Sarah Wywias was a four-sport star Cripple Creek-Victor
Senior played volleyball, basketball, baseball and track
Being her senior year, Sarah Wywias figured she would make the most of it. So when the baseball season rolled around, she strapped on her glove, laced up her cleats, and headed to the diamond to join the boys on the Cripple Creek-Victor team.
“I thought it would be a great opportunity,” said Wywias, who was a baseball team manager the previous two seasons. “I am so glad I did it.”
Wywias saw extensive time at shortstop and second base for the Pioneers. She even helped turn a double play against John Mall.
“A ground ball was hit to me, I tagged the bag and threw to Toby (Wuellner) at first base,” Wywias said.
“I like fielding a lot, but the first couple of games I wasn’t very confident batting. It was a learning experience, for sure.”
Wywias was also joined on the diamond a time or two by two other CC-V females; Bella Skottegaard and Autumn Herndon.
“Megan was our team manager, but we were short players one game so she played for us,” Wywias said. “Bella played early in the season, but she had to quit.”
Wywias is also on the track team this spring, where she competes in the 100, 200, shot put and discus.
Wywias started on the volleyball and girls’ basketball teams, making her a rare four-sport letterman.
I am so glad I was able to compete in all these sports my senior year,” she said.
Wywias is carrying a 3.7 GPA and is scheduled to be her class salutatorian. Wuellner is valedictorian. Graduation is May 24 at the school.
Wywias plans on attending Pikes Peak Community College in the fall. She has already earned 22 college credits.
“I want to do something with animals,” she said. “Maybe be an animal control officer.”
REUNITED ON THE DIAMOND
Woodland Park softball coach Dale Huntington caught up with a couple of his former players last month - Danni Lopez and Michaela Huntington (his daughter) - at a tournament in Utah.
Lopez plays for Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. Huntington plays for Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. The two starred for Woodland Park for four seasons (2010-2013).
“It was great to see the girls,” Huntington said. “I plan to see a lot of their games in the years ahead.
HILL CLIMB CLAMPS DOWN ON SPECTATOR VIEWING
New spectator regulations will begin with this year’s 92nd running of the world’s most famous hill climb and America’s second-oldest motor sports race.
Spectators will have viewing areas of the Race to the Clouds along the course at Devil’s Playground, Cove Creek, Glen Cove, Ski Area, Halfway Picnic Grounds, and the Start Line. These areas have been established to provide outstanding views of the race and most importantly to enhance spectator safety and control, according to Hill Climb CEO Tom Osborne.
Each of these areas will be patrolled to ensure a safe viewing area and spectators that venture outside of these areas will be subject to law enforcement action.
A general ticket will give spectators early morning access to any of the six viewing locations.
Once fans settle into those locations they cannot leave for the duration of the race.
Since the inaugural race in 1916 spectators have been mostly unrestricted as they made their way to sites that would provide better viewing.
A crowd estimated at 8,093 race fans, officials, accredited news media, driver and racer crews lined the course to watch the excitement last year.
The hope was to have rolled out these changes over a three-year window, but they will instead all be in place for the June 29 race. Law enforcement from El Paso and Teller counties will be on hand to issue trespassing citations for those not following the new rules.
“We anticipate some pushback from people who have gone up there for many years and have their favorite spot,” Osborne said.