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Colorado Prep Football Preview: Top Week 7 games to watch
Denver Post preps editor Kyle Newman breaks down the biggest games to watch in Week 7 of the 2017 high school football season, the second week of conference play around the state. Pueblo West (6-0) at Pine Creek (5-1), Thursday 7 p.m., D-20 Stadium: In a clash of the Class 4A elite, the No. 8 Cyclones take on the defending champion No. 2 Eagles. Pueblo West’s senior running back core of Pierre Taylor and Devyn Morgan can match the pizzazz put forth by Pine Creek sophomore stud David Moore III. That means this game likely will be decided by which defense can contain the big plays in a Southern League game that was a 35-0 blowout in favor of Pine Creek last season. Mullen (3-3) at Columbine (5-1), Thursday 7 p.m., Jeffco Stadium: The Mustangs meet the No. 8 Rebels in Mount Cameron action, with each coming off decisive wins in the league opener last week. Mullen likely will ride senior running back Alanzo Moon throughout the evening, while coach Andy Lowry said Columbine expects to get running back Ted Mullin back on the field after the senior was sideline the past few games with an injury. Last year, the game was decided by a blocked extra point in a Mullen overtime win. Valor Christian (6-0) at Lakewood (5-1), Friday 4:30 p.m., Jeffco Stadium: It’s a bit jarring to think that this year’s Valor Christian team — which has raced to an undefeated record despite playing elite in-state and out-of-state competition — could be even better than last season’s Eagles, who captured the 5A state title. But that appears to be the case so far, as star Luke McCaffrey and the Eagles roll into Lakewood looking to defeat a gritty Tigers team headlined by senior defensive backs Nick Pierro and Weston Lee. ThunderRidge (2-4) at Fairview (5-1), Friday 7 p.m., Recht Field: In a Mount Cameron meeting, this game will likely be the volta for both teams as Fairview (coming off a loss to Columbine last week) and ThunderRidge (back-to-back losses) are looking to regain momentum heading into the home stretch of the regular season. Senior running back Mariano Kemp is the heart and soul of the Fairview attack, while junior running back Spencer Lambert will be key in order for the Grizzlies to pull off the upset. Watch this game live on Post Preps TV. Fountain-Fort Carson (4-2) at Highlands Ranch (5-1), Friday 7 p.m., Shea Stadium: The Trojans head north for a Mount Lincoln battle against the resilient Falcons, who seem to find ways to keep winning despite adversity on and off the field. Senior running back Gavin Green anchors the Trojans offense while senior middle linebackers Iosua Maika and Jarren Sly are the team’s defensive lynchpins against a No. 6 Highlands Ranch program hungry to continue to establish itself among the 5A elite. Listen to this game live on Post Preps Radio. [...]
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Watch Live: ThunderRidge vs. No. 10 Fairview in Class 5A football on the Post Preps Game of the Week
No. 10 Fairview (5-1) hosts ThunderRidge (2-4) on Friday night at 7 p.m. in Mount Cameron conference action. The game will be streamed live in HD, as well as archived afterward on The Denver Post site. Cory Lopez and Marty Cesario have the call starting at 6:45 p.m. from Recht Field; you can also tune into the game and our Post Preps Gameday show featuring preview analysis and player interviews on Thursday around 2 p.m. 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. Read the full preview to the game here, and see the full Post Preps TV schedule here. [...]
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Listen: Fountain-Fort Carson vs. Highlands Ranch football on the Post Preps Radio Game of the Week
Fountain-Fort Carson and Highlands Ranch meet on Friday at 7 p.m. in a Mount Lincoln showdown at Shea Stadium. The Trojans (4-2) are led by senior running back Eric Donnell, while the Falcons (5-1) are paced by junior running back Dominic Bettini as each team seeks to improve to 2-0 in conference play. The game will be streamed live via Post Preps Radio, as well as archived afterward on The Denver Post site. Kyle Barton and Justin Melka have the call starting at 6:55 p.m. See the full Post Preps Radio schedule here. [...]
