High School Sports

Giants in a foreign land: How two 7-footers from Senegal are chasing hoop dreams in Colorado
Rudy Carey last year would stop practice at Denver East High and command his new assistant to relay orders to the towering teenager he called “Little Man.” Carey has learned enough in four decades coaching high school basketball to know he doesn’t always have all the answers. Especially when they have to be delivered in a foreign language.  “Siri, how do you say ‘Box out’ in French?” Carey said, explaining how he’d bellow into his cellphone. “Siri, how you do you say ‘Pay attention’ in French? I would do it right there in the middle of practice. That’s how I communicated with him at first.” And so began the American odyssey of Assane Diouf, a 7-foot-1 giant from Senegal who arrived in Denver 18 months ago with dreams of earning a college education through basketball. After a freshman season mostly wiped away by injuries to his size-18 feet, Diouf helped lead Denver East to the Class 5A state quarterfinals last season, and his emergence on the AAU circuit this spring has helped him earn scholarship offers from several Division I universities. It has all happened fast for a 16-year-old who had arrived in a strange land without knowing the language, unsure of what he had gotten himself into as an unfamiliar white powder fell from the sky once he got off the plane. “I was excited and a little bit nervous,” said Diouf, who has quickly grasped a new language to add to the handful of others he has already mastered. “I didn’t know what I was going to see, but I said, ‘I’m going and my family needs me, and I’m going to do what I need to do to help them out.'” Diouf’s is a path dozens of players from the capital city of Dakar, the westernmost city in Africa that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean, have attempted to travel in the past five years. Samba Kane, a 6-foot-11 native of Dakar, followed Diouf to Colorado in August and played his sophomore season at Regis Jesuit. Both players began their journey at Flying Star Academy , a modest, outdoor facility founded by Ibrahima N’Diaye in 2011. N’Diaye’s brother, Mamadou, became the first Senegalese player drafted into the NBA by the Nuggets in 2000. Ibrahima was inspired by the path his 7-foot brother had taken from a scrawny teenager leaving his home country to stardom at Auburn and then to a professional career. N’Diaye wanted to replicate the support system that had helped carry his brother to those lofty goals. “I have brothers and sisters, and in my family, education was very important,” N’Diaye said. “To get a degree was very important for us. I also saw my brother get a scholarship. And I saw my brother go to the NBA through the same process that our kids are now going, so, for me, it’s a blessing to see what happened with my brother. It inspired me a lot to help as many kids as I can to get an education.” AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver PostAssane Diouf holds the net as he stands flatfooted while he talks to Samba Kane on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Diouf and Kane, both natives of Senegal, are living together with Greg Willis and his wife Denise as they chase their hoop dreams.AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver PostAssane Diouf posts up Samba Kane during practice on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Diouf and Kane, both natives of Senegal, are living together with Greg Willis and his wife Denise as they chase their hoop dreams.AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver PostAssane Diouf (left) and Samba Kane match up during practice on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Diouf and Kane, both natives of Senegal, are living together with Greg Willis and his wife Denise as they chase their hoop dreams.AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver PostSamba Kane signals for a three-pointer by a teammate during Colorado Hawks practice on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Kane, a 6-11 native of Senegal, is ranked among the nation's best centers.AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver PostAssane Diouf, standing 7-1, towers over teammates during practice on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Diouf is expected by his doctors to grow more before he reaches college.AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver PostSamba Kane takes instruction from Colorado Hawks assistant coach Ibn Shabazz during practice on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Kane, who is originally from Senegal and is now living in Colorado, is among the nation's top-ranked centers.AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver PostSamba Kane runs up court during practice on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.Show Caption of Expand Stories like that of Fall, who moved to six different cities and was shuffled from school to school before landing at a prep school in Florida, are all too common for players who arrive from Africa with dreams that can often be crushed by empty promises. Willis had heard horror stories of players who arrived in the states only to be sent back when a coach at a fledgling prep school or AAU program put the player th [...]
