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PHOTOS: Colorado state baseball 5A championships
The Colorado State 5A championship game was called in the first due to heavy rain and will resume Sunday at noon, at All-City Stadium in Denver. [...]
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Broomfield explodes in ninth for extra-innings win over Rocky Mountain in Class 5A state baseball
Broomfield, with its back to the wall, outlasted Rocky Mountain on Friday at All-City Field with a five-run ninth that gave the Eagles a 7-2 extra-innings victory. Junior Tyler Conover had a bases-clearing double with two outs, and sophomore Mitch Morales and senior James Notary also had two-out RBIs in the inning. “We broke through because of our patience today,” Broomfield coach Garren Estes said. “We popped out 16 hits and we were hitting the ball all game, we just stranded lots of runners. But Rocky doesn’t quit either, and we hung with them and the hits started falling.” Notary also starred on the hill, yielding two runs on five hits with 11 strikeouts in seven innings of work, while junior Ben Peterson threw two scoreless innings in relief to notch the win and avenge Broomfield’s last-inning loss to Rocky Mountain in Front Range League play on April 13. “Notary’s been a battler all season long. He gets runners on second and third and throws his best stuff and never panics,” Estes said. “He knew that if he did his job, everyone else would do theirs, and the defense came through and so did Peterson out of the bullpen.” Rocky Mountain had its chances against the Eagles late in the game with the winning run on second base with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t break through. Rocky Mountain had tied the game in the fifth inning on Kalen Hammer’s RBI and Tyler Hyland scoring on a wild pitch that tied the game 2-2. Related ArticlesMay 26, 2017 Cherry Creek rallies past Mountain Vista in Class 5A state baseball thriller May 26, 2017 Bring back the crack: An analysis of wood versus aluminum bats at the high school level May 23, 2017 Rocky Mountain wins “ugly,” is sole undefeated team in 5A state baseball tourney May 22, 2017 Sudden storm leads to suspension of Rocky Mountain-Mountain Vista game in 5A tournament May 22, 2017 Once-beaten Cherry Creek, Broomfield remain alive in Class 5A state baseball tournament The Lobos are set to face the winner of Broomfield and Cherry Creek for the Class 5A title on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Each team left in the bracket now has one loss as Rocky Mountain chases their sixth title and Broomfield seeks its sixth as well, but first in 5A. In Class 4A at Metro State, Thompson Valley dealt Evergreen its first loss of the tournament, 12-9. The Eagles used a four-run sixth inning to take hold of the game, and then held off the Cougars’ eight-run rally over the final three innings. Evergreen now faces the winner of Thompson Valley and Valor Christian at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday for the 4A title. [...]
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Cherry Creek rallies past Mountain Vista in Class 5A state baseball thriller
Cherry Creek looked dead in the water: The Bruins, already with one loss in the double-elimination Class 5A state baseball tournament, faced a three-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs and nobody on. But in a tournament that has the tendency to wear down even the deepest of clubs, it was the Bruins who outslugged and outlasted Mountain Vista at All-City Field, erasing that seventh-inning shortfall to force extras en route to the eventual 9-8 walk-off win in the eighth. “Just like we’ve done all season, we focused on getting the lineup to the next guy and not trying to do too much,” junior outfielder Tanner O’Tremba said. “Our coaching staff always says, ‘If you have a heartbeat, you still have something left in you,’ and that’s what we were thinking the whole time. This team never gave up.” Senior Cody Schultz stepped to the plate and tripled to start the Bruins’ seventh-inning rally, followed by O’Tremba’s homer that made it a one-run game. An Andrew Chavez single, a Schultz walk and a Gunnar Garcia single then tied the game 8-8 to give the Bruins a momentum they never relinquished. By the time Schultz stroked a walk-off RBI double in the eighth to end it, the Bruins — who are now two wins away from their ninth state title — were playing with house money in a game that was back-and forth from the beginning. Both teams wasted no time to start the game, with the Golden Eagles putting up four runs in the top of the first thanks to RBIs from sophomore Elisandro Aragon and senior Alex Clouthier. The Bruins then struck right back in the bottom of the inning with five runs on seven hits. The Golden Eagles were unfazed by the Bruins’ response, though, as Clouthier racked up two more RBIs to cap a four-run top of the second and give Mountain Vista an 8-5 advantage. Then, Mountain Vista junior left-hander Jack Liffrig settled in and was on the verge of a complete game. Liffrig didn’t yield a hit from the second inning on into the seventh, when the Bruins staged their comeback. “Just like our last game against Legend — which was really intense and we had to rally — we kept our head on straight today,” O’Tremba said. “If we do that tomorrow for two more complete games, we can end up with the trophy.” The Bruins are set to battle Broomfield on Saturday at 10 a.m. at All-City Field, with the winner to face Rocky Mountain at 12:30 p.m. in the championship game. In Class 4A, defending champion Valor Christian cruised past Air Academy 7-0 behind six innings of three-hit ball from junior right-hander Luke Ziegler. Ziegler also had three hits and three RBIs at the dish for the Eagles, who advanced to face Thompson Valley at 10 a.m. Saturday. The winner of that game meets Evergreen at 12:30 for the 4A title. [...]