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Columbine pounds the rock, controls the clock to grind down Fairview in Mount Cameron opener
For coach Andy Lowry and Columbine, the recipe for success is fairly simple: Pound the rock, and control the clock. The No. 9 Rebels did both in a decisive 35-14 win over No. 8 Fairview to open Mount Cameron play on Friday afternoon at Jeffco Stadium, using an obvious advantage in the trenches and a steady mix of dive, power and buck sweep to grind down the Knights. “Our offensive line just keeps getting better,” Columbine coach Andy Lowry said. “We got humbled a couple weeks ago (by Chatfield) up front, and they took that personally, and that’s showed in practice and again today.” Columbine’s opening drive set the tone for the game, as the Rebels ate up nearly seven minutes of clock en route to a 12-play, 80-yard scoring drive capped by sophomore Tanner Hollens’ 2-yard touchdown punch. The Knights, spurred by a couple big plays from senior running back Mariano Kemp, mounted a response drive that had Fairview in the Rebels’ redzone. But senior linebacker Richard Hoffschneider and the Columbine defense dug in their heels and stuffed Fairview on fourth down, turning the ball back over to their clock-eating offense. “That was a big stop,” Lowry said, “and it gave us the momentum back after it looked like they were going to come back with a score.” Another lengthy Rebels’ drive followed, this time capped by junior quarterback Logan Dearment’s 5-yard touchdown run. And after a Knights fumble at midfield on the next possession, Dearment found senior Andrew Terrazas for a 5-yard touchdown on Columbine’s first of only two passes in the game to make it 21-0 with 1:07 to play in the second. The Knights managed to get on the board before leading into the locker room thanks to a 7-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Atkinson to Kemp with less than five seconds to go, but in all, the first half saw the Rebels with the ball for over 18 of the 24 minutes while limiting the Knights to just three offensive possessions. “That was a heartbreaker,” Lowry said of the Knights’ late score. “In the locker room told our kids that it’s a fight every play, and that’s how we have to approach the rest of the game and the rest of the year.” The second half was more of the same Columbine domination in a game in which neither team ever punted. First the Columbine defense made another fourth-down stand in their own redzone on the Knights’ opening drive. Then, the Rebels took over 10 minutes to score again. This time it was Dearment on a one-yard keeper on fourth down, making it 28-7 with 9:18 to play and effectively icing the game. “He’s just a smart football player — on that fourth down, he was stopped, and it was just a second effort to get in,” Lowry said. “He’s so competitive, and he does everything for us — kicks, punts, quarterback and he played corner today, too.” Junior tackle Evan Durbin, senior guard Kevin Singer, senior center Kai Valentino, senior guard Ryan Lang and sophomore tackle Andrew Gentry — who at 6-8, 285-pounds is the crown jewel of the Rebels’ offensive line — continued to make their presence felt during the Rebels’ final scoring drive, capped by a 9-yard Connor Snow scoring run. Columbine (5-1) hosts Mullen on Thursday next week, while Fairview (5-1) hosts ThunderRidge on Friday in the Post Preps TV Game of the Week. [...]
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Friday Night Lights: Live updates from #copreps football Week 6
