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Sand Creek football bulks up in search of continued improvement

Sand Creek football bulks up in search of continued improvement

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

David Ramirez has experience in turning a program around. Before he took over as coach at Pueblo East in 2007, the Eagles had won just one game from 2005 to 2006. In Ramirez's first season at the helm, the Eagles managed one win again before winning seven games in 2008. The Eagles have not had a losing season since. Ramirez also knows that that kind of transformation is a process. The Scorpions were winless in 2015 and posted one win last year when Ramirez took over, a 14-8 victory over Air Academy. As the team continues to build, Ramirez continues to see improvement especially with an offseason in which the team has spent more time competing against each other and other local teams in camp at CSU-Pueblo. "Last year we spent a lot of time just trying to build a foundation, build a base for what we're trying to do" Ramirez said. "This year, we really wanted to spend some time and really develop a number of players." A big focus for the Scorpions this offseason has been the weight room. Ramirez said spending more time in the weight room was something he wanted to see after the season ended last year. "Before coming in, you could tell that there wasn't a big expectation for (the players) to be in the weight room, so we really wanted to develop that and develop just the strong work ethic and build our team chemistry," Ramirez said. "If we can do that, a lot of the other things tend to take care of themselves." "Bigger, stronger athletes are going to be more successful, and we wanted our guys to be physically ready every time they stepped on the field." The players also see it as an advantage. Junior Nick Quarles, who plays on both the offense and defense, believes the weight room is beneficial in more ways than one. "When you're in the weight room, you're not only getting physically stronger, you're betting mentally stronger, too," Quarles said. "Telling yourself to push past the pain to get one extra rep will lead to pushing past the pain to get one more yard in the game if you're fighting for a first down. "The weight room really comes in handy because if you're in shape, you're healthy, and if you're healthy you don't get hurt, and when you don't get hurt you have more chances to play." The Scorpions will again be led by quarterback Damon Murdock, who threw for 1,256 yards a season ago with six touchdowns and seven interceptions as a sophomore. Ramirez said Murdock has been one of the hardest workers in the weight room and he's excited to see what Murdock will achieve this season. "He's going to make significant gains from last year to this year just based on his work ethic," Ramirez said. The Scorpions are feeling optimistic heading into the season and are confident that this year will produce greater improvement and more wins. "Down at East I was able to build a culture in which hard work was the expectation, and there was going to be tight camaraderie among the guys and really just a strong family atmosphere, and that's what we've tried to focus on here," Ramirez said. "If we can build the work ethic and self-discipline these players need to be successful, we can replicate that success here. "There's a ton of talent here locally, (and) there's a ton of talent here specifically into Sand Creek, but we're just continually building it. You know, transformation like what we are trying to do is not an overnight thing, so we're building it day in and day out."
Afternoon start, lightning delay combine to make top prep golfers leave empty handed

Afternoon start, lightning delay combine to make top prep golfers leave empty handed

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Longtime Doherty boys' golf coach Cheri Rogers had a box of medals and plaques ready to award following the conclusion of the season-opening Spartan Invitational on Monday at the Colorado Springs Country Club. As it turned out, Rogers ended up taking that same box, still full, back home with her. But that's not to take away from the solid performances from many of the city's top prep golfers. The problem, however, was an afternoon shotgun start (1:30 p.m.) that, when combined with a near hour-long lightning delay and a slow pace of play, prevented the awards ceremony from taking place in daylight as several foursomes were finishing play well after the sun went down. Discovery Canyon senior Luke Trujillo, the defending 4A individual champ on the reigning team titlists, carded the low score on the day with a 2-over-par 73. He was on pace to break par late in the round but bogeyed two of the last three holes. "I pressed a little too hard trying to make birdie," said Trujillo, who spent the summer playing in junior tournaments, including one in the Dominican Republic. "But that's the risk you take when you want to do something." Trujillo ended the day one shot better than Rampart's Cameron Como, Kailer Rundiks of Denver East and Hunter Wall of Salida. It didn't take long for clouds to take control of the round. By mid-afternoon, it wasn't the rain, but lightning, that temporarily halted the event. And perhaps that delay helped Trujillo, even though he was 1-under through the first three holes. "I think that down time helped me," Trujillo said. "I had a good score but I wasn't hitting the ball well. I sat inside, talked to people and ate some fries. When the delay ended, I came out hitting the ball a lot better. Now, it's about taking that confidence into the next tournament." Gabe Marmon of Cheyenne Mountain shot a 76, and Liberty's Lucas Howell (77), Avery Henderson of Doherty (78), and Trey Jones and Caleb Blackburn (79) of Palmer Ridge and Discovery Canyon, respectively, earned individual medals as well. They'll just have to wait a while until they receive them. "I've never left a tournament without knowing how I did," Henderson, a junior, said. "But in a way, it doesn't matter what everyone else shot, just what you do. I went from an 89 at a junior tournament this summer to a 78 today, and that's a huge improvement. It was a long day, but we all fought through it and we know we can post good scores."
Returning boys' golf team champ Discovery Canyon has titlist in Luke Trujillo and contender in Caleb Blackburn

Returning boys' golf team champ Discovery Canyon has titlist in Luke Trujillo and contender in Caleb Blackburn

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Discovery Canyon's Luke Trujillo returns for his senior season after winning the Class 4A individual and team boys' golf titles. Bringing back a matured mentality on the course, though, may be most impressive of all. After giving up a three-stroke lead with four holes to play at last year's state tournament, the Thunder's breakout star regrouped in a playoff with then-defending champion Jackson Solem of Silver Creek. He redeemed his late-round misses with consecutive par putts as he emerged victorious in a playoff. The trial by fire has stoked a new confidence. "Just going from the lows of lows and then being able to bring myself back up has helped a ton," Trujillo said. "I have a stamina mentally and physically that I can kick into gear. And knowing that I have that now, I got it from state." Stamina. It's come in handy of late. Lately, Trujillo said his game has taken a step in the wrong direction as he has been working his way back from a hole in his swing. His summer months have been filled with grueling repetition on the range with his swing coach, Trent Wearner. "My game from May to the beginning of July, let's just say left a lot to be desired," Trujillo said. "It's been the same swing though for the last month, just keep hitting balls and go out and play." Only recently returning to form, Trujillo won two matches at the Colorado Junior Match Play Championship last week in Parker before bowing out in the quarterfinals. Then over the weekend, he took fourth at Western Junior Championship in Grand Junction. To get back to contending for a state title, Trujillo knows things will have to progress. "It's about taking small steps forward to reach that final goal of peaking at the right time again," he said. Discovery Canyon, as a team, hopes for similar results. After winning the school's first team title a year ago, the Thunder return Trujillo and another potential state contender, Caleb Blackburn, who finished tied for 10th at last year's championship. In front of the team's first practice, Thunder coach Mark Liggett marveled over Blackburn's power. The coach said he's seen the senior drive the ball 400 yards. "He's come into another era I would say," Liggett said. "He'll be interesting to watch this year." The looming question for the championship-hungry Thunder is who will take over the other two spots on varsity. Whoever it may be, a strong mental game would be a good start. "We'll see what happens here in the next couple weeks as we get together as a team and go forward," Liggett said. "I have high expectations for them. It's going to be fun."
High school boys' golf team capsules

High school boys' golf team capsules

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

5A Doherty Coach: Cheri Rogers (17th season) Key golfers: Avery Henderson, jr.; Ryan Pierce, sr.; Sam Gonzales, sr.; Matt Allor, sr. What to know: The Spartans lose Andrew Stroh and Riley Dunlop, both of whom qualified for state. Returning to the starting four is Henderson, who will look to qualify for the state tournament after missing the cut by two strokes a year ago, as well as Pierce. The Spartans lost six seniors from last year. Fountain-Fort Carson Coach : Matthew Sutter (second season) Key golfers: Mitchell Stevens, sr.; Zach Nixon, jr. Hunter McCormick, jr. Ethan Capehart, fr. What to know: Stevens, Nixon and McCormick are all returning to varsity, while freshman Capehart could also join the starting four. Second-year coach Sutter said the focus for his team will be the short game. The Trojans did not qualify a golfer to state last season. Liberty Coach: Stan Woodworth (18th season) Key golfers: Brandon Bervig, jr.; Lucas Howell, jr.; Tyler Barcelon, jr.; Austin Shelton, sr. What to know: Bervig was the team's lone qualifier at state a season ago. He shot a 19-over 161 over two days and finished tied for 49th. He'll lead a starting four that have all consistently played in tournaments over the summer. Longtime coach Woodworth said he wants his team to work on course management during the season. Palmer Coach: Tateum Bowers (first season) Key golfers: Andrew Rush, sr.; Presley Greier, jr.; Finn Gilkes, fr. What to know: The Terrors will field a varsity and junior varsity team with "eight or nine" players on rosters, says first-year coach Bowers. Returning senior Rush will lead the team after breaking into the 70s over the summer. Greier will also be vital as he has been shooting in the low 80s. Not reporting: Rampart, Pine Creek and Coronado. 4A Cheyenne Mountain Coach: John Carricato (third season) Key golfers: Keegan Sullivan; Grant Mondejar; Gabe Marmon; Aiden Clark. What to know: Last year's state qualifiers Aiden Detlof and Everett Dwyer graduated, while 2016 varsity players Sullivan and Mondejar return. The Indians have a number of athletes who could contend for a starting spot this year, including Oklahoma transfer Keaton Hulen and freshman Connor Moberly. Discovery Canyon Coach : Mark Liggett (fifth season) Key golfers: Luke Trujillo, sr.; Caleb Blackburn, sr. What to know: The Thunder won their school's first team title by a wide margin last season. Trujillo, in his breakout tournament, led the way by winning the individual title in a playoff. This year, the Thunder will have to find a replacement for their third and fourth spots after seniors Owen Pasvogel and Hayden Fry graduated. As of last week, Liggett was unsure who the two replacements would be. Falcon Coach: Greg Morris (10th season) Key golfers: Ryan Welsh, sr.; Kegan Hoang, jr. What to know: Falcon tied for ninth at the state tournament last season. Welsh, the only returner from the team, led the way with a 17-over 161 at the tournament. Morris said his team is young, but he wants them to maintain a positive showing at all the tournaments they take part in this season. Mesa Ridge Coach: James Huerena (seventh season) Key golfers: No golfers listed. What to know: The Grizzlies have a young team this year that needs experience, says Huerena. The team's last state qualifiers were Braden Bentley and Logan Gorman in 2015. Widefield Coach: Chris Morrell (ninth season) Key golfers : No golfers listed. What to know: The Gladiators are again inexperienced. Morrell said learning the basics of golf will be the focus. Not reporting: Sierra, Canon City, Lewis-Palmer, Sand Creek, Woodland Park, Air Academy, Palmer Ridge, Vista Ridge and Mitchell. 3A Colorado Springs Christian Coach: Michael Kuyper (first season) Key golfers: No golfers listed. What to know: Kuyper takes over the golf program at CSCS. The Lions did not qualify a golfer to the state tournament a season ago. Manitou Springs Coach: Ken Vecchio (15th season) Key golfers: Jaeden Jones, sr.; Byron Baca, sr. What to know: The Mustangs return state qualifiers and all-conference golfers Baca and Jones to the mix in 2017. Vecchio says those two have the most experience on the team, but he believes there are others on the roster who can develop into nice players. The Classical Academy Coach: Bob Gravelle (seventh season) Key golfers: Liam O'Halloran, soph.; Connor Holien, sr.; Nick Aranez, sr. What to know: O'Halloran finished sixth at the Class 3A state tournament last season, the highest finish by a TCA golfer in program history. As a sophomore, he should once again be one of the top golfers in the area and his classification. This season, Gravelle said he hopes O'Halloran will be joined by a team at the state tournament. Aranez, Ryan Beckman, Tyler Trogstad and Neil Baker will compete for the third and fourth spots on the team. Not reporting: St. Mary's, James Irwin and Florence.
Spearfishing for meals one way MMA fighter Titoni, a Pine Creek grad, funds dream

Spearfishing for meals one way MMA fighter Titoni, a Pine Creek grad, funds dream

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

It's been a while since Jordan Titoni had to put meat on his grocery list. As a mixed martial artist trying to cut expenditures to fully commit to training, he's found spearfishing at the gravel ponds at Chatfield Reservoir to be cost effective. Titoni, a Pine Creek graduate, is the wrestling coach at Factory X in Englewood. He spends most of his time in the gym. His girlfriend is heading to Chicago for a tournament (she's a jiu-jitsu competitor) and asked Titoni to travel with her. He declined to save money. After his win over Jake Mendez in July at Rubicon V, Titoni used some of his fight money to pay his cell phone bill to get it functioning again. As Top Shelf Entertainment CEO J.R. Chavez put it in an email: "Life of a fighter (...) he has not been able to pay his bill." *** Despite talk of the UFC's biggest star, Conor McGregor, set to make up to nine figures for his boxing debut (he made $3 million in his last UFC fight), the majority of MMA fighters make significantly less, especially those on local circuits. In order to hone their craft, fighters need to train. A lot. And in order to train, fighters usually can't juggle a typical 9-to-5 job. Titoni quit the best job he ever had putting in granite countertops after about five years, because it was interfering with training. For a year and a half, Titoni lived in an RV, jobless. At times he parked in front of friends' houses. Eventually, a cousin's landlord rented a spot in an alley behind his house near Federal and Alameda for Titoni to park in. It worked for Titoni. It was cheaper than renting an apartment. He also figured out a way to make extra cash. After a friend gave him a beat-up Subaru with no heater and a hole in the floorboard, Titoni eventually sold it for a few hundred bucks. A light bulb went on. He started finding cars on Craigslist or from friends available for cheap. He would buy them, then turn around and sell them for a few hundred more. At one point, Titoni had cars stashed around the greater Denver area. "I had a lot of people being very supportive and helpful of me," said Titoni, who turns 30 in September. Meanwhile, he was able to train six days a week. *** Dylan Stubblefield, a former Doherty wrestler and Spartans alum, also does what he must to get by. He works part time at a bowling alley, Kingpin Lanes. He lives in a room above the Shin Gi Tai gym, where he trains. "It's not a flashy job," said Stubblefield, who just concluded his amateur career. "Making some sacrifices while I have to." Stubblefield, like Titoni, had several decent jobs. He sold cell phones, worked customer-service gigs. But those jobs weren't what he wanted to do, and they didn't allow enough time for his passion. "I worked a lot of customer service, I was making pretty decent money," Stubblefield said. "But I wasn't able to train the amount of hours I wanted to train." *** After proving his worth at Factory X, Titoni gets paid to coach. He also occasionally helps build stages for concerts at Pepsi Center in Denver and gets paid to fight. As of his next fight, Stubblefield also will be paid. He announced he was turning pro in July and will likely make his debut in the fall. He will continue to work at the gym and, when he can, at the bowling alley. And of course, he'll train full time. "Now I have a job to where if I do have to leave for a week or two, I can still come back and get a paycheck," Stubblefield said. "You have to make that sacrifice, I think. Anyone who wants to have a fancy car right now, and they've spent all this money, and getting the clothes they want, that'll all come later (for me). In my mind I have to grind more than the next guy. If they're busy making payments on their next Audi, then that's just more training time for me." Titoni is in the gym working or training six days a week. On Sundays, he heads to a lake or a reservoir searching for fish to harpoon with his spear gun. On his way home from Pueblo to Englewood after his last fight, Titoni stopped to splurge a little. He used some of his prize money to buy a kayak in Colorado Springs. It'll help him on those trips to the lake. "I literally have a freezer stocked full of fish," he said. "I'm learning how to cook fish. I wasn't very good at it, but I'm starting to get there." And he's still keeping meat off his shopping list.
Colorado high school organization responds to negative health and safety policy sports ranking

Colorado high school organization responds to negative health and safety policy sports ranking

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

It didn't take long for the Colorado High School Activities Association to dispute the Korey Stringer Institute's state rankings for health and safety policy released Tuesday. Colorado ranked last of the 51 governing bodies, which included the District of Columbia. The rankings reflected the cumulative score of policies in five areas: exertional heat stroke, traumatic head injuries, sudden cardiac arrest, appropriate health care coverage and emergency preparedness. Colorado totaled just 23 points of a possible 100 and failed to earn a single point in the heat stroke and emergency preparedness portions. North Carolina topped the rankings at 78.75 percent. The median score was 47.1 percent, according to the rankings. Related: The latest brain study examined 111 former NFL players. Only one didn’t have CTE CHSAA released a response just after noon Tuesday. "Colorado has long been a national leader in many of the advances in player safety and sports medicine," the release states. "The ranking released Tuesday morning by the Korey Stringer Institute is not an accurate reflection of what is happening in the state of Colorado surrounding sports medicine and player safety." New CHSAA commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green said CHSAA decided not to participate in the survey associated with the rankings. "We respect all the work that the Korey Stringer Institute does to educate nationally on these areas, but it was not clear to our Association how these statistics and numbers would be used," Blanford-Green said in the release. CHSAA was not alone in its criticism of the study. The National Federation of State High School Associations characterized the findings as insufficient in a separate release. "A review of state association websites, such as the one employed by KSI, is an incomplete measurement of the efforts employed by states to assist their member schools with heat, heart and head issues. Providing more research data, as well as funds to enact more prevention programs, would be much more useful than giving grades to these associations," NFHS Executive Director Bob Gardner said. The CHSAA website's page on sports medicine includes links regarding prevention of heat illness, concussion protocols and cardiac arrest.
Pine Creek grad Jordan Titoni trying to get on MMA win streak

Pine Creek grad Jordan Titoni trying to get on MMA win streak

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

After an April victory in the cage marked his first win in more than 18 months, it wasn't long before Jordan Titoni was humbled again. Titoni was perfectly fine with that, since he trains at Factory X Muay Thai in Englewood, one of Colorado's premier mixed martial arts gyms. "You come back down-to-earth pretty quickly, especially being at Factory X getting lumped up on on a daily basis," Titoni said. "But yeah, I'm still riding that wave of confidence for sure." The former Pine Creek wrestler and current head wrestling coach at Factory X steps back into the cage Saturday night at Massari Arena in Pueblo (the site of his last victory) at Top Shelf Entertainment's Rubicon V. Related: Gold medalist Kyle Snyder unsure about leaping from wrestling to MMA When Titoni (2-2) gets into the cage it will be against a familiar opponent, or as familiar as one can become acquainted with after grappling for just 68 seconds. That's how quickly Titoni submitted Jake Mendez in 2014 in an amateur bout. "He actually is the one who asked for the fight," said Titoni, a featherweight. "He's been asking for the fight for a while apparently. And I never shy away from a challenge. I honestly take it as a little bit of an insult that he thinks he's gotten that much better that he can beat me now." Titoni had a dominant amateur career, going 5-0 with four submission victories. He started his pro career in the same fashion, submitting Andrei Jones by choke in August 2015. But Titoni lost back-to-back fights, the first loss via decision while suffering a broken arm in the first round. His next loss came via punches, as Andrew Tenneson stopped him. Tenneson has since pushed his record to 6-1, including winning impressively the same night Titoni did at LFA 10 in April. Titoni got back to .500 with a grueling submission win over Joel Whitney in the final minute of a three-round bout. Both fighters exchanged big shots in the match and sustained damage. But Titoni sunk in a rear naked choke in the final round, forcing Whitney to tap. Mendez was 4-2 as an amateur. He's 1-2 as a pro, looking to even his record and exact some revenge. "It just works out with where my career is at now and trying to build up that record, just get some fights under my belt," said Titoni, who graduated from Pine Creek in 2006. "I think it'll be a real good look and (I'll) have a lot of fun just beating this guy's butt and walk away with a W."
Palmer Ridge QB Ty Evans commits to Arkansas

