
February 28 (AM) Douglass Elementary School – Boulder
February 28 (PM) Friends’ School – Boulder
March 1 (PM) Asbury Elementary School – Denver
March 5 (AM) Boulder Explore – Boulder
March 5 (PM) Gold Hill Elementary School – Gold Hill
March 6 (PM) Spangler Elementary – Longmont
March 8 (PM) Sacred Heart of Jesus – Boulder
March 13 (AM/PM) Timberview Middle School – Colorado Springs
March 15 (AM) Coal Ridge Middle School – Firestone
March 20 (AM) Thornton High School – Thornton
March 20 (PM) North High School – Denver
April 2 (AM) Escuela Tlatelolco Charter School – Denver
April 2 (PM) Force Elementary School – Denver
April 3 (AM) SOAR Green Valley Ranch – Denver
April 4 (AM) Woodlin School – Woodrow
April 4 (PM) Arickaree School – Anton
April 5 (AM) Dunstan Middle School – Lakewood
April 5 (PM) Bryant Webster Elementary – Denver
April 9 (AM) Northeast Elementary School – Parker
April 9 (PM) Henry World School – Denver
April 10 (AM) Lafayette Elementary School – Lafayette
April 10 (PM) Longmont Estates Elementary – Longmont
April 11 (AM) Niwot Elementary School – Niwot
April 11 (PM) Eagle Crest Elementary School – Longmont
April 12 (AM) OLLI West (Senior Center) – Denver
April 12 (PM) Horizon Community Middle – Aurora
By B.G. Brooks, CUBuffs.com Contributing Editor
EUGENE, Ore. – Colorado basketball coach Tad Boyle had wanted his Buffaloes to play a 40-minute game, and it took them nearly that long to take their first lead on Thursday night against No. 19 Oregon.
But when CU finally got its advantage, it held. Andre Roberson’s lay-in with 29.5 seconds to play, coupled with intense defense on the Ducks over the final 41/2 minutes earned the Buffs a dramatic 48-47 win at Matt Knight Arena.
Thursday night marked CU’s first win in Eugene in 58 years, and it was accomplished in the manner Boyle expected. “Playing Oregon is like a street fight; they’re tough,” he said. “And we tried to prepare our guys for that . . . we gutted it out, we didn’t play our best. We won with our defense and our rebounding at the end.”
CU’s offense was hard to find; the Buffs’ winning total was their fewest in the modern shot clock era. The last time CU won while scoring fewer than 50 points was on Feb. 2, 1967 in a 49-42 victory over Oklahoma State.
On Thursday night, the Buffs shot only 36.5 percent from the field, but they held the Ducks to 36.2 percent. CU’s defense was particularly unforgiving in the final 4:26, holding the Ducks scoreless after they had taken a 47-40 lead.
“You shoot 36 percent on the road . . . you find a way,” Boyle said. “Hopefully our guys can learn from that and take some confidence from it. We’re going to start playing better offensively and making some shots and become more efficient. We’re in a little bit of a funk offensively right now, but we’ll break out of it.”
CU had only one player in double figures – Roberson, who collected his 35th career double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. It his Pac-12 Conference leading 10th double-double this season.
Roberson scored four of his points and grabbed three of his rebounds in the final 2:15. “There was a look in his eye, a determination, an energy that I hadn’t seen before,” Boyle said. “It was reminiscent of what I saw out of Carlon (Brown) and Nate (Tomlinson) and Austin (Dufault) towards the end of last year. Those seniors said we’re going to get this done and find a way. Andre was the same way.”
Said Roberson: “I didn’t want us to lose, and it starts with me . . . I just took it on myself to go out and play defense and continue to fight. We were still right there; we just weren’t getting over that hump to get the lead. I tip my hat to each and every one of our guys.”
The first tip of his hat might go to Spencer Dinwiddie, whose late defense was as critical as Roberson’s, according to Boyle. Dinwiddie pressured E.J. Singler on Oregon’s final full possession into a difficult shot, appearing to get a piece of the ball.
