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


Highlands Ranch

  • The volleyball team drew a No. 13 ranking in the Class 5A pairings but didn't get a host position. Instead, the Falcons and Columbine will go to Cherry Creek for the Region 12 state qualifying tournament on Nov. 4.
  • The football team, hoping to rebound from a 19-14 loss to Legend, will have its defense tested when the Falcons play Poudre on Nov. 2. The Falcons will have to contain the Impalas' Mount Lincoln League rushing and scoring leader Joseph Erickson. Highlands Ranch won last fall's game against Poudre, 35-24.

Mountain Vista

  • The softball team, which tied for first place in the Continental League, dominated the all-league first team with five selections, headed by Player of the Year Erin Kerby.
  • The girls cross country team, which won the Class 5A state championship on Oct. 28, appears to be ready to continue its success for the next few years. Sophomore state champion Jenna Fitzsimmons is one of the five underclass runners who scored in the state meet. There were two juniors and three sophomores that gained the winning points for the Golden Eagles.
  • The volleyball team (19-4) drew the No. 1 seed in the Class 5A regional pairings. The Golden Eagles will host the Region 1 qualifying tournament on Nov. 4 with Liberty and Boulder the other teams attempting to earn a spot in the state tournament. The champion of each of the 12 regional tourneys earn a berth into the state championships, which will be held Nov. 10-11 at the Denver Coliseum.

Rock Canyon

  • The volleyball team (16-7) is seeded 10th in the Class 5A regional pairings and will host Rampart and Grandview on Nov. 4 in the Region 10 tournament that will qualify one team for the state tournament.
  • Junior Collin Romero will be out to finish the regular season strong when the football team plays Mountain Vista on Nov. 3. Romero is one of the Mount Evans League leaders with 419 receiving yards on 26 catches for an average of 16.1 yards a catch. He has 435 returns yards with 229 coming of kickoff returns and 206 on punt returns.
  • The third-place finish in the Class 5A cross country championships on Oct. 28 was the best ever for a girls team. Sophomore Hope James led the Jaguars with a 13th-place finish and there were two freshmen, a sophomore and junior among the runners that counted in the scoring.

SkyView Academy

  • Junior Taylor Scholl was sixth in the Class 3A boys race at the Oct. 28 state cross country championships and led the Hawks to a second-place finish in the team standings. The girls, led by senior Payton Grove's 17th-place finish, were 16th in the team standings and had three sophomores and a junior among the five scoring runners.
  • The volleyball team was seeded 36th and will go against top-seeded Eaton and No. 24 Pinnacle in the Class 3A Region 1 state qualifying tournament on Nov. 4.


  • The football team (3-6 overall) will be looking to its leaders to carry the team when the Grizzlies face Mount Cameron leader Columbine in a Nov. 2. game. Junior middle linebacker Ethan Fraser is the league leader with 104 tackles. Junior Spencer Lambert is the league's top rusher with 1,160 yards and an average of 128.9 a game. Senior quarterback Taylor White ranks second in total yards with an average of 178.6 per game. In the only meeting between the schools, Columbine beat the Grizzlies, 41-0 in 2016.
  • The volleyball team compiled a 7-16 record, which was the fewest wins in a season over the past eight years.

Valor Christian

  • Sophomore Cole Sprout left little doubt he was the top Class 4A boys runner at the state cross country championships on Oct. 28 as he set a course record of 15:42.1 and was 14 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
  • The volleyball team (18-5) is seeded second in the Class 4A pairings and will host the Region 2 qualifying tournament Nov. 4 with Mountain View and George Washington the other two teams vying for the one state tournament ticket up for grabs.
  • The undefeated football team has clinched the Mount Lincoln league championship and will face Fountain Fort Carson on Nov. 3 in the regular season finale. The Eagles have outscored league opponents 43.7 to 11.7 and last season beat Fountain Fort Carson, 45-0.


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