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Student-Athlete Spotlight: Softball player hard to beat

Junior Katie Dack-Howell has been a catcher the past three seasons for the Rock Canyon softball team and is finally getting comfortable with her leadership duties. The catcher who attends Lutheran … more

Arapahoe sophomore claims state golf crown

Will Kates, a sophomore at Arapahoe, surprised the rest of the top high school boys golfers in the state by winning the State High School Boys Golf Championship, held Oct. 7-8 at Pinehurst Country … more

5A football teams get down to league business

It is now crunch time for Class 5A football teams who have completed non-league schedules and jumped into league play last weekend. The names of the leagues are confusing because of the realignment … more

Grizzlies gain rivalry win in double overtime

ThunderRidge relied on its defense, and it was a goal line stand in the second overtime that maintained the lead in a 24-17 victory over rival Mountain Vista on Oct. 3 at Shea Stadium. The teams were … more

Student-Athlete Spotlight: Senior does her part for tradition

Julianna Dalton, a 6-foot-4 senior at Chaparral, deals with the question all the time. She is continually asked if she plays basketball. Dalton is one of the state's premier volleyball players and … more

Boys state golf tourney won’t lack challenges

Golf is an individual sport than sometimes comes attached with team aspects. The boys state golf tournament will be held Oct. 7-8 at Pinehurst Country Club in southwest Denver, and there will be … more

Student-Athlete Spotlight: He covers a lot of ground

Jack Howell seems to be all over the field during Valor Christian's football games. And that is not an illusion. Howell, a 6-foot, 180-pound junior, plays free safety and wide receiver, returns … more

Dual-sport sisters keep busy with athletics, studies

For those of us who remember when it seemed like there wasn’t enough time in the day, we recall the importance of time management Time management is defined as the act of planning and exercising … more

Student-Athlete Spotlight: Regis volleyball player takes aim at stereotypes

Sydney Cross-Watts lives in Denver's Five Points neighborhood near downtown, but she drives an hour to the outer suburbs to attend Regis Jesuit High School. “I grew up with a single mom, and she … more

U.S. Soccer rules frustrate coaches at high schools

High school soccer in Colorado has been forced to adopt a new look over the past few seasons. Many of the best players are skipping high school soccer because of the commitment to play with … more

Taking center stage

Kami Grammerstorf is the center fielder on the Mountain Vista softball team. She is also the daughter of head coach Bret Grammerstorf, but that hasn't created any problems at home or on the softball … more

Legend defensive end counts on hard work

One of the things Cam Smith set out to improve this summer was his football techniques. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Legend senior defensive end worked hard to accomplish that. “For me personally, my … more

New head coach at Ranch making the best of things

Vic Fangio of the Denver Broncos isn’t the first longtime assistant in the area to finally get a head coaching job. Fangio, a 40-year coaching veteran as an assistant, welcomed the chance to … more

Racket man soars to No. 1

Last summer Andy Gardalen had one thing on his mind and he wasn't about to let anything stop him. The ThunderRidge senior was a No. 3 singles player in 2018 but he was determined to be the Grizzlies' … more

Four local golfers bound for national tourney

Kent Moore of Centennial, let’s just say, is a veteran golfer who relies on his years of experience to keep pace with younger players. He will be making his sixth appearance in a U.S. Mid-Amateur … more

She has the drive to dive

Leanne Lowry is comfortable this season. The Castle View senior will be the Sabercats libero and defensive specialist after playing up front last season as an outside hitter. “I've been playing … more

Mental health added to coaches’ mission

Colorado High School Activities Association commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green called it a very bold stance. The CHSAA Board of Directors in June approved a Mental Health Initiative that mandates all … more

Disc golf takes full flight in Denver metro area

Chris Ball is a Grammy-nominated songwriter who has composed music for many television shows and toured for seven years as a musician with the rock band Firefall. The 53-year-old Highlands Ranch … more

High school sports: the fall lineup

FOOTBALL First games: Aug. 29 Defending champions: Valor Christian (5A), Loveland (4A), Palmer Ridge (3A), LaJunta (2A), Limon (1A), Sedgwick County (A8), Stratton/Liberty (A6) 2019 state … more

Broncos' Sutton forgoes the spectacular for the steady

Courtland Sutton hasn't been the star of training camp like he was last year with a daily diet of highlight reel catches on deep fade routes, and the Denver Broncos are glad about that. Sutton is … more
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