#RAW - Rebel Athlete of the Week
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I would like to nominate Marietou Atore for Rebel Athlete of the Week.
On Saturday, Marietou took 1st place at the Mead Girls Wrestling Invite for her weight class. She did so in dominant fashion too, going 5-0 and pinning all of her opponents in under 3 minutes. Additionally, on Wednesday night, she served as team captain for the DPS Girls All-Star Dual where she won by pin yet again. On Saturday, she placed 2nd overall in the State at the Girls Championships!
Tutu has come a long way in two years of wrestling with the team. As a senior, she has become a key member of the team, not just for the girls, but wrestling against the boys as well. When a Varsity spot opened up in our lineup, Tutu stepped up immediately and never looked back, racking up 12 wins and counting in the process.
Tutu has been a silent leader on the team, setting a tone of toughness with her gritty attitude. She has been wrestling through several injuries throughout the season, refusing to complain or let the injuries sideline her. It doesn’t matter if it’s a girl or boy, what weight they are, or what hurts that day, Tutu brings her 100% every time to the mat.
Tutu has been an excellent teammate this year as well. She always has a smile on her face and makes sure the team is having fun and looking good as well. Whether she is singing and snapchatting songs on the bus ride home, or braiding the coach’s hair, it’s always a good time when Tutu is around.
Her never quit attitude and positive personality will be important weapons for her this weekend at the Girls State tournament where she hopes to improve upon her State runner up finish from last season.
Great job so far this season Tutu, and good luck this weekend. Coach Blade Speicher
This week’s Rebel Athlete of the Week is Timiya Guevara a freshman on the Varsity girls basketball team. Timiya is a 5’2, freshman guard who has been exceeding expectations on the court! This week against one of our major league opponents, she had 15 points, 5 assists and 10 rebounds. Timiya’s passion for the game shows in her play which she makes look effortless. She has high level ambitions for basketball at the post high school level. With a 3.1 GPA first semester, her intelligence and accomplishments in the classroom complement her great athletic ability.
Timiya is most deserving of the honor and opportunity to be Rebel of the Week! Coach MacDonald – Head Coach Girls Basketball
This week’s Rebel Athletes of the Week are Meg Kowalski and Taylor Meyer from the Cheer team. Meg and Taylor have really been standouts this season. As this is Taylor’s senior year, she brings so much experience as one of our primary top girls. Taylor has made huge strides over her high school career and has quickly risen to becoming a mentor to our 3 other freshmen flyers. She is resilient and incredibly tough. Her stunt group suffered a significant loss earlier this season but Taylor rose to the occasion, stayed positive and was the definition of team mate to her fellow cheerleaders. Taylor has an incredible future ahead of her as she moves on from South to new challenges and endeavors. Meg, on the other hand, is new to South cheerleading and has blown away her coaches with her natural ability. She stepped in earlier this season as one of our primary top girls. She is SO tough! If you were to watch Meg, you would never know she was just a freshman. We are thrilled to watch her grow over the next four years and are excited to see all the cool things she is going to be able to do. Both her and Taylor master skills at an incredibly fast pace. They are great athletes and cheerleaders and we are excited about the future of Denver South thanks to our seniors and the talent in our underclassmen.
Meredith Barrow – Head Cheer Coach
This week’s Rebel Athlete of the Week is Pippi Thompson, a Junior on the Girls Swim Team. Pippi has been an important member of our program for three years. This year, Pippi is one of our captains, but she emerged as a leader before the season officially started. She encouraged more girls to participate in pre-season practices and led a goal setting meeting at the beginning of the season. With her assistance, we ended up doubling our pre-season participation from last year. In practice, Pippi is great at making her teammates laugh, while still encouraging them to do their best during tough sets. She has helped create a fun but competitive environment, which is ideal for athletes. At the Pentathlon meet on Friday, Pippi took off time in all of her events and placed fifth overall in the meet. In between her own events, she was behind her teammates lanes cheering and always congratulated them after their races. In addition to being a leader in the pool, she is also a leader in the South community. She helped create United Women of Color, a new club to South this year. She is also a member of Black Student Alliance and Senate. I greatly appreciate Pippi’s candor, daily jokes, and leadership skills. I can’t wait to see what she will accomplish this season!
