However, the damage had already been inflicted in as the top-seeded Rangers made a first-half goal stand up in a 1-0 victory over the Eagles on May 25.
Valor Christian played with more intensity and put pressure on the Rangers' back line in the final 40 minutes, but defense is what helped Lewis-Palmer complete a 19-1-0 season.
"The girls desired it greatly and it showed in the second half," said Valor coach Brian Shultz. "The first half was really about solving the puzzle, and (in the) second half we figured a few things out and really went for it.
"I'm really proud of their effort till the very end. Part of the reason we couldn't get a goal is because Lewis-Palmer has a fantastic defense."
The Rangers didn't allow a goal in the state playoffs, only seven during the season, and never more than one in a game.
Lewis-Palmer got the only tally it needed when Annica Fletemeyer scored off an assist by Brianna Alger in the 18th minute when she drilled a shot just outside the reach of Valor sophomore keeper Alexander Daws and into the net.
"We were just exposed on a counter attack and our keeper almost had it --; she got a hand on it," Shultz said.
Valor resumed play in the second half with more energy and survived two good scoring opportunities by Lewis-Palmer. The Eagles had a trio of chances to tie the game, including one scramble in front of the goal with 1:42 showing on the clock.
"We came together and started to play for each other versus the first half when we just wanted to score," said senior forward Dakota Spencer. "There was a little more heart."
Valor, seeded seventh in the state playoffs, ended the season with a 16-4-0 record.
"We would be proud of the season whether we won or lost," Shultz said. "There were a lot of girls that didn't get on the field in the championship game. They have been just as important of a part to our season because they trained and prepared and helped us in other parts of the season.
"We have 17 returning players. I've only known the team and players since January so I'm proud of the way they came together and established an identity. For the seven seniors their contributions over the last four years have been tremendous."]]>
The Golden Eagles didn't pass the test May 25 as Grandview won 2-1 in the Class 5A girls soccer title game at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.
Mountain Vista ended the season with a 15-4-1 record while Grandview (18-0-1) captured its second straight state championship. The only match Grandview didn't win all season was a 0-0 draw against Mountain Vista on March 17 at Shea Stadium.
In the rematch for the state championship, both teams scored in the first half.
Grandview went ahead 1-0 when Melanie Jenkins scored off a bouncing ball in front of the goal in the 16th minute of the game.
Mountain Vista tied the game when junior Haley Schueppert scored on a penalty kick with 10:45 to play in the first half.
But scoring twice against Grandview is tough as the Wolves allowed only seven goals all season. Schueppert's goal was the first Grandview allowed in the 2016 playoffs.
Cherry Creek, in a 3-2 Centennial League overtime loss, was the only team to score twice against Grandview during the season.
"We just couldn't find a way to get that second goal," Vista coach Theresa Echtermeyer said. "We had good opportunities. I thought the girls fought hard. We just came up a little short. I was really proud of my girls."
Grandview's Avianne Burris lifted the ball into the net for the second goal with 21 minutes left in the game after a Wolves rush into the scoring area.
Mountain Vista had chances in the second half, including a couple from junior Katie Joella, who led the team with 16 goals.
With 12 underclass players on the roster, the Golden Eagles have a nucleus of experienced players returning next season.
In the past eight seasons, Mountain Vista has posted a record of 118-19-11 and averaged 14.8 wins a year.]]>
Aspen was past her 15th birthday - a blessing of a long life in itself.
She still looked forward to our evening walks - however shorter or slower-paced.
She continued to follow me about the house - to stay close.
I felt the strength of her eyes with a wondering expression - questioning why she was weaker.
Expressions were almost apologetic - when her appetite was waning.
I knew she still wanted to make that ride in the Jeep - closeness for both of us. She would give me a clear look for help - to make that step from the porch into the house - and expressions of appreciation when her legs needed support.
During these days, however, there were no apologies, only, seemingly, an acceptance of her aging and declining strength.
