Discovery Canyon rescheduled several sporting events this week as the school community mourns the loss of two athletes last week.
Kaden Currier and Avory Kvale, both juniors at Discovery Canyon, were killed in a car crash near Monument on Dec. 27.
According to the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference website, Discovery Canyon has rescheduled Friday's boys’ and girls’ basketball games against Sand Creek. The girls’ home C-Squad game was canceled.
The boys’ team will make up its away contest against the Scorpions on Jan. 7, and the girls’ team will host Sand Creek in a make-up game Jan. 21.
The wrestling team was scheduled to attend tournaments Saturday; those, too, have been canceled. According to the conference website, the varsity team was to compete in an invitational at Dodge City High School in Kansas, while the JV team was attending a tournament at Bennett High School.
“We just felt like it was right,” wrestling coach Marques Bravo said. “He (Currier) grew up as a part of Thunder wrestling and we felt it was the best way to support the family. We wanted to be able to go to his service as a team and be there with the students and the kids that he had been around for so long.”
Celebration of life services for Kvale and Currier have been set this week. Kvale’s memorial will be Friday at Black Forest Lutheran Church at 10 a.m. with a reception to follow. Currier’s service will be held at the Woodmen Valley Worship Center on Saturday at 10 a.m. The Currier family is requesting that attendees wear Kaden's favorite color, blue, at the service.
A memorial fundraising campaign on Facebook for the Kvale family has raised nearly $30,000 in four days. A similar GoFundMe campaign was started for Currier, which has also raised $30,000 for the family.
Currier's father, Chris, was a former CSU-Pueblo national wrestling champion in the late '90s. Bravo said Chris helped start the Thunder wrestling program when the school first opened and helped coach the high school team in Kaden's freshman year.
"They are a huge wrestling family, and a good handful of our current wrestlers grew up in the wrestling room with Kaden," Bravo said. "As a team we talked about being there for each other and being grateful for Kaden being in our lives. He was a fun, smiley, bubbly kid who absolutely loved wrestling. We want to preserve his memory and legacy and make sure he's still with us in memory."
Bravo said although Currier was advised by doctors to medically retire due to three labrum tears on each shoulder, he still stopped by practice to support the team.
Kvale was a member of the girls’ basketball team with Currier’s little sister, Chloe. Kvale also competed on the track and field team.
Bravo said Kvale and Currier had been dating for over a year and were known to the students and staff as a couple. He also said the response from students since the tragedy has been inspiring.
"A lot of the memorials and meet-ups have been student led which has been nice to see," Bravo said. "The kids have been able to lean on each other and deal with this in a very mature way. No high school kid should ever have to deal with his, but the kids have done some things that were really helpful and organic."
Bravo said the day after the crash students close to Kvale and Currier went to breakfast to share memories, then took flowers to start a memorial at the crash site.
Crisis counselors have been available to the wrestling and girls' basketball teams, as well as students and staff, according to Bravo. Discovery Canyon is on winter break. Classes will resume Jan. 9.
The Gazette contacted girls' basketball coach Heath Kirkham, who declined to comment.