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  • Foundation Seeking Nominations to School’s Hall of Fame

    5/20/19

    May 20, 2019

       Nominations for 2019 candidates to South High School’s Hall of Fame are being accepted by the Alumni Foundation.

       Candidates will have achieved significant standing and a record of service in academics, business, healthcare, education, non-profit, government, the arts, music, entertainment, or other legitimate areas as recognized on a city, state, national or world stage.

       Application deadline is the last Friday in June, or June 28 this year.

       A committee of the foundation’s Board of Directors will review nominees and make recommendations to the full board, for a final vote this summer. Those chosen will be honored at the annual banquet, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, at Pueblo Community College.

       Nominations either may submitted online through the Foundation’s website, www.shsaf.org, or a nomination form may be downloaded from the website and submitted by mail to SHSAF, P.O. Box 1065, Pueblo, CO  81002.  The form is at the bottom of the page for the Hall of Fame link.

       For those without Internet access, a nomination form either may be requested by calling the Foundation at 719-242-5620, or picked up at the South High School office.  All nominations either must be submitted or postmarked by the June 28 deadline.

       The Alumni Foundation’s mission is to recognize and honor South High School alumni, to support existing school programs while developing innovative initiatives, and to uphold and support the institutional mission of South High School.

     

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  • Alumni Foundation donor Jim Brunjak, class of 1975, dies

    5/5/19

    James A. Brunjak ('75)

     

    https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/chattanooga-tn/james-brunjak-8270196

  • South's Treveon Collins wins second consecutive Pueblo City/County 400 race

    4/26/19

    https://www.chieftain.com/sports/20190425/pueblo-south-high-schools-treveon-collins-wins-his-second-consecutive-pueblo-citycounty-400

  • Pueblo Chieftain story on D-60 school options work session 4.11.19

    4/12/19

    https://www.chieftain.com/news/20190411/d60-board-moving-ahead-with-reconfiguration-options

  • Letter from the Alumni Foundation to D-60 Board of Education

    4/11/19

    Everyone: SHS Alumni Foundation President Mike Carlisle has delivered this letter to the D-60 school board. Your support for keeping South open as a high school is vital. Please let school board and administration leaders hear your voice. Thank you.

                                                                                                                                                                                           -- Your alumni board

     

    April 8, 2019

     

    Barbara Clementi

    Pueblo City Schools

    315 W. 11th

    Pueblo, Co. 81003

     

    RE: Save South High School

     

    Dear Ms. Clementi,

     

    As president of the South High School Alumni Foundation, I write to voice the Alumni board of directors’ concerns about the most recent school closure proposals submitted to the Pueblo City Schools Board of Education.

    To date, our board, which has donated more than $700,000 to support the students, teachers and the school since 2006, has been silent so as to allow the review and discussion of the 18 options to run its course.

    Now that the board will hold a work session Thursday afternoon on the remaining two options -- to operate either with four high schools or two -- we want to stress several points for your full consideration:

    • Our Board and many other alumni support the need to close or reconfigure schools in the community, but to do so in a way that respects Pueblo’s long history as a four high school system.
    • The two high school plan ignores the academic strength and fiscally sound operation of South by converting it to a middle school and move the Colts to Central High School.
    • Central has 717 students. Nearly half, 332 (46.3%) of them, transfer in for many reasons, including scholarship and athletic opportunities. We accept the Schools of Choice option, but please note that many transfers already live in the South area. South’s student body of more than 1,000 has 325 transfers (32.5%). That means it already has a larger neighborhood student population than Central’s. Should the district move to two high schools, keeping South over Central would disrupt fewer students and their families.
    • Closing South as a high school will cause many Colts and their parents to reject District 60 schools for seats in District 70 or area charter schools, further reducing D-60’s State Pupil Funds. (Many D-70 schools already have waiting lists for D-60 students.)
    • South High’s Priority 1 critical repairs of $16 million will cost far fewer dollars than Central’s $29 million, East’s $62 million and Centennial’s $65 million. You need community support to pass a bond issue. Closing South as a high school won’t make sound fiscal sense across the city, much less the south side where voter turnout is more significant than in many areas.
    • South High already is a comprehensive high school with a 1,700-student capacity that houses all activities on one site. Central’s students must leave that site for baseball, tennis and softball practices.  If an emergency occurs off site, Central school information and support is not in an adjacent building. That is a concern many South parents will weigh heavily.
    • Colts now enjoy an Alumni-funded, $50,000, fully-refurbished indoor practice facility for athletic, cheer and band activities. The outbuilding will see use by baseball, football, softball, soccer, golf, cheer/dance, tennis/band kids in bad weather.
    • One major South foundation investment over the years, of some $200,000, has been to buy iPads and Chromebook mobile carts, or some 150 units for students and an iPad for each staff member. And the Foundation board will soon spend another $35,000 on three more carts, or 90 Chromebooks.
    •  We also spent $2,000+ for technology for special needs students,$6,000 on the newest graphing and high-level math calculators, $4,000 to update chemicals. Last fall we spent $12,600 on scales for Science labs, a new Art Department kiln and supplies, and mats to allow multipurpose gym use in the wrestling room in the off-season.
    • Parking, day and night, is a huge safety concern when thinking of moving 1,000+ students to Central. Where South has two onsite parking lots, Central has one, which will force many students or family members either to park on the streets or behind Keating, and cross a busy street to walk to a five-story building for classes or events. Yes, some students will be bused, but to place hundreds more vehicles on CHS area streets will create another headache for area residents and Pueblo police.
    • South boasts of an Alumni-financed, refurbished gymnasium, new mats to expand the role of the wrestling room, a newly designated commons area in the $60,000 (inclusive of in-kind contributions) upgraded school courtyard and Veterans Memorial, a high-tech Distance Learning Lab, a furnished Media Center, a $10,000 Counseling area, and a classroom converted into a state-of-the-art Broadcasting Studio and $2,000, new technology and sound systems that we supported.
    •  We recently agreed to buy $7,500 to replace missing or semi-functional instruments for the music program. We have helped buy badly needed band, soccer and swim uniforms and warm-up attire; helped rejuvenate speech and debate club; supported the summer musical; and helped South Key Club members and others to groom their leadership skills at state, regional and national competitions. In recent weeks that aided a South High student elected lieutenant governor for Key Clubs in a three-state area.
    • The Foundation annually buys some 15 new letter jackets at $300 each, and gym uniform for students needing financial help, $6,000.  We also assist our 140-strong Junior ROTC program.
    • South High School students attend multiple AP classes, excel in the arts and performing arts, enjoy a growing Music and Band program, have high enrollments in digital media and video arts, a CAD lab, woods and metals classes including welding, and STEM classes including astronomy (using a digital telescope and camera equipment and individual technology for all classes).
    • Each year the Alumni Foundation supports the principal’s discretionary fund at $2,000 or more. We also pay for additional copy paper and copy machine copies for teachers, host the annual Opening of School Luncheon and sponsor summer sports teams’ activities.  We pay for student bus use to club and sports events -- even paid for students’ event registration fees.

     

    Our Foundation’s ongoing financial and in-kind support allows the Pueblo City Schools Board to spend its taxpayer-generated dollars on critical needs only the board can direct.  Our efforts reach beyond the ranks of past graduates. We have cultivated many non-graduate friends of South who live here and elsewhere, people who generously support us when asked.

    Most importantly, we urge you to keep Pueblo’s four high school system going forward and believe the maximum value to Pueblo is to keep South High School educating Pueblo’s children as high schoolers, which is what it was and is designed for -- in service to the south side.

    We believe South High can continue to excel in a 9-12 grade configuration or a 7-12 option, with seventh and eighth considered a “High School Prep Academy,” and ninth through twelfth grades a “College and Career Academy.” You have heard from many in the community and we are speaking. We would welcome discussion in person on these points, but that allows student moves to increase high school occupancy and closure of the city’s more dated middle schools.

    Further, a sign of a stable neighborhood and school environment in south Pueblo are these significant numbers, provided by The Kaufman Agency, to wit:

    New homes on the southside since April 2017: 579

    Average southside home price: $218,900

    Average 2017 Pueblo home price: $179,491

     

    It has been written that one letter of concern represents 10,000 people. Our estimate is this letter represents many more south Puebloans who live, work, pay taxes and vote in significant numbers that should not be overlooked when you seek to pass a bond issue.

    Thank you for taking time to read and consider this letter.