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Newman: Don’t sleep on Ponderosa’s spring teams when the Class 4A playoffs begin
Over the past two decades, as the Denver metro area has burgeoned, high school athletic programs have, at times, been at the mercy of the population growths around them. Ponderosa epitomizes this trend. It opened in 1983 as the only high school in Parker, a town that saw its population explode from around 10,000 residents in 1990 to over 50,000 today. That boom meant the Mustangs were able to establish themselves as an athletic power in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, but it also meant the opening of more high schools in Parker. Chaparral opened in 1997 and Legend followed in 2008, two schools that had a decided effect on Ponderosa’s boundary and enrollment numbers and, in turn, its ability to compete in the largest classification of CHSAA sports across the board. But through all the changes — and as the Mustangs settled into Class 4A competition in all sports except for wrestling, boys swimming, boys tennis and girls tennis — Ponderosa’s 4A programs remain as underrated as local squads come, primarily due to the fact that they still play in the Class 5A Continental League. “Even with minimum depth, we’ve been able to compete in all our sports and really do well in a lot of them,” Ponderosa athletic director Tim Ottmann said. “Our coaches do a pretty good job of sharing athletes in today’s world where specialization is the norm because we stress that we only have a certain number of athletes roaming the halls, so we have to work with one another.” This spring is no different, as the school’s 4A teams are ready to make deep postseason runs after battling — and at times, being battered around by — top-tier Continental League opponents. “One of the things about being in the 5A Continental League, no matter what sport it is, is the preparation.” Ottmann said. “As long as we make the playoffs — and sometimes with the RPI and other qualifications (in individual sports) to make it, it can be tough and it can skew our records — we feel really good because we’ve played the best teams in the state in every sport.” In baseball, senior Peyton Ingalls and the Mustangs (11-8) are ranked 19th in the latest RPI and just ended the regular season with a signature conference win over Douglas County. In girls soccer, the Mustangs (8-6-1) are ranked 23rd in the latest RPI and boast a potent offense catalyzed by senior captain Myah Thornhill (13 goals) as well as a pair of sisters in junior Jensen Ellis (8) and freshman Jazlynn Ellis (12). And in boys lacrosse, the Mustangs (7-8) are ranked 13th in the latest RPI and epitomize the all-in, community-oriented culture that permeates from Ponderosa in order for its teams to continue to be competitive. Related ArticlesApril 22, 2017 Newman: Pitch wizard Jim Davidson working his magic again as Broomfield girls soccer chases first Class 5A championship April 16, 2017 Newman: Renck brothers headline Longmont baseball squad that’s anxious to build off last season’s success April 9, 2017 Newman: New USWNT members Jaelin Howell, Sophia Smith are the latest Colorado soccer gems “Our lacrosse team is kind of a Cinderella story, because we lost our entire lacrosse coaching staff the second day of the season when the new coach, who was moving from San Antonio, didn’t work out,” Ottmann said. “We had to scramble, and our head football coach Jaron Cohen and a couple folks from the community all stepped in and made a go of it. Now, we’re ready to make noise in the playoffs.” And for a school that, again, is steadily growing — its enrollment for the current two-year cycle is 1,237, but Ottmann estimates Ponderosa will be at nearly 1,400 next year — this spring’s state tournaments may amount to the latest Ponderosa resurgence. Don’t sleep on the Mustangs. [...]
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Legend nabs at least a share of Continental League baseball title with mercy-rule win over ThunderRidge
Legend trounced ThunderRidge 10-0 on Wednesday night at Double Angel Ballpark to claim at least a share of the Continental League title. The No. 2 Titans (13-5, 7-3) rode a complete game shutout from senior Kyle Cardona, as well as a three-run homer by sophomore catcher Jake Greiving and a two-run homer by outfielder Kian Manmano, en route to the five-inning, mercy-rule win. Meanwhile, Tim McIntyre was pegged with the loss for ThunderRidge (10-8, 6-4) as the Grizzlies — who are ranked 16th in the latest RPI — look ahead to a battle with No. 4 Rocky Mountain before the playoffs begin. Legend currently sits atop the league standings, while Heritage, Mountain Vista, Regis Jesuit and Douglas County are all one win behind at 6-3 — thus, those four squads all have one league game left to play. The Titans beat Mountain Vista, Douglas County and Regis Jesuit but lost to Heritage. Listen to the full replay of Legend’s win over ThunderRidge: [...]
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Post Preps Podcast: Class 5A girls soccer playoff preview featuring Continental League champion ThunderRidge
In this week’s edition of the Post Preps Podcast, Denver Post preps editor Kyle Newman travels to Highlands Ranch to talk to ThunderRidge girls soccer coach Mike Parsons as well as three key Grizzlies. Topics include the team’s first Continental League championship since 2002, how the Grizzlies can continue their elite play in the postseason, other Class 5A contenders and more. Guest interviews include senior goalkeeper Sierra Roth, senior striker Annie Platt and junior midfielder Shae Holmes. [...]
