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


Mountain Vista

  • The volleyball team, state runner-up to Fossil Ridge last season, is top-seeded for pool play, which starts the Class 5A state volleyball tournament Nov. 10-11 at the Denver Coliseum. The Eagles are in a pool with Rocky Mountain and Cherry Creek. Vista beat Creek in the Aug. 29 season-opening match, 3-2, winning the fifth set, 16-14.
  • Boys and girls head cross country coach Jonathan Dalby will be one of five presenters from around the country who will speak at the Boulder Running Clinics scheduled to be held Jan. 12-13 at the University of Colorado's Village Center, 500 30th St. in Boulder.
  • The football team ended the season with a 41-7 win over Rock Canyon on Nov. 3 and for the second straight year wound up with a 5-5 record.

Highlands Ranch

  • The football team was seeded 14th for the Class 5A state playoffs and will face No. 3 Columbine on Nov. 10 at Jefferson County Stadium. It will be the first football game played between the schools.
  • The volleyball team beat Columbine 3-0 in the Region 12 tournament on Nov. 4 but lost 3-0 to Cherry Creek in the match to determine which team would advance to the state tournament. The Falcons finished the season with a 19-6 record and half of their defeats came in the last four games of the year.
  • Highlands Ranch garnered the sportsmanship award when the Continental League boys soccer all-league awards were announced.

Rock Canyon

  • Senior volleyball player Keeley Davis was a first-team All-American selection by Under Armour. She has been invited to play in the All-America match on Dec. 15 in Kansas City.
  • Garrett Duman, who played at Cherry Creek and was an assistant baseball coach for 11 seasons, is the new Jaguars baseball coach. He replaces Tyler Munro, who moved to Heritage to take over as baseball coach.
  • The volleyball team, seeded 10th, will be in Pool 3 at the Nov. 10-11 Class 5A state volleyball tournament and will face Continental League rival Castle View in its first pool game on Nov. 11. The Jaguars dropped a 3-0 match to the Sabercats on Sept. 14. Rock Canyon advanced to the state meet with 3-0 wins over Grandview and Rampart in the Region 10 tournament that was held Nov. 4.
  • In his first season as Rock Canyon football coach, Brian Tinker led the Jaguars to a 5-5 record but the team lost four of five games in the Mount Evans League.

SkyView Academy

Katherine Compton, a senior at SkyView Academy who competes on the Ponderosa gymnastics team, won the Class 4A individual floor exercise title at the Nov. 4 state gymnastics championships. She helped Ponderosa finish seventh in the team standings and compile 170.05 points, which set a team record.


  • There were 191 juniors and seniors participating in fall athletics and 129 of them had a 3.3 grade point average or better.
  • Spencer Lambert rushed for 105 yards and caught 10 passes for 79 yards to finish with 184 all-purpose yards in the 41-6 loss to Columbine on Oct. 2. The 5-9 junior led the Mount Cameron League in rushing with 1,215 yards and he fumbled only once in 223 carries. He also caught 31 passes for 325 yards and will be a key player next season in the rebuilding process. ThunderRidge was 3-7 this season, which was the fewest wins in 14 years.
  • ThunderRidge had three soccer players named to the first team All-Continental League team. They were Ethan Anderson, Connor Leeret and Seth Heck.

Valor Christian

  • The football team begins its bid for an eighth state championship in nine years when the Eagles host Chaparral on Nov. 10. The teams met in a 2015 playoff game, which Valor won, 47-3. The Eagles have a 35-1 record in state playoff competition.
  • The volleyball team, seeded second among 4A teams, will be in a pool with Pueblo West and Cheyenne Mountain at the Nov. 10-11 state tournament at the Denver Coliseum. The Eagles defeated George Washington, 3-0, and Mountain View, 3-1, in the Region 2 tournament on Nov. 4 to earn a berth in the state tournament. Valor was a state semifinalist last season but lost to Holy Family.


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