     

    Sincerely,

     

     

    Michael Carlisle

    President, Representing the

    South High School Alumni Foundation

    mcarlisle2147@hotmail.com

    (719) 671-1424

     

    Cc:  Pueblo City Schools board members

                 Charlotte Macaluso, Superintendent of Schools

           Aaron Bravo, Principal, South High School

                 Nicholas Gradisar, Pueblo Mayor

                 Dennis Flores, Pueblo City Council President

                Troy Davenport, Chief of Police

                 Pueblo City Council members

     

                 Pueblo County Board of Commissioners & Jeff Shaw, PEDCO

  • District 60 Work Session and Rally, Thursday, 11 April 2019

    4/10/19

    We encourage all South High School students, parents and alumni,and interested supporters of the school to join in attending two critical events, a work session and a rally of support for South, on Thursday afternoon, because of a plan being considered by the Pueblo City Schools Board of Education that would turn South into a middle school and move high school students to Central High School. The events we need your support and enthusiasm for the school and its students will be held at the District 60 Administration Building, 315 W. 11th Street, Pueblo:

      Event 1:  A Board work session, 2 p.m. The board will discuss two plans, one for the current 4-high school option, which your South High School Alumni Foundation strongly supports, and one for the 2-high school plan, which we strongly reject. No comments are allowed from the audience at this session, but a strong South presence will send a message.  Wear South's black-and-white colors, if you can, for the visual reminder to the board. No vote will be taken by the board as it is an information session only.. Estimated hearing length: 90 minutes, though it could be shorter or longer depending on board questions to the administration presenters.

     Event 2:  South High student and Community Rally, 3 p.m., to let the board know we support maintaining South's heritage and strong academic and athletic honors in Pueblo.

    Thank you for your support.

                                      --- South High School Alumni Foundation Board of Directors

  • Pueblo South girls basketball has proven itself as one of the best programs in the state

    3/18/19

    When it comes to girls basketball in Pueblo, South High School has certainly imprinted its name on the sport.

    The Colts’ legacy has been cemented the past three years ending in the state championship with three runner-up finishes.

    Sure, the Colts weren’t able to add on a sixth title to the five they already have in their game against Mullen, March 9 in the Denver Coliseum, but the torch of the program has been passed on.

    “Everybody wants to be in that game and they were in that game. This is our third one losing, so that speech is very well known,” coach Shannan Lane said about what she said to the team after the loss. “They’re going to cry, but the sun is going to come up in the morning and a lot of these young girls, they’ve got something to build on and, hopefully, they can keep the South high tradition going on.”

    South won three straight 5A titles from 1992-1994 and has continued to make their presence felt across the state.

    Since 2012, the only Final Fours the Colts have missed out on were in 2015 and 2016. Every other year the Colts proved they were a top team in Colorado, including the program’s fifth state title in 2013.

    The 2019 playoffs mark the end of another great group of players, specifically seniors Gabi Lucero and Drea Nelson.

    Lane is stepping down after being at the helm for the past 11 years and capturing a state title and an overall 240-51 record.

    “I love coach Lane,” Lucero said. “She brought me so far and we did so much together: 5:30 in the morning workouts, she came everyday and sacrificed her time away from her family to give us one more year. ... I wish we could have won it for her, but everything happens for a reason.”

     

    Taking over for Jim Harrison in the 2008-209 season, Lane took the reins of a program that she has spent over half her life at.

    First as a player for Colts and later an assistant coach under Harrison for 10 years, Lane continued the South legacy.

    “She’s amazing, I couldn’t ask for a better coach,” senior Jaelee Delgado said. “She pours her heart and soul into the program and she definitely gave her all.”

    As for Lucero, she ends her high school career ranked third in Colorado in all-time career rebounds with 1,240. She also amassed 1,562 points during her four-year span and 65 career double-doubles.

    Her partner in crime has been Nelson since fifth grade, and she leaves her mark on the Colts program with 1,348 career points and 478 assists, which falls just outside the top 10 all-time in Colorado.

    “I’ve played with Gabi and Drea for so long and its been so much fun,” Delgado said. “I’m glad I could end it here with them, and I’m so proud of them.”

    Several players from the Colts have gone on to pursue their athletic dreams in college, including this year’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s basketball player of the year, Jaylyn Duran.

    Lucero has signed to play college ball at Metro State in Denver next year, while Nelson will most likely be announcing her next step soon since she was waiting for season’s end.