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Previewing the 2017 Colorado high school spring playoffs
With the start of the 2017 spring playoffs right around the corner, Denver Post preps editor Kyle Newman previews the Class 5A and Class 4A postseason on this week’s episode of Post Preps TV. Sports discussed include baseball, girls soccer, boys lacrosse and girls lacrosse. [...]
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Q&A: Legacy striker Gracie Armstrong talks offensive firepower, upcoming postseason and more
Denver Post preps editor Kyle Newman caught up with Legacy junior striker Gracie Armstrong, Class 5A’s leader in points, to discuss the Washington State commit’s offensive performance this season, the postseason prospects for the No. 4 Lightning and more. Q: What’s the overall confidence level like as the playoffs loom? A: Our team has a very high confidence level right now — we’ve been working together really well and we know that we’re a team that can win at the end of the tournament. In the past few years, we haven’t gone far at all in the playoffs, so we all want it this year. Q: From 6-7 last season to the cusp of the coveted Front Range League title this year, what’s changed? A: Last year, we didn’t play as a team and we let everything bug us out on the field, and things that were said on the field carried outside the field as well. This year, when things are said on the field, it’s kept there and then dropped when we walk off. That’s helped us become closer, and it’s leading to wins. Q: With a 5A-best 56 points — including 21 goals, which ranks second in the classification — what’s enabling your offensive success this spring? A: Honestly, it’s the entire team. If it weren’t for the defense, I wouldn’t get as many possessions, because they’re really strong with the ball in the back. Our midfield has great vision, too — they love to look upfield and play the ball through to me, so I can run on to them and score. That’s where most of my goals have come from. Q: As you close in on the Front Range League title — which you can capture with a win or draw in the regular season finale against No. 6 Broomfield on Thursday — what are areas of improvement for your team? A: During the hard games, we tend to freak out and kick the ball all over. If we keep possession, that’ll be really good for us and it will lead to more chances on offense for us, and less chances for our opponent. Q: Who else on the offense has enabled you to rack up the goals as you have? A: Sophomore Kailee Maness is really good at making runs and pressing — so if people start to mark me in the playoffs, she’s going to open up and be able to score some goals. With contributors like that and an overall team effort, we’ll go far. [...]
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Post Preps Power Rankings: Week of Friday, May 5
Each week, Denver Post preps editor Kyle Newman releases his power rankings for Class 5A and 4A baseball, girls soccer and boys lacrosse. Records are through Monday: 5A BASEBALL Mountain Vista (13-3) Legend (12-5) Cherry Creek (12-4) Rocky Mountain (11-5) Rock Canyon (12-5) Brighton (13-1) Heritage (11-6) Regis Jesuit (12-5) Mountain Range (15-3) Broomfield (13-4) 4A BASEBALL Denver North (17-0) Valor Christian (14-3) Pueblo West (13-4) Mountain View (14-5) Green Mountain (14-2) Northridge (13-4) Windsor (14-2) Silver Creek (13-6) Pueblo East (12-5) Air Academy (12-4) 5A GIRLS SOCCER Cherry Creek (13-0-1) Columbine (10-3) ThunderRidge (11-2-1) Legacy (12-1) Rocky Mountain (11-2) Broomfield (10-2) Mountain Vista (11-2-1) Fossil Ridge (11-1) Regis Jesuit (8-2-3) Grandview (9-3-1) 4A GIRLS SOCCER Valor Christian (10-1) The Classical Academy (12-0) Windsor (12-1) Wheat Ridge (12-1) Lewis-Palmer (12-1) Mullen (9-4) D’Evelyn (8-3-1) Air Academy (8-4) Ponderosa (6-6-1) Durango (9-4) 5A BOYS LACROSSE Mountain Vista (10-3) Regis Jesuit (11-3) Cherry Creek (12-1) Arapahoe (10-3) Kent Denver (10-3) Colorado Academy (10-3) Lewis-Palmer (12-1) Columbine (11-3) Wheat Ridge (12-2) Rock Canyon (11-3) 4A BOYS LACROSSE Dawson (11-1) Valor Christian (10-4) Cheyenne Mountain (9-3) Thompson Valley (10-3) Vail Mountain (11-1) Conifer (9-3) Golden (10-5) Aspen (10-3) Air Academy (8-5) Ponderosa (7-8) [...]
