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Friday Night Lights: Live updates from #copreps football Week 8
Live tweets, updates, photos and more from #copreps football Week 8 across the state of Colorado. Mobile users, if you don’t see the live blog tap here. (function(d, s, id) {var js,ijs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//embed.scribblelive.com/widgets/embed.js";ijs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, ijs);}(document, "script", "scrbbl-js"));Luis Martinez with a 1-yard TD run for East, which now leads Sierra 14-0 late in first quarter. #copreps //embed.scribblelive.com/js/jwflvplayer/player-licensed.swfChris Mooney with a 22-yard field goal to give Bayfield a 3-0 lead on Delta with 6:59 to go 1st half. #copreps 3A football end of the 1stLP 22Mitchell 6@LewisPalmer38 @gazettepreps @therowdyrangers #copreps Arapahoe gets another touchdown pass and takes a 21-10 lead over Boulder. #copreps @BoCoPreps Nevarez tries the fake punt run again, Basalt ain't fooled. Longhorns will start drive at @MOCO_Dogs 22. #COPreps Bayfield stuffed. Don't like the Wolverines passing inside the 5-yard line. That's not BHS football. Snaps have been all over the place, tooTouchdown East. Luis Martinez scores from a yard out to put the Eagles up 14-0 over Sierra, 1:18 1Q #copreps 4A Football:#7 Pueblo West 14Mesa Ridge 0End of 1st QDefense doing good so far!@TODDALBO @PuebloRdoSports @bersch_jeff #copreps 3rd & 9 on their own 21 as 1Q ends for @MOCO_Dogs . Now to see if having wind at their backs helps. Basalt offsides doesn't hurt. Longhorns still lead 21-0. #COPreps TOUCHDOWN DEMONS! Gage Mestas returns a punt about 45 yards for a Durango TD. Everything going Durango's way on homecoming 39-0 #copreps End of 1Q, @pch_hornets trailing @hhspanthers1 14-3. @PuebloRdoSports @TODDALBO Yo: End of 1Q, Fairview heads Mullen 7-0. #copreps #mullenathletics End of first quarter. @RegisJesuitHS leads @TrojansACHS 14-7 @aurorasports #copreps Football: Nice drive for @SmokyHillFB ends with incomplete pass on 4th down, @BLAZERFB takes over near midfield #copreps #aurora 58 yard run Dylan Hilliker, slicing through the Delta defense Beautiful run! Bayfield ball on Delta 4.Fort Morgan 14Thompson Valley 0End of the 1st quarter #copreps Fort Morgan 14Thompson Valley 0End of the 1st quarter #copreps FB: Greeley West ties Brighton 7-7 w/ 8min in the half #copreps //embed.scribblelive.com/js/jwflvplayer/player-licensed.swfButter Phelps runs for a first down on 4th and 1 out of the punt formation. Gets 6 yards to extend Bayfield drive.Peetz FB 36-0 end of first quarter! #copreps @PeetzSchool No. 3 Pomona Panthers ready to go on homecoming game night. @PomonaPrincipal #copreps //embed.scribblelive.com/js/jwflvplayer/player-licensed.swfJohn Hochanadel (Fort Morgan) 47 yard run (PAT Good) 52 seconds left in the 1st quarter, Fort Morgan 14, Thompson Valley 0 #copreps John Hochanadel (Fort Morgan) 47 yard run (PAT Good) 52 seconds left in the 1st quarter, Fort Morgan 14, Thompson Valley 0 #copreps Photos: First day of softball state championships bit.ly/2yxzzen #copreps Live coverage of tonight's games: bit.ly/2hTaXCA #copreps End of first quarter. @RegisJesuitHS leads @TrojansACHS 14-7 @aurorasports #copreps 1:24 left in 1Q as Williams gains another 6-yd TD after 30+ catch by Griffen Jenkins. Kick is good. Basalt ahead 21-0 over @MOCO_Dogs . #COPreps Noah Williams just scored his third touchdown of the game. #Basalt Longhorns lead Moffat County Bulldogs 21-0 with minute left in first quarter. #copreps #chsaa AFTER 1: Valor leads Highlands Ranch 14-0. #copreps Ku La Moo a 31-yard FG attmept for Delta goes wide right. Bayfield takes over on own 20 in scoreless game.Short kick recovered by Coal Ridge. Power then goes 35 yards untouched in next play. 28-0 Titans, 6:07 Q1. Wow. #COpreps And just like that, Boulder answers with an 80-yard touchdown pass of its own, Travis to Maier. Arapahoe leads 14-10. #copreps @BoCoPreps A 31-yd burst through the Basalt line by Josh Teeter puts @MOCO_Dogs in Basalt territory for first time, but Longhorns don't allow conversion. #COPreps Stenstrom sneaks one in for his second touchdown of the night. #copreps End of 1st QTR Brush 0Platte Valley 21#copreps End of 1st QTR Brush 0Platte Valley 21#copreps After one quarter at All-City stadium, No. 2 @PalmerRidge and @TJSpartans are all tied up at 6. #copreps https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DMn_UXzU8AIuXpm.jpgCoal Ridge’s Oscar Salazar finds Jacx Power out of the backfield for a 71-yard catch and run for six. 21-0 Titans, 6:19 Q1. #COpreps RHS Football leads Erie 8-0 after the 1st. @The_JT_Breeze @Sports_RHS #copreps #weldpreps Photos from the first day of softball state championships: bit.ly/2zphHzc #copreps https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DMn-Q3EVwAE0xeT.jpgAt the end of the fir [...]