Said Boyle: “Spencer was terrific . . . those two guys (Dinwiddie, Roberson) were the difference in the game for us defensively. He played great defense (on Singler). Whether he got a touch, I don’t know. We had two fouls to give. We talked about maybe giving one on the drive or on the dribble. We didn’t want to foul a shooter, obviously, (Oregon) being down one. We showed very good judgment there.”
Dinwiddie, who finished with eight points and four assists, gave more credit to Roberson’s ‘D’ than his own. He also said ‘Dre’ “pulled down every single big board we needed. One time he even let out a primal scream after he got one of those boards. He’s big for us because he’s our best rebounder and that means so much for us. As you saw, with his nose for the ball, he got the last shot blocked, got it right back, scored it and it didn’t even faze him. He won the game for us.”
After falling short last weekend in a disheartening loss at Utah, CU (15-7, 5-5) needed a healing night on the court. So did Oregon (18-5, 7-3) after dropping a pair of games in the Bay Area. But it was the Buffs who finished strong this time, closing out the game with an 8-0 run and improving to 2-2 against ranked opponents this season.
CU also has beaten then-No. 16 Baylor but lost at then-No. 3 Arizona and then-No. 9 Kansas. The Buffs’ last road win against a ranked opponent was on Jan. 12, 2011, when they defeated No. 21 Kansas State 74-66.
Oregon freshman point guard Dominic Artis missed his fourth straight game with a foot injury. But until the final minutes, the Ducks weren’t as turnover prone Thursday as they had been in their previous three games, when they totaled 65. By halftime, forging a five-point lead, Oregon had committed just four turnovers to CU’s eight.
But the Buffs committed only four second-half turnovers and never succumbed to the Ducks’ pressure. Oregon also finished with a dozen turnovers.
The Buffs never led in the opening half and trailed by as many as eight points (15-7) with 11 minutes before the break. During the stretch when they fell behind by that margin, they strayed from what Boyle wanted from them – specifically, to attack the rim in transition and run after getting stops. Problem was, the stops weren’t plentiful enough to allow CU to speed up its transition game. The Buffs stayed out of sorts offensively for nearly 6 minutes.
“I’m really proud of our players, to win when you don’t play your best,” said Boyle. “You have to do it at some point of the year, you just do, and multiple times sometimes because it’s not always going to be pretty.”
After the Ducks took their eight-point first-half lead, the Buffs got strong minutes off the bench from Jeremy Adams, who hit a pair of free throws and three-pointer during a 10-2 run that pulled CU into a 17-17 tie.
But Oregon, responding with a 9-2 surge, went back on top by seven points (26-19) and CU needed a turnaround jumper by Josh Scott at the halftime buzzer to trail 28-23 at intermission.
Oregon got 12 first-half points from Singler and eight off the bench from Emory. Singler and Emery finished with 14 each for the Ducks, who had won 20 consecutive home games stretching back to the 2011-12 season (14-0 this season).
The Buffs opened the second half with a traditional three-point play from Dinwiddie – his first points of the game. That cut the Ducks’ lead to 28-26 with 17:57 to play, and another Dinwiddie layup brought CU to within 30-28 less than a minute later.
An Xavier Johnson trey – his second of the game – pulled the Buffs to within 32-31 with just over 15 minutes remaining. But the Ducks outscored their visitors 7-2 over the next 4 minutes and increased their advantage to 39-33 with 11:02 left.
CU pulled to within 47-43 at the 3:01 mark on one of two free throws by Askia Booker, to 47-44 on one of two foul shots by Scott, then to 47-46 on a putback by Roberson with 2:07 to play.
After each team squandered a possession apiece, the Buffs got the ball after an offensive foul by Singler with 50.1 seconds remaining. Boyle called timeout with 46.2 seconds showing, and Roberson’s lay-in gave CU its one-point lead at the 29.5 mark.
