« Shae Henley, cross country, freshman, ThunderRidge: Henley won the Class 5A Region 3 girls championship on Oct. 20 at Redstone Park in Highlands Ranch with a time of 19:43.
« Jake Archuleta, football, senior, Douglas County: He helped the Huskies beat Westminster, 25-15, on Oct. 21 when he was credited with 18 total tackles, including three for losses.
« Caroline Eck, cross country, sophomore, Mountain Vista: Eck was crowned the girls Region 5 champion on Oct. 20 in Colorado Springs when she won the 5A race with a time of 18:37.17.
« Parker Klein, soccer, senior, Ponderosa: Klein, the leading scorer in the Continental League with 42 points and 17 goals, had an assist and scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the Mustangs defeated Castle View, 2-1, on Oct. 20 at Douglas County Stadium.
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The former Colorado State University standout talked to the players for 30 minutes as part of the Broncos' Game of the Week promotion.
And, as coach Dustin Pfeiffer related, his players were intent while listing to Bibbs.
"He addressed the team about the importance (of fighting) for everything that you aspire to be," Pfeiffer said. "He gave his story of how he got to the place he is at currently and his future.
"He spoke about the importance of education and doing well in school. He also gave the kids a reference of what it means to be a good teammate and how important it is to care about one another."
Action in one place
Watching the girls state high school softball tournament brought a "remember-when moment."
The softball tournament was held Oct. 21 and 22 at Aurora Sports Park. There were only three classifications and it was an easy walk between the complexes.
So a person could watch a 3A game, stroll to the adjacent complex and catch part of a 5A game or amble to take in a 4A contest. And, all the championship games on Oct. 22 were at the same complex.
It reminded me when there were still only three classes and not five and all the games in the boys state basketball tournament were held at the Auditorium Arena in downtown Denver.
Some of those Class A Merino teams were fun to watch, along with the bigger schools like Denver Christian, Glenwood Springs, Highland and the big boys like Wheat Ridge, Manual and Boulder, to name just a few.
'Stringy' in hall-of-fame class
Maurice "Stringy" Ervin, who coached Littleton's boys and girls swimming teams for 46 seasons, will be inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame at the 53rd annual banquet April 27, 2017 at Denver City Marriott Center.
Ervin, a Littleton native who was a three-sport standout for the Lions, coached a combined 12 boys and girls state championship teams and the Lions were runners-up six times under Ervin's tutelage.
He coached 40 individual state champions and 21 state championship relay teams.
Ervin will be inducted in a class that includes ex-defensive back Champ Bailey of the Denver Broncos, former Colorado Rockies slugger Dante Bichette, world class mogul skier and Colorado football athlete Jeremy Bloom, CU All-American lineman and nine-season National Football League player John Wooten and squash player Hashim Khan.
Douglas County influence in win
Cherokee Trail won the Class 5A state softball championship with a 1-0 victory over Broomfield on Oct. 22 at Aurora Sports Park and there was a Douglas County flavor to the Cougars' title.
Cougars' head coach Caley Mitchell is the former Castle View coach and her assistant was her dad, Toby Tabola, who was the longtime softball coach at Ponderosa.
Field hockey clinic
The Colorado High School Activities Association, along with USA Field Hockey, will hold a players clinic on Oct. 27 between 4 and 4:45 p.m. at the Denver Public School's All-City Stadium in conjunction of the state field hockey championship game.
Among those expected to be at the clinic, which is for seventh- to 12th-graders, are three-time U.S. Olympian Rachel Dawson and two-time U.S. Olympic player Melissa Gonzalez.
Cost for the clinic is $20 for USA Field Hockey members and $25 for non-members. A T-shirt and admission to the title game is included.
Register for the clinic at usafieldhockey.com
Jim Benton is a sports writer for Colorado Community Media. He has been covering sports in the Denver area since 1968. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 303-566-4083.
Why do you participate in sports?
I participate in sports because it teaches life lessons about determination, perseverance and hard work. I also do it for the competitiveness. I enjoy competition and that also helps you set up for later in life. It's a competitive world no matter what you do.
What is your favorite type of music and who is your favorite artist/group?
I listen to many genres of music, depends on my mood. I enjoy Kid Cudi and Eminem.
What is your favorite subject in school?
I find science very interesting. Science can explain just about any questions you may have about the world.
Do you play video games, and if so, which one(s)?
Yes, I enjoy "Far Cry" because you can do the campaign while doing many side missions and hunting mammoths and sabertooth tigers.
Do you have any pre-competition superstitions or rituals? If so, what are they?
I always sit next to my same teammate on the bus and our team does the same pregame warm ups in the same order every time
What is your favorite book? Why?
The "Giver" because it showed me a different way of thinking. It makes you think where our society is headed and if that is what we want to become.