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Bring back the crack: An analysis of wood versus aluminum bats at the high school level
When Marc Johnson began his coaching career at Cherry Creek in 1972, the game of baseball looked very different. Stirrups were the uniform norm. Half batting helmets were considered safe. And everyone hit with a wood bat. But the implementation of the aluminum bat into high school play in Colorado in 1974 — and the subsequent development of the aluminum bat into the primary hitting instrument of choice for high schoolers — forever changed the sport. “It’s just a different game with aluminum, especially at the high school level, because there’s much less of an emphasis on pitching and defense,” Johnson said. To understand the story behind the aluminum bat — and to understand why only New Mexico and New York City still play with wood in sanctioned high school competition — requires an understanding of the rapid development of aluminum bats, especially over the past two decades. As demand for aluminum bats steadily increased throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s, so too did the technology. By the turn of the century, aluminum bats at the prep and college level had become so potent, they not only turned the game into a slugging contest, they became a safety concern. The BESR (ball exit speed ratio) standard instituted by the NFHS in 2003 did little to quell the trampoline-like performance of aluminum bats, and so the hit parade continued throughout the 2000s, until the implementation of the BBCOR (batted ball coefficient of restitution) standard in 2011 that brought batters’ power back down to earth. In layman’s terms, BBCOR bats are designed to produce batted balls at speeds no greater than when struck with wood — a reverse evolution. All of which gives rise to a watercooler debate as the final weekend of the state baseball tournaments in Colorado get underway Friday and Saturday: Should high school baseball ditch the ping and bring back the crack of the wood bat? “If they’ve gotten metal to be like wood, then why wouldn’t we just swing wood? And that’s how most of the coaches I know around here feel,” Johnson said. “But I also happen to know there’s a huge amount of profit and politics behind those aluminum bats too. It’s a multilayered issue.” PARKER, CO – MAY 23: Maple composite bats in production at the Haag Bat Company in Jim Haag’s garage May 23, 2017 in Parker, Colorado. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post) Baseball’s ideological divide The question of whether Colorado high schools should switch back to wood is almost as polarizing as today’s political climate. One faction — “old-school” baseball purists such as Johnson — sides with wood. That faction believes using wood bats produces a game more focused on fundamentals, and less on flash and synthetic power. The other faction — led by the state association — has a different take. CHSAA commissioner Paul Angelico said switching to wood hasn’t been brought up at a baseball committee meeting for at least a decade, and that making a change would be “near impossible”. “Wood bats would cost schools a fortune,” Angelico said. “Plus, it’s taken years for the metal bats to get where they are today and millions of dollars have been spent (testing) trying to get this right. Now that everybody’s on board with metal bats, to switch again would be neither politically correct or popular.” New Mexico is the epitome of the wood-only school of belief. The state first went to wood in 2012 as part of a one-year trial period, a move catalyzed by the new BBCOR rules that season that would have required everyone to buy all new certified bats anyway. “It started at the grass-roots level with a push by our coaches, and it was something where our coaches felt like it was good for the game,” said Dusty Young, associate director for the New Mexico Activities Association. “The safety concerns with aluminium were going to get ironed out with BBCOR, regardless, so the move was because we wanted to go to a more traditional, detail-oriented version of the game.” And with the proliferation of the composite wood bat over the last half decade — sticks that are designed with reinforced carbon fiber polymer in the barrel, making them tougher to break than a normal wood bat — amateur baseball’s “pro-wood” faction also maintains cost and safety are nonissues. “As far as cost goes, it’s more effective to use wood, believe it or not,” said Jim Haag, owner and founder of the Haag Bat Co. in Parker. “Parents are out there spending $300, $400 on metal bats every single year when wood composite is where they should go because they have warranties, they’re safer and won’t splinter. Plus, composites are economical and have to perform [...]