After rebounding Singler’s miss in the final 2 seconds, Roberson was fouled and went to the foul line to shoot one-and-one. He missed the first attempt and Oregon’s Arsalan Kazemi rebounded. But with less than a second to play, the Ducks were done.
“Our guys got stops when they had to,” Boyle said. “As painful and as disappointing as that Utah loss was for us, it might have done this team some good. We learned a couple of things: We know we have to play from the get-go, which I think we did . . . we competed. And secondly, knowing we can come back at the end. We came back and we won.”
The Buffs play next at Oregon State on Sunday (7 p.m. MST, Pac-12 Network).
Written by Ann Schimke on Feb 5th, 2013. | Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org
Jamie Marrufo, a senior at Greeley West High School, noticed right away that the vending machine in the student commons looked a little different when she got back from winter break.
One of the new vending machines offering healthier snacks in the Weld School District 6.
“I was like, ‘Where are the Snickers?’”
They were gone.
So were the rest of the candy bars as well as the fried potato and corn chips. In their place were baked chips, honey wheat pretzels, Chex Mix, beef jerky, granola bars, and pouches of trail mix, peanuts, almonds and sunflower seeds. The change was part of a district-wide vending machine makeover intended to offer snacks lower in fat, sugar and calories.
Although Marrufo, who buys snacks from the machine about twice a week, loves Snickers bars, she likes the new vending machine choices too.
“It’s healthy food,” she said. “I think it’s good.”
Her friend Aimee Veenendaal, a junior who doesn’t like candy, also approved of the changes.
“I actually like it because that’s basically what I eat…the healthier stuff.”
Weld County School District 6 launched the new snack vending program in early January with the help of a $157,329 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation. The grant paid for the district’s 16 food vending machines, a vending truck, the salary of a district vending employee for one year and marketing materials to promote the new program.
Jenna Schiffelbein, the district’s wellness specialist, said the impetus for the switch was feedback from a district-wide wellness assessment in 2011-12. With the exception of some nut products, the new vending snacks, which are accessible to students only at the district’s four high schools, all adhere to the district’s standards on fat and sugar content. In addition, each snack is coded with a red, yellow or green sticker indicating that, nutritionally speaking, it is “good,” “better,” or “best.”
The district has not changed the contents of its beverage vending machines as part of the new program, though Schiffelbein said that may come later. Currently, beverage machines in all Colorado districts are regulated by the state’s Healthy Beverages Policy standards, which prohibit soda from being sold to students.
Do your homework
- Colorado’s Healthy Beverage Policy standards
- Colorado law banning trans fat from school food, effective 9/1/13
- Resources for healthy vending programs from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
- Colorado Legacy Foundation: School Nutrition Data Snapshot
- Colorado laws on “School Food Environment” from the National Association of State Boards of Education’s“State School Healthy Policy Database”
- Centers for Disease Control report: “Competitive Foods and Beverages in U.S. Schools: A State Policy Analysis”
Healthy vending programs increasing
Weld District 6 is part of a growing group of Colorado districts that have slimmed down their vending machine snacks in recent years. While there is no hard data on the number of districts that have launched healthy vending programs, school nutrition leaders agree that more and more districts are heading in this direction.
Denver Public Schools and Jeffco Public Schools launched healthy vending programs several years ago, Boulder Valley joined the club last year, and Adams 12 is currently in the process of making the switch.
Jane Brand, director of the Colorado Department of Education’s Office of School Nutrition, said a variety of factors have driven the change, including the USDA’s updated nutrition standards for school meals, which took effect last fall, and its new, long-awaited “Smart Snacks in Schools” proposal, which came out Feb. 1.
Greater awareness about health and wellness in schools and high-profile initiatives such as Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign have also contributed to the push for healthier vending snacks, she said.
