Each month coaches have the opportunity to nominate athletes for Student Athlete of the Month. In order to be selected for this prestigious award, athletes must be academically eligible every week and make significant contributions to their teams, in the eyes of their coaches.
By Sarah Porter
If you haven’t yet, make sure to congratulate and/or come out and support our D’Evelyn Cross Country team, because we’ve had an amazing season so far! A quick summary of our season: we got super soft 25th Anniversary t-shirts, had a very successful Chipotle fundraiser, and have been CRUSHING IT at meets.
Our girls team is consistently led by sophomores Katy and Taylor Haerbig, freshman Eliana Thompson, sophomores Kati Livingood and Sonja Morin, and senior Corin Zapico. They have come away from all of our meets with strong team and individual performances, so much so that the Columbine Courier even highlighted our girls specifically in an article about the Dave Sanders Invite! We have high hopes for top finishes at League, Regionals, and State, and we are confident that with the training plan we’ve set in place, the natural talent they have, and all of their hard work, they will continue to have great success!
Our boys team this year is led by senior Caleb Feagans, followed closely by sophomores Andrew Jossi, Abe Saks, and Isaac Lopez. This season has been an exercise in rebuilding a strong Varsity core team, and we look forward to seeing them continue to grow and improve during the rest of this season into next Fall. As always, we are excited to welcome student-athletes of all ability levels into our program and train them to be resilient runners like the boys in our program now.
As always, if you’re interested in seeing any other photos from our season not included in this article, please follow us on Instagram and Twitter or visit sarahpphotography.smugmug.com and navigate to “action” section of the portfolio.
And, don’t forget that XC is one of the more under attended sports in the school - get out, enjoy the sunshine, and watch us race at a meet - we have League at Clement Park on October 11th, and Regionals on the 18th on our own D’Evelyn Dash course! It’s only about 10 minutes from school and would mean the world to our athletes and coaches if you were able to come out and support!
Lisa has pretty much given her full adult life to D’Evelyn!
Head Coach Girls Cross Country for 16 years
Head Coach Girls Track & Field for 22 years (5-time recipient of 4A Jeffco Coach of the Year)
After earning a Bachelor of Arts in English, Russian and Russian Studies from St. Olaf College, Ms. Porter accepted a job to teach English at D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School where she taught for several years.
When D’Evelyn moved south to its current location, Lisa changed careers and stayed to open The Manning School’s library having earned her Master’s in Library Science degree from Southern Connecticut State University. During this time, she also developed online curriculum and taught Russian for the district’s Virtual Academy (all the while continuing to coach at D’Evelyn).
She eventually returned to D’Evelyn as the Teacher Librarian in 2007 (awarded Exemplary Performance Highly Effective Library Program) and enjoys balancing the role of technology coordinator with information literacy.
Her children, Sarah and Micah, are both D’Evelyn alumnae. Sarah currently teaches and coaches at Arapahoe High School and Micah is in his first year at Concordia University.
When not spending time with her children (or yours), Lisa loves biking, running, traveling and reading!
As the 2018 Cross Country Season begins to wind down, there are still some very important meets coming up, including the League Meet, Regionals and the State Meet on October 27 in Colorado Springs, which still gives you plenty of opportunity to come out and support the Jags.
See you on the course!
I would like to introduce you all to our High School Cheer Coach Kelly Frye. Coach Frye has been the Head Coach of the DHS Cheer Team for the last 3 years. Coach comes to us with 12 years of coaching experience at both the high school level and with club all-star programs. Coach Frye also was also a Cheerleader in high school and college. In the 3-year short years that Coach Frye has been here at DHS, the program has almost doubled. She is extremely proud of their accomplishments and hard work. Last year the DHS Cheers earned a bid to Nationals in Disney World and this year the team plans to compete at the League, State and Regional level. Coach Frye is married and has two young children and currently lives in Ft. Collins, where she also works as a Realtor. She enjoys snowboarding, traveling, as well as staging homes. Coach Frye would encourage you all to get out to a Jags Athletic Event and if your student has an interest in becoming a D’Evelyn High School Cheerleader, please contact her by contacting the School Athletic Office. Go Jags!
CONGRATULATIONS to the Marching Band for an outstanding performance at Jeffco Marching Invitational. This was their debut performance in 3A and they absolutely nailed it! Congratulations on the Band's first - 1st place in 3A!
Preston Slaughter's first coaching experience was during high school, where he coached eight and nine-year old children in soccer at the local YMCA. He played tennis, soccer, and basketball in high school, and then moved on to play intramural basketball and ice hockey in college before walking on to the CU Buffs basketball team. He played two years at CU, averaging 4.1 points per game his senior year in only 4.6 minutes played per game. His greatest achievement was earning the Golden Buffalo Award, which was given to the player who most exemplifies what the coaching staff looks for in a student-athlete: hard work, determination, and being a great teammate.
Preston got his master’s degree in mathematics and began teaching in Jeffco. He spent ten years at Arvada High School, where he coached JV girls soccer and Level 3 boys basketball before taking over the varsity boys basketball program in 2007. He turned around a 3-19 program the year before to a 13-11 record, and a rare playoff appearance in the last year Arvada played in 5A. However, he wanted to focus on his teaching and decided to step away from coaching after just one year at the helm.
After a few years of a break from coaching, it was clear he couldn't stay away. He returned for one year as the Level 3 coach again, and then took over as head coach one year later in 2013. He remained the head coach until moving to D'Evelyn in 2015. Since then, he has been the D'Evelyn JV boys’ basketball coach, amassing a record of 38-19. He was awarded the D'Evelyn Assistant Coach of the Year award in 2016 after a 18-1 season. He has also coached JV girls’ tennis and is currently also the Head boys’ tennis coach.