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Glenwood Springs football forfeits all of 2017 wins because of ineligible player
Glenwood Springs has forfeited all four wins from the 2017 season due to the use of an ineligible player through the first seven games of the season. The school released a statement Friday morning, citing an “administrative oversight” that led to vacated wins over Conifer, Kennedy, Steamboat Springs and Battle Mountain. In the statement, Glenwood Springs athletic director Craig Denney said, “It is a difficult situation as it involves so many people. Players, coaches, families have been greatly affected and we truly regret the mistake. Systems are being reviewed to make sure that this does not occur again.” Coach Rocky Whitworth and the Demons play on the road at Summit on Friday at 6 p.m. [...]
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2017 CHSAA softball state pairings: Classes 3A, 4A, 5A
The following are pairings and game times for the first round of the 2017 CHSAA softball state tournament, to be played Friday and Saturday at Aurora Sports Park. Quarterfinal games follow at 2:30 p.m. on Friday; semifinals are 10 a.m. Saturday, with championship games at 1:15 p.m. Class 5A (Complex C) No. 1 Eaglecrest vs. No. 16 Rocky Mountain, 10 a.m. No. 8 Pomona vs. No. 9 Brighton, 10 a.m. No. 4 Fossil Ridge vs. No. 13 Grand Junction Central, 10 a.m. No. 5 Columbine vs. No. 12 Douglas County, 10 a.m. No. 3 Legacy vs. No. 14 ThunderRidge, 12:15 p.m. No. 6 Loveland vs. No. 11 Prairie View, 12:15 p.m. No. 2 Arvada West vs. No. 15 Mountain Vista, 12:15 p.m. No. 7 Cherry Creek vs. No. 10 Legend, 12:15 p.m. Class 4A (Complex B) No. 1 Valor Christian vs. No. 16 Ponderosa, 10 a.m. No. 8 Silver Creek vs. No. 9 Conifer, 10 a.m. No. 4 Erie vs. No. 12 Pueblo County, 10 a.m. No. 5 Pueblo Central vs. No. 13 Air Academy, 10 a.m. No. 3 Discovery Canyon vs. No. 14 Wheat Ridge, 12:15 p.m. No. 6 Thomas Jefferson vs. No. 11 Mountain View, 12:15 p.m. No. 2 Golden vs. No. 15 Elizabeth, 12:15 p.m. No. 7 Frederick vs. No. 10 Mullen, 12:15 p.m. Class 3A (Complex A) No. 1 Brush vs. No. 16 Fort Lupton, 10 a.m. No. 8 Weld Central vs. No. 9 University, 10 a.m. No. 4 Lamar vs. No. 13 Sterling, 10 a.m. No. 5 Faith Christian vs. No. 12 Limon, 10 a.m. No. 3 Strasburg vs. No. 14 Delta, 12:15 p.m. No. 6 La Junta vs. No. 11 St. Mary’s, 12:15 p.m. No. 2 Eaton vs. No. 15 Valley, 12:15 p.m. No. 7 Meeker vs. No. 10 Rocky Ford, 12:15 p.m. [...]
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Watch Live: Chaparral at Rock Canyon in Class 5A football on the Post Preps Game of the Week
Chaparral (5-2) plays on the road against Rock Canyon (4-3) on Friday night at 7 p.m. in a Class 5A Mount Evans league showdown. The game will be streamed live in HD, as well as archived afterward on The Denver Post site. The Wolverines have ripped off four straight wins and are led by junior running back Dylan Smithwick and senior middle linebacker Jacob Stanton, while the Jaguars look to regain momentum consecutive losses to Pomona and Cherokee Trail. Cory Lopez and Dee White have the call starting at 6:45 p.m. from EchoPark Stadium; you can also tune into the game and our Post Preps Gameday show featuring preview analysis and player interviews on Friday via our Facebook page. Don’t forget to “like” our Denver Post Prep Sports Facebook page and turn on notifications to make sure you get a heads up every time Post Preps TV goes live. See the full Post Preps TV schedule here. [...]