Live tweets, updates, photos and more from #copreps football Week 6 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"));3A boys final: Bayfield 2, Alamosa 1 bit.ly/2y24yyZ #copreps 1A final: De Beque 3, Soroco 0 bit.ly/2y26982 #copreps Yo: Mullen cross country mullenhigh.com/NetCommunity/2… breezes into Windjammer at Englewood. #copreps #mullenathletics Yo: Football scores/Class 5A mullenhigh.com/NetCommunity/2… Week 6. #copreps #mullenathletics Mancos rockyprep.com/colorado/team/… beat Norwood rockyprep.com/colorado/team/…, 22-14 on Sat Oct 7 # #football #copreps Platte Canyon rockyprep.com/colorado/team/… beat Front Range Christian rockyprep.com/colorado/team/…, 2-0 on Fri Oct 6 # #football #copreps Big win by HRHS Football. Check out Lakewood High School by Bryson Mehlhoff on @hudl hudl.com/v/283TGd #hudl #copreps Also Saturday, Aspen soccer played to a big scoreless draw with No. 10 Delta, and Basalt soccer beat CRMS. #copreps Class 5A Final: Colorado Academy 3, Grandview 0 bit.ly/2y1omCA #copreps My story from Saturday's @AspenSkiers cross country meet. AHS won both boys and girls titles. #copreps aspentimes.com/news/sports/as…Yo: Best wishes and keep your head up, man. #copreps #mullenathletics Yo: Once again, pitching for the D-backs ... Yukon Corneilius. #copreps #mullenathletics 1A final: Primero 3, Mountain Valley/Moffat 1 bit.ly/2y1XgLr #copreps 1A final: North Park 3, De Beque 1 bit.ly/2y0i5XR #copreps Goodnight from Logan! https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DLlr8SFUIAEGoEc.jpgPhotos: Lutheran football shuts out Alameda bit.ly/2glB3hm #copreps 8-man final: Mancos 22, Norwood 14 bit.ly/2y1WmyA #copreps Photos: Lutheran football shuts out Alameda bit.ly/2gm0LT7 #copreps https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DLlqvX4VAAEOOob.jpg1A final: Creede 3, Mountain Valley/Moffat 0 bit.ly/2glMgPj #copreps Bennett rockyprep.com/colorado/team/… beat Vail Christian rockyprep.com/colorado/team/… @VailChristian , 52-8 on Sat Oct 7 # #football #copreps Pomona rockyprep.com/colorado/team/… beat Rock Canyon rockyprep.com/colorado/team/…, 62-21 on Sat Oct 7 # #football #copreps Custer County rockyprep.com/colorado/team/… @CCHSAthletics2 beat Swink rockyprep.com/colorado/team/…, 42-32 on Sat Oct 7 # #football #copreps Meeker rockyprep.com/colorado/team/… beat Grand Valley rockyprep.com/colorado/team/…, 34-7 on Sat Oct 7 # #football #copreps Some fight from @GVHSCardinals in the 2nd half but ultimately fall to # 2 Meeker 34-7 #copreps Football roundup: Belleview Christian wins its first game in five years bit.ly/2y1QAgE #copreps Football roundup: Belleview Christian wins its first game in five years bit.ly/2gllztP #copreps https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DLlnQ9iVYAAhC2j.jpgPhotos: D'Evelyn football rolls to a win over Middle Park bit.ly/2glcdhR #copreps https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DLlnQSkUEAAVwvA.jpgSaturday's prep roundup: Falcon football scores 72 points, earns blowout win: gazettepreps.com/article/1612777#copreps https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DLlm3KQVYAAkmOL.jpg8-man final: Custer County 42, Swink 32 bit.ly/2xZXSRR #copreps 5A boys final: Ralston Valley 6, Chatfield 1 bit.ly/2glZyex #copreps An updated top-10 football scoreboard after Week 6 games: bit.ly/2ypeMtY #copreps Photos: D'Evelyn softball gets a win over Pomona bit.ly/2gktpUA #copreps https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DLlleA7UEAEeXhW.jpgUpdated story after texting Pomona QB tonight. #copreps twitter.com/jeffcoathletic…A roundup of Saturday's football games, including the first win for @BruinsBCS in 5 years: bit.ly/2fSTCJp by @jryancasey #copreps https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DLljxR4VAAAIiNP.jpg5A final: Arvada West 3, Pomona 0 bit.ly/2y1i0TO #copreps 3A final: La Junta 3, Salida 1 bit.ly/2y1icT2 #copreps Saturday football roundup: Belleview Christian wins for first time in 5 years; other top games -- chsaanow.com/2017-10-07/foo… #copreps 1A final: Meeker 34, Grand Valley 7 bit.ly/2glEeWo #copreps 6-man final: Stratton/Liberty 53, Cheyenne Wells 6 bit.ly/2gl0BLE #copreps Photos: D'Evelyn softball beat Pomona to close its regular season -- bit.ly/2fTxBtL via @wendt5280 #copreps https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DLlhkNSVoAAoIaT.jpgThoughts & prayers w/ Pomona's 3-sport student-athlete @quezus_ . Hate to see any athlete suffer an injury. Speedy r… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…“We can beat this team, there’s no doubt,” USU player said after first set. Alas, not tonight. #CSURams win [...]
