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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

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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

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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

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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

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

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

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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."
The Gazette 2017 Girls' Tennis All-Area teams

The Gazette 2017 Girls' Tennis All-Area teams

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first team No. 1 singles: Morgan Hall, Cheyenne Mountain, so. Did not lose to an area opponent, placed fourth at 4A state tournament. No. 2 singles: Corey Patton Lossner, Cheyenne Mountain, jr. Class 4A state champion. No. 3 singles: Claire Dibble, Cheyenne Mountain, sr. Class 4A state champion. No. 1 doubles: Casey Ahrendsen, sr. Ally Arenson, sr., Cheyenne Mountain Teamed to win 4A state title. No. 2 doubles: Taylor Heinicke, so./ Ariana Arenson, so., Cheyenne Mountain Teamed to win 4A state title. No. 3 doubles: Jensen Enterman, fr./ Katie Nelson, jr., Cheyenne Mountain Teamed to win Class 4A state title. No. 4 doubles: Brooke Dashiell, so. Tiana Stepleton, jr., Cheyenne Mountain Teamed to win 4A state title. Second team No. 1 singles: Mattie Kuntzelman, Discovery Canyon, so. No. 2 singles: Bethany Heitland, Coronado, jr. No. 3 singles: Nicole Pei, CSCS, sr. No. 1 doubles: Hunter Jones, so. & Lizzie McCurdy, sr., Discovery Canyon No. 2 doubles: Ciara Bobak, jr. & Bali Fitzpatrick, so., Palmer Ridge No. 3 doubles: Cailin Foster, sr. & Regina Park, fr., Palmer Ridge No. 4 doubles: Maggie Metzger, jr. & Anna Bugosh, jr., Palmer Ridge Honorable mention Air Academy-Cori Campbell, so.; Grace Ensor, jr.; Lyla Hollis, fr.; Micah Lundwall, so.; Ally Reeder, jr.; Mackie Tate Tygart, fr.; Shelby Wuertz, sr. Cañon City-Bailey Boccaccio, jr.; Camie Hall, jr.; Sierra Londenberg, sr.; Ally Meins, jr.; Averie Trainor, jr. Colorado Springs Christian School-Hannah Goodrich, so.; Gracie Harrison, so.; Tyesha Lockyer, so.; Cynthia Morin, sr.; Brooke Sweatman, jr.; Michaela Thoman, jr.; Kimberly Tyson, sr. Colorado Springs School-Kate Griffin, fr.; Sabrina Jackson, so.; Kaylee Leachman, so. Coronado-Timber Alley, sr.; Logan Baumberger, sr.; Sydney Coen, sr.; Maya Glaser, jr.; Anna Griffin, fr.; Emma Sartain, jr.; Connie Sun, so.; Clara Thompson, jr. Discovery Canyon-Layne Frost, jr.; Sachi Rohilla, fr.; Sydney Smith, jr. Doherty-Rose Carter, jr.; Sun Lee, so.; Amanda Oldervik, jr.; Lindsey Smith, so. Fountain Valley-Delaney De Mott, jr.; Ivy Zhang, jr. Lewis-Palmer-Austynn Crocker, fr.; Emma Gaydos, jr. Palmer Ridge-Keelie Bennett, fr.; Emma Kerr, jr.; Madi Luce, sr.; Paiton Riggle, jr.; Kyra Rothwell, jr. Pine Creek-Alex Heist, so.; Sherry Hu, jr.; Lindsay Mase, jr.; Livia Matheson, so.; Tenley Norton, sr.; Jodi Reed, fr.; Amy Wang, sr.; Angel Wang, fr. Rampart-Grace Qiu, jr. The Vanguard School-Nicole Alderman, jr.; Tswana Caine, jr.; Krista Davis, sr.; Tacey Davis, fr.; Idalia Jackson, jr.; Mia Jackson, jr.; Rachel Leasure, sr.; Caolinn Mullaney, jr.; Madi Sanchez, sr.; Irene Sanz, so.; Delaney Wilklow, sr.
The Gazette Girls' Tennis Coach of the Year: Dave Adams, Cheyenne Mountain