This week’s Rebel Athlete of the Week #RAW is Isaiah Colbert a Senior on the Boys Basketball team. I believe Isaiah is a great example to all student-athletes as he gets it done on the court, in the classroom and in the community. He has volunteerism and leadership in the community are impressive. He is a member of South’s Black Student Alliance, a 2017 Jack and Jill of America Denver Beautillion member, a Colorado Black Round Table recipient and a member of the Kappa League for Black male leaders in the community. Isaiah has regularly volunteered at the Denver Rescue mission and has started a club at South which brings students together to volunteer for the homeless. He also finds time to hold down at 4.1 GPA and will be a major contributor on the Varsity basketball team this season. Very proud to have him as a member of the Rebel Family! Malik Fletcher- Head Boys Coach
The week’s Rebel Athlete(s) of the Week are Jack Allshouse and Theo Campbell from the Boys Tennis team. Jack and Theo have been playing great doubles by communicating well and pumping each other up when they need it most. The duo played some clutch tennis over the past couple weeks, winning against East and TJ in 3rd set tiebreakers and then battling their way to a 3rd place finish overall at Regionals! These two also show their Rebel Spirit through their involvement in Senate, SALT, Lacrosse and their academic achievement. Proud to have Jack and Theo on our team! Coach Laura and Coach Clarence – South Boys Tennis
This week’s Rebel Athlete of the Week #RAW is Michael Humphrey a Senior on the Cross Country team. Michael is a tremendous student athlete who works tirelessly to improve as a cross country runner and as a student. He is on our varsity roster and has run in every meet helping lead us to a thus-far successful season with our eyes on bigger goals. Michael is also a great leader by example; he is at practice every day and shows up with a good attitude and ready to put the work in! As a student, he boasts a 4.28 GPA and is in the top 5% of his graduating class. Thank you to Michael for his work ethic and readiness to help our team! John Walsh – Head XC Coach
This week’s Rebel Athlete of the Week #RAW is Juliana Dickson a Freshman on the Softball team. Juliana is competing well above her grade level as 9th grader on our varsity team. She is currently one of the state leaders in batting average .642 and slugging percentage .715 and our top offensive weapon on the team. Defensively, she leads our team in every category while playing multiple positions (3rd, catcher, short stop). Juliana is also one of our most well rounded student-athletes as she is a member of the pep band and is earning straight A’s in her classes. She is the quiet leader in our program and will be a catalyst for the continued rise of South Softball! Charlie Williams – Head Softball Coach
This week’s Rebel Athlete, Bria Gonzales, is a four year varsity Cheer team member. She is a multi-talented, multi-sport athlete and has contributed immensely to the team in skill and in leadership. This summer, Bria had the opportunity to learn from Coach LeRoy McCullough who is the Head Coach for Team USA Cheerleading at our team camp at CSU. She was also named a 2017 All American by the National Cheerleaders Association. Bria is incredibly resilient and is one of the toughest athletes I have coached. She has mastered every spot imaginable on the team and has done so with an eagerness to learn and adapt. Her leadership has Most Valuable Cheerleader. She has an incredibly bright future ahead of her and will join the ranks of her predecessors and be our next collegiate cheerleader. Meredith Barrow- Head Cheer Coach
This week’s Rebel Athlete of the Week #RAW is Mark Callahan, a Senior on the Boys Soccer team. Mark is a 3 year letter winner on the varsity soccer team and has been a leader in the program throughout his career. This year, Mark has been a solid defender for the Rebels and leads by his best effort every practice and game. He lets his action speaks for its self and the example he sets for our younger players is very valuable for our program. His play and leadership have helped us to an undefeated start to the season. Mark also excels in the classroom boasting a 4.63 GPA. Bari Abudahema – Head Boys Soccer Coach
Our first Rebel Athlete of the Week #RAW is Jordan Chamberlain, 10th grader on the Gymnastics team. Jordan has been so awesome this week by going for skills she has never done before. She has been learning new skills that she was able to quickly do on her own after working on a few with me. Although due to being away from the sport for a while she is playing catch up with the rest of the team; she has remained positive and dedicated to learning. I appreciate her presence and admire her ability to stay encouraged. She has taken a few falls but always gets right back up and tries again! She takes corrections well and the team and I can see how hard she is trying. Jordan will undoubtedly be a success in gymnastics just as she is in the classroom with her 4.0 GPA!