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PHOTOS: Girls 4A and 5A soccer championships
Mountain Vista celebrated their state championship victory with the trophy after defeating Arapahoe 3-1 during the 2017 CHSAA Girls Soccer State Championship – Class 5A on May 24, 2017 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. D’Evelyn defeated Evergreen 1-0 for the state title during the 2017 CHSAA Girls Soccer State Championship – Class 4A. Related ArticlesMay 24, 2017 Mountain Vista earns fourth girls soccer crown with 3-1 win over Arapahoe May 24, 2017 D’Evelyn captures first state title with 1-0 win over Evergreen in Class 4A girls soccer May 16, 2017 Girls soccer quarterfinal preview: Breaking down Class 5A, Class 4A matches May 9, 2017 Post Preps Power Rankings: Week of Friday, May 12 May 8, 2017 Girls soccer playoff preview: Jefferson Academy aims for first girls team state title [...]
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Rocky Mountain wins “ugly,” is sole undefeated team in 5A state baseball tourney
Is this starting to sound familiar? Rocky Mountain is the only remaining undefeated team among the four survivors in the double-elimination Class 5A state baseball tournament. The Lobos, seeking the Fort Collins school’s sixth state title in 11 seasons, finished off a 5-4 victory over Mountain Vista of Highlands Ranch on Tuesday morning at Metro State in the completion of a game suspended after six innings Monday at All-City Field because of a sudden drenching rainstorm. Related ArticlesMay 22, 2017 Sudden storm leads to suspension of Rocky Mountain-Mountain Vista game in 5A tournament May 22, 2017 Once-beaten Cherry Creek, Broomfield remain alive in Class 5A state baseball tournament May 21, 2017 Rocky Mountain and Mountain Vista are the two unbeatens after first day of 5A state baseball May 21, 2017 Cherry Creek, Rocky Mountain, Broomfield, Mountain Vista win 5A openers May 18, 2017 Colorado prep baseball state tournament preview: Postponements and storylines galore With Rocky Mountain leading 4-3 at the point of resumption, each team scored once in an ugly seventh inning, with Rocky Mountain catcher Jadon Uhrich, who had singled, crossing the plate — on a head-first slide on the all-artificial turf field — with the game-ending winning run on a two-out Mountain Vista throwing error. In the top of the inning, Mountain Vista got the tying run without benefit of a hit, on a hit-by-pitch, a walk, and an infield out. And the second out came on a wild pitch, when Uhrich retrieved the bounce from the backstop and made the toss to pitcher Kalen Hammer, who tagged out Mountain Vista’s Zach Pachke to keep it at 4-4. “That was as weird as it gets,” said Rocky Mountain coach Scott Bullock. “It couldn’t have been any uglier. But sometimes you win ugly baseball. We like to say, ‘Yea, bad baseball,’ when you win. Sometimes it works. I don’t think either team deserved to lose that game. I’m not sure either team deserved to win it, either, but we’ll take it. I’m proud of our guys. They have been extremely resilient through these first three games.” Rocky Mountain now has three one-run wins in the tournament after beating Rock Canyon 3-2, Cherry Creek 7-6 and the Golden Eagles. After the Monday night weather fiasco, the Lobos returned to Fort Collins, then met at the school at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday for the trip to Denver. “We left around 7,” Bullock said. “We wanted to make sure we beat the traffic. It was a quick turnaround, for sure.” Uhrich, the Lobos’ senior catcher, noted, “It was weird sleeping last night because you’re three outs away from the championship game.” He added, “The winning run was fun. The head-first slide was pretty fun too. I decided to enjoy that moment. That was a crazy last inning. It was nerve-wracking for sure.” When the tournament resumes Friday at All-City Field, Broomfield will face Rocky Mountain at 10 a.m. and Mountain Vista will face Cherry Creek at 12:30 p.m. The pairings were juggled from the bracket to avoid a Cherry Creek-Rocky Mountain rematch, and those games involve teams that haven’t yet played each other in the tournament. “Like I just told our guys, it will not be easy,” Bullock said. “It never is. But you play this first weekend to try and come out 3-0, that’s our goal and we put ourselves in good position. Now we have to play good baseball and go finish it, but we feel good about the spot we’re in. It’s where everyone wants to be.” The Lobos will be attempting to add to a championship collection that includes four consecutive titles from 2007-10, when Marco Gonzales was Rocky Mountain’s star, and in 2014. (After undergoing Tommy John surgery last year, Gonzales now is making rehab starts with the St. Louis’ Cardinals’ AAA affiliate at Memphis.) [...]
