When rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in November forced CHSAA to delay the start of the winter sports season until mid-January, there was concern that athletes on the basketball, ice hockey and swimming/diving teams might not be able to compete this year. Thankfully, Colorado's infection numbers stabilized and, with rigorous safety protocols, the winter sports season is now underway!
In early competition, all of Kent Denver's varsity teams are off to a great start. As of February 15, boys' basketball is 6-1, girls' basketball is 5-1, ice hockey is 2-0, and swimming/diving has dominated in its first two head-to-head meets against Colorado Academy and Englewood High School. Sun Devil fans have been able to watch many games via video livestream—schedules and links can be found at www.KentDenver.org/Athletics—and recently a limited number of spectators have been able to watch in person as well.
While things are undoubtedly going well from a win/loss perspective, Kent Denver's winter student-athletes are also finding time to reflect on the bigger picture of what it means to participate in team sports this year:
I'm filled with immense gratitude to be able to go out every day and play basketball. Having a season has given me the opportunity not only to participate in friendly competition but build a family out of 15 basketball players. While the season does have its challenges, I am in awe of the grace our team and coaches are exhibiting, pushing us to a very successful start to the season.
—Sloan H. '21
Having the opportunity to play ice hockey during my senior year has meant the world to me, given that I initially thought we wouldn't be able to have a season this year. Being a part of KDS Puck is an unforgettable experience that has allowed me to make lifelong memories with some of my best friends, so I am grateful that I can conclude my journey through Kent being able to participate in hockey. We are off to an amazing start this season, and hopefully, we can make it to the playoffs; however, whatever the outcome may be, it will still have been a fantastic experience and one that I will never forget.
—Samuel C. '21
To have the opportunity to compete everyday with my brothers on the Kent Denver basketball team is an indescribable feeling and blessing.
—RJ K. '21
I'm so excited to be back in the pool! Even though our season was pushed back a couple months, I think our team has adapted well. I'm super proud of our wins so far, and looking forward to leagues and hopefully State!
—Maylin P. '21