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Weekly Colorado Preps Primer: Games to watch for May 2-6 2017
The following is a look at the marquee games this week in baseball, girls soccer and boys lacrosse as the regular season winds to a close. (Rankings and records are current as of Monday). BASEBALL 4A No. 1 Denver North at Denver East, Tuesday, 4:15 p.m.: Denver North can clinch a second consecutive Denver Prep League championship with a win over the Angels in the first game of a Tuesday-Thursday set. Senior Jose Robles and sophomore Josue Rivera are both slated to throw this week for the Vikings, who are two victories away from the program’s first-ever undefeated regular season. Brighton (12-1) at No. 2 Mountain Vista (12-3), Friday 4:30 p.m.: The Bulldogs have run the table to an 8-0 mark so far in the East Metro League, and look to heavy-hitters such as seniors Liam Eddy (.615, 21 RBI, 6 HR) and Javier Saenz (.550, 20 RBI, 2 HR) against a Mountain Vista team tested that’s been molded by the fires of the Continental League. GIRLS SOCCER No. 9 Rocky Mountain (11-2) at Legacy (12-1), Tuesday 6 p.m., North Stadium: In a pivotal Front Range League match, Class 5A leading scorer Gracie Armstrong (20 goals, 54 points) leads Legacy against junior striker Jade Gosar (12 goals, 20 points) and Rocky Mountain. The winner controls their destiny in the league championship chase heading into Thursday’s season finales. No. 8 Grandview (8-3-1) at No. 4 Columbine (10-3), Wednesday 5 p.m., Lakewood Memorial Field: In a premier end-of-season non-conference battle, coach Tari Wood and Grandview face coach Brian Todd and Columbine as both programs look for a momentum boost heading into the Class 5A state tournament. BOYS LACROSSE No. 3 Cherry Creek (12-1) at No. 1 Mountain Vista (10-3), Tuesday 4:30 p.m.: In a rematch from Cherry Creek’s 12-7 victory on April 7 at the Stutler Bowl, two teams who could likely meet in the semifinal or the championship of the state tournament do battle once again. Junior Henry Savage and senior Asher Nolting headline the Bruins with 73 combined goals, while the Golden Eagles boast four attackers with 20 goals or more. No. 2 Regis Jesuit (11-3) at No. 5 Arapahoe (10-3), Tuesday 5:30 p.m., LPS Stadium: In a rematch of last season’s 5A title, coach Jim Soran and the defending champion Raiders take on coach Logan Bobzien and the Warriors. Possession — and thus faceoffs — will be key, especially the inevitable battles between Regis Jesuit’s Joe Kassal and Arapahoe’s Jackson Harvey. [...]
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Newman: Brad Madden has Green Mountain baseball in position to make another championship run
With 15 full seasons of high school baseball coaching under his belt, Green Mountain’s Brad Madden has won three state titles to make for an absurd rate of one championship every five years. Madden won the Class 4A state championship with Golden in 2003, where he spent eight years. And now, in his 16th spring on the bench and eighth at the helm of Green Mountain — where he led the Rams to consecutive 4A titles in 2014 and 2015 — Madden’s squad is looking capable of adding a fourth ring to the coach’s hand. “The recent tradition here plays into our success because it drives the kids — they want to be the group that keeps it going,” Madden said. “We’ve talked a lot about how those teams built their legacy and what kind of legacy this team is going to leave, because a lot of the guys on this year’s team had brothers on the state title teams or were in the program at the time.” The No. 9 Rams (13-2, 5-2 4A Jeffco) have all the pieces in place for another championship run after missing the playoffs last year. Most importantly, they boast two bonafide aces in junior JD Wadleigh (6-0, 2.87 ERA) and senior Matthew Ramirez (5-1, 1.89), a pair that — in conjunction with a reliable bullpen — gives Green Mountain a distinct advantage when district play begins in less than two weeks. “We’re excited about how both of those guys are pitching, and our bullpen has been doing a great job for us as well with Reece Noel throwing some innings and Josh Harkins getting quality, back-of-the-game innings for us as well,” Madden said. Offensively, the Rams have struck a balance that allows them to not be too dependent upon just a few players, as the team is hitting a collective .366 with Wadleigh (.522, 20 RBI, 3 HR) and senior outfielder Luke Kuberski (.353, 21 RBI, 4 HR) pacing the way. “It seems like every game, it’s different guys making the difference — sometimes it’s the middle of the order, sometimes it’s the back end,” Madden said. “That’s how we’ve been scoring runs, is by everyone getting the job done.” Conference losses to No. 2 Valor Christian (8-3 on April 15) and Littleton (11-6 on April 19) didn’t negatively affect the confidence of the Rams, who fully believe they can make a state tournament run. Related ArticlesApril 25, 2017 Douglas County hosts Highlands Ranch in Continental League baseball April 25, 2017 Post Preps Power Rankings: Week of Friday, April 28 April 24, 2017 Heritage rides five-run third inning to 9-1 Continental League road win over Regis Jesuit April 24, 2017 Weekly Colorado Preps Primer: Games to watch for April 25-29 2017 April 22, 2017 Denver native Ty Blach tosses scoreless inning for San Francisco in return to Coors Field “There’s so many good 4A teams, so a lot of it’s going to depend on your draw and which pitchers you have to face in districts,” Madden said. “We’ve got to be solid on the