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Once-beaten Cherry Creek, Broomfield reach final four in Class 5A state baseball tournament
Once-beaten Cherry Creek and Broomfield reached the final four of the Class 5A state baseball tournament Monday, winning afternoon games to remain alive in the double-elimination competition that will resume Friday. Rocky Mountain and Mountain Vista, both 2-0, were playing late Monday afternoon at All-City Field in the winner’s bracket game to determine which team still would be undefeated and in the driver’s seat as the tournament schedule takes the three-day break. Cherry Creek advanced by beating Legend 13-12 in eight innings at All-City Field. Tanner O’Tremba’s two-run homer in the top of the sixth pulled the Bruins into a 10-10 tie and then Cherry Creek added three runs in the eighth, with Jed Malashock breaking the tie with an RBI single and Brennen Dorighi driving in two more with a one-out single past a drawn-in infield. In the morning game at All-City, Legend eliminated Dakota Ridge 5-3. At Metro State in the afternoon game, Broomfield beat Rock Canyon 5-2 to move on to the final four, and that came after Rock Canyon defeated Legacy 7-4. Related ArticlesMay 22, 2017 Mountain Vista, Rocky Mountain suspended by a sudden storm; will resume Tuesday at Metro State May 21, 2017 Rocky Mountain and Mountain Vista are the two unbeatens after first day of 5A state baseball May 21, 2017 Cherry Creek, Rocky Mountain, Broomfield, Mountain Vista win 5A openers May 18, 2017 Colorado prep baseball state tournament preview: Postponements and storylines galore May 18, 2017 Colorado state track meet, baseball tournaments postponed due to inclement weather [...]
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Mountain Vista, Rocky Mountain suspended by a sudden storm; will resume Tuesday at Metro State
Leading Mountain Vista 4-3 in the sixth inning at All-City Field on Monday, the Rocky Mountain Lobos conceivably were closing in becoming the only remaining undefeated team in the Class 5A state high school baseball tournament. Or the other way to look at it was that Mountain Vista had one more chance to get the winning runs or force the game into extra innings. Then it started raining. Then it started raining harder. Then it was a monsoon. Related ArticlesMay 22, 2017 Once-beaten Cherry Creek, Broomfield remain alive in Class 5A state baseball tournament May 21, 2017 Rocky Mountain and Mountain Vista are the two unbeatens after first day of 5A state baseball May 21, 2017 Cherry Creek, Rocky Mountain, Broomfield, Mountain Vista win 5A openers May 18, 2017 Colorado prep baseball state tournament preview: Postponements and storylines galore May 18, 2017 Colorado state track meet, baseball tournaments postponed due to inclement weather At that point, the Lobos started to go through the motions to get ready for the attempt to get three more outs and secure the victory. Problem was, the pitching mound quickly had become a quagmire and water was pooling on the infield. Rocky Mountain pitcher Kalen Hammer’s shoes were caked with mud, and his first attempt at a warm-up pitch made it look as if Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn had come out of the bullpen. At that point, at 6 p.m. straight up, the umpires declared the game in a rain delay, and within 10 minutes, coaches Ron Quintana of Mountain Vista and Scott Bullock of Rocky Mountain met with tournament officials and with the umpires in the press box. They agreed the field already was unplayable and the game couldn’t be resumed, regardless of how long they waited. All signed off on the decision to resume the suspended game at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Metro State, where the Roadrunners’ field is entirely artificial turf, minus even cutouts. Regardless