Palmer Ridge QB Ty Evans commits to Arkansas

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

For Palmer Ridge quarterback, Ty Evans, heaven is on a field underneath bank lights. Running onto the field with teammates beside him with the roar of the crowd in the background is where Evans wants to be. "I have the most fun in my life under those lights," Evans said. And Evans has worked to make sure he extends his career beyond high school. Related: Local backs have big opportunity at Northern Colorado with Florida, CU on schedule On Tuesday, Evans announced he has committed to the Arkansas Razorbacks over Colorado, Kansas State and Northwestern. "First of all, I love the coaching staff down there," Evans said on his commitment to Arkansas. "It was, from start, me and (offensive coordinator and quarterback) Coach (Dan) Enos have had such a great relationship. Coach (Bret) Bielema, is a great guy and I think we have similar personalities. Playing in the SEC would push me to be my best for the next two years. And when I get there, I will have to keep working." Evans was one of the top quarterbacks last season in Colorado. As a sophomore, the 6-foot-3 signal caller led Palmer Ridge to an 8-3 record while throwing for 3,130 yards - second in the state - 30 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also possessed a 116 quarterback rating. "It was a lot of fun having people around the country calling you and being interested in you," Evans said. "But at the same time I really had to make sure I stayed grounded and make sure I was the same person I was before that." The Monument native comes from a family that understands the recruiting process. His oldest sister, Morgan, played volleyball at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and his older sister, Mariah, plays volleyball at North Carolina. When Evans was 8, he would go down to the local elementary school with his friend, Anthony Roberson, on Saturdays. There, he and Roberson would be put through grueling three-hour workouts by their fathers. At the time, Evans did not know what he was doing participating in those training sessions. He thought his father was the biggest jerk. But as he grew up, Evans realized his dad was preparing him for his future. "They would be really hard on us the whole time just 'cause they know we could be good," Evans said. "The amount of goals that we had, it took a lot of hard work and they were instilling that at such a young age. At the time, it was rough, I didn't understand it. But I grew to learn that everything that (my dad) was doing was preparing me for what I am doing right now." While Evans has determined where he will be playing on Saturdays, he has refocused his attention to Fridays. Last year, Evans believes he showed Palmer Ridge's conference and the rest of the state that he is a solid pocket passer. In fact, Evans said that he played with a Brett Favre type of mentality. "I think (Favre's) kind of gunslinger mentality, that 'I can make every throw,' the defense can't stop a guy like that," Evans said. "If they are going to take the top away, then I am going to hurt you with the slant. If you take the slant away, I am going to burn you over the top. To be that kind of weapon at quarterback is special. I really try to mold my game after that." But Evans does not want to be just a gunslinger. Last year, Evans felt the plays he made with his feet were underestimated. This offseason, he has been working on his speed to ensure he can be a run threat as well. While becoming a dual-threat has become a priority for Evans, him running the ball won't be his first option. He still wants to air it out. "I am going to throw the ball when I can," Evans said. "I have great field vision as well. I used to play point guard, and I believe that has contributed to it." Along with improving his acceleration, he has been watching hours upon hours of film to help him better read defenses this upcoming season. Improving his game to ensure he can play on Saturdays and possibly Sundays has been Evans' goal since he was little. But right now, he is not only improving himself to better his future, he is improving to assure Palmer Ridge makes a deep playoff run in 2017. "We take every game, one game at a time. It's just like a playoff game," Evans said. "Every team's end goal is the state championship. I think that's a realistic goal this year."
Local running backs have big opportunity at Northern Colorado with Florida, CU on schedule

Local backs have big opportunity at Northern Colorado with Florida, CU on schedule

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Would it be so far-fetched to imagine Brandon Cartagena or Anthony Davis, career backups at the Football Championship Subdivision level, getting an NFL look a year from now? Maybe not. The pair of local products – Cartagena from Vista Ridge, Davis from Fountain-Fort Carson – are again competing for carries as they enter their senior year as running backs at Northern Colorado, where Californian Trae Riek figures to again emerge as the starter. Cartagena has carried 146 times for 893 yards (a 6.1 per-carry average) and nine touchdowns. Davis’ line is 57 for 356 (6.2) and four. Related: Yankees make trade for Sky Sox first baseman Garrett Cooper This year, they’ll play on some big stages with games at Florida (Sept. 9) and Colorado (Sept. 16). So, if they can work their way into a featured role, the opportunity to make an impression will be there. And if someone takes a closer look, they may like what they find. Both players possess 4.4-second 40-yard-dash speed, with Cartagena – a top-three finisher in the 100 and 200 at state in high school – typically a tick faster. Both have good size for the position. Cartagena is 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, Davis is 5-9, 190. Both are versatile, playing on defense and as returners since high school. “They’re going to test well enough for someone to take a look at them,” Northern Colorado coach Earnest Collins said. “So it’s just going to be if we have enough balls to go around.”  

David Ramsey: Coronado grad Kyle Snyder prepares to tangle with 'The Russian Tank'

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Everyone, Kyle Snyder says, is surprised by the heft of his gold medal. Visitors to his apartment in Columbus, Ohio, want to see the gold he won as a wrestler at the Rio Olympics, and Snyder never says no. He heads to top of his dresser, where he keeps his gold medal. It’s not in some security deposit box. It’s on display in his bedroom. When you visit Snyder’s place, you get a chance to wear the medal around your neck. Related: Franklin not trying to be a better Missy, but a happy Missy  “Everyone says it’s heavier than they would think it would be,” Snyder says as he takes a break from a workout at the Olympic Training Center, where he’s preparing for the August World Championships in France. He brings the medal along for speaking engagements and clinics. He estimates “thousands” have seen the gold since the Sunday afternoon in August when he triumphed in Rio.  “People just want to see it,” Snyder says.  “When I was a kid, I always wanted to see one, too. So I try to let everybody see it, touch it.” Get this: Snyder is only 21 years old. A little more than three years ago, he was walking the halls of Coronado High School as a senior. He had this wild vision during the year he studied at Coronado and trained at the Olympic Training center. He wanted to rule the wrestling world. He’s enjoying his reign, and he has a shot at so much more. He will be a mere 24 when the 2020 Tokyo Olympics arrive. I watched the gold medal match in Rio. Snyder competed with a remarkable combination of daring and restraint. He was never scared, but never took foolish risks, either. Minutes after earning his gold medal, he explained his philosophy. He banishes all fear in the minutes before each match and instead savors the thrills ahead. The more danger in the match, he says, the more he looks forward to the battle. He refuses to let dread dwell in his heart. In those magic minutes in Rio, it was obvious Snyder felt no surprise about ruling the world. He expected to reign. “No disbelief at all,” Snyder says. “It’s very believable that it happened.” He’s enjoyed quite a ride since Rio. He visited the White House. He won his second straight NCAA individual title for Ohio State, along with Academic All American honors. He was honored in his hometown of Woodbine, Maryland. But don’t worry about his supreme confidence slipping into overconfidence. Snyder realizes how difficult it will be to stay atop wrestling’s mountain. In 2012, American Jake Varner won gold in 97-kilo wrestling at the London Olympics. In 2016, Varner lost to Snyder in the Olympic Wrestling Trials. Staying on wrestling’s mountaintop is as difficult as scaling that mountaintop. “The hunger is the same,” Snyder says. “If anything, maybe I’m a little bit hungrier. Not because I won the Olympics, but because I have some very tough competitors in my weight class.” That’s true. Snyder will face vicious competition in France, especially from Abdulrashid Sadulaev, better known as The Russian Tank. Sadulaev, like Snyder, is only 21. He dominated 86-kilo competition in Rio, destroying Turkey’s Selim Yasar, 5-0, in the gold medal match. Watch out, Kyle. The Tank has moved to 97 kilos. Expect a Snyder-Sadulaev final at France and maybe at the Tokyo Olympics, too. Snyder will arrive at the World Championships with the same complete confidence that lifted him in Rio. His calm assurance always is there. “Oh, I think it comes from the love for what I have and comes from knowing I’m good at what I do,” he says. “Not to be cocky or arrogant, but I’ve wrestled a lot in my life and I’ve wrestled against really good people and I’ve done well against them.”  He’s hungry to collect more gold medals to share with his thousands of admirers and friends. But a Russian Tank awaits him in France. It’s going to be quite a show.       
Widefield grad A.J. Robb wins MMA debut in unanimous decision

Widefield grad A.J. Robb wins MMA debut in unanimous decision

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

DENVER - Apparently, the Dominguez family isn't the most gracious of losers. A.J. Robb found that out Saturday after winning a unanimous decision in his professional mixed martial arts debut. Punctuated by a massive suplex in the first round, Robb won his debut at Sparta Combat League's SCL 60 at the Colorado Convention Center over Jorge Dominguez in their bantamweight (135 pounds) fight in front of a pro-Robb crowd. The Widefield High School graduate seemed set on landing low kicks from the get-go to wear down Dominguez (2-2), landing five lower leg kicks to open the fight before throwing any other type of strike. Related: Widefield's A.J. Robb weighs in with entourage on hand Robb (1-0) also drove multiple knees into Dominguez's thigh throughout the bout. Dominguez had little answer when working out of the clinch. It was three straight knees to Dominguez's thigh that had him try to spin away. Instead, Robb grabbed Dominguez, pushed him up against the cage then lifted him and suplexed him backwards, bringing a roar from the crowd. He landed several strikes while Dominguez was on the ground. "I got behind him and I heard my coach say pick him up and slam him, so I picked him up and slammed him real quick," Robb said. ". He was tougher than I thought he was going to be." In Robb's final amateur bout last year he submitted Tony Dominguez, Jorge Dominguez's brother. Following Saturday's win, the Dominguezes were still trying to trash talk after getting swept by Robb. He was having none of it. "They were like, all you do is hold," Robb said. "I told them I got both Dominguez heads in my hands. What do you mean?" The fight was the first in which Robb had to go through five-minute rounds rather than three minutes because it was a pro fight. "I was a little tired, I'm not going to lie," Robb said. "I felt like, shoot, I better train, I better practice 10 five-minute rounds instead of five five-minute rounds like I do now." Over the course of the fight, Robb cut Jorge Dominguez over both eyes, blood streaming out of the left eyebrow. Eric Goldberg, Robb's strength and conditioning coach at the Arena in Colorado Springs, liked what he saw from his fighter. "That's the highlight when you're a coach, seeing your athlete be successful," Goldberg said. Robb, who trains in and around Colorado Springs, is already hoping to get another fight in the fall. And when the holidays hit, he knows the Dominguezes will have something to think about. "They're going to talk about that for Thanksgivings and Christmases until they die," he said, "how they got beat by A.J. Robb."
5A CSML All-Star Game provides final, unique competition for high school season

5A CSML All-Star Game provides final, unique competition for high school season

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

When Doherty coach Craig Decker talked about the ideal outcome for the 5A Colorado Springs Metro League Girls' Soccer All-Star Game, he said it was the rare occasion where a tie would be a good result. Saturday, Decker got his wish. The red team - made up of players from Pine Creek, Liberty, Palmer and Fountain-Fort Carson - and the blue team - containing players from Doherty, Rampart and Coronado - were tied when time expired. The game eventually went to a shootout, where the blue team prevailed, but Decker's goal of holding a competitive, even game was ultimately achieved, even if the players weren't as keen on settling for a tie. Your browser does not support IFrame Embeds, please update your browser to view this content "The last five minutes, you could tell the girls wanted to win," Decker said. "That's typical in an All-Star game, and we were debating on ending in a tie at the end or doing a shootout. ... We just wanted to do a shootout and have some fun, and that's what happened." Decker was right, as the players' competitiveness was evident late in the game. After the blue team had taken a 2-0 lead into halftime, with goals from Doherty's Beacon Meier and her teammate Mykiaa Minniss, the red team pulled even thanks to Liberty's Alexis Flores' two goals. Then, in one last rush, the blue team had an opportunity in front of the net. But the goalkeeper, Pine Creek's Jade Odom, held strong and stopped the would-be goal with her legs. "They were telling me, 'Let in the goal. Let in the goal,'" Odom said. "And then when I made that save, they were like, 'Jade, what the heck?' But I'm not trying to lose. I'm a very competitive person. I like to win." The game served as a last hurrah for the high school soccer season. And in some cases, like that of Doherty goalkeeper Riley Furbush, the game was the final high school soccer game of the senior's careers. Furbush, who's going on to play for Wyoming, was already on her college campus. But she came back to play one last game with her teammates and the other all-stars. "It's really nice seeing all my friends, but also touching base with all the people that I'm going to play with or play against," Furbush said. "I was really excited for all of that, and it's nice to come back to my roots." Added Decker: "In a couple of weeks they're all going into their club lives and college and all those different things. But, I don't know, high school sports, I just love high school sports. It's so pure, and to see these girls representing their school one more time, and then having the Doherty players play with the Rampart players when we battled during the season, and having them joke on the sideline, it's just cool. It's really cool."
Second Colorado Springs Metro League girls all-star game to take place Saturday

Second Colorado Springs Metro League girls all-star game to take place Saturday

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Before last season, the Colorado Springs Metro League announced its all-conference teams for girls' soccer, and that was it. Doherty coach Craig Decker and the rest of the conference's coaches decided that wasn't good enough. So, they created an all-star game to give the girls named to the all-conference teams a chance to be commemorated in one final contest. "The point of the game was to give these girls some recognition," Decker said. "(It's) to let them play in a relaxed environment and just have a good time. It's good to play on a team with girls that you've been battling against all season long. It gives them a different outlook of the game." Players from all seven of the league's schools will be participating in the game, with the teams being split up as evenly as possible while still keeping players from the same school together. According to Decker, that's about the extent of the strategy that will be used in Saturday's game - which kicks off at 10 a.m. at District 20 Stadium. Beyond that, Decker expects there to be frequent substitutions to ensure a good experience for all players while also lowering the risk of injuries. After all, though a good game is preferable for competition's sake, the final score won't be the measure of a successful second edition of the CSML all-star game. "A tie is a great result for a game like this," Decker said. "But, you know, the best-case scenario for me is the game ends, everybody had a good time, there's no injuries, it was a close game and we do a big picture at the end with all of us together and everybody's smiling." ROSTERS RED TEAM PLAYER, SCHOOL Jade Odom, Pine Creek Ashley Beers, Liberty Kelsei Knoerzer, Pine Creek Madeline Alhamra, Pine Creek Beth Duggan, Pine Creek Payton Smelker, Pine Creek Haley Murdock, Pine Creek Torrie Brodish, Pine Creek Breana Flores, Liberty Morgan Sibley, Liberty Carolyn Naftanel, Liberty Taylor Sibley, Liberty Alexis Flores, Liberty Riley Abeyta, Palmer Jaya Freeman, Fountain-Fort Carson Shiann Taylor, Fountain-Fort Carson Alannah Cox, Fountain-Fort Carson Sydni Maese, Fountain-Fort Carson BLUE TEAM PLAYER, SCHOOL Riley Furbush, Doherty Sami Sallie, Rampart Riley Flewelling, Rampart Hailey Creapo, Rampart Harmony Meier, Rampart Katie Wilcox, Rampart Beacon Meier, Rampart Melina Burnside, Rampart Jaelyn Brown, Doherty Mykiaa Minniss, Doherty Dee Pickering, Doherty Chaylaa Minniss, Doherty Lindsay Thornock, Doherty Maddi Johnston, Doherty Taylor Cosgrove, Doherty Lauren Strizich, Coronado Amelia Herman, Coronado Hannah Burgess, Coronado Brooke Williams, Coronado Sarah Ford, Coronado
Perfect timing brings Justin Ross back to baseball field as Discovery Canyon coach

Perfect timing brings Justin Ross back to baseball field as Discovery Canyon coach

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

When Justin Ross met his returning players last week after earlier being named new coach of the Discovery Canyon baseball team, he wasn’t only thinking of the here and now. His son, Jaxon, is 9, and the father of four looks forward to still being coach when he rolls through. The same is true for Jaxon’s younger brothers, Brennan (7) and Andrew (5). “It’s a great opportunity to have your kids around you when you coach,” said Ross, who replaced Mike Barbato, who resigned after the 2017 season after six seasons at the post. “I’d love to coach all of them. I live not far from campus, and this is an opportunity for me to get entrenched in the community in an area I love.” Ross had success in a program not far from Discovery Canyon, going 43-17 in three seasons at The Classical Academy from 2012-14. The demands of a growing family in addition to operating a fledgling husband-wife-run consulting business drove Ross from the coaching ranks three years ago. On top of that, he moved his family to McKinney, Texas, last year to support his father, who had been diagnosed with cancer. Now he’s back and seems energized by a family that’s not quite so young and a profession that’s more than off the ground now. “A few years ago, I had four young kids, and it had become unmanageable to be able to pull off coaching on top of everything else,” said Ross, who also has a 12-year-old daughter. “As much as I loved it, I couldn’t make that a priority above providing for my family and my kids, so that’s why I decided to step away. Now, things are in a better place, and the timing of the opening couldn’t have been better.” Ross engineered seasons of 14-5, 14-6 and 15-6 at TCA, highlighted by a run to the 2014 district final before falling to Florence with a state-tournament berth on the line. To Ross, success on the field takes care of itself once a larger component is mastered. “I’m not taking this position to win state championships,” Ross said. “I’m taking it because I love to develop young men, and that’s where we’re going to start, with character, then academics. Then our next priority is learning to compete on the field.” Ross inherits a Thunder team that barely missed out on a 4A postseason berth during the recently completed 2017 season with a 9-10 overall mark and a 7-7 ledger in the rough-and-tumble Pikes Peak Athletic Conference. And down the line, he hopes to pencil in the names of his boys on Discovery Canyon lineup cards. “My 9-year-old is already showing a deep love for sports and is a stud of an athlete,” Ross said. “We’ll see how it goes, but it would be great to coach my kids here at Discovery Canyon.”
Paul Klee: Shown the way by Chauncey Billups and Derrick White, Colorado's D'Shawn Schwartz works toward NBA dream

Paul Klee: Shown the way by Chauncey Billups and Derrick White, Colorado's D'Shawn Schwartz works toward NBA dream

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

BOULDER — This is one of the first college practices for D’Shawn Schwartz, a short and sweaty run to prepare for the CU basketball team’s tour through Italy in August. And they are watching. Schwartz, the 6-foot-7 freshman from Sand Creek High , snatches a board and flips in a layup. Directly above the hoop, a banner depicts 1997 All-American and Denver’s finest, Chauncey Billups. One possession later, Schwartz unloads a lefty three-pointer from the corner, below a banner that shows Parker and Legend High’s Derrick White, our latest NBA guy. More Klee: As Derrick White's storybook NBA career unfolds, don't forget the chapter written at UCCS Sand Creek D'Shawn Schwartz goes in for a layup during the Vista Ridge and Sand Creek boys basketball game at Vista Ridge High School on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette.   D'Shawn Schwartz has next. The Buffs' coaching staff describes him as a gym rat. And the dream that dribbles through Schwartz’s mind is no different than the one realized by his brothers in Colorado basketball, Billups and White. “Obviously I’m trying to go to the NBA. If I can be a ‘2-and-done,’ that would be great, but whatever the game has in store for me,” Schwartz says. “I’m going to use basketball the same way it’s used me and has used other players. I’m going to try to bring what I can to the game.” It takes no more than 10 minutes of full-court action to see Schwartz is ready-made for Pac-12 ball. His scorer’s mindset is encouraged by the green light afforded to him by CU’s coaches, and, at 223 pounds, the 18-year-old can push back at the physicality of high-major hoops. If Schwartz applies the same work ethic that led to a 4.0 GPA at Sand Creek, I see him developing into one of the most prolific scorers to roll through Coors Events Center. Sand Creek senior D'Shawn Schwartz signs his letter of intent Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, at Sand Creek High School to play basketball with Colorado as his parents Michael and Reshana Schwartz watch. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)   Just as it was Billups whose rise told White that you can get there from here, it’s White who has inspired the next generation of Colorado ballers. And White’s story is even more relatable. While Billups had us lining up at Manual’s Thunderdome when he was a George Washington sophomore, White drove an all-Colorado road from Legend High to UCCS to CU to the NBA in relative anonymity . White is too young to know it and too humble to show it. But the San Antonio Spurs draft pick now has the street cred to influence the next wave of Colorado talent. And he already is. “His story’s amazing. It shows that anybody can do it if they just work hard and push forward and believe in themselves, even if nobody else does,” says Schwartz, who met White on one of his recruiting visits to Boulder. “If you just look at the pictures of how he transformed his body from Legend to now, it’s unbelievable.” FILE - In this March 19, 2014 photo, Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups watches from the sideline during an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. A person familiar with the situation says Billups has not made a decision about joining Cleveland’s front office. Billups is weighing several factors and remains unsure if he wants to head up the Cavs’ basketball operations, said the person who spoke Monday, June 26, 2017 to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)   You can’t overstate Billups’ impact on his generation of Colorado athletes. But just as influential as the NBA championship ring he won on the court was how he’s carried himself off it. Good luck digging up dirt on Billups; one of the few instances that could be held against him was the time he showed up at Eisenhower Rec Center to play in a summer-league championship game. His team won, no surprise, despite the fact he wasn’t listed on the roster before the game. (Ahem.) By the time next season rolls around, Billups could be running the front office of an NBA franchise, perhaps in Cleveland, New York, or another city lucky enough to score his renowned leadership. Colorado's Derrick White drives past Eastern Washington's Bogdan Bliznyuk during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 in Boulder, Colo. (Cliff Grassmick/Daily Camera via AP)   Twenty years later it’s Derrick White, the 29th overall pick of the NBA draft, showing the way. “I think he could’ve gone a little higher,” Schwartz says. “I wish he would’ve gone to the Nuggets. That would’ve been cool. “I heard during my sophomore year he was dropping 52 (points, at UCCS) and I was like, ‘Whatever, it’s D-2,’” he adds. “But just seeing how it’s happened for him, it’s crazy.” It’s a hefty responsibility, carrying the flag for the state of Colorado. White is built for it. Soon as the Spurs made yet another smart move by drafting him in the first round, I received an email from a UCCS supporter: “As a dad, if I could choose any basketball hero for my son, it is Derrick White.” There can be no better compliment. At CU, Schwartz wears uniform No. 0, a change from his No. 25 at Sand Creek . The buzz in the practice gym revolves around a highly regarded freshmen class of four teenagers. Other than Schwartz, the one that jumps out — quite literally — is Tyler Bey, a 6-7 forward from California. “He’s got stupid bounce,” Schwartz said, moments after Bey had to duck his head to avoid banging it against the rim on a rebound attempt. And don’t be surprised if McKinley Wright, a one-time Dayton recruit, battles Denver East’s Dom Collier for early minutes at point guard. Now it’s Schwartz who is in charge of passing the torch at altitude. “Him (White) being able to build up his name in Colorado is great,” Schwartz says. “Hopefully we can come in and carry that legacy and hopefully get back to the tournament and win a couple Pac-12 tournaments and championships.” Twitter: @bypaulklee
F-FC football attempts to rebound in second year under Novotny

