Category: AD Corner

Wolverines News · Weekly AD Corner 1/22-1/28


Wolverines,

Hard to believe we are already to the end of January.  As we approach February we have quite a few events upcoming for basketball that I want you to be aware of:

  1. January 26th-Pepsi Center Game vs. Strasburg
  2. February 3rd-White Out Night
    1. Free shirts given out at halftime of the JV game
    2. Performance at halftime by A Dance Place
  3. February 10th-Senior Night Boys Basketball
  4. February 11th-Neon Night, Duct Tape Admin
    1. Free necklaces given out at halftime of the JV boys game
    2. Performance at halftime by Claire Van Buskirk
  5. February 14th-Senior Night Girls Basketball

If you have the opportunity to stop in for a game we would love to have you.

Video of the Week:

A few weeks ago our basketball teams played host to Estes Park High School and what transpired during the C game was a moment that will not easily be forgotten.  With less than a minute left in the game Estes Park subbed in a player with special needs for a very special moment.  Almost two weeks from the day I still get emotional watching the video of that special moment and what it meant for that student athlete but the character demonstrated by our own team.  In that 50 seconds of a basketball game there was no arguing calls, there was no Estes Park vs. Frontier Academy, there was no heated competition but rather a gym of fans all cheering for this one student.  In that time our kids probably learned more about compassion and how privileged they are, then the 31 minutes of basketball that preceded it.  I think as fans it put the game into perspective on what are we really hoping to teach kids through sports and does the scoreboard really matter in the grand scheme of things?  My hope is everyone watches and shares the video as a demonstration of the exemplary character our kids showed and the beauty of the moment.

Video compliments of Aaron Carmichael

Article of the Week:

It’s been awhile since I have wrote an article so I have tons to share.   I encourage you all to read this article from Jon Gordon on “Championship Lessons.”  A lot of the article is tied to Dabo Swinney and Clemson University Football team winning the national championship earlier in January.  The article talks about the process it took to get there and the investment Dabo put into his program, his athletes, his coaching staff even through triumphs and adversity.  The point that stood out to me was at a victory celebration after winning the national championship he stated, “Trophies will not define us ever.  We will be defined by our culture and how we invest in our young men at Clemson and by the way we teach them to love, serve, and care.”

That is a statement to invest in but in this scenario it’s not  “young men” but it is young men and women and it’s not “Clemson” but it is Frontier Academy.  If there is one person who wants to see wins more than anyone at Frontier Academy it is me, but that will always come secondary to the life lessons I hope as coaches we teach about character, leadership, and integrity to our student athletes.

Sideline Store:

Our current promotion in our sideline store is 15% off a purchase of $85 or more.  Please consider buying spirit wear to show your school pride and to support our school.

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Thanks for reading.  Go Wolverines!

Shanklin

Wolverines News · Weekly AD Corner 1/9-1/15


Wolverines,

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful break and were able to relax and recover.  It is nice to recharge as we begin a new year and a new semester.

Announcements:

I am excited to announce that Gus Aguirre has been named the new head coach for high school girls soccer.  We are pleased to have him join our staff and coach the girls soccer program.  We will be having a meet and greet for girl soccer players and parents on Monday January 23rd at 6:30 p.m. in the library.

Shoutouts:

To girls basketball who finished as runner-ups at the Arvada Girls Basketball Tournament right before Christmas Break.  Also congrats to Katelyn Dick who was named to the all tournament team.

Connor Clancy who has been selected as a member of the All-Area Tennis Team by the Coloradoan.

Hannah Ellis and Cody Jones who were selected as members of the All-Area Cross Country Team by the Coloradan.

These three kids will be invited to the Northern Colorado Sports Awards Show in May hosted by the Coloradoan.  The guest speaker this year will be Denver Broncos Von Miller.  This is a great honor for all athletes, as it involves looking at athletes for 24 schools in their respective sport.

Events Upcoming:

As we enter the middle of January we enter the heart of basketball season and league play.  We hope you all can make it out and cheer on our Wolverines.  Your positive support  for our teams is important.