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Colorado Prep Football Preview: Top Week 8 games to watch
Denver Post preps editor Kyle Newman breaks down the biggest games to watch in Week 8 of the 2017 high school football season, the third week of conference play around the state. Columbine (6-1) at Northglenn (5-2), Thursday 6 p.m., Five Star Stadium: With consecutive impressive wins over Fairview and Mullen to open Mount Cameron play, senior running back Connor Snow and the No. 8 Rebels are rolling into the bout against an upstart Northglenn team that’s found success with a backfield by committee as well as the defensive leadership of junior free safety J.J. Gomez. Fruita Monument (7-0) at Standley Lake (6-1), Friday 4 p.m., North Area Athletic Complex: No. 5 Fruita Monument travels to Arvada for a pivotal Mountain League showdown against No. 9 Standley Lake, and each team boasts stretch-the-field senior running backs in the Wildcats’ Braeden Graham and the Gators’ Ty Webber. Listen to this game live on the Post Preps Radio Game of the Week. Chaparral (5-2) at Rock Canyon (4-3), Friday 7 p.m., EchoPark Stadium: Chaparral enters the Mount Evans battle having reeled off four consecutive wins and ranked 13th in the latest RPI, while the Jaguars, losers of two straight, look to keep their playoff hopes alive in a game that could be decided by whether Chaparral senior linebacker Jacob Stanton can be kept in check. Watch this game live on the Post Preps TV Game of the Week. Grandview (5-2) at Doherty (5-2), Friday 7 p.m., Garry Berry Stadium: This Mount Massive showdown pits two playoff-caliber teams against each other as the Spartans seek to avenge last season’s 38-point loss to the Wolves. Senior quarterback Kyle Smith (112.7 QBR) needs to continue to be efficient for No. 7 Grandview, while Doherty will look to senior tailback Julian Cooks (1,126 yards, 15 TD) to break loose for big plays against a stingy defense. Fairview (6-1) at Mullen (3-4), Friday 7 p.m. De La Salle Stadium: Sophomore quarterback Aidan Atkinson has a diverse arsenal at his disposal — one that includes the running and pass-blocking talents of senior Mariano Kemp — as the No. 9 Knights travel south to take on Mullen, which leans on junior quarterback Dominic Depizzol to get the team back on track following a decisive loss to Columbine last week. Valor Christian (7-0) at Highlands Ranch (6-1), Friday 7 p.m., Shea Stadium: In a Mount Lincoln battle between two schools that are right across University Boulevard from one another, No. 1 Valor Christian gets another chance to defeat a top ten foe and assert itself as the state’s Goliath, but the No. 6 Falcons’ physicality up front — combined with the field vision and speed of junior running back Dominic Bettini — will make it a competitive ballgame. [...]
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Rock Canyon hosts Chaparral in Class 5A conference play, a pivotal game for each team’s playoff prospects
The following is an inside look at Chaparral and Rock Canyon ahead of their Mount Evans showdown 7 p.m. Friday at EchoPark Stadium in the Post Preps Game of the Week. The action will be live streamed on DenverPost.com as well as the Denver Post Preps Facebook page. Rock Canyon (4-3, 0-2 Mount Evans) Brian Tinker’s first season as the Rock Canyon head coach has been marked by a few missed opportunities — including close losses to ThunderRidge on Sept. 21 and to Cherokee Trail last week — but in all, the Jaguars have already taken steps forward from last year’s 3-7 campaign. “I think we’ve left a couple W’s on the table in some close games,” Tinker said. “But it’s just a process — the kids have to learn how to win and how to compete all the time — and I think they’re getting there and we’re starting to put it together.” Prior to arriving at Rock Canyon, Tinker led Fossil Ridge to two straight playoff showings in 2014 and 2015 — the only 5A postseason appearances in the program’s history — only to not have his contract renewed. Poudre School District was tight-lipped about the dismissal, although it was clear the dispute over the Sabercats’ desire to put the names of fallen soldiers across the back of the team’s camouflage uniforms — a request PSD had denied — likely played a role in Tinker’s contentious exit from Fort Collins. Fast forward two years, and Tinker believes he’s found a new longterm home on McArthur Ranch Road, where he’s also a P.E. teacher. “I was looking to build that foundation at Fossil Ridge, but obviously ran into a wall,” Tinker said. “So now I’m restarting once again, and I’m looking to plant my roots — I’ve got a young family and we’d like to really grow with this program, and hopefully take it to the level of competing for a state championship in the next three, four years.” Tinker’s been pleased with the talent he inherited — he notes senior tailback Alec DeRose, senior defensive end Vincent Curci, senior defensive end Tanner Stopkoski and senior middle linebacker Zach Hanna have been crucial — but says that in the age of open enrollment, he