F-FC football attempts to rebound in second year under Novotny

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Fountain-Fort Carson's football team recently welcomed a new offensive coordinator and implemented a comprehensive weight training program. These are the kind of moves coach Jake Novotny might have made before his first year on the job, but the constraints of an abbreviated timeline rendered that impossible. Novotny came aboard last spring after Mitch Johnson's surprise retirement. Johnson and all other Trojans coaches were asked to reapply for their jobs, and the 29-year veteran opted to walk away. Hired in May, when most coaches have already signed contracts for the upcoming year, Novotny was given 10 pay stipends for assistants but was able to find just six coaches for the program's 150 players. "That was a difficult part, I mean, I called both offense and defense last year, you know," Novotny said. "You try and find guys that you know are going to work hard, that are going to be good for the kids and also, that you can trust to do the right way and it was difficult." The onfield results reflected the disarray. The Trojans started 2-2, but stumbled to a 3-8 record. But Novotny and his team have a new sense of optimism heading into the 2017 season. The new weight program includes a class on strength and conditioning during the school day. The offense will be called by Jeremy Mercer, who was hired as offensive coordinator. To Novotny, though, the biggest change for Fountain-Fort Carson is something intangible. "Now the kids trust the coaches," Novotny said. "They know that we're there for them. I think that was the biggest challenge for us last year, was trying to develop that trust, not only with the coaching staff and getting a staff, but also between players and coaches and coaches and coaches. You know, if you don't have trust with the guys you work with and the guys you're coaching, then it's difficult to be highly successful." With all that's changing for the Trojans, many of the faces on the field will be the same. Along with leading offensive producers like running backs Eric Donnell and Gavin Green, every starting linebacker and defensive back will be returning for Fountain-Fort Carson. And that has given the players some confidence heading into the year. "Knowing that we're all returners, we've already seen the teams that we play on the schedule, and it's our second year seeing them," said senior linebacker Iosua Maika. "We roughly know how all these teams are going to play, so it's going to help us prepare more together and be more alert for the things that come with them." Added Donnell: "We're just getting familiar with the new system that we put in. Our senior group of leaders now are leading us well. We're just getting everything quicker." For some, the shadow of Mitch Johnson will forever be associated with the Trojans. He's a Fountain-Fort Carson grad and his 207 wins rank 18th in state history. Perhaps the only way for his replacement to be embraced is to win, and win often. At the very least, Novotny has a start. He's earned the trust and confidence of his players. Now all they have to do is deliver on the field.
PPAC all-star games rounds out high school soccer season

PPAC all-star games rounds out high school soccer season

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Cheyenne Mountain girls' soccer coach Tomas Martinez began the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference All-Star games last season in hopes of giving area athletes an opportunity they weren't previously getting: the opportunity to show their talent in an all-star game. Thursday night, in the second installment of the game, that talent was on full display. The boys played first in a lopsided affair. The white team - made up of players from Air Academy, Cheyenne Mountain, Sand Creek and Vista Ridge - came out of the gates quickly. Sand Creek's Garrett Kramer started things off with a goal in the first 10 minutes, and from there, the floodgates were blown open. Cheyenne Mountain's Luke White scores the second goal of five by the white team in the first half during the 2017 All Star boys soccer game that was held at Cheyenne Mountain High School on Thursday June 15, 2017.Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette   Vista Ridge's Joel Walker scored a hat trick of goals and Cheyenne Mountain's Luke White scored two of his own en route to a 9-2 victory over the dark team - made up of players from Falcon, Lewis-Palmer, Palmer Ridge and Discovery Canyon. "I just feel honored just to represent my school, my team, my coaches," Walker said. "It's just always fun to play in front of some friends and family, so it really means a lot to me." The girls' game was a much closer match. This time the dark team scored first, thanks to a goal from Lewis-Palmer's Kate Devine. From there, the teams played evenly for much of the rest of the game. Late in the game, though, Sand Creek's Amanda Garrett ripped a shot from the top of the box and past a diving goalkeeper to even the score at one. The teams scrambled to try and salvage a victory, but with tired legs and stout goalkeeping, neither could muster the winning tally. The game ended in a tie, but, for many, the opportunity to play was worth more than a victory. Liza Louthan of Air Academy heads the ball during the 2017 All Star girls soccer game that was held at Cheyenne Mountain High School on Thursday June 15, 2017. Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette   "For some of them, it's the last game ever that they'll play," said Air Academy coach Espen Hosoien, the coach of the girls' white team. "I think it just rounds it up really well and I know the players really enjoy playing in it. ... It's fun. I'm proud that our league is able to do it." True enough, as only a handful of the athletes have signed to continue playing soccer in college. And as the sun set over Cheyenne Mountain High School after the girls' game, some of the players posed with their teammates and coaches as parents took pictures from the stands. Hosoien wrapped the experience up well, saying: "Especially for the seniors, it's a fun goodbye to high school soccer."
Longtime Palmer Ridge athletic director Porter takes post at Coronado

Longtime Palmer Ridge athletic director Porter takes post at Coronado

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

It'll seem like old times for Jim Porter. Soon, he'll oversee an athletics program and work alongside football coach Monte Gutowski, eight years after the two started from scratch at Palmer Ridge. Porter on Friday signed a contract to become the new athletic director at Coronado and expects the transaction to be approved by the District 11 Board of Education at its meeting Wednesday. "It's a different setting with a different challenge," Porter said Tuesday. "I think it's exciting. It's nice to reunite with guys like Monte. I know what he can do. It's exciting to work with him again." Related: Thanks to teamwork, prep athletic directors hit the ground running in new places Porter, a Northern Colorado graduate who previously was the assistant principal at Lewis-Palmer and Florence, replaced Andy Colgate, who stepped down after three years at the post. "Andy did a great job and made a lot of good changes," D11 athletic director Dave Eichman said. "With Jim coming in, he already has a lot of experience and can hit the ground running. We're excited to have him on board." On Porter's watch, Palmer Ridge quickly transitioned from a fledgling school that only opened its doors in 2008 into a legitimate power in many sports, highlighted by state 4A championships for boys' cross country in 2014 and 2016 and consecutive boys' track crowns in 2014-15. Others have come close. The Bears' field hockey team was state runner-up three times, and the boys' soccer team fell in the 2012 state championship game. The program's baseball and girls' soccer teams also have made runs into the semifinals. "Starting a new school is always a challenge," Porter said. "You have to establish a tradition and culture. Coronado is not a blank slate. You have to adjust where we need to and not adjust where we don't need to." Gutowski was Palmer Ridge's first football coach, staying four seasons before heading east to Bethune but returning to the Pikes Peak region in 2014 to take over the Manitou Springs program. After two seasons, he left and resurfaced on the city's east side, taking the reins of the track and field program at Sand Creek last season. The westside resident, however, jumped at the chance to coach a football team in his neighborhood. And how he has a longtime colleague to share the experience with. "I'm excited," Gutowski said. "It'll be fun to work with Jim again. It's a different situation with different circumstances at Coronado, but it's good to know you have somebody there that you know and can trust. I think he's going to bring a lot of energy here, and I think we're both excited to get things rolling."
Second Pikes Peak Athletic Conference All-Star games to recognize deserving players

Second Pikes Peak Athletic Conference All-Star games to recognize deserving players

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Colorado Springs possesses an abundance of skillful male and female soccer players. But some of that talent does not get the recognition they deserve. That is why Cheyenne Mountain girls' coach Tomas Martinez created the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference All-Star games last year. "We have a really strong conference," Martinez said of PPAC's talent level. "Unfortunately with the state, because there are so many great kids and so many great teams, not everybody has a chance to play in an all-star game." According to Martinez, PPAC has a wealth of talent and he wanted those players who did not get the appreciation they deserved to get acknowledged for their success. This is the second installment of the PPAC Soccer All-Star games. And Martinez hopes it receives the same type or excels the feedback it garnered last year. "It was great," Martinez said. "We had a lot of parents there that were super happy and the kids were psyched to be a part of it." After last year's game, Martinez received at least a dozen emails from the players' parents thanking him for allowing their kid to play one last soccer game. While Martinez is still working to make the all-star game a sight to see, he decided to incorporate something he took from the NFL Pro Bowl. Just like how NFL Pro Bowlers wear their team helmets, each player will don either their school's home or away jersey depending what team they are on. It gives the participants pride, according to Martinez. The boys and girls PPAC coaches decided who will be participating in each all-star game. Each of the four teams will have up to 17 players. The girls' game is at 5 p.m. and the boys' contest is at 7 p.m. Thursday at Cheyenne Mountain High School.
The Gazette Girls' Track and Field Peak Performer: Maria Mettler, Air Academy

The Gazette Girls' Track and Field Peak Performer: Maria Mettler, Air Academy

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

The Air Academy girls' track and field team was an underdog heading into the 4A state meet. Niwot's team had six first-place finishes during the season and were favorites to win the state championship. But the Kadets had Maria Mettler. Her performance helped lead Air Academy to the 4A state championship, and earned her The Gazette's girls' track and field Peak Performer of the Year. Related: The Gazette 2017 Girls' Track and Field All-Area teams The senior distance runner had already won the 2016 state championship in cross country, and she had set her focus on the 3,200 as her next conquest. "For me, over the summer last year I trained really hard, so my goal was to do really well in cross country," Mettler said. "... So I really just wanted to continue that success. And I had did have an idea, like I wanted to win the 3200 state title, because I love the 3200. I love long distances." Mettler reached her goal, winning the 3,200 by nearly 10 seconds. She wasn't done. Mettler won the 800, finished second in the 1,600 and helped her 4x800 team finish fourth. Overall she played a part in 34 points for Air Academy. The Kadets had relied heavily on Mettler, but she didn't mind. "I wanted to be a leader, but I didn't feel any unnecessary pressure," Mettler said. "I just wanted to perform well for myself, and I knew what I was capable of, and I wanted to achieve my goals. But I didn't feel any pressure on me, but I did want to lead my team and be a good example. So by doing my best for myself I felt like I could do that." The commitment that aided in Mettler's success isn't just on the track. It also shows itself in her eating and sleeping habits at home. They are habits that were instilled in her at a young age by her mother - a runner in her own right - and Mettler maintains them to this day. "(My family) all eats pretty healthy, and getting enough sleep is the main thing," Mettler said. "That's kind of hard with school sometimes - you'll have late nights. But when you can get to bed early, that's the main thing. You have to go to bed and get enough sleep." All of this - Mettler's training, health habits, leadership and natural skill - makes for an impressive athlete. It's the type of athlete that isn't easy to replace, which is why coach Chuck Schwartz has tried to build a program in which the upperclassmen, like Mettler, mentor the underclassmen to better prepare them for being successful in the future. That atmosphere has left it's mark on Mettler. "It's really important," Mettler said. "When you're running and you're just getting into it, and you're like a freshman or sophomore and you're young doing it, it's sometimes easy to lose the fun in it. Running is a really hard sport - racing and training - it's a really hard sport to find the joy in it. So for me, like showing them, 'Hey, you can find the fun in doing good in workouts,' it's just something that I enjoy. And I think when I portray that, it really affects the younger runners." Schwartz hopes this will help to ease the loss of Mettler, but he knows that's a tall task for any program. Perhaps he put it most appropriately when discussing his senior. "It's impossible to replace a leader like Maria."
The Gazette 2017 Boys' Track and Field All-Area teams

The Gazette 2017 Boys' Track and Field All-Area teams

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

First team 100 meters: Donovan Williams, Fountain-Fort Carson, sr.-Posted state's fastest time in 10.61 at Mullen Invitational in April, then went on to win 5A state title. 200 meters: Donovan Williams, Fountain-Fort Carson, sr.-Won 5A state title and posted state's fastest time in 21.51 at Spartan Invitational on May 6. 400 meters: Nik Chappee, Air Academy, sr.-Won 4A title and posted state's second fastest time in 47.67 at Mullen Invitational in April. 800 meters: Brandon Pappas, Palmer Ridge, sr.-Finished in 1:55.18 to claim third at 4A state meet, which was area's top time. 1,600 meters: Jeremy Meadows, Palmer Ridge, sr.-Posted state's third-fastest time (4:15.67) on his way to winning 4A state title. 3,200 meters: Tanner Norman, The Classical Academy, sr.-Set a state record in 9:04.97 at Pueblo Twilight May 5; also won 3A state title by more than 14 seconds. Related: The Gazette 2017 Girls' Track and Field All-Area teams 110 hurdles: Xavier Bishop-Falu, Rampart, sr.-Posted state's top time while winning the 5A state title in 14.25. 300 hurdles: Aaron McCoy, Cañon City, sr.-Took silver at 4A state meet in 38.21, the fourth fastest time of the year. Long jump: Raymon Harper, Vista Ridge, jr.-Posted state's third longest jump at 23-2¾ at St. Vrain Invitational and took second at 4A state meet. Triple jump: Jequan Hogan, Fountain-Fort Carson, jr.-Won 5A state title with a jump of 50-7¼, the state's top jump of the year. High jump: Jequan Hogan, Fountain-Fort Carson, jr.-Won 5A state title with a jump of 6-9, state's second best this year. Pole vault: Addison Settle, Vista Ridge, sr.-Took second at 4A state meet after clearing 14-0, the area's best vault. Shot put: Nathaniel Miller, Widefield, sr.-Captured 4A state gold with a throw of 53-3, the state's third best toss of the season. Discus: Nathaniel Miller, Widefield, sr.-Went 165-7 at the CSML League Meet in mid-May (area's best throw), before capturing silver at 4A state meet.   Second team 100 meters: Aaron McCoy, Cañon City, sr. 200 meters: Aaron McCoy, Cañon City, sr. 400 meters: Jalen Lyon, Fountain-Fort Carson, jr. 800 meters: Jeremy Meadows, Palmer Ridge, sr. 1,600 meters: Tanner Norman, The Classical Academy, sr. 3,200 meters: Ethan Powell, Air Academy, sr. 110 hurdles: Jequan Hogan, Fountain-Fort Carson, jr. 300 hurdles: Jason Farrell, Fountain-Fort Carson, jr. High jump: Josh Kavalec, Rampart, jr. Pole vault: Samuel Brown, Discovery Canyon, jr. Long jump: Jequan Hogan, Fountain-Fort Carson, jr. Triple jump: Brendan Young, Cañon City, so. Shot put: Jalen Sami, Vista Ridge, sr. Discus: Jacob Adelgren, Palmer Ridge, sr.   Honorable mention Air Academy-Cal Banta, so.; Rylee Ollivierre, jr. Skylar Smoker, sr.; Luke Thurman, jr. Calhan-Ben Kelly, jr.; Mikie Mikita, jr.; Charlie Sparks, jr. Cañon City-Dacian Sullivan, sr. Cheyenne Mountain-Cian Quiroga, so.; Walker Rudolph, jr. The Classical Academy-Erik Cilek, sr.; Eli Grant, fr.; Canaan Lamberth, jr.; Brayden Luft, jr.; Brady Miller, jr.; Ryan Moen, jr. ; Mason Norman, fr.; Rhys Ryba, jr. Colorado Springs Christian School-Nathan Dunn, so.; Jacob Hoekert, sr.; Alec Tanaka, jr. Coronado-Charles Broomfield, jr.; Joey Callan, sr.; Justin Dwinell, jr.; Jaydon Lewis, sr. Discovery Canyon-Ryan Blake, so.; Seth Clawson, jr.; Joseph Dicke, jr.; Daniel Lisenbee, jr. Doherty-Jack Mann, jr. Ellicott-Garrison Dahn, jr.; Jaylen Hayes, sr.; Chiante' Stewart, jr. Evangelical Christian Academy-Joseph Wilcox, jr. Falcon-Dmitrius Brooks, sr. Florence-Brandon Turner, sr. Fountain-Fort Carson-Devante' Logan, jr.; Iosua Maika, jr. Harrison-Tyrese Van Horne, fr.; Devon Washington, so. Lewis-Palmer-Alex Bailey, sr.; Thomas MacNabb, sr.; Cade Pauman, jr. Liberty-Andrew Doctor, jr.; Alex Thomas, sr. Manitou Springs-Bryce Coop, sr.; Jared Keul, sr.; Jayden Omi, so. Mesa Ridge-Derrion Barley, jr.; Quentin Gilbert, jr.; Jordan Whitley, sr. Mitchell-Darius Cheatom, so. Palmer-Awet Beraki, jr.; Aaron Eurek, sr.; Bryce Laughlin, jr.; Tanner Walsh, sr. Palmer Ridge-Maxwell Herebic, jr.; Andrew Lester, sr.; Ryan Matson, jr.; Matt Northway, sr.; Maccee Reed, jr.; Nathan Strickling, jr.; Stephen Vaughn, jr. Peyton-Seth Anderson, sr.; Joseph Enright, sr.; Caleb Smith, sr. Pikes Peak Christian-Tommy Harmon, so. Pine Creek-Donald Armstead, so.; Evan Craig, jr.; Daniel Fuhr, jr.; Andrew Murphy, jr.; Damario Rogan-Portillos, sr.; Mitchell Volz, sr.; Wyatt Wieland, jr. Rampart-Jacob Dewey, jr.; Sadio Fenner, jr.; Connor McCabe, jr.; Joseph Williams, sr. Sierra-Xavier Brown, jr.; Dante Thomas, jr. St. Mary's-Sean Hiramatsu, jr.; Adam Maal, so.; Jonathan Padrnos, jr. Vanguard-Harley Morgan, sr. Vista Ridge-Anthony Bellot, sr.; Desmond Calhoun, sr.; Kendrick Cannick, sr.; Kobe Christiansen, jr.; Micah Hilts, so.; Isaiah Lapioli, sr.; Hunter Maldonado, sr.; Tristan Pratt, so. Widefield-Matthew Arbegast, sr.; Jaquaireus Grant, jr.; Maximilliano Martinez, sr.; Cole Munoz, jr.; Elijah Whatley, jr. Woodland Park-Skye Ciccarelli, so.; Chase Graves, so.; Colin Kinsman, jr.
The Gazette 2017 Boys' Track and Field Coach of the Year: Erik Stevens, Vista Ridge

The Gazette 2017 Boys' Track and Field Coach of the Year: Erik Stevens, Vista Ridge

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

For Erik Stevens, coaching Division I athletes, as he did not long ago at UCLA, and high school athletes in Colorado didn't require any changes in philosophy. "I didn't change anything," said Stevens, who just concluded his first season at the helm of the Vista Ridge boys' track and field program and leading it to the 4A team title - the second in school history. "The big piece of the puzzle I like to talk about is being prepared, to be ready to make any type of adjustment that you need to make in any situation." Perhaps the biggest adjustment for everyone in Lakewood was the meet's reduction from three days from two, thanks to inclement weather that delayed the event's start by 48 hours. "That was a pretty big adjustment to have to make," said Stevens, who has his bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona. "They made things happen. As I said all along, if you do your job, things should come out. They did their jobs and made me look good." Stevens came to Vista Ridge not quite one year ago following two seasons at Erie. Previously, he spent two seasons as an assistant at UCLA, overseeing the program's cross country, distance and middle-distance programs. He started his career at Arapahoe, where he coached cross country and track from 2006-12. With another title in the trophy case, the focus now is on defending it. Vista Ridge had waited four years to return to track's mountaintop. "By winning one, I think we've already completed the first step," Stevens said. "We have a good crew coming back, and the pieces are starting to come together. We know it's not going to be easy, but the kids really want to do this again next year."
The Gazette Girls' Track and Field Coach of the Year: Chuck Schwartz, Air Academy

