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Vista’s Flanigan named AD after years in tennis

Column by Jim Benton
Posted 6/26/18

Jim Flanigan has a new job at Mountain Vista. He is now a maintenance man. No, not that kind of maintenance man. Flanigan, the tennis coach for the past 13 years at Vista, is the school’s new …

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Vista’s Flanigan named AD after years in tennis

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Jim Flanigan has a new job at Mountain Vista.

He is now a maintenance man.

No, not that kind of maintenance man.

Flanigan, the tennis coach for the past 13 years at Vista, is the school’s new athletic director.

He replaces Shawn Terry, who moved closer to home to become the AD at Rocky Mountain in Fort Collins.

Flanigan taught his final social studies class last month and will take the reins of an established athletic program that already has won plenty of championship hardware to display.

“Mountain Vista isn’t broken, we need to maintain,” said Flanigan, who plans to coach next season and transition out of coaching and hire a new coach. “Success has been here. The main reason is the coaching staff. Most of the coaches have been here 10-plus years.

“I’m not going to do any overhauling, just maybe a little tweaking. I would like to upgrade the facilities a little bit. We have a lot of the original stuff from 18 years ago.”

So Flanigan will have to polish up on his fundraising abilities, but one glance at the refurbished Vista tennis courts hints that Flanigan is the man for the job that he’s had his eye on for many, many years since he started teaching.

Belarus bound

Madison Hema, a 6-foot-2 senior-to-be at Castle View, has made the New Zealand U17 women’s basketball team that will be playing in Belarus.

Hema has dual United States and New Zealand citizenship since her dad, Matt, the head girls coach at Castle View, was born and raised New Zealand before moving to the United States.

Last season Hema averaged 8.6 points and 7.8 rebounds with 3.6 blocked shots a game for Castle View.

She will be one of the trailblazers for New Zealand, which will be playing for the first time in a global FIBA-age group event.

Student athletes

After each sports season the Les Schwab Academic Award winners for boys and girls athletic teams are announced. Lakewood and Littleton were at the head of the class in 5A and 4A for the recently completed spring sports seasons.

The Tigers had the highest grade-point average in seven sports, with the Lakewood girls tennis team edging the girls soccer team, 4.41 to 4.29, in grade -oint averages to take top honors in the school.

Littleton was tops in five events in 4A with the girls tennis team coming in with a school-high team GPA of 4.264.

Golf qualifiers

Centennial residents Janet Moore and Sherry Andonian-Smith were two of the four golfers on June 13 at Common Ground Golf Course to qualify for the first-ever U.S. Senior Women’s Open to be held July 12-15 at the U.S. Chicago Golf Club.

Andonian-Smith, an instructor at Valley Country Club, was the qualifying medalist with a 1-under-par 71 while Moore, who will be playing in her 26th USGA championship event, tied for second with a 74.

Hailey Schalk, the 16-year-old junior-to-be at Holy Family High School, won her second straight girls Colorado Junior PGA championship and will advance to the girls national junior championship to be held July 9-12 at the Kearney Hill Links in Lexington, Kentucky.

Schalk, the two-time Class 3A state champion, carded 5-over-par 77 on June 13 at the Air Force Academy’s Eisenhower course to finish the tournament with a three-round total of 228.

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