The Gazette Girls' Tennis Coach of the Year: Dave Adams, Cheyenne Mountain

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Cheyenne Mountain coach Dave Adams, The Gazette Girls' Tennis Coach of the Year, said his team's latest state title surpassed all his expectations. Not an easy feat for a program that added its ninth straight crown. The Indians took first in six of the seven spots at the 4A state tournament, excluding No. 1 singles, and had the team title locked up after the second day of the three-day tournament. The 45-point margin of victory was the Indians' largest at state since 2013. Related: The Gazette Girls' Tennis Peak Performer: Morgan Hall, Cheyenne Mountain "A number of the girls made nice moves during the course of the season," Adams said. "It wasn't one of those things where we came into the season and said we were going to rock it. To be honest, the fact that we won six out of seven, that is something we never saw coming." When asked about the run of recent titles, Adams didn't have a surefire reason why his teams have always jelled at the right time. He instead deflected any attention from himself and noted that his teams had been "a little deeper than most teams" over the years. Morgan Hall, his No.1 singles player and The Gazette Peak Performer of the Year, believes it's more than that. "He's super motivational and positive," Hall said. "The thing that stands out to me is he's the coach that always wants us to play and is always wanting us out there. We would have rain delays and he'd still have something for us to do. He's always pushing us to get better."
Next generation in basketball ranks

Heath Kirkham takes over Discovery Canyon girls' hoops

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

On the Western Slope, the surname Kirkham is synonymous with championship basketball. The next generation hopes for just as much success in the Pikes Peak region. Heath Kirkham, whose father Steve is a member of the Colorado Mesa University Hall of Honor after a 16-year run as women's basketball coach there, recently accepted the position of girls' basketball coach at Discovery Canyon, fresh off the program's most successful season at 16-8. "It's a great opportunity, and the school has a lot to offer," the younger Kirkham said. "Having K-12 on one campus, it's a big advantage to have kids around our program for many years." Kirkham isn't the lone addition to the Thunder staff. A decade ago, Heath Kirkham moved to Colorado Springs to be closer to family; in addition to his father and mother-in-law in Colorado Springs, he had many loved ones in western Kansas as well. And now that his dad, who retired in 2016 after 12 years as athletic director at Colorado-Colorado Springs and since has relocated to his wife's hometown of St. Francis, Kan., don't look for another move in order to stay close. "I'm too much of a Colorado guy," said Heath, who graduated from Grand Junction Central in 1999 and five years later earned his bachelor's degree from Colorado Mesa. "I'd like to make this a long-term deal. It was nice to get back over here. You feel a little isolated over there." Heath, who with his wife Keeley moved to Colorado Springs in 2007, previously served as an assistant boys' basketball coach to Dan Hugill at Coronado. Soon, he'll start his journey as a head coach for the first time. "I was an assistant under my father for four years at Mesa, and it's a good shadow to come out from," Heath said. "I took a break from coaching after my son was born, but I'm ready to re-enter, and I'm excited to meet a new team and continue the momentum from last season." Kirkham replaced Danelle Rivera, who stepped down in late February due to heath issues after nine seasons. Rivera later was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and recently accepted a teaching position at Eagle Valley High School, her alma mater. Earlier this week, Mike Jordan was elevated to the position of head cross country coach following the departure of Dave Burgess. Jordan previously was the program's distance and hurdles coach. Also, Discovery Canyon has begun its search for a baseball coach after Mike Barbato turned in his resignation after six seasons.
The Gazette Girls' Golf Peak Performer of year: Arielle Keating, Rampart

The Gazette Girls' Golf Peak Performer of year: Arielle Keating, Rampart

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Arielle Keating needed to make up her mind. A weekend at Augusta National helped steer the then-sophomore at Rampart toward the game of golf as a single pursuit. "I wasn't completely devoted to golf, or any one sport, for a long time," Keating said earlier this week while vacationing with her family in Branson, Mo. "I participated in the Drive, Chip and Putt at the Masters last year. That was a lot of fun and I placed sixth in my age group. I thought to myself, 'Hey, I should continue with this golf thing.'" So Keating stopped kicking the soccer ball and put away her volleyball gear to pour all her time and talent into one sport. Related: The Gazette Girls' Golf Coach of the Year: Shane Brown, Pine Creek Had she continued soccer and club volleyball, Keating might not have shot under par in four consecutive tournaments during the recently completed regular season and won a third straight 5A Colorado Springs Metro League individual crown. And she likely wouldn't have made the leap from 13th to sixth overall at the 5A state tournament and earned honors as The Gazette Girls' Golf Peak Performer. "She practiced over the winter for the first time, and she took her game to a different level," said Brad Keating, her father, coach and PGA professional. "In the past, she would play her three months and be off to other sports. It became a battle of which sport was winning out. I think she made a good choice." Arielle thinks so too. In addition to her experience at Augusta, her father played a major influence in her choice to pick golf over soccer and volleyball. "With my dad being a club pro, he'd coach me when we were at the range," Arielle said. "It didn't feel like practice. It was just fun to go out with your parents. Because of my dad, I stuck with it. I think a lot of it depends on what you're parents do, and I'm really happy I chose golf." She's so happy - and talented - that she verbally committed to Florida Atlantic University as a junior. The family is packing their bags for Boca Raton a year ahead of time to get a head start, so Arielle can enter college as an in-state student and play year round in sunny Florida. She'll play for Kathy Baker-Guadagnino, a former NCAA national champion who later spent 20 years on the LPGA Tour, highlighted by a U.S. Women's Open victory in 1985. For Keating, it's all about the big picture now that she's made up her mind. "She's a strong coach, something my dad and I were looking for," Arielle said. "My dad has been coaching me since I was little. I love my dad, but it'll be nice to have a different voice. She has that experience of winning on tour, someone who can prep me for that. That's what I'm hoping to strive for."
Longtime coach Bob Wingett named boys' basketball coach at Evangelical Christian Academy

