Shining Mountain High School Athletes | by Mike Hawkes, Athletic Director


mikehawkesWhile our own sports’ programs are great I felt the urge to honor those high school student athletes that participate outside of Shining Mountain. That’s right, if we do not offer a particular sport, high school student athletes are free to participate in those sports at other area schools. Below is a short snippet from a number of just such student athletes.


Ninth Grade

On November 1, SMWS freshman Noah Solt participated with Boulder-based Colorado Junior Crew (CJC) at the regional “Frostbite Regatta” in Wichita, KS, where crews from all over the mid-west met to compete on the waters of the Little Arkansas River. Noah and the rest of his 8-man crew took 2nd place, his 4-man crew rowed to 4th at the finish. Congratulations, Noah!

A number of our current freshman girls ride horses. These include Emma Beal, Sophie Kane and Alexa Espana. Alexa currently participates in IEA competitions in both jumping and flat classes.

Abby Leuchten races for the Boulder Nordic Junior Race Team (, which is part of Rocky Mountain Nordic. She also swims for the Boulder Elks ( Both teams have full meet schedules with the Elks taking place primarily over the summer. 

Evan Wiebe races road bikes and rides cyclo-cross for a team called Houndstooth Racing. This summer Evan took 4th place in the Colorado State Time Trial Championship on his road bike. Over the fall, Evan won two cyclo-cross races and finished 2nd four times. He is currently leading the Colorado Cross Cup Rider Competition in the 15-16 age group. 

10th Grade

Sophomore Marina Flandrick participates in USAG Xcel gymnastics for CATS and placed 3rd in all around at State this summer for her level which is Platinum. She placed 1st on beam, 3rd on floor and 4th on bars.

11th Grade

Ava Lowell practices gymnastics at CATS gymnastics in Boulder. She competes at the Xcel Diamond level which is under the umbrella of the USA gymnastics Association. Diamond is the highest level in the Xcel program. During 2015, Ava participated in seven competitions. In six of these meets she won first place All-Around. At the State Championship, she placed 1st on vault and on bars, 2nd on beam and 1st All-Around. This was her 3rd consecutive 1st place All-Around at the State Championships. 

Last year Chris Hoover played on the Monarch High Varsity hockey team and earned a letter. He is trying out again this year.  

12th Grade

Jordan Cherin has a big winter ahead. In addition to basketball, Jordan is going to be tearing up the indoor track circuit. His first meet is in Golden on December 12th. Jordan has been specializing in long sprint events and will be running the 400 meter dash at that meet. He will be competing against collegiate runners throughout this indoor season and has high goals of setting new personal records, as well as gaining race experience.

Gray Hill has played JV and Varsity lacrosse at Alexander Dawson for his entire high school career. Last year, as a junior, he received an award for the Academic All State Team.

Mahito Henderson has played hockey at Monarch and was part of their state runner-up team last season. He is now playing on a club midget major AA team and has won three tournaments. One of the tournaments is called international Silver Sticks and the team traveled to Canada to compete. Additionally, they won their league championship (which is also the state championship), giving them a birth in the Virginia-based National tournament.

Mattijs Ossorio plays hockey for the Superior RoughRiders in the WSHL junior hockey league. It is a 16-20 year old league. Prior to the RoughRiders Mattijs played three years of Monarch High Varsity hockey. During all three of these years the team played in the state championship game.

Please join me in congratulating and celebrating all of our student athletes. GO LIONS!