"Keeping Score With..." is a Q&A with high school athletes in the south metro area. Email Colorado Community Media sports writer Jim Benton at jbenton @coloradocommunitymedia.com if you or someone you know would like to participate.
The problem was, Councilmember Linda Olson and Mayor Pro Tem Rick Gillit were absent, leaving just five members in attendance; and a series of 3-2 votes on the 2017 budget fell short of the city charter standard, which requires four votes on the seven-member council to approve budget matters.
At the Oct. 17 meeting, there were 3-2 votes in favor of approving the 2017 budget, the ordinance allowing spending of the budget funds and the ordinance setting the city's mill levy, plus the ordinances establishing a budget and allocating those budget funds for operation of the Littleton/Englewood Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Mayor Joe Jefferson and Councilmembers Steve Yates and Amy Martinez voted to approve the ordinances, while Councilmembers Rita Russell and Laurett Barrentine voted against the ordinances.
"The city charter requires approval of budget-related ordinances by a majority of the council, not just a majority of the council present for the vote," City Manager Eric Keck said. "So we plan to place the first reading of the five ordinances on the agenda for the Nov. 7 city council meeting."
If the ordinances pass on first reading and are not changed, plans are to have them on the agenda for second and final reading on the Nov. 21 council meeting.
"Since the vote taken at the Oct. 17 meeting didn't meet charter requirements it means the ordinances failed," Keck explained. "So, we must again schedule the ordinances for first and second readings in order for them to be adopted."
Jefferson agreed with the timeline for the votes on the ordinances.
"We know the timeline will be tight to meet the deadline to get the approved mill levy information to the county," he said. "However, we believe we can meet that deadline on the present schedule."
The total budget includes all aspects of city operations, ranging from the general fund, which is the cost of day-to-day operations, to independent operations called enterprise funds, such as the golf course and the wastewater treatment plant.
The total revenues projected for all city funds are $91,601,698. The total amount expected to be spent in 2017 is $97,183,370.
The more than $6 million difference between total revenues and total spending is spread among enterprise funds and other operations. Kathleen Rinkel, director of finance and administrative services, said at the Oct. 17 meeting that the differences between spending and revenues for some funds are more than covered by each fund's reserves on hand.
At the Oct. 17 meting, Russell and Barrentine voted against of the budget-related ordinances approval because they said they could not approve a budget that wasn't balance.
The largest single budget item is the general fund, and as proposed, it is balanced because proposed revenues exceed proposed spending Rinkel said. The 2017 general fund is expected to receive revenues totaling $45,186,231, while the total cost of day-to-day operations is projected to be $45,046,747.
"This entire 2017 budget is structurally balanced," Rinkel said, "That means the proposed revenues and reserves for all funds equal or exceed projected spending."
Councilmembers discussed some aspects of the budget. During the discussion, Jefferson said the 2017 budget includes funding to help support the Museum Outdoor Arts and funding for aid to other agencies, and Russell said she would like to consider not keeping the funding for those two items in the budget.
"We have almost a $7 million budget deficit in 2017 and providing $96,000 to MOA and providing money for aid to other agencies is tax dollars we shouldn't be spending," she said. "All the members of the council didn't agree to either of these budget items and I feel it is not the way to spend tax dollars."
Jefferson said he felt the appropriation for the Museum Outdoor Arts was proper because Englewood gets a good return for its money.
"The museum brings a lot of people to Englewood, and many of those people probably wouldn't come to the city if the museum wasn't here," he said. "I feel we just need to find ways to get some of the people visiting the museum to visit Englewood businesses."
He said the funds will be available for the aid to other agencies and when the issue comes up, the council will decide how or if to allocate those funds.
Russell and Barrentine also voted against approving the budget and fund appropriation for the wastewater plant.
"The plant budget we are considering lists more than $19 million in revenues and exactly the same amount in spending," Barrentine said. "We need to see a line item budget so we know where the money is coming from and how it is being spent."]]>
As in years past, the Malley center will undergo its annual transformation from a facility where people come to exercise, take classes or eat lunch into the one-stop shopping experience.
There are 105 vendors signed up to display a wide variety of merchandise at this year's bazaar. Expectations are there will once again be a wide variety of holiday-themed items available this year.
There will be concessions available offering breakfast burritos, donuts, hot dogs, burgers and a variety of snacks and drinks.
The bazaar dates to the late 1960s, when the event was first held on the same November Saturday as the Englewood Parade. While there is no longer an Englewood Parade, the Malley Holiday remains alive, well and thriving.]]>
The police department's news release stated officers identified two 16-year-old males as suspects and they were charged on Oct. 21 with first-degree murder and attempt to commit aggravated robbery. The suspects were already in custody on unrelated charges.
Lewis was fatally shot about 8:40 p.m. Oct. 1 in the 3000 block of South Acoma Street.
The victim, who was the chef at the Blackbird Public House in Denver, lived in the area of the shooting.]]>