Longtime coach Bob Wingett named boys' basketball coach at Evangelical Christian Academy

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Longtime coach Bob Wingett couldn't ignore what seemed inevitable: his return to the front of the bench. After a three-year break as a head basketball coach, Wingett is taking over the boys' basketball program at Evangelical Christian Academy. He follows longtime Eagles coach Don Bost, who stepped down after 12 seasons. "Coach Wingett fit with what we were looking for," ECA athletic director Don Steiner said. "He's a man of high Christian character and integrity with playoff and state title basketball experience." Wingett had put his head coaching career on pause after the 2014 season as the girls' coach at Air Academy. After leading the Kadets to a state title in 2012 - in only his second season in charge - he stepped down in the midst of some "health issues." Related: Former Air Force Academy assistant coach Tyron Wright to lead Mitchell boys' basketball "I just thought I needed a break," the 45-year-old Wingett said. "And, again, there were some medical concerns that needed to be taken care of and they've been taken care of. So I thought it was time to try it again." Wingett always stayed close to the profession he loves, using the past three years to view the game from new angles and different roles. While continuing as an assistant with Air Academy's baseball and softball teams, Wingett took to the court as the C-squad coach of the girls' program for the school in 2014-15, and then helped the boys' team at Discovery Canyon the year after that. He said the urge to return to the head role hit him hardest last season when he served as the game clock manager at boys' and girls' home games for the Kadets. "Sitting there watching my friends - Phil (Roiko) doing the girls and Barry (Clark) doing the boys - the itch started coming back that it might be the right time," he said. "I had (coached) 21 years in a row and it was my third year not doing it. I kind of felt rejuvenated again, interested in the right circumstance and in the right situation." Wingett applied for just one opening after the winter season and Steiner offered him the job in early May. "The main reason I took this job was I can talk about the two things I'm most passionate about," Wingett said. "That is basketball and Christ, and I don't have to be careful." Wingett, who relocated seven years ago from Southern California to Colorado Springs to be closer to his wife's family, will look to take another area team to the next level after leading the Kadets for four years. Wingett takes over a veteran roster at ECA, which is fresh off its third straight winning season. The Eagles went 13-9 and were third in the 2A Black Forest League. "In no way, shape or form is this rebuilding," Wingett said. "Air Academy was not that and ECA is not that either."
Several area athletes to play at Coors Field in All-Star baseball game