Naomi Steenson, director of Nutrition Services and Before and After School Enrichment in Adams 12, said, “It’s the right thing to do for the kids.”
The Jeffco experience
In Jeffco Public Schools, the largest district in the state, the vending program was revamped with healthier food in 2007-08 after a state audit found the district in violation of the federally-mandated “Competitive Foods” rule barring vending items from being sold when school meals are served. Linda Stoll, executive director of Food and Nutrition Services, said the district’s vending machines were supposed to be on timers that would disable them at the appropriate times, but because they lacked the technology the machines were always on.
As a result of the violation, the district launched a new vending bid process, specifying nutrition guidelines from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an organization focused on reducing childhood obesity. The guidelines use a common rule called the “35-10-35” standard, which stipulates that no more than 35 percent of a snack’s total calories can be from fat, no more than 10 percent can be from saturated and trans fat, and no more than 35 percent of a snack’s weight can be from sugar. Boulder Valley also uses these guidelines while Weld 6 uses a slightly stricter “30-10-35” standard.
In addition to a version of the 35-10-35 standard, some districts opt for additional parameters. For example, Boulder Valley also bans vending fare with non-nutritive sweeteners, hydrogenated or trans fat, artificial dyes, additives or preservatives. Jeffco prohibits high fructose corn syrup.
Not all snacks that met the letter of Jeffco’s standards were approved by Stoll. She vetoed MoonPies because she believed they were unhealthy though somehow they met the guidelines.
Stoll said she hopes the changes, which affected students in 17 high schools, have encouraged students to make healthier food choices.
“I’m sure kids miss Flamin’ Hot Cheetos but I haven’t heard a lot of complaints,” she said.
Impact on sales
While many food service directors expect some decline in sales after switching to healthier vending fare, it’s hard to quantify since individual schools often manage the day-to-day details of vending machines.
A vending machine containing healthier snacks at Greeley West High School.
At Fairview High School in Boulder, sales have dropped about 44 percent since new healthier vending snacks were introduced last winter. Still, school treasurer Ronda Pendergrass said the decrease may have nothing to do with a lack of interest in healthier choices. Instead, she believes it’s because the old machines weren’t properly programmed to be disabled during the school’s lunch periods until a few months into the 2011-12 school year. Thus, they racked up more sales than they should have.
Vending proceeds at Fairview benefit the athletics program, paying for sports equipment, signing parties for college-bound student athletes and some scholarships, said Pendergrass.
In Weld District 6, Nutrition Services Director Jeremy West said with the new vending selection in place, “Sales may dip a little bit. We do not have candy bars in there. We do not have gummy worms in there.”
Ultimately, West’s goal is for the new vending program is to break even, fully supporting itself after the grant funding is gone. Under the new program, 15 percent of vending sales will return to the schools that house the machines and 85 percent will go to the nutrition services department.
Ann Cooper, director of nutrition services for Boulder Valley School District (and an expert on EdNews Parent), said she’s not concerned about whether sales have dropped since the district switched to healthier vending items last winter.
This week, Chris Hall of DenverBroncos.com discussed the Broncos’ upcoming playoff opener against Baltimore with Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway in the latest installment of Elway Access.
The Broncos finished the season on an 11-game winning streak for a 13-3 record and the No. 1 seed in the AFC going into the playoffs. It was a year that ranked among the best regular seasons in franchise history, but those accomplishments will mean little if they are not followed by a strong postseason run. The players’ incentive for all their hard work throughout the year boils down to what happens over the next few weeks.
“Playoff football is exciting, that’s what you play for,” Elway said. “That’s what you start working out in March for and go through training camp to get in the position that we are right now.”
One of the biggest factors in the team’s success has been quarterback Peyton Manning’s record-setting regular season. With that portion of the year complete, Elway said that looking back, he’s been thrilled to see Manning perform so well after missing 2011 due to injury.