The weakness, diminished level of activity, physical changes and longer time in sleep gradually accelerated over the past three years. I saw it and felt it creeping into Aspen's life and into mine. The change was difficult to witness, but I resolved to alter our time together, to keep her active, support her health and adjust our routines.
Pet owners can struggle with that change, sometimes to the extent of failing to see the need for accommodation pets require. It occurred to me the gradual aging process for our pets can be so similar to that of aging parents, family or friends - or literally our own lives. Yet regardless, each deserves the same sensitivity, attention, time, patience and support.
Yellow labs are sizable and sturdy, but when they cannot get themselves into our vehicles, they deserve a ramp or a lift so that they never are ignored or left behind. Walks should become a slower and more patient experience to provide a quality of life they deserve. Close attention and observation of food types and changes in body functions can require accommodation.
Unlike humans, the pain that comes with weakening hips, shoulders or body organs typically is not always apparent to us. So that requires periodic veterinarian examinations and, possibly, medication. When our companion's health changes, it is our call to adjust, to be sure the unconditional love they bring into our lives is extended back in their care and comfort.
A friend of mine who had a long line of Golden retrievers in his life observed that "when we bring a pet into our lives we need to be aware we will most certainly live past their days and we must be willing to provide compassionate support as their lives fade."
Those sunrises over the duck blind, the decoy days on the river, flushing birds from the fields and the high mountain hikes will be very different. But the memories will remind me of my good fortune in having had that special companionship with Aspen.
Outdoors writer Ron Hellbusch can be reached at Ron-Hellbusch@comcast.net.
The addition will mean excellent health and wellness services in the community, said Terry Nolan, general manager of the Highlands Ranch Metro District.
"The hospital will attract other businesses, which will also be good for the community," he said.
UCHealth plans to open the $315 million, 33-acre facility in 2018. The medical campus will be part of the mixed-use development north of Highlands Ranch Parkway and east of Lucent called Central Park. The project also will include stores, restaurants, homes and a park.
The hospital will be the first in Highlands Ranch to serve the general population and will be located near the Children's Hospital South Campus.
The hospital's service area will extend past Highlands Ranch and into other areas of Douglas County, said Justin Vaughn, chairman of the board of directors for the Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce.
"We certainly look forward to their contribution," he said. "This will be a good boost for the community."
The six-story hospital will have 72 inpatient beds, an emergency room, intensive care unit, operating rooms and advanced cardiac services, according to a May 26 news release from UCHealth. The organization is a health system comprising the University of Colorado Hospital, Memorial Hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies and Colorado Health Medical Group.
"Specialists at the CU School of Medicine and University of Colorado Hospital offer clinical trials and innovative treatments sometimes years before they're more broadly available, giving patients the best possible outcomes," said Dr. Rich Schulick, chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. "The new hospital will enable patients in this area to receive many of these advanced treatments without traveling to the CU Anschutz Medical Campus (in Aurora)."
The facility will occupy about a third of the nearly 100-acre Central Park development.
UCHealth is building on land owned by the Englewood McLellan Reservoir Foundation, the news release states. Shea Properties and Shea Homes will complete the remaining portion of the development.
The medical campus is expected to generate 400 "highly paid health care" jobs, according to the release. A groundbreaking date for the facility was not immediately available.
"Central Park and the companion health campus will enhance Douglas County's reputation as an extremely desirable, quality, family-friendly community," Douglas County Commissioner Jill Repella said. "We recognize the significant economic impact and quality of life value this development brings to Highlands Ranch and all of Douglas County."
Highlands Ranch Neighborhood Coalition filed the suit in federal court against CDOT on May 12, also naming CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhat and FHWA Colorado Division Administrator Joh Cater.
Coalition president Carter Sales said CDOT did not do long-term noise sampling to validate its computer noise models during the public comment period last year, only conducting short-term sampling instead.
"In their own written guidelines, short-term and long-term are required," Sales said.
The lawsuit alleges that two long-term samples were collected after the public comment period ended, violating the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 by failing to allow public comment on the new data.
"They tried to do a quick fix," Sales said.