of the outcome of the game, both Rocky Mountain and Mountain Vista will be among the final four teams when the double-elimination tournament resumes Friday at All-City. The Lobos or Golden Eagles will be unbeaten and would have to lose twice on Friday and Saturday to not win the championship. The Rocky Mountain-Mountain Vista loser will join Cherry Creek and Broomfield, which both won Monday to stay alive, as once-beaten teams among the final four. “It was a heck of a ballgame, and it was unfortunate that the weather had to roll in and we couldn’t get it done,” said Bullock. “But that’s the way baseball goes sometimes, and we’ll have to be resilient and come back tomorrow morning and find a way to win a baseball game.” Even with his team three outs away from a win, Bullock approached the mound and made it clear he didn’t think the game should go on. “I wanted to (play on). I really did,” Bullock said. “But I just looked out there as Kalen was warming up. The clay was just caking on his cleats, and I didn’t feel like that was fair.” Quintana cited “the Colorado weather, I guess. You really don’t want to play a big game that means a lot in this stuff. It’s not fun baseball. … We probably should have suspended it earlier, I would say.” Pitch-count rules could come into play Tuesday, but Quintana wasn’t sweating that. “We’re fine,” he said. “We have about three or four guys who haven’t pitched yet. Obviously, it’s the top of the seventh so we have to score at least one to keep going, anyway.” The bizarre part was that the weather was ugly in a different way when the game started, with the wind blowing hard out to right field, and Mountain Vista got back-to-back, opposite-field solo home runs from Cole Blatchford and Sam Ireland to take a 2-0 lead in the first. But the Lobos tied it with two in the second and scored twice more in the fifth, with catcher Jadon Uhrich’s double the key hit of the inning. The Golden Eagles got to within one in the top of the sixth, but Hammer relieved starter Trey Wagner with two on and one out and got the final two outs to end the rally. And now they’ll pick up at the seventh inning at Metro on Tuesday. Earlier Monday, Cherry Creek remained alive by beating Legend 13-12 in eight innings at All-City Field. Tanner O’Tremba’s two-run homer in the sixth pulled the Bruins into a 10-10 tie, and then Cherry Creek added three runs in the eighth, with Jed Malashock breaking the tie with an RBI single and Brennen Dorighi driving in two more with a one-out single past a drawn-in infield. That game lasted nearly four hours, pushing back the Rocky Mountain-Mountain Vista game — and eventually, that mattered. In the morning game at All-City, Legend eliminated Dakota Ridge 5-3. At [...]
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Results: Colorado high school state track and field meet
Below are the winners of the 2017 Colorado high school state track and field championships. For full results, click here. Girls Individual results 800 5A: Lauren Gregory, Fort Collins, 2:10.94; 4A: Maria Mettler, Air Academy, 2:14.55; 3A: Taryn Ceglowski, Salida, 2:09.19; 2A: Hannah Wilkie, Hayden, 2:18.58; 1A: Melanie Deering, Kiowa, 2:22.63. 100 Hurdles 5A: Emily Sloan, Rock Canyon, 13:58; 4A: Anna Hall, Valor Christian, 14.62; 3A: Sarah Yocum, Faith Christian, 14.36; 2A: Rylee Haynes, Crowley County, 15.98; 1A: Tarin Kemp, Granada, 17.02. 100 5A: Arria Minor, Denver East, 11.53; 4A: Olivia Whitaker, Air Academy, 12.41; 3A: Maya Evans, Lutheran, 11.83; 2A: Remington Ross, Highland, 12.28; 1A: Jentry Largent, DeBeque, 12.90. Related ArticlesMay 21, 2017 Colorado boys state track championships: Notable second-day observations May 21, 2017 Colorado girls state track championships: Notable second-day observations May 21, 2017 Donovan Williams logs heavy miles to carry Fountain-Fort Carson to 5A track championship May 21, 2017 Valor Christian’s Anna Hall, one of nation’s best prep heptathletes, shines at Class 4A state track meet May 20, 2017 PHOTOS: Colorado Prep Track and Field Championships 4×100 Relay 5A: Cherokee Trail, 47.63; 4A: Cheyenne Mountain, 49.10; Denver Lutheran, 49.21; 2A: Meeker, 51.34; 1A: DeBeque, 52.49. 