The Gazette Girls' Track and Field Coach of the Year: Chuck Schwartz, Air Academy

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Coach Chuck Schwartz knew his Air Academy girls' track and field team had the potential to be something special. He had experience on his roster in senior thrower Katelin Gallegos, senior distance runner Maria Mettler, and junior sprinter Olivia Whitaker, who were all poised to have successful seasons. But Schwartz knew he had to get contributions from his other runners too - not just for this season, but for when Gallegos, Mettler and Whitaker are gone. He had prepared for this, though, implementing an atmosphere where the upperclassmen are expected to mentor the underclassmen. This approach helped Schwartz to be recognized as The Gazette's girls' track and field Coach of the Year. His technique also paid off at the 4A state track and field meet. Gallegos, Mettler and Whitaker combined for 64 points by themselves, and if you include the relay teams containing Mettler and Whitaker, that number jumped to 78, which would have been good enough to place the Air Academy second overall. But the Kadets needed more to overcome Niwot, the favorites to win the state meet. Senior Kamerin Valdes came through, finishing fourth and sixth in the 200 and 400, respectively, for 10 points, while senior high jumper Allyson Stanley finished seventh in the high jump to earn three points. Add that to freshman distance-runner Tatum Miller's ninth-place finish in the 3200 and Air Academy had 92 points. Niwot had 83. The Kadets had won and lived up to Schwartz's expectations from the beginning of the year. "I had a good idea that we would have an outside shot at being one of the top teams in the state, it's just a lot of things had to come together," Schwartz said. "You had to avoid some injuries and make sure we get people on board, so yeah I had a sense it was there, and a lot of things fell together well." Schwartz's job isn't done now, though. He may be losing Mettler, Gallegos and the rest of the senior class, but he's prepared his team to make up for their losses. It starts with finding a way to replace Mettler's leadership. "We spent this year preparing for that well," Schwartz said. "We invest a lot in our underclassmen. ... I think we had four freshmen at (the state meet). We had three freshmen sprinters and then Tatum (Miller) who's a freshman distance runner, and I think we had a few alternates who were freshmen. But, yeah, we put a pretty heavy emphasis on our underclassmen to try to . we started doing that so that we can not feel the loss so much, because it's impossible to replace a leader like Maria. Hopefully she passes it on and a kid picks up the torch." The transition won't be all bad - Whitaker's return for her senior season will assure that. But Schwartz certainly has his work cut out for him. Yet, if his investment in the freshmen this spring pays off, perhaps the he will find himself with that same good feeling at the beginning of next season.
The Gazette 2017 Girls' Track and Field All-Area teams

The Gazette 2017 Girls' Track and Field All-Area teams

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

First team 100 meters: Gabbi Chapa, Doherty, sr.-Posted area's best time of 12.23 at 5A state meet. 200 meters: Olivia Whitaker, Air Academy, jr.-Took second at 4A state meet in 25.09, area's top time. 400 meters: Lauren Gale, Discovery Canyon, jr.-Missed most of the season with injury, but returned in time to take second at 4A meet in 56.22, area's top time. 800 meters: Maria Mettler, Air Academy, sr.-Her 2:14.55 captured the 4A state title and was the area's top time. 1,600 meters: Maria Mettler, Air Academy, sr.-Took second at 4A state meet in 5:04.20, the area's fastest time. 3,200 meters: Maria Mettler, Air Academy, sr.-Won the 4A state title in 10:47.25, nine seconds better than her nearest competitor. 100 hurdles: Alexis Buckhaults, Cañon City, sr.-Took second at 4A meet in 14.70, fastest among area athletes. Related: The Gazette 2017 Boys' Track and Field All-Area teams 300 hurdles: Mary McCowen, Cheyenne Mountain, sr.-Her 45.79 at the 4A state meet was the area's top time. High jump: RaeAnn Queener, The Classical Academy, jr.-Cleared 5-5 at 3A state meet to tie for fourth. Pole vault: Erika Willis, The Classical Academy, jr.-Set a 3A state meet record when she cleared 12-5 to win gold; tied for state best with 12-8 at Pueblo Twilight. Long jump: Aaliyah Ricketts, Widefield, so.-Jumped 17-10 to take fourth at 4A state meet, longest jump in the region. Triple jump: Kiana Jackson, Fountain-Fort Carson, jr.-Took third at 5A state meet, and posted state's top jump of 37-8 at John Tate Challenge Cup in April. Shot put: Shaelynn Williams, Mesa Ridge, jr.-Won 4A gold with a throw of 40-10, the area's top throw. Discus: Gina Coleman, Fountain-Fort Carson, sr.-Captured third at 5A state meet with a throw of 149-3, third best throw in the state. Second team 100 meters: Olivia Whitaker, Air Academy, jr. 200 meters: Brittany Fuchs, Calhan, jr. 400 meters: Olivia Whitaker, Air Academy, jr. 800 meters: Layla Almasri, Pine Creek, sr. 1,600 meters: Devon Kroeker, Pine Creek, sr. 3,200 meters: Tatum Miller, Air Academy, fr. 100 hurdles: Kiana Jackson, Fountain-Fort Carson, jr. 300 hurdles: Elinor Enderle, Cañon City, sr. High jump: Celia Smith, Coronado, sr. Pole vault: Kristina Willis, The Classical Academy, fr. Long jump: Trinity Lafromboise, Mesa Ridge, so. Triple jump: Jaelyn Hershberger, Coronado, jr. Shot put: Gina Coleman, Fountain-Fort Carson, sr. Discus: Kiara Olson, Doherty, sr. Honorable mention Air Academy-Katelin Gallegos, sr.; Allyson Stanley, sr.; Kamerin Valdes, sr. Calhan-Anne Shaffer, sr.; Savannah Teetor, jr. Cañon City-Amanda Ary, sr.; Katie Till, sr. Cheyenne Mountain-Cassie Lynn Bonner, jr.; Michaela Moore, sr.; Ashlynn Smith, sr.; Ashlyn Ventimiglia, so. The Classical Academy-Shenna Daum, fr.; Kelsey Eichelberger, jr.; McKenzie Elliott, jr.; Esther Eyberg, fr.; Maria Feldotto, sr.; Katie Flaherty, so.; Audra Frieden, jr.; Hannah Gaona, sr.; Brooke Hoglin, jr.; Erin Percy, jr.; Chantae Steele, so.; Claudia Valenzuela, jr. Colorado Springs Christian School-Grace Butler, sr.; Julia Ridgway, sr.; Katelyn Sage, sr.; Grace Skinner, sr. Discovery Canyon-Jenny Hall, sr.; Nyalah Johnson, sr.; Alexandra Palmer, sr.; Liberty Ricca, so. Doherty-Jordan Thomas, so. Ellicott-Miranda Garduno, sr.; Kaitlyn Hill, so. Falcon-Kaitlin Malone, sr.; Hannah Perry, so. Fountain-Fort Carson-Zaria Joseph, so.; Afrasia Robinson, jr. Fountain Valley-Faith Chambers, sr. Harrison-Ereana McCallister, so.; Kaylene Richardson, jr.; Alexa Ware, jr. Lewis-Palmer-Elizabeth Beagle, jr. Liberty-Sophia Collins, jr.; Aliyah George, jr.; Katelyn McMoore, fr.; Katie Roth, sr. Manitou Springs-Alex Riley, sr.; Naomi Stevens, sr. Mesa Ridge-Kelly Farnham, jr.; Starr Fritsch, sr.; Kori Johnson, jr. Palmer-Chantey Nelson, sr. Palmer Ridge-Annalese Edwards, fr.; Caroline Giusti, jr.; Julia Howe, so.; Ave Lewis, jr.; Sophia Lovato, sr.; Nicole Phaneuf, jr.; Isabel Tellez, jr. Peyton-Jenny Dekker, fr.; Aisha Hammill, jr.; Kaylee Kearse, so. Pikes Peak Christian-Gabrielle Braithwaite, jr.; Christa Harvey, so.; Kyler Sweat, fr. Pine Creek-Loryn Blount, jr.; Elaena Murdock, jr. Rampart-Anthonnette Bishop-Falu, jr. Sand Creek-Dejah Glover, sr.; Jenna McAllister, sr. Sierra-Briyana Bunson, jr.; Alexandria Burns, jr.; DaeJuana Rhoads, so.; Gya'ni Sami, so. St. Mary's-Jackie Delfeld, sr.; Seneca Hackley, fr.; Hannah McReavy, jr.; Ana Muehlbauer, jr.; Mary Piedad, sr. Vanguard-Bria Johnson, fr.; Trinity Stevens, so.; Olivia Wren, fr. Vista Ridge-Karla Delgadillo, jr.; Alexis Dubiel, sr.; Jewel Inlow, sr.; Kaylin King, jr.; Brianne Watkins, jr. Widefield-Shynesti Johnson, jr. Woodland Park-Emily Arseneau, so.
The Gazette Boys’ Track Peak Performer: Tanner Norman, TCA

The Gazette Boys’ Track Peak Performer: Tanner Norman, TCA

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Past disappointments and falling short of personal goals have served as motivation for Tanner Norman. That translated into quite a sendoff for the TCA senior distance runner. “This year was pretty good,” said Norman, the boys’ track and field Peak Performer. “I set my goals pretty high, and I used any frustration of coming up sort as fuel. I can’t think of anything I missed out on. This year, I’ve been pretty lucky. I’ve gotten to do everything and maybe a little more.” Norman, on the heels of winning his second straight state cross country title last October, continued that momentum into the spring, focused on winning the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races, events he finished second the season before at the state meet in Lakewood. He did that, claiming victory in the 3,200 in a 3A state-meet time of 9 minutes 14.45 seconds, helping the Titans to a runner-up finish in the team standings. He also stood on the podium’s top step after winning gold in the 1,600. Prior to state, on May 5 , Norman set a state all-class record by clocking a time of 9:04.97 in the 3,200 at the Pueblo Twilight at Dutch Clark Stadium. And to think that one year ago, Norman’s best time in the eight-lap race was more than 30 seconds slower. As a freshman, he could barely break the 10-minute plateau. “He got markedly better through high school,” Titans distance and cross country coach Alan Versaw said. “That’s the kind of progression you like to see. Actually, that is staggering when you think about it. Normally, you see that tailing off in improvement. Where does that come from? That underscores how hard he works.” That hard work continues into the summer as he prepares for a college career at Iowa State. But first, he’ll see where he stacks up with the nation’s best at the Brooks PR Invitational, June 17 in suburban Seattle. To put his state-record effort in perspective, his mark in Pueblo was 14 seconds slower than the winning time in the 3,200 in last year’s Brooks event. “To show up to a meet like that, you’re just a face in the crowd,” Norman said. “It can be humbling, but it’s always a good experience to go and do something like that. It’s cool to meet new people.” And he’ll meet plenty of new people in Ames, people who likely could beat him out for a spot on the team this season. But that’s OK with Norman. He knows what happens when his high standards aren’t met. “I have to sit down with the new coach and figure things out,” Norman said. “My goal this year is to get better and stay healthy. I might go in and make the team. If not, that’s fine. I have an extra year to develop, and I can use that to get better.”
The Gazette 2017 Baseball All-Area teams

The Gazette 2017 Baseball All-Area teams

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Pitcher Micah Bregard Air Academy, jr. Opponents hit .151 against him as he went 6-1 with a 2.04 ERA. Pitcher Toby Scoles Pine Creek, sr. Player of the year in 5A CSML went 6-1, 1.02 ERA with .165 OBA. Pitcher Rodney Gregg Peyton, so. Gave up four earned runs over 52 IPs (10-0, 0.54 ERA), 5 CGs, 3 SOs, .123 OBA. Catcher Brock Girling Sierra, sr. Had highest batting average (.607) and OBP (.718) in 4A - OBP was third highest in state. First base Justin Olson Pine Creek, jr. Slugged .791 with 1.284 OPS, 5 HRs, 19 RBIs. Second base Lincoln Andrews Cañon City, so. Drove in 30 runs while hitting .531 and posting 1.586 OPS. Third base Dalton Bishop Mesa Ridge, sr. The 4A CSML MVP Hit .556, had 1.673 OPS, 29 RBIs, 5 HRs, 25 runs. Shortstop Billy Cook Lewis-Palmer, sr. The 4A PPAC player of the year posted 1.689 OPS, drove in 24 RBIs, hit 6 HRs, slugged 1.054 - third best in 4A. Outfield Alex Bumpus Coronado, sr. Drove in 25 runs with 8 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 5 HRs, 1.573 OPS. Outfield Quinton Clark Sand Creek, jr. Went 23 of 41 (.561) for two-win team, posting 1.453 OPS, .648 OBP. Outfield Jarett Koch Cañon City, sr. Hit .587 with .649 OBP, .825 SLG, 26 runs; struck out twice in 63 ABs. Utilit y Samuel Perkett Evangelical Christian Academy, sr. His .645 average and 40 hits were tops in Pikes Peak region and fourth in state. Also posted 2.69 ERA over 52 innings. Second team Pitcher: James Verlinde, Air Academy, sr. Pitcher: Luke Nethercot, Cañon City, sr. Pitcher: Jacob Brummel, St. Mary's, sr. Catcher: Brysynt Clark-Perez, Mitchell, jr. First base: Brad King, Discovery Canyon, jr. Second base: Davyn Adamscheck, Manitou Springs, sr. Third base: Aaron Berkhoff, Cheyenne Mountain, so. Shortstop: Jaeden Hegmann, Mesa Ridge, sr. Outfield: Caleb Grotelueschen, Discovery Canyon, jr. Outfield: Austin Brady, Rampart, jr. Outfield: Josh Gonzales, Peyton, so. Utility: Jay Onken, Pine Creek, jr. Honorable mention Air Academy-Nick Chiacchia, sr.; Sam Cregan, sr.; Josh Dudden, sr.; Grant Shandy, so. Calhan-Eddie Glaser, so.; Leo Prosser, sr. Cañon City-Brandon Farnsworth sr.; Michael Hawver, sr.; Zac Hanenberg, jr.; Kadin Porter, jr. Cheyenne Mountain-Christian Buckler, sr.; Dakota Henn, sr.; Chase McCleary, jr.; Ryan Schneider, sr.; Matthew Smith, sr. The Classical Academy-John Bull, jr.; Brayden Luft, jr. Coronado-Joey Callan, sr.; Tanner Mayberry, sr.; Bryce McKee, so.; Parker Martin, so. Discovery Canyon-Michael Barbato, sr.; Ben Brady, jr.; Britt Logan, sr.; Kaven Sook, sr.; Josh Umiamaka, sr. Doherty-Zach Bosler, sr.; Randy Good, jr.; Charlie Wood, sr. Evangelical Christian Academy-Tyler Schwinck, sr.; Zachary Perry, jr.; Benjamin DeRuiter, jr. Falcon- Gary Crist, sr.; Phillip Loving, sr.; Brevin Owen, sr. Fountain-Fort Carson-Jarrod Joiner, sr.; Trevor Kramer, sr.; Manny Ortega, sr.; Domanique Sanders, sr.; Jarren Sly, sr.; Rayn Stratton, jr. Lewis-Palmer- Johnny Behm, so.; Brady Choban, jr.; Jason Shuger, so. Liberty- Benjamin Lake, jr.; Stewart Manning, sr. Manitou Springs-Sean Whalen, sr. Mesa Ridge-Daevion Kinnard, jr.; Jarod Morris, sr. Palmer-Matt Borgman, sr.; Jordan Chappell, sr. Palmer Ridge-Charlie Deeds, so.; Nathan Gishwiller, sr. Peyton-Garhett Shaw, sr.; Rupert Shaw, so.; Jaeden Meyers, so.; Caleb Yutzy, sr. Pine Creek-Zach Asay, sr.; Riley Cornelio, so.; Parker Gregory, so.; Zac Heisler, jr.; Kyle Moran, so.; Grant Wilkinson, so. Rampart-Brio Rookey, jr. Sierra-Adrian Montes, sr. St. Mary's-TJ English, sr.; Sascha Obermayer, jr.; Josh White, so. Vista Ridge-Justin Risdall, sr. Woodland Park-Sam Levy, sr.; Mac McClintock, sr. Widefield-Isaiah Grima, jr.; Jarred Hutchison, sr.; Reece Lieby, jr.; Cameron Skalla, sr.
Lewis-Palmer's Billy Cook is The Gazette Baseball Peak Performer of the Year

Lewis-Palmer's Billy Cook is The Gazette Baseball Peak Performer of the Year

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Billy Cook's spikes were just big enough to fill the void at Lewis-Palmer. The Rangers entered the season without Paul Tillotson, who headed to Nebraska after garnering The Gazette Baseball Peak Performer of the Year honor in 2016. Cook picked up right where Tillotson left off, batting .545 as a senior with 33 RBIs and six home runs. That was two more than Tillotson hit during his last season at Lewis-Palmer. And like his former teammate, Cook is now the Peak Performer of the Year. Related: Baseball coach of the year deflects credit to his player "I just went out there and knew I had to be a leader for the team," Cook said. "So every at bat, every ground ball, I tried to set an example for the younger guys on what they need to do, what their approach should be, and how they should continue to approach the game even as they get older." Lewis-Palmer coach Brett Lester realized Cook was going to be an outstanding player when he took over the program ahead of the 2016 season. "(Cook) is also a really good basketball player, so he would show up late to baseball during both seasons I coached there with him and the first day he showed up junior year, after state tournament basketball, watching him move and throw, there was a noticeable difference between him and the other kids, who were very talented," Lester said on the first time he watched Cook play baseball. "Just hearing the other kids and coaches react after he would make a play, you knew you had a player in him from Day 1." Lester said Cook is "without question" among the top players in Colorado, noting the pair of triples the 6-foot, 170-pound shortstop/outfielder hit in a playoff loss to Silver Creek. "You could tell teams were having to adjust with the way they pitched to him," Lester said. "A lot of teams don't do that as much in high school ball, but coaches were very aware when he came to the plate." Although Cook shone once out of Tillotson's shadow, it is not like he was a one-hit wonder. He also steadily improved, batting .269 as a freshman, .421 as a sophomore and .603 as a junior. That improvement didn't happen by accident. According to Lester, Cook generally logged a few minutes in the batting cages by the time he teammates showed up for practice. Colleges took note. Places like BYU, Air Force and Colorado Mesa all took interest. Even UCLA contacted him. But those schools couldn't displace Cook's dream university: Pepperdine. "First of all, the beautiful campus played a huge role," Cook said on why he chose to become a Wave. "Then when I went there and met the coaches, they were the greatest coaching staff I have ever talked too, better than my high school coaches or anyone I have been in contact with. Then the players, I met them, and they all said they loved (Pepperdine). Before I have even knew about the baseball program and how good they were, the education there is close to Ivy League, not necessarily the same caliber, but smaller school, great teachers and everything else. So, it just really provides all the opportunities I have been looking for in a college." And heading to Malibu, Calif., the Pepperdine coaching staff doesn't expect Cook to redshirt. "They said they are going to play the best players and if that's a freshman from Colorado, then that's who they are going to put in," Cook said. "That's really it. I don't know where I will be playing. In the infield or anything. They just said, 'Come out here and we will find a spot for you and we look forward to four years.'"
The Gazette 2017 Baseball Coach of the Year: Kelly Nickell, Peyton