and his staff must work extra hard to make Rock Canyon an appealing football destination. “I think the location’s great, and there’s a lot of good athletes around if I can talk them out of going to Valor,” Tinker said with a laugh. “We can see Valor from our practice field, and when you have so many great programs around you, you’re going to have to compete for kids.” To do that, Tinker put the program through “a complete overhaul”. “We changed up just about everything — our practice schedule, the way we do things over the summer, the weightlifting, all of it,” Tinker said. “We even brought in an MMA coach and a yoga coach, so the kids learned how to breathe under duress, mental toughness and balance.” That mental toughness will be key Friday night against Chaparral, a team that flattened the Jaguars 52-32 last fall. “It’ll be a test,” Tinker said. “But I think our guys are prepared for it, and our confidence had continued to grow even though we’ve lost our last two games.” Chaparral (5-2, 2-0 Mount Evans) While Rock Canyon (29th in the latest RPI) needs a win to revive its postseason hopes, a victory on Friday for Chaparral (13th) would go a long way in shoring up the Wolverines’ playoff positioning. Fourth-year coach Rod Dobbs knows his team has a formidable task ahead in the Jaguars, and emphasized the Wolverines must stick to their ‘everything counts’ mantra in order to prevail. “We have to really minimize the mistakes that put us at a disadvantage, and we have to continue to improve on the things that we can control,” Dobbs said. “That’s an aspect where I feel we’re really starting to hit our flow.” Despite high turnover at the quarterback position — junior Kurt Gallup was initial starter, but injuries to him as well as sophomore backup Konnor Ruth now has senior Peyton Ross under center — junior running back Dylan Smithwick and his mates were able to light up the scoreboard for 74 points combined over the last two weeks. “We’ve suffered some ill-timed injuries on offense, and we’ve been without a number of key players on offense,” Dobbs said. “Yet, we’ve been able to hang in there, and that’s a credit to (offensive coordinator and quarterback’s coach) Bruce Speegle and his coaching staff, because this offense is very adaptable.” The Chaparral defense, too, has been doing its job during the Wolverines’ four-game win streak. In particular, seni [...]
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Weekly Colorado Preps Primer: Games to watch for Oct. 17-21
The following is a look at the marquee games this week in softball, volleyball and boys soccer in Classes 5A and 4A. (All rankings and records are current as of Monday.) SOFTBALL CHSAA state tournament, Friday and Saturday, Aurora Sports Park: All of Friday’s first-round games begin at 10 a.m., with 5A to be played on Complex C, 4A on Complex B and 3A on Complex A. Eaglecrest is clearly the frontrunner for the 5A title, as is fellow top seed Valor Christian in 4A, although there are plenty of other teams in each classification capable of knocking out the favorites if they play their best. VOLLEYBALL Mountain Vista (12-2) at Chaparral (11-4), Tuesday 6 p.m.: This Continental League showdown pits two of the state’s most potent offenses against each other as senior middle hitter Amanda Keller, junior outside hitter Raegan Phillips and No. 3 Mountain Vista head to Parker to take on senior outside hitter Grace Haberland, sophomore middle hitter Julianna Dalton and the No. 10 Wolverines. Fruita Monument (15-1) at Durango (11-4), Friday 5:30 p.m.: Coach Bob Richardson’s lone loss this season came all the way back on Sept. 1 against Rock Canyon, so senior outside hitter Riley Snyder and the Wildcats are on a roll entering their Southwestern League showdown against a Durango team led by senior setter Brianna Brown and senior outside hitter Ally Snow. Related Articles Listen: Fruita Monument vs. Standley Lake football on the Post Preps Radio Game of the Week Prep Power Rankings: Week of Friday, Oct. 20 Amid swelled interest and participation, non-sanctioned Colorado high school sports carve out their own culture and success Prep football rundown: How 5A, 4A ranked teams fared in Week 7 action No. 6 Highlands Ranch football outslugs No. 9 Fountain-Fort Carson in Mount Lincoln action BOYS SOCCER Lakewood (9-3-1) at Hinkley (11-1-1), Thursday 4 p.m., APS Stadim: Lakewood outscored its two Jeffco opponents last week, Bear Creek and Pomona, by a combined 9-0 as senior striker Phillip Pedler and the Tigers face an arduous non-conference test in coach Marcos Madera and the No. 8 Thunderbirds in a match to close each team’s regular season. Kennedy (11-1-1) at Denver North (11-2), Thursday 4 p.m., All-City Stadium: In the Denver Prep League finale, junior striker Aymaro Vargas and the No. 4 Commanders seek to secure the conference championship against a potent Vikings side headlined by senior midfielder Sergio Lopez and junior keeper Bryan Torres as each team looks for a momentum boost heading into the 4A state playoffs. Colorado Prep Stats [...]
