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Arapahoe • The girls swim team had three individual champions and finished second in the Centennial League Swimming and Diving championships Feb. 1-2. Franny Cable was the league diving champion … more

Point guard builds on experience

Jana Van Gytenbeek has been one of Colorado's top girls basketball players for the past two seasons, and the Cherry Creek junior continues to get better. The 5-foot-7 point guard who has verbally … more

Hall-of-Famer Halladay ‘never ceased to amaze’

Roy Halladay gained fame wearing a Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies baseball uniform, but in these parts he looked very familiar in purple-shaded Arvada West baseball garb. The late … more

Wrestler comes back from unlucky break

James Sharp’s comeback season is progressing and the Englewood junior wrestler is focused on moving forward. Sharp, a 182-pound wrestler who was a defensive end on the football roster, broke his … more

An ice experience

Colorado high school hockey has taken its game to the next level, coaches and players say. Athletes playing in the Colorado High School Activities Association’s hockey leagues are more skilled and … more

South Metro football players of the year: McCaffrey, Zemla soared with the Eagles

Luke McCaffrey and Ethan Zemla were dual threats for the state champion Valor Christian football team and headline the Colorado Community Media All-South Metro football team. The 26-player team was … more

Chaparral, Valor athletes share volleyball honors

Chaparral’s Julianna Dalton was switched this season from an outside hitter to the middle, the position that Valor Christian’s Anna Davis plays. Dalton and Davis were standout volleyball players … more

Englewood girls swim team on the upswing

Englewood girls swimming coach Tracy Lonn said while the Pirates are basically a young team this season, the good news is there are more swimmers on the roster this year. “We have 16 girls on the … more

LeCompte, Hedges are softball standouts

Amanda Hedges was the hitting leader and Zoey LeCompte handled the pitching. Those two players were the standouts and two of the best players in the south metro area during the softball season. … more

Arapahoe athletes share soccer honor

Arapahoe won the Class 5A boys state soccer championship using opportunistic offense and a stingy defense. A lot of different players contributed to the team's success, but it was Cameron Gail who … more

Parkour creates caring community

Ken Arrington, founder of parkour gym Path Movement, knows that parkour — in which athletes often scale walls, make 9-foot leaps and traverse rails 10 feet off the ground — has a bad reputation … more

Cherry Creek to face Valor for 5A state football title

Cherry Creek coach Dave Logan concluded his postgame comments to his football team on Nov. 23 on the field at Jeffco Stadium with a few meaningful words. He told his team that they needed to continue … more

Student Athlete Spotlight: Football player has sky-high hopes

Gianni Palazzo plays football and runs track at Heritage High School. So it's natural to figure he might find a relaxing way to spend his free time. However, Palazzo hopes to get into the Air Force … more

Student Athlete Spotlight: Nothing middling about middle blocker

There was royalty playing on the Arapahoe girls volleyball team this season. Julia Pauls, a 5-foot-9 senior middle blocker, used some of her time off the court to be a princess as part of the … more

Athlete Spotlight: For him, football is a rush

Ikaika Gonzalez-bentosino has been pushing for a long time. He is a senior running back for Englewood and is starting to see progress in his fourth season as a member of the Pirates' football team. … more

Athlete Spotlight: Doubling up for a change

Ethan Montoya hasn't lost a match this season but they have all been doubles matches. “I'm actually a singles player,” said the Littleton senior, who is 11-0 in doubles matches including 10 with … more

Athlete Spotlight: Great, in a number of ways

Quarterback Alex Padilla put up impressive numbers for the Cherry Creek football team last season, but not good enough in a few areas, which he is hoping to upgrade this season. The senior has … more

It's all about kicks and sticks

Adam Hangland has learned to balance being a two-sport athlete. The Arapahoe senior is currently a valuable member of the Warriors' soccer team, but his main sport is lacrosse, which is played in the … more

Her hard work sure adds up

Maggie Swank is undecided about what career choice to pursue, but engineering is one of her options. In the meantime, the senior is trying to engineer a way to get more wins for the Englewood … more

Visions of success for coaches in new positions

One way of defining football culture is how players, fans and others see the expectations for the team. There are six head football coaches in new places at south metro-area programs this season, and … more
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