The Gazette 2017 Baseball Coach of the Year: Kelly Nickell, Peyton

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Peyton baseball coach Kelly Nickell knew the Panthers were going to have a good season. But he didn't expect the kind of year that they had. Nickell led Peyton to a 21-2 record, including a perfect league record. Not only did the Panthers finish with a two-loss season, but Nickell also had his team in the final eight in the 2A baseball tournament for the first time since 1992. "It was special," said Nickell, The Gazette Preps' 2017 high school baseball coach of the year. "I have been doing this a long time, we've had a lot of success but we haven't been able to get over that hump. So to get past the round of the 16 to get to the elite eight, it meant a lot." While Peyton's success helped Nickell earn the honor, he believes the players deserve the credit. According to Nickell, the Panthers had 31 kids out for the team. With that amount, it translated to Peyton having one of the deepest pitching staffs in Colorado. Nickell also raved about how well the Panthers' defense was and how well they hit the ball. "We were just a well-rounded team this year," Nickell said. Although Peyton experienced its best season in over 25 years, it still suffered some heartbreak. The Panthers had aspirations of winning a state title. But that dream vanished after a rough fourth inning against Lyons in the second round of the state tournament. "Extremely tough," Nickell said of the loss. "We played great all year, especially pitching and defensively. We just had a crazy inning. We thought we got a bad call from the umpire and we had a line drive go off our pitcher's leg and then infielders made three errors, which I don't know how many games we had three errors in the whole game and we made three in one inning." Despite the loss, he was proud of what the Panthers accomplished. Nickell expects Peyton to continue this type of success for years to come. The Panthers graduated five seniors. However, Nickell and his coaching staff played six sophomores a lot this year. And, according to Nickell, there are five to seven good incoming freshman, eighth-grade and seventh-grade classes. "The sky's the limit," Nickell said. "(Peyton) should be very good the next six years."
The Gazette 2017 Girls' Soccer All-Area teams

The Gazette 2017 Girls' Soccer All-Area teams

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

First team Forward Brianna Alger Lewis-Palmer, sr. PPAC Player of the Year and Washington State-bound senior scored 24 goals and dished 12 assists. Forward Natasha Wehner Pine Creek, sr. Led 5A CSML with 19 assists while adding 13 goals. Forward Brooklyn Mack Manitou Springs, jr. Netted 29 goals, 9 assists. Midfielder/Forward Hannah Burgo TCA, sr. MVP of 4A CSML netted 34 goals, tied for most in 4A. Midfielder Mykiaa Minniss Doherty, jr. Led 5A CSML with 18 goals, while adding nine assists. Midfielder McKenna Monk Fountain Valley, sr. Tied for second most in state with 42 goals, while 20 assists tied for fourth. Midfielder Gabby Huthoefer CSCS, sr. Her 35 goals were sixth most in the state. Defender Jade Kinsey Rampart, so. Sophomore made an impression as she was voted 5A CSML MVP. Defender Karlee Hendricks TCA, jr. Anchored defense that yielded nine goals over 17 games. Defender Kellsie Knoerzer Pine Creek, jr. Key component to defense that gave up fewer than a goal per game. Goalie Riley Furbush Doherty, sr. Wyoming-bound goalie posted five shutouts and averaged 7.6 saves per game.   Second team Forward: Aliyah Moya, Vanguard , fr. Forward: Emily Nguyen, Palmer Ridge , jr. Forward: Alexandra Palmer, Discovery Canyon , sr. Midfielder/Forward: Jaden Davis, Sand Creek, so. Midfielder: Faith Heery, St. Mary's, jr. Midfielder: Alison Smith , TCA, jr. Midfielder: Athena Kuehn, Pine Creek, sr. Defender: Karly Sandoval, Lewis-Palmer, sr. Defender: Liza Louthan , Air Academy, so. Defender: Morgan Sibley, Liberty, jr. Goalie: Jade Odom, Pine Creek , sr.   Honorable mention Air Academy-Baylee Barnes, so.; Morgan Hartman, sr.; Mary Parchinski, jr.; Lily Tiefel, jr. Atlas Prep-Jesenia Valdez, so. Canon City-Macy French, so.; Lizzy McCalla, sr.; Kiley O'Rourke, so.; Taylor Roberts, jr.; Rachel Vertrees, sr. Cheyenne Mountain-Jamie Burke, sr.; Meridian Haas, sr.; Lisa Long, so.; Piper Negaard, jr.; Alex Taylor, sr.; Bella Zanotelli, fr. The Classical Academy-Abbie Flannery, sr.; Nicole Hale, sr.; Trinity Harvey, fr.; Ashlynn Register, sr. Colorado Springs Christian School-Grace Rummel, jr.; Katie McGrath, jr.; Virginia McGrath, jr.; Hannah Wilson, sr. Colorado Springs School-Ali Graham, jr.; Sarah Weidman, sr. Coronado-Hannah Burgess, so.; Amelia Herman, fr.; Lauren Strizich, fr. Discovery Canyon-Jordan Alcon, sr.; Madeline Angel, sr.; Anette Galaviz, sr. Doherty-Jaelyn Brown, sr.; Jil Lahey, sr.; Chaylaa Minniss, fr.; Dee Pickering, sr. Ellicott-Sarah Maher, jr. Evangelical Christian Academy-Maggie Kirkpatrick, sr.; April Mann, sr.; Cambria Steiner, sr. Falcon-Haydn Shereck, sr. Florence-Rysa Lancaster, jr.; Haleigh Leibel, jr.; Maddy Medina, jr. Fountain-Fort Carson-Alanah Cox, sr.; Jaya Freeman, so.; Shiann Taylor, sr. Fountain Valley-Emily Dixon, fr.; Taylor Furrh, sr.; Ani Love, jr.; Megan Masters, sr.; Isabella Montoya, sr. Harrison-Jackie Contreras, jr.; Talia Hernandez, sr.; Airen Roslaniec, sr. James Irwin-Emily Huycke, jr.; Macaylah LeBlanc, sr.; Martha Neill, sr.; Maddison Sweet, jr. Lewis-Palmer-Rilee Britton, jr.; Kate Devine, sr.; Annica Fletemeyer, sr.; Kirsten Hatton, sr.; Kaity Hovasse, jr. Liberty-Cortney Cowles, fr.; Breana Flores, sr.; Carolyn Naftanel, fr.; Afton Schraml, so.; Taylor Sibley, fr. Manitou Springs-Bridget Bodor, so.; Monique Heiniger, sr.; Alyssa Holladay, jr.; Meghann Root, sr.; Caileen Sienchnect, so. Mesa Ridge-Emily Fogall, jr. Palmer-Riley Abeyta, so.; Callie Matteson, jr.; Maia Wiegand-Brown, fr. Palmer Ridge-Ali Tobey, sr. Pine Creek-Madeline Alhamra, sr.; Torri Brodish, so.; Myah Isais, so.; Kylie Kapustka, sr. Rampart-Haley Creapo, so.; Riley Flewelling, sr.; Jordyn Kinsey, sr.; Grace McReynolds, fr.; Beacon Meier, fr.; Harmony Meier, fr. Sand Creek-Miranda Schwartz, so.; Zoey Shank, fr. St. Mary's-Mary Brummel, so.; Katie Fowler, so.; Marisa Shigio, jr.; Sydney Silver, jr.; Brooklyn Valdez, fr. Vista Ridge-Kate Rohr, jr. Widefield-Malina Malindez, jr. Woodland Park-Samantha Lecky, jr.; Maia Pappadakis, jr.
The Gazette Girls' Soccer Peak Performer: Brianna Alger, Lewis-Palmer

The Gazette Girls' Soccer Peak Performer: Brianna Alger, Lewis-Palmer

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

For as many times as Lewis-Palmer's Brianna Alger stole the spotlight on the field with her wizardly ball skills and untouched speed, she just as effectively dodged attention off of it. For her senior year, Alger could've easily worn the "C" on her jersey without debate. After posting more goals than the total of the next three best scorers on the team as a junior and having the most assists while leading the Rangers to a state title, she appeared to be a shoo-in. She declined, anyway. "We have positions where you have to try out for captain but I didn't want to do that because I felt like putting myself in the captain role would make me seem in a way superior, even though that's not the captain's role," said Alger, The Gazette Girls' Soccer Peak Performer of the Year. "I just wanted to be on the same level as all my teammates." Related: The Gazette 2017 Girls' Soccer Coach of the Year: Carisa Whitson, Rampart It wasn't that Alger didn't want to lead or that she didn't push her team. She led by example. This spring, she carried the Rangers in the scoring department with 24 goals and 12 assists despite consistently being the focal point of opponent game plans. In the final game of her high school career, and maybe her best yet, she lifted the Rangers out of a 2-0 deficit in the state quarterfinals against Windsor with a dominant second half that included two goals. Although eventually losing 3-2 in overtime, it was a fitting end to Alger's storied career. "She played out of her mind," L-P coach Ryan Parsons said. "Everything in that second half she was doing right. Making the right moves, the right passes, she definitely wanted to win that game." Alger will play soccer at Washington State. On Thursday afternoon, she said she was leaving for Pullman, Wash., to take summer classes in order to lighten up the academic load during the season. She leaves behind an unrivaled legacy at L-P. Alger led the Rangers in goals each of her four seasons in high school, averaging 1.2 goals over her career. In her 73 games, she had 91 goals and 38 assists. "She probably could've scored more goals this year but she was really looking to be that full-team player," Parsons said. "That's the type of girl she is. She's not in it for the accolades, she's not in it for the awards, ultimately she wants to be with the team. It's pretty awesome to see a girl that good with her talent, so humble."
High school all-conference selections for spring 2017 season