Several area athletes to play at Coors Field in All-Star baseball game

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On Wednesday, the Colorado Rockies announced they would host the Colorado High School All-Star/Futures Game. The game will be a nine-inning game played at Coors Field in Denver on Thursday at 2 p.m. The teams, which are seniors vs. underclassmen, include several players from the Pikes Peak region. Local players are highlighted in the rosters below. Seniors roster Name, Pos, B/T, School, Grad Yr Akersfield, Carter P R/R Dakota Ridge 2017 Blatchford, Cole 3B-P R/R Mountain Vista 2017 Chavez, Andrew C R/R Cherry Creek 2017 Colehower, Sam P R/R Cherry Creek 2017 Falcon senior Gary Crist (12) delivers a pitch to Lewis-palmer senior Billy Cook (25) in the first inning. The Lewis-Palmer Rangers hosted the Falcon Falcons in boys' baseball on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at Lewis-Palmer High School. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing   Cook, Billy 3B R/R Lewis Palmer 2017 Cox, Eric OF R/R Cherokee Trail 2017 Dabovich, R.J. P R/R Pueblo West 2017 Davis, Drake P R/R Ralston Valley 2017 Eddy, Liam P R/R Brighton 2017 Garcia, Alan OF R/R Pueblo West 2017 Gendreau, Spencer 1B-OF L/R Rocky Mountain 2017 Givin, Matt P-SS R/R Rock Canyon 2017 Hammer, Kalen 2B R/R Rocky Mountain 2017 Hays, Tyson C R/R Grandview 2017 Hilton, Jacob P R/R Heritage 2017 Hollinger, Jimmy 2B-OF R/R Regis Jesuit 2017 Jenkins, Jonah P R/R Chaparral 2017 Kuberski, Luke OF R/R Green Mountain 2017 Messinger, Skyler SS R/R Niwot 2017 Notary, James P R/R Broomfield 2017 Opitz, Casey C-INF S/R Heritage 2016 Perez, Nick 1B L/R Cherokee Trail 2017 Rumsey, Walker OF R/R Bear Creek 2017 Salvato, Joe P R/R Mullen 2017 Schultz, Cody 2B R/R Cherry Creek 2017 Sloan, Caleb P R/R Regis Jesuit 2017 Sorenson, John SS-P R/R Rocky Mountain 2017 Stubbings, Jordan 1B-3B R/R Legend 2017 Turner, Matt 1B R/R Broomfield 2017 Uhrich, Jadon OF-C R/R Rocky Mountain 2017 Wilbur, Judah SS S/R Denver North 2017 Winkler, Jack SS S/R Denver North 2017   Underclassmen roster Name, Pos, B/T, School, Grad Yr Aguilar, Taylor OF L/L Northridge 2019 Barker, Braden P-C R/R Mountain View 2018 Baumgardt, Simon SS R/R Lakewood 2019 Cheyenne Mountain third baseman Aaron Berkhoff looks up after sliding safely into second base. The Cheyenne Mountain Indians fell short to the Air Academy Kadets 11-3 in boys' baseball on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Cheyenne Mountain High School. Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette.   Berkhoff, Aaron 3B R/R Cheyenne Mountain 2019 Boyd, Justin SS-CF R/R Legend 2019 Cornelio, Riley P R/R Pine Creek 2019 Egloff, Riley P R/R Heritage 2018 Garner, Tanner 3B R/R Broomfield 2018 Hayes, Drew P-2B R/R Arapahoe 2018 Haze, Jake SS-2B R/R Thunderridge 2018 Heisler, Zac OF R/L Pine Creek 2018 Ireland, Sam 1B R/R Mountain Vista 2019 Kuzma, Noah C R/R Valor Christian 2018 Leisenring, Luke C S/R Ralston Valley 2019 Levensteins, Nick 3B L/R Ralston Valley 2018 Liffrig, Jack P R/L Mountain Vista 2018 Mathews, Bryce OF-1B L/R Chapparal 2019 Merone, Nick 2B-SS R/R Rock Canyon 2018 Morales, Mitch OF L/L Broomfield 2019 Morrill, Trey P R/R Fruita Monument 2018 Pine Creek sophomore Jay Onken (7) delivers a pitch in the fifth inning. The Pine Creek Eagles defeated the Doherty Spartans in boys' baseball on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Doherty High School. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing   Onken, Jay OF R/R Pine Creek 2018 O’Tremba, Tanner OF R/R Cherry Creek 2018 Parr, Quentin P L/L Cherry Creek 2018 Pashke, Zach 2B S/R Mountain Vista 2018 Schultz, Tyler OF R/R Cherry Creek 2018 Seriani, Kayden P-3B R/R Paonia 2018 Shaver, Derek 3B-P R/R Grand Junction 2019 Stohr, Ryan P R/R Dakota Ridge 2019 Wadleigh, J.D. OF L/L Green Mountain 2018 Windham, Ryan P R/R Castle View 2018 Winn, Cole P R/R Silver Creek 2018 Ziegler, Luke P-3B R/R Valor Christian 2018 Zimmerman, Cayden SS R/R Rock Canyon 2018
Prep all-star baseball games make one-year return to Memorial Park

