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In the long run, talent rises to top

I admire cross country runners, because frankly, it doesn’t look like much fun. The better runners finish and hardly look out of breath, while I have to pause after running or jogging to the car. … more

Junior propels Regis Jesuit to state tennis title

Morgan Schilling, a junior at Regis Jesuit, accomplished two things on Oct. 19 during the finals of the boys Class 5A state tennis championships at the Gates Tennis Center. First, Schilling won the … more

Student-Athlete Spotlight: Putting speed into play

Chris Cornn has learned this season to take advantage of his running speed on the soccer pitch. Cornn, a senior captain and top scorer on the Ponderosa soccer team, has used his speed and hard work … more

Student-Athlete Spotlight: He puts in serious hours

Gus Zilinskas says there is a lot of technique involved in being a good defensive lineman. Zilinskas is a 6-foot-3, 255-pound junior defensive tackle for the Cherry Creek football team. “Playing on … more

Orediggers give Mines, Golden something to cheer about

The Colorado School of Mines football team is one of the best-kept secrets in college athletics. And 2019 has proven to be an especially great season for the Orediggers. “I’m proud of how we’re … more

Lutheran boys win 3A state golf championship

After Westin Pals started the final round of the Class 3A Boys State High School Golf Championships at the Air Force Academy's blue course, he dropped five strokes behind the leader. However, once … 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

Student-Athlete Spotlight: No skimping on hard work for Arapahoe running back

Xavier Harrell admits that sometimes it was hard getting up during the summer to put in the extra work required to become an elite football player. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior running back and … 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

Nuggets want more, less out of Nikola Jokic

Four months later, and Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone is still blown away by Nikola Jokic’s playoff performance. “What Nikola did in the postseason was remarkable,” Malone said on Sept. 30 … 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

High-pressure putt seals championship in Parker

Lukas Michel putted well throughout the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. His last 3-foot putt was one of the toughest. Michel, a 25-year-old from Melbourne, Australia, defeated Joseph Deraney of … 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

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

Photos: Golden Giddyup goes great!

The Golden Giddyup mountain bike race, and associated festival took place Sept. 15. more
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