Where Is The Fine Line In High School Sports?

Austin SwaimContributor IDecember 30, 2009

BOULDER, CO - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Cody Hawkins #7 of the Colorado Buffaloes hands off the ball against the Wyoming Cowboys at Folsom Field on September 19, 2009 in Boulder, Colorado. The Buffaloes defeated the Cowboys 24-0.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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In Littleton, Colorado, a formerly small school named Columbine High School went through a tragedy shooting in 1999, when I was a child. Ten years later, I feel Columbine High School has gone through another tragedy. No one will confirm this, but there is so little I can see at Columbine about academics. For continuation at Ken Caryl Middle School, I had to go to Columbine to get the certificate. I dreaded this, but I found something interesting. I could not find the academic trophy case, or anything academic on a trophy. Throughout the multiple football trophies and athletic banners, not one academic honor. At my high school that I was with, Lakewood High in Lakewood, CO, there are over 1,000 academic trophies in front. Many scholar students come from Lakewood, including 11 in 2009, but at Columbine in 2009, I haven't heard one, and I check the website once a week or so. Lakewood has never won a 5A (best) division trophy in basketball or football varsity. So, where it the fine line of high school sports? Brain or Brawn? Here in Colorado I can't find a combination. 

Another interesting story is about Ryan Miller (#73). He went to Columbine High School, and passed on a great education at Notre Dame for a less well-known education at the University of Colorado, to stay close to Columbine I assume. I haven't been to CU in a year. I believe staying close to home and less education is a more likely reason of passing on Notre Dame.

Also, last year, my fellow students told me about Danny Spond, a QB who was also going to give up Notre Dame for athletics. Spond, a pretty good gameplayer in y opinion, would have to play safety most likely at ND, where as CU or Iowa State, or etc. would let Spond play QB. Personally, I disagreed with Miller's decision, but might be in favor of Spond's decision to go to Stanford. Spond would make me and others proud by going to Stanford, playing QB, and getting a great education.

Was your high school more like Lakewood High or CHS? Vote and leave comments.

Thanks to current CHS Students for info:

Tiffani Werth

Logan Smith

Billy Ramsey

and Ryan Miller and Danny Spond. Thank you for letting me share your stories.