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Prep football rundown: How 5A, 4A ranked teams fared in Week 6 action
Here’s how the teams in the latest Post Preps Power Rankings fared in Week 6 action as conference play opened up around the state. The next set of Power Rankings come out Monday afternoon. 5A FOOTBALL No. 1 Valor Christian (6-0) beat Legend (3-3) 44-7 after the Eagles broke through following a scoreless first, with senior quarterback Blake Stenstrom driving the offense and junior linebacker Ethan Zemla bolstering another strong defensive showing. No. 2 Pomona (3-2) plays Rock Canyon (4-1) on Saturday evening. No. 3 Eaglecrest (6-0) beat Rocky Mountain (2-4) 40-7 as quarterback Jalen Mergerson’s 23-yard touchdown scamper quickly set the tone for the Raptors, and the senior followed that up with a 49-yard scoring run in the second quarter of the blowout. No. 4 Regis Jesuit (5-1) beat Legacy (3-3) 32-7 as senior linebackers Ben Hecht, Tama Tuitele and the stout Raiders defense limited Legacy to just 15 yards rushing in a decisive Mount Antero victory. No. 5 Cherry Creek (4-2) beat Fossil Ridge (0-6) 56-7 as the Bruins’ offense, buoyed by a number of short fields, put up four Alex Padilla touchdown passes before the Sabercats could even blink in a rout at French Field. No. 6 Highlands Ranch (4-1) plays Lakewood (5-0) on Saturday afternoon. No. 7 Grandview (4-2) beat Boulder (1-5) 45-6 as the Wolves defense turned in its second consecutive stingy defense effort with highlight performances from senior safety Jordan Knapke, senior safety Kevin Clark and senior linebacker Thomas Jenkins. No. 8 Fairview (5-1) lost to No. 9 Columbine (5-1) 35-14 despite never having to punt, as a couple long drives into the Rebels’ redzone resulted in zero points and the Knights also wasted two touchdowns by senior captain Mariano Kemp. No. 9 Columbine (5-1) beat No. 8 Fairview (5-1) 35-14 thanks to physical line play headlined by sophomore Andrew Gentry and his fellow offensive linemen, who enabled the Rebels to control the clock to the victory. No. 10 Fountain-Fort Carson (4-2) beat Poudre (4-2) 31-28 in the Trojans’ third consecutive victory between two evenly matched teams in a Mount Lincoln opener in Fountain. 4A FOOTBALL No. 1 Ponderosa (6-0) beat Liberty (0-6) 61-0 on Thursday as senior Sterling Ostdahl threw touchdowns to Jaren Whitehead and Kade Ongna, senior Ian Clear had a pick-six and senior Issac Power added a 58-yard field goal in another blowout win. No. 2 Pine Creek (5-1) beat Pueblo Centennial (1-5) 56-15 on Thursday as senior quarterback JC Coulter threw three touchdowns on four passes — two of which went to senior Wyatt Wieland — while sophomore David Moore III had two scores. No. 3 Chatfield (5-1) beat Golden (4-2) 52-0 in yet another strong performance from senior quarterback Colton Arne while the Chargers defense flexed its muscle again in each team’s Plains League opener. No. 4 Windsor (5-1) beat Mountain View (2-4) 21-14 on Thursday thanks to touchdown runs from senior running back Gerald Mack, senior quarterback Connor Apodaca and sophomore wingback Wyett Adams. No. 5 Monarch (6-0) beat Skyline (5-1) 52-42 on Thursday as senior running back Justin Kiss went off for 292 yards and five touchdowns, narrowly besting coach Michael Silva’s Falcons squad that continues to prove its legitimacy. No. 6 Fruita Monument (6-0) beat Denver South (2-4) 43-15 as the Wildcats erased a 9-0 first quarter deficit thanks to standout performances by senior running back Braeden Graham and junior defensive end Kaden Jolley. No. 7 Loveland (6-0) beat No. 8 Broomfield (2-4) 28-21 as the Indians held off a fourth-quarter Eagles comeback and junior quarterback Riley Kinney threw two touchdowns to top their Longs Peak rival. No. 8 Broomfield (2-4) lost to No. 7 Loveland (6-0) 28-21 in the Eagles’ second straight loss, although the schedule gets easier for coach Blair Hubbard’s squad throughout the rest of the regular season. No. 9 Pueblo West (6-0) beat Air Academy (4-1) 34-7 as coach Monte Pinkerton’s defense dominated once again in the third straight game where the Cyclones yielded just one touchdown. No. 10 Vista Ridge (3-3) lost to Montrose (4-2) 28-21 as the Wolves dug themselves a hole early via a 14-0 first-quarter deficit to coach Brett Mertens and the Indians. [...]