Prep all-star baseball games make one-year return to Memorial Park

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For most of its history, the annual Southern Colorado High School All-Star Games held court at Spurgeon Field in Memorial Park, so Monday's return to its iconic site wasn't viewed as a downgrade after its recent change in venue to Security Service Field. "To have a Memorial Day event at Memorial Park, it fits," Cheyenne Mountain coach Mark Swope said. "It's been a long-standing tradition here. To come back and see the changes UCCS did with taking out the cages and putting in bullpens, I think it's as nice as it's ever been." In 2012, the event moved to Security Service Field, giving elite juniors and seniors a chance to play the season's last game at a Triple-A facility in front of family and friends. Related: New men's basketball tournament set to build community filled with Colorado all-stars But with this week's installation of an HD video board set to make its debut June 5, Security Service Field was unable to play host to the game this year. "The only window we had to install it was during this road trip," Sky Sox president and general manager Tony Ensor said. "We knew it was going to be close, and I thought we'd be able to do everything with the scoreboard going down, but we have to put some of the parts on the field. We'll take a year off, and next year it'll be back out here, and they'll have a nice, big, beautiful scoreboard to play in front of." Monday marked the 56th version of the doubleheader, the longest-running high school all-star event in Colorado, dating back to 1962 and featuring such future stars as Goose Gossage, Jeff King, Brandon McCarthy and Chase Headley. The junior game featured players who were selected from a previously held showcase, while the seniors who were either first- or second-team all-league selections earned spots in the second game. For some, it marked their last games in a competitive environment, while for others, it's a nice reward before heading to the next level. "It's cool to play together again," said Discovery Canyon catcher Kaven Sook, one of four Thunder seniors who represented the 4A team against all-stars from 3A and 5A. "And it's great to meet up with guys on the other teams one last time before we go our separate ways." Sook is headed to Hastings (Neb.) College later this summer. Former major league infielder and manager Art Howe threw out the first pitch prior to the senior game. Howe, the college roommate of Lewis-Palmer assistant baseball coach Dan Adair at Wyoming, suited up for Pittsburgh, Houston and St. Louis in a playing career from 1974-1985 and later managed Houston (1989-93), Oakland (1996-2002) and the New York Mets (2003-04).
New men's basketball tournament set to build community filled with Colorado all-stars

New men's basketball tournament set to build community filled with Colorado all-stars

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Some of the best basketball talent Colorado Springs-area high schools have produced in recent years brought their games to the Sierra High School gymnasium over the weekend. Yes, bragging rights were at stake, and a cash prize, too, but basketball wasn't the sole reason behind the Peak City Athletics Memorial Day Summer Kickoff Tournament. "The big picture is to build up sports programs and give our kids an outlet to play and work out," said firm co-owner Michael Lyons, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy who recently returned to work at Peterson Air Force Base after a season with Erie of the NBA D-League. "Once they grow as athletes, we want to take that to another level by developing them off the court as well." Related: Fountain-Fort Carson basketball finds new coach from neighboring school Lyons and Mitchell graduate Jeff Cooks co-founded Peak City Athletics two years ago to promote the importance and culture of youth sports in Colorado Springs. And judging by the turnout - an estimated 300 friends and family filed into the stands when the eight-team tournament started pool play Saturday - it proved the power of sports can sway many away from other activities, especially on a holiday weekend. "Sports can bring people together, and we've had a lot of guys who have had success in basketball, and the game has taken them far," said Cooks, a former coach at Mitchell who recently joined the boys' basketball staff as assistant under Rob Hawkins at Sand Creek. "That talent brings energy to the community." That talent included a veritable who's who of Colorado Springs and state all-stars, including Josh Scott (Colorado via Lewis-Palmer), Xavier Ford (Buffalo via Harrison), Wesley Gordon (Colorado via Sierra), Matt Bouldin (Gonzaga via ThunderRidge) and Jordan Gregory (Montana via Pueblo East). Bouldin, Ford and Scott have professional playing careers underway overseas. One who hopes to follow in their footsteps is 2013 Wasson graduate DJ Hanes, whose team lost in the championship game. Hanes, in town over the summer, has two years of eligibility remaining as he embarks on a new voyage at Nebraska Christian College, an NAIA school just outside of Omaha that is launching an athletics program this season. And coming back home always makes for a reunion, no matter who wins on the scoreboard. "It's a cool tournament, especially to see all the talent here from Colorado Springs," Hanes said. "I want to see where basketball can take me. I'd love to get a contract to keep playing after I get my degree. Basketball has kept me out of trouble and has given so much back to me. I just want to stay around the game."
Trio of area players take part in USA Basketball Women's U16 National Team Trials

Trio of area players take part in USA Basketball Women's U16 National Team Trials