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Amid swelled interest and participation, non-sanctioned Colorado high school sports carve out their own culture and success
Since its inception in 2010, the Colorado High School Cycling League has provided athletes around the state the chance to compete in mountain biking. The league has since burgeoned to more than 1,400 participants — a growth that has continually spurred a debate among its constituents as to whether the sport could, and should, be sanctioned by the Colorado High School Activities Association. “We talk about joining CHSAA every year,” said Kate Rau, the league’s founder and executive director. “If the kids, families and coaches want it, and they think that being sanctioned by CHSAA would be a benefit, I’m totally open to that. But we’re our own production anyways.” Rau’s “but” sentiment epitomizes the climate around many nonsanctioned high school sports leagues in Colorado. While the interest in activities such as mountain biking, bowling, climbing and rugby has grown —  swelling membership over the past decade — those athletes still find themselves without CHSAA sanctioning and the financial backing and school support that come with it. Sanctioned sports are funded largely by the school, which pays for equipment, fields and coaching stipends, among other expenses. Plus, CHSAA is in the process of making its sanctioning process more stringent. Add in shoestring athletic department budgets that have also hampered efforts by nonsanctioned sports to join the association, and change is unlikely. Nevertheless, organizations such as the cycling league, the Colorado High School Bowling Foundation and more have developed their own sense of community in order to not just survive, but thrive. That community is rooted in the fact that for high school athletes, a chance to compete is a chance to compete, no matter what administrative umbrella it falls under. “Either way, bowling’s still bowling,” said Nicole Monte, the 2016 Colorado High School Bowling Foundation girls state champion from Grand Junction Central. “You can categorize it as a CHSAA sport, or a club, or neither. So long as there’s a league, and there’s good competition, it’s still going to be a great opportunity for high school athletes.” And with these nonsanctioned leagues comes a bit different, albeit still meaningful, sense of school pride that makes leaders such as Rau wonder whether it’s even worth trying to get sanctioned. “Lacrosse, it took them like 20 years to become a CHSAA sanctioned sport (in 1998-99),” Rau said.  “So this is something that works from the grassroots, and we’re looking a little bit at how those other sports became CHSAA sanctioned sports to get a feel for what that process looks like. Right now we’re definitely continuing to build toward that, but as we do so, we’ve realized it’s working great running it on our own, too.” A changing process CHSAA has added just one sport since the turn of the century — hip-hop dancing — although Assistant Commissioner Bethany Brookens noted that over the past five to 10 years, the association’s Equity Committee heard sanctioning pitches from rugby, badminton and ultimate Frisbee leagues, among others. Those leagues were trying to get their sport to a vote by the Legislative Council, where, per CHSAA bylaw 5000.1, the council would weigh a variety of factors (a membership survey gauging interest, Equity Committee recommendations, geographical concerns, availability of facilities, availability of officials, cost and safety/liability) in determining whether to send the sport to the Board of Directors for approval of a one-year pilot program, which is the first step toward getting sanctioned. But no sport ever got in front of the Legislative Council in that time, largely because no sport ever had bona fide backing from member schools and their respective leagues. As recently as April, the council refused to consider boys volleyball — which was seeking sanctioning for a third time — and a trial run of girls wrestling tournaments last winter has yet to produce tangible results. (CHSAA sanctions 27 sports.) Brookens said the lack of support for nonsanctioned sports is, in large part, due to concerns about Title IX compliance — “each school has to ponder that question very carefully before they add a sport,” she said — as well as cost. “That’s what we’ve heard when it comes to adding new sports — the schools are already stretched to their limits, and they can’t afford to take on any new sports,” Brookens said. “That’s a lot of the reason why these new sports haven’t been able to gain any traction with leagues, either.” In an effort to add more clarity to the process, Brookens is spearheading a bylaw amendment that will be voted on by the Legislative Council [...]
