« Shae Henley, cross country, freshman, ThunderRidge: Henley won the Class 5A Region 3 girls championship on Oct. 20 at Redstone Park in Highlands Ranch with a time of 19:43.
« Jake Archuleta, football, senior, Douglas County: He helped the Huskies beat Westminster, 25-15, on Oct. 21 when he was credited with 18 total tackles, including three for losses.
« Caroline Eck, cross country, sophomore, Mountain Vista: Eck was crowned the girls Region 5 champion on Oct. 20 in Colorado Springs when she won the 5A race with a time of 18:37.17.
« Parker Klein, soccer, senior, Ponderosa: Klein, the leading scorer in the Continental League with 42 points and 17 goals, had an assist and scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the Mustangs defeated Castle View, 2-1, on Oct. 20 at Douglas County Stadium.
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The former Colorado State University standout talked to the players for 30 minutes as part of the Broncos' Game of the Week promotion.
And, as coach Dustin Pfeiffer related, his players were intent while listing to Bibbs.
"He addressed the team about the importance (of fighting) for everything that you aspire to be," Pfeiffer said. "He gave his story of how he got to the place he is at currently and his future.
"He spoke about the importance of education and doing well in school. He also gave the kids a reference of what it means to be a good teammate and how important it is to care about one another."
Action in one place
Watching the girls state high school softball tournament brought a "remember-when moment."
The softball tournament was held Oct. 21 and 22 at Aurora Sports Park. There were only three classifications and it was an easy walk between the complexes.
So a person could watch a 3A game, stroll to the adjacent complex and catch part of a 5A game or amble to take in a 4A contest. And, all the championship games on Oct. 22 were at the same complex.
It reminded me when there were still only three classes and not five and all the games in the boys state basketball tournament were held at the Auditorium Arena in downtown Denver.
Some of those Class A Merino teams were fun to watch, along with the bigger schools like Denver Christian, Glenwood Springs, Highland and the big boys like Wheat Ridge, Manual and Boulder, to name just a few.
'Stringy' in hall-of-fame class
Maurice "Stringy" Ervin, who coached Littleton's boys and girls swimming teams for 46 seasons, will be inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame at the 53rd annual banquet April 27, 2017 at Denver City Marriott Center.
Ervin, a Littleton native who was a three-sport standout for the Lions, coached a combined 12 boys and girls state championship teams and the Lions were runners-up six times under Ervin's tutelage.
He coached 40 individual state champions and 21 state championship relay teams.
Ervin will be inducted in a class that includes ex-defensive back Champ Bailey of the Denver Broncos, former Colorado Rockies slugger Dante Bichette, world class mogul skier and Colorado football athlete Jeremy Bloom, CU All-American lineman and nine-season National Football League player John Wooten and squash player Hashim Khan.
Douglas County influence in win
Cherokee Trail won the Class 5A state softball championship with a 1-0 victory over Broomfield on Oct. 22 at Aurora Sports Park and there was a Douglas County flavor to the Cougars' title.
Cougars' head coach Caley Mitchell is the former Castle View coach and her assistant was her dad, Toby Tabola, who was the longtime softball coach at Ponderosa.
Field hockey clinic
The Colorado High School Activities Association, along with USA Field Hockey, will hold a players clinic on Oct. 27 between 4 and 4:45 p.m. at the Denver Public School's All-City Stadium in conjunction of the state field hockey championship game.
Among those expected to be at the clinic, which is for seventh- to 12th-graders, are three-time U.S. Olympian Rachel Dawson and two-time U.S. Olympic player Melissa Gonzalez.
Cost for the clinic is $20 for USA Field Hockey members and $25 for non-members. A T-shirt and admission to the title game is included.
Register for the clinic at usafieldhockey.com
Jim Benton is a sports writer for Colorado Community Media. He has been covering sports in the Denver area since 1968. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 303-566-4083.
Why do you participate in sports?
I participate in sports because it teaches life lessons about determination, perseverance and hard work. I also do it for the competitiveness. I enjoy competition and that also helps you set up for later in life. It's a competitive world no matter what you do.
What is your favorite type of music and who is your favorite artist/group?
I listen to many genres of music, depends on my mood. I enjoy Kid Cudi and Eminem.
What is your favorite subject in school?
I find science very interesting. Science can explain just about any questions you may have about the world.
Do you play video games, and if so, which one(s)?
Yes, I enjoy "Far Cry" because you can do the campaign while doing many side missions and hunting mammoths and sabertooth tigers.
Do you have any pre-competition superstitions or rituals? If so, what are they?
I always sit next to my same teammate on the bus and our team does the same pregame warm ups in the same order every time
What is your favorite book? Why?
The "Giver" because it showed me a different way of thinking. It makes you think where our society is headed and if that is what we want to become.
"Keeping Score With..." is a Q&A with high school athletes in the south metro area. Email Colorado Community Media sports writer Jim Benton at jbenton @coloradocommunitymedia.com if you or someone you know would like to participate.
The property, located in the Chatfield Basin, will connect 146,000 acres of protected land to the west and more than 22,000 acres of protected land to the east.
"Securing this wildlife movement corridor will allow for the unobstructed movement of wildlife from the alpine region of the national forest through to the prairie grassland south of the Denver metro area," said Roger Partridge, Douglas County commissioner.
The Douglas County Open Space Program was created in 1994 with voter approval of a sixth-of-a-cent sales and use tax. The program seeks to preserve wildlife habitat and movement corridors, protect the county's rural landscape and agricultural heritage, and safeguard scenic views, historic properties and archaeological resources.]]>
I'm from Southern California. We lived about 30 minutes away from Disneyland until I was 6 years old. My family would go twice a year until we moved out here.
I've bumped around a few towns, but most of my time in Colorado has been in Highlands Ranch.
I like to sing a lot --; I am very musically inclined. I'll be humming most of the time at work if I'm not careful. I also like swimming. I like the water a lot --; it fits with the whole mermaid thing, I guess.
In the future
I've been dying my hair since I was 16. I generally stay red --; I dyed it black once and I tried blonde. But I've been red for the past 2 1/2 months.
I'm studying to go to the Aveda Hair Salon School in Denver next year. I love cutting, styling and dying hair.
My Disney persona
I started the Ariel thing pretty much as soon as I dyed my hair bright red 2 1/2 months ago. People starting saying that I have a similar face as Ariel so I got red lipstick, seashell earrings, a blue bow and a fork. I don't wear wigs or anything because eight hours in a wig is no fun.
Dressing up makes my day way brighter and it makes the people that come in happier. I'll introduce myself as Ariel to the kids and they will either miss it because they are too young or they will be really surprised. The parents will have a blast and laugh silently behind them. I even do the princess wave when they walk away.
It's fantastic because for a while I actually wanted to be a princess at Disneyland, but I wasn't sure if I'd be financially stable in California. So now I'm the Ariel at Target who passes out stickers.
I'm going to start dressing up as Ariel for birthday parties on the weekends once I save up enough money for a car.
It's fantastic. The kids are happy and I like making people happy --; so it works out.]]>