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Thomas Jefferson softball, buoyed by offensive firepower and self-belief, ready to make a push for program’s first state title
From 2014 through 2016, the Thomas Jefferson softball program didn’t have a freshman team or J.V. team. All coach Kyler Jackson and the Spartans had were ten girls on the varsity roster. “We’ve had the same core of girls the past four years, and in the previous three seasons, we had to plug some girls into the lineup that weren’t ready for high-level varsity softball,” Jackson said. “But this fall, we have a J.V. team again. We’re up to 24 girls in the program, which means we have legitimate complimentary players to surround our core talent.” Despite the lack of recent depth, the Spartans made the program’s second state tournament appearance last season, falling 7-3 in the first round to three-time defending champion Valor Christian. That campaign could be a prelude to something greater this season for No. 4 Thomas Jefferson (16-2), which has put Class 4A on notice with a state-leading 34 home runs and 10 mercy-rule victories. “They’ve spent so much time being overlooked and ignored in the past that they have now put that high expectation on themselves,” Jackson said. “It’s not like anyone else can have a greater expectations of themselves than that the ones they’ve developed over the last few years, and that’s a great sign of where we’re at as a program.” Senior Zoya Robbins (12-2 with a 2.07 ERA) and junior Jaelyn Jackson (3-0, 1.20) give Thomas Jefferson two viable options in the circle. And offensively, the power surge is led by five players hitting .500 or better in Robbins, Jackson, senior Sevi Harden (first base), senior Sydney Thompson (third base) and junior catcher Daija Robbins. The combination of seasoned pitching and explosive hitting was on full display during Thomas Jefferson’s 13-2 dismantling of then-No. 5 Pueblo West on Sept. 23, a win that proved the Spartans are quickly closing the gap between them and the classification’s top tier of teams. “After we beat Pueblo West — who had 10-runned us the past three years — that really boosted our confidence,” Harden said. “It showed us we can compete we teams that are usually in the state tournament, and even though we lost against Valor (4-0 on Sept. 30), we still put up a fight after they had beaten us badly in previous years as well.” And as all the other 4A teams in the state have realized by now, the road to a title runs through Valor Christian and Kilponen, who is aiming to become the second pitcher in Colorado prep history to win four title games. But the Spartans, strangely enough, are comfortable with the idea of facing Kilponen once again in the state tournament. “To get to her, it’s going to take us stringing together hits, because we had something going in a couple different innings a week ago but couldn’t get a run going,” Jackson said. “It was a lack of execution with runners in scoring position, that’s all. Our girls aren’t intimidated by anyone, and they feel like they’ve had a good amount of success against Ali compared to everyone else.” For the meantime, though, the Spartans are focused on capturing back-to-back Denver Prep League titles and the ninth such conference championship in Jackson’s 12-year tenure. To do that, all the Spartans need is each other — no matter how big of a disparity there is in numbers between them and their 4A suburban counterparts. “Other programs have a lot more players, but we’ve honestly never needed a full squad,” Harden said. “We know who we have at each spot now, and we know we can count on all nine girls.” [...]
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Prep Power Rankings: Week of Friday, Oct. 6
Each week, Denver Post preps editor Kyle Newman releases his power rankings for Class 5A and 4A football, volleyball, boys soccer and softball. Here’s the rankings for week of Friday, Oct. 6, with records current as of Monday: 5A FOOTBALL Valor Christian (5-0) Pomona (3-2) Eaglecrest (5-0) Regis Jesuit (4-1) Cherry Creek (3-2) Highlands Ranch (4-1) Grandview (3-2) Fairview (5-0) Columbine (4-1) Fountain-Fort Carson (3-2) 4A FOOTBALL Ponderosa (5-0) Pine Creek (4-1) Chatfield (4-1) Windsor (4-1) Monarch (5-0) Fruita Monument (5-0) Loveland (5-0) Broomfield (2-3) Pueblo West (5-0) Vista Ridge (3-2) 5A VOLLEYBALL Highlands Ranch (12-1) Castle View (11-2) Mountain Vista (11-2) Fossil Ridge (9-3) Cherry Creek (11-2) Chatfield (10-2) Rock Canyon (10-3) Fort Collins (9-1) Rocky Mountain (12-1) Chaparral (9-3) 4A VOLLEYBALL Lewis-Palmer (13-0) Pueblo West (10-1) Holy Family (13-2) Valor Christian (8-3) Niwot (11-1) Palmer Ridge (11-2) Thomas Jefferson (9-3) Longmont (11-2) D’Evelyn (10-0) Eagle Valley (9-4) 5A BOYS SOCCER Boulder (7-1-1) Fort Collins (8-0-1) Denver East (9-1) Fairview (7-2) Broomfield (8-2) Arapahoe (8-1-1) Grandview (7-2) Legacy (7-2) Hinkley (8-1-1) Fossil Ridge (5-2-1) 4A BOYS SOCCER Air Academy (10-0) The Classical Academy (7-1) Windsor (9-0) Niwot (9-0-1) Durango (7-2-2) Kennedy (9-1) Montrose (8-2-1) Battle Mountain (7-2) Silver Creek (9-0-1) Sand Creek (10-0) 5A SOFTBALL Eaglecrest (16-1) Brighton (16-1) Fossil Ridge (15-2) Mountain Vista (15-2) Arvada West (13-3) Legacy (13-3) ThunderRidge (13-4) Mountain Range (10-4) Broomfield (12-4) Legend (10-7) 4A SOFTBALL Valor Christian (16-0) Mountain View (13-1-1) Discovery Canyon (12-3-1) Thomas Jefferson (15-2) Holy Family (13-2) Erie (12-5) Pueblo West (11-3) Silver Creek (11-4-1) Air Academy (9-5) Pueblo Central (12-3) [...]