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No. 6 Highlands Ranch football outslugs No. 9 Fountain-Fort Carson in Mount Lincoln action
One of the biggest complaints about the waterfall system currently used in Colorado high school football is that its top-heavy leagues — often headlined by one elite team — result in blowout after blowout during the second half of the regular season. Such was not the case Friday night at Shea Stadium, as No. 6 Highlands Ranch outslugged No. 9 Fountain-Fort Carson 38-24 in a back-and-forth battle in the Mount Lincoln conference, which very well could be the deepest league in Class 5A with No. 1 Valor Christian (7-0), Lakewood (5-2) and Poudre (4-2) also of note. Two clutch second-half drives by Highlands Ranch were the difference in the game, while junior running back Dominic Bettini had three touchdowns as the Falcons’ big men controlled the trenches when it mattered most. “Coming in, we knew it was going to be a dog fight,” Bettini said. “Fountain’s a really good team, and it’s a league game, so when they tied it in the third quarter, we looked at each other on the sideline and said, ‘OK, let’s go.’ Because this is what we strive for — a rough, physical dog fight.” Highlands Ranch grabbed the momentum on the game’s first play from scrimmage, when senior safety Joseph Alber — also the team’s starting quarterback for the night — intercepted Trojans senior Eric Donnell to set up an early 3-0 Falcons lead. “I knew it was going to be a pass from his eyes, and from our film work, we saw that he liked to chuck it up and trust his guys,” Alber said. “I knew that if I hung back in the secondary, I could swat the ball down or make a play on it.” But Donnell led his offense down the field on the ensuing drive, which ended in a chip-shot field goal that sailed wide left. The Falcons compounded that missed kick with an impressive response drive, this time marked by a 65-yard touchdown run by Bettini to make it a 10-0 advantage with 11:22 to play in the second. But Fountain-Fort Carson took advantage of a muffed punt inside Falcons territory to get on the board next, with Donnell’s screen pass to senior running back Gavin Green cutting the score to 10-7. The teams continued to trade scores throughout the rest of the first half, with an Alber 1-yard touchdown run and a Fountain-Fort Carson 35-yard field goal to send the teams into the half with Highlands Ranch leading 17-10. And even though the Trojans were able to strike first in the second half via another Donnell touchdown pass that tied the game at 17, it was the Falcons who owned the rest of the game via one touchdown run by junior Jacob Krzeminski and two more by Bettini. “It’s an honor running behind those guys,” Bettini said. “Two of them (center Drake Nugent and guard Austin Johnson) have college offers already, and the whole line simply doesn’t get enough credit as a whole. They were as good tonight as they’ve been all fall.” Highlands Ranch (6-1) hosts Valor Christian next Friday, while Fountain-Fort Carson (4-3) plays at Legend on Thursday night. “We’ve got to stick to our guns against Valor, and stick to our game plan,” Bettini said. “We’ve circled them on our calendar as a really big game, and we have high expectations for ourselves.” Listen to the archived broadcast: [...]
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Prep football rundown: How 5A, 4A ranked teams fared in Week 7 action
Here’s how the teams in the Post Preps power rankings fared in Week 7 in the second week of conference play around the state. The next power rankings come out Monday afternoon. 5A FOOTBALL No. 1 Valor Christian (7-0) beat Lakewood (5-2) 41-7 in another blowout victory for the clear championship favorite, as senior Easton Cecil’s rushing touchdowns and an interception by senior defensive back Alexis Chavez-Salinas were among many Eagles highlights. No. 2 Pomona (5-2) beat Hinkley (1-6) 42-7 on Saturday in a Mount Evans league game. No. 3 Eaglecrest (7-0) beat Rangeview (1-6) 48-7 behind a big second-half effort, with senior tailback Kenny Wantings’ four rushing touchdowns — made possible by a dominant Raptors offensive live — leading the way. No. 4 Regis Jesuit (6-1) beat Douglas County (1-6) 47-0 on Thursday as senior defensive end Jake Heimlicher, senior linebacker Tama Tuitele and the stout Raiders defense limited the Huskies to just 45 total yards. No. 5 Cherry Creek (5-2) beat Denver East (1-6) 56-28 on Thursday as junior Alex Padilla threw for 217 yards and three touchdowns, while the Bruins used eight different rushers to rack up 333 yards and four scores. No. 6 Highlands Ranch (6-1) beat No. 9 Fountain-Fort Carson (4-3) 38-24 thanks to junior running back Dominic Bettini’s three rushing touchdowns and the Falcons’ big men controlling the trenches when it mattered most. No. 7 Grandview (5-2) beat Smoky Hill (1-6) 47-0 on Thursday in the third consecutive win for coach John Schultz’s squad, which looks to be saving its best football for the second half of the season. No. 8 Columbine (6-1) beat Mullen (3-4) 41-24 on Thursday thanks to senior running back Conner Snow’s 130 yards and two touchdowns, plus 102 yards and two touchdowns through the air by junior quarterback Logan Dearment. No. 9 Fountain-Fort Carson (4-3) lost to No. 6 Highlands Ranch (6-1) 38-24 in a tough Mount Lincoln conference loss for the Trojans, who with dual-threat quarterback Eric Donnell leading the way are a 5A playoff sleeper. No. 10 Fairview (6-1) beat ThunderRidge (2-5) 31-21 thanks to an explosive first quarter in which the Knights