As we prepare to open the new auxiliary gym next week, I still have a hard time believing how much we have grown since I began here at JA.  A huge Thank You to our Board of Directors and Administration for putting this project in the works and also to our parents and families who voted to get us the funding!  I wasn’t around when the gym was also a lunchroom but I did get to teach D block math amidst the volleyballs banging against the wall.

Both the boys and girls high school teams started off their league schedule with valuable wins against Kent Denver.  Tonight they face Manual who was last year’s boys state champions.

The girls junior high basketball team began their season with a split against Prospect Ridge and two wins against Boulder Country Day.

The Climbing Team had an outstanding last couple of events!  In each of the events the girls team took 1st and the boys team took 3rd.

Save the Date:

It is hard to believe, but it is already time to start thinking about spring sports.  Our high school spring sports parents’ meeting will be on Wednesday February 5th at 6:30 pm.  That will include all high school spring sports except for girls soccer. The high school girls soccer meeting will be the following week on 2/12 also at 6:30 pm.

We are looking at possibly adding another girls sport as early as next year but we would like your input.  If you are a female athlete, or the parent of a female athlete, please take a moment to fill out this quick interest survey.

New Sport Interest Survey

I’m happy to announce that Coach Kirkley has agreed to head up the junior high baseball team this year.  Stay tuned for more information about the junior high baseball parents’ meeting and tryouts. If you are interested in volunteering to help out at practices or games, please contact him a

Our athletics program continues to grow in all areas.  This semester, Mr. Thimsen is starting a Sports Broadcasting class to enhance the fan experience in person and eventually through streaming the games.  I am assured, though, that he will not have cameras in the outfield during baseball games.

February 5th is the next signing day for the National Letters of Intent.  If you are committing to play college athletics and would like to participate in this event, please email Mr. Melville at


If you would like to make some extra money for your team or club, please check out the basketball sign-up by clicking on the link below.

If anyone needs training, please contact Amanda Beck at to set up a time for training. 

Thank you and here's to a great basketball season!

This weekend, the Colorado Dugout Club is inducting Coach Vince Porreco into its Hall of Fame.  This is one of the main organizations for youth baseball in Colorado and this is a huge honor to recognize an outstanding career.  Even though he did not coach at JA, we still consider him part of the JA community by association. Congratulations, Coach Porreco!

Weekly Sports Events

Tuesday 1/21

HS Boys and Girls basketball at Prospect Ridge

JH Girls basketball vs. Stargate

Wednesday 1/22

JH Girls basketball vs. Faith Christian

Thursday 1/23

HS Girls basketball vs. St. Mary’s Academy

Saturday 1/25

HS Girls basketball vs. Colorado Springs Christian School

HS Climbing comp at Earth Treks

Monday 1/27

JH Girls basketball vs. Lincoln Academy

Tuesday 1/28

HS Boys JV/C and Girls JV basketball vs. Bennett

Wednesday 1/29

JH Girls basketball at Faith Christian

Thursday 1/30

JH Girls basketball vs. Flatirons (this might switch location)

Friday 1/31

HS Boys and Girls varsity basketball at Peak to Peak

Saturday 2/1

HS Boys JV/C and Girls JV basketball vs. Peak to Peak

Be sure to follow us on Twitter for all of the updates on all of our postseason results @JA_Athletics

“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” - Martin Luther King Jr.


Craig Melville

Athletic Director

Sharon DesJarlais

Athletic Administrative Asst.

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