It is with pleasure that I nominate Keller MacLachlan for Rebel Athlete of the Week. Keller is finishing his fourth year as a varsity lacrosse player and is currently serving his second season as a captain for the Boys’ Lacrosse team, where he helps to anchor our solid defense. He is an exceptional leader and role model for the entire team, especially for the younger boys. Not only is he an talented athlete he is also very dedicated to giving back to the community. As a sophomore he created and was the founding member of an extracurricular club appropriately named South Men of Character (S.M.O.C). Every year since, Keller has annually organized the S.M.O.C. members to volunteer at fundraising carnivals at many of our local feeder elementary schools along with sponsoring a booth at our annual Trick or Treat Street. Keller also arranges for this very same group of young men to volunteer every Thursday at Ellis Elementary, packing bags of food for every student enrolled at that school. Not only is Keller an impressive athlete and volunteer he also excels academically. He maintains a weighted 4.575 GPA, is currently ranked 6th in the class of 2017. Keller was recently rewarded for all his hard work by being named a recipient of the prestigious Boettcher Scholarship (awarded to only 40 students in CO every year). He will attend the University of Colorado at Boulder next fall. I struggle to think of an individual with more integrity, personality, work ethic or who is as respected and well-liked by his teammates, peers, teachers, coaches and administrators alike as Mr. Keller MacLachlan. Congratulations and thank you Keller! Jason Brookes – Head Boys Lacrosse Coach
Willow Purvis! Willow has had a busy spring as she represents South on both the varsity Girls Tennis and Girls Soccer teams. In Girls Tennis… Last week, Willow earned 2nd place in the 1st singles flight of the Rebel Invite. But, it wasn’t just her tennis performance that was admirable. At the tournament, Willow was the talk of event. All of the coaches were admiring Willow for her sportsmanship and class on the court in addition to her beautiful game. In every match, Willow remained calm and confident as she executed on her strong serve and ground-stroke battles. Willow’s strong play and leadership have helped lead our team to an undefeated league record so far! In Girls Soccer…Willow has been a versatile starter playing different positions in the field for our highly ranked and currently DPL league leading Rebels. Earlier in the season when our starting keeper went down with an injury, Willow stepped in and did an amazing job in goal! She is a fantastic team player and valued member of the program and our success. Willow also boasts a 3.8 GPA and is an Honor-Athlete.
Congrats to Willow for her awesome representation for Denver South! Coaches – Laura Leonard Girls Tennis and Kenny Wood Girls Soccer
Sabrina is a Junior on the Girls Tennis team and also plays volleyball. She has helped lead the team to a great start to the season. Sabrina is our Rebel Athlete of the Week for her tenacity, calm demeanor, fierce mental game and for being a student of the game. During the Eaglecrest tournament, Sabrina applied what she learned from every point to beat strong players and play some of her strongest tennis. She is also holding serve in the classroom as she boasts a 4.2 GPA overall. Laura Leonard – Head Girls Tennis Coach
Danielle Ekstrand, Pippi Thompson, Julia Doak, and Emma Obrien are Rebel Athletes of the Week. Each athlete is an integral part of our Swim and Dive program. This season, they swam together on the 200 Medley relay. From the beginning of the season, they were determined to qualify for State. Their hard work definitely paid off- at the Championship League Meet their relay got 3rd overall and qualified for State by .01!
