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Colorado Prep Football Preview: Top Week 2 games to watch
Denver Post preps editor Kyle Newman breaks down the big games to watch in Week 2 of the 2017 Colorado high school football season. Boulder (1-0) at Fairview (1-0), Friday 5 p.m., Recht Field: Boulder is coming off a dramatic last-second victory over 4A powerhouse Denver South in Week 1 as second-year coach Vincent Smith and the Panthers have already equaled last season’s win total. They have a tall task ahead in breaking the decade-long losing streak to city rival Fairview, however, as sophomore quarterback Aidan Atkinson and senior running back Mariano Kemp headline a potent offense that hung 38 points on Horizon in the Knights’ season-opening victory. Related ArticlesSeptember 7, 2017 Watch: Arapahoe versus Heritage in Class 5A football on the Post Preps TV Game of the Week September 6, 2017 Listen: Post Preps Radio game of the week, Denver East at Cherokee Trail in Class 5A football September 6, 2017 Poudre football defined by depth as Impalas chase first winning campaign since 2008 September 5, 2017 Prep Power Rankings: Week of Friday, Sept. 8 September 5, 2017 Highlands Ranch football coach Mark Robinson resigned after moving player’s car off-campus during K-9 sniff Arapahoe (0-1) at Heritage (0-1), Friday 7 p.m., LPS Stadium: The battle for the Brookridge Trophy returns as these crosstown Littleton rivals meet with both teams needing to get their young seasons back on track. Arapahoe was upset by Rock Canyon in decisive fashion last week and coach Mike Campbell knows his team must come out with more toughness against Heritage, which fell to Rampart in Week 1 but boasts a pair of play-making backs in seniors Tyler Zoesch and Josh Martin. This game will be broadcast live via Post Preps TV. Grandview (1-0) at Legacy (1-0), Friday 7 p.m., North Stadium: Stout defense carried No. 7 Grandview to a win over district rival Chaparral last week, as the Wolves forced five turnovers and allowed just one touchdown while senior quarterback Kyle Smith guided the offense. Coach John Schultz no doubt hopes to bring that same intensity against coach Wayne Voorhees and Legacy, which topped rival Broomfield to open the fall behind four total touchdowns from senior quarterback Alec Lewis. Pine Creek (1-0) at Windsor (1-0), Friday 7 p.m., H.J. Dudley Field: The last two 4A state champions meet in an early season slugfest that will inevitably be decided by who controls the trenches. Defending champion and top-ranked Pine Creek racked up 231 yards rushing in the team’s Week 1 win over 5A ThunderRidge — sophomore running back David Moore III accounted for 155 of those. The Eagles face a seasoned defensive front for the No. 5 Wizards that features junior defensive lineman Avery Westphal and senior linebacker Nathan Cole. Mullen (0-2) at Regis Jesuit (1-0), Friday 7 p.m., Lou Kellogg Stadium: No. 10 Mullen is reeling after blowout losses to No. 2 Pomona and No. 1 Valor Christian to open the season, and coach Tom Thenell’s squad gets no reprieve in a rivalry game against the third-ranked Raiders, who have the wind at their backs following their Week 1 upset of No. 1 Cherry Creek. Regis Jesuit looks to pick up where it left off in the second half last week, as the Raiders’ offensive line proved it can take over a game in order to allow junior Kiahn Martinez and senior DJ Jackson to run free. [...]
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Watch: Arapahoe vs. Heritage in Class 5A football on the Post Preps TV Game of the Week
Arapahoe and Heritage meet on Friday at 7 p.m. at Littleton Public Schools Stadium in the longtime rivalry’s latest battle for the Brookridge Trophy. The game will be streamed live in HD, as well as archived afterward on The Denver Post site. Cory Lopez and Dee White have the call starting at 6:50 p.m.; you can also tune into the game and our Post Preps Gameday show featuring preview analysis and player interviews at 10:30 a.m. on Friday via our Facebook page. The Warriors (0-1) currently possess the trophy, having won 17-3 over the Eagles (0-1) last season. See the full Post Preps TV schedule here. 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. [...]
