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Valor stunned in football quarterfinals

Valor Christian football coach Rod Sherman sounded a little like a visionary on Nov. 17 after Grandview knocked the top-seeded and previously unbeaten Eagles out of the Class 5A state playoffs. … more

Shot clock debate picks up tempo in Colorado

Does high school basketball need a shot clock? Would it help or hinder prep games? Let the longstanding debate resume. It’s been a hot topic for years. USA Basketball and the NBA on March 20 … more

Former Valor football coach excited about his new job

Rod Sherman is excited about the upcoming high school football season. I know because he used the word “excited” several times in a brief conversation. Yes, I know, that statement might sound … more

What's an NCAA Tournament upset worth?

UMBC made more than history in the NCAA Tournament. By becoming the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1, the Retrievers made about $1.7 million for the America East Conference. Loyola-Chicago's … more

On Campus: Highlands Ranch/Lone Tree

Highlands Ranch • Junior Drake Nugent, the defending state champion, won the boys shot put with a throw of 51-04.00 at the ThunderRidge Invitational Track Meet on March 17. The boys team finished … more

Standout Performers: Douglas County

Ryan Catalano, Castle View He collected his first CHSAA hat trick in a 12-3 hockey victory over Woodland Park on Feb. 3. Caleb Tamminga, Legend The senior hit the game-winning shot with 23 seconds … more

Arenado aims to keep relentless schedule for Rockies

Nolan Arenado chuckled at the idea of ever taking the field every day for the Colorado Rockies and playing all 162 games. In theory, it's possible. The reality of being the third baseman for the … more

Trio leads Valor Christian's wrestling efforts

Jake Welch played golf last fall for Valor Christian and tied for seventh in the Class 4A state tournament. Easton Cecil was a senior running back and defensive end on the Eagles football team. Both … more

At 20, Terry is veteran of international hockey

Troy Terry is only 20 years old but can be considered a veteran of international ice hockey play. Terry, a junior forward on the University of Denver team who was a Rock Canyon student for two years, … more

Area high school baseball teams use spring break to sharpen skills

South metro-area baseball teams are anxious to open league play after tuning up with spring break trips to Arizona, California and Florida. Twelve teams from area schools compiled a 30-19 record in … more

Spring weather causing hectic rescheduling spree

This is not breaking news because everybody knows by now that spring weather in Colorado can be unpredictable. A warm pleasant day with the temperature in the 70s is followed by heavy, wet snow and … more

The 2017 All-South Metro Football Team

OFFENSE Quarterback: Alex Padilla, 6-2, 190, junior, Cherry Creek Had a 125.6 quarterback rating, passing for 2,678 yards and 40 TDs. Running back: Dominic Bettini, 5-9, 170, junior, Highlands Ranch … more

Athlete succeeds after giving sport a ‘tri’

Hannah Croasdell was burned out on swimming, so her mother Christy suggested she should try to become a triathlete. That’s what the Douglas County senior did, but it wasn’t easy. I can only … more

Valor comes up short in championship hockey game

Luke Wheeler looked anxious on the Valor Christian bench during the Eagles' state championship hockey game against Regis Jesuit on March 6 at the Pepsi Center. Wheeler was wearing his helmet but he … more

Technique, work ethic propel throwers to next level

The image attached to track and field competitors who throw the shot put and discus is changing. In the past, athletes who were bigger, and often slower, were generally assumed to be throwers. But … more

Jaguars' season ends in semifinals

Rock Canyon coach Kent Grams talked to his boys basketball team after the Jaguars' 47-41 overtime semifinal loss to George Washington in the Class 5A state playoffs on March 9 at the Denver Coliseum. … more

Pole vaulting is challenging event to master

“Yes, like all sports there can be risks,” said Ellis. “The entire pole vault community works hard to make it as safe as possible for athletes. The padding has got much better and bigger. … more

Sisters a winning combination for Ponderosa

Jensen Ellis is a playmaker for the Ponderosa girls soccer team. She controls the Mustangs’ offense and her precise passes often to lead to goals. Jensen’s younger sister Jazlynn has benefited … more

Standout Performers: Arapahoe County

Nathan Mitchell, Cherry Creek The junior had a double, a home run and drove in six runs in the 15-11 baseball victory over Mullen on April 10. more

Standout Performers: Douglas County

Katherine Malcom, Chaparral The junior birdied the 18th hole and took medalist honors with a par 72 at the Heather Cho Memorial girls golf tournament April 12 at Highlands Ranch Golf Club. Nick … more
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