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Just being on the floor with the nation's top high school basketball players was a treat in itself for incoming Sand Creek sophomore Tomia Johnson. Then, getting a chance to rub elbows with a women's basketball icon kicked it up a notch. "I saw someone walk into a meeting, and I said 'Oh my gosh, that's Tamika Catchings,'" said Johnson, one of 136 players who were competing for 12 roster spots at this weekend's USA Basketball Women's U16 National Team Trials at the Olympic Training Center. "She's a legend. I used to come here all the time as a kid and watch her and Skylar (Diggins) and Brittney Griner. I'm hopeful to do one day what she did. It's a far-fetched dream, but hopefully I can get there." Long before winning four gold medals (2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016), Catchings first had to earn a spot on the junior national team and ascend the ranks. Johnson didn't get the chance to make the roster to compete in the upcoming FIBA Americas U16 Championship after not making the initial cut Saturday, but the 14-year-old guard hopes this isn't her only audition. "I just want to get better as a person and a player, even if I didn't play my best here," Johnson said. "The best of the best are here. You just have to play your own game and get noticed that way, not by trying to impress anyone." Johnson was one of three Pikes Peak region student-athletes who participated in the tryouts, joining incoming juniors Ashten Prechtel of Discovery Canyon and Mesa Ridge's Ashley Bowen, both of whom were participating in the event for a second straight year. And for Bowen, that second chance ended a year of doubt after her debut ended early due to injury. "I got play this year, and I didn't think they'd invite me back," said Bowen, 6-foot-3 center who suffered a sprained knee during drills last May and was unable to take part in a scrimmage. "I'm glad they did, and it was great to get to play this time. Playing with the best players just helps my level of basketball. You don't get to play against these girls every single day." Prechtel, a 6-5 center who averaged a double-double and helped lead Discovery Canyon to its best regular season in school history last year, was the only local player to make the first two rounds of cuts as the field was whittled to 64 girls. The experience from 2016 certainly didn't hurt. "It's nice having been through it before," Prechtel said. "Coming in, you know what to expect, but it's still crazy. I just want to get better and to as far as I can." Trials were scheduled to continue with the first of two sessions starting at 9 a.m. Sunday, with the announcement of the 15 finalists set to take place Monday morning.
Free passes doom Air Academy as 4A state baseball run ends vs. Valor Christian

Free passes doom Air Academy as 4A state baseball run ends vs. Valor Christian

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

DENVER – When called upon, Air Academy's defenders displayed the steady and spectacular glovework that allowed it to be one of four teams remaining in the 4A baseball tournament. Unfortunately for the Kadets, calls of another variety limited those defensive opportunities in a 7-0 loss to defending state champion Valor Christian at Metro State on Friday afternoon. GALLERY: Air Academy v. Valor Christian. 4A State Boys' Baseball. Air Academy issued eight walks – many coming on borderline pitches – and hit a pair of batters. As a result, and with the help of three sacrifice flies, the Eagles plated those seven runs while collecting just five hits. “It’s a real momentum killer,” said Air Academy starting pitcher James Verlinde. “When you get an umpire like that it kind of kills a team. It wasn’t all him, obviously, but some of those calls could have shifted the momentum.” Verlinde was lifted after 3 1/3 innings in which he walked four, hit a batter and gave up two hits. It was an uncharacteristic outing for the 6-foot-7 right-hander who will pitch next year at Pensacola State, a junior college in Florida. Verlinde entered the game with a 1.96 ERA this season and 35 walks in 75 innings over the past two years for the Kadets. The defense behind Verlinde and three relievers did what it could. Third baseman Micah Bregard made a head’s up play in the first to sprint in and catch a pop-up near the plate that catcher Justin Richardson couldn’t pick up off the bat. Bregard later backhanded a ball down the line, stepped on third and threw across to complete a double-play that helped the Kadets escape a jam. Air Academy (19-6) turned another double play in the sixth when first baseman Kyle Chasse made a diving catch on a bunt and threw to second before the runner could scramble back to the bag. “We’ve always played defense,” Air Academy coach Doug Goldberg said. “We’ve always pitched well. It’s just one of those days where you don’t get a call, then they go back-to-back, and it just snowballed.” The trouble began in the third inning when Verlinde plunked the No. 8 hitter to lead off the inning, then issued walks to two of the next three hitters. No. 3 hitter Luke Ziegler, who opposed Verlinde on the mound, then broke the scoreless tie with a two-run single. Valor Christian (20-5) scored three times in that inning with just one hit. Ziegler went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and tossed a shutout while issuing just one walk. But the junior, who has given an early commitment to Pepperdine, also expressed some frustration with the strike zone. “He wouldn’t call anything up at first,” Ziegler said. “Then he would give me some and wouldn’t give me something. There’s nothing you can do, you just have to work around it.” Air Academy had won a pair of games after dropping the opener of the state tournament to put itself in Friday’s game. Even with a victory on Friday, the Kadets would have needed another win on Saturday morning to set up a winner-take-all title game later in the day. The frustration for the team wasn’t that the run ended, but that it ended without the team able to rely on the strengths that had powered the run to this point. “It’s horrible. It’s a crushing feeling,” Verlinde said. “Especially being taken out in the fourth inning. I definitely felt like I could have done more. Being my last game, it’s a terrible feeling. I could have done more, could have left more on the field.”
Relaxed Air Academy continues state baseball run

