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Valor aims for new role as member of league

Valor Christian has been a success athletically since the school opened in 2007. On the state championship level alone, the Eagles have won 23 championships with 14 runner-up finishes. “At Valor we’re always looking at ways that we can do … more

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

For him, ‘every day is a big day’

It was meaningful when Steve Haggerty stepped to the tee during the MCPH Celebrity Golf Classic, which was held July 24 at The Ridge at Castle Pines North. Haggerty, the 64-year-old former … 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

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

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

Teams head back to the mats

Once again this season, Castle View and Ponderosa appear to have the top wrestling teams among schools from the south metro area. The two schools have a combined three state champions, two state runners-up and a third-place wrestler returning to … 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

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

Denver Bulldogs take football down under

There was a lot about Melbourne, Australia, that Troy Kirk missed when he moved to Colorado years ago with his wife — family, friends and football. “I missed everything about the sport when I moved here but an old coach had told me there was … 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

Making sure every stroke counts

They drive around the golf course in carts and get good views of the action. They are the rules officials who volunteer at the various levels of golf, both professional and amateur. And while some golfers would rather not see them, officials … more

Grappling in the great outdoors

It was a pleasant, cloudy afternoon on Dec. 1 with only a slight wind and the temperature reaching 60 degrees. It was nice enough that Douglas County and ThunderRidge high schools held what is … more

Athletes strive to get up to speed

Speed never takes a day off, goes the adage. “Speed is any sport is very, very important because it's hard to teach speed,” Cherry Creek soccer coach Chelo Curi said. The ability to move fast is important in almost all athletic endeavors … 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

Cross country could be path to lead country

Tiya Chamberlin, a junior captain on the Wheat Ridge girls cross country team, has a suggestion for politicians to help relieve the current turmoil in Washington, D.C. “I think what would calm all the politicians is if they would just go for a … more

Changing lanes

As time wears on, all sports evolve — and bowling has definitely changed. more

Bandimere Speedway echoes with thunder this weekend

Bandimere Speedway becomes the source of thunder on the mountain July 21-22 when hundreds of drivers fire up their powerful engines to compete in the National Hot Rod Association’s Mopar Mile High Nationals. “Teams begin arriving July 19 to … 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

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
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