mound, keep getting those timely hits and continue playing good defense as we have of late. All three phases are what it’s going to take for us to beat the Valors, the Denver Norths, the Cheyenne Mountains, who are really good teams.” And as for Madden, the younger brother of Pomona football head honcho Jay Madden — who led the Panthers to the Class 5A title game the past two seasons — the baseball coach who once starred at Arvada West before going on to play as Washburn University knows that come playoff time, the team that gets the most out of every single player in the lineup will likely end up with the trophy. “To go to the title twice in a row in 5A at a smaller school like my brother’s done is awesome,” said Madden, who served as assistant on the Pomona football team in the past. “I’m always watching what that staff does, because he gets the most out of his kids and I’ve tried to learn from him that way, as far as you don’t always have to have the best players in the world, but if you get the most out of them, they can do great things.” John Leyba, The Denver PostLAKEWOOD, CO – APRIL 24: Green Mountain coach Brad Madden looks on during their game against Stanley Lake on April 24, 2017 at Green Mountain High School. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post) [...]
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Pole vaulter Pat Manson’s kids easily beat his best mark as a freshman
LOUISVILLE — Pat Manson may have set the Colorado high school pole vault record that has stood for three decades, but his offspring are starting to make him feel like “the slacker” in the family. Manson, who set the record at 17 feet, 3 inches for Aurora Central in 1986 and went on to a long professional career, has two kids who are getting the jump on him. His best mark as a freshman was 11-9. Last year, his son Max went 15-7 as a freshman at Monarch. Now daughter Mia is a freshman there and she’s blown past dad’s ninth-grade mark, too, going 12-8. No other freshman in the nation has a better mark this year. Not bad for a girl who didn’t get serious about pole vaulting until last summer. She previously focused on competitive climbing at a national level and sprinting in youth track meets. The Manson kids have been surrounded by pole vaulting all of their lives. Pat, who set two NCAA records at Kansas, conducts pole vault summer camps and knows many of the greats in the sport. When Stacy Dragila, who won the first women’s Olympic pole vault competition at the 2000 Sydney Games, was in town for a clinic two summers ago, she stayed at the Manson home and slept in Mia’s room. “She was so sweet, she signed a poster for my room,” Mia said. “She’s super inspiring and I love her.” Dad and mom, Amy, are inspirations, too. Pat set a world record by jumping 18 feet or better for 21 consecutive years, a streak that ended in 2006, and he was a three-time Pan Am Games champion. Amy qualified for the Olympic Trials three times in distance running and is a long-time youth track coach. She also works with the Positive Coaching Alliance, a national organization that promotes “Double-Goal” coaching for kids: striving to win, but only while building character. “When we had kids, we didn’t want them to ever feel pressure that they had to reach the level we reached in sports, or do the same sport,” Amy said. “But as track athletes and coaches, we thought it would be extra fun if they did choose track. It’s been a blast. Pat and I have been at the highest level with a lot of people who were phenomenal world-class athletes but not the greatest people. The things that make us the most proud are when we see (Mia and Max) with little kids and they’re wonderful with them, or shaking hands with officials.” Mia’s years of climbing were great preparation for vaulting because it helped her build strength in her upper body and core. “The rock climbing definitely helps,” Pat said. “When you are holding onto an over-hung wall and then you have to lift your feet up, it’s kind of that same thing (as) holding onto the pole and swinging your feet through.” Mia believes climbing also helped her mentally. “I was competing from a really young age, and climbing is pretty competitive, so I really got the competitive experience, which is really helping me in track,” Mia said. “It was a really good sport to start out with.” As if the Manson kids didn’t have more than their share of role models, their event coach at Monarch is Mike Tully, who won a silver medal in the pole vault at the 1984 Olympics. He and Pat had the same personal-best marks (19-2), and they see Mia’s natural speed — she recently ran 12.37 seconds for 100 meters — as a big advantage in pole vault. Tully also cites her slender body type as being helpful. “Nowadays people involved with pole vault seem to have small bones,” Tully said. “The good ones, they’re almost like birds. I was a big-boned guy. These guys now, it’s almost like feathers are starting to come out of their elbows. Mia’s built that way.” While Mia pursues the girls national freshman record (13-3), Max eyes the Colorado 5A title next month. “He should have won last year,” Tully said. Max finished second after breaking a toe playing tag and losing six weeks of training. His dad’s state record is tantalizing, too. “I’d love to break it,” Max said. “That’s one of my biggest goals. This year, it would be really hard, but definitely by my senior year I think I should be able to get there. I can’t wait.” If anyone is going to break it, it might as well be Pat’s son. [...]
