Montezuma-Cortez High School senior golfer Thayer Plewe was one of just two students from the Western Slope that were invited to attend the Denver Broncos/CHSAA High School Media Day on Monday at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver.
The event included two special sessions – a prep sports media roundtable and rolling press conferences featuring 17 of Colorado’s top returning football teams across all classifications. In addition to football, dozens of the top returning athletes in all other fall sports and activities attended, including boys golf, cross-country, esports, field hockey, gymnastics, boys golf, boys soccer, softball, spirit, boys tennis, girls volleyball and student leadership.
Plewe joined Bruce Davis, student body president of Grand Junction Central High School who was a student leadership representative, from the Western Slope.
Golfer Ben Harding of Silver Creek also attended the event, as every activity besides football and girls volleyball had two student athletes in attendance.
The teams and athletes rotated through other breakouts during the event: a media relations 101 session with the Broncos public relations staff, including education on how social media can positively and negatively impact their reputation and high school experience; a photography session with professional photographers; the press conference; as well as a facility tour.
After the media relations breakout session, Plewe participated in a press conference with boys soccer and student leadership representatives. Plewe was asked about traveling for competitions, teams from the Four Corners and his thoughts on M-CHS hosting the regional golf championships, among other things.
Travel, he said, is “definitely a factor,” especially when the team occasionally has to compete soon after arriving at a course, which he called “trunk to tee.”
Plewe added, “it’s important to remember why we travel there – so we can compete.”
Being an underdog, coming from a small town, he said, gives him motivation.
See the press conference below: