Last chance to make Nifty 50 suggestions

Posted 6/5/10

It’s down to crunch time, folks. There’s only a couple more weeks to let me know who among our high school athletes should be included in our …

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Last chance to make Nifty 50 suggestions


It’s down to crunch time, folks.

There’s only a couple more weeks to let me know who among our high school athletes should be included in our five-part series 50 Student Athletes to Watch in 2010-11.

For the past month, I’ve been taking suggestions from athletic directors, coaches and members of the community, but I do need to reiterate a couple of aspects about the list CCN Sports is trying to compile.

This list is to show some, not all, the student athletes from the high schools in our coverage area who should have a breakout season. Obviously, not everyone deserving to be mentioned in this series is going to be mentioned. Otherwise, it would be called 500 Student Athletes to watch.

Some of your suggestions have been seniors. Seniors, yes, but only kids who are going to be seniors in the coming school year are considered. If the student you’re suggesting just graduated last month, than he’s not making the list.

Also, if your suggestion made our 50 kids to watch list during the series we ran last summer, he or she will also not make this year’s list. The reason for that is, we just want to mention other kids who should have an outstanding year. Jordan Serena of Chaparral made our list last year. I expect him to turn everything he touches into gold in 2010-11, his senior season, but I’m not going to consider him for this year’s list, so maybe one of his teammates can have a chance to get mentioned.

Another aspect of the series is, there are about 17 high schools in the coverage area this series covers. With that in mind, I am going to try and have each of those schools represented with at least three athletes among the 50. Some schools may get less if we don’t have sufficient information on their players, so that means other schools may have more of their students make the Nifty 50. It’s just an attempt to keep our SouthMetro Sports coverage equal within this special series as well.

Also, remember, it’s just for fun. We like writing about student athletes as much as the community likes watching them. If a kid doesn’t make the list, it doesn’t mean we think he stinks. It just means he’ll have a chance to make it next year, or have a full-blown feature done on him when he or she is in season. Who knows?

So, again, there’s only two more weeks for suggestions to be accepted. We haven’t heard about many of the athletes at Rock Canyon, Cherry Creek, Littleton, Heritage and Valor Christian, so if anyone has kids in mind who attend those schools specifically, please shoot me an email and let me know. Thanks to all of you who have sent in suggestions as well. The list is shaping up nicely, and I think you’ll all enjoy it.

Send your Nifty 50 suggestions to Benn Farrell at

Nifty 50 criteria

Must attend one of the following high schools for the 2010-11 academic year; Arapahoe, Castle View, Chaparral, Cherry Creek, Douglas County, Elizabeth, Englewood, Heritage, Highlands Ranch, Legend, Littleton, Lutheran-Parker, Mountain Vista, Ponderosa, Rock Canyon, ThunderRidge and Valor Christian.

Should be a senior or junior in the 2010-11 academic year; however, underclassmen suggestions will still be considered.

Preferably a multiple-sport athlete for the school.

Must not have appeared on last year’s “50” list.


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