Yampah High School to start up hockey program
For the first time ever, Garfield County is set to have a high school hockey program as Yampah Mountain High School, under the direction of Principal Leigh McGown and head coach Tim Cota.
The YMHS Grizzlies will play a junior varsity schedule for the first two years before making the jump to varsity competition, according to TK Kwaitkowski, the director of youth hockey in Glenwood Springs who has played a big part in bringing high school hockey to the valley.
This season, the Grizzlies will play 12 junior varsity games, with their first games coming this weekend in Denver against Cherry Creek and Heritage High School at the Ice Ranch.
In the first year of existence, the Grizzlies will be led by senior goaltender Jake Fegan and junior forward Alex Sloan, both of whom have been named captains for the upcoming season.
Along with Fegan and Sloan, the Grizzlies will be made up of a group of young players due to 13 players graduating from last year.
“We have a great group of young players to start out with this team, along with strong veteran leadership to move us forward in a positive direction,” Cato said
“It will be a challenge playing in two different leagues this season, but we’re looking forward to it. So far this team has developed the identity of having composure and tenacity, which are two traits that we are using as our foundation for the future.”
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