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Legend baseball will not be the same next season.
Scott Fellers has been Legend's baseball coach since the school opened in 2008. He is retiring from the coaching post and his last game was a 13-12 loss to Cherry Creek in the Class 5A state baseball tournament on May 22. The Titans were 17-7 in Fellers' farewell season.
"I could not have asked for a better season with me going out and retiring," Fellers, 46, said. "I'm fortunate to have some good kids and everything kind of worked for us this year. It's a good way to go out.
"We beat all the big teams, won the league (Continental), won the district and played high-level baseball."
Fellers' teams won or shared three league championships, captured four district titles and was the Class 5A state runner-up in 2012.
He will continue to teach at Legend.
"I will have two kids in high school next year and a fourth-grader as well," he said. "It's just time I focus on my kids. I've had a great run, had fun, had great relationships and good teams. It'll be different because this is all I've done.
"I'm just going to take a year off, teach and see what the future brings."
It worked out well
It was an experiment that had a good outcome.
Freshman Ashlen Grote joined sophomore Amanda Pruitt as Mountain Vista's No. 1 doubles team for the Western Slope Invitational at the start of the season, and Grote and Pruitt finished the year as the school's first state champions.
"They started the season together as an experiment and they ended up never splitting up," coach Jim Flanigan said. "They won that tournament and never looked back. We've had a few runners-up and a lot of third- and fourth-place finishers, but they are the school's first state champions. It was a lot of fun watching them this year. They have a lot of Mountain Vista tennis ahead of them."
Back in coaching
Former Highlands Ranch basketball coach Bob Caton found it difficult to refrain from coaching.
I saw him sitting in the stands, watching a few area games last season. I figured he missed being on the sidelines and might return.
It came as no surprise that he was recently named the new head boys basketball coach at Mullen.
Caton left his head coaching position at Highlands Ranch after the 2014-15 season. He coached eight seasons for the Falcons and coached 37 years with 505 career wins at Highlands Ranch, Manual, Denver West, George Washington and Aurora Central.
Shootouts should go
Winners of state playoff soccer games should not be determined by penalty kick shootouts.
I know it's in the rules and shootouts are used to determine winners across the world.
In Colorado high school competition, after two sudden-victory, 15-minute overtime sessions, if a match is still tied, then a penalty kick shootout begins. That's fine and exciting for regular-season games, but come on, there has to be a better way in the playoffs that involves the entire team to break the tie.
Shootouts generally come down to the players taking the kicks making mistakes - a keeper has no chance unless he or she guesses right.
I don't have a perfect solution. My only suggestion for an alternative is that a tie game could be suspended and the teams would resume another sudden-victory overtime on the next playable day. There were several baseball games suspended this spring because of weather and resumed the next day.
Jim Benton is a sports writer for Colorado Community Media. He has been covering sports in the Denver area since 1968. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 303-566-4083.
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