They are not just talented athletes, but are also leaders in our program. One of their goals this season was to create more team unity by organizing social events outside of the pool. Each of the girls contributed to making that goal a reality. Thanks to their hard work, our team is closer than it has ever been. In practice, the girls motivate their teammates by encouraging them to get through tough work outs. At meets, they are always cheering and supporting each other. Each athlete is not only committed to improving individually, but they are also committed to expanding and improving the program. I am truly fortunate to be their coach. – Jordan Allen, Head Girl’s Swim Coach
Yanmin “Frank” Zhao is a junior 182 pounder on the wrestling team. After placing 6th at Regionals last year, he has really stepped up his effort this season. He came into this season much more focused and determined to improve upon his finish from last year and reach his goal of qualifying for states. In doing so, he has slowly become one of the harder workers in the practice room and has experienced a lot of newfound success on the mat. This past weekend, he won his first career tournament at JFK, and did so in dramatic fashion. Down 3-0 with less than 10 seconds left, he hit a 5 point headlock that stunned the crowd and won him the championship. This display of perseverance is a great example of how Frank has embodied our team motto of “Relentless” throughout the season. We look forward to Frank’s continued growth as a wrestler and a leader, and his continued success as he continues to work “Relentlessly” towards his goal of going to states. Blade Speicher – Head Wrestling Coach
Halei Carrino is starting her third season as a Unified Basketball Player at South. She has played Unified Soccer, Football and will try Floor Hockey this spring! Halei has also been highlighted on the DPS website for her participation in Unified Cheer. With the help of her favorite partner Freddy, she has learned how to lead warm ups in class. Her favorite warm up drill is high knees! Halei has also progressed from making baskets with volleyballs to making 10 baskets with a basketball! Unified has helped Halei make great friends at South High School!
Freddy Gayosso is in his third semester of Unified Sports at Denver South High School. He applied to be in Unified after seeing it on the Rebel Report.
He is one of the kindest students I have had ever had the honor to teach. He suggested Secret Santa this year and helped organize his peers to get gifts for the students. Freddy has participated in all Unified events and was able to help Halei play basketball at Pepsi Center last spring. Freddy has also played 2 seasons of Varsity Soccer at South High School. He uses his soccer knowledge to help students in class progress in their soccer skills!
“Being in Unified has changed my life.” ~Freddy
Katie Ryan – Unified Lead Coach / Teacher
This week’s Rebel Athlete of the Week is Connor Nelson a senior on the boys basketball team! Connor is a 4 year member of the boys basketball program and has grown each year, developing in to one of the top players in DPS and the State. He currently leads the team in a number of statistical categories including points, rebounds and assists per game. He has also developed into a leader in our program, taking more responsibilities each year. Our younger players look up to Connor and he sets a positive example for them both on and off the court. Connor has also excelled in the classroom earning a 4.4 GPA last semester and has a 3.9 GPA overall. Coach Fletcher – Head Boys Basketball Coach
Our final Rebel Athlete of the Week for 2016 is Lindsay Hammar a sophomore on the Girls Swim and Dive team! This is Lindsey’s second year diving at Denver South. She is a dedicated athlete- last year she placed 7th at 4A state, and she is emerging as a leader on the team. This season she was nominated “dive captain” by her peers- we have 5 divers on the team, which is more than we have ever had in the past.
On Saturday, Lindsey participated in Coaches Invitational. The top 4A and 5A schools in the state participated in this meet. Lindsey got 12th overall out of more than 50 divers. She also qualified for state! Lindsey is only a sophomore, but has set clear goals for herself and for the swim and dive program. She wants to continue recruiting divers and expanding the dive program, and continue working on her leadership skills as a member of SALT. She would also like to place in the top ten at 5A state this season. Jordan Allen – Girls Swim and Dive Coach