High school all-conference selections for spring 2017 season

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Below are the All-Conference teams as selected by area conference for spring sports. The teams are submitted by area administrators. We will add to the lists as all sports conclude and as lists are distributed to us. BASEBALL All-League selections 5A CSML 1st Team Name School Alex Bumpus Coronado Austin Brady Rampart Domanique Sanders FFC Jay Onken Pine Creek Jordan Chappell Palmer Parker Gregory Pine Creek Riley Cornelio Pine Creek Toby Scoles Pine Creek Trevor Kramer FFC Zach Bosler Doherty 2nd Team Ben Lake Liberty Brio Rookey Rampart Bryce McKee Coronado Justin Olson Pine Creek Matt Borgman Palmer Randy Good Doherty Rayn Stratton FFC Stewart Manning Liberty Tanner Mayberry Coronado Jarrod Joiner FFC Zack Asay Pine Creek Coach of the Year-Glenn Millhauser, Pine Creek Player of the Year-Toby Scoles, Pine Creek Honorable mention Parker Martin Coronado Jarren Sly FFC Gradehame Webb Coronado Manuel Ortega FFC Joey Callan Coronado Gavin Green FFC Tyler Fischer Liberty Caden Jones Rampart Marty Clift Liberty Donaven Jackson Rampart Jacob Robertson Liberty Dan Moody Rampart Zach Heisler Pine Creek Mason Collier Palmer Cade Kleckner Pine Creek Zac Kishbaugh Palmer Grant Wilkinson Pine Creek Tony Goodman Doherty Charlie Wood Doherty Lucas Colvin Doherty 4A CSML Player of the Year-Dalton Bishop, Mesa Ridge, sr. Coach of the Year-Tim Ritter, Canon City 1st Team All-Conference 1. P Luke Nethercot Canon City sr. 2. C Brock Girling Sierra sr. 3. INF Dalton Bishop Mesa Ridge sr. 4. INF Jaeden Hegman Mesa Ridge sr. 5. INF John Bull TCA jr. 6. INF Sam Levy Woodland Park sr. 7. OF Jarred Hutchison Widefield sr. 8. OF Jarrett Koch Canon City sr. 9. OF Daevon Kinnard Mesa Ridge jr. 10. C/UTI Bryson Clark-Perez Mitchell jr. 2nd Team All-Conference 1. P Brandon Farnsworth Canon City sr. 2. C Reece Lieby Widefield jr. 3. INF Colin Steinke Elizabeth jr. 4. INF Isaiah Grima Widefield jr. 5. INF Albert McClintock Woodland Park sr. 6. INF Jarod Morris Mesa Ridge sr. 7. OF Cameron Skalla Widefield sr. 8. OF Garrett Warren Elizabeth sr. 9. OF Brayden Luft TCA jr. 10. UTI Michael Hawver Canon City sr. Honorable mention Canon City-Zach Hanenberg, Lincoln Andrews, Harvey Wahl Elizabeth-Tyler Richardson, Garrett Hawkins, Riley Saunders Harrison-Cody Lucero, Justin Maynes, Nate Mesa Mesa Ridge-Bobby Costillas, Marley Machin, Reece, Bishop Mitchell-Antonio Antencio, Conner Lentoevich, Jervante Harris Sierra-Adrian Montes Rico Vallejos, Brandon Tafoya TCA-Sawyer Weeks, Noah Lesecki, Matt Roper Widefield-Brice Lieby, Ronan Witte, Brandon Heitz Woodland Park-John Hoffman, Dempsey Battin, Cole Trichell 4A PPAC Player of the Year— Billy Cook, Lewis-Palmer, sr. Coach of the Year— Doug Goldberg, Air Academy First team Pitchers—Micah Bregard, AA, sr.; James Verlinde, AA, sr. First base—Brad King, DCC, jr. Second base—Chase McCleary, CM,, jr. Shortstop—Josh Dudden, AA, sr. Third base—Aaron Berkhoff, CM, so. Outfield—Ryan Scheineder, sr., CM; Quinton Clark, jr., SC; Phillip Loving, sr., FAL Catcher—Dakota Henn, CM, sr. Designated hitter—Charlie Deeds, PR, so. Utility—Brevin Owen, Fal, sr. Second team Pitchers—Jason, Shugar, LP, so.; Gary, Crist, Fal, sr. First base—Brady Chobin, , LP, jr. Second base—Justin Risdall, VR, sr. Shortstop—Christian Buckler, CM, sr. Third base—Sam Cregan, AA, sr. Outfield—Caleb Grotelueschen, jr., DCC; Johnny Behm, so., LP; Ben Brady, jr., DCC Catcher—Kaven Sook, DCC, sr. Designated hitter—Josh Umiamaka, DCC, sr. Utility—Nathan Gishwiller, PR, sr. 3A Tri-Peaks League West First team CSCS—Quinn Stowell SR; Justin Johnston SR Florence—Alec Lucero SR Buena Vista—Jordan Yates JR; Jack Beroni SR; Toby Camp SR Manitou—Davyn Adamscheck SR; Sean Whalen SR; Dylan Hickock SR Salida—Desmond Lau ; Graham Price ; Ian Olson ; Sam Tamelan Honorable mention CSCS—Daniel Burton SR; Matt Johnston SO Florence—Jeremiah Spears JR; Dominic Bellino SR Buena Vista—Denver Hargrove SR; Ryan Kay SR Salida—Bridgen Russell ; Eli Smith  West Player of the Year— Sean Whalen MS West Coach of Year— Cory Archuleta MS East First team St. Mary’s—Jacob Brummel SR; TJ English SR; Josh White SO; Saxcha Obermeyer SO Rye—Bailey Benz SR; Brandon Johnson SR Lamar—Tyler Geddes SR; Nick Navarette SR; Lucas Watson JR; Dalton Chandler JR; Colton Eberhardt JR La Junta—Izaihah Peteque SR; Dax Bender SR; Matt Espinoza JR Trinidad—Vance Ferraro SR Honorable mention St. Mary’s—Gavin Sturtevant JR; Matt Haines JR Rye—Kevin Bailey SR; Damon Elarton SO Lamar—Davin Jacobs JR; Andres Guevara JR La Junta—Jon Nuschy SO; Dyson Oquist JR Trinidad—JT Velasquez SR; Jeremiah Montoya FR East Player of Year— Tyler Geddes Lamar East Coach of Year— Jason Veyna Lamar 2A Black Forest League 1st Team All-Conference Leo Prosser, Calhan Eddie Glaser, Calhan Adan Guerrero, DHPH Connor Dierksen, DHPH Pablo Alonso, DHPH Tyler Schwinck, ECA Zach Perry, ECA Ben DeRuiter, ECA Rodney Gregg, Peyton Garhett Shaw, Peyton Rupert Shaw, Peyton Jaeden Meyers, Peyton Caleb Yutzy, Peyton Gunner Rapp, Simla Honorable Mention Jacob Bolduc, Calhan Charles Sparks, Calhan Logan Rotenberry, Calhan Pedro Hernandez, DHPH Joaquin Martinez, DHPH Jacob Kim, ECA Brandon Merriam, Ellicott Isayah Cobarrubias, Ellicott Zach Frantz, Peyton Josh Gonzales, Peyton Tyler Walker, Peyton Matthew Mazerall, Simla GIRLS' GOLF All-Conference 5A CSML First Team Arielle Keating, Rampart Elly Carlson, Pine Creek Kate Griffin, Coronado Madi Eurich, Coronado Second Team Elizabeth Pendleton, Pine Creek Alex Hill, Rampart Sarah MacDonald, Liberty Charlotte Cliatt, Palmer 4A CSML 1st Team All-League McKenna Eddy, Elizabeth; Kenzie Fontana, TCA; MaKenzie Andert, Mesa Ridge; Layne Reed, Mesa Ridge. 2nd Team All-League Anna Connell, TCA; Abby Vogl, Elizabeth; Isabella Goodman, Mesa Ridge, (tie) Caitlin Solano, TCA and (tie) Leann Sage, Mesa Ridge. 4A PPAC All-Conference Player School Rounds Total Kellsey Sample Palmer Ridge 78 74 76 228 Ashlee Sample Palmer Ridge 79 85 86 250 Casey Fetters Cheyenne Mtn 89 81 87 257 Isabell Deak Air Academy 86 86 87 259 Paige Langum Air Academy 95 86 91 272 Shannon Bocquet Discovery Canyon 100 88 96 284 Taylor Martinez Air Academy 116 89 95 300 Maddie Stewart Air Academy 103 93 105 301 BOYS’ LACROSSE CHSLCA ALL-STATE SELECTIONS Class 5A 1st Team   Attack Asher Nolting sr. Cherry Creek Tommy Mott sr. Highlands Ranch Gabe Mein jr. Columbine Henry Savage jr. Cherry Creek Jake Frane sr. Mountain Vista Chase Douglas sr. Arapahoe August Sally so. Denver East Midfield Colin Munro sr. Mountain Vista Connor Till sr. Cherry Creek Nick Gallegos sr. Highlands Ranch Nate Miller sr. Cherry Creek Reed Babcock so. Regis Jesuit Zach Hall sr. Wheat Ridge Quentin Birch sr. Regis Jesuit Nick Darrow jr. Columbine Defense Jack Calderone sr. Cherry Creek Joey Soran sr. Regis Jesuit Trevor Brown sr. Cherry Creek Trey Sayers sr. Wheat Ridge Judd Erickson sr. Mountain Vista Goalie Erik Peters sr. Rock Canyon Braden Host sr. Regis Jesuit F/O Midfielder JT Simonton sr. Cherry Creek LSM Hunter Graefe sr. Chaparral Def. Midfielder Patrick Roe jr. Regis Jesuit Justin Kehoe sr. Wheat Ridge 2nd Team Attack Mikey Blais sr. Douglas County Jake Govett jr. Mountain Vista Dylan Sandman sr. ThunderRidge Andrew Frerich sr. Wheat Ridge Gunnar Carlile jr. Heritage Nick Ringhofer jr. Regis Jesuit Midfield Aaron Boyd sr.  Mullen Nate Surd jr. Columbine Blake Widlund sr. Arapahoe Ryan Nunes sr. Mountain Vista Caden Meis so. Legend Dalton Ziegler sr.  Lewis Palmer Timmy Saffold jr. Kent Denver Defense Marcus Trujillo so. Castle View Drake Gillis  sr. Mullen Mac Tezak sr. Regis Jesuit Brock Harmon jr. Columbine Sammer Ziady sr. Monarch Travis Torline sr. Wheat Ridge Jack Weigand sr. Regis Jesuit Nic Haughn sr. Pine Creek Goalie  Joe Whitmore sr. Smoky Hill Ian Mullins sr. Lewis Palmer Gavin Bellman jr. Columbine F/O Midfielder Daniel Shelanski sr. Denver East LSM Kyle Nalen sr. Kent Denver Honorable Mention  Attack—Garrett Ziegler, jr., Lewis Palmer; Oliver Hart, sr., Eaglecrest; Ryan Bergner, sr., Kent Denver; Matt Pollack, sr., Colorado Academy Midfield—Ty Veres, sr., Rock Canyon; Jack Tuttle, fr., Castle View; Jimmy Erickson, jr., Cherry Creek; Charlie Gifford, sr., Monarch; Max Waldbaum, sr., Kent Denver; Jacob Brunner , so., Lakewood Defense—Brody Rule, so., Highlands Ranch; Jack Wahlenmaier , sr., Rock Canyon; Colby Moore, jr., Grandview; ; Goalie, Jonah Hirshorn, jr., Mountain Vista; Nolan Hector, sr., Wheat Ridge LSM—Danny Kowalski, sr., Monarch; Griffin Bonjean, jr. , Mountain Vista D-Midfielder—Garrett Rademacher, jr., Lewis Palmer F/O—Brett Boos, jr., Chaparral; Dylan Leinhart, fr., Columbine Class 4A 1st Team Attack Gavyn Pure jr. Dawson School Luke Verratti sr. Vail Mountain Grayson Goodyear sr. Valor Christian Chase Phelps sr. Conifer Lance Tillman so. Valor Christian Midfield August Johnson jr. Cheyenne Mountain Gianni Orlando sr. Valor Christian Mac Zee sr. Dawson School Austin Konnath sr. Air Academy Kyle Robinette sr. Durango Sean Traynor jr. Valor Christian Jack Shams jr. Dawson School Lance Olson sr. Lutheran Defense Aidan Abram so. Dawson School Ryan Lemmons sr. Windsor Luke Buck sr. Cheyenne Mountain Sage Gardner so. Dawson School Jackson Soderquist so. Valor Christian Goalie Kobe Lewis sr. Thompson Valley Luke Paige sr. Cheyenne Mountain Ryan Burdi so. Green Mountain F/O Midfielder Eric Pacheco so. Valor Christian Tyler Hancock sr. Vail Mountain LSM Jake Hardy sr. Windsor Trevor Perkey sr. Air Academy Def. Midfielder Charlie Morrow jr. Battle Mountain 2nd Team Attack Hunter Watts jr. Dawson School Mason Meyer sr. Conifer Davis Petersen jr. Steamboat Springs Greg Bilek so. Thompson Valley Jack Eagan jr. Cheyenne Mountain Midfield Jack Bell sr. Cheyenne Mountain Max Hanson jr.  Bishop Machebeuf Nic Crosbie jr. Evergreen Riley Miller sr. Conifer Nick Huels sr. Conifer Defense Zane Hensel sr. Battle Mountain Alex Tate sr. Thomas Jefferson Jake Pacheco jr. Pueblo West Devon Thompson sr. Conifer Caleb Wilking sr. Conifer Grant McNamera sr. Steamboat Springs Goalie Jake Delgado sr. Ponderosa F/O Midfielder Kyle Sudol sr. Dawson School LSM Bryan Gilbertson sr. Steamboat Springs Brennan Grass jr. Golden Def. Midfielder Mark Studer jr. Conifer Honorable mention Attack—Cullen Nordamen, sr., Cheyenne Mountain; Adam Halpern, sr., Lutheran; Liam O’Malley, jr., Littleton; Tommy Rodgers, jr., Durango Midfield—Corbett Tate, sr., Thomas Jefferson; Andrew Bloss, jr., Windsor; Myya Bonner, Jr., sr., George Washington; RJ Peshek, jr., Aspen Defense—Trey Cardenas, so., Thompson Valley; Jack Simpson, jr., Golden; Goalie, Peter Wharton , jr., Steamboat Springs; Dawson Santangelo, fr., Dawson School D-Midfielder—Zac Dewey, fr., Thompson Valley ALL-CONFERENCE 5A Jeffco League Attack School Number Last Name First Name First Team Lewis Palmer 26 Ziegler Garrett Lewis Palmer 7 Ziegler  Cade Columbine 37 Mein Gabe Chatfield 1 Larsen Josh Dakota Ridge  29 Scott  Nick Second Team Lakewood 2 Woods Evan Palmer 2 James Josh Lewis Pamer 16 Manney Andrew Pine Creek 3 Shane Sullivan Columbine 20 Hollens Tanner Mid First Team Lewis Palmer 1 Ziegler Dalton Lakewood 25 Brunner Jacob Dakota Ridge 7 Arfsten Sam Chatfield 5 Johnson Drew Columbine 40 Darrow  Nick Pine Creek 12 Chase Gramlich Columbine 22 Surd Nate Second Team Lewis Palmer 33 Bjurnstrom Nate Palmer 15 Dick Cade Pine Creek 77 Craig Zeigler Chatfield  24 Teague Skyler Columbine 9 Georgiades  Matthew Defense Pine Creek 7 Nic Haughn Dakota  9 Jones Carter Lewis Palmer 30 Ennis Ryan Columbine 28 Harmon Brock Palmer 12   Second Team Chatfied 31 Mueller Steve Lakewood 7 Swanson Sam Lewis Palmer 3 Rinaldo Tucker Dakota 8 Fisher  Riley Bear Creek 1 Moreno Mateo F/O First team Columbine 32 Leinhart Dylan Second team Lewis Palmer 15 Montgomery Justin LSM First team Dakota Ridge 18 Eickelman Jake Second team Pine Creek 42 Patrick Rego DM First team Lewis Palmer 6 Rademacher Garrett Second team Chatfield 21 Robinson Nick Columbine 6 Stasch Andy Goalie First Team Lewis Palmer 18 Mullins Ian Columbine 30 Beilman Gavin Second Team Lakewood 1 Guevara Clayton Dakota Ridge 19 Willams  Brendan Chatfield 22 Daghlian Paul Coach of the Year—Lewis Palmer Dan Mullins   Asst. of the Year—Palmer Sportsmanship—Chatfield, Bear Creek, Lakewood Player of the Year—Lewis Palmer 18 Mullins Ian 4A Southern League All-conference 1st Team Name Number   Grade Position  School August Johnson Jr M Cheyenne Mountain Luke Buck Sr. D CM Luke Paige Sr G CM Jack Bell Sr M CM Jack Egan Jr A CM Cullen Nordamen Sr A CM Trevor Perkey Sr LSM Air Academy Austin Konnath Sr M AA John “JD” Walton Jr A AA Reice Henricks Sr M AA Jake Pacheco Jr D Pueblo West Hunter Kovac Sr M PW Lance Olson Sr M Lutheran Adam Halpern Sr A Lutheran 2nd Team Deano Johnson So FOGO CM Alex Haynie Sr D CM Jack Clancy Sr M CM Zach Reddish Jr LSM CM Wyatt Damon So D CM Wiley Burkett So M CM Braiden Schweitzer Sr M AA  Carter Rodny Jr D AA Tak Kreb Sr D AA Tanner Taskerud Sr G AA Collin Burgess Sr M PW Austin Smith Sr M PW  Blake Kats So A Lutheran Tyler Gonzales Sr LSM Lutheran Honorable mention Carson Bristol So FOGO CM James LaCert Fr M CM Jack Paul Jr A CM Noah Thornally So  A AA Harrison Huthoefer So M AA Mark Garrett So A AA Chase Larwin Jr D AA Kyle Naylor Sr A PW Jett Nakamura Jr A PW Erik Singdalsen Jr G Lutheran Lance Crow So M Lutheran GIRLS’ LACROSSE All-conference Southern League Coach of the Year— Kali Maxwell, Air Academy Player of the Year— Sam Rippley, Senior, Palmer Ridge First team Attack Whitney Moran, Junior, Air Academy Reagan Brenenstuhl, Sophomore, Air Academy Madelyn Lewis, Junior, Cheyenne Mountain Midfield Sam Rippley, Senior, Palmer Ridge Liz Phillips, Junior, Palmer Ridge Brittney White, Sophomore, Pine Creek Kennedy Jamieson, Senior, Air Academy Jolie Gilbreth, Senior, Cheyenne Mountain Defense Lizzie LaJoie, Junior, Cheyenne Mountain Natalie Sannes, Senior, Air Academy Riley Hatchell, Junior, Pine Creek Goalie Skylar Powell, Senior, Cheyenne Mountain Second team Attack Abby O’Hara, Senior, Palmer Ridge Regan Olson, Senior, Palmer Megan Mann, Sophomore, Liberty Midfield Elizabeth Reich, Senior, Palmer Ridge Rylie Maready, Sophomore, Cheyenne Mountain Olivia McCrary, Junior, Liberty Kate Hatchell, Junior, Pine Creek Lauren Avila, Freshman, Pueblo West Defense Aubrey George, Senior, Cheyenne Mountain Dominique Semadeni, Junior, Palmer Ashley Grob, Senior, Palmer Ridge Goalie Devin Morgan, Junior, Pine Creek Honorable mention Attack Anna Sawyer, Senior, Air Academy Camille Callahan, Sophomore, Liberty Jessica Cox, Junior, Air Academy Lili McKeown-Drialo, Senior, Palmer Madeleine Bourgois, Sophomore, Pine Creek Madison Miller, Junior, Palmer Ridge Maya Marquez-Garcia, Senior, Palmer Midfield Annika Furman, Senior, Palmer Avery Rodny, Sophomore, Air Academy Kaia Horaz, Senior, Liberty Mallory Hybl, Junior, Cheyenne Mountain Molly Weeks, Junior, Palmer Nicole Widner, Senior, Rampart Sydney Purkey, Sophomore, Pueblo West Taylor Rahalewich, Sophomore, Liberty Defense Arianna Christians, Freshman, Palmer Audrey Thompson, Senior, Air Academy Bethlehem Schwab, Senior, Pine Creek Jordan Valentine, Junior, Liberty Marissa Macaluso, Senior, Pueblo West Paige Campbell, Junior, Palmer Ridge Reese Mulder, Senior, Air Academy Sophia Parker, Senior, Palmer Ridge Taylor Marquez-Garcia, Senior, Palmer Goalie Annabella Sandoval, Sophomore, Palmer Olivia Ward, Senior, Palmer Ridge GIRLS' SOCCER CHSSCA All-State teams Class 5A Player of the Year— Haley Schueppert Mountain Vista First Team Haley Schueppert Mountain Vista Taylor Parker Grandview Hailey Stodden Broomfield Libby Geraghty Cherry Creek Danielle Babb Arapahoe Gracie Armstrong Legacy Shea Holmes ThunderRidge Amanda Porter Columbine Sydney Pulver Regis Mykiaa Minniss Doherty Sydney Maxson Arapahoe Sierra Roth (K) ThunderRidge Second team Natasha Wehner Pine Creek Riley Dietrich Fort Collins Lindsay Guerrero Ralston Valley Avery Adams Mountain Vista Jaelyn Hendren Mountain Vista Lindsi Jennings Grandview Katie Joella Mountain Vista Haley Archuleta Arapahoe Gia Lemley Broomfield Gabi MacDonald (K) Rocky Mountain Jade Kinsey Rampart Rebeckah Burton Cherokee Trail Honorable mention Meg Halverson Cherry Creek Danielle Babb Arapahoe Bella Alessi Fossil Ridge Tea Smith Fairview Taylor Bee Poudre Meagan Sours Monarch Amanda Porter Columbine Sarah Bevington Ralston Valley Sierra Perez Ralston Valley Aspen Hedrick Columbine Cassie Hiatt Chap Claire Steffe Rock Canyon Anne Platt ThunderRidge Abby Kassal Regis Kellsie Knoerzer Pine Creek Morgan Sibley Liberty Jordyn Kinsey Rampart Lindsi Jennings Grandview Jessie Mooney Broomfield Athena Kuehn Pine Creek Riley Fluwelling Rampart Riley Furbush Doherty Allie Zerr Grandview Jessica Hixson Grandview Morgan Szarka Grandview Maddie Matthews Arapahoe Taeya Schueppert Mountain Vista Anna Barkey Legend Emma Peterson Chatfield Makenna Fowler AWest Grace Caddorette (K) Arapahoe Kaylyn Buchanon Lakewood Isabella McBride Heritage Jordan Goodwin Broomfield Kali Crosby Fort Collins Scout Bohlender Poudre Skylar Anderson Fairview Class 4A Player of the Year— Alex Nillen Wheat Ridge HS First team Alex Nillen Wheat Ridge HS Hannah Burgo TCA Brianna Alger Lewis Palmer Abby Gearhardt Windsor HS Tess Boade Valor Christian Sofia Weiner Evergreen HS Caleigh Michael Mullen HS Cameron Dyke Valor Chrstian Sarah Anschutz D’Evelyn HS Tianna Wright D’Evelyn HS Ali Tobey Palmer Ridge Second team Lauryn Jeans Evergreen HS Jayden Davis Sand Creek HS Karly Sandoval Lewis Palmer Chaynne Kingsburg Windsor HS Emilyn Ngyuen Palmer Ridge HS Cori Dyke Valor Christian Bella Scaturro D’Evelyn HS Ali Smith TCA Caroline Noonan Valor Christian Jamie Burke Cheyenne Mtn Cara Siegel Pueblo Centennial Macy Clem Mullen HS Mary Parchinski Air Academy Honorable mention Taylor Roberts Canon City HS Lisa Long Cheyenne Mtn Larissa Hamblen D’Evelyn HS Alexis Miller D’Evelyn HS Alexandra Palmer Discovery Canyon Ginny Osteen Eagle Valley Reily Blankesly Elizabeth HS McKenna Harrington Erie HS Kate Athenour Evergreen HS Cassidy Formanek Evergreen HS Devon McSwain Glenwood Eryn Peterson Glenwood Sarah Payson Littleton HS Sami Feller Palisade HS Emma Mueller Palisade HS Lexi Newton Palisade HS Kinley Carter Pueblo Centennial Allyson Sparks Pueblo Centennial Melina Faris Pueblo County Courtney Turner Pueblo South Jordan Snyder Pueblo West Abbie Flannery TCA Nicole Hale TCA Carlee Hendricks TCA Bri Johnson Valor Christian Macie Brown Wheat Ridge HS Meg Zimmerman Windsor HS Class 2A/3A Player of the Year – Alexis Loera The Academy First Team Alexis Loera The Academy Emma Billings Kent Denver McKenna Monk Fountain Valley Hannah Isenhart Dawson Gabby Huthoefer Colorado Springs Christian School Rachel Schlagel Jefferson Academy Mira Houck Jefferson Academy Miranda Kortenhoeven Denver Christian Sarah Masinter Colorado Academy Ashley Buck Peak to Peak Emma Shepperd Peak to Peak Brooklynn Kirkpatrick Jefferson Academy Shelby Schumacher Kent Denver Second Team Brooklyn Mack Manitou Springs Mari Annest CA Jordan Deger Peak to Peak Emily McParland Jefferson Annabelle Johnson Kent Denver Kara Amidon Denver Christian Hannah Wilson Colorado Springs Christian Rylie Langdon The Academy Faith Heery St. Mary’s HS Estasia McGlothlin Dawson School April Mann Evangelical Christian Academy Honorable mention Grace Phillips Denver Christian Elisa Dean Front Range Christian Kami Quinn Front Range Christian Jaqueline Dalbotten Rockly Mountain Lutheran Cassidy Donohue Dawson School Kaitlyn Day Dawson School Alyssa Clayton Rye Marisa Shigio St. Mary’s HS Ani Love Fountain Valley Sydney Silver St. Mary’s HS Isabella Montoya Fountain Valley Monique Heiniger Manitou Springs Coleen Sienchnect Manitou Springs ALL-CONFERENCE 5A CSML 1st Team All-League Athena Keuhn Pine Creek Breana Flores Liberty Jade Kinsey Rampart Jaelyn Brown Doherty Jordyn Kinsey Rampart Kelsei Knoerzer Pine Creek Lauren Strizich Coronado Morgan Sibley Liberty Mykiaa Miniss Doherty Natasha Wehner Pine Creek Riley Flewelling Rampart Riley Furbush Doherty 2nd Team All League Afton Schraml Liberty Amelia Herman Coronado Cortney Cowles Liberty Dee Pickering Doherty Hailey Creapo Rampart Harmony Meier Rampart Jade Odom Pine Creek Jaya Freeman FFC Jilian Lahey Doherty Kylie Kapustka Pine Creek Maia Wiegand-Brown Palmer Shiann Taylor FFC Honorable mention Coronado- Hannah Burgess, Isabella Janney, Sarah Ford Doherty- Chaylaa Minniss, Maddi Johnston, Taylor Cosgrove Ftn. Ft. Carson- Alannah Cox, Emri Trainor, Sydni Maese Liberty- Carolyn Naftanel, Kimberly McKinney, Taylor Sibley Palmer- Callie Matteson, Riley Abeyta, Ryan Santos Pine Creek- Madeline Alhamra, Myah Isais, Beth Duggan Rampart- Grace McReynolds, Katie Wilcox, Sami Sallie Player of the Year- Jade Kinsey, Rampart Coach of the Year- Carisa Whitson, Rampart 4A CSML Player of the Year— Hannah Burgo, TCA, sr. Coach of the Year— Blake Galvin, TCA First team Hannah Burgo sr. TCA Lizzy McCalla sr. Canon City Ali Smith jr. TCA Abbie Flannery sr. TCA Karlee Hendriks jr. TCA Taylor Roberts jr. Canon City Reilly Blakeslee jr. Eliz Summer Hatch jr. ELIZ Maia Pappadakis jr. Woodland Park Nicole Hale sr. TCA Rachel Vertrees sr. Canon City Rachel Melchoir fr. Eliz Second team Melina Melindez jr. Widefield Talia Hernandez sr. Harrison Emily Fogall jr. Mesa Ridge Samantha Lecky jr. Woodland Park Airen Roslaniec sr. Harrison Trinity Harvey fr. TCA Ashlyn Register sr. TCA Kinsee Dodge sr. Eliz Macy French so. Canon City Kiley O’Rourke so. Canon City Jackie Contreras jr. Harrison Erika Ried-Muller jr. Eliz Honorable mention TCA— Ashlee McFarlane (Fr.); Elena Munguia (Fr.) Harrison— Laura Beltran (Jr); Kimberlyn Villalobos (So.); Tacarra Ingram (Jr.) Mitchell— Saira Ramos (Jr.); Teriah Adames (Fr.); Nev Estrada (Fr.) Mesa Ridge— Destiny Colon (Sr); Destiny Button (So.); Allison Carada (So.) Canon City— Lily Nordell (Sr.); Mackenzie Roberts (Fr.); Jerika Moore (Fr.) Widefield— Mya Sopher (Jr.); Asia Mather (So.); Vadranna Martinez (Fr.) Woodland Park— Elizabeth Blacklock (Jr.); Lexie Rees (Sr.); Sara Proffett (Sr.) Elizabeth— Molly Grebnc (Sr.); Candler Hills (Sr.); Kelsey Eddy (So.) 4A PPAC First team Brianna Alger For sr. LP Alexandra Palmer Forw sr. DCC Emily Nguyen For jr. PR Jayden Davis Mid so. SC Karly Sandoval Def jr. LP Jamie Burke FWD sr. CM Mary Parchinski MID jr. AA Ali Tobey GK sr. PR Lisa Long FWD so. CM Lily Tiefel For jr. AA Liza Louthan Def so. AA Second team Alex Taylor DEF sr. CM Kate Rohr Forw jr. VR Kate Devine MF jr. LP Zoe Shank For fr. SC Rilee Britton Def jr. LP Baylee Barnes For SO AA Anette Galaviz Mid sr. DCC Annica Fletemeyer For jr. LP Bella Zanotellis GK fr. CM Kirsten Hatton Def jr. LP Haydn Schereck Mid sr. FAL Jordan Alcon Mid sr. DCC Honorable mention Abby Barhydt MID fr. PR Kaity Hovasse GK jr. LP Paris Dewing Mid sr. AA Morgan Hartman Def sr. AA Hannah Kates DEF sr. CM Maddie  Angel Mid sr. DCC Isabelle Thibault Def so. FAL Jill Turner Def/GK jr. FAL Brianna Lindsey MF jr. VR Alexis Dubeil GK sr. VR Amanda Garrett Mid so. SC Player of the Year— Brianna Alger, Lewis Palmer Coach of the Year— Espen Hosoien, Air Academy 3A Tri-Peaks League Region 1 All-league Faith Heery jr. St. Mary's Marisa Shigio jr. St. Mary's Sydney Silver jr. St. Mary's Katie Fowler so. St. Mary's McKenna Monk sr. FVS Ani Love jr. FVS Isabella Montoya sr. FVS Macaylah LeBlanc sr. James Irwin Amber Mitchell sr. Trinidad Mary Brummel so. St. Mary's Brooklyn Vladez fr. St. Mary's Megan Masters sr. FVS Emily Dixon fr. FVS Martha Neill sr. James Irwin Maddison Sweet jr. James Irwin Emily Huycke jr. James Irwin Brianna Jara sr. Lamar Sierra Jara sr. Lamar Julie Aguirre jr. Lamar Alyssa Clayton sr. Rye Jerusha Pitzer sr. Rye Andy Mallo jr. Rye Sydney Aragon sr. Trinidad Jesenia Valdez so. Atlas Prep Sierra Bernal sr. Dolores Huerta Honorable mention Cassidy Sorensen, fr. (St. Mary's); Tara Thomas, jr. (St. Mary's); Taylor Furrh, sr. (FVS); Harriett Townsend, fr. (FVS); Daniele McCutchen, so. (James Irwin); Teresa Zavala, so. (Lamar); Alexa Comstock, jr. (Lamar); Moriah Holt, jr. (Rye); Shaylynn Choate, sr. (Trinidad); Alishia Garduno, so. (Trinidad); Mariel Castro, fr. (DHPS). Coach of the Year- Gregg Braha, St. Mary's Player of the Year- McKenna Monk, FVS 3A Tri-Peaks League Region 2 All-League Brooklyn Mack jr. Manitou Monique Heiniger sr. Manitou Hannah Wilson sr. CSCS Gabby Huthoefer sr. CSCS Laura Pelino so. Salida Hallie Whittington sr. Salida April Mann sr. ECA Caileen Sienchnect so. Manitou Alyssa Holladay jr. Manitou Meghan Root sr. Manitou Bridgett Bodor so. Manitou Grace Rummel jr. CSCS Virginia McGrath jr. CSCS Katie McGrath jr. CSCS Bari Beasley sr. Salida Aspen Lofton sr. Salida Cambria Steiner sr. ECA Maggie Kirkpatrick sr. ECA Rysa Lancaster jr. Florence Haleigh Leibel jr. Florence Maddy Medina jr. Florence Ali Graham jr. CSS Sarah Weidman sr. CSS Arden Bardol sr. Buena Vista Hannah Tattershall jr. Buena Vista Aliyah Moya fr. Vanguard Sarah Maher jr. Ellicott Honorable mention Mylea Harangozo, so. (Manitou), Olivia McKenna, so. (Manitou), Sarah McGuckin, jr. (CSCS), Michelle Pelino, jr. (Salida), Jesse Schoenfeld, sr. (Salida), Annalise DeKam, sr. (ECA), Tristan Masar, fr. (Florence), Kaela Gaylord, sr. (CSS), Lilli Shultz, jr. (BV), Angie Nguyen, sr. (Vanguard), Alexis Hoff, sr. (Ellicott). Coach of the Year- Jason Rollins, CSCS Player of the Year- Gabby Huthoefer, CSCS BOYS’ SWIMMING ALL-CONFERENCE BOYS’ SWIMMING ALL-CONFERENCE 5A CSML Swimmer of the Year —Charles Sturgeon, Palmer Diver of the Year— Kyle Fowler, Fountain-Fort Carson 200 Free 1st Team—Josh Lenzmeier, Liberty 2nd Team—Brenan Bloyd, Fountain-Fort Carson 200 IM 1st Team—Troy Legg, Liberty 2nd Team—Eathan Kirby, Pine Creek 50 Free 1st Team—Nick Sherman, Pine Creek 2nd Team—Jack Evanitz, Rampart Diving 1st Team—Kyle Fowler, Fountain-Fort Carson 2nd Team—Tristan Riffe, Fouontain-Fort Carson 100 Butterfly 1st Team—Charles Sturgeon, Palmer 2nd Team—Drew Bennett, Rampart 100 Free 1st Team—Brenan Bloyd, Fountain-Fort Carson 2nd Team—Daniel Saks, Coronado 500 Free 1st Team—Scott Reeder, Rampart 2nd Team—Trey Kennedy, Rampart 100 Back 1st Team—Nick Sherman, Pine Creek 2nd Team—Gavin Frisch, Doherty 100 Breast 1st Team—Josh Lenzmeier, Liberty 2nd Team—Charles Sturgeon, Palmer Honorable Mention Daniel Palis, Fountain-Fort Carson Dahlton Hazlett, Fountain-Fort Carson Marley Kaiser, Coronado Andy Aire, Coronado Isaac Syrock, Rampart Nathan Aumiller, Rampart Joey Black, Liberty Billy Wallisch, Palmer Jon-Ryan Conway, Palmer Keaton Adams, Doherty David Gamble, Pine Creek Drew Kroeker, Pine Creek 4A PPAC 200 Medley 1st Team—CHYM, 1:34.02 Jerry Birnbaum, Sr., Daniel Carr, Sr., Kyle Leach, Jr., Westin Stieglitz 2nd Team—LEWP A, 1:39.94 10 1) Donahue, Breck 11 2) Snediker, Benjamin 10 3) Sawer, Nathaniel 12 4) Silverberg, Strydr Hon. Men—AIRA A 1:43.12 14 1) Jaden Zymbaluk 12 2) Kona Lindsey 10 3) Brendan Shollenbarger 12 4) Jacob Beineke 11 200 Freestyle 1st Team—Daniel Carr CHYM 01:38.24 2nd Team—Kyle Leach 11 CHYM 1:38.34 Hon. Men—Griffin Ayotte 10 AIRA 1:41.22 200 Individual Medley 1st Team—Daniel Carr CHYM 01:49.64 2nd Team—Jerry Birnbaum CHYM 01:57.79 Hon. Men—Kyle Leach CHYM 1:58.25 50 Free 1st Team—Daniel Carr 12 CHYM 20.45 2nd Team—Kyle Leach 11 CHYM 21.19 Hon. Men—Nick Orie LEWP 21.67 100 Butterfly 1st Team—Kyle Leach 11 CHYM 49.23 2nd Team—Daniel Carr CHYM 51.45 Hon. Men—Jerry Birnbaum CHYM 51.68 100 Free 1st Team—Daniel Carr CHYM 44.95 2nd Team—Kyle Leach CHYM 45.17 Hon. Men—Griffin Ayotte AIRA 45.96 500 Free 1st Team—Daniel Carr 12 CHYM 4:33.99 2nd Team—Kyle Leach CHYM 4:43.16 Hon. Men—Braden Whitmarsh 10 DISC 4:47.58 200 Free Relay 1st Team—CM Jerry Birnbaum , Westin Stieglitz ,Kyle Leach ,Daniel Carr 1:25.58 2nd Team—LEWP 1:27.27 22 1) Orie, Nick 11 2) Day, Joseph 12 3) Silverberg, Strydr 12 4) Snediker, Benjamin Hon. Men—DCC Seth Morton - Jr.Brian Hobbs - So.Robert Clayton - Jr.Braden Whitmarsh 1:33.27 100 Back 1st Team—Daniel Carr CHYM 48.68 2nd Team—Jerry Birnbaum 12 CHYM 50.92 Hon. Men—Griffin Ayotte AIRA 52.66 100 Breast 1st Team—Daniel Carr CHYM 55.93 2nd Team—Sheridan Harder 10 CHYM 58.61 Hon. Men—Gabe Grauvogel 10 CHYM 59.95 400 Free Relay 1st Team—CHYM A 3:02.67 1) Kyle Leach 11 2) Jerry Birnbaum 12 3) Westin Stieglitz 12 4) Daniel Carr 12 2nd team—LEWP A 3:11.34 1) Day, Joseph 12 2) Donahue, Breck 11 3) Sawer, Nathaniel 12 4) Orie, Nick 11 Honorable mention—DISC A 3:22.46 10 1) Seth Morton 11 2) Adam Vogt 10 3) Brian Hobbs 10 4) Braden Whitmarsh 10 1 meter Diving (11 Dives) 1st Team—Jack Nagle LEWP 512.15 2nd Team—Noah Bettner LEWP 506.10 Hon. Men—Aric Althouse LEWP 396.60 GIRLS' TENNIS ALL-CONFERENCE 5A CSML First team No. 1 singles-Savannah Leifer, jr., Coronado No. 2 singles-Bethany Heitland, so., Coronado No. 3 singles-Amy Wang, sr., Pine Creek No. 1 doubles-Samantha Brummitt, so./PajSoua Lo, sr., Rampart No. 2 doubles (tie)-Tenley Norton, sr./Jodi Reed, fr., Pine Creek; Sun Lee, so./Lindsey Smith, so., Doherty No. 3 doubles-Logan Baumberger, sr./Connie Sun, so., Coronado No. 4 doubles (tie)-Sherry Hu, jr./Lindsay Mase, jr., Pine Creek; Rose Carter, jr./Amanda Oldervik, jr., Doherty Second team No. 1 singles-Jamie Smith, sr., Rampart No. 2 singles (tie)-Angel Wang, fr., Pine Creek; Rachel Lee, sr., Doherty No. 3 singles-Grace Qiu, jr., Rampart No. 1 doubles-Eva Licht, sr./Rita Rochelle, sr., Doherty No. 2 doubles-Rebekah Acosta, jr./Zoey Hayward, fr., Rampart No. 3 doubles (tie)-Alex Heist, so./Livia Matheson, so., Pine Creek; Edee Chesire, jr./Maggie Frye, so., Doherty No. 4 doubles-Abigail Kinnischtzke, so./Keeley Richardson, so., FFC Honorable mention Coronado-Carli Kassner, Timber Alley, Anna Griffin, Sydney Coen, Emma Sartain, Maya Glaser, Clara Thompson Doherty-Jordan Degani, Breanna Hayden Fountain-Fort Crason- Madison Sabala, Rachel Johnson, Maricela Montoya Liberty-Morgan Childs, Camille Slocum, Katlin Bragg, Zoey Hansen Palmer-Grace Meluso, Annaliese Bronner, Abby Timmins, Lucy Timmins Pine Creek-Julia Trujillo, Tori Hillebrandt, Shreya Shrethsa Rampart-Zoey Hayward Coach of the Year- Tyler Philipsen, Coronado 3A Tri-Peaks Player of the Year- Delaney Wilklow (Vanguard) Coach of the Year- Josh Bichtel (Salida) All-Conference No. 1 singles-Delaney Wilklow (6-0); Kate Griffin (5-1) No. 2 singles-Krista Davis (6-0), Cynthia Morin (5-1) No. 3 singles-Nicole Pei (6-0), Idalia Jackson (5-1) No. 1 doubles-Kim Tyson/T'yesha Lockyer (6-0); Nicole Alderman/Tacey Davis (4-1) *All-conference teams can be submitted via email to preps@gazette.com.
Thanks to teamwork, prep athletic directors hit the ground running in new places

