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Sisters a winning combination for Ponderosa

Jensen Ellis is a playmaker for the Ponderosa girls soccer team. She controls the Mustangs’ offense and her precise passes often to lead to goals. Jensen’s younger sister Jazlynn has benefited … more

Pole vaulting is challenging event to master

“Yes, like all sports there can be risks,” said Ellis. “The entire pole vault community works hard to make it as safe as possible for athletes. The padding has got much better and bigger. … more

Technique, work ethic propel throwers to next level

The image attached to track and field competitors who throw the shot put and discus is changing. In the past, athletes who were bigger, and often slower, were generally assumed to be throwers. But … more

Former NHL referee reflects on 1,629 games

Dave Jackson, the former National Hockey League referee who lives in Highlands Ranch, grew up a fan of the Montreal Canadiens and admits he worshiped players like Guy Lafleur plus a horde of other … more

Spring weather causing hectic rescheduling spree

This is not breaking news because everybody knows by now that spring weather in Colorado can be unpredictable. A warm pleasant day with the temperature in the 70s is followed by heavy, wet snow and … more

Area high school baseball teams use spring break to sharpen skills

South metro-area baseball teams are anxious to open league play after tuning up with spring break trips to Arizona, California and Florida. Twelve teams from area schools compiled a 30-19 record in … more

Shot clock debate picks up tempo in Colorado

Does high school basketball need a shot clock? Would it help or hinder prep games? Let the longstanding debate resume. It’s been a hot topic for years. USA Basketball and the NBA on March 20 … more

Baseball teams travel south for spring break

March Madness is here to entertain most of us. But spring break has also arrived as students, faculty from schools and universities in the United States take time off from studious routines to relax … more

Valor forward achieves impressive numbers on ice

Luke Wheeler finished his short Valor Christian hockey career in impressive fashion. The senior led Valor into the Colorado state hockey tournament finals, topped the state in scoring with 56 points … more

Ponderosa athlete is master of the mat

Ponderosa junior Cohlton Schultz is a modest wrestler who is on his way to becoming one of the best in Colorado. Schultz moved up to 285 pounds and wrapped up an undefeated season (50-0) by winning … more

Local athlete is giant slalom state champ

As bizarre as it might sound, high school skiing is an overlooked sport on the Front Range in Colorado. Skiing may connote Colorado between the months of November through March, but any high school … more

Jaguars' season ends in semifinals

Rock Canyon coach Kent Grams talked to his boys basketball team after the Jaguars' 47-41 overtime semifinal loss to George Washington in the Class 5A state playoffs on March 9 at the Denver Coliseum. … more

Valor comes up short in championship hockey game

Luke Wheeler looked anxious on the Valor Christian bench during the Eagles' state championship hockey game against Regis Jesuit on March 6 at the Pepsi Center. Wheeler was wearing his helmet but he … more

Boys volleyball takes first step toward being sanctioned in Colorado

Boys volleyball has been trying to open the door to get the sport sanctioned by the Colorado High School Activities Association for around 20 years, according to John Prusinowski. Well, boys … more

Jaguars roar into Final Four

Rock Canyon's boys basketball team was top-ranked for a majority of the season in the CHSAANow.com poll. The Jaguars were the top-seed in this season's Class 5A state tournament pairings but came … more

Highlands Ranch girls eliminated in quarterfinals

Highlands Ranch's girls basketball coach Caryn Jarocki knows the importance that turnovers can have in determining the winners and losers of basketball games. The Falcons turned the ball over too … more

Valor takes hockey success to next level

Valor Christian's hockey team was virtually untested during the regular season . So when the seedings were announced for the state hockey playoffs, there were doubts about the Eagles' strength of … more

Former Valor football coach excited about his new job

Rod Sherman is excited about the upcoming high school football season. I know because he used the word “excited” several times in a brief conversation. Yes, I know, that statement might sound … more

Athlete succeeds after giving sport a ‘tri’

Hannah Croasdell was burned out on swimming, so her mother Christy suggested she should try to become a triathlete. That’s what the Douglas County senior did, but it wasn’t easy. I can only … more

At 20, Terry is veteran of international hockey

Troy Terry is only 20 years old but can be considered a veteran of international ice hockey play. Terry, a junior forward on the University of Denver team who was a Rock Canyon student for two years, … more
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