Relaxed Air Academy continues state baseball run

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Air Academy baseball players like to say the team is a loose bunch. The Kadets showed that Tuesday with consecutive wins over Golden and Silver Creek in two games of loser-goes-home. Air Academy now heads to the final weekend of the 4A state baseball tournament (and the final weekend of the 2016-17 Colorado high school sports season) with a chance to claim a state championship – if they continue to play loose and not lose. Knowing that either of Tuesday’s games could have been their final one helped propel the Kadets. “I think having that factor of possibly being the last game we play together as a team in high school lit a huge fire under our butts and gave us motivation to come out and win two games today,” senior Sam Cregan said on Tuesday. The No. 5 Kadets (19-5) play No. 3 Valor Christian (19-5) on Friday at 12:30 p.m. at Metro State in Denver. The winner stays alive in the hunt for the state championship, the loser heads home. Originally the Kadets were scheduled to play Thompson Valley, but that was switched according to tournament regulations. In the other game, No. 16 Thompson Valley (17-7, winners of District 1) plays No. 28 Evergreen (16-8, winners of District 4). Evergreen is the only unbeaten team in the tournament and has beaten all three of the remaining semifinalists in the double-elimination tournament. If Evergreen falls to TV, the Cougars would still be alive. When Air Academy opened the tournament with a 1-0 loss to Evergreen, the players and coaches reacted as though it were a missed opportunity. They were disappointed in their efforts at the plate and were hoping to get another chance against the Cougars. That will have to wait. First, they’ll have to get past Valor, the defending state champions. The Eagles, ranked third in this season’s RPI, are the Jeffco League champions. Before falling to Evergreen, a team the Eagles beat 8-2 in the regular season, Valor hadn’t lost since April 24 to Littleton. Air Academy’s loss to Evergreen was the first for the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference champions since April 20.  Winning eight straight and 19 overall is a big reason why the Kadets have so much confidence. Having two ace pitchers plus at least one more reliable starter is another reason the Kadets can be loose. The Kadets are likely to start James Verlinde (5-4, 1.96 ERA) on Friday and Micah Bregard (6-1, 2.04) on Saturday should they get that far. Cregan (3-0, 1.22) should also be available Saturday. “Even in practice, it’s just kind of hanging out with the guys having fun,” Kyle Chasse said about his team’s relaxed attitude. “I think we definitely came out and did that today. There was nothing we did that wasn’t how we’ve been playing all year.”

Palmer Ridge, Pine Creek girls shoot school-best golf finishes

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

ERIE - Palmer Ridge's Kellsey Sample and Pine Creek's Elly Carlson sealed a career and legacy with one last rattle of the cup Tuesday. Moving up the leader board on the final day of the 4A state golf tournament at the Colorado National Golf Club, Sample and Carlson both finished inside the top 10, the best state tournament performance in their respective program's histories. Sample finished sixth with a two-day score of 19-over 163, while Carlson tied Cheyenne Mountain junior Maxine Choi for eighth at 166. Related: Rampart golfer Arielle Keating ties for 6th in final Colorado high school event Carlson summed up the scene best: "Lot of hugs, lots of tears." The Eagles senior shot an 82 as the Eagles finished a program-best sixth at 124-over 556. Carlson started the tournament with a fore! - as in four strokes over par after her first hole Monday. But she ended the tournament strong - including three pars and a birdie on four of her final six holes - to etch out a spot in the top 10. "That was the finishing touch," she said. Two weeks ago, Carlson won a region title with an even-par 71 at the Country Club of Colorado. It was the lowest score ever shot by a girl golfer at Pine Creek, per coach Shane Brown. "She's the best golfer in program history," he said matter-of-factly. Kellsey Sample of Palmer Ridge smiles after she sinks her putt during the final round of the 4A Girls State Golf that was held at Colorado National Golf Course on Tuesday May 23, 2017 in Erie, Colorado. Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette.   Sample was the last area golfer off the course, and like Carlson, she showed the ability to overcome the rough. Already seven strokes above par by No. 7, the CSU-Pueblo commit settled in as her college coach, Josh Koschke, looked on. She ended her round with four pars and a birdie for 82. "That was really cool," Sample said of Koschke's presence. "It made me a little nervous. I was like this is my coach next year, but he was awesome. The support was awesome." Sample rolled in a six-foot putt for par on No. 18 and almost immediately was taken over by emotion. Just off the green, she embraced her younger sister, Ashlee, who tied for 11th (170). "She is my role model," Ashlee said, fighting back tears. "It's just so hard to see her go." With the Samples leading the way, Palmer Ridge won its league and region and finished eighth (560) at the state tournament. "They mean a tremendous amount (to the team)," said 23-year-old Palmer Ridge assistant coach Josh Cronk, who coached Kellsey on the course this season. "All of the girls look up to them. They ask those two for advice." Lauren Lehigh two-putted to win her first state title for Loveland, which also won the team title at 475. Also in the top 20: Liberty's Sarah MacDonald was 15th (173), Cheyenne Mountain's Casey Fetters 16th (176), Air Academy's Isabell Deak tied for 17th (177) and Coronado's Kate Griffin tied for 20th (178).
Air Academy baseball wins twice to stay alive in Class 4A state tournament

