Getting in The Turns in Leadville Today
Panthers Compete with Revised Plan
From the ashes of shattered schedules, missed workouts and canceled competition comes a different approach to racing in Leadville Today. While many of Lake County’s traditional winter competitions have been re-worked on a virtual platform or sadly, canceled altogether, school sports have also absorbed more than its share of gut-punches.
But like many student-athletes, coaches and parents, the Lake County Panthers remain dedicated to finding solutions to keeping the ball-in-play. After all, they understand that beyond the benefits of good health and fitness for student-athletes, come the added values of teamwork, responsibility, and critical thinking when it comes to school sports – especially at the high school level.
And so it goes for the Leadville ski team as they re-work their bindings on the slopes. Here’s their latest report. Go Panthers!
Panther Team Shrinks for Home Race
By LCHS Coach Danielle Ryan
On Wednesday, Feb. 4 a smaller than normal pack of Panthers raced Giant Slalom at home hill Ski Cooper. With much of the team absent due to quarantines, it was a half dozen girls representing Lake County. Gwen Ramsey landed the first podium finish of the year in 3rd place after two runs. Cassidy Gillis finished 9th, Lucia Zettler 20th, Maya Nagal 27th, Gabbie Tait 30th, and Lily Leddington 40th out of 49 total girls.
“This was a challenging race situation being the first race on our home hill with all the new COVID protocols. Our athletes and visiting athletes and coaches all did a great job to follow the guidelines and give us all a safe fun event,” said Lake County High School (LCHS) Coach Ben Cairns. “LCHS continued to ski well and we are seeing more depth in HS than we have in a long time. Gwen led the way, but many other athletes got in the mix with strong runs.”
On Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 2-5 p.m. the Panthers will host and compete in the first-ever mixed-gender Dual Slalom Knockout at training hill Dutch Henri. Fans and spectators can be a tailgate cheerleaders from their own vehicles in the upper parking lot respecting all public health restrictions while cheering on the home team. Go Panthers!
Any questions regarding this outdoor recreation event can be directed to:
- LCSD Contact: Ben Cairns, BCairns@lakecountyschools.net
- Ski Cooper Race Director: Richie Moutoux, firstname.lastname@example.org, (719) 293-8160
- Ski Cooper RA / COVID Coordinator: Kathy Fennell, SkiCooperRA@gmail.com, (719) 293-8160
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has approved the Colorado High School Activities Association’s request for a winter sports variance. Find more information on Season B sports guidelines on CHSAA’s website and CDPHE’s FAQ. Sports leagues may apply to engage in organized sports by filling out this form. Completed forms should be emailed to email@example.com. A return to in-person or hybrid learning should precede the commencement of extracurriculars like athletics. View the list of approved sports leagues.
Lake County Panthers Making New Turns
Museum Exhibit: Mining and Baseball
The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum has opened “Miner Leaguers: Mining and the Great American Pastime,” an exhibit that explores the unexpected relationship between mining and baseball. The exhibit features vintage equipment and uniforms, historic photos, and text in English and Spanish. It includes a video on West Virginia coal-town teams. “Miner Leaguers” will be on display through December 2021.
Baseball and mining expanded together across the country, with the game arriving in Colorado in the 1860s. Miners worked long hours under difficult and dangerous conditions and played baseball on weekends to let off steam during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The game provided recreation as well as helped build community. Mining companies supported teams by buying uniforms and equipment, providing easier jobs for good players, and hiring former pro and semi-pro players. Some miners were such good players that they moved on to minor league or major league teams, although they often found that they could earn more as miners than as ballplayers.
Access to “Miner Leaguers” is included in the price of admission to the museum. The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is currently open Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. For more information about the Mining Museum, visit their website.
Student Theatre Presents “Three Viewings”
By Kristin Carlson, Colorado Mountain College
Forging ahead with theater in the time of COVID-19, Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College is presenting a new virtual production, “Three Viewings.” Written by Jeffrey Hatcher, the play was conceived as three monologues to be performed on stage for a live audience. But the script, in which three characters appear onstage together only for a curtain call, was also a perfect choice for online rehearsals and digital streaming during a pandemic.
“Three Viewings” explores three darkly comedic monologues set in a Midwestern funeral parlor: “Tell-Tale,” “The Thief of Tears” and “Thirteen Things About Ed Carpolotti.” The show opens Feb. 19, with CMC theater graduate Jesse Monsalve hosting a post-show, moderated discussion – from his apartment in Brooklyn! – with the audience each weekend.
Brad Moore, director of “Three Viewings,” theater operations manager of Sopris Theatre Company and CMC adjunct instructor, said the show was chosen because rehearsals and performances could be conducted safely, with physically distanced actors. “Doing this show virtually has had an unexpected upside,” he said. “The time we’ve had to explore the characters and the script, really pulling apart every word, has been a gift.”
The cast agrees that online rehearsals have been surprisingly rewarding. In “Tell-Tale,” Mike Monroney portrays Emil, a funeral director with a secret he’s held in plain sight for years. Monroney said the process has been very intimate and focused, despite the actors being miles away from one another. “We have no distractions, except for our dogs and Alexa,” he joked. “Because we don’t have to project to the back of a theater, we don’t have to force anything. We can play a lot of levels vocally.”
The cast and crew work together almost every day via Zoom, streaming from their offices, living rooms, and bedrooms. “Being in my space helps me bring more of myself to the role,” said actor Wendy Perkins, who plays baffled widow Virginia in “Thirteen Things About Ed Carpolotti.”
“Whatever part I play is another version of my mother, and I’ve got a photo of her to inspire me right here,” she said.
In “The Thief of Tears,” CMC theater graduate Paige Ulmer portrays Mac, a young woman with baggage that makes her life hard to bear. “I appreciate being able to take notes from the director one on one, with no background noise,” she said. “In this new environment, I’ve let down some walls, and it’s amazing. It’s just a joy. I’m learning so much, maybe more than ever.”
The CMC student crew is advancing their skills too. As a cinematographer, Colton Grove will run two cameras to create seamless transitions. President of the CMC Theatre Club, Midge Glidewell, will run the audio. Amanda Bryan is assisting with the costuming, and new student Marie Labrecque is the lighting coordinator.
Performances stream Feb. 19, 20, 26, and 27 and March 5 and 6 promptly at 7 p.m., and Feb. 21 and 28, and March 7 at 2 p.m. sharp. Post-show moderated conversations for all ticket holders will be hosted on Zoom immediately following the shows on Feb. 19 and Feb. 27 at 8:45 p.m. and March 7 at 3:45 p.m.
Season ticket holders must call 970-947-8177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request their tickets. Single tickets are on sale only via ShowTix4U at https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/45962.