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Poudre football defined by depth as Impalas chase first winning campaign since 2008
Poudre head football coach Marty McVicker believes his team is capable of much more than simply turning in a winning record this season, something the Impalas haven’t done since 2008. Poudre has its eyes set on November — and a postseason performance similar to that of its 2008 team, which also recorded the program’s last playoff victory en route to a Class 5A semifinal appearance. “The potential for this season is so much more than a winning record, and that’s what I’m most excited about,” McVicker said. “We want to get to Valor Christian (on Oct. 27) at 8-0, and play them for the Mount Lincoln Conference title down in Highlands Ranch. And then we expect to be in the playoffs this year, making some noise.” Buoying the Impalas’ confidence is a 2-0 start in which they’ve dismantled a pair of Douglas County School District opponents, Douglas County and Mountain Vista, as well as depth to the tune of 25 seniors — a group of guys who went undefeated as freshmen in 2014 and are by far the biggest senior class McVicker’s had in his four years as Poudre’s head coach. “Since my freshman year, our main guys have always gone two ways and you could see us getting tired at the end of games,” noted senior running back JT Erickson. “But we finally have depth this year, and that’s huge. That’s what is going to keep us competitive in the game against Valor and other good teams we’ll hopefully see in the playoffs.” But even though the game against Valor Christian is circled in red on Poudre’s schedule, the Impalas are being careful not to get ahead of themselves as they continue to build their confidence — and their program back up — via the grinding details in practice during September and October. “Our goal for right now is to beat Fort Collins this week,” senior quarterback Troy McFadden said. “But we also know that every game leading up to that moment against Valor is preparing us for the mindset of them being just another opponent — they’re 17-, 18-year olds just like us. Why don’t we have a shot in that game, and beyond?” Related ArticlesSeptember 6, 2017 Listen: Post Preps Radio game of the week, Denver East at Cherokee Trail in Class 5A football September 5, 2017 Prep Power Rankings: Week of Friday, Sept. 8 September 5, 2017 Highlands Ranch football coach Mark Robinson resigned after moving player’s car off-campus during K-9 sniff September 2, 2017 Prep football rundown: How 5A, 4A ranked teams fared in Week 1 action September 2, 2017 Beth Buglione makes history, coaches first game for Nederland The Impalas’ league and playoff chances will continue to run through McFadden, Erickson and an offensive line that returned four starters from 2016. “I give all props to my offensive line, because we’ve been together for so long — my left guard’s been blocking for me since third grade rec league, and the rest of them besides the center have been up front for me since seventh grade,” said Erickson, who has seven rushing scores this fall. “I’d do anything for those guys and I can’t do anything without them.” Additionally, senior wideout/corner Zach Leal, sophomore blocking back Tate Satterfield, junior wideout/defensive back Josiah Stribling, senior wideout/defensive back Kian Rackza and senior defensive end Bryce Ramler are all key contributors as the Impalas look to make another statement against a city rival on Thursday night at French Field. “People may not know yet, but we’re for real this year,” McFadden said. “We’re to be taken seriously every time we put our pads on.” [...]
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Listen: Post Preps Radio game of the week, Denver East at Cherokee Trail in Class 5A football
Denver East travels to Aurora to take on Cherokee Trail on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Class 5A football action at Legacy Stadium. The Angels (0-1) lost 26-6 to Overland to open the season last Thursday, while the Cougars (0-1) also fell in their Week 1 debut, 36-15 to Highlands Ranch. Kyle Newman and Nick Vinson have the call starting at 6:50 p.m. See the full Post Preps Radio schedule here. [...]
