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Chaparral • The Wolverines' cheer team was third in the CHSAA State Spirit Championships, which were held Dec. 8-9 at the Denver Coliseum. • Former Chaparral athlete Nolan Ellis, now a redshirt … more

Douglas County: Standout Performers

Nick Pederson, Castle View The senior had four points on a pair of goals and assists in the 6-1 hockey win over Mullen on Dec. 11. Ronnie DeGray iii, Chaparral The junior’s 22 points sparked a … more

Basketball victory a tale of turnaround

It seems that nobody can remember the last time the Littleton boys basketball team defeated city rival Heritage. The Littleton Lions snapped a long, yet-to-be-resolved losing streak against Heritage … more

Pulling out all the stops

A few years ago, sports writer Neil Paine of the website basketball-reference.com examined 50 years of National Basketball Association title-winning teams. The teams were strong on offense and … more

Mountain biking state champ a Douglas County athlete

Mountain biking rose from humble beginnings in the 1800s as a simple mode of transportation to a fringe sport in the 1970s. It gained global momentum in 1990 with the first world championships and … more

Douglas County: Standout Performers

Autumn Watts, Highlands Ranch The junior poured in 26 points in the 62-27 girls basketball win over Arapahoe on Dec. 7. Chase Hettinger, Castle View In the 56-54 boys basketball triumph over … more

Area wrestlers earn honors at invitational tournament

A number of wrestlers from Douglas County, Legend and Chaparral finished in the top four of their weight divisions and all three placed well in the team standings at the Dec. 2 Warrior Invitational … more

Another milestone for one of state’s great coaches

Four years ago, I was at Legend High School when Highlands Ranch girls basketball coach Caryn Jarocki won her milestone 500th career game. I was at Arapahoe on Dec. 7 when Jarocki’s Falcons … more

Continental releases all-league volleyball selections

Scott Dowis of Class 5A state champion Castle View was named Continental League Coach of the Year when all-league volleyball selections were released on Dec. 5. Castle View, Heritage and Regis Jesuit … more

Cameron Gail went above and beyond for Warriors

There are several descriptions that could depict the soccer season recently completed by Arapahoe junior Cameron Gail. Gail led all Class 5A goal scorers with 25 and tied for third with 53 points. He … more

`True leader' showed volleyball spirit for Rock Canyon

Rock Canyon senior Keeley Davis was a state leader as well as a team leader during the volleyball season. Davis led Class 5A players with 577 kills and was selected as the 2017 Colorado Community … more

Polls drive up interest, but are not all that accurate

The veracity of preseason basketball polls is often ridiculed. Yes, polls mean little, since a lot will change during the season. Polls are speculative, especially the preseason ones, and teams still … more

Kilponen, Montoya are softball standouts

Ali Kilponen stepped up as a team leader. Abbey Montoya took over at shortstop and both had stellar softball seasons. Kilponen, a senior at Valor Christian, and Douglas County senior Montoya were … more

Valor, Vista runners show path to success

Valor Christian sophomore Cole Sprout and Jenna Fitzsimmons of Mountain Vista didn't waste much time looking behind to see who was chasing them. Both won individual titles at the state cross country … more

Strength training creates solid base for young athletes

Many things you believed might be simple take time. For instance why is an iPad all of a sudden frozen? Then after going through an inventory of passwords, you find out that they are invalid. Despite … more

Packer dogged is search of success

Arapahoe senior David Packer didn't mind when he heard the odd compliment paid to him by boys golf coach Harry Bucker, who referred to him as a dog. “He is a real bulldog,” said Buckner. “Every … more

Tennis player serves up stellar season as senior

Ryan Neale decided to play on Ponderosa's boys tennis team this fall and the senior had a standout season. He won the Region 5 tournament and finished third in the Class 5A state tournament on Oct. … more

Valor stunned in football quarterfinals

Valor Christian football coach Rod Sherman sounded a little like a visionary on Nov. 17 after Grandview knocked the top-seeded and previously unbeaten Eagles out of the Class 5A state playoffs. … more

What is there to be thankful for? Well ...

Thanksgiving is a day for a tasty meal, watching some football and having fun with family and friends who are like family. Thanksgiving is a time to offer thanks for many things that are sometimes … more

All-league soccer picks announced

Continental League boys soccer co-champions Regis Jesuit and Legend dominated the all-league first team that was released Nov. 1 Regis placed five players on the first team and Legend four. Cole … more
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