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Post Preps Power Rankings: Week of Friday, April 28
Each week, Denver Post preps editor Kyle Newman releases his power rankings for Class 5A and 4A baseball, girls soccer and boys lacrosse. Records are through Monday: 5A BASEBALL Cherry Creek (10-3) Mountain Vista (11-3) Heritage (11-5) Legend (9-5) Rocky Mountain (9-5) Douglas County (11-4) Rock Canyon (12-4) Regis Jesuit (10-4) Broomfield (10-4) ThunderRidge (8-6) 4A BASEBALL Denver North (15-0) Valor Christian (13-3) Windsor (12-1) Pueblo West (11-4) Cheyenne Mountain (13-1) Silver Creek (12-5) Northridge (11-3) Mountain View (12-4) Green Mountain (13-2) Ponderosa (9-6) 5A GIRLS SOCCER Cherry Creek (11-0-1) Broomfield (9-1) Fossil Ridge (11-0) Columbine (9-3) Chaparral (9-0-3) Mountain Vista (8-2-1) ThunderRidge (8-2-1) Grandview (6-3-1) Rocky Mountain (9-2) Regis Jesuit (7-1-2) 4A GIRLS SOCCER Valor Christian (9-0) The Classical Academy (10-0) Windsor (10-1) Wheat Ridge (11-1) Lewis-Palmer (10-1) Windsor (10-1) D’Evelyn (8-2-1) Mullen (8-3) Air Academy (6-4) Ponderosa (6-6-1) 5A BOYS LACROSSE Mountain Vista (9-3) Regis Jesuit (8-3) Cherry Creek (10-1) Kent Denver (10-2) Arapahoe (9-3) Colorado Academy (8-2) Columbine (10-2) Chaparral (8-3) Wheat Ridge (10-2) Rock Canyon (9-3) 4A BOYS LACROSSE Dawson (10-1) Valor Christian (9-4) Cheyenne Mountain (9-3) Thompson Valley (8-3) Vail Mountain (9-1) Golden (10-4) Conifer (8-3) Air Academy (6-4) Aspen (7-3) Ponderosa (7-8) [...]
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Texas policy allowing transgender wrestler Mack Beggs to take testosterone upheld
AUSTIN, Texas — A judge has upheld a Texas policy that required a transgender boy taking testosterone to compete in the girls’ wrestling tournament, where he won a state title. A doctor administered the testosterone as part of Mack Beggs’ gender transition. The Dallas Morning News reports that a Travis County judge dismissed an attorney’s lawsuit that sought to bar the Euless Trinity wrestler from competing. The University Interscholastic League, which creates rules for school athletics in Texas, generally bars players from taking testosterone. But it made an exception for Beggs. The organization also compels athletes to compete as the gender specified on their birth certificates. That meant Beggs had to compete in girls’ events. Beggs has said he would compete against boys if allowed. Attorney Jim Baudhuin alleged Beggs had an unfair strength advantage. Baudhuin hasn’t decided whether to appeal. [...]
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Post Preps Podcast: Cherokee Trail’s Chris Faust talks Cougars and more teams to watch down the stretch
In this week’s edition of the Post Preps Podcast, Denver Post preps editor Kyle Newman travels to Aurora to sit down with Cherokee Trail track coach Chris Faust to discuss the Cougars’ prospects for the rest of the spring on the boys and girls side. Topics include the Cougars’ well-rounded coaching staff, girls standouts Sydnee Larkin and Taylor Watson, boys stars KJ Sapp and Kellen Monestime, analysis of other top Class 5A programs to watch out for and much more. [...]
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