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Prep Power Rankings: Week of Friday, Sept. 8
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, Sept. 8: 5A FOOTBALL Valor Christian (2-0) Pomona (1-0) Regis Jesuit (1-0) Cherry Creek (0-1) Eaglecrest (1-0) Highlands Ranch (2-0) Grandview (1-0) Columbine (2-0) Doherty (1-0) Mullen (0-2) 4A FOOTBALL Pine Creek (1-0) Ponderosa (1-0) Broomfield (0-1) Chatfield (0-1) Windsor (1-0) Monarch (1-0) Fruita Monument (2-0) Pueblo South (2-0) Vista Ridge (0-1) Rampart (2-0) 5A VOLLEYBALL Fossil Ridge (2-0) Rock Canyon (5-1) Chatfield (3-0) Mountain Vista (2-0) Cherry Creek (1-1) Castle View (4-1) Fort Collins (3-1) Chaparral (2-3) Highlands Ranch (6-0) Denver East (2-0) 4A VOLLEYBALL Lewis-Palmer (1-0) Pueblo West (0-0) Holy Family (4-2) Cheyenne Mountain (0-0) Valor Christian (1-1) Niwot (0-0) Thomas Jefferson (4-2) Mullen (4-2) Silver Creek (1-0) Ponderosa (3-4) 5A BOYS SOCCER Boulder (4-0) Denver East (3-0) Broomfield (2-1) Fossil Ridge (0-0) Fairview (2-1) Fort Collins (3-0) Hinkley (2-0) Cherry Creek (1-1) Arapahoe (2-0) Far Northeast (2-0-1) 4A BOYS SOCCER Air Academy (1-0) The Classical Academy (2-1) Cheyenne Mountain (1-2) Durango (2-0) Battle Mountain (2-1) Valor Christian (0-2) D’Evelyn (2-1) Niwot (3-0) Windsor (4-0) Montrose (2-0) 5A SOFTBALL Eaglecrest (7-1) Fossil Ridge (6-0) Legacy (7-0) Legend (3-5) Cherokee Trail (5-3) Mountain Vista (4-0) Fort Collins (4-2) Cherry Creek (2-2) Broomfield (4-3) ThunderRidge (6-2) 4A SOFTBALL Valor Christian (6-0) Silver Creek (4-3-1) Mullen (4-3) Pueblo West (4-2) Discovery Canyon (4-1-1) Pueblo South (7-0) Erie (5-4) Wheat Ridge (4-5) Air Academy (3-4) Mountain View (4-0-1) [...]
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No. 5 Regis Jesuit rides early wave of momentum to upset of No. 1 Cherry Creek in Class 5A football
GREENWOOD VILLAGE — By the time the Regis Jesuit offense first took the field Friday night, the Raiders had a 12-0 lead thanks to a scoop-and-score by senior defensive end AJ Smallwood on a mishandled Cherry Creek punt and then a pick-six by senior corner Patrick Roe on the subsequent Bruins possession. It was an early advantage the No. 5 Raiders never relinquished, riding tough defense the rest of the way to a 25-20 victory over No. 1 Cherry Creek in each team’s much-hyped season opener at the Stutler Bowl. “The momentum shifted back and forth in the game, and our defense made a couple huge plays throughout the night that kept us in front until we were able to find our rhythm offensively,” Regis Jesuit coach Danny Filleman said. “That’s really what got us the win.” The Bruins didn’t get on the board until junior Mac Willis’ 23-yard field goal late in the second quarter cut the Raiders’ lead to 12-3 in a first half in which neither team’s offense found the end zone. The Raiders then struck first in the second half via a Kiahn Martinez 3-yard touchdown run that extended Regis Jesuit’s lead to 19-3. But Cherry Creek fought back. Junior quarterback Alex Padilla found junior wideout Marcus Miller for an 18-yard touchdown strike late in the first quarter, and the subsequent two-point conversion cut the Regis Jesuit lead to 19-11. Another field goal by Willis with 8:20 to play in the fourth quarter made it 19-14, and the momentum in the stadium had decidedly shifted toward the home team. But Martinez — who stepped up into the primary tailback role after senior DJ Jackson left the game in the first half because of an injury — and the Regis Jesuit offensive line controlled the clock down the game’s final stretch, limiting Cherry Creek’s offensive opportunities and never yielding the big plays the Bruins needed to complete the comeback. “We hung in there, but had three turnovers and fumbled the ball away inside the 20-yard line in the first half,” Cherry Creek coach Dave Logan said. “You just can’t make early mistakes like that against a good team, and they’re plenty good — they’re not going to lose many games this year.” The Raiders were able to finally put the game out of reach thanks to a grinding 11-play, 80-yard drive that ate up over seven minutes of clock and was punctuated by another Martinez touchdown run with just over a minute to play. “It was the first time starting for several of those guys on our line, so all game we were coaching them up and making adjustments on the sideline,” Filleman said. “That made that last drive even more of a gritty drive for these kids, because we came up with a long one when we needed it most.” Regis Jesuit (1-0) is in action next Friday at home against No. 4 Mullen, while Cherry Creek (0-1) hosts Doherty that same night. [...]