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Colorado Prep Football Preview: Top Week 6 games to watch
Denver Post preps editor Kyle Newman breaks down the biggest games to watch in Week 6 of the 2017 Colorado high school football season as conference play gets underway around the state. Fairview (5-0) at Columbine (4-1), Friday 4 p.m., Jeffco Stadium: In a Mount Cameron clash, coach Tom McCartney and the No. 8 Knights are armed with senior running back Mariano Kemp and sophomore quarterback Aidan Atkinson on an offense that’s averaging 42.8 points per game. Meanwhile, junior quarterback Logan Dearment spearheads the No. 9 Rebels’ new-look aerial attack to compliment the team’s notoriously bruising play in the trenches. Loveland (5-0) at Broomfield (2-3), Friday 7 p.m., Kennedy Stadium: As junior linebacker/tight end Trey Cardenas explained, the No. 7 Indians have “had our minds set on going 10-0 this year,” and they are playing like it so far by blowing out every opponent they’ve faced. But there might not be a team more seasoned heading into Longs Peak play than coach Blair Hubbard’s Broomfield team, as the No. 8 Eagles’ three losses came to 5A Legacy, No. 4 Windsor and No. 5 Monarch. Regis Jesuit (4-1) at Legacy (3-2), Friday 7 p.m., North Stadium: The high-powered Regis Jesuit offense makes its 2017 Mount Antero debut, and the triple threat of senior quarterback Justin Lamb, junior running back Kiahn Martinez and senior wideout Aubrey Marschel-Parker will be a tremendous test for Legacy. The Lightning, however, have playmakers to match in senior linebacker Brandon Wills and sophomore defensive end Hunter O’Connor, not to mention a viable senior leader in quarterback Alec Lewis. Frederick (4-1) at Holy Family (4-1), Friday 7 p.m., Mike G. Gabriel Stadium: The Class 3A foes face off in their Tri-Valley opener, with sophomore running back Hayden Strange, junior quarterback Stone Samaras and senior linebacker Mitchell Guyot highlighting a Tigers team intent on defending its home turf as it looks to rebound from a 39-3 loss to Longmont last week. Frederick, under the guide of renowned program rebuilder Travis Peeples, has already won more games this season than in the last three combined. Poudre (4-1) at Fountain-Fort Carson (3-2), Friday 7 p.m., Guy R. Barickman Stadium: The Impalas are intent are making a run at the Mount Lincoln title, but before they can fixate on their showdown against heavyweight Valor Christian at the end of October, coach Marty McVicker must make sure his team rebounds from last week’s 21-7 loss to crosstown rival Rocky Mountain. Fountain-Fort Carson will come ready to play in the conference opener with senior dual-threat quarterback Eric Donnell leading the way. Highlands Ranch (4-1) at Lakewood (5-0), Saturday 1 p.m., Jeffco Stadium: In another Mount Lincoln bout, junior running back Dominic Bettini headlines the Falcons’ rushing attack for a No. 6 Highlands Ranch team that has the tendency to overpower its opponents at the line of scrimmage. Junior linebacker Tyler Dobbs and senior linebacker Charlie Perkins also give the Falcons a stout defense against a Lakewood team that rolled Fossil Ridge 45-0 last week and is hungry to prove they belong with the 5A elite. [...]