Thanks to teamwork, prep athletic directors hit the ground running in new places

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More than two weeks elapsed between when Sierra athletic director Brian Petzold accepted an offer to take a similar position at Sand Creek to Thursday, when the Falcon School District 49 Board of Education approved the hiring. But don't think for a moment that Petzold has been waiting around to get started on his new endeavor. "There's a lot of stuff going on, especially with renovations," said Petzold, who spent the past four years at Sierra, three as athletic director, after teaching physical education at Wasson for the final five years of its high school existence. "I've gotten a lot of help in the transition piece, to find out what's been working and how to keep building on that success." Related: Heath Kirkham takes over Discovery Canyon girls' hoops Petzold has gotten a crash course from previous Scorpions AD Jared Felice, even though he took the athletic director post at Fountain-Fort Carson in April. For Felice, it's just a common courtesy. After all, Felice was afforded the same luxury from outgoing Trojans AD Chris James after he accepted the position of principal at Pueblo West. "I'm walking into a great situation," said Felice, a 2001 Mesa Ridge graduate who spent his first nine years in the working world as a teacher and coach at Fountain-Fort Carson. "By being able to meet with Chris and talk about how the schools work, it has helped the transition." At Coronado, Andy Colgate sat at his desk late Thursday afternoon, making sure his successor has everything in place for a smooth transition. "It's important to finish things up," said Colgate, who announced this spring he would not return for a third academic year as athletic director. "I loved the job. It's just time for a change, for my family." No new AD had been announced for Coronado as of Thursday evening. Petzold awaits meeting his new family at Sand Creek, although it's difficult to leave friendly faces behind. "I never had any intention to leave Sierra," Petzold said. "I wasn't actively seeking out other opportunities, but sometimes the right opportunity comes to you, and you take a risk and go. It's bittersweet. I think Sand Creek is a strong school and is headed in a positive direction." For Felice, he won't get to see the completion of a project he helped champion, the ballot issue that led to a $7.5 million remodel of Sand Creek. But he wants to help the next AD keep momentum. "D49 was gracious to allow me that time to transition, both to help me and for me to help Brian," Felice said.
Colorado Springs photographer Pete Gniadek leaves legacy of developed images, relationships

Colorado Springs photographer Pete Gniadek leaves legacy of developed images, relationships

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

For many people, he was known just by his first name. That was all it took. "He was Pete from Apre," Liberty assistant principal and athletic director Michael Sibley said. "People wondered if he actually had a last name. When I think of Pete, I think of a guy who loved sports, loved taking pictures and loved people." Pete Gniadek, who died May 21 at the age of 57, was the man behind Apre Photographers. Along with his wife, Diane, the two spent the past 34 years snapping hundreds of thousands of images, specializing in family and senior portraits, weddings, graduations and aerial shots, among others. But his first love was sports. "Pete was gifted," said former Coronado athletic director Dave Howard, who watched all three of the Gniadek clan - daughters Deanna (2003) and Nicole (2005) and son Tyler (2008) - through their journeys at the westside school. "A lot of people think they can buy a digital camera and be a photographer. They'll shoot 1,000 and might get two good ones. Pete just had an eye for it. He was very good." Through word of mouth at Coronado, Gniadek became a wanted commodity and later was hired to photograph a variety of events at Liberty and Doherty, along with a handful of District 20 schools. He's remembered fondly, not only for his ability to make artwork out of photography, but for the way he treated people. It wasn't just about building his business to make a buck or two. "He loved covering high school sports," Doherty athletic director Chris Noll said. "At the end of the day, Big Pete, as we called him, did a phenomenal job of capturing memories for high school kids. He was a great man." Born June 7, 1959 in Pittsfield, Mass., Gniadek spent his early years in photography making a name for himself in the music scene, once touring with the legendary duo Hall and Oates and Jimmy Buffett of "Margaritaville" fame. "He got that out of his system," Diane said. Upon his move to Colorado Springs - Diane is a Denver native - the two had a vision for a husband-wife photo company but needed a catchy name. They came up with Apre, which rhymes with capri, because it sounded nice and put it at the top of the listings in the Yellow Pages. Pete took the majority of the photos, while Diane organized the day-to-day business affairs, ensuring the billing, ordering and scheduling were handled. At first, the business gained notoriety for its family portraits and wedding images, but once the Gniadek children reached high school, sports quickly surged to the top. Now, many schools have lasting images of Pete's finest work. "That makes my son feel good, to know he can walk into Coronado and see photos his dad took," Diane said. "He doesn't want him to be forgotten. With photography, it doesn't go away. He did some really good stuff."
The Gazette Boys' Lacrosse Peak Performer: August Johnson, Cheyenne Mountain

The Gazette Boys' Lacrosse Peak Performer: August Johnson, Cheyenne Mountain

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Cheyenne Mountain's August Johnson had a strong tendency to go left when attacking the net this season. Defenses knew it and his coaches didn't hide it. There was still no stopping him. Johnson, more often than not, was too strong, fast and determined, and finished his junior season with 48 goals and 36 assists, helping lead Cheyenne Mountain into the state semifinals for the third straight season. Coach Mike Paige's praise of his standout midfielder ranged everywhere from his "great sense of humor," to his relentless drive on the field and in the classroom, to being the "best athlete at the school." Related: The Gazette Boys' Lacrosse Coach of the Year: Dan Mullins, Lewis-Palmer "He really makes us great," Paige said of Johnson, The Gazette Boys' Lacrosse Peak Performer of the Year. Johnson's continued transformation into one of the top lacrosse prospects in the state starts and ends with his work off the field and out of pads. With the same kind of head-swiveling skills that are marveled over at something like the NFL Combine, Johnson has built an athletic framework like few others. Ambidextrous with a shot clocked at 105 mph, Johnson is also a rare breed of strength and speed. Dead lifting 405 pounds and squatting 375, the junior also said he set the school record in the shuttle run (a 20-yard dash in 2.41 seconds) and the pro agility shuttle, which assesses someone's quickness and ability to change directions. Johnson logged the most minutes on the team last season, per his coach, despite facing a steady barrage of double and triple teams. "It's good to be well-rounded, I guess. It's good to be physically capable," Johnson said. "It's important to have stick skills, obviously, but I think something a lot of kids overlook is the physical aspect. They don't lift as hard as they should and don't run as hard as they should." The wide range of Johnson's game and character were no more evident than during his team's 17-9 loss to Valor Christian in the state semifinals May 17. Early on, Johnson absorbed a big hit that opened a gash on his chin. The cut needed Super Glue to close the wound. But in a fitting brand of lacrosse justice, Johnson punctured his own hole - rifling a shot so hard it tore the twine and busted out the back of the net. After the game, his teammates voted the bruised, cut-up junior as one of three captains for the team next season. "It was a humbling experience and made me feel kind of valued on the team," Johnson said. "We're all there for each other. We see when someone's busting their butt and trying their hardest, things don't go overlooked." Johnson is verbally committed to play lacrosse at Air Force.
The Gazette Girls' Lacrosse Peak Performer: Sam Rippley, Palmer Ridge

The Gazette Girls' Lacrosse Peak Performer: Sam Rippley, Palmer Ridge

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Sam Rippley could well be the definition of a "multisport athlete" after playing five sports during her time at Palmer Ridge. But it was the last sport she participated in that helped her earn the most recognition. When Palmer Ridge coach Kristy Opresko first laid eyes on Rippley on the lacrosse field, she knew she had a player on her hands. "Wow. This girl is so athletic and she works so hard," Opresko said about her first reaction. According to Opresko, who has since stepped down since the season ended, Rippley had such a drive to be great that a coach couldn't teach. Related: The Gazette Girls' Lacrosse Coach of the Year: Kali Maxwell, Air Academy Rippley, The Gazette Girls' Lacrosse Peak Performer of the Year, led Palmer Ridge in points (69) and goals (47), and had a 54.2 shooting percentage. While the statistics support the reasoning behind Rippley winning the honor, it was the little things the midfielder did that made her one of the best players in Colorado. Rippley, who normally shoots right-handed, learned how to shoot with her left this season. She also incorporated a shot fake that helped her succeed. "She is an all-around player, which I think makes her one of the best in the league and one of the best in the state," Opresko said. "She plays amazing defense. She is aggressive. She has great stick skills. She is great on goals, but her statistics in other categories that don't get much attention such as draw control and just a general ability to put her on a strong attacker as a defender and she can shut them down, those things don't show up in statistics. She is very good at all aspects of the game." Although Opresko considers Rippley to be one of the best in the state, she believes that she has a ways to go in terms of tactical skills. Opresko really credits Rippley's success to her athleticism. Once Rippley sets foot onto Davidson's campus, where Rippley will play lacrosse next season, Opresko believes Rippley will open quite a few eyes. "I think she still has a lot of work to do on the tactical skills and she is going to get there when she plays Division I at Davidson," Opresko said. "You really can't teach athleticism and you can't teach that competitive drive to always want to improve and always wanting to play your best. She keeps improving. I think with some more time and (when she) has a chance to just concentrate on lacrosse, she is probably going to amaze us." While Rippley might turn into one of the best college lacrosse players once she focuses on the sport, it will be awhile until Palmer Ridge replaces her skills. "There is going to be a huge void, especially in Palmer Ridge's midfield when she goes," Opresko said. "But it's going to be very difficult to fill in her shoes. I don't honestly think it's possible. Palmer Ridge is definitely losing someone that they probably won't replace anytime soon."
The Gazette 2017 Girls' Lacrosse All-Area teams

