Awards on way to area athletes in the spring

There are so many people who make high school athletics work — family, teachers, volunteers, coaches, officials, teammates and fans — all of whom come together to make these events happen, and make them special.

But at its core, high school sports are made great by the athletes and coaches that treat competition as another facet of a complete education.

As such, I’m proud to introduce The Daily Sentinel High School Sports Awards, the goal of which is to honor the area’s best male and female athletes in every sport.

This event has been pieced together by the Daily Sentinel’s sports staff, our publisher, Jay Seaton, and several other Sentinel departments. The springtime ceremony will honor the best male and female athletes from the four School District 51 schools from each sport sanctioned by the Colorado High School Activities Association, as selected by the Sentinel’s sports staff. The top overall male and female athlete for the entire school year will also be selected and recognized at the ceremony.

One male and one female athlete will be nominated from each D51 school for each sport.

If you’re the parent of a high school athlete, here’s what you need to know: The Daily Sentinel High School Sports Awards is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 2, 2018 at the Avalon Theatre. Tickets will be available soon through The Daily Sentinel, with all nominees receiving a free ticket. It’s a semi-formal event (church clothes) and food will be available before the awards ceremony.

If you’re an athlete reading this, know that although these awards are based primarily on athletic achievement, there a few boxes that need to be checked in order to be a nominee.

You don’t need to be your school’s valedictorian (props if you are), but you do need to be academically eligible. You can’t have any major brushes with local law enforcement or school administrators.

The goal behind this event is to create a red-carpet experience for high school athletes, honoring the hard work and dedication that comes with high school sports. Leading up to that, the Sentinel sports staff will be selecting top performing athletes each week.

These athletes will be recognized in a Daily Sentinel Peak Performers advertisement each week, and in online content that’s specific to These are NOT nominees for our awards show. Rather, it’s a way to further highlight the contributions of high school athletes on the Western Slope, and there’s no doubt that many of these athletes will eventually be a nominee for the sports awards.

Just a quick note, all nominees will be announced shortly before the ceremony, so don’t anticipate nominations coming after the fall or winter seasons.

The Peak Performers content will hit later this week, so be sure to check it out.

We will also have plenty of other online content from high school events throughout the year.

Keep an eye on The Daily Sentinel for more information on tickets to the event, and I hope to see everyone at The Avalon Theatre this spring.


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