    “Obviously its not the textbook storybook ending that many of them want, but there is nothing (the seniors) can hang their hands on, they’ve had a terrific career,” Lane said. “All three of them have had a tremendous career. I’m proud of all of them in many different ways.”

    Junior Jada Dupree, South’s leading scorer in the state title game Saturday, will return, along with freshmen starters Chloe Keck and Kenzie Patterson.

    The foundation is there for whomever takes over the program next. Now it’ll be up to that person to not mess up the tradition that Lane and the incredible players she coached helped continue.

    “My goal when I first took over was to not mess things up,” Lane said. “I think I’ve left it in high regards, hopefully. The legacy continues: We’ll see what’s in store for South High girls basketball.”

  • Discussion of D60 Master Plan continues, specific options recommended

    1/18/19

    PUEBLO – What’s the answer to tackling some major issues in Pueblo City Schools where aging buildings are falling apart and the district faces nearly $800 million in repairs?

    On Thursday MOA Architecture, the team working on D60’s Master Plan, presented specific options to the Pueblo City Schools Board of Education. Below are some of the recommendations:

    OPTION 1A

    • No bond passed
    • The district would move to a two-high school system with East and Centennial consolidating with Central and South
    • There would be no additional funding for new schools or facility upgrades
    • Total cost about $4 million

    OPTION 1B

    • No bond passed
    • The district would migrate to a three-high school system with East joining other high schools
    • Critical need funding would be given to Centennial to repair foundations and its HVAC system
    • Total cost about $13 million

    OPTION 2B

    • Bond issue passed
    • Priority 1 and 2 renovations/upgrades would happen at every school in the district
    • No new schools would be constructed
    • A three-high school system would be established with East consolidating with other high schools
    • Total cost about $272 million

    OPTION 3A

    • Bond issue passed
    • Priority 1 and 2 renovations/upgrades to schools in the district with an FCI score of 50 or higher
    • District would migrate to a two-high school system with East and Centennial consolidating with Central and South
    • Total cost almost $154 million

    OPTION 3B

    • Bond issue passed
    • Priority 1 and 2 renovations/upgrades to schools in the district with an FCI score of 50 or higher
    • No new schools constructed
    • Migrate to three-high school system with East consolidating with other high schools
    • Total cost about $216 million

    OPTION 4

    • Bond issue passed
    • The district would function with two new high schools and the existing four would be closed or repurposed
    • Priority 1 and 2 renovations/upgrades would be made at schools with an FCI (Facility Condition Index) score of 50 or higher
    • Total cost about $299 million

    OPTION 5A

    • Bond issue passed
    • Migrate to three-high school system (one new high school and one new middle school would be built)
    • Two existing high schools would be consolidated with Central, South, and new high school
    • Priority 1 and 2 renovations/upgrades would be made at schools with an FCI (Facility Condition Index) score of 50 or higher
    • Total cost about $218 million

    OPTION 6

    • Bond issue passed
    • Migrate to a two-high school district (one new high school and renovations to Central)
    • Priority 1 and 2 renovations/upgrades would be made at schools with an FCI (Facility Condition Index) score of 50 or higher
    • Centennial, East, and South would be consolidated into Central and new high school
    • Total cost about $240 million

    OPTION 7

    • Bond issue passed
    • Migrate to a three-high school district (one new high school and renovations to Central and South)
    • Priority 1 and 2 renovations/upgrades would be made at schools with an FCI (Facility Condition Index) score of 50 or higher
    • Consolidate Centennial and East into Central, South, and new high school
    • Total cost about $227 million

    OPTION 8A

    • Bond issue passed
    • Migrate to three-high school district (two new high schools and renovations to Central)
    • Priority 1 and 2 renovations/upgrades would be made at schools with an FCI (Facility Condition Index) score of 50 or higher
    • Consolidate Centennial, South, and East into Central and two new high schools
    • Total cost about $257 million

    OPTION 8B

    • Bond issue passed
    • Migrate to a two-high school district plus a CTE Center (one new high school, new CTE Center, and renovations to Central)
    • Priority 1 and 2 renovations/upgrades would be made at schools with an FCI (Facility Condition Index) score of 50 or higher
    • Consolidate Centennial, South, and East into Central and two new high schools
    • Total cost about $257 million