400 5A: Arria Minor, Denver East, 53.30; 4A: Mary Gillet, Niwot, 55.12; 3A: Sarah Yocum, Faith Christian, 56.92; 2A: Kaiya Firor, Hotchkiss, 57.28; 1A: Melanie Deering, Kioa, 59.23. 1,600 5A: Lauren Gregory, Fort Collins, 4:50.77; 4A: Lauren Offerman, Mountain View, 5:01.89; 3A: Anna Shults, Peak to Peak, 5:00.71; 2A: Soleil Gaylord, Telluride, 5:16.11; 1A: Emma Schaefer, Shining Mountain, 5:32.27. 4×400 Relay 5A: Grandview, 4:03.20; 4A: Green Mountain, 3:55.15; 3A: Classical Academy, 4:06.27; 2A: Meeker, 4:22.66; 1A: Fleming, 4:21.45. Pole Vault 5A: Mia Manson, Monarch, 12-6; 3A: Erika Williams, Classical Academy, 12-5. Long Jump 5A: Audra Koopman, Fort Collins, 19-0 ½; 2A: Briana Van Vleet, Paonia, 17-8 ¾; 1A: Emily Kaiser, Prairie, 15-10 ¾. Triple Jump 4A: Alexis Carroll, Niwot, 37-2 ¼; 3A: Kylie Chavez, Sterling, 36-11 ½. High Jump 4A: Rylee Anderson, Silver Creek, 5-8; 2A: Katie Kurz, Dayspring Christian, 5-5; 1A: Jerraldawn Rector, Simla, 5-2. Shot Put 4A: Shaelynn Williams, Mesa Ridge, 40-10; 2A: Ellie Berry, Burlington, 40-11 ¾; 1A: Heather Graham, Genoa-Hugo, 40-5. Discus 5A: Gabi McDonald, Rocky Mountain, 154-03; 3A: Tarynn SIeg, Eaton, 143-04; 2A: Ellie Berry, Burlington, 133-05. Team results 5A 1. Grandview , 120; 2. Fort Collins, 83; 3. Cherokee Trail, 58; 4. Rocky Mountain, 42; 5. Denver East, 38. 5. Fairview, 38; 7. Rock Canyon, 36; 8. Monarch, 34; 9. Mountain Vista, 33; 10. Cherry Creek, 32. 4A 1. Air Academy, 92; 2. Niwot, 83; 3. Valor Christian, 72; Green Mountain, 62; 5. Cheyenne Mountain, 40; 6. Vista Ridge, 30; 6. Discovery Canyon, 30; 8. Battle Mountain, 37; 9. Roosevelt, 26; 9. Montrose, 26; 9. Pueblo West, 26. 3A 1. Classical Academy, 101.50; 2. Elizabeth, 77.50; 3. Peak to Peak, 75; 4. Denver Lutheran, 55; 5. Faith Christian 54; 6. Salida, 44; 7. Eaton 42.50; 8. Sterling, 34.50; 9. Bayfield, 31; 10. Coal Ridge, 30; 10. Sierra, 30. 2A 1. Paonia, 110; 2. Telluride, 74; 3. Meeker, 65; 4. Buena Vista, 53; 5. Lyons, 51.75; 6. Highland, 43.50; 7. Hotchkiss, 35; 8. Calhan, 32; 8. Crowley County, 32; 10. Denver Christian, 31.50. 1A 1. Springfield, 73.50; 2. DeBeque, 57; 3. Heritage Chistian, 53; 4. Caliche, 50; 5. Kiowa, 48; 6. Holly, 40; 7. Eads, 39; 8. Granada, 37; 8. Lake City Community, 37; 8. Shining Mountain Waldorf, 37. Boys Individual results 800 5A: Isaac Green, Monarch, 1:52.92; 4A: James Lee, Silver Creek, 1:54.21; 3A: Oscar Martinez, Alamosa, 1:55.12; 2A: Ben Kelley, Soroco, 1:54.75 (meet record); 1A: Erick Enriquez-Acosta, Idalia, 2:00.87. 110 Hurdles 5A: Xavier Bishop-falu, Rampart, 14.25; 4A: Charlie Brunner, Thompson Valley, 14.74; 3A: Marcus Howard, DSST Green Valley Ranch, 14.94; 2A: Jacob Yates, Hoehne, 15.04; 1A: Blayden Fletcher, North Park, 15.65. 100 5A: Donovan Williams, Fountain-Fort Carson, 10.70; 4A: Aaron McCoy, Canon City, 10.66; 3A: Dante Thomas, Sierra, 10.71; 2A: Caleb Urwiller, Dayspring Christian, 11.20; 1A: Bowman Ellis, Springfield, 11.34. 4×100 Relay 5A: Fountain-Fort Carson, 42.03; 4A: Vista Ridge, 42.16; 2A: Wiggins, 44.14; 1A: Simla, 45.44. 400 5A: Darrien Wells, Hinkley, 47.62; 4A: Nik Chappee, Air Academy, 47.90; 3A: Sunday Abarca, Aspen, 48.12 (meet record); 2A: Shane Finegan, Wiggins, 50.17; 1A: Erick Enriquez-Acosta, Idalia, 50.05. 1,600 5A: Isaac Green, Monarch, 4:21.98; 4A: Jeremy Meadows, Palmer Ridge, 4:15.67; 3A: Tanner Norman, Classical Academy, 4:16.85; 2A: Ben Kelley, Soroco, 4:22.02; 1A: Izaac Borchers, Lake City Community, 4 [...]