Video of the Week:

Over break this video seemed to be circulating the internet to point of almost being viral.  Falling into the millennial generation the video struck home with me.  I believe this is a great video that both parents and students could find benefit in and be a conversation starter.  How we grew up is quite a bit different than how our current students have grown up, in particular the amount of technology that surrounds students now.  I believe Simon Sinek made some valid points on the positives and negatives of too much technology.  What hit home with me is being more intentional about relationships and less focused on technology.   I believe it was a great video to start the year and coming up with goals to accomplish being more intentional about relationships in 2017.

Thanks for reading.  Go Wolverines!

Shanklin

Wolverines News · Weekly AD Corner 12/12-12/18


Wolverines,

Hard to believe this is the last week before Christmas Break but we are already halfway through the school year.  As we enter break we have a chance to refresh after finishing the semester.  Many of you are exhausted after taking multiples finals, completing projects, and battling everything else life throws your way.  My hope is you use this break to recharge and come back excited for second semester and 2017.  I know in my own life that sometimes you need a little jumpstart to stay motivated and be excited.  I think this is a great Ted talk by speaker and author of “The Energy Bus” Jon Gordon.  In it he talks about grit, vision, love, purpose, and legacy.  All of these words and their meanings are important to remember as we enter the new year and second semester.  I encourage you to watch the video and do some reflection over break to help lead to a great second semester.

Shoutouts:

Boys basketball is ranked #7 in 3A after their 5-0 start to the season in the most current basketball poll.  Great work boys, lets keep it going!

Announcements:

This Friday is our first home game with boys basketball taking on #5 Faith Christian.  C-team plays at 4:00, JV at 5:30, and Varsity at 7:00.  It is also Ugly Sweater Night so find your ugliest Christmas sweater and wear it to the game.

The basketball team is also doing a basketball toy drive at the game.  Please see below for more info.

Basketball toy Drive

Sideline Store:

The current promotion with the sideline store is save 15% on any order of $75 or more.  Consider getting some spirit wear before we enter the new year.

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Thanks for reading.  Go Wolverines!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!

Shanklin

Wolverines News · Weekly AD Corner 12/5-12/11


Wolverines,

I took a break from the AD Corner as we were in transition to winter season with sports and it was mostly quiet on the athletic front.  Now that winter games have started will pick back up with weekly articles.  With that being said lets start with shoutouts.

Shoutouts:

1. To the boys basketball team for winning the Bennett Basketball Tournament.  The boys went 3-0 in the tournament to the start the season beating three 3A teams.  Great job fellas.

2. Congratulations to Natalia Shepperd who was voted All Conference Honorable Mention for volleyball this year in the Patriot League.

3. Congratulations to Grant Reinert, Josh Thompson, and Mike Rutledge for being voted First Team All Conference and to Hunter Umholtz and Eli Ethridge for being voted All Conference Honorable Mention for soccer this year in the Patriot League.

4.  Also congratulations to Mike Rutledge on being named CHSAA Honorable Mention All-State.  That’s quite the honor.

Great work to all of our fall student athletes and the accolades they received.

Sports Parents:

Below is a tongue in cheek video of a sport parents support group.  Hopefully, you enjoy the short clip.  Unfortunately, the truth is in some instances this isn’t a tongue in a cheek video but a reality.  The problem is the behavior of the parent ends up taking the joy away from the kid.  Sports become not a fun thing to do but rather a have to do to satisfy my parents.   My hope is you wouldn’t see yourself in any of the video but if so lets work to stop making it about us and making it about the kids.

Sideline Store:

If you are looking for Christmas gift ideas for your favorite Wolverine I encourage you to shop our sideline store. There is currently a promo that guarantees delivery before Christmas.  All orders must be placed by Friday December 9th.  You can save 20% on any order over $80.  I encourage to check the website for possible gifts.  

 

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Thanks for reading. Go Wolverines!

Shanklin

Wolverines News · Weekly AD Corner 11/7-11/13


Wolverines,

As we put a wrap on the fall sport seasons with season ending banquets we now quickly turn to the start of winter season.  Tomorrow (Friday) marks the beginning of winter sports.    We are excited to see what both basketball teams do this season.  Just a reminder our high school winter sports meeting will be on Tuesday November 15th at 5:30 p.m.  