    OPTION 9

    • Bond issue passed
    • Migrate to a two-high school district (one new high school and renovations to Central)
    • Consolidate Centennial, East, and South into Central and new high school
    • No other facility upgrade improvements
    • Total cost about $192 million

    OPTION 10

    • Bond issue passed
    • Remain a four-high school district
    • Build three new high schools plus renovations to Central
    • Priority 1 and 2 renovations/upgrades would be made at schools with an FCI (Facility Condition Index) score of 50 or higher
    • New high schools on Centennial, South, and East sites
    • Total cost about $285 million

    MOA Architecture said it will be meeting with a community-based stakeholder group in February to go over this information. After that, open house forums will take place. The hope is that a final option will be chosen by the end of March.

  • Ryan Goddard: Gridiron glory, heartache and hope

    10/21/18

    Inside a locker room in the old building behind the fancy scoreboard at Dutch Clark Stadium, Ryan Goddard and his South High School football team had just finished the Lord’s Prayer.

    “Bring it up tight,” he said.

    His players rose from one knee and pushed their way toward the front of the small room, forming a semi-circle around their coach.

    “Fellas,” Goddard began, “we are going through the greatest lesson of our life right now. We are going through the greatest lesson of our life. We’re up against it, yes?”

    In unison, his team responded, “Yes, sir!”

    “Things have been going against us,” Goddard continued. “Things haven’t been going our way necessarily. Right?”

    Again, in unison, “Yes, sir!”

    “Tonight, you get the opportunity to turn it around and make things right,” Goddard said. “You get this opportunity to get this lesson that someone is trying to teach us right now — that it’s OK to have your back against the wall.”

    Goddard’s team certainly had its back against the wall. A season after winning a state championship, the Colts sat in that locker room with a 1-5 record. On the field, Pueblo County awaited. It was the first meeting between the teams since 1999.

    “It’s OK to have things go wrong in life,” Goddard added. “It’s OK to have all these things happen because you’re learning this lesson right now. The lesson is that you never stop fighting. You never stop caring. You do things the right way. You play with great passion. And at the end of the night, you can look your friggin’ brother in the eye and he’s going to know and you’re going to know that you left it on the line for 48 minutes. That’s all you have to do. Lay it all on the line for 48 minutes.”

    By this point, South’s players were ready to go. They were swaying from side to side, their weight shifting from one side of their body to the other. Some pulled on their helmets for the final time before hitting the field. Others pounded on the shoulder pads of teammates.

    Goddard, however, wasn’t done with his nearly 2½-minute pregame speech.

    “Is it going to take some guts? Absolutely! Is it going take some heart? No doubt! Is it going to take some fight? You better freakin’ count on that!” he said, his voice rising in volume with each word. “But the end of the day, at the end of 48 minutes here, you’re going to be able to look your brother in the eye and know he played his tail off for you and you played your tail off for him. You’re going to know that when bad (stuff) happens to you, when bad things happen to you, it’s OK because you can still fight. It’s OK because you can still respond. Right? You don’t control the event. You control your response and you control the outcome tonight. Understand that?

    “Now let’s go play. Have some fun. Great energy. Juice up. Get after it. Colts on three … one, two, three. Colts!”

    To that point, Goddard had gotten this team as far as he could. Players rushed out of the locker room. All that was left was the game.

    South started strong and never let up in a 56-7 rout over Pueblo County. The Colts had their second win. To know how they got there means to start at the beginning of the week.

    ***

    Six days before the win over Pueblo County, the Colts lost 41-14 to rival East in the annual Cannon Game. It was the 60th meeting between the schools that opened the same year, in 1959.

    Goddard has been around South athletics all his life. He played for the Colts. He was an assistant coach. Now he’s the head coach. And in 19 meetings against the Eagles, this was only fourth time he had tasted defeat.

    “Win or lose, I’m still awake. I can’t sleep,” Goddard said. “As soon as that film loads, I start evaluating.”

    So at 2 a.m. Saturday, about four hours after the loss, Goddard sat in bed and watched film on his phone. It was the first step in preparing for a game the following week, this one against Pueblo County.

    The Colts and Hornets were scheduled to play on a Thursday night, making it a short week to prepare. Goddard, though, couldn’t get his mind off the loss to East. It weighed on him.

    After watching the game again, Goddard did his best Saturday to forget it. He watched ESPN’s College GameDay with his daughter, Collins. He took a nap. He watched a college game. He enjoyed some family time.