scored on their first three possessions and sophomore quarterback Aidan Atkinson threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns. 4A FOOTBALL No. 1 Ponderosa (7-0) beat Sand Creek (1-6) 47-0 as senior linebacker Ian Clear recorded a pick-six for the second straight week while senior Jevon Glover ran for three scores behind what’s looking like the most talented line in all of 4A. No. 2 Pine Creek (6-1) beat No. 8 Pueblo West (6-1) 21-14 on Thursday as sophomore David Moore III ran for 104 yards and a score, and senior cornerback Xavier Hill added a fumble recovery on defense. No. 3 Chatfield (6-1) beat Adams City (2-5) 57-0 as the Chargers defense, headlined by senior middle linebacker Cameron Manzanares, pitched its third shutout of the fall and fifth game in which the unit has allowed one score or fewer. No. 4 Windsor (6-1) beat No. 5 Monarch (6-1) 35-17 as fourth-quarter touchdown runs by senior running back Jaedyn Traut and senior quarterback Connor Apodaca iced the game for the Wizards. No. 5 Monarch (6-1) lost to No. 4 Windsor (6-1) 35-17 despite taking a 17-14 lead in the third quarter, after which Windsor controlled the tempo and momentum of the Northern League affair. No. 6 Fruita Monument (7-0) remained unbeaten with a 48-6 win over Thornton (0-7) on Saturday afternoon. No. 7 Loveland (7-0) beat Niwot (0-7) 63-0 on Thursday as the Indians got off to a 28-0 lead after one quarter thanks to two rushing scores from senior Zach Weinmaster, another one from junior Cody Rakowsky and a passing touchdown by junior Riley Kinney. No. 8 Pueblo West (6-1) lost to No. 2 Pine Creek (6-1) 21-14 on Thursday as the Cyclones couldn’t rally from a 14-0 halftime deficit on the road at District 20 Stadium. No. 9 Standley Lake (6-1) beat Wheat Ridge (2-5) 42-24 on Thursday thanks to two passing touchdowns from junior Alex France and 236 yards and three touchdowns from senior running back Ty Webber. No. 10 Skyline (6-1) beat Greeley Central (2-5) 70-44 via touchdown runs by junior running back Jeremy Hollingsworth and junior quarterback Nate McGregor, as well as a Moses Rivera pick-six, that gave the Falcons a quick 21-0 lead. [...]
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Newman: Three first-year Class 4A volleyball coaches have skipped the normal learning curve
The first year on any job usually comes with a steep learning curve. At high schools, new head coaches are often tasked with rebuilding a program or, in a best-case scenario, implementing an adjustment period in order to install their philosophies and systems. But there has been no such learning curve for three powerhouse Class 4A volleyball teams, where first-year coaches at each school — Wade Baxter for No. 1 Lewis-Palmer, Daisha Agho for No. 5 Niwot and Amber Cook for No. 9 D’Evelyn — have their teams on track to make serious noise at the state tournament Nov. 10-11 at the Denver Coliseum. For starters, Baxter has made his inaugural season look like a walk in the park. Granted, he did inherit a defending state championship team that was ripe with elite talent following longtime coach Susan Odenbaugh’s retirement, but the Rangers (17-0, 5-0 Pikes Peak) haven’t missed a beat under his leadership. And despite an undefeated record and just three dropped sets all season, the former Rangers junior varsity coach emphasized there’s still plenty of room for growth if his team is going to win the program’s seventh state title. “We need to make sure we maintain our consistency throughout the match,” Baxter said. “We’ve had a tendency throughout the season, at times, to come out really strong, win a first set handily, and then relax. The second set will then be a lot closer, or in a couple cases, we’ve lost a set that we felt we really shouldn’t have.” Beyond the Goliath that is Lewis-Palmer, Daisha Agho has Niwot (14-2, 11-1 Northern) on track toward another state tournament appearance, and the former Berthoud head coach noted her new team is motivated to make up for last season’s first-round exit at the state tournament. “We’re a state-caliber team, and we’re hoping to make it past where they got last year,” Agho said. “I was at state last year and watched their loss against Holy Family, and I’ve been able to bring that (scene) back to them again and again, just to keep their sights set on our goal of getting to that championship match.” Niwot boasts one of the best players in the state in senior hitter and Stanford commit Mackenzie Fidelak (148 kills, .424 kill percentage) on a team with a relaxed, family atmosphere. “I’m not going to sit there and take a kid off the court if she makes one or two errors,” Agho said of her approach. “I’m going to give them the chance to fix it, because I trust who I put on the court, and the entire team has faith in one another.” At D’Evelyn, the Jaguars tapped a longtime assistant to lead the program, which has never made it to state. Cook has the Jaguars (13-1, 5-1 Jeffco) on track to do so, largely thanks to an emphasis on upbeat vibes. “I think having those types of thoughts definitely impact the way you perform, and so we put a lot of emphasis on positive talk and positive vocabulary,” Cook said. “So far, it’s really paying off.” So will Baxter lead the Rangers to a repeat? Will Agho get her team to the championship match, and will Cook get her squad deep into the tournament? Nothing’s guaranteed in the often unpredictable prep universe. But what is for certain is these first-year coaches will have their teams ready to play down the stretch, with all three having a shot at winning state.   [...]