Today signifies the “groundbreaking” for both campuses.  It is exciting to see this project take shape and what a huge benefit it is to Frontier Academy.  As the athletic director I especially excited for new fields, a new gym, a track, and a weight room.  We have been strapped for space for several years and it is exciting that in the near future we will be able to better serve our student athletes in a variety of arenas.  It also hopefully means we eliminate practices to 9:30 at night which is a win for everyone.  Please continue to check in on the project as it progresses.

Announcements:

I am excited to announce the hire of Arron Chambers as the new head track coach for this upcoming spring season.  Arron has been a part of the Frontier Academy Coaching Community the last two years in a variety of capacities including assistant track coach, assistant middle school basketball coach, and assistant cross country coach.  Arron is exceptional at building team cultures and unity among the programs he is apart of.  We are blessed to have Arron lead our track program and continue to invest into developing our student athletes.

Sideline Store:

The coupon for our sideline store for November is just in time for Holiday shopping.  This is a great way to start shopping for the Holidays with special savings.  Don’t miss out as the offer ends 11/13/16.

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Thanks for reading. Go Wolverines!

Shanklin

Wolverines News · Weekly AD Corner 10/24-10/30


Wolverines,

This is an exciting week for Frontier Academy sports with soccer playoffs, state cross country, and the end of the volleyball regular season.

Boys Soccer will play DSST-Green Valley Ranch on Friday at 3:00 p.m.  The game will be played at Kent Denver in Englewood. The winner goes onto play on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Kent Denver.

Cross Country will be competing in the CHSAA State Cross Country Championships at Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs.  The girls run at 10:00 a.m. and the boys run at 11:20 a.m.

Volleyball will finish the regular season this Saturday at the Buena Vista Tournament.  Currently, they are ranked 37th in RPI and the top 36 make postseason.  The team will look to improve that ranking this weekend.  CHSAA District Volleyball Seeding will come out on Monday.

Winter Sports:

Registration for winter sports is open on FamilyID.  Tryouts for winter sports begins on Friday November 11th.  As a reminder your student athlete might be signed up on FamilyID, have a current sports physical, and the $110 athletic fee turned in before tryouts.  Please get this done in advance.

Second Goal Parent:

This weeks resource or talking point comes from Positive Coaching Alliance and their mission to create “Better Athletes, Better People.”  Your role as a Second Goal Parent is ensuring your children take away from sports lessons that will help them be successful in life.   This role is the most important role when it comes to human development.  I encourage you to read the article on the Second Goal Parent and your part in athletics.

Sideline Store:

The coupon for our sideline store for fleeces and other warmer outerwear has been extended through the rest of the month.  Make sure to enter the code: FALL16 to save 15% at checkout.

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Thanks for reading. Go Wolverines!

Shanklin

Wolverines News · Weekly AD Corner 10/17-10/23


Wolverines,

What an amazing night last night recognizing the seniors for both volleyball and soccer.  We truly appreciate your contributions to both programs during your time on those teams. Seniors know that you have had an impact on those programs during your time in high school.  As we get closer to the end of the season enjoy the final moments and take it all in.  Soon you will realize how special it all was.

Tomorrow cross country has their regional cross country meet at Monfort Park.  The first race will begin at 4:00 p.m. We encourage all to come out and support the runners as they look to qualify for state.

Speaking of state, we will find out this weekend where soccer will be playing for playoffs the following weekend.  Currently, they are ranked 21st in RPI with one regular season game to play.

InSideOut Initiative:

Last week I included a short video about CHSAA’s partnership with the InSideOut Initiative.  Today I want to provide a clip that goes into great detail on what that is.   I encourage you to watch all of the video to get a deeper perspective on the purpose of high school sports.   I talked a little bit about this at our fall parent meeting on the difference between the goals of high school sports versus the purpose of high school sports.  Our purpose has to be in the business of transforming student’s lives.   This is an endeavor we all have to be invested in and constantly working at.  Developing character does not just happen but takes time.  I am continually working with our coaches to understand this principal and provide them resources to help in this journey.  In that I for one if also learning how to be a better coach and have more “tools” for my toolkit on how I can positively transform lives of students I work with.  Two, I hope our coaches can use these tools and find what works for them and apply it to their teams and the athletes they work with.  Lastly, my hope is the athletes can take these tools and grow in their own human development.  However, I will be the first to admit that coaches are humans and will make mistakes.  They will not always get it right but hopefully they continue to work at it.  We need to stand by our coaches and help them in this journey.  Jody Redman mentions “We can’t hang our coaches out there.”  Our entire community has to be working for this transformative change.  In doing so we will be able to further the human development of our student athletes and the true purpose of sport.  So as our seniors prepare to leave some of the sports they grew up on hopefully they learned life skills as part of the human growth experience.

