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Mental health added to coaches’ mission

Colorado High School Activities Association commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green called it a very bold stance. The CHSAA Board of Directors in June approved a Mental Health Initiative that mandates all … more

Disc golf takes full flight in Denver metro area

Chris Ball is a Grammy-nominated songwriter who has composed music for many television shows and toured for seven years as a musician with the rock band Firefall. The 53-year-old Highlands Ranch … more

Drag-racing plot thickens in thin air

Being a Colorado native, I am used to hearing about the effects of the high altitude. It doesn’t matter if it is baseball, golf, tennis, football, basketball or any event you choose, because there … more

Coloradans add kick to history of women’s soccer

Colorado soccer players have played a role in FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer tournaments from the very beginning. In the recently completed 2019 World Cup in France, former Mountain Vista player … more

This sport is the real dill

James Pinkel, 69, of Centennial, plays pickleball three or four days a week against a variety of players at the Lone Tree Recreation Center. “There are some who show up to really play the game,” … more

For her, great performances are par for the course

Katie Berrian didn’t get herself in too much trouble on the golf course this season to test her mental toughness. In fact Berrian, the Regis Jesuit junior who lives in Castle Pines, had an … more

Vista, Creek athletes dominate diamond

Mountain Vista's Sam Ireland did his usual thing this season, while Nathan Mitchell of Cherry Creek did something that had not happened in 47 years. Ireland has been named the 2019 Colorado Community … more

‘Opponents fear and respect her’

Arapahoe High School soccer player Audrey Weiss is one of those players who can never move around much without being marked by an opponent or two. She always seemed to make things happen for the … more

‘She is an incredible athlete’

Katie Collins was hard to keep off the lacrosse field. The Cherry Creek senior was a midfielder who was a standout on both offense and defense. She was named the 2019 Colorado Community Media South … more

College baseball opening doors for Colorado athletes

It’s been slow — like an off-speed changeup — for people to realize, but big-time college baseball is no longer a long shot for players who participate in Colorado high school baseball. … more

Perseverance, love of competition set track athletes apart

Valor Christian’s Anna Hall and Drake Nugent of Highlands Ranch finished their high school track and field careers with rewarding seasons. Cole Sprout of Valor Christian lived up to expectations. … more

Cherry Creek athlete makes waves

Senior Brendan Eckerman will always remember the fun he had swimming for Cherry Creek this season. He competed in three previous CHSAA Class 5A State Swimming Championships with second place as his … more

Smoky Hill athlete is a force on the court

It has been said that everyone can have a bad day, and Smoky Hill sophomore Valerie Negin is smart enough to cope with that thought. “I have good days and I have bad days,” she said. “Some days … more

Two-sport standout bound for Drake

Legend senior Caden Meis is a football player who excels on the lacrosse field. He averaged 5.6 points, 3.6 ground balls and was the leading scorer among Class 5A lacrosse midfielders this season … more

Seeing how it all adds up for area schools

Yes, it seems like the fall 2018-19 Colorado High School Sports Association sports season started just a couple weeks ago, but the spring campaign is now over. Some teams and individuals were left … more

Coach floored by response after 800th win

Cherry Creek baseball coach Marc Johnson has had an impact on many of his players and he learned recently of the power of social media. Johnson’s baseball team beat Arapahoe 12-2 on May 13 to give … more

Girls finished golf tourneys before weather went subpar

Girl golfers haven’t had much time to fine-tune their games because of damp spring weather but all the state qualifying regional tournaments were able to be played before the rain and snow started … more

Cherry Creek girls claim tennis crown

Cherry Creek wrapped up another CHSAA girls state tennis championship on May 11, and the Bruins’ doubles depth once again was a key factor. “Doubles matches are very important,” said sophomore … more

Getting the jump on competition

Shantine Demasse is a technician. The Highlands Ranch senior is a long jumper and triple jumper on the track team but she is 5-foot-7, weighs less than 100 pounds and has to compete against bigger … more

CHSAA panel gives green light to three pilot sports

When spring rolls around, it’s the time that the Colorado High Schools Activities Association Legislative Committee gets together to approve or shoot down possible changes to Colorado high school … more
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