“No. 1, I’m happy for Peyton Manning, with the career that he’s had in the NFL and what he’s done for this game, for him to be able to bounce back like he has, I’m happy for him that he’s reached the level that he has again,” Elway said. “He’s pretty close to the Peyton of old. No. 2, I’m thrilled for us, the Broncos, the fact that he’s playing that well because we’re back in that No. 1 seed, back as one of the elite teams in this league. We’re able to go out and start the playoffs this week and compete for a Super Bowl championship. That’s why we play the game and why we work at this game.”
Denver is set for a rematch with the Ravens Saturday at 2:30 p.m. MST at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. In the first meeting of the season between the teams, the Broncos led 31-3 entering the fourth quarter and defeated Baltimore by a final score of 34-17. A key difference going into Saturday’s game is the health of the Ravens defense, which has welcomed back a trio of key contributors who were injured and inactive in Week 15.
“They’re a lot healthier now than they were when we played them,” Elway said. “(Linebacker) Ray Lewis was down, (Dannell) Ellerbe, their other inside linebacker, was down. So they were really banged up the last time we played them. They’re going to be at full strength, or close to full strength, this time.”
The return of those players has made one of Baltimore’s strengths throughout the season – the team’s red-zone defense – even more formidable. The Ravens’ playoff-opening win over Indianapolis in the Wild Card Round was highlighted by a bend-but-don’t-break defensive effort that yielded 25 first downs and 419 yards of total offense but only nine points.
“One thing that they are, and you noticed it last week also, was the fact that down in the red zone, they’re as good as anybody in the league,” Elway said. “I think they’re top 5, if not the best red-zone defense in the league. Last week they gave up three field goals to Indianapolis even though Indianapolis had the ball for 37 minutes. That’s why it’s going to be important for us to not only be good between the 20s, but when you get down in the red zone, we have to get it into the end zone.”
Another significant difference between Saturday’s game and the Week 15 matchup in Baltimore is the venue. Denver will have the advantage of playing in front of a home crowd that helped the Broncos win seven of their eight home games during the regular season.
“It will be great that we’re playing at Sports Authority Field at Mile High with the fans behind us,” Elway said. “It will bring back that great playoff atmosphere, which is great for the fans. We’ve played better at home. We did a better job this year, we’re 7-1 at home. We’re comfortable there and the fans have been great the whole year. But this is a different atmosphere and they’re going to be a big part of it, especially when (the Ravens are) on offense.”
Story by B.G. Brooks, Contributing Editor, CUBuffs.com
BOULDER – Competing as a member of the Top 25 is a relatively new experience for the Colorado women’s basketball team – and that inexperience might have showed early on Saturday afternoon.
But by the end of the first half, the No. 25 Buffaloes had settled in and were playing the part of a nationally ranked team. Using a 23-3 run to close the first 20 minutes, CU took full control and crushed Utah Valley 81-45 at the Coors Events Center.
Jen Reese had a career and team-high 16 points
The win was the 700th in the women’s program’s history and kept the Buffs unbeaten (10-0) this season. It was their 23rd straight victory in regular-season non-conference games and gave them a 30-4 non-conference record under third-year coach Linda Lappe.
“It’s exciting to know where we are at this point,” Lappe said. “It’s good to go into a break without a loss . . . there have been a lot of upsets in the last week or so; we wanted to make sure that wasn’t us.”
The Buffs, she said, finally “got a feel for the game” after their shaky start and eventually “did nice things in spurts” – such as hitting the open player on offense and showing intensity on defense.
The gnarly defense was particularly apparent in the first half; Sammie Jensen, Utah Valley’s leading scorer (17.7 average) and the Great West Conference player of the year in 2011-12, was held scoreless in the first 20 minutes and finished the game with nine points.
Benefitting from finding open spots and getting crisp passes from her teammates, CU’s Jen Reese led all scorers with a career-high 16 points. She got help from Chucky Jeffery (12), Brittany Wilson (11) and Arielle Roberson (10). Jeffery also had nine rebounds and seven assists.
