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Ponderosa athletic director and former coach Tim Ottmann, ex-Mustangs and Highlands Ranch coach Kent Smith, and Arapahoe graduate Peter Horvath are among the six people who will be inducted into the Colorado High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony for the 2016 Hall of Fame class is scheduled for April 2 at the Radisson Hotel Southeast at 3155 S. Vaughn Way in Aurora.
Ottmann came to Ponderosa in 1990 as a wrestling coach, and the Mustangs won eight state championships under his guidance. Ponderosa captured six consecutive state titles from 2003-2008. Ottmann has been Ponderosa’s AD for the past 25 years.
Smith spent time as the boys basketball coach at Ponderosa and Highlands Ranch. He was also the boys and girls cross-country coach for the Falcons. Smith was the boys basketball coach at Boulder from 1971-1982, and the Panthers won state titles in 1977 and 1979.
Smith’s 1988 Ponderosa boys basketball was crowned state champs, and his 1992 Highlands Ranch girls cross-country team won the state meet. He is currently the girls basketball coach at Alamosa.
Horvath, a 1979 Arapahoe High School graduate, coached the boys and girls teams at Columbine High School from 1982-2008, and the programs combined to capture nine state title and eight runner-up finishes in his tenure. He was the CHSCA Coach of the Year five times.
Butler runs 23 at Nationals
Ben Butler, the two-time Class 3A state champion from SkyView Academy, finished 23 in the Nike National Cross-County Championships held Dec. 5 in Portland, Oregon. He was timed in 15:31.70.
Baseball could get RPI head start
RPI stands for rating percentage index, and high school sports followers had better get used to the term.
All Colorado team sports will use RPI, instead of wild card points, to determine state playoff qualifiers starting in 2016-17.
However, according to CSHAANow.com, the baseball committee has approved a proposal that RPI be used to qualify teams in all classifications for the 2016 season, and could be the first sport to use RPI for post season qualifying.
The Legislative Council must approve the recommendation during its January meeting and results of out-of-state games will not be used in the RPI ratings.
RPI ranks teams based on wins, losses and strength of schedule.
If the baseball committee’s pitch passes, 10 Class 4A league champions would automatically qualify for postseason play. The remainder of the bracket will be determined by the RPI. The eight host teams for the regionals will be decided by the league winners with the highest RPI.
In Class 5A, the eight league champs automatically advance to the postseason with the remainder of the 32-team field finalized by RPI standings. Teams ranked 1-8 in the RPI would host regional tournaments, but league champs would not necessarily be host schools.
Field hockey All-State selections
Two players from Cherry Creek and three from Golden were among the field hockey participants who were honored on the CHSAA All-State team selected by field hockey coaches.
Junior Taylor Hantman and senior Ashley Hilyard of Cherry Creek were first-team selections. Second-team picks included senior Kami Cisneros, junior Emily Hipp and senior Madison Winchester of Golden.
Cross Town Throw Down
The town of Parker launched the boys basketball season with its Fifth Annual Cross Town Throw Down featuring friendly competition between Chaparral and Legend.
Legend senior Andre Hogan won the 3-point shooting contest. Titans senior Danny Garrick was the winner of the dunk competition. And Legend won the hot shoot drill. Chaparral freshman Joseph Dalton was the skills challenge winner, and the Wolverines won the faculty staff game. There was also entertainment as Chaparral and Legend teachers held a dance competition.
Parker launched the boys basketball season with its Fifth Annual Cross Town Throw Down featuring friendly competition between Chaparral and Legend.
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