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Beth Buglione makes history, coaches first game for Nederland
NEDERLAND — When the ball left the Recht Field turf on the opening kickoff Friday night, Nederland’s Beth Buglione made history as the first female head football coach in the state of Colorado. Though her Panthers suited up just nine players for the eight-man contest and lost 44-13 to the Justice Phoenix, and while Buglione preferred that the attention be focused on her players’ season-opening effort, the first-year coach couldn’t escape the gravity surrounding the historic moment. “It’s a historic first and it’s also my first time as a head coach, period,” Buglione said. “That moment wasn’t lost on me. Right as the ball was getting kicked, my assistant coach goes, ‘OK, coach. That’s history right there. I’m just so grateful to be in this position and to be able to work with these amazing kids. Right now, my heart is just more grateful than anything. Related ArticlesAugust 27, 2017 Nederland’s Beth Buglione, Colorado’s 1st female head prep football coach, ready to wade through adversity July 3, 2017 Nederland hires Beth Buglione as first female head football coach in Colorado history “I challenge any team in the country to do what these kids did tonight, playing ironman football. They didn’t complain. I had a few kids who got nicked up but they stayed in there and gutted it out and I’m super proud of them for that.” The Panthers (0-2) were forced to forfeit their first game of the season because they did not have enough players who had completed the requisite number of practices to be eligible for competition. With just enough teammates to take the field against the Phoenix (1-0) on Friday, junior Taylor Hoffman took it upon himself to keep his team in the game as long as he could. Get more on Beth Buglione’s first game at Nederland High School at bocopreps.com. [...]
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Prep football rundown: How 5A, 4A ranked teams fared in Week 1 action
(Kira Vos/BoCoPreps.com)Legacy defeated Broomfield in a Week 1 cross-classification city rivalry on Friday night. Here’s how the teams in the latest Post Preps Power Rankings fared in Week 1 action. The next set of Power Rankings come out on Monday afternoon. Class 5A No. 1 Cherry Creek (0-1) lost to No. 5 Regis Jesuit (1-0) 25-20 despite a strong overall performance from its defense. No. 2 Valor Christian (2-0) beat No. 4 Mullen (0-2) 35-7 behind three Luke McCaffrey touchdowns, two by ground and one by air. No. 3 Pomona (1-0) had a bye. No. 4 Mullen (0-2) lost to No. 2 Valor Christian (2-0) 35-7 after failing to score following a go-ahead first-quarter touchdown. No. 5 Regis Jesuit (1-0) beat No. 1 Cherry Creek (0-1) 25-20 after opening the game with special teams and defensive scores. No. 6 Eaglecrest (1-0) beat Smoky Hill (0-1) 49-7 thanks to multiple touchdowns from Jalen Mergerson, Kenny Wantings and Victor Garnes. No. 7 Highlands Ranch (2-0) beat Cherokee Trail (0-1) 36-15 with a dominant 16-0 fourth-quarter performance. No. 8 Grandview (1-0) beat Chaparral (0-1) 21-7 thanks to solid second-half defense as well as a 14-point fourth quarter. No. 9 Columbine (2-0) beat Rocky Mountain (0-1) 35-13 with two rushing touchdowns from Conner Snow and one from Ted Mullin. No. 10 Arapahoe (0-0) plays Rock Canyon (0-0) on Saturday afternoon. Related ArticlesSeptember 2, 2017 Beth Buglione makes history, coaches first game for Nederland September 1, 2017 No. 5 Regis Jesuit rides early wave of momentum to upset of No. 1 Cherry Creek in Class 5A football September 1, 2017 PHOTOS: Cherry Creek vs. Regis Jesuit in 5A football September 1, 2017 Post Preps TV Gameday: Watch the Cherry Creek vs. Regis Jesuit pregame show from Cherry Creek High School September 1, 2017 Friday Night Lights live blog: Updates from Colorado prep football Week 1 Class 4A No. 1 Pine Creek (0-0) plays at ThunderRidge (0-0) on Saturday night. No. 2 Broomfield (0-1) lost to 5A Legacy (1-0) 35-21 as the Lightning racked up 194 yards and three scores on the ground. No. 3 Chatfield (0-1) had a bye. No. 4 Ponderosa (1-0) beat 5A Legend (0-1) 31-21 in a town of Parker rivalry as Sterling Ostdahl quarterbacked PHS to the victory. No. 5 Windsor (1-0) beat No. 10 Vista Ridge (0-1) 14-3 in a grinding victory in coach Chris Jones’ return following his year off in 2016. No. 6 Monarch (1-0) beat Bear Creek (0-1) 39-13 in a decisive season-opening win for coach Philip Bravo and his Coyotes. No. 7 Heritage (0-0) plays at Rampart (1-0) on Saturday night. No. 8 Denver South (0-1) lost to 5A Boulder (1-0) 27-25 as an 80-yard kickoff return by Patrick Fletcher with 12 seconds left set up the BHS win. No. 9 Fruita Monument (1-0) beat Montrose (1-1) 36-35 with two rushing touchdowns from Braeden Graham as well as quarterback Zach Rush. No. 10 Vista Ridge (0-1) lost to No. 5 Windsor (1-0) 14-3 as Sean Robinson had the lone points for the Wolves, who were held to 65 yards rushing. [...]