“I just kind of got into a little flow,” Jeffery said. “I love dishing the ball out more than anything . . . I was just playing basketball and coach wanted us to rebound, so I did what I was asked to do.”
The Buffs never trailed, but despite jumping to a 7-0 lead they didn’t open like a Top 25 team. Jeffery said the Buffs were so intent on not letting their first national ranking since 2008 affect their play that it probably did to start the game.
“We have little distractions here and there and we were able to pull through,” she said. “So that was a good thing.”
The Wolverines caused some difficulties with their matchup zone defense and switching man-to-man. “Going in, we were ready but we were a little frantic in the beginning,” said Reese, who hit six of her 10 field goal attempts and was four-of-five from the free throw line. “We just had to calm down. We knew they would switch (defensively), so it was more of us just hurting ourselves.”
But the Buffs’ defense also presented big problems for the Wolverines. Lappe said her team’s ‘D’ “kept us in the game . . . we were very solid. We wanted to hold them to 45 points and we did that. It just took a little time for our offense to catch fire and we did that with transition baskets.”
Four consecutive free throws by Reese with 8:03 left before intermission opened a seven-point lead (18-11). And with that, the Buffs were off and running. Finishing the half with its 23-3 run, CU led 37-14 at intermission.
The Buffs didn’t ease off in the second half, going up by 31 (59-28) on a three-pointer by Wilson with 12:55 remaining, then getting a layup by Rachel Hargis (nine points, seven rebounds) to extend the lead to 33 (61-28) about 40 seconds later. They led by as many as 36 twice in the final 4:30.
Freshmen Jamee Swan (eight points, career-high seven rebounds, two steals) and Kyleesha Weston (career-high eight points, three assists, two rebounds, two steals) came off the bench and contributed their most effective minutes.
Swan said her 21 minutes “gives me confidence, and I think it gives our team confidence that they can trust in us as freshmen to do what we need to do when we’re asked to do it.”
Tina Doughty led Utah Valley (4-10) with 13 points and was the only Wolverines player in double figures. Utah Valley shot only 16.7 percent (4-for-24) from the field in the first half and finished the game at 30.6 percent (15-of-49).
Meanwhile, once the Buffs got untracked, they hit 15 of their 34 first-half field goal attempts (44.1 percent) and were at 47.9 percent (34-of-71) for the afternoon.
CU outscored Utah Valley 48-20 in the paint and 16-4 on fast breaks. The Buffs converted 16 Wolverines turnovers into 20 points, committed a season-low six turnovers themselves, and outrebounded the visitors 47-30.
CU plays New Mexico next Saturday in the second game of a men’s/women’s doubleheader at the Events Center. The men’s game against Hartford begins at noon.
BOULDER — University of Colorado’s Chucky Jeffery led the Buffaloes to their first Associated Press ranking in five seasons and their first top-10 win in over 10 years, and as a result picked up some well-deserved conference and national recognition on Monday.
Jeffery was named the espnW National Player of the Week and Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week for the week of Dec 10-16. She also received national and Pac-12 Player of the Week honors from collegesportsmadness.com.
A 5-foot-10-inch guard from Colorado Springs, Colo., Jeffery averaged 18 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists while shooting 46 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line in wins over Denver and No. 8 ranked Louisville last week.
Against Louisville she had a game-high and personal season-best 22 points along with seven rebounds, four assists and one steal as the Buffaloes claimed their first win over a top-10 opponent since defeating No. 5 Stanford in the 2002 NCAA Sweet 16. Jeffery recorded season highs from the 3-point line (2-of-5) and the foul line (8-10) as she became the 16th player in team history to reach 1,300 career points (1,317).
Jeffery had 14 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two steals in the road win over Denver on Dec. 11. She notched her second double-double of the season, and 22nd of her career, tying Sandy Bean (1978-82) for fifth on CU’s all-time list.
