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Area state tennis qualifiers for 2017

Area players who have qualified for the Colorado State Tennis Championships. Alternates are not included. The 5A tournament is scheduled for Oct. 12-14 at Gates Tennis Center in Denver while the 4A … more

So far, focus has remained on the games

Like it or not, what goes on in the National Football League usually filters down to the high school level. Many NFL players have been kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and social injustice. The protests became … more

Golfer has a grip on goals as state approaches

Lakewood’s Jack Castiglia will be making his fourth appearance in the Class 5A boys state golf tournament and the senior has something to prove. Castiglia was this season’s Jefferson County League 5A medalist with a stroke average of 70, but … more

Cardinals continue winning ways

Elizabeth took the lead immediately as leadoff hitter Taylor Schleisman hit a home run and the Cardinals went on to outscore Mesa Ridge 9-4 on Sept. 21 in a Colorado Springs Metro League softball game played at Elizabeth Middle School. “We came … more

For this champion, ‘it’s all just wrestling’

Cohl Schultz didn’t wrestle with boredom this summer. The 16-year-old Ponderosa junior traveled around Europe from Austria to Serbia to Finland to Sweden to France and finally to Greece. He returned home as the first American Cadet World … more

By any name, there’s no substitute for their support

They are the players who rarely hear their names over the public address system despite their hard work in practices. They are the players who have some of the most difficult jobs on the team. They see limited varsity playing time but have to … more

Cardinals volleyball team notches first win of season

The Cardinals volleyball team got its first match win of the new season Sept. 9 as they edged Woodland Park 2-1 during the Early Bird Invitational Volleyball Tournament held at Elizabeth High School. Elizabeth came into the match with Woodland … more

CHSAA commissioner aims to bring new perspective to job

Rhonda Blanford-Green is a former track star who has been displaying her speed in her new job as Colorado High School Activities Association commissioner. Blanford-Green was hired in March and his … more

What a difference a rivalry makes

Rivalry football games are contests that get circled on the calendar, get players and students pumped up and get coaches to put a little extra into game planning. Pueblo Central versus Pueblo Centennial is the oldest rivalry football game in … more

Creek grad is making mark in college volleyball

Alison Fowler answered questions four years ago when she was walking out the doors of Cherry Creek High School. She was often asked about New York Institute of Technology which was her college … more

The drone zone

Jeremy Henning is a kicker, but he isn’t as isolated or withdrawn on the sidelines during practice as most high school kickers. The Highlands Ranch senior works during the usual field goal and punting drills but he also pilots the drone that … more

Elizabeth boys open soccer season

The Elizabeth boys soccer team gave as good as they got in the Aug. 24 season opener at home against Wheat Ridge. The fast-paced play ranged up and down the field and at the end of the second half the score was tied 3-3. Play went into overtime … more

Report puts health of young athletes in spotlight

Maybe that last-place ranking that Colorado recently received in the report released by the Korey Stringer Institute on managing injury risk has turned into a positive for the Colorado High School … more

Volleyball squads work in ways like football teams

A good volleyball team can relate to what makes a football team successful. Volleyball players have to know each other and work together just like a good offensive line in football that is directed by an effective quarterback. “We liken … more

Drills prep players for soccer matches

Soccer matches are packed with one-on-one confrontations as players mark each other up and down the field. Therefore, many practice sessions also involve drills with players going against another player to simulate game action. “We try to … more

Broncos great offers motivation for high school players

Denver Broncos hall of fame running back Terrell Davis started the Mile High Salute in the 1990s after he scored touchdowns to honor service men. Davis received a salute of sort with a standing ovation after his 35-minute speech on Aug. 18 at the … more

Veterans anchor Cardinals on field

The first day in full pads, a bright sun and quick-moving drills combined to have sweat flow freely on Aug. 17 as the Elizabeth High School football team prepared for the coming season. “We have a lot of kids coming back and our strength is in … more

Youths learn some big-league lessons

Most of the young baseball players didn't know anything about their coaches, but it really didn't matter, since the tutors were all former major league baseball players. There were 125 youngsters … more

High School golf coaches focus on building skills

High school golf coaches often find their roles are amended from teaching to enhancing. Many of the top high school golfers have private mentors who instruct players on proper swing mechanics. That leaves high school coaches to work on other … more

Something old, something new for softball teams

Fielding ground and fly balls, batting practice, pitching exercises and base running drills are part of most girls softball practices. Those are some of the tried-and-true methods coaches rely on, but increasingly, coaches turn to new technology … more
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