Published on Sunday, September 22 2013 07:03
The Lyons High School football team did the community proud on Saturday afternoon (September 21). They played their first game since last week’s flood, against the Clear Creek Gold Diggers, on an away “home” field (Longmont High’s field) in front of an enthusiastic crowd of fans, who were there to support their kids and community, and to get their spirits lifted. It was a win/win/win situation. There was a tremendous outpouring of love and support as friends and neighbors got to see and visit each other under less stressful circumstances,Read more: The Pride Of Lyons
Published on Thursday, September 12 2013 07:20
Matt Dillon debuts his junior season with a stellar performance that takes the Lions to yet a higher level.
By Renée Haip
The journey of an endurance runner does not begin at day one of official practice each season, but rather is a continuum spanning years. Here in Lyons, the community is fortunate to have attentive and thoughtful coaches to help guide young runners as they develop their potential both on and off the field. Now in its fourteenth year, the St. Vrain Cross Country Invitational meet proved once again to be a great place for the Lyons’ community to showcase their commitment to Lyons’ renowned small school running program. From parking to concessions to leading races
Published on Thursday, September 12 2013 07:10
Editor’s Note: In interest of full disclosure, let it be known that the mother of Kate Gilson did not write this article.
The Lyons High School Lady Lions fast-pitch softball team traveled to Burlington last weekend, and came home with third place honors.
The following game descriptions are will permission and courtesy of: Narrative Science and GameChanger Media. Copyright 2013. All rights reserved.
Game 1: Kate Gilson hits and pitches Lady Lions to 18-1 victory
Lady Lions beat Yuma in the first game of the tournament 18-1 Friday, September 6, behind both the bat and the arm of Kate Gilson. Gilson racked up three RBIs
Published on Thursday, September 12 2013 06:54
By Wendy Stevelinck
With six returning varsity players, Lyons High School volleyball coach Jeff Klipstein has a lot of reasons to be optimistic about the upcoming season. The young, but experienced, team is led this year by four-year varsity starter Madeline Keen (Sr). Rounding out the varsity squad is three-year varsityRead more: Volleyball Teams Off To A Great Start
Published on Thursday, September 12 2013 06:48
Lyons cornerbacks Zach Christiansen (10) and Preston Medina(1) stop the Yuma running back from entering the end zone in the fourth quarter.
By Oskar LaRue
This past Friday night marked the annual community BBQ, followed by the home-opener for the Lyons Lions football team. This year the Lions hosted the Yuma Indians, who just barely lost to powerhouse Limon the week before, and were hungry for their first win.
Also hungry (starving, really) were the masses of residents and visitors who queued up for grub before the game. The towering tornado of smokeRead more: Stout Defense Carries The Night
Published on Thursday, September 05 2013 03:20
By Oskar LaRue – Staff Writer
The Lyons Lions varsity football team began their season Saturday with a three-hour bus ride to Ellicott, a friendly little town east of Colorado Springs and home of the Thunderhawks. It ended with 13-12 victory for the Lions, making the journey well worth it for players and fans alike. What happened in between, though, was a hard fought game between two evenly matched andRead more: Defense Shines In Season Opener
Published on Thursday, September 05 2013 01:52
After a successful spring on the track and a summer of consistent work putting in miles and building core strength, the boys’ cross country team returns stronger than ever. In Colorado 2A division’s run five, score three format, the defending state champion Lions are once again expected to crush their small school competition all through the season. They figure to be so dominant that they are unanimously ranked number one in Colorado Milesplit’s preseason coaches’ poll.
Beyond a goal of defending their 2012 league, regional, and state titles, the Lions hope to earn one of the few coveted team spots at the Nike Southwest Regionals’ post-season championship race in Mesa, Arizona. Here, each team position through five (better yet seven) is critical, as the best teams from across Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah face off in this all-classification race. It’s a big aspiration for a small school, and any injuries through the season could quickly derail their dreams. Towards meeting this post season goal, expect to see the Lyons’ boys battling “David and Goliath style” at competitive, key meets throughout the season, beginning with their running up in the 4A-5A division of the prestigious Saint Vrain Invitational on their home course.
From their 2012 state championship team, the Lions bring back their top four runners. Paul Roberts returns for his sophomore year as the defending individual 2A state cross country champion, as well as the 1600M state champion from the spring track season. Roberts made his mark last year as the first freshman boy in Colorado history to win a cross country state title. Senior Marcel Such competes in his final high school cross country season after placing fourth at the 2012 state cross country meet and winning the 3200M title at the state track meet. Joel Such was the other fast freshman from Lyons last year, finishing 8th at the cross country state meet and finishing the track season as the fourth ranked freshmen in the state across all classifications in both the 1600M and 3200M.
Junior Matt Dillon had an excellent sophomore campaign with his fifteenth place finish at last year’s state cross country meet. Dillon easily maintains his position as Lyons’ vital fourth runner and will be aiming for a top-ten finish at state this year. Vying for the fifth spot will be senior Heath Fesenmeyer and junior Brian Flynn. While Fesenmeyer plays baseball in the spring, he has made great strides in his running over the course of the year and comes into the season with a solid summer of training behind him. Flynn focused on middle distances during the spring track season, however his strong suit is longer distances and should never be counted out as a worthy competitor. Another boy to watch is senior Stephen Roberts, who has traveled from his home in Cambodia to live with his Uncle Mark Roberts’ family and attend Lyons High School for the fall semester. Stephen Roberts has been running well, adding yet another talented young man to the Lion’s roster.
The Lady Lions return as the runner up team from last year’s state cross country meet and will again be chasing a strong Hotchkiss team, which not only took the 2013 state team title, but is back with all five of last year’s state participants. Lyons brings back three of their five state participants, and these girls have diligently trained all through the summer in hopes of challenging the defending state champions. While they go into the season ranked second in Colorado Milesplit’s preseason poll, the Lyons girls should never be underestimated, as they work together towards a common goal.
Leading the girls will be senior Miriam Roberts, who placed second at last year’s state meet and is a favorite to take this year’s state title. Roberts had a fabulous track season placing second in both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs. If all falls into place, Miriam and Paul Roberts may become the first ever siblings to take duo state championship titles at the Colorado State Cross Country Championship. Last year’s freshman standout, Sierra Tucker, returns for her sophomore year and is positioned to be a key contributor. Tucker was the Lions’ third scorer with a fifteenth place finish at last year’s state meet; she also finished ninth in the 1600M at the state track meet last spring. Junior Faith Myers was Lyons’ fourth finisher at last year’s state cross country meet with a twenty-second place finish and will be aiming to improve her position this year. Talented middle distance runner, junior Jenna Anderson, found herself watching her teammates from the sideline last year, as she sustained an injury, which ended her season prematurely. Anderson came back to run well last spring, placing 6th in the 800M at the state track meet, and is posed to make a substantial contribution to this year’s team efforts. A fifth competitive state runner was thought to be coming up from the middle school ranks in Ceann Udovich. Though currently serving as team manager, a serious injury sustained on the soccer field has postponed her debut cross country season of actual competition. Look forward to watching Udovich on the track next spring.
Best of luck to Coach Roberts, Coach Boelé, and all the athletes for a healthy and successful season!