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Class 5A boys state golf tournament: Eaglecrest’s Davis Bryant captures individual title, Regis Jesuit wins third straight team crown
AURORA — In July, Eaglecrest’s Davis Bryant competed at the U.S Junior Amateur in Andover, Kan., where the senior made the cut on a national stage before losing in a sudden-death, match-play playoff in the next round of the tournament. But that experience going wire-to-wire against some of the country’s stiffest competition — coupled with this summer’s Colorado Junior PGA Championship victory and last fall’s state runner-up finish — propelled Bryant to the top of a clustered leaderboard during Tuesday’s Class 5A state tournament at CommonGround Golf Course. Bryant, who’s committed to Colorado State, played the front nine at even par and then used consecutive birdies on the par-five 11th and par-three 12th, plus even-keeled, bogey-free play down the stretch, to finish at 3-under and become the first Eaglecrest golfer to win a state title. “The birdie on 12 was unexpected — it was kind of a hard putt, and I’m glad it went in, because that helped,” Bryant said. “I just figured that if I made as many pars as I can, I’d stay in it, and eventually the putts would fall. That was my mindset, because it was a grind out there. On the front nine, I couldn’t get any putts to go in the hole.” Fossil Ridge’s Dillon Stewart took second at 1-under and Grand Junction’s Canon Olkowski was third at even par, and both gave Bryant — who had been the title favorite since before the season began — a run for his money down the stretch. But Bryant, seasoned by the summer, never lost confidence in his stroke when it mattered most. “The summer taught me you’ve got to miss in the right spots, and over the last two days, only making three bogeys and not having any three-putts was awesome,” Bryant said. “My confidence was boosted, because I played against some really good players over the summer, and battled against some really good players. It definitely paid off.” Those top three finishers were the only players to finish at even par or better in a tournament where Monday’s cold and wetness limited the effectiveness of the entire field. Arapahoe’s Tommy Packer and Regis Jesuit’s Calvin McCoy tied for fourth at 2-over, with five golfers tied at 4-over. Meanwhile, Regis Jesuit, which held just a four-shot lead heading into Tuesday, cruised to a score of 16-over to earn its third straight team title and seventh title since 2010. The program has eight championships overall, tied with Cherry Creek for second all-time behind Kent Denver’s 10. Cherry Creek (23-over) took runner-up and Arapahoe and Grand Junction tied for third at 24-over. Beyond McCoy, Cameron Kirke (tied for 11th at 5-over) and Drew Anderson (tied for 23rd at 9-over) were also key in propelling the Raiders to another state title. In Class 4A at Raccoon Creek Golf Course, Montrose won its second team championship and Thompson Valley’s Darren Edwards (2-over) captured the individual title. And Class 3A play at Indian Peaks — where golfers competed in a one-day format after Monday’s round was canceled due to rain — Peak to Peak won the team title in a playoff over Kent Denver, and Pumas sophomore Davis Long (3-under) won the individual title. TOP 10 FINISHERS 1) Davis Bryant, Eaglecrest -3 2) Dillon Stewart, Fossil Ridge -1 3) Canon Olkowski, Grand Junction E 4) Tommy Packer, Arapahoe +2 4) Calvin McCoy, Regis Jesuit +2 6) Freddie Gluck, Boulder +4 6) Sam Blackwood, Heritage +4 6) Ryder Heuston, Fairview +4 6) Connor Jones, Mountain Range +4 6) Supawich Boonta, Cherokee Trail +4 TOP 10 TEAMS 1) Regis Jesuit +16 2) Cherry Creek +23 3) Arapahoe +24 3) Grand Junction +24 5) Denver East +31 6) Fossil Ridge +32 7) Heritage +33 8) ThunderRidge +35 9) Rock Canyon +36 9) Fairview +36 9) Highlands Ranch +36 [...]