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WATCH: Fairview vs. ThunderRidge football preview on Post Preps Gameday Show
Post Preps Gameday Show is out at Fairview High School on Thursdsay to preview their game against ThunderRidge High School. The Denver Post’s Preps Editor Kyle Newman previews the marquee matchup, which will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. Friday on the Post Preps Game of the Week. “Like” Denver Post Prep Sports on Facebook and turn on page notifications to ensure you never miss a live broadcast. Related ArticlesOctober 10, 2017 Colorado Prep Football Preview: Top Week 7 games to watch October 10, 2017 Watch Live: ThunderRidge vs. No. 10 Fairview in Class 5A football on the Post Preps Game of the Week October 10, 2017 Fairview hosts ThunderRidge in a 5A battle that could be the volta for each team’s season October 9, 2017 Listen: Fountain-Fort Carson vs. Highlands Ranch football on the Post Preps Radio Game of the Week October 9, 2017 Prep Power Rankings: Week of Friday, Oct. 13 Colorado Prep Stats [...]
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Fairview hosts ThunderRidge in a Class 5A conference battle that could be the volta for each team’s season
The following is an inside look at Fairview and ThunderRidge ahead of their Mount Cameron showdown Friday at 7 p.m. at Recht Field in the Post Preps Game of the Week. The action will be live streamed on The Denver Post website as well as the Denver Post Preps Facebook page. Fairview (5-1, 0-1 Mount Cameron) For the second straight season, the Knights’ 5-0 start was ruined by a decisive defeat at the hands of Columbine to open league play. In last Friday’s 35-14 loss, No. 10 Fairview’s normally high-powered offense was limited to just six possessions, which stifled sophomore quarterback Aidan Atkinson’s ability to get in a groove and also limited senior running back Mariano Kemp to 25 yards on seven carries. Fairview digested the loss, 25th-year coach Tom McCartney said, then quickly moved on in anticipation of another physical test against ThunderRidge. “When you get knocked down, you’ve got to get back up, and Columbine did a great job and we tip our hats to them,” McCartney said. “We prepared — we just didn’t get the job done. So now we’ve got to regroup because the sign of a good team is if you can get up off the ground and get ready for your next opponent.” Colorado Prep Stats Making that mental reset easier is the team’s confidence in Atkinson, who ranks first in 5A in passing yards (1,680) and second in passing touchdowns (14). “With two senior quarterbacks last year, that (position) was a question mark going into this year,” McCartney said. “But he’s done a tremendous job, obviously. He’s poised, confident, he protects the football and he’s a good student in the classroom and that translates to his decision making on the field.” And while Atkinson is the Knights’ pleasant sophomore surprise, Kemp is their heartbeat. The younger brother of 2015 Gold Helmet winner Carlo Kemp (now at Michigan) and the nephew of NFL coaches Chuck Pagano and John Pagano, McCartney calls him “a complete back” who, in addition to his abilities with the ball, is crucial to Fairview’s pass protection against stunts and blitzes. “As a sophomore, he was starting on our defensive line, and he’s very quick off the ball — he’s got some suddenness to him,” McCartney said. “He’s always done a tremendous job in the offseason in the weight room, and so as he came into his senior year, we knew he did a lot of things that don’t always show up on film or when people are watching from afar.” As for keys against the Grizzlies — whom the Knights beat 35-21 last year in Highlands Ranch — McCartney emphasized his offensive line needs to always know where the ThunderRidge pressure is coming from, while defensively, his players can’t forget to talk to each other. “Their tailback is someone who will have our full attention, but they have a variety of (packages) they like to run, so our defense has to be sharp and do a good job of communicating,” McCartney said. “Some of that fell short a little bit last week.” ThunderRidge (2-4, 0-1 Mount Cameron) ThunderRidge, too, is in need of a momentum boost heading into Friday’s game, although the Grizzlies have a lot more at stake than the Knights. First-year coach Doug Nisenson’s squad is ranked 21st in the latest 5A RPI, meaning the Grizzlies have some work to do — and signature wins to earn — in order to make the 16-team state playoff bracket. Losses to 4A No. 2 Pine Creek and 5A No. 3 Eaglecrest to open the season put the program in an early hole, but Nisenson said those defeats — plus the four games since then — proved the Grizzlies have the pieces to compete. “We have some talent and we have some ability, but our margin for error is small,” Nisenson said. “We’re not exceptionally deep and we’re not a big team. But we do have some speed at the skill spots, and we’re able to do things through the air, as we passed for over 250 yards on Pine Creek and Eaglecrest, and I think they’re both pretty good defensive units.” Senior quarterback Taylor White is one ThunderRidge centerpiece, but it’s junior running back Spencer Lambert who is the Grizzlies’ primary catalyst on an offense that has only accounted for one touchdown over the last two games. Related ArticlesOctober 10, 2017 Colorado Prep Football Preview: Top Week 7 games to watch October 10, 2017 Watch Live: ThunderRidge vs. No. 10 Fairview in Class 5A football on the Post Preps Game of the Week October 9, 2017 Listen: Fountain-Fort Carson vs. Highlands Ranch football on the Post Preps Radio Game of the Week October 9, 2017 Prep Power Rankings: Week of Friday, Oct. 13 October 6, 2017 [...]
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