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Colorado state golf tournaments set for Monday, Tuesday around the state
(Jeremy Papasso / Daily Camera)Holy Family freshman Hailey Schalk has starred for the Tigers this season as she eyes success at the Class 3A state tournament at Broadlands Golf Club. The 2017 Colorado girls state golf tournaments are set to begin on Monday and Tuesday around the state, with the weather forecast looking clear for all three classifications. The Class 5A tournament is at Rolling Hills Country Club in Golden, while Class 4A is at Colorado National Golf Club in Erie and Class 3A, in its first year, is at Broadlands Golf Club in Broomfield. 5A golfers to watch Julia Baroth, Sr., Denver East; Amy Chitkoksoong, Soph., Grandview; Leigha Devine, Soph., Fossil Ridge; Jaclyn Murray, Sr., Regis Jesuit; Jordan Remley, Sr., Ralston Valley 4A golfers to watch Marin Halvorsen, Sr., Kent Denver; Caroline Jordaan, Colorado Academy; Sydney Prey, Sr., Golden; Kellsey Sample, Sr., Palmer Ridge; Natalie Holley, Sr., Evergreen 3A golfers to watch Hailey Schalk, Fr., Holy Family; Marin Halvorsen, Kent Denver; Elly Walters, Jr., Rifle; Masi Smith, Rifle; Cassie Kneen, Colorado Academy; Trinity Goderstad, Colorado Academy [...]
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Fairview swimmer Michael Zarian sweeps 5A individual state events again
THORNTON — Harvard-bound Michael Zarian, the only swimmer to win the maximum two individual titles a year ago, repeated the feat Saturday at the Class 5A boys’ swimming championships at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center. The Fairview senior breezed to victories in the 200-yard individual medley and 100 butterfly for his fourth and fifth career individual prep titles. He won the 200 IM by more than three seconds over runner-up Harrison Lierz of Broomfield and beat second-place Danny Kovac of Fossil Ridge 47.75 to 48.33 in the 100 fly. Zarian also helped Fairview finish second in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays behind Fossil Ridge, which won the team title. Fairview finished fourth, behind runner-up Regis Jesuit and Cherry Creek. Highlands Ranch was fifth. Zarian, ranked 17th nationally by Swim Swam among 2017 college recruits, won the 500 freestyle state title as a sophomore and the 500 free and 200 IM as a junior. “I’m just trying to represent Fairview the best I can,” Zarian said of his five individual championships. “You can’t control the outcome that much, but you can always control the effort. I always try to give my best effort for Fairview.” Having won the 500 free the previous two years, Zarian went for a new challenge and replaced the 500 with the 100. Knights coach Lauren Sampl said Zarian — who carries an honors-based 4.8 grade-point average — is one of the best student-athletes she has known. “He can swim anything. He could have won just about any event. We’d love to use him in every event,” Sampl said. “Michael pretty much holds all of our team records.” Zarian recently published a book, “Success as a Teen Athlete: A Guide to Reaching Your Athletic Potential,” available at Amazon. When asked about his favorite experience from swimming in high school, he said: “It’s the team, no question. It’s not about the rewards or the recognition. High school is about the team.” [...]