The Gazette 2017 Girls' Lacrosse All-Area teams

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First team Attack: Reagan Brenenstuhl, Air Academy, so.-Scored 45 goals and dished out 11 assists. Attack: Madelyn Lewis, Cheyenne Mountain, jr.-Even distribution in scoring with 26 goals, 23 assists, and had 50 ground balls, 21 takeaways. Attack: Whitney Moran, Air Academy, jr.-Scored 55 goals, notched 11 assists, 52 ground balls. Midfielder: Jolie Gilbreth, Cheyenne Mountain, sr.-Her 59 goals were tops among Pikes Peak region players. Midfielder: Kennedy Jamieson, Air Academy, sr.-Posted 28 goals, 25 assists and scooped up 45 ground balls, 15 takeaways. Midfielder: Liz Phillips, Palmer Ridge, jr.-Put up 41 goals and 26 assists, 25 ground balls. Midfielder: Sam Rippley, Palmer Ridge, sr.-Southern League Player of the Year notched 47 goals, 22 assists, and grabbed 23 ground balls, 26 takeaways. Midfielder: Brittney White, Pine Creek, so.-Led Pine Creek with 54 goals, 56 ground balls and 21 assists, while 75 points led Southern League. Defender: Lizzie LaJoie, Cheyenne Mountain, jr.-Nabbed 23 ground balls and 16 takeaways. Defender: Natalie Sannes, Air Academy, sr.-Picked up 45 ground balls, 17 takeaways and scored 20 goals, while chipping in at midfield. Defender: Riley Hatchell, Pine Creek, jr.-Recorded 32 takeaways, 41 ground balls, and 28 goals. Goalie: Skylar Powell, Cheyenne Mountain, sr.-Her .502 save percentage was tied for tops among Southern League goalies.   Second team Attack: Abby O'Hara, Palmer Ridge, sr. Attack: Regan Olson, Palmer, sr. Attack: Megan Mann, Liberty, so. Midfielder: Elizabeth Reich, Palmer Ridge, sr. Midfielder: Rylie Maready, Cheyenne Mountain, so. Midfielder: Olivia McCrary, Liberty, jr. Midfielder: Kate Hatchell, Pine Creek, jr. Midfielder: Nicole Widner, Rampart, sr. Defender: Aubrey George, Cheyenne Mountain, sr. Defender: Dominique Semadeni, Palmer, jr. Defender: Ashley Grob, Palmer Ridge, sr. Goalie: Devin Morgan, Pine Creek, jr.   Honorable mention Air Academy- Jessica Cox, jr.; Reese Mulder, sr.; Avery Rodny, so.; Anna Sawyer, sr.; Audrey Thompson, sr. Cheyenne Mountain-Mallory Hybl, jr. Liberty-Camille Callahan, so.; Kaia Horaz, sr.; Taylor Rahalewich, so.; Jordan Valentine, jr. Palmer-Arianna Christians, fr.; Annika Furman, sr.; Maya Marquez-Garcia, sr.; Taylor Marquez-Garcia, sr.; Lili McKeown-Drialo, sr.; Annabella Sandoval, so.; Molly Weeks, jr. Palmer Ridge-Paige Campbell, jr.; Madison Miller, jr.; Sophia Parker, sr.; Olivia Ward, sr. Pine Creek-Madeleine Bourgois, so.; Bethlehem Schwab, sr.
The Gazette Girls' Lacrosse Coach of the Year: Kali Maxwell, Air Academy

The Gazette Girls' Lacrosse Coach of the Year: Kali Maxwell, Air Academy

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Air Academy women's lacrosse coach Kali Maxwell never expected to become a head coach this early in her life. She is just two years removed from playing college lacrosse. However, Maxwell received a lot of support from players' parents, former coaches of hers and the school's athletic director, which helped her garner success as a rookie coach. But like every first-year coach, Maxwell her "welcome to head coaching" moment, which happened when the Kadets took on the Mullen Mustangs on March 14, the second game of the season. The teams went back-and-forth throughout the game. Air Academy saw its first-half two-goal lead starting to slip away in the second half. So, Maxwell wanted to regroup her team and called a timeout. Unfortunately for the Kadets, Maxwell didn't have one to call. Related: The Gazette 2017 Girls' Lacrosse All-Area teams "I was used to the collegiate rules, so I thought we had more timeouts than we did," Maxwell said. That mishap helped result in a one-goal loss for Air Academy. Maxwell felt that she blew the game and took full responsibility. The result made her dive into Colorado high school lacrosse rules a lot deeper and the end product was beneficial for her and the Kadets. Air Academy ended up finishing 12-5, making it to the quarterfinals of the state tournament for the first time since 2014. That success helped Maxwell claim The Gazette's Coach of the Year award in girls' lacrosse. "I had an amazing group of girls to work with, which made my job much easier," Maxwell said. Not only did Maxwell lead the Kadets to their deepest postseason run in two seasons, she also led them to a 7-0 Southern Conference record. "I didn't expect it, but I knew we could do it," Maxwell said. "Last season, on and off the field for some of the girls, there was just a lot of adversity that was going on. Coming into this season, they were excited to get back into it and there were some changes early on in the season. They just took it in stride. "I knew we had the talent, lacrosse wise, we all just had to buy into the whole mentality and what it takes to win. I really think it started clicking this season with a lot of girls, which was awesome to see them grow as lacrosse players but also as people."
The Gazette 2017 Boys' Lacrosse All-Area teams

The Gazette 2017 Boys' Lacrosse All-Area teams

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

First team Attack: Jack Egan, Cheyenne Mountain, jr.-Scored 39 goals and dished out 33 assists. Attack: Andrew Manney, Lewis-Palmer, jr.-Put up 33 goals and had 17 assists. Attack: Garrett Ziegler, Lewis-Palmer, jr.-Scored 34 goals, 10 assists, picked up 13 ground balls. Midfielder: Jack Bell, Cheyenne Mountain, sr.-Scored 29 goals, 10 assists, grabbed 57 ground balls. Midfielder: Chase Gramlich, Pine Creek, jr.-Led Eagles with 29 goals, also had 11 assists, 38 ground balls, .582 faceoff win percentage. Midfielder: August Johnson, Cheyenne Mountain, jr.-Led 4A Southern League - and Pikes Peak region - in goals (48) and assists (36), and was fourth in conference with 69 ground balls. Midfielder: Austin Konnath, Air Academy, sr.-Netted 19 goals, eight assists and 41 ground balls. Midfielder: Dalton Ziegler, Lewis-Palmer, sr.-Put up 26 goals, 11 assists from the midfield position. Long-stick middie: Trevor Perkey, Air Academy, sr.-His 97 ground balls led the Pikes Peak region. Defender: Luke Buck, Cheyenne Mountain, sr.-Grabbed 37 ground balls, 27 takeaways, three interceptions. Defender: Ryan Ennis, Lewis-Palmer, sr.-Had 26 takeaways to go with 44 ground balls. Defender: Nic Haughn, Pine Creek, sr.-His 80 ground balls were second most in 5A Jeffco League, scooping up 5.7 per game; also scored nine goals. Goalie: Ian Mullins, Lewis-Palmer, sr.-His .645 save percentage ranked fifth in state among goalies with at least 13 starts. Also posted 7.2 goals-against average.   Second team Attack: Cullen Nordeman, Cheyenne Mountain, sr. Attack: JD Walton, Air Academy, jr. Attack: Cade Ziegler, Lewis-Palmer, fr. Midfielder: Shane Sullivan, Pine Creek, jr. Midfielder: Wiley Burkett, Cheyenne Mountain, so. Midfielder: Reice Henricks, Air Academy, sr. Midfielder: William Hunt, St. Mary's, sr. Midfielder: Garrett Rademacher, Lewis-Palmer, jr. Long-stick middie: Zach Reddish, Cheyenne Mountain, jr. Defender: Jareth Morey, Palmer, jr. Defender: Tucker Rinaldo, Lewis-Palmer, jr. Defender: Carter Rodny, Air Academy, jr. Goalie: Luke Paige, Cheyenne Mountain, sr.   Honorable mention Air Academy-Harrison Huthoefer, so.; Tak Kreb, sr.; Braiden Schweitzer, sr.; Tanner Taskerud, sr.; Noah Thornally, so. Cheyenne Mountain-Jack Clancy, sr.; Alex Haynie, sr.; Deano Johnson, so.; Wyatt Damon, so. Fountain Valley/CSS-Anthony Archuleta, sr.; Jackson Blaylock, fr.; Will Haynes, jr.; Zane Reynolds, jr. Lewis-Palmer-Nate Bjorstrom, jr.; Palmer-Josh James, jr. Pine Creek-Patrick Rego, jr. St. Mary's-Nelson Hogan, sr.; Chance Podoll, sr.
The Gazette Boys' Swimming Peak Performer: Daniel Carr, Cheyenne Mountain

The Gazette Boys' Swimming Peak Performer: Daniel Carr, Cheyenne Mountain

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Daniel Carr has won before. At the 2015 4A state meet, he set event records in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 freestyle, while helping set a state record with Cheyenne Mountain's 400 free relay team. Carr's performance aided the Indians in earning their first state championship since 2002, and Carr qualified for the U.S. Olympic swim trials. Related: The Gazette 2017 Boys' Swimming and Diving All-Area teams In 2016, Carr opted not to swim with Cheyenne Mountain to focus on those trials. Things didn't go as planned, though. Carr came down with the flu three days before the trials, and failed to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics. With that behind him, Carr's 2017 season was a bit different. He felt like he had something to prove. He certainly did and is The Gazette's boys' swimming Peak Performer of the Year. "This whole year, (the Olympic trials) has been in the back of my mind," Carr said. "It's been a real motivator in practice, and in meets, to prove to everybody that I am the swimmer that qualified for trials, and I didn't go there because it was chance. I just wanted to prove that I can swim at that level." Carr proved his worth and then some. In his final season with the Indians, he finished first at the 4A state finals in four events: the 50 free, 500 free, 200 free relay and 400 free relay. Cheyenne Mountain reigned supreme again, earning its third straight state championship. It's no coincidence that the Indians' dominance coincides with Carr's tenure. "Swimming has been a part of his genes since he was little," said Cheyenne Mountain coach Kate Doane, who called him the team MVP. "He's got an amazing work ethic about himself. He trains club year-round. It's one small aspect of his swimming career, is high school. He's going to go off to do amazing stuff in college and be a part of the World Junior Championship team. I mean, he's a phenomenal swimmer, and it's been awesome watching him grow as an athlete and as a person over the years." Doane also credited Cheyenne Mountain's success to its competitiveness in practice, something Carr said came natural to the team. "The guys on our team, we've been swimming together since we were 8 years old," Carr said. "We've always, kind of, raced each other in practice and in meets. So I think that was already set up. It wasn't our year, it wasn't anybody else's on that team. It's just a lot of competitive guys that don't like to lose. That kind of environment, you love it. That's what makes us Cheyenne." Carr will leave Cheyenne Mountain to swim at California. Perhaps what has made his time with the Indians so memorable to others is the success he's had in the pool - he leaves as one of the most prolific swimmers in school history. To him, though the state championships are memorable, the team atmosphere and the relationships he's built are what will stay with him. "The relationships I've made with the coach and other teammates, I've never really had that before. That's what I'm most proud of," Carr said. "There were nights where we win the Indian Invite, and then we go out and play a two-hour game of Ultimate Frisbee. It's times like those that are just so fun that I will never forget."
The Gazette Boys' Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year: Kate Doane, Cheyenne Mountain

The Gazette Boys' Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year: Kate Doane, Cheyenne Mountain

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

It's becoming commonplace. Each of the past three seasons, the Cheyenne Mountain boys' swimming and diving team has come into the Class 4A state championship with a loaded roster, and each time it has come out with a title. This year, the Indians rolled once again, putting up 337 points to earn the victory. It was a victory highlighted by seven first-place finishes, and it came months after the Cheyenne Mountain girls' team won a state title of its own. Other than the school they attend, the teams have one major factor in common: coach Kate Doane. And though the teams' journeys to the top were different, Doane said there are only slight differences in her coaching styles for both squads. Related: The Gazette Boys' Swimming Peak Performer: Daniel Carr, Cheyenne Mountain "My coaching style stays similar whether it's the boys or the girls, there's just less boys than there are girls," Doane said. "But with the guys, it's awesome because I can kind of step back and let them do their thing. They encourage each other. I'm the one who writes the workouts, but during the workouts they're all competing with each other, calling each other out." One of the main reasons for the Indians' continued success is their bevy of talented upperclassmen. Six of the team's seven first-place finishes involved a senior, while the seventh came from junior Kyle Leach. Despite that, Doane believes the team won't miss a beat after this year's class graduates. "Top down, our program is very solid, actually," she said. "I think everyone's kind of like, 'Oh, your team is going to go away,' but we really had a lot of point scorers out of our sophomore class and even our junior class. "... I think (the seniors) know that the team is still in a great direction, and I think they all believe that we'll continue to keep their legacy alive." It's often said of the best college and high school programs that they don't rebuild, they reload. With Doane at the helm, that seems to be the case for Cheyenne Mountain in the foreseeable future. "That's how you build a great team," Doane said. "You have your top dogs, and then see the rest of the team say, 'All right, I want to be a part of that.' Then they rise to the occasion."
Cheyenne Mountain's Aaron Berkhoff takes in experience of All-Star game at Coors Field

Cheyenne Mountain's Aaron Berkhoff takes in experience of All-Star game at Coors Field

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

When the teams were announced for the Colorado High School All-Star/Futures Game at Coors Field, five players from the Colorado Springs area were named to the rosters. Pine Creek saw three players selected for the Futures side - made up of sophomores and juniors - as sophomore pitcher Riley Cornelio and junior outfielders Zac Heisler and Jay Onken played alongside Cheyenne Mountain sophomore third baseman Aaron Berkhoff. On the other side of the field, Lewis-Palmer third baseman Billy Cook was on the Seniors roster. The game was set to come down to the wire in a pitching-dominated matchup, as the score was tied at 0 heading into the bottom of the seventh. But Mother Nature had other plans. The skies opened up in Denver, and the game was canceled in the bottom of the seventh with the final score 0-0. The timing of the rain was especially unfortunate for Cornelio, who was slated to pitch in the last inning That was upsetting for some of Cornelio's teammates, including Berkhoff. "I was a little disappointed for my friend, Cornelio," Berkhoff said. "You can either hit and play in the field or pitch, and he didn't even get to do (either), so I kind of felt sorry for him. I got my one at-bat, so I was OK. But I did feel bad for my friend." Though some of the players, like Cornelio, didn't get on the field, Berkhoff took advantage of his time on the diamond with a double. It was one of the lone offensive bright spots for either team, unlike the past two years' matchups that ended with scores of 5-5 and 10-9, respectively. Berkhoff attributes the low scoring to the talent from both teams' pitchers. "I think it was just good pitching," Berkhoff said. "I heard the guys talk about how the score last year was (5-5), so it just kind of flipped from good hitters to good pitching." The score ultimately doesn't matter, though. Just 65 players from the state were given the honor of participating, and when it comes down to it, Berkhoff said, though he was surprised to have been picked for the team, he was grateful for the opportunity. "It was just a cool experience," Berkhoff said. "I just tried to take in all I could, because I might not be going back next year. So I just tried to take in what I could, just have fun with my friends that I knew there, and get the experience of doing it."
The Gazette 2017 Boys' Swimming and Diving All-Area teams

The Gazette 2017 Boys' Swimming and Diving All-Area teams

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

First team Griffin Ayotte, Air Academy, so.-Finished fourth in 4A 200 free, third in 100 free. Noah Bettner, Lewis-Palmer, sr.-Diver took third at 5A state meet with a score of 505.75. Jerry Birnbaum, Cheyenne Mountain, sr.-Claimed gold in 4A 100 back, fourth in 100 free, plus titles in 200 medley relay and 400 free relay. Related: The Gazette Boys' Swimming Peak Performer: Daniel Carr, Cheyenne Mountain Daniel Carr, Cheyenne Mountain, sr.-Individual state titles in 50 free and 500 free, plus titles in 200 free relay and 400 free relay. Kyle Leach, Cheyenne Mountain, jr.-Individual state title in 4A 100 butterfly, second in 200 free, plus titles in 200 free relay and 400 free relay. Joshua Lenzmeier, Liberty, sr.-Claimed gold in 5A 100-yard breaststroke. Nick Orie, Lewis-Palmer, jr.-Took 14th in 5A 50 free, 14th in 100 free, plus helped relays to eighth in 200 free and 400 free. Nicholas Sherman, Pine Creek, jr.-Took second in 4A 100 free, third in 100 back, part of fourth-place 400 free relay. Charles Sturgeon, Palmer, sr.-Took fourth in 5A 100 breaststroke, eighth in 200 individual medley.   Second team Aric Althouse, Lewis-Palmer, jr. (diving) Brenan Bloyd, Fountain-Fort Carson, sr. Joseph Day, Lewis-Palmer, sr. Gabe Grauvogel, Cheyenne Mountain, so. Sheridan Harder, Cheyenne Mountain, so. Marley Kaiser, Coronado, sr. Nathaniel Sawer, Lewis-Palmer, sr. Westin Stieglitz, Cheyenne Mountain, sr. Braden Whitmarsh, Discovery Canyon, so.   Honorable mention Air Academy-Jacob Beineke, jr.; Jack Elbert, so.; Tucker Knock, jr.; Kona Lindsey, so.; Seth Nelson, so.; Brendan Shollenbarger, sr.; Jaden Zymbaluk, sr.; Jentry Zymbaluk, so. Cheyenne Mountain-Lars Berggren, sr.; Matt DePeppe, sr.; Fletcher Erskine, jr.; Juwon Hong, so.; Nick Kartvedt, sr.; Ryan Leach, so.; Reece MacRenato, so.; Christian Moden, jr.; John Rawson, sr.; Matthew Spory, so.; Max Stieglitz, so.; Zach Sutherland, sr.; Michael Tromora, jr.; James Warmack, sr. Coronado-Andrew Aire, so.; Adam Austin, fr.; Matt Lenz, jr.; Kieran Lynch, sr.; Daniel Saks, sr.; Jackson Sawyer, so.; Alex Spiecker, jr.; Hunter Tenpas, fr.; Talon Turman, jr.; Nicola Zenarolla, sr. Discovery Canyon-Brendan Byrnes, jr.; Robert Clayton, jr.; Tyler Freeman, sr.; Jake Hansen, so.; Dylan Harris, sr.; Brian Hobbs, so.; Andrew Jeseritz, sr.; Sean McDonough, jr.; Seth Morton, jr.; Adam Vogt, so. Doherty-Keaton Adams, jr.; Brett Arnold, so.; Colin Elison, sr.; Gavin Frisch, sr.; Brandon Ryan, sr.; Matthias Williams, jr. Fountain-Fort Carson-Kyle Fowler, jr.; Dahlton Hazlett, jr.; Daniel Palis, jr.; Tristan Riffe, jr.; Mitchell Stevens, jr. Lewis-Palmer-Breck Donahue, jr.; Joey Graff, jr.; Jakob Griffith, so.; Nathan Kopacz, fr.; Jack Nagle, jr.; Benjamin Snediker, so.; Strydr Silverberg, sr. Liberty- Joey Black, so.; Troy Legg, jr.; Nathan Sistare, fr. Palmer-Jon-Ryan Conway, sr.; Kory Crutcher, fr.; Skyler Gilliam, fr.; Nathaniel Porter, jr.; William Wallisch, sr. Pine Creek-Dylan Apicello, jr.; Andrew Bell, jr., Noe Dietz, so.; Benjamin Fraser, sr.; David Gamble, jr.; Ethan Kirkby, jr.; Drew Kroeker, so.; Ricardo Prado, sr.; Jordan White, sr.; Ethan Wich, fr. Rampart-Nathan Aumiller, fr.; Andrew Bennett, jr.; Jackson Evanitz, jr.; Trey Kennedy, fr.; Scott Reeder, fr.; Isaac Shyrock, jr.; Zane Stewart, jr.; Tyler Wilcox, jr.; David Wu, fr.
The Gazette Girls' Tennis Peak Performer: Morgan Hall, Cheyenne Mountain

The Gazette Girls' Tennis Peak Performer: Morgan Hall, Cheyenne Mountain

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Few players on the state's high school tennis circuit can hammer the ball like Cheyenne Mountain sophomore Morgan Hall can, and maybe even fewer are as hard on themselves. At least on one account, she's lightening up. The Indians' No. 1 singles player made a philosophical change to her game midway through the season, straying away from an all-winners, all-the-time approach, to a more strategic and paced effort. Related: The Gazette Girls' Tennis Coach of the Year: Dave Adams, Cheyenne Mountain The dramatic flip came after a loss to Valor Christian's Emily Untermeyer in mid-April. It stuck. Suddenly, the masher was also hitting for more accuracy and extending points. With her new style of play, she won the 4A Region 6 title and made it to her second straight state semifinal. "That takes a lot of patience to want to do that," Cheyenne Mountain coach Dave Adams said. "You're a young player and you have all these weapons that you want to use all the time. I think she's realizing when is the right time to pull the trigger and also learn how to set a point up." Hall, The Gazette Girls' Tennis Peak Performer of the Year, was eventually ousted by Kent Denver's Josie Schaffer, who won her second straight No. 1 singles title. Hall, meanwhile, finished fourth for the Indians, who won six of the seven individual titles en route to their ninth straight team title. While the sophomore, her own worst critic, called her finish to the season "not ideal," Adams was quick to point out how valuable he deemed his No. 1 player. "She leads by being such a strong player for us, by how she competes and by how much it means to her," Adams said. "She really takes losses pretty hard. And in a way, to see that competitiveness and that it means that much to her, I think it shows the other girls a good role model for them." Hall has two more years of high school and said she is committed to sticking with her matured brand of play. This summer, her plan is to improve her endurance after she admitted the added strokes and movement from her adjustment, at times, made her tired during the season. Part of that plan, she said, is to run the Manitou Incline "three to four times a week." "You have to be in really, really good shape to be able to sustain keeping the ball in 30 times if you have to," Hall said. "I'm going to get in incredible shape and I think it's going to reflect in my tennis game."