Editor’s Note: A Hotchkiss fan sent this letter to the Lyons Middle/Senior High School athletic director after our Lyons Lions fell to his team in the playoffs on Saturday. The letter is reprinted with the author’s permission, who added that he spoke with many Hotchkiss fans who felt the same way.My wife is the cheerleader coach at Hotchkiss, so I had the privilege of attending the game last Saturday. I cannot begin to tell you how impressed I was with your staff, football team and members of
the community. I thought the hospitality table was a very nice touch. The Lyons band playing the Hotchkiss school song at halftime just blew me away! I have never seen that done at any other sporting event. Just a class act all the way around. I was impressed with your football team. They are a talented team that just happened to run into a team that was hitting on all cylinders that day. They need to hold their heads high. They played with passion and were the definition of good sports. Had they beaten Hotchkiss, I would have been pulling for them to win state. As I was leaving the game, a couple of Lyons fans wished us well and said they would be pulling for us to win it all. In this day and age when it seems as if winning is the only thing that matters, your school showed that winning has nothing to do with the score on the scoreboard. In my book, all of you at Lyons High School are truly winners in the lessons that we should be teaching our young people. I thank you and your community for making my visit one that I will remember for years to come.