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On Campus: News and notes from local high school sports programs


Highlands Ranch

  • The volleyball team, ranked third in the Class 5A poll, has an important Continental League matchup against No.2 Mountain Vista on Oct. 19. The Falcons hold an 8-4 advantage in the overall series between the schools.
  • The football team faces a first-place football showdown on Oct. 20 against top-ranked and two-time defending state champion Valor Christian. The Falcons are 6-1 overall this season and tied with the Eagles for first place in the Mount Lincoln league with 2-0 records. The schools, located just a mile apart in Highlands Ranch, have played only once before, when Valor downed Highlands Ranch, 43-7, last season.

Mountain Vista

  • The cross country teams reached a team goal by winning all six divisions at the Continental League meet on Oct. 11. The varsity boys had scoring runners finish in places three through seven to capture first, while the first-place girls varsity team had runners first, second, third, fifth and eighth. The winning junior varsity boys and girls both had all their five scoring runners finish between first and fifth. The lowest scoring finish for the champion open girls and boys was sixth.
  • Bret Grammerstort's softball team collected 22 hits in a 15-9 win over Cherokee Trail in the Region 2 tournament on Oct. 14 to earn a spot in the Class 5A state tournament Oct. 20-21 at Aurora Sports Park. The Golden Eagles (17-5) were seeded 15th and will face second-seeded Arvada West in a 12:15 game on Oct. 20. Vista takes an 8-7 playoff record into the game.
  • The volleyball team, ranked second in the Class 5A poll, challenged second-ranked Highlands Ranch on Oct. 19. Entering the week, Ranch was unbeaten and first in the league after six matches with a one-game lead over Vista, Chaparral and Castle View.


  • The softball team will take a 3-4 record into the Class 5A state tournaments when the No. 14 seeded Grizzlies faces No. 3 Legacy in a 12:15 game on Oct. 20. Senior pitcher Rachel Bean will be called on to contain the Legacy hitters. She ranks second in Class 5A statistics with 15 wins and is fifth with 124 strikeouts.
  • Junior Spencer Lambert leads the Mount Cameron league with 900 rushing yards for an average of 128.6 each football game. Junior Ethan Fraser is the league's leading tackler with 80 or 11.4 tackles per game. ThunderRidge will be out to end a three-game losing streak Oct. 20 with a game against Mountain Range.

SkyView Academy

  • The fewest wins in the four-year school history for the soccer team is three in 2015 but the Hawks were 1-11-1 in matches thru Oct. 15 with just two games remaining in the season.
  • The volleyball team was 2-2 in its past four games and after the fall break took a 5-10 record into its final three games of the season.

Rock Canyon

  • Easton Allred and Chris Theodore led the boys cross country team to a second-place finish at the Continental League championships on Oct. 11. Allred, a sophomore, was the individual champion with a time of 15:43 while Theodore came in second at 15:47.
  • Senior volleyball player Keeley Davis leads the Continental League and the Class 5A state statistics with 276 kills in matches through Oct. 15. In the Oct. 16 CHSAANow.com Class 5A poll, the Jaguars were ranked fourth behind three other Continental League teams. Castle View was first, Mountain Vista second and Highlands Ranch third.
  • Senior infielder Nick Merone, who hit .380 last season, has committed to play baseball at the University of Portland.

Valor Christian

  • The unbeaten and top-ranked softball team heads in the Class 4A state tournament seeking its fourth straight title and faces No. 16 seeded Ponderosa on Oct. 20. The Eagles are hitting .424 as a team to support the pitching of senior Val Kilponen, who has an 0.35 earned run average and 249 strikeouts in 120 innings pitched. Over the last four seasons with Kilponen in the circle, Valor has compiled a 92-3 record.
  • In two Mount Lincoln football victories, the unbeaten and top-ranked Class 5A football team has outscored the opposition 85-14. Highlands Ranch, tied for first place in the league with Valor, is the next opponent for the Eagles on Oct. 20.
  • The volleyball team, ranked second in Class 4A, played Standley Lake on Oct. 17 and if the Eagles won it would give the team the outright Jefferson County 4A title. Junior Lily Thompson went into the match as the league leader with a .447 hitting percentage.


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