The lawsuit challenges the FWHA's Finding of No Significant Impact for the project as well. It asks the court to stop work on the project until the issues are addressed.
"We're saying that CDOT and FWHA have not taken our challenge to heart and we want a judge to decide," Sales said.
Bhatt, Cater and CDOT were served with summons on May 13. As of May 25, no one had answered the complaint.
CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford said that sound walls would be ineffective for the stretch of C-470 between Quebec Boulevard and Broadway because the homes in question are further away from the highway.
"We feel very strongly that we followed the process laid out by the Federal Highway Administration," she said.
The C-470 expansion project, scheduled to begin this summer and be completed in 2019, will add toll lanes between I-25 and Wadswoth Boulevard as well as auxiliary lanes in selected locations, interchange and bridge improvements and curve realignment. The project will cost $276 million, or $318 million including financing. It is being paid for with a loan that will be paid back with future toll lane revenue.
The sales mark the latest step in Sports Authority's bankruptcy filing. The sale was authorized May 24 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware. Judge Mary Walrath approved the company proposal to have a team of liquidators start the going-out-of-business sales that will include all inventory and fixtures. The sales must be completed by Aug. 31.
The liquidators are a joint venture group made up of a trio of companies: Gordon Brothers Group, Hilco Merchant Resources and Tiger Capital Group.
On their website, Gordon Brothers also released a statement by Michael Foss, Sports Authority CEO.
"We cannot adequately express the disappointment we feel with the need to shut down our stores," he said in the statement. "We pursued both a plan of reorganization as well as a sale of our business but were unsuccessful in reaching an agreement that would have allowed Sports Authority to continue to operate."
In the statement, Foss thanked loyal customers for supporting the company over the years and encouraged them to shop early for tremendous values on sporting goods.
Sports Authority's corporate headquarters are in Englewood. Efforts to contact the company about the future of the headquarters have been unsuccessful.
At one time, Sports Authority was among Englewood's largest employers, with about 900 people in the two buildings that house the corporate headquarters. At that time, just about every space in the expansive parking lot was taken, but since the bankruptcy filing in March, many empty parking spaces can be seen.
Eric Keck, Englewood city manager, said he has received no information about the plans for the corporate headquarters and the people who work there.
"We only hear what everyone hears about Sports Authority, such as the announcement of the going-out-of-business sales at all their stores," he said. "This is a difficult situation for everyone. We know the reduction of the staff at the corporate headquarters will have a negative impact on surrounding business and on our community."
According to a bankruptcy court document, the judge's order finalized the bid by the joint venture to handle the liquidation. The bid contained sales guidelines for what is a basic agreement to guarantee Sports Authority a specific sum, and the joint venture will profit if the sale goes well.
The document said the venture will pay Sports Authority between $368 million and $393 million plus a $1.8 million augmentation fee, which is an agreement that could provide additional funds to Sports Authority, provided the going-out-of-business sales prove profitable to all parties.
Because the company reportedly was $1.1 billion in debt, Sports Authority filed for Chapter 11 protection in March. On May 3, it was announced in the bankruptcy court in Delaware that the company would not be able to reorganize but instead would pursue sale of its assets.
The company located its headquarters on the Englewood campus on Jason Street just south of Hampden Avenue about 2001. The campus includes expansive parking lots and about 200,000 square feet of space in two buildings.
Of course there are real problems that need very real solutions. But there are also problems that could easily be turned into opportunities, and there are problems that are indeed very good problems. Even problems or challenges that become opportunities need to be managed correctly in order to convert the opportunity into an achievement or success story.
And then there are the good problems. Those are the problems that also require a solid solution or proactive strategy or they too can quickly move from being a good problem to a very bad problem or crisis if not managed carefully and properly.
Let's look at just a couple of examples of what those good problems might look like. One such example may be that you have been a victim of "downsizing" or "right sizing" at work and have found yourself unemployed. However, you have been given a very lucrative severance package and you have more new job offers than you know what to do with. With each new day, another job offer seems to come your way. The good problem is that you are making money from your severance and you have opportunities ahead of you. How this turns into a bad problem is when you get comfortable not working, or procrastinate on your decision-making about which new job opportunity to take, and before you know it the money is gone and so are the offers.
