It would be hard to find a family with deeper Poudre High School roots than the Kintzley’s.
The Kintzleys have a legacy of elite runners for the Impalas.
That group includes Denise Bigelow, formerly Denise Kintzley, a 2006 Poudre grad. She’s part of a large extended family who all graduated from Poudre.
So it will be a little odd for Denise and some of her family to be wearing green and sitting on the Fossil Ridge side for Friday’s 7 p.m. football game against the Impalas.
They’ll be there because Fossil Ridge is led by first-year coach Zak Bigelow, Denise’s husband.
“As much as we love Poudre and have Poudre pride, we have more Coach Bigelow pride,” Denise said. “It will be a fun game, we’re super-excited.”
Denise was a star runner at Poudre and went on to race at Northern Colorado, where Zak was a kicker on the football team.
After years of traveling for Zak’s jobs with college football teams, they’re back home, but Zak has had to work to convert some extended family to the Fossil Ridge side.
Denise’s cousin is Poudre kicker Austin Davis, her niece attends Poudre and most members of the extended family of Poudre grads still live in Fort Collins.
At a family gathering this weekend Zak was the source of ribbing from the family, and he knows some of his usual supporters will still be in blue and on the opposing side on Friday.
“It’s all fun banter, the whole thing has been hilarious,” Denise said. “Little by little we’ve all gone to the Fossil side, but this weekend it will be weird to see Poudre on the opposite side of us.”
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