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Jeffco Standouts: Week of Dec. 21

Quentin Terry, ArvadaThe boys basketball team earned their first win with a 74-37 triumph on Dec. 12 over Strive Prep-Smart Academy and the senior had a double double with 17 points and 12 … 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

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

Jeffco Athlete Standout Performers: Week of Dec. 14

Manuel Perez, Bear CreekThe senior swished six-of-six 3-point attempts and scored 20 points in a 74-48 boys basketball win over Arapahoe on Dec. 8. Justus Aragon, Standley LakeThe junior figured … more

Another milestone for one of state’s great coaches

Four years ago, I was at Legend High School when Highlands Ranch girls basketball coach Caryn Jarocki won her milestone 500th career game. I was at Arapahoe on Dec. 7 when Jarocki’s Falcons … 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

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

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

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

Strength training creates solid base for young athletes

Many things you believed might be simple take time. For instance why is an iPad all of a sudden frozen? Then after going through an inventory of passwords, you find out that they are invalid. Despite … more

What is there to be thankful for? Well ...

Thanksgiving is a day for a tasty meal, watching some football and having fun with family and friends who are like family. Thanksgiving is a time to offer thanks for many things that are sometimes … more

Roy Halladay left good memories through years in baseball

Ralston Valley baseball coach Brad Madden grew up playing baseball with Roy Halladay. It didn’t take Madden long to realize that Halladay, who was his teammate at Arvada West, was a special player. Halladay, 40, was killed Nov. 7 when the … more

Valor, Creek roll to first-round football wins

Valor Christian and Cherry Creek, two schools that have had success over the years in the state football playoffs, notched Class 5A first-round wins on Nov. 10. Top-seeded and defending state champion Valor, which is seeking its eighth state … more

Standout Performers: Jeffco athletes for the week of Nov. 9

Dylan Mathias, Golden The 5-foot-7 sophomore returned a punt 45 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter in a 33-24 football victory over Gateway on Nov. 3. Kaylie Berens, Pomona The … more

Volleyball leaps in popularity in Colorado

Volleyball is a sport that I never connected with, probably because of my introduction decades ago in elementary school. Half of the physical education class was stationed on each side of the net and I never was able to touch the ball. So obviously … more

Jeffco Sports Standouts — Nov. 2 2017

Chad Dines, D’Evelyn The senior quarterback completed nine of 10 passes for 283 yards and six touchdowns in a 49-8 football win over Denver West on Oct. 28. Drew Seidel, Wheat … more

Football a kick for high schooler off to Baylor

Issac Power gave up kicking a soccer ball when he was a freshman at Ponderosa. Instead, he started booting a football. Power is now one of the best punters, kickoff specialists and placekickers in the state as a senior and will be a punter in the … 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

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

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
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