    When he woke up Sunday, however, it was full steam ahead in preparation for the Hornets.

    As he does every Sunday, usually for 4 to 4½ hours, he met with his coaching staff. They put together offensive and defensive game plans. They talked about the Hornets and the challenges they would present. They talked about the good, the bad and the ugly of the Cannon Game. They left with a clear plan for the week ahead.

    “My current staff and former staff members mean so much to me as people and coaches,” Goddard said. “They are extraordinary people who sacrifice so much of themselves to do all the things I ask them to do. A significant amount of them are guys who played while I was an assistant coach or played for me as their head coach. There is no greater privilege than to coach with the guys that you coached.”

    ***

    A typical weekday for Goddard begins around 7 a.m. when he arrives at school. He teaches in the APEX program, which allows students who are academically deficient in credits the opportunity to recover those credits needed for graduation. In the afternoons, he teaches a weight lifting class before heading out to practice.

    When practice ends, it’s on to family time. He picks up his daughter from the in-laws and meets his wife, Lindsey, at home.

    When Lindsey walks in the door Tuesday, questions begin about how the day and practice went. Talk about work is kept to a minimum, however. It’s an agreement the two have.

    “This is the most important job,” Goddard said, pointing to his daughter and wife. “Being a dad and husband is the most important thing.”

    Before the birth of Collins, who will turn 2 next month, Goddard said he’d eat dinner and immediately watch film. Now the time after dinner is filled with playing blocks with Collins, watching “Moana” or “Super Wings” on television and perhaps sharing ice cream as a family.

    On this particular Tuesday, however, Lindsey had a question for Ryan.

    “Do we have you back?” she asked, meaning had he moved past the Cannon Game loss. It took Ryan until Tuesday night to feel like he had.

    “Last week was difficult,” Lindsey said. “We’ve had some easier Cannon Weeks, but this was tough. It’s nice to have him back.”

    The Cannon Game is hard for Lindsey. She graduated from East, one year after Ryan graduated from South.

    “I’ve been a Colt for 16 years,” she said.

    Lindsey also is a teacher and coach. She teaches at Pueblo Academy of Arts and coaches softball. She’s adapted well through the years to being a football coach’s wife.

    “Lindsey is one of a kind,” Ryan said. “She’s a wonderful and loving mother and wife, but as a coach’s wife, she should be up for sainthood. She’s always supportive, caring and compassionate. As well as anyone I have ever seen, she cares about every person in our program.”

    The two met through a mutual friend, two weeks before Goddard left for college. He initially went to Western State in Gunnison to play basketball. After a year, he headed back to Pueblo.

    Ryan and Lindsey were married in 2007 and Collins was born Nov. 16, 2016, just a few days after South was eliminated in the postseason.

    “I think that changed the way I coached,” Goddard said. “I put myself in those types of shoes where you think about what type of teacher or coach I want my daughter to have. I think it’s made me a better coach, a better person.”

    ***

    Coaching football at South never was in the plans for Goddard.

    After returning from Western State, Goddard enrolled at Colorado State University-Pueblo. He eventually got his degree in exercise science and health promotion and became a P.E. teacher.

    He joined South’s staff as an assistant, coaching under his former coach, Mark Haering. When Haering left for a job at the University of Wisconsin, he encouraged Goddard to apply.

    “I didn’t think I was ready. I definitely wasn’t sure I was ready,” Goddard said. “At the same time, I wanted to keep coaching football. But never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be the head coach at South or aspire to be the head coach at South. It just happened.”

    The first few years were tough. The Colts went 5-6 his first season in 2010 and 2-8 the following year. In 2012, South went 1-9.

     

    Goddard is 57-42 in his nine seasons leading the Colts. His team in 2013 went 11-2 and reached the state semifinals. He was named the state’s coach of the year last season after South won the Class 4A state championship, its first in school history.

    “Coach Goddard is an individual with character. He is a role model, both on and off the field,” said Jarrett Sweckard, South’s athletic director. “He is the type of individual you would want coaching your son. He works countless hours to provide our school with a quality program. We are lucky to have him at South High.”

    ***

    Goddard gathered his weight lifting class just before the bell Wednesday and had some final words for them. Almost all his students are part of the football team, so it was a message about the ensuing practice.

