Covering High School Sports in America
Valarie Allman set the standard for the discus in Colorado this season, and now she has accomplished another first.

The Silver Creek (Longmont) junior was selected Wednesday as the state's girls track and field athlete of the year by Gatorade, to become the first from her school to be recognized for that honor.

Allman first distinguished herself at the Class 4A state meet in May when she set the Colorado mark in the discus with a throw of 164 feet, which also was the fifth-best mark nationally at the time. She also won the event at the 2011 USA Track & Field Colorado Junior Olympics Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

"Valarie's athletic ability speaks for itself," Berthoud coach Colby Schultz said in a release announcing the award. "She is simply amazing."

Allman, who also boasts a 4.0 grade-point average and ranks No. 1 in her graduating class, now is eligible for Gatorade's National Track & Field honors.

File photo by Mark Dalby

Denver East's Dominique Collier (blue).

USA Basketball finalized the roster for the upcoming FIBA Under-17 World Championships later this month, but unfortunately Denver East standout Dominique Collier did not make the final cut.

Collier, who averaged 19.1 points as a sophomore this past season, was one of 14 finalists for the team that will compete in Lithuania, but he was not on the final 12-team roster released late Tuesday.

Last summer Collier had played for the U.S. team at the FIBA Americas U16 Championships.

* The playing surface at Dutch Clark Stadium will have a new look and feel in time for the 2012 season.

The historic Pueblo facility, which was built in 1950, is receiving a new synthetic turf field as part of the NFL's Grassroots Program.

A $200,000 grant was awarded by the NFL to the Pueblo City Schools Education Foundation, and the grant will be matched by the district's capital reserve fund to complete the project and replace the current artificial turf that was installed in 2003.

The NFL Grassroots Program is awarding 15 grants totaling $2.5 million to schools, park and facilities across the country.