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Weekly Colorado Preps Primer: Games to watch for Oct. 3-7
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 Silver Creek (11-4-1) at Mountain View (13-1-1), 4 p.m. Tuesday: Coach Ryan Beavers and No. 8 Silver Creek are riding a five-game win streak as senior Kendra Green, senior Dana Dwyer and junior Jetta Nannen give the Raptors three viable options in the circle against a No. 2 Mountain View team eager to defend its Northern League crown. Arvada West (13-3) at Columbine (12-5), 4:30 p.m. Tuesday: These are two of the three teams atop the logjam of the Class 5A Jeffco League — No. 5 Arvada West is 4-0, Columbine is 4-1 and Pomona is 5-0 — so the conference implications are huge as the Arvada West senior arms of Shea Mauser and Morgan Clausen look to quiet a Rebels lineup featuring Melanie Lopez and Daysha Mendez. VOLLEYBALL Longmont (11-2) at Mountain View (9-4), 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: In a Northern League battle, both teams are equipped with capable hitters in No. 8 Longmont senior Rachel Kusbel (193 kills) and Mountain View senior Cayl Boman (130) as both Class 4A programs gear up for potential state tournament runs. Cherry Creek (11-2) at Cherokee Trail (8-5), 6:45 p.m. Thursday: Junior outside hitter Katie Sherman (146 kills) is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the skill of the No. 5 Bruins, who along with coach Terry Miller’s Cougars are the only Centennial League teams that remain undefeated in conference play. Related ArticlesOctober 2, 2017 Prep Power Rankings: Week of Friday, Oct. 6 September 30, 2017 Valor Christian’s Ali Kilponen on track to become second Colorado prep pitcher to win 4 state titles September 30, 2017 Prep football rundown: How 5A, 4A ranked teams fared in Week 5 action September 29, 2017 Friday Night Lights live blog: Updates from Colorado prep football Week 5 September 28, 2017 Watch: Post Preps Gameday previews Broomfield vs. Monarch football game BOYS SOCCER Eaglecrest (7-3) at Arapahoe (8-1-1), 4:30 p.m. Tuesday: With last week’s 3-0 dismantling of Grandview, No. 6 Arapahoe put the state on notice that, with junior striker Cameron Gail’s 17 goals leading the way, the Warriors are capable of making noise in the state tournament as they face another Centennial League test against a Raptors offense paced by junior striker Willy Rodriguez. Sand Creek (10-0) at Cheyenne Mountain (5-3-1), 6:30 p.m. Tuesday: The No. 10 Scorpions put their undefeated record on the line against a Cheyenne Mountain squad that’s beginning to find its rhythm in what will be a Pikes Peak League battle featuring dynamic offensive play on both sides. [...]
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Watch Live: No. 5 Monarch vs. No. 6 Broomfield in Class 4A football on the Post Preps Game of the Week
No. 5 Monarch (4-0) hosts No. 6 Broomfield (2-2) on Thursday night at 7 p.m. in a heavyweight Class 4A rivalry. The game will be streamed live in HD, as well as archived afterward on The Denver Post site. The Coyotes are off to their best start since 2013, while the Eagles have played a tough schedule so far as second-year coach Blair Hubbard gears his team up for another deep playoff run. Marty Cesario and Dee White have the call starting at 6:50 p.m. from Warrior Stadium; you can also tune into the game and our Post Preps Gameday show featuring preview analysis and player interviews on Thursday 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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Concussions, controversy will lead to decline in high school football participation, CU study says
A new University of Colorado analysis has found that concerns about concussions and other controversies surrounding the National Football League will lead to a further decline in the number of high schoolers playing football. The study, conducted by professor Roger Peilke, the director of CU’s Sports Governance Center, found that the number of high schoolers playing football grew steadily from 1998 to 2009, but has since been in a “notable decline” that is likely to continue. In the 2008-09 academic year, 1.14 million high school boys played football. In 2016-17, that number had come down to 1.09 million. The percentage of age-eligible high school boys playing football also declined, from 13.2 percent in 2012-2013 to 12.7 percent in 2016-2017 “From 1990 to 2009 it was a steady increase. Football was getting more and more participants and was the king of sports,” Pielke said in a statement. “But in recent years we have seen things shift into reverse, with each year seeing a subsequent decline.” Related ArticlesSeptember 20, 2017 Former players in NFL concussion settlement may be victimized by predatory practices September 19, 2017 Study shows playing football before age 12 can lead to mood and behavior issues September 18, 2017 Judge: NFL concussion victims hit with “deceptive practices” September 12, 2017 Brain of Drew Wahlroos, ex-CU Buff who killed himself, donated to CTE research center Pielke said the sport overall remains healthy, but the declining numbers should be a cause for concern for the NCAA and NFL. Read the full story at dailycamera.com. [...]
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