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.
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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.
Below are the winners of the 2017 Colorado high school state track and field championships. For full results, click here.
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.
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.
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.
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5A: Cherokee Trail, 47.63; 4A: Cheyenne Mountain, 49.10; Denver Lutheran, 49.21; 2A: Meeker, 51.34; 1A: DeBeque, 52.49.
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.
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.
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.
5A: Mia Manson, Monarch, 12-6; 3A: Erika Williams, Classical Academy, 12-5.
5A: Audra Koopman, Fort Collins, 19-0 ½; 2A: Briana Van Vleet, Paonia, 17-8 ¾; 1A: Emily Kaiser, Prairie, 15-10 ¾.
4A: Alexis Carroll, Niwot, 37-2 ¼; 3A: Kylie Chavez, Sterling, 36-11 ½.
4A: Rylee Anderson, Silver Creek, 5-8; 2A: Katie Kurz, Dayspring Christian, 5-5; 1A: Jerraldawn Rector, Simla, 5-2.
4A: Shaelynn Williams, Mesa Ridge, 40-10; 2A: Ellie Berry, Burlington, 40-11 ¾; 1A: Heather Graham, Genoa-Hugo, 40-5.
5A: Gabi McDonald, Rocky Mountain, 154-03; 3A: Tarynn SIeg, Eaton, 143-04; 2A: Ellie Berry, Burlington, 133-05.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5A: Fountain-Fort Carson, 42.03; 4A: Vista Ridge, 42.16; 2A: Wiggins, 44.14; 1A: Simla, 45.44.
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.
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(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 [...]
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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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. [...]
The Class 5A and Class 4A high school baseball state tournaments begin this Friday and Saturday at four ballfields across the metro area.
Friday’s 5A schedule — Cherry Creek vs. Legacy 10 a.m. and Rocky Mountain vs. Rock Canyon 12:30 p.m., All-City Stadium: Legend vs. Broomfield 10 a.m., Mountain Vista vs. Dakota Ridge 12:30 p.m., Metro State.
Friday’s 4A schedule — Evergreen vs. Air Academy 10 a.m. and Thompson Valley vs. Golden 12:30 p.m., All-Star Park; Thomas Jefferson vs. Silver Creek 10 a.m. and Valor Christian vs. Pueblo West 12:30 p.m., Machebeuf.
Denver Post preps editor Kyle Newman previews each tournament on this week’s episode of Post Preps TV. [...]
In nearly half a century of coaching high school track and field in Colorado, Mullen’s John Hancock has seen plenty of talented female sprinters.
None, however, may be as good as Denver East’s Arria Minor, who burst onto the scene at Hancock’s own event, the 2016 Mullen Invitational. It was there, in Minor’s first varsity meet, that the phenom posted the nation’s best times for a freshman in the 100, 200 and 400 meters.
Minor had arrived, and the host coach — as well as everyone in attendance that day — knew it.
“From that first meet, you could tell she has a great speed element and a high (maximal oxygen consumption),” Hancock said. “You can improve on speed endurance, but you can’t improve on (maximal oxygen consumption), just like you can’t improve upon fast-twitch muscle fiber, which defines good sprinters from great sprinters. She has both of those.”
The 5-foot-8 Minor went on to establish herself as the state’s fastest girl a year ago when she won the 100-, 200- and 400-meter Class 5A titles.
She’s a heavy favorite in those events again this Thursday through Saturday at the state meet at Jefferson County Stadium. She’s ranked nationally among sophomores in the 100 (9th at 11.54 seconds), 200 (8th at 23.51) and 400 (17th at 54.02) and anchors the 4×100 relay, making the Angels front-runners in that event, too.
She’s the type of once-in-a-generation talent who has Hancock — and other local running junkies — believing the 16-year-old’s stated goal of making the 2020 U.S. Olympic team is within reach.