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Friday Night Lights live blog: Updates from Colorado prep football Week 1
Live tweets, updates, photos and more from #copreps football 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"));Fact Colorado football fans can't watch state's two biggest colleges play each other without Pac-12 Network or game ticket is an abominationPrimero rockyprep.com/colorado/team/… beat Antonito rockyprep.com/colorado/team/…, 27-15 on Fri Sep 1 # #football #copreps Sampras with 51-yard TD pass on 4th-and-1 gives @HF_Athletics 21-14 lead, 7:10 left in 2nd. #copreps Holy Family bounces back with the 51 yard TD grab.Holy Family 21Palisade 147:10 2Q#copreps Sebo Campbell with the pick-six. Holy Family 14Palisade 149:15 1Q#copreps Montezuma-Cortez High School and the town of #Cortez could learn a thing or two from this article. bit.ly/2vPR6Jt.@palisadebdogs ties game on 67-yard pick six from Sebastian Campbell. Score is 14-14 after pass fails, 8:56 left in 2nd. #copreps Friday Night Lights live blog: Updates from Colorado prep football Week 1 dpo.st/2vz8aYY #copreps Terrance Williams tumbles into end zone on 1-yard TD, pulls @palisadebdogs within 14-8 after Jason Bruce run, 9:30 left in 2nd. #copreps End 1Q Holy Family 14Palisade 0#copreps https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DIrAYmNUEAASKsV.jpgGo Cougars @football_cths #WeAreCT @CTHSConnect twitter.com/aurorasports/s…Hayden Strange in the end zone. Lonardo adds the EP. @HFHS_football up 14-0. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DIq_7g6WAAILMx4.jpgHayden Strange from 2 yards out this time. Holy Family 14Palisade 0 43.4 1Q#copreps Hayden Strange scores in 2-yars TD run to put @HF_Athletics up 14-0 on @palisadebdogs with 43 seconds left in 1st. #copreps Games have already begun on this first full Friday of Football - we'll be updating scores here throughout the nightbit.ly/2xvBr32 https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DIq_JgnUEAAvyp_.jpgThe Lady Eagles Softball team defeated Pine Creek today 10-6! @9Preps @CHSAA Rosters for tonight's Nederland-Justice football game. #copreps @BoCoPreps @CHSAA https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DIq4LowUEAAhBIx.jpgSoftball: @DHSAthletics beats @terrorathletics 13-3. @CHSAA @gazettepreps @DanMohrmann chsaanow.com/2017-08-31/new… #copreps via @CHSAA Football: 2017 Eaglecrest football team at a glance w/full season schedule - bit.ly/FBEaglecrestGl… #copreps #aurora https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DIq9OrLUQAAlGyz.jpgI'm covering the @ManitouStangs at @SMHSColorado football game at 7 tonight. Follow me for updates, highlights. @gazettepreps #copreps Softball: @DHSAthletics beats @terrorathletics 13-3. @CHSAA @gazettepreps @DanMohrmann Football: Returning league POYs @vic_g12 & @J_Merg6 lead big returning cast for @raptorathletics - bit.ly/FBEaglecrestGl… #copreps #aurora Holy Family strikes first Peters from one yard out. #copreps Holy Family 7Palisade 06:03 1QPreview of tonight's @GJTIGERFOOTBALL and @wearechsfootbal game. #copreps https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DIq8ai8VYAAYPfF.jpgFootball: Raptors determined to prove last season's 11-1 mark was totally real - bit.ly/FBEaglecrestGl… @raptorathletics #copreps #aurora Volleyball: Sierra Grande sweep Manzanola 25-15, 25-14 and 25-21! @coloradopreps #copreps Football: @raptorathletics aiming even higher in 2017 after excellent 2016 season - bit.ly/FBEaglecrestGl… @Ehsraptorfb #copreps #aurora Kickoff coming up in a minute between @HF_Athletics and @palisadebdogs . Should be a lot of fun! #copreps Sierra Grande rockyprep.com/colorado/team/… beat Weldon Valley rockyprep.com/colorado/team/…, 42-6 on Fri Sep 1 # #football #copreps I'm down covering the #RMShowdown tonight, but @MilesBlumhardt is covering @FCHSLambkins