Another good problem could be that you own a business and have more customers than you can possibly serve. Money is coming in, cash flow is good, customers and employees are happy, and you are enjoying your vacation time. If you watch the Food Network or happen to catch any of those restaurant shows where they have to do a makeover or fix the business, many of those owners had a very good problem at one time, they had more customers than they could serve. Before they knew it, quality suffered, service slowed down, chefs and servers walked off the job, and the ownership ended up in crisis mode. Enough of a crisis mode where they had to invite in a restaurant consultant and television show to help them re-establish their brand and credibility or risk losing everything they had worked so hard for.
You see, there really are good problems in life. But the word "problem" is still there. And as stated earlier, every problem, good or bad, needs a solution. My Uncle Harry used to always say, "Nothing is so bad it couldn't be worse, and there is nothing so good that it couldn't be better." Just another way of saying, we have to manage all the situations, challenges and opportunities in our lives or they will become a problem.
So the next time you are explaining a situation to someone and they say, "Well that's a good problem to have," instead of taking pride in that good problem, it should put you on alert. And instead of sitting back and getting caught in the comfort zone, the first thing you should do is pay attention to the word "problem" and figure out a plan and strategy to keep that good problem train chugging along or have a clear path to get the train back on the tracks of consistency. Problems are easy, solutions take work.
How about you, have you ever been in a "good problem" situation? What did you do about it or what are you doing about it? I would love to hear all about it at firstname.lastname@example.org, and when we turn our good problems into even better opportunities, it really will be a better than good week.
Michael Norton is a resident of Castle Rock, the former president of the Zig Ziglar Corporation, a strategic consultant and a business and personal coach.
Please do me a favor. Get a haircut. Get two.
Our hairstyles in the 1960s were awful, but forgivable.
For the very first time, the focus was on young Americans and not on our parents.
We did OK, but there was a lot of hair.
Clothing was awful too. Bell-bottoms. Say no more, say no more.
The 1970s and the 1980s were just as bad.
But it was different. We should have known better by then, but most of us didn't
Women all looked like the Mandrell sisters or the Murphy Brown cast.
In music, there were "hair bands."
Mötley Crüe, Twisted Sister, Poison.
Kiss. And Gene Simmons still has that hair. It's a shoe polish helmet.
Ann and Nancy Wilson were sisters, but they weren't twisted.
But Heart was a hair band too.
I was crazy on Nancy (the blonde).
There are photographs of me that I have tried to repress.
It never got completely out of hand, but my look somewhat embarrasses me now.
There were people and performers who seemed to get it right.
Robert Palmer - remember "Addicted to Love"? - always looked dapper.
The rest of us had hair over our ears, and collars the size of paper airplanes.
Women wore shoulder pads. And other things.
I think I know what happens.
We find a hairstyle that we like, and we stick with it.
I look now like I did when I was in Little League.
I have a crew cut.
A "crew cut" gets its name from the short hair that crew members had. Less wind resistance.
Maintaining it is a snap.
I dare you to people watch, and keep track of the men and women - mostly the women - who could use a haircut.
I still see hair that amounts to amber waves of fluffed-out locks.
Ginger Rogers, bless her.
She was a beauty in the 1940s.
She held on to her look through the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s.
She died in 1995 at the age of 83. She was still a platinum blonde with a surfeit of makeup.
Generally, we can fool our hair into thinking we're still in our 20s, 30s and 40s, but we can't fool our skin.
Some try. You do recall Joan Rivers?
I'm to blame. Men are to blame. We don't let women age gracefully.
Ashley Madison and others are out to take us away from our wives and girlfriends.
Of course, some women want to look like Charo.
Charo is 75. There is not one thing on her that looks 75.
I am not the one to ask.
I am opposed to beauty pageants and fashion shows and ogling red carpet get-ups.