    “Make sure that your focus, your effort and your attitude are in the right place,” he said. “Get in the right frame of mind before we head out.”

    After a brief interruption, Goddard added, “Attack today. Go get better. Remember your purpose. Remember your why.”

    On a chilly day and rainy day in the middle of the week, the Colts went through their final practice before facing Pueblo County. It also was the final chance for Goddard to put the finishing touches on preparations for the game, ending another long week as a high school football coach.

    Goddard estimates he’s spent more than 30 hours each week at South since the start of practices in August. That includes everything from watching film to practice time to taping ankles to team dinners.

    There was a team dinner Wednesday night in the school’s cafeteria. Pizza was served, along with salad and dessert. When the coaches and players walked out, it was time to move on to game day.

    “I thought once we got going on Monday … and some realization and some truth hit, we responded,” Goddard said. “At that point, I really felt that I could almost see a different outlook on the week and in our attitude.

    “It was nice to have a short week, so we had something to look forward to and prepare for. We knew we were playing a tough, hard-nosed opponent and we had to raise our level of play.”

    ***

    Goddard sat in an office at school a few hours before his team played Pueblo County. He calls it his “alone time.” It amounts to about 15 minutes.

    Prior to that, he had taped ankles for those who needed it, fulfilling what he called his “trainer duties.” He had carried equipment down a hall to be loaded on a bus bound for Dutch Clark.

    Sitting on a chair in the office, Goddard pulled a change of clothes from a duffle bag and changed into his game-day attire. He put on black pants, a black shirt and had a black jacket ready to go for the chilly night.

    He also pulled out of clipboard and went over final notes, changing a couple assignments on special teams. He put the clipboard away, sat back in the chair and took a deep breath. A few minutes later, he boarded the bus.

    Once at Dutch Clark, he meets a final time with his assistant coaches. Players get dressed in their uniforms, needing each other to pull jerseys over shoulder pads.

    Special teams hit the field. The full team isn’t far behind. Goddard watches it all from a distance and then leads the offense through its final warmups.

    The Colts jog off the field, headed to the locker room where they’ll pray and then listen to Goddard’s pregame speech. They’ll hit the field 2½ minutes later and some 2½ hours later walk off with a hard-earned victory.

    Goddard delivers a short postgame speech and then accepts congratulations from his players, coaches, players’ parents and his family. He walks back toward the locker room and watches his players head out of Dutch Clark. Soon he’ll do the same, with one thought on his mind.

    “Time to reload,” he said, “because here we go again.”

  • “SOMETHING EXTRA FOR SOUTH”

    10/15/18

     

    Which graduating class can raise the most money to benefit students and teachers at our alma mater, South High School? 
     
    The South High School Alumni Foundation, between now and October 27, is challenging members of Colt Nation’s 59 graduating classes to pledge their support.
     
    We will announce the winner during the Foundation’s annual Hall of Fame Banquet at Pueblo Community College on Nov. 3. And we will share it on our social media accounts that evening, too.
     
    The Foundation has spent about $500,000 in cash and in-kind donations since it was formed in January 2006. Our projects, like our donations, come in all sizes, from letter jackets for students in need to creating a brick-and-paver courtyard in the front of the school that is used by hundreds of students a day, to buying rally flags for the Cannon Game and hundreds of Chrome Books for student use.
     
    Recently, we spent $12,600 on a new Art Department kiln and art supplies, exercise mats for the wrestling/multipurpose room, PE uniforms for students in need, and Chemistry Department scales. Soon, work will begin to refurbish the outbuilding behind the swimming pool into a year-round, bad weather practice facility for baseball, softball and golf teams; dance and cheerleading squads; and gym classes for stretching exercises.
     
    We are registered as a 501c3 non-profit organization. You can contribute one of two ways:
     
    1. Mail a check, made out to South High School Alumni Foundation, to: SHS Alumni Foundation, P.O. Box 1065, Pueblo, CO 81002. List the year of your graduating class on your check’s memo line.
     
    2. Make a debit card or credit card donation through our PayPal account. Go to our webpage, www.shsaf.org, and click on the DONATE button on the bottom right of the home page. When you make a PayPal donation, to ensure we credit your class properly, email us at shsfoundation@comcast.net to confirm it and tell us your graduating class.

      

     
    Any amount you choose to give is wonderful. Thank you for your support.
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