The two wins allowed Colorado to remain one of only eight unbeaten teams in NCAA Division I (9-0) and crack the Associated Press poll this week at No. 25 for the first time since Jan. 14, 2008.
Jeffery’s Pac-12 Player of the Week honor is her second, as she received the same award on Dec. 5, 2011. It’s Colorado’s fifth overall Pac-12 weekly award and fourth this year. Arielle Roberson is a three-time winner of Pac-12 Freshman of the Week so far this season.
Colorado will return to the court on Saturday, Dec. 22, by hosting Utah Valley at 1:30 p.m. at the Coors Events Center.
Release: 11/10/2012 Courtesy: B.G. Brooks, Contributing Editor
BOULDER - It might be a stretch for a college junior to be reflecting on how it was “back in the day,” but Brittany Wilson vividly recalls how things were in Colorado women’s basketball a mere three seasons ago.
“In my freshman year,” “B-Wil” remembered the other day, “we got down to six players when we played Iowa State.”
Technically, the Buffs were down to eight players, but first-year coach Linda Lappe‘s primary rotation that day was six – with the five starters playing at least 33 minutes each in a game that pushed into overtime. But here’s Wilson’s point: Her first CU team didn’t have a deep end; most of the time it flailed away in shallow water.
Things have changed. Big-time.
The CU team that opens its 2012-13 season Sunday afternoon against Idaho (2 p.m., Coors Events Center) has plenty of bodies that play plenty well. What’s more, the daily competition goes from whistle to whistle and isn’t for the gentle and meek.
“Coaches have to stop practice sometimes to get people off the floor,” Wilson said. “We haven’t had the competition on the floor like this. You have to come out and compete for your spot every single day, because there’s 13 girls that can play. If you don’t come out ready to defend your position – if you are a starter – or to earn your playing time, either you’re not going to start or you’re not going to get that playing time.”
That’s exactly the way Lappe and her staff want it, although her priority as Sunday’s opener approached was identifying enough consistency among those talented 13 players to pencil in a starting lineup. As of Tuesday, she had “no idea,” but she will by Sunday morning.
It’s a good problem to have, one that will sort itself out as Lappe’s very balanced bunch advances. If her number of better players this season creates a different kind of dilemma, it’s still one she relishes. She and her staff “take a lot of stock in who brings it every day in practice” and use that as a guide in determining how 40 minutes on game day is split.
“But day to day that changes with our team,” Lappe said. “That’s been the most unsettling thing as a coach – the consistency of our players and who we think can provide us major minutes during this first game. It’s something that as the year goes along will change and fluctuate. That’s probably been the hardest thing for me. But there’s good in that because now you do have 10-12 players that all could start on any given day.”
Lappe has a pretty good handle on two members of Sunday’s starting five. That pair would be senior wingMeagan Malcolm-Peck and “B-Wil,” who sees herself in the next layer of leadership below Malcolm-Peck and senior point guard Chucky Jeffery.
Here’s how Wilson perceives her game and her role: “Things have slowed down for me. I’m a junior now, I get the game. Although I played in two different conferences, now for me it’s like I don’t have to think so much. I can just go out and play . . . And now, I see myself as leader in helping (teammates) to follow. As Meagan and Chucky are leaders, I help others follow those two. If Meagan or Chucky is saying things that somebody might not be getting, then it’s usually me or the next person to tweak it a little so it is understood.”
That’s a good position for now, but it probably will evolve into a full-blown take-charge role. And if not this season, then surely next, when she is a senior. Whichever of those scenarios occur, Lappe feels fortunate to be able to watch it happen.
Her first two CU teams have a combined 39-30 record and a pair of WNIT appearances. Showing further progress in year three is paramount, and Lappe believes it can happen because of leadership that hadn’t fully developed in years one and two.