Sideline Store:

The coupon for our sideline store for fleeces and other warmer outerwear has been extended through the rest of the month.  Make sure to enter the code: FALL16 to save 15% at checkout.

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Thanks for reading. Go Wolverines!

Shanklin

Wolverines News · Weekly AD Corner 10/10-10/16


Wolverines,

Let jump right in with shoutouts as we have a lot to celebrate from this past week in sports.

1.Connor Clancy took 1st place at Regionals at the #1 singles position last week. This is his second year winning regionals at the #1 spot.  Connor competes for Greeley Central and he will be competing in the state tournament in Pueblo Thursday through Saturday this week.  Good luck Connor!

2.  The girls varsity volleyball program competed in the Greeley Central Volleyball tournament this past weekend.  The girls competed versus 4A and 5A programs and ended up taking 2nd place.  The girls defeated Wheat Ridge, Greeley West, and Fort Morgan before falling to Loveland.  Congrats girls on a great weekend!

Currently the girls are 31st in RPI.  The top 36 teams qualify for districts so we will continue to watch to see how they are doing.

3.  Boys and Girls Cross Country competed in Brush at the League Championship.  Both teams were able to defeat the competition and bring home the League titles.   This is the second year in a row that both teams won league.  Senior Cody Jones and Junior Hannah Ellis set new school records of 16:18 and 18:32 respectively.  Great work Wolverines!

Look Ahead:

Tomorrow the volleyball team is having their Pink Game.  We encourage you to come watch the girls as they take on Estes Park.  They will be doing a 50/50 raffle as well as taking donation as they try to help raise money in the fight against cancer.  Games start at 4:30 with C team.

Next Tuesday is Senior Night for both Soccer and Volleyball.  Soccer will be playing Valley at 4:00 p.m. with senior recognition at halftime.  Volleyball will be playing Sterling at 6:30 p.m. with senior recognition before the match.  Please come and support the teams and seniors in their final home games as a Frontier Academy Wolverines!

“Stand Tall”

I wanted to share this short video this week for two reasons.  The first reason actually deals with the second part of the video on coaching education and education based athletics.  CHSAA over the last three years has put a lot of focus on what is education based athletics and four essential questions with coaches:

1.Why do I coach?

2.Why do I coach the way I do?

3.How does it feel to be coached by me?

4.How do I define success?

This has been a centerpiece of conversation with our coaches here at Frontier Academy the last three years as we continue to improve and become better coaches.  This video gives you a short look into some of the training that some of our coaches have been to and/or have received.  CHSAA, the NFL, and the Denver Broncos have all partnered with InSideOut Initiative in a commitment to improving coaches.

The first part of the video I really enjoyed from Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett and a speech he gave to high school coaches in Texas when this same training was provided down there.  I love the message his high school coach taught him on “Stand Tall” and the meaning behind it.  Not only was it a football term but a term that ended up shaping his character.  This is a great message that as coaches, teachers, and parents we too can teach our kids to “Stand Tall” both through victory and defeat, success and adversity, triumph and setback.  So as we continue to work on teaching education based athletics lets work together in teaching our athletes to “Stand Tall.”

Sideline Store:

As we start to see the cooler weather stop by our sideline store to look at fleeces and other warmer outerwear.  Make sure to enter the code: FALL16 to save 15% at checkout.

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Thanks for reading. Go Wolverines!

Shanklin

Wolverines News · Weekly AD Corner 10/3-10/9


Wolverines,

This Thursday is Parent Appreciation Night at the Volleyball game.  The volleyball team will be honoring their parents before each match beginning with C-Team at 4:30 p.m.  We would love to have a great crowd as we take on Eaton.