Air Academy baseball wins twice to stay alive in Class 4A state tournament

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

DENVER * As soon as Silver Creek’s Cole Winn rounded for first and headed to second, Air Academy first baseman Kyle Chasse threw his hands into the air calling for the ball from the outfield. Winn was headed safely to second. Unfortunately for him, he never touched first and Chasse noticed. When Chasse got the ball and touched first, Winn was ruled out and any possible Raptors rally was squashed. It was just one great play of solid baseball that saw No. 5 Air Academy beat No. 7 Silver Creek 6-3 a couple of hours after the Kadets dispatched of No. 8 Golden 6-4 in the 4A state tournament Tuesday. The back-to-back victories have Air Academy headed to the tournament’s final weekend for the first time since 2012. “Unbelievable,” Chasse said. “It’s really awesome to watch these guys rally, especially when we knew that was a hard hit going down and taking that loss. It was really exciting to watch everyone come back with the same energy if not even more than yesterday and be able to pull out these two wins.” The Kadets will play No. 1 Thompson Valley on Friday at Metro State. A day after getting two-hit and losing its playoff opener 1-0, Air Academy (19-5) pounded out 11 hits against Silver Creek and eight against the Demons (12-11). “Much, much better,” Kadets coach Doug Goldberg said. “We had a talk yesterday about our approach. We had a much better approach and so I was very excited about the way they came out and did what they were supposed to do.” The Kadets also got a second straight day of solid pitching. Micah Bregard gave up four runs on two hits and five walks in five innings in the opener before Nick Chiacchia closed the door. Then, Sam Cregan held Silver Creek (16-8) to one run on five hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings before giving way to Grant Shandy, who gave up two runs on four hits in 1 2/3. “My arm just had a ton of pop in it, I was feeling great,” said Cregan, who struck out five. “Honestly, I just threw strikes.” Chasse’s heady play of noticing Winn miss first base was an example of his knowledge for the game, Goldberg said. “That’s one of those great plays in baseball nobody really checks on,” Goldberg said. “But he pays attention. He’s a student of the game and a very smart kid.” Chasse also laid down a suicide squeeze in the third inning that helped the Kadets build a 3-0 lead against the Demons. Justin Richardson reached base four times and scored twice over the course of the day, while Josh Dudden reached base in seven of his eight plate appearances (four hits, three walks), drove in a run and scored three runs. Now, the Kadets go into Friday’s game (and possibly beyond), knowing starters James Verlinde and Bregard will again be available. They also know they have little to lose after getting to where they believed they were destined to be. “It feels pretty great,” Cregan said. “We knew we could do it all year. It’s just good to live up to our potential.”
Rampart golfer Arielle Keating ties for 6th in final Colorado high school event

Rampart golfer Arielle Keating ties for 6th in final Colorado high school event

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

GOLDEN -- Rampart junior Arielle Keating was disappointed that her Colorado high school career did not end as a state 5A girls' golf champion. But she took some satisfaction in bouncing back from a nine on the par-4 hole No. 6 that knocked her out of contention for the title at the 36-hole tournament that concluded Tuesday at The Club at Rolling Hills in Golden. Keating would shoot an 80 to finish in a tie for sixth (157 strokes) with Cherry Creek's Payton Canon and three strokes out of first in her final tournament representing the Rams. "I only ended having one birdie all day, which is really what killed me," Keating said. "I had plenty of chances but just couldn't hit them. It's pretty disappointing as you can imagine." The Florida Atlantic commit and her family, including father and Rams coach Brad Keating, are moving to Florida so the Colorado Springs Metro League champion may play year-round in preparation for college and enter FAU as an in-state student. "It's the best family situation," she said. "It's something we have wanted to do for a while. My (older) sister is going to college (in Florida) there and it's a great golf state." The other area qualifier, Palmer sophomore Charlotte Cliatt, rebounded from her first-day 96 with a 93 for her second round. "I think three strokes was a reasonable goal," she said. "I am happy with what I did today." Highlands Ranch's Jenna Chun went 1-under (71) in her final round to force a playoff with Grandview's Amy Chitkoksoong (154), who prevailed on the third playoff hole. The team title was claimed by Ralston Valley (474).