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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

She has a winning spirit

Sierra Martinez is a senior member of the Littleton High School spirit team. She practices with the team every day at school and goes with the team to a studio one night a week to work on techniques. … 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

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

No need for a niche

Arapahoe senior softball pitcher/infielder Kayleigh Krueger never wants to see the abbreviation PO next to her name. “Most pitchers are PO, which means all they do is pitch,” explained Krueger. … 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

Drag-racing plot thickens in thin air

Being a Colorado native, I am used to hearing about the effects of the high altitude. It doesn’t matter if it is baseball, golf, tennis, football, basketball or any event you choose, because there … more

Coloradans add kick to history of women’s soccer

Colorado soccer players have played a role in FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer tournaments from the very beginning. In the recently completed 2019 World Cup in France, former Mountain Vista player … more

This sport is the real dill

James Pinkel, 69, of Centennial, plays pickleball three or four days a week against a variety of players at the Lone Tree Recreation Center. “There are some who show up to really play the game,” … more

For her, great performances are par for the course

Katie Berrian didn’t get herself in too much trouble on the golf course this season to test her mental toughness. In fact Berrian, the Regis Jesuit junior who lives in Castle Pines, had an … more

Vista, Creek athletes dominate diamond

Mountain Vista's Sam Ireland did his usual thing this season, while Nathan Mitchell of Cherry Creek did something that had not happened in 47 years. Ireland has been named the 2019 Colorado Community … more

‘Opponents fear and respect her’

Arapahoe High School soccer player Audrey Weiss is one of those players who can never move around much without being marked by an opponent or two. She always seemed to make things happen for the … more

‘She is an incredible athlete’

Katie Collins was hard to keep off the lacrosse field. The Cherry Creek senior was a midfielder who was a standout on both offense and defense. She was named the 2019 Colorado Community Media South … more

College baseball opening doors for Colorado athletes

It’s been slow — like an off-speed changeup — for people to realize, but big-time college baseball is no longer a long shot for players who participate in Colorado high school baseball. … more

Perseverance, love of competition set track athletes apart

Valor Christian’s Anna Hall and Drake Nugent of Highlands Ranch finished their high school track and field careers with rewarding seasons. Cole Sprout of Valor Christian lived up to expectations. … more

Cherry Creek athlete makes waves

Senior Brendan Eckerman will always remember the fun he had swimming for Cherry Creek this season. He competed in three previous CHSAA Class 5A State Swimming Championships with second place as his … more

Smoky Hill athlete is a force on the court

It has been said that everyone can have a bad day, and Smoky Hill sophomore Valerie Negin is smart enough to cope with that thought. “I have good days and I have bad days,” she said. “Some days … more

Two-sport standout bound for Drake

Legend senior Caden Meis is a football player who excels on the lacrosse field. He averaged 5.6 points, 3.6 ground balls and was the leading scorer among Class 5A lacrosse midfielders this season … more

Seeing how it all adds up for area schools

Yes, it seems like the fall 2018-19 Colorado High School Sports Association sports season started just a couple weeks ago, but the spring campaign is now over. Some teams and individuals were left … more
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