vs. @FossilFootball at 7! #copreps Kickoff coming up in a minute between @HF_Athletics and @palisadebdogs . Should be a lot of fun! #copreps La Veta rockyprep.com/colorado/team/… beat Aguilar rockyprep.com/colorado/team/…, 56-13 on Fri Sep 1 # #football #copreps Cotopaxi rockyprep.com/colorado/team/… beat Mountain Valley rockyprep.com/colorado/team/…, 65-13 on Fri Sep 1 # #football #copreps Rosters for tonight's Nederland-Justice football game. #copreps @BoCoPreps @CHSAA https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DIq4LowUEAAhBIx.jpgKennedy rockyprep.com/colorado/team/… beat George Washington rockyprep.com/colorado/team/…, 42-7 on Thu Aug 31 #boxscore # #football #copreps Volleyball: Sierra Grande now leads Manzanola 2-0 as they win set 2, 25-14 #copreps ICYMI - here are the games we are featuring this Sunday night at 6pm on the award-winni [...]
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Newman: Colorado prep runners owe a debt of gratitude to coach and promoter Alan Versaw
If you know Colorado high school running, you know the name Alan Versaw. The 57-year-old just started his 18th season as The Classical Academy boys and girls cross country coach, where he has won 15 state titles. He also oversees Colorado Track XC, a Mile Split website dedicated to news, analysis and information on Colorado high school track and cross country. In all, Versaw’s resume speaks to the tireless dedication of a guy who didn’t even participate in cross-country in high school — his alma mater Sangre De Cristo did not have a team at that time — yet has spent the better part of the past two decades honing and hyping up harriers at T.C.A. and beyond who “put in so much stinking effort at practice everyday”. And with his founding of Colorado Track XC a decade ago, Versaw took on the task of making sure both prep running sports get adequate coverage that — ahem — the state’s major media outlets simply don’t provide. “It was one of those things where maybe I was a little jealous of the coverage that football and basketball got, and I thought, ‘You know what? We can make this different for track and cross-country here,'” Versaw said. “That was more or less the impetuous for the site — if football and basketball are more page views for The Denver Post and the Colorado Springs Gazette, that’s fine, but I’ll get something going.” Since he started the site, it’s become the premier source for the preps running news. Versaw takes all of the photos and writes nearly all articles himself, a dedication to the state’s track and cross country scene as a whole that’s only matched by his commitment to his own Titans, who are inevitably in the championship discussion every single fall. For the 2017 T.C.A. boys, senior Ryan Moen, senior Canaan Lamberth and sophomore Mason Norman headline, while senior McKenzie Elliott is the leader of the girls team in a program that has peaking down to an exact science. “We need to be patient — I tell my team every year that a lot of the teams that are cause for concern in September aren’t going to be around in October, because, essentially, they’ve spent themselves with their efforts earlier in the season,” Versaw said. “We need to be careful yet work hard at the same time, and that means we’ll probably set aside some opportunities that other teams take advantage of in September.” If his teams can stick to the plan, Versaw said, they’ll be in good shape to pad the program’s legacy at the Class 3A state meet Oct. 28 at the Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. “We haven’t won (a title) since 2012, and that’s been chafing at me a little bit,” Versaw said with a laugh. “But hopefully when late October comes around, if everything goes to plan, we’ll have brought some young runners along who I didn’t even dream would be contributing so we can have something special going again.” [...]
