Eaglecrest High School is set to induct the second class into its Athletics and Activities Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Nov. 19 at Blackstone Country Club.
Six of the best, brightest and most significant athletes, contributors to theater and the arts and volunteers from the school’s 26-year history — as selected by a pool of nominees by a panel of school administrators, representatives of Cherry Creek School District, the community and the media — will join the original class of six, which went in last winter.
Ralph Gorton (volunteer), Lisa Roberts (Sprague) (softball, lacrosse, basketball), Kristen Schevikhoven (volleyball), Kimberly Tedder-Avalos (theater), Stacey Timberman (cheer) and Gregory Treco (theater, dance, vocal music) make up the second Hall of Fame class.
Those eligible for the Athletic and Activities Hall of Fame must be graduated from Eaglecrest for at least five years and be nominated by a member of the community.
Tickets for the induction event, which includes a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m., can be purchased through the Eaglecrest Athletic Department at 720-886-1083. Cost is $25 per ticket.
A brief bio of the six inductees in the second class:
Ralph Gorton, volunteer, 1992-2002
Gorton established and spent eight years as the club president for the booster clubs of both Eaglecrest football and boys lacrosse. His countless hours contributed greatly to the foundation of both sports at the school.
Lisa Roberts (Sprague), Class of 1996
One of the school’s most decorated athletes in a variety of sports, Sprague (nee Roberts) played a huge role in Eaglecrest’s athletics in the mid-1990s. She excelled mostly significantly in softball, where she won four varsity letters, earned all-conference first team honors three times and made the 1995 All-State second team. She went on to play shortstop for four years at University of Evansville and later had a stint as softball coach at nearby Grandview High School, where she is currently an assistant principal. Sprague also lettered four times in girls lacrosse and made the all-state team as a junior and senior and she received three letters as a varsity basketball player. Between her three sports, Sprague served as a team captain seven times.
Kristen Schevikhoven, Class of 2006
“Schevy ” as she was known at Eaglecrest in the early 2000s helped set the foundation of what has become a traditionally elite Colorado prep volleyball program under coach Tanya Bond. Schevikhoven resisted the urge to transfer to nearby volleyball power Grandview and helped the Raptors get on a path that would eventually lead to a Class 5A state championship shortly after she graduated. A four-year varsity player and three-time captain who played out of position with Eaglecrest by necessity, Schevikhoven made All-American, All-Colorado and All-state in 2005 and earned a Division I scholarship to Texas A&M, where she started for four years. She made the all-tournament team as a member of the Olympic Junior National Team in 2006.
Kimberly Tedder-Avalos, Class of 1996
Tedder-Avalos played several of the largest roles in the Eaglecrest theater department in the mid-1990s, including leads as Annie in “Annie” and Mary Lennox in “The Secret Garden,” a production that won the National Thespian Competition in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dramatics Magazine featured Tedder-Avalos for her role as Mary Lennox. Off the stage, she was a member of the National Honor Society, a peer counselor and worked with Eaglecrest’s special needs students. A graduate of the Musical Theater Program at the University of Northern Colorado, Tedder-Avalos performed in “Madame Butterfly,” “The Tender Land,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Grease,” “A Course Line” and “Romeo and Juliet” before she graduated.
Stacey Timberman, Class of 2001
Cheer teams have been one of Eaglecrest’s most successful squads since the school’s inception and Timberman provided a face to the program in the late 1990s under coach Gwen Hansen-Vigil, now Eaglecrest’s principal. Timberman made the varsity cheer team in all four of her years at the school and helped the Raptors win state championships in 1997, 1998 and 1999, when she served as team captain. Timberman also was a member of the National Honor Society in 2000 and 2001 before she went on to a four-year cheer career at Colorado State University.
Gregory Treco, Class of 1998
Described as “outrageously talented and memorable,” Treco made his mark at Eaglecrest in theater, dance and vocal music. Most notably, he earned the lead role in the school’s production of “Chess” at the National Thespian Festival and took part in the production that traveled to Paris. He also was a featured soloist in many choir and dance concerts and his array of talents helped him land a full scholarship at the highly-selective musical theater program at Carnegie Mellon. Treco went on to earn roles in “Zanna Don’t” and “Taboo” on Broadway and recently appeared in “The Twelve” as part of a Broadway workshop at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
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