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LeCompte, Hedges are softball standouts

Amanda Hedges was the hitting leader and Zoey LeCompte handled the pitching. Those two players were the standouts and two of the best players in the south metro area during the softball season. … more

Valor wins eighth football title

The Valor Christian football team was once again playing in a state championship game on Dec. 1 at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. In that game, Valor completed an undefeated 14-win season and captured … more

Parkour creates caring community

Ken Arrington, founder of parkour gym Path Movement, knows that parkour — in which athletes often scale walls, make 9-foot leaps and traverse rails 10 feet off the ground — has a bad reputation … more

Valor advances to title game

The Valor Christian-Grandview clash for a spot in the Class 5A state football championship game came down to the wire as the Eagles bested the Wolves 31-29 in the game played Nov. 24 at Legacy … more

Lutheran captures 3A volleyball crown

Lutheran was the top-seeded team in the Class 3A state volleyball tournament Nov. 8-10 at the Denver Coliseum, but the Lions had one big hurdle to overcome. That hurdle was Eaton, the five-time … more

Valor takes 5A volleyball title

Senior Courtney Lane summed up the four-year journey of the Valor Christian girls volleyball program after the Eagles wrapped up the state championship with a 3-1 win over top-seeded Chaparral on … more

Falcons prove they belong

Skeptics were watching the outcome of the first-round Class 5A playoffs game between Highlands Ranch and Doherty on Nov. 2 at Shea Stadium. Highlands Ranch was seeded No. 15 and entered the playoffs … more

Mountain Vista girls repeat as champs in cross country

It can be difficult to defend a championship, but two individual athletes from Douglas County schools and the Mountain Vista girls team repeated during the CHSAA Cross Country Championships, which … more

He's always ready to strike

At the Rock Canyon High School turf field, just as an Oct. 17 practice wrapped up, a player asked the reporter standing on the sideline if he was Kagan Giltinan's agent. Just as Giltinan jogged in to … more

Hedges swinging for the trees

Amanda Hedges came into this softball season desiring to improve her batting skills. She had a .508 batting average as a freshman, .388 as a sophomore and .421 last season as a junior. Those are … more

ThunderRidge thumps rival Mountain Vista

Nothing changed when the ThunderRidge and Mountain Vista football teams renewed their rivalry on Sept. 28 at Shea Stadium. Students and fans arrived early to secure places in the parking lots and … more

Setting and scoring goals

Mountain Vista senior Taylor Donaldson feels overlooked and somewhat unrecognized. She is a field hockey player and many people don't know anything about the sport or if it is even recognized as a … more

Bat or racket, swing’s the thing

Rock Canyon centerfielder/pitcher Anna Reimers missed the Erie Tournament of Champions the first weekend of September because she was playing tennis in an Intermountain Sectional tournament in Salt … more

On Campus: Highlands Ranch/Lone Tree

Mountain Vista • The boys and girls teams each won the sweepstakes division at the Sept. 8 Liberty Bell Cross Country Invitational. Senior Brody Dempsey led the Golden Eagles boys with a … more

'She leads in everything she does'

Rachel Van Gundy is a leader. The Highlands Ranch senior is involved in two student government clubs and is a member of the honor society. She is also one of the captains on the softball team, which … more

Visions of success for coaches in new positions

One way of defining football culture is how players, fans and others see the expectations for the team. There are six head football coaches in new places at south metro-area programs this season, and … more

Putting a focus on fuel

Athletes and coaches are paying more attention to the role of nutrition, with an eye toward improving sports performance. “We just used to eat meat and potatoes,” said Amy Faricy, manager of Menu … more

In high school sports, training takes new direction

It’s often easy to distinguish a good athlete by the way he or she moves. That starts with strength training and conditioning, which have advanced over the years into a science. There is more to … more

Game’s reach goes beyond beach

Shelly Leuenberger temporarily left her love of playing beach volleyball behind when she moved with her family from California to Colorado. However, the Parker resident is playing volleyball again in … more

Young drivers put pedal to the metal

The pop-pop-pop of the one-cylinder engines filled the air as young drivers waited to be called to the starting line during the June 23 Junior Dragster Division Championships at Bandimere Speedway in … more
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