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Watch: Regis Jesuit at Cherry Creek in Class 5A football on the Post Preps TV Game of the Week
No. 1 Cherry Creek hosts No. 5 Regis Jesuit on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Stutler Bowl in the 2017 season opener for both programs. The game will be streamed live in HD, as well as archived afterward on The Denver Post site. Cory Lopez and Dee White have the call starting at 6:50 p.m.; you can also tune into the game and our Post Preps Gameday show featuring preview analysis and player interviews at noon on Friday via our Facebook page. Regis Jesuit won last year’s game, 19-7, thanks to a second-half defensive shutout. See the full Post Preps TV schedule here. 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. Related ArticlesAugust 25, 2017 Sparked by running back Theorius Robison, No. 3 Pomona cruises to Week 0 win over No. 4 Mullen August 25, 2017 Post Preps TV Gameday: Watch the Mullen vs. Pomona pregame show from Pomona High School August 23, 2017 Watch: Post Preps TV game of the week, Mullen at Pomona in Class 5A football August 14, 2017 2017 Post Preps TV Game of the Week Schedule [...]
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After coming up just short of winning Class 5A championship, Broomfield softball hungry to make another run
With one runner on and two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning of last season’s Class 5A softball state title game, Broomfield trailed Cherokee Trail 1-0. Up to the dish stepped senior Linnie Malkin, an Arkansas commit who would go on to be named the 2016 Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year. Malkin took a big hack and just missed her pitch, flying out to the fence to give Cherokee Trail the win. The Eagles’ season — in which they were pegged as the title favorite after running the table to the Front Range League championship — had come to a crushing end. “We learned how hard it is to get to the state championship, and how much work and effort it takes,” 11th-year Broomfield coach Paula Seifried said. “And now, there’s a lot of learning to be done this year in order to get back to that point.” This fall, No. 10 Broomfield is hungry to make a push for the program’s first title once again, albeit sans an eight-player senior class that featured Malkin — whose 35 runs batted in and 11 homers will be tough to replace — as well as the classification’s pitching leader in wins, earned run average and strikeouts in University of Arizona freshman Taylor Gilmore. “We have a lot of underclassmen on the team and even our upperclassmen haven’t gotten a lot of playing time before this,” Seifried said. “But the new starters on this team are excited to be able to showcase what they can do and how they can pull this team together throughout the season with their own, unique identity.” Replacing Gilmore in the circle is a two-player rotation featuring junior Lauren Klein and freshman Kenzi Garner, while senior first baseman Maddison Wagner and senior outfielder Lainey Hughes headline the offense for the Eagles (1-2). Related ArticlesAugust 28, 2017 Weekly Colorado Preps Primer: Games to watch for Aug. 29-Sept. 2 August 25, 2017 Newman: Games, tournaments of note during the 2017 Colorado high school fall sports season August 17, 2017 Q&A: Legacy softball coach Dawn Gaffin talks state title prospects, influence of tradition and more August 9, 2017 Class 4A softball preview: Silver Creek, Valor Christian emerge as obvious preseason title favorites August 8, 2017 Class 5A softball preview: Eaglecrest headlines a top-heavy field filled with potential sleepers But early-season losses to Silver Creek and Ralston Valley already proved there’s a sharp learning curve for Broomfield, which is set to be tested again in the Erie Tournament of Champions this weekend against Oklahoma prep powers Sequoyah and Union. “Playing good teams like that right away gives our new players an idea of what varsity softball at a high level is all about, and it’s a good prequel to us starting our conference schedule,” Seifried said. “We’ll get out all the bugs we have, and learn perseverance and teamwork as well.” And in a season with so many underclassmen in key positions, Seifried emphasized the importance of team chemistry should the Eagles wish to defend their Front Range League titles against the likes of No. 2 Fossil Ridge (Sept. 19), No. 9 Fort Collins (Sept. 26) and No. 5 Legacy (Sept. 28) en route to the state tournament Oct. 21 and 22 at Aurora Sports Park. “The chemistry is already there, which is great,” Seifried said. “It’s just going to be a process for our team to consistently do the little things that make a game go your way, because that’s what made the difference for us down the road to the state tournament last year.” [...]