“This is the first year to have some junior-senior leadership that has played a lot for our first two or three years,” Lappe said. “That’s definitely a bonus; it allows us to take that next step. We’ve never had that (and) it differentiates this team from some of the others. We also have some good talented young players who are maybe further ahead than some of the other freshmen we’ve had at different times.”
How far ahead? Last season, CU played Idaho at the CEC on Dec. 4, winning 68-59. Tape of that game, said Lappe, shows this team – young as it is – to be further along in early November than her 2011-12 squad was in early December.
“We look better now than at that point,” said Lappe, adding that the loss of senior post Julie Seabrook and her court communication on screens and setting the defense might be a temporary setback. “But overall we’re further ahead and much, much deeper.”
Wilson agreed, noting that in this season’s pair of exhibition games, the Buffs “got it going early . . . last year we struggled (early) to get it going. There were stretches where we didn’t score for five or six minutes at a time, but this year the freshmen are catching onto the offense and we have a lot of upperclassmen now.”
Although forward Jen Reese is entering her sophomore season, Lappe considers Reese well-seasoned. Reese does, too. She’s been waiting for Sunday’s opener longer than most; she missed last season’s last six games with an orbital eye socket injury and is wearing protective goggles now, although “it’s a hassle,” she said. Her vision slowly is returning to normal, but still can be a little fuzzy now when she gazes upward when under the rim. So she uses her neck more and tilts her head.
But Reese clearly sees this: “These players have more confidence and that brings out more confidence in the team. We have leaders in Meagan and Chucky, when she’s the point guard. And I feel like we’ve been communicating better. The freshmen have been doing really well listening to us and improving every day in practice . . . I think we’re just more prepared.”
More focused on a daily basis, too. Every team has reaching the NCAA Tournament as a goal, and that includes the Buffs, who could wind up playing in NCAA first- and second-round games in their building. But the approach this season is different, said Reese: “Last year we had a main goal of going to the NCAAs, but we weren’t more concerned with how to get there . . . this year we’re setting goals that we can reach (daily) to get to that level. That’s what I like about this year.”
Reese says she’s among the Buffs whose confidence has skyrocketed, plus she’s stronger and better conditioned.
And here’s something else – aside from the depth, the talent and the confidence – that Wilson says sets this team apart from others: “We’ve got 13 girls with heart, 13 girls that will punch you back if you punch them . . . we’re all competitors, that’s what different and special about this team.”
Lappe is hoping it all translates into a special year. It gets underway on Sunday afternoon.
Boulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Parks and Open Space Department will host a review of the Management Alternatives proposed by Parks and Open Space staff for the Walker Ranch Management Plan Update.
What: Walker Ranch Management Alternatives meeting
When: Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m.
Where: Boulder County Transportation office, second floor 2525 13th St., Boulder
Staff will give a presentation of the management proposals followed by a question-and-answer period.
Ideas received at a public open house in 2011 have been incorporated into the proposals. Staff will present those proposals at this meeting and take public comments and questions. This will not be the last opportunity for public input.
Based on public responses to the alternatives and information gathered during alternatives review, staff will develop and update the plan and present a draft final management plan to the public in December. A 30-day comment period will follow the December presentation. The final proposal to the Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee and the Board of County Commissioners will be scheduled in early 2013.
For more information about the Walker Ranch Management Plan Update, visit www.bouldercounty.org/os/openspace/pages/walkerplan.aspx or contact Resource Planner Jesse Rounds at 303-678-6271 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be an EWC Warming Center Oct 27, 2012: Emergency Warming Center tonight at Seventh Day Baptist Church, 6710 Arapahoe Rd. Doors will open at 7:00 PM. RTD: Jump on Arapahoe:
The status of emergency warming centers (that is whether open or closed) will be on the main page of this web site. The emergency warming centers are only open when dangerous conditions are present; the decision is made on a day-by-day basis.
Saturday @ Boulder Seventh Day Baptist Church
– 6710 Arapahoe (on the south side of Arapahoe)
RTD: JUMP on Arapahoe