Shoutout:

Congratulations to the Middle School Boys Cross Country team on winning their league meet.  The girls also finished a very impressive second.  Great job to all!

News:

Where have all the officials gone?  That is the question that Athletic Directors, Assignors, and CHSAA are trying to solve.  To state we are in an emergency might be a little much but we are definitely short across all sports.  This has already been seen this year with parents having to fill in as line judges in volleyball.  Unfortunately, this is an increasing issue for the state of prep sports as more schools are built (middle school and high school), more teams are added, and officials are retiring or moving out of the profession at an increasing rate.  Currently, supply is just not keeping up with demand.  I bring this up two fold that in the short term we (Frontier Academy) can do our part by being courteous to all officials at our games and make them feel welcome.  We must understand that there is limited supply and many officials have limited experience.  They will make mistakes but instead of heckling them for every bad call we must focus on the next play.  Secondly, I bring it up looking longer term if you (or someone you know) have a desire to be an official in any sport I can connect you to our area assignors and get you more information on becoming an official.  Together all of us (CHSAA, AD’s, Coaches, Student Athletes, Parents, Fans) can slowly work to solve the problem of not having enough officials.

Thankfulness:

Today in Athlete Summit our topic of conversation centered around thankfulness and being thankful for the people that got us (the student athletes) there.  This includes parents, coaches, teachers, bus drivers, officials, and many others who have helped get our student athletes to where they are in sports or allow that sport to happen.  However, overwhelmingly it was agreed we owe much thanks to our parents.  Parents your role is often thankless but know that your student athlete truly does appreciate all that you have done for them.  The sacrifice you show for your kid whether it be taking them to those early morning practices, sitting through that freezing game, or being that loving support after a tough loss.  Your role matters.   As coaches we hope that your son or daughter realizes all that you do for them and do thank you on a regular basis.  For some that realization might not come until they are older but know you are appreciated.   Please know as coaches we too are also thankful for all you do for the school, the team, and for your child.  I shared this video with the kids today and I can only hope all students can some day write a similar letter to their parents.

So please know your kids are thankful even if they don’t always say it and you’re #doingood.

Sideline Store:

As we start to see the cooler weather stop by our sideline store to look at fleeces and other warmer outerwear.  Make sure to enter the code: FALL16 to save 15% at checkout.

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Thanks for reading. Go Wolverines!

Shanklin

Wolverines News · Weekly AD Corner 9/26-10/2


Wolverines,

It’s been quiet here at home, as games have been away since my last post.  However, tomorrow volleyball returns to take on Resurrection Christian.  We hope to see you come out and support the girls.

Shoutout:

To the cross country team who competed at the Bob Firman Invite in Boise, Idaho this past weekend.  Both teams held their own, competing in Division I which was for teams that have a school size of 800 or larger.  The boys team finished in 7th place out of 49 teams and the girls were 12th out of 45 teams.  Junior Hannah Ellis finished a very impressive third in 19:05.

Sports Highlight of the Week:

This past week the sports world lost an icon in golfer Arnold Palmer.  Known for far more than the drink named after him, Arnold Palmer transcended the golf world.   Although, we never like to celebrate someone on their passing I believe it is worth recognizing the contributions he made to golf.  As a sport Frontier Academy offers it has to be noted that Arnold Palmer helped with making golf “mainstream” and increasing interest during his prime.  I am sure his contributions over time have influenced many of today’s professional golfers and as the ESPN video below states “it is impossible to imagine the game without him.”  His contributions while indirect still influence us today.  For me, my first memory of Arnold Palmer came from my deceased grandpa and a picture he had of the two of them together.  I remember seeing the picture in my grandfather’s study and asking who he was.  This led to conversation on this man named Arnold Palmer and his stature in golf world.  It also led to conversation of how genuine of a person Arnold Palmer was and how willing he was to take the picture with my grandfather and hold a conversation with him.  Through moments like these I learned how our role in sports is far greater than just the sport.  The golf world might of lost a great player this past week but Arnold Palmer’s impact on humanity will continue to live on.

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Thanks for reading. Go Wolverines!

Shanklin