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Colorado Prep Football Preview: Top Week 1 games to watch
Denver Post preps editor Kyle Newman breaks down the big games to watch in Week 1 of the 2017 Colorado high school football season. Poudre (1-0) at Mountain Vista (0-0), Thursday 7:30 p.m., Shea Stadium: The Impalas are coming off a 48-6 beatdown of Douglas County in Week 0 as senior running back J.T. Erickson and senior quarterback Troy McFadden each racked up three touchdowns in the first half alone. But Poudre faces a much tougher test in the Post Preps Radio Game of the Week, as coach Ric Cash and Mountain Vista are sure to come out hungry after a 30-point win over the Impalas in a shootout last year. No. 4 Mullen (0-1) at No. 2 Valor Christian (1-0), Friday 7 p.m., Valor Stadium: These elite programs are coming off markedly difference Week 0 outcomes. Mullen was trounced by No. 2 Pomona in a game in which the Mustangs’ lone bright spot was the performance of senior running back Alonzo Moon, while Valor Christian pitched a second-half shutout en route to an impressive triumph over Nevada powerhouse Faith Lutheran. Will the talented and experienced Mullen defensive front be able to rebound from last week by containing Valor Christian’s primary weapons in do-everything junior Luke McCaffrey and junior running back Joshia Davis? Nederland (0-1) at Justice (1-0), Friday 7 p.m., Recht Field: In an eight-man football clash, Beth Buglione — who in June was named the first female head coach in Colorado high school football history — coaches her first game for the Panthers, who had to forfeit their season opener due to a lack of eligible players. But Buglione’s intensity should parlay into a focused effort for Nederland, which faces an upstart Justice squad that came up just short of the playoffs last season and is highlighted by junior wideout/linebacker Justin Hunyadi. No. 5 Regis Jesuit (0-0) at No. 1 Cherry Creek (0-0), Friday 7 p.m., Stutler Bowl: Both teams have proven quarterbacks — junior Alex Padilla returns for Cherry Creek after a broken thumb derailed his 2016 season, while 6-5 senior Justin Lamb is back for Regis Jesuit. Both teams boast Division I talent on defense, such as Cherry Creek senior nose guard Gunnar Garcia and Regis Jesuit senior linebacker Tama Tuitele, in the Post Preps TV Game of the Week. Related ArticlesAugust 29, 2017 Watch: Regis Jesuit at Cherry Creek in Class 5A football on the Post Preps TV Game of the Week August 28, 2017 Listen: Post Preps Radio game of the week, Poudre at Mountain Vista in Class 5A football August 27, 2017 Regis Jesuit DE Jake Heimlicher, a former quarterback, had a state-leading 22 sacks last year August 27, 2017 Nederland’s Beth Buglione, Colorado’s 1st female head prep football coach, ready to wade through adversity August 25, 2017 Sparked by running back Theorius Robison, No. 3 Pomona cruises to Week 0 win over No. 4 Mullen 4A No. 2 Broomfield (0-0) at Legacy (0-0), Friday 7 p.m., North Stadium: This city rivalry returns with Legacy having won six of the last nine showdowns, including a grinding 14-9 victory last season. But junior quarterback Steven Croell and the Broomfield offense has been molded through the fire of their run to last season’s title game, and senior linebacker Noah Jenson will anchor the defense against a Lightning team that also returns its quarterback, senior Alec Lewis, as well as an array of experienced skill players. 4A No. 1 Pine Creek (0-0) at ThunderRidge (0-0), Saturday 7 p.m., Shea Stadium: In what is probably the most intriguing cross-classification clash of the week, defending 4A state champion Pine Creek heads to Highlands Ranch to take on ThunderRidge and its new head coach Doug Nisenson, who was hired after Joe Johnson departed for Cherokee Trail. It will be up to junior linebacker Ethan Frasier and senior linebacker Jaret Strasheim, the Grizzlies’ leading tacklers in 2016, to contain Pine Creek’s rushing attack led by sophomore sensation David Moore III. [...]
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