Las Vegas showgirls are about as far away as it gets from my definition of beauty.
Eye makeup by trowel only worked for Cleopatra and Amy Winehouse.
If a woman and I are headed out to dinner, and it takes her 90 minutes to get ready, it will be our last supper.
Let me summarize.
Get a haircut.
Your next one might be on me.
Send me an email. In 100 words or less, tell me why you badly need an updated hairstyle.
I will see that the winner is taken care of at an area establishment.
Unless I lose my grip (see: Howard Hughes), I will never have long hair again.
There are always exceptions.
Try to imagine Einstein with a crew cut.
Craig Marshall Smith is an artist, educator and Highlands Ranch resident. He can be reached at email@example.com.
"Humble ISD is an excellent school district - a great match for me personally and professionally," she wrote in an email sent to district staff after the Humble school board confirmed her as the finalist. "And I am very grateful for the opportunity they have offered me."
Fagen, hired by the Douglas County School Board in 2010, said in her email she expects to leave by mid-July. Texas law requires a 21-day waiting period between naming of the lone finalist and the school board's final approval. That vote would come on June 14.
DCSD Board of Education President Meghann Silverthorn praised Fagen's accomplishments.
"Dr. Fagen has led many changes and improvements in the past six years ...," Silverthorn said in a news release sent Tuesday evening by the school district. "We're grateful for her tireless service and commitment to education. We wish her and her family all the best in her future endeavors."
But many teachers and parents have blamed Fagen and the school board majority for policies that caused widespread low morale and led to an exodus of teachers and administrators over the past several years. During her tenure, the school board severed ties with the teachers' union.
"In 2009, the Douglas County Board of Education undertook the re-invention of American education and subsequently hired Superintendent Fagen to further their goal," said BOE member Wendy Vogel. "I think that her resignation is a clear indication that their reform agenda is not working."
Board member David Ray said he had mixed emotions about Superintendent Fagen's resignation.
"I believe she was placed in an extremely difficult position of carrying out the edicts of the previous Board. Unfortunately, her past six years have been marred by turmoil due to the ill-advised nature of the board's actions," Ray said. "Fortunately, the superintendent's resignation will continue the process of restoring trust in our District. My hope is that senior board members will follow the superintendent's example of doing whatever is necessary to continue building trust - even when it means sacrificing the self for the sake of our learners."
Controversial initiatives included a new teacher-evaluation system and market-based pay salary structure. The district is amid legal challenges surrounding its attempt to create a voucher system. And the hashtag #firefagen has been used widely on social media for more than a year.
Fagen's strategic plan, as described on the school district website, highlights safety, school choice, world-class education, 21st century skills and system performance as its priorities.
"We are hopeful the resignation of Dr. Fagen will be a positive step toward the healing of our school district and community," Douglas County Parents spokesperson Jason Virdin said in a statement. "The results of the school board election last November were quite clear, showing the community does not support "reform." We are anxious to start the healing process in Douglas County and hope the board majority will back up their recent assertions with action--gathering and considering significant, substantial community and staff input while searching for a new Superintendent."
In a news release, the district credits Fagen for improving student and staff safety in schools, building a strong network with home schools and charter schools and "empowering teachers to create inspiring...curriculum units."
Before coming to Douglas County, Fagen was superintendent of the Tucson Unified School District in Arizona.
Fagen, whose salary is $273,715, is moving to a district a little more than half the size of Douglas County, which has more than 67,000 students and about 80 schools.
She will replace outgoing Superintendent Guy Sconzo, who is retiring. According to its website, the district has 43 campuses, 5,000 employees and is among the 25 fastest-growing school districts in Texas. It is the 31st largest district in the state.
"We are excited about getting the best education mind in the country," said Robert Sitton, Humble school board president. "It's powerful what she is going to be able to do. When people talk about education, we want them to say, 'You really need to go see what Humble ISD is doing.' She is, in our opinion, the leader to take us there. She is innovative, visionary and not afraid to take risks if it enhances education."