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PHOTOS: Boys 4A and 5A lacrosse championships 2017
Cherry Creek Bruins beat Regis, 17-8 to capture the 5A state championship during the 2017 CHSAA Boys Lacrosse Championships – Class 5A on May 19, 2017 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Valor Eagles beat Dawson, 20-12 during the 2017 CHSAA Boys Lacrosse Championships – Class 4A on May 19, 2017 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Related ArticlesMay 19, 2017 Cherry Creek dominates 5A boys lacrosse title game May 19, 2017 Valor’s nine-goal run leads to another state lacrosse championship May 9, 2017 Post Preps Power Rankings: Week of Friday, May 12 May 8, 2017 Weekly Colorado Preps Primer: Games to watch for May 9-13 2017 May 5, 2017 Newman: Don’t sleep on Ponderosa’s spring teams when the Class 4A playoffs begin [...]
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Colorado prep baseball state tournament preview: Postponements and storylines galore
The weather isn’t cooperating with the Colorado high school baseball state tournaments, with rain and snow delaying play in every classification. While the skies could keep fans wondering if these prep championships will ever be decided, they should know that when the players finally do take the field, there’ll be plenty of storylines providing excitement. In Class 5A, tradition-laden Cherry Creek (eight state titles), Rocky Mountain (five) and Broomfield (five) headline once again as heavyweights. Meanwhile, Rock Canyon is looking to build a dynasty with a second championship in three years, while Legacy, Mountain Vista, Dakota Ridge and Legend all aim for a first state championship. In Class 4A, there’s history up for grabs, too. Defending champion Valor Christian as well as Air Academy and Golden have each won one state title, while Thompson Valley, Evergreen, Pueblo West and Silver Creek are all in search of their program’s first championship. And the team with the most state titles in the Class 3A field is perhaps the most intriguing. Thomas Jefferson owns three championships but none since 1968, and first-year head coach Graham Baughn — who led the Spartans to an upset of Windsor in the District 5 championship game — has two aces in senior right-hander Trystan Kimmel and junior left-hander Conner Side. Great storylines permeate the lower classes, too. In Class 3A, Eaton (11 state titles) and Lamar (seven state titles) look to pad their legacies in a parity-laden field; the Class 2A bracket is headlined by undefeated Paonia, which is seeking its seventh state title but first since 2003; and in Class 1A, defending champion Holly faces Nucla, which is seeking its first state title. Kyle Newman, The Denver PostZach Paschke and Mountain Vista take on Dakota Ridge in the first round of the Class 5A state baseball tournament on Sunday. Revised First-Day State Tournament Schedule Class 5A (Double-Elimination) Sunday, May 21 Cherry Creek vs Legacy, 10 a.m. All-City Stadium Rocky Mountain vs Rock Canyon, 12:30 p.m. All-City Stadium All-City Winners Game, 3 p.m. Legend vs Broomfield, 10 a.m. Metro State Mountain Vista vs Dakota Ridge, 12:30 p.m. Metro State Metro State Winners Game, 3 p.m. Class 4A (Double-Elimination) The earliest play is expected to start is Monday, and that date may be pushed back further depending on the impact of Friday’s weather on already-soaked fields. Evergreen vs Air Academy, All-Star Park Thompson Valley vs Golden, All-Star Park All-Star Park Winners Game, 3 p.m. Thomas Jefferson vs Silver Creek, 10 a.m., Machebeuf Valor Christian vs Pueblo West, 12:30 p.m., Machebeuf Machebeuf Winners Game 3 p.m. Class 3A (Double-Elimination) The earliest play is expected to start is Monday, and that date may be pushed back further depending on the impact of Friday’s weather on already-soaked fields. Lamar vs Colorado Academy, 10 a.m., Butch Butler Field La Junta vs Peak to Peak, 12:30 p.m., Butch Butler Field Butch Butler Field Winners Game 3 p.m. Eaton vs Salida, 10 a.m., Niwot Faith Christian vs Valley, 12:30 p.m., Niwot Niwot Winners Game 3 p.m. Class 2A (Single-Elimination) The state tournament begins on Saturday at the Runyon Complex in Pueblo, a one-day postponement due to weather, and culminates with the championship on May 27 at 2:30 p.m. Class 1A (Single-Elimination) The championship game between Holly and Nucla, which was originally scheduled for Thursday morning but was preemptively pushed to Saturday at Metro State, is on as rescheduled. First pitch is at noon. [...]
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