Coach: Mike Campbell
2015 record: 10-1
League: Mt. Massive
Players to watch: Blake Carette, OL, Jr.; Matt Phelan, RB, Jr.; Jack Hollingsworth, WR, Jr.; Jake Groth, TE, Jr.: Grant Cavazos, OL, Jr.; Jaylen Thomas, WR, Soph.; Alex Smith, LB, Jr.; Connor Leypolt, LB, Sr.; Davis Harriet, DL, Jr.; Cade Segura, DB, Soph.; Kyle Tennant, DB, Sr.; Nate Rapue, K, Jr.
Team strengths: Offensive and defensive lines, kicker.
Team weakness: No established players at quarterback or cornerback.
From the coach: "We have moved some people around on defense and we should be very good again on that side of the ball. We graduated a lot of production on offense but we like our offensive line and our skill players are ready to step up."
Coach: Dave Logan
2015 record: 10-3
League: Mt. Elbert
Players to watch: Jonathan Van Diest, LB, Sr.; Trey Windham, RB, Sr.; Dimitri Stanley, WR, Jr.; Noah Hoyt, OL, Sr.; Alex Padilla, QB, Soph.; Marcus Miller, WR, Soph.; Dustin Johnson, S, Jr,.
Team strengths: Overall team speed and a solid defense.
Team weakness: Youth and inexperience.
From the coach: "This is the youngest team I've had in 24 years of coaching. Our non-conference schedule will be a real challenge and for an inexperienced team we'll get through into the deep end pretty quickly."
Coach: Jay Graves
2015 record: 1-9
League: Colorado (2A)
Players to watch: Daryl Culbreath, RB/CB, Sr.; Romunn Albright, FB/LB, Sr.; Derek Demilt, DE/TE, Sr.; Caleb Anderson G/DT, Sr.
Team strengths: Speed in the offensive backfield and on defense.
Team weakness: Lack of size.
From the coach: "We're in 2A this season and we had a good summer in the weight room. We're not real big but for 2A we will be OK if we stay healthy and get to know the system."
Coach: Tyler Knoblock
2015 record: 8-3
Players to watch: Chase Hanson, QB, Sr.; Matt McClurg, OL, Sr.; John Carlson, TE, Sr.; Tyler Zoesch, RB, Jr.; Josh Martin, RB, Jr.; Nour Awad, OL, Sr.; Brody Csikos, OL, Jr.; Calob Gavin, TE, Jr.; Nick Yockey, Utl., Jr.; Preston Mortensen, DT, Sr.; Mitchell Debban, FS, Sr.; Chayse Jimenez, SS, Sr.; Chris Smith, DE, Sr.; Caleb Thompson LB, Sr.; Joe Weigang, CB, Jr.
Team strength: Ground game.
Team weakness: Defensive inexperience.
Coach: Kurt Krantz
2015 record: 3-7
League: Pikes Peak
Players to watch: Zach Marquez, OB, Jr.; Matt Norwood, RB/LB, Jr.; Devin Young, SE/CB, Jr.; Jaxon Enzminger, OL/DE, Jr.; Thor Knuston, OL/LB, Sr.; Ben Capra, LB/RB, Sr.; Hayden Metz, SE/S, Sr.; Tyler Woodard, OL/DL, Sr.; Victor Mendoza, OL/DE, Sr.
Team strengths: Fifteen starters from all levels (seven on offense and eight on defense).
Team weakness: Varsity experience with only 10 seniors.
From the coach: "I don't know about our league, a lot of travel and they have other members of the league that have been together, so we'll see."
Coach: Rod Sherman
2015 record: 12-2
League: Mt. Lincoln
Players to watch: Dylan McCaffrey, QB, Sr.; Noah Elliss, DT/OT, Sr.; Christian Elliss, Sr.; Curtis Chiaverini, Sr.; Devin Noth, C, Sr.; Blake Stenstrom, QB, Jr.; Joshia Davis, RB, Soph.; Jack Walley, WR/CB, Sr.; Mitch Howell, DE/TE, Sr.; Hayden Courier, OL, Ben Kozan, DE, Sr.
Team strengths: Team chemistry, defensive line, outside linebacker, quarterback, tight end.
Team weakness: Four offensive linemen need to be replaced and tough non-league schedule.
From the coach: "We will be tested early with two strong out-of-state opponents and then we will play three of the top five teams in Colorado. This testing should develop our team and force us to improve in hopes of making a strong post-season run."
The motion follows the Aug. 18 filing seeking a permanent injunction prohibiting enforcement of the residency restrictions ordinance, as Ruttenberg argues that the ordinance violates the plaintiffs' constitutional rights.
Ruttenberg's motion will be heard at 2 p.m. Aug. 30 in the courtroom of Judge John Moore at the Alfred A. Arraj Federal Courthouse at 901 19th St. in Denver.
The four plaintiffs, Brian Brockhausen, Allen Toner, Larry Cook and a client identified as S.B. are all Englewood residents who are required to register as sex offenders. The court filing states the four plaintiffs have been told by police that they will shortly be receiving letters that allow them 30 days to move out of the city or face arrest.
The filing further states all the plaintiffs are on probation or parole and are currently undergoing supervision. By law, all four are required to register with the Englewood Police Department, but the department is not letting any sex offender register in the city regardless of whether the residency restriction ordinance applies, the lawsuit claims.]]>
Now I am not the first one to share this next bit of advice when it comes to pointing fingers and placing blame, and I am sure I will not be the last one to share it with you either. But we have to remember that when we point the finger of blame at someone else, there are usually three fingers on our hand pointing directly back at us.
Obviously it's the media's fault for corrupting the election for Donald Trump. There is no question it is the previous secretaries of state who should be blamed for recommending the use of personal email accounts for Hillary Clinton. It must be the other driver's fault for beeping their horn when we swerved into their lane while reading a text. And it is clearly the umpire's failure to call balls and strikes accurately that leaves a batter walking back to the dugout in contempt of a called third strike. And it is never the salesperson's fault for losing an opportunity, it must have been the prospect or customer who screwed up the deal.
Even some of the elite athletes from around the globe, the world's finest physical specimens, were found pointing the fingers of blame on weather conditions, the city of Rio, officials, and other reasons they may have missed out on earning a medal. Now don't get me wrong, I am not saying it's everyone, it just seems to me that it is happening more and more and being accepted and even tolerated more and more as well.
There is nothing like a great victory speech. I love an inspiring business leader, athlete, coach or politician who can talk about the dedication and commitment that it took to win, and do it with grace, confidence, and conviction. But I think I enjoy seeing and hearing from people who lost and who handle the loss with even more grace and courage. The business leader who finds herself sharing why the stock of the company went down, recognizes where the mistakes were made, and doesn't place blame anywhere else but squarely upon her shoulders. The coach who says we were just outplayed and lost to a great team. The athlete who congratulates the winner and commits to working harder and preparing better for the rematch. The salesperson who says they were simply outsold. The driver who recognizes that texting and driving is a really really really bad idea.
We love to accept the accolades for success, but for many of us it is just too hard to accept the ownership of our mistakes. Maybe we do it to save face, so that we look better in front of family, friends and co-workers. Maybe we just can't believe that we are actually capable of fault, living with the mentality of "It's not me, it's you."
If there were a way to keep count, track records, and give awards for making mistakes, that may be a contest that I could actually win. I sure have made my share along the way. How about you? Do you own up to your own errors and losses or are you someone who prefers to point the finger of blame at someone else? If you are, just look down and you will see three fingers pointing right back at you.
I would love to hear your thoughts on finger pointing and placing blame at email@example.com. And when we take ownership and accountability for our own mistakes and losses, it really will be a better than good week.
Michael Norton is a resident of Castle Rock, the former president of the Zig Ziglar Corporation, a strategic consultant and a business and personal coach.
The same goes for humor.
There isn't a single musician or humorist that we all can agree on.
The Beatles probably come close.
Steve Martin probably comes close.
But I am sure some of you are shaking your heads.
There is music that I refuse to listen to, and there is music that I can't get enough of.
There is humor that I avoid, and there is humor that makes my day.
I have a great dentist. She has a staff of 20. I spend a lot of time with them, and with their music.
I don't need an anesthetic most of the time.
But I notice others tapping their feet.
That's exactly what I mean.
Someone somewhere is buying Taylor Swift tickets.
Someone somewhere is buying Kanye West tickets.
"It ain't me babe."
I told Jennifer about our first television. Television in America was new then, and it made stars out of some pretty odd ducks.
Milton Berle, for one.
I was a kid, but I didn't get it, and I still don't.
It was the same thing with Lucy. Not funny.
I watched singers like Johnny Ray and Teresa Brewer.
Then one day on "Bandstand" I saw Buddy Holly. Game on. Rave on.
My mother took my sister and me to a movie house to see "Fantasia."
Bingo: Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky.
I sat cross-legged on the living room floor and watched Ernie Kovacs.
I didn't know the word "ingenious" yet.
On date nights in high school, I dated my radio.
All we had was Top 40, and it was better than nothing, but it wasn't very inspiring.
You had to dig deeper. I found out about doo-wop for one thing.
I listened to the B-side of "Blue Moon," the Marcels' biggest hit, and thought "Most of All" was better.
Doris Day movies and Jerry Lewis movies were intended, I think, to amuse me. "M*A*S*H" and "Friends" and "Seinfeld" were intended to amuse me. No, no, no, no and no.
If it has a laugh track, I refuse to watch it. It's telling me when to laugh. It's telling me that something that isn't funny is funny.
P.G. Wodehouse was a wit. Garry Marshall, rest in peace, was not.
"Happy Days" was not.
Gary Larson was. "Where have you gone, Gary Larson, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you?"
Our first television didn't come with a remote.
And I wasn't allowed to change the channels.
So I sat there and put up with Ralph screaming down Alice's throat.
"Why is that funny?" I asked my father.
A few years later, Archie treated Edith like she was a dope.
"Why is that funny?"
One day I heard Louie Armstrong's "Stardust." Supernatural.
Years later, Woody Allen used the same recording in "Stardust Memories."
Like him or not, his soundtracks are brilliant.
Allen is brilliant too. Others think he is a self-absorbed creep, and probably would rather watch Kathy Griffith at midnight.
I know someone who turns on her car radio, finds her favorite station, and leaves it there, no matter what.
She puts up with Hall and Oates.
I couldn't do it.
She puts up with Adele, Jimmy Buffett, and Garth somebody.
I couldn't do it.
Here's your homework: watch the YouTube of Steve Martin's tribute to Paul Simon at the Kennedy Center in 2002.
It's good humor and good music.
Craig Marshall Smith is an artist, educator and Highlands Ranch resident. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charter schools are tuition-free public schools that operate with increased autonomy through a system of waivers from certain requirements. They are an integral part of public education in America. Yet these public schools increasingly find themselves under attack in Colorado and across the United States.
The Colorado Education Association and its allies backed efforts to complicate the waiver process for charter schools during Colorado's 2016 legislative session. This alliance also aggressively opposed efforts to fund charter school students equitably under voter-approved property tax increases, thereby perpetuating a system under which Colorado charter schools annually receive roughly $2,000 less per pupil than their traditional public counterparts. This shortfall partially explains why charter school teachers make nearly 30 percent less on average than their traditional public colleagues.
These assaults defied any credible policy logic, but they provided an opportunity to rally anti-charter forces against the expansion of parental choice in public education. This begs the question: What exactly are they rallying against?
Charter schools in Colorado now educate a higher percentage of minority students than non-charter schools. They also outpace the state in the percentage of English-language learners served. Although public charter schools serve a lower percentage of low-income students than their traditional public counterparts, the gap is narrowing. The percentage of low-income charter students has roughly doubled since 2001.
Colorado charter schools continue to serve a lower percentage of students who require special education. However, a 2014 study on the subject in Colorado indicates that these differences are primarily explained by differences in application patterns and student classification, not the systematic "counseling out" of special education students often alleged by charter opponents. In fact, the study found that significantly fewer students with individualized education plans exited charter schools than exited traditional schools at the elementary level. There was no significant difference in exit rates at the middle school level.
When it comes to academics, charter schools tend to surpass traditional public schools. With only a handful of exceptions, the 2016 State of Charter Schools report found that charters outperformed non-charters in both proficiency rates and student growth on statewide assessments. Though more analysis is needed, these positive results appear to hold true for both the older TCAP assessment and the newer, more difficult PARCC assessments.
Most importantly, the explosive expansion of Colorado's charter sector indicates that these schools are serving a significant - and growing - demand for educational options on the part of Colorado parents. The state's first two charter schools opened in 1993-94. By 2015-16, that number had grown to 226 - an 11,200 percent increase.
Charter enrollment growth has dramatically outpaced non-charter enrollment growth, and the gap continues to grow. In 2015-16, charter schools served more than 108,000 students statewide. That represents a 30 percent increase in enrollment since 2011-12.
Though individual reasons for choosing a charter school vary, it is clear that Colorado parents are seizing opportunities for educational choice in droves.
None of this is to say that all is perfect in Colorado's charter sector. Charter school four-year graduation and post-secondary enrollment rates lag significantly behind those of traditional public schools in Colorado. These gaps are largely explained by the charter sector's higher proportion of online and alternative schools, which often serve extremely difficult populations of students. Yet demography must never become an excuse. As always, there is work to do.
Even so, it is clear that charter schools in Colorado are meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse population of students. Meanwhile, the sector is expanding rapidly to meet the demand of parents hungry for educational options and opportunities.
Charter opponents will no doubt continue to fight the tide. But standing between parents and the educational options they know their children deserve is unwise, and I have little doubt about which side will prevail in the end.
Ross Izard is the senior education policy analyst at the Independence Institute, a free market think tank in Denver.
Davidson was born in Denver in 1927 and attended Denver Public Schools. After graduation, he chose to become an educator, following in the footsteps of his parents who were University of Denver professors. He spent more than 60 years as a public school educator in positions including teacher, principal and superintendent of schools and deputy director of the Colorado Department of Education. He also was a DU adjunct professor for 20 years. After leaving his last official public school post in Sheridan, Davidson was an avid volunteer with the Englewood and Sheridan districts and with the Englewood Education Foundation.
Longtime family friend and Englewood educator Melody Henson said Davidson inspired all the individuals around him to rise to a higher level of character and performance.
"When I was living in Texas in 1983, I heard from a respected school superintendent a man named Roscoe Davidson was the best superintendent in the entire state of Colorado," she said. "Since the quality of leadership determines the future of any organization, I knew then that I had to find Roscoe and Englewood. I am one of the many thousands of individuals whose lives Roscoe significantly and positively impacted and I will always be indebted to him."
Davidson earned his bachelor's degree in education from the University of Denver and began his teaching career in Denver Public Schools. He was a teacher, school principal and district administrator for Denver until he left the district in 1977 to accept the post of Englewood Schools Superintendent, a position he held for 22 years.
In 1991 he was named Colorado superintendent of the year. The year he retired, 1999, the district offices became the Roscoe L. Davidson Administration Building.
Soon after his retirement, he was asked to take a temporary position at the Colorado Department of Education to oversee a special project. As the project was nearly completed, the CDE deputy director became ill and Davidson agreed to "fill in temporarily." He served as deputy director for four years and again retired in 2005. But two years later, he returned to public education as he accepted the position of Sheridan Schools superintendent. He again retired in 2008.
"Retirement is just fine but I just enjoy teaching and what I do," Davidson said in 2009 as he reflected on his multiple retirements. "I will stay with it as long as I feel a can continue to help students prepare for their careers."
In addition to public education, Davidson was an adjunct professor at the University of Denver from 1977 to 1997.
In 1997, he received the DU Evans award given to a distinguished alumnus or alumna who has demonstrated achievement in his or her profession, offered humanitarian service to the community and demonstrated continuing interest in the university. It is the highest award the alumni association bestows, and other recipients include former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Colorado Gov. John Love.
In 2010 he was named Englewood citizen of the year. About 150 family members, educators and friends attended the ceremony.
Selwin Hewitt, former school board member, said Davidson reached out to students who didn't do well in traditional school by guiding the formation of Colorado's Finest Alternative High School, the first school of its kind in the state.
After nine people had spoken, Davidson took the microphone.
He said he was honored by this and the other awards but there should be a whole lot more names on the plaques.
"I am so honored and humbled to receive this award that I don't feel I deserve. Many of you have kindly referred to all that was accomplished while I was the school superintendent. It is true we did make some strides and awards were presented in recognition of our success," Davidson said. "However, it seems awards always go to the leaders. In my case, my name is on many of these awards, but the honors really go to those I worked with and it should be their names on the plaques."
At the 2010 ceremony, he said he was overwhelmed that so many people said so many nice things about him.
"The comments I heard tonight inspire me to go out and live up to what was said," he said.
Apparently he was still hard at work. Henson said she had coffee with him a week or so before his death and he was outlining to her all the projects he planned to undertake.
Davidson is survived by his wife, Mary Jo, daughters Ann and Jean, stepchildren Mark Wilson, Scott Wilson and Julie Lippincott, two grandchildren and for step-grandchildren.
The family is planning a memorial service in September. It is the family's request that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to a charity of the donor's choice in Davidson's name.]]>
Jackson Crist of Highlands Ranch kept the ball in the fairways.
Douglas County's David Roney saw the extra work on his driving pay off.
Those three players had the top scores in the Aug. 18 Continental League golf tournament at South Suburban Golf Course in Centennial.
Blackwood was the medalist with a 2-under-par 70
"I putted pretty well, got off to a good start and made a few birdies," Blackwood said. "I made five birdies. Everything was in sync. There were no bad shots. I hit the ball well."
Crist, a senior, bogeyed the 18th hole but finished with an even-par 72 following an impressive approach shot than wound up a foot from the cup.
"On the front nine, I started off birdie, birdie," Crist said. "I had four bogeys in the round and I made three birdies on the back nine but bogeyed my last hole. I didn't miss a lot of fairways. I didn't make any big numbers."
Roney, also a senior, finished with a 1-over-par 73.
"I've been working on my drives and I kept it in the fairway," Roney said.
Regis Jesuit was first in the team standings with a four-player total of 302 strokes.
Heritage was second at 304, led by Blackwood. Also for Heritage, Ryan Way had a round of 75, Jordan Phong 77 and Cam Jajaj an 82.
Mountain Vista placed third with a consistent showing led by Nick Kim's 3-over-par 75. Chris Rapp shot 77, Evan Wilkinson 78 and Elisandro Aragon 79.]]>
There will be 42 teams each in Class 5A, 4A and 3A with seven new conferences in each classification formed on an alignment based on the average computer ranking --; or Ratings Percentage Index --; from the past two seasons.
There will be several non-familiar schools playing conference games against each other, which could make non-league games more attractive.
"The new league alignments will put a strain on attendance at games," Highlands Ranch coach Mark Robinson said. "However, it will be good to face teams that are competitive from other areas around the state."
Westminster coach Kerry Denison agrees that game attention could shrink.
"The new league alignments will destroy lower-income school programs," he said.
Castle View coach Dustin Pfeiffer said rivalries in the new alignments will be lost, although teams could still schedule non-league contests against rival schools.
"The RPI system is a year away from being accurate but going to this system loses what is great about high school football," said Pfeiffer, whose team opens the season Sept. 2 against Castle Rock rival Douglas County High School, though the teams are no longer in the same conference. "We have lost great conference traditions and as they change from cycle to cycle, you lose the natural conference rivalries.
"I am not sure how our supporters would feel if we were to travel to Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins for a conference title game as opposed to playing a crosstown rival for a crosstown title. It will be interesting to see how this develops over the years."
That's an opinion expressed by several coaches.
"I do not like that the leagues are no longer geographical and non-league games mean more to our student body than league games," Rock Canyon coach Brian Lamb said.
Heritage dropped from 5A and will play in the 4A Plains League.
"We will line up, kick off and compete against whoever they tell us to," Eagles coach Tyler Knoblock said. "We are just very excited to get to be playing again soon."
Class 3A, 4A and 5A will have 10 regular-season games, with 16 teams in each division qualifying for the state playoffs, which will begin Nov. 12. Last season, there were 32 Class 5A teams that advanced to the playoffs.
League winners automatically gain a spot in the playoffs and the nine teams that do not win conference titles will advance to the playoffs determined by their RPI rankings.
"The good thing is the right teams are going to get into the playoffs," said Valor Christian coach Rod Sherman. "There was some discomfort with 5A being 32 teams and all the others being 16 teams."
"To go to 16 teams, the only fair way to do it was to adjust the leagues where all of the top teams are spread out. What's gone are natural rivalries, but you have five non-conference games."
For a list of teams in each league, go to http://chsaanow.com/alignment/football-2016-2017/]]>