“In all the years I’ve been coaching, there’s been some great talent, including a lot of girls who were national junior sprint champions in the 100 or the 200,” Hancock said. “At this point in time, with what Minor’s running, she’s on par with those girls if she continues to make progress. I think she has the ability to be the best to ever come out of this state, but only time will tell.”
John Leyba, The Denver PostEast phenom sprinter Arria Minor takes a break before her 100m dash on May 11, 2017 in Denver at South High School in the DPS League Meet.John Leyba, The Denver PostEast phenom sprinter Arria Minor sprints to the finish in her first place win in the 100m dash on May 11, 2017 in Denver at South High School in the DPS League Meet.John Leyba, The Denver PostEast phenom sprinter Arria Minor gathers her thoughts before competing on May 11, 2017 in Denver at South High School in the DPS League Meet.John Leyba, The Denver PostEast phenom sprinter Arria Minor in the lead down the backside of the track during the 400 meter dash on May 11, 2017 in Denver at South High School in the DPS League Meet. Minor finished in first.John Leyba, The Denver PostEast phenom sprinter Arria Minor warms up before her events on May 11, 2017 in Denver at South High School in the DPS League Meet.John Leyba, The Denver PostEast phenom sprinter Arria Minor carries her shoes to cool down after her first place finish in the 100 meter dash on May 11, 2017 in Denver at South High School in the DPS League Meet.John Leyba, The Denver PostEast phenom sprinter Arria Minor turns the corner during the 400 meter dash on May 11, 2017 in Denver at South High School in the DPS League Meet. Minor finished in first.John Leyba, The Denver PostEast phenom sprinter Arria Minor sprints around turn three in the 200 meter dash on May 11, 2017 in Denver at South High School in the DPS League Meet. John Leyba, The Denver PostEast phenom sprinter Arria Minor sprints around turn four in the 200 meter dash on May 11, 2017 in Denver at South High School in the DPS League Meet. Minor took first in the event.Show Caption of Expand
Roots of a running phenom
Minor realizes that the hype surrounding her future is dependent upon her continued commitment to the present.
“My main goal is to keep progressing, and not just be someone who runs crazy times freshman and sophomore years and then levels off,” Minor said. “Even if it’s just shaving off tenths of a second every year, that progress is important. That’s what will get me to that Olympic dream.”
And though Denver can now claim Minor as its own, her greatness is rooted in Chicago, where she was born and first fell in love with track when she was 8.
“She started out in soccer, and we kept getting comments about how fast she could get up and down the field,” Arria’s mother, Jeannine Minor, said. “We didn’t pay too much attention to it, but when we put her in track, it was clear she instantly had a passion for it and just a natural love for running.”
Minor’s time with the nationally renowned Aurora (Illinois) Flyers Track Club provided the foundation for the sprinter to thrive when she moved to Colorado in the middle of the eig [...]
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No. 11 Legacy (15-2) at No. 3 Mountain Vista (14-2-1), 1 p.m. Shea Stadium: Senior striker Katie Joella’s 14 goals pace a Mountain Vista side that’s hungry to get back to the championship match after a runner-up finish last season, while Legacy junior striker Gracie Armstrong’s 25 goals and 15 assists means Golden Eagles coach Theresa Echtermeyer is surely drawing up a game plan to limit the Lightning star.
No. 20 Cherokee Trail (9-6-2) at No. 12 Arapahoe (13-4), 4:30 p.m., Littleton Public Schools Stadium: Cherokee Trail dropped four of five matches during the middle of the season but saved its best play for the tournament, and strikers Rebekah Burton and Delaney McLelland take on a familiar Centennial League foe that has a young but athletic keeper in sophomore Grace Cadorette.
No. 7 Regis Jesuit (12-2-3) at No. 2 Grandview (13-3-1), 5 p.m., Stutler Bowl: Two-time defending state champion Grandview fell 1-0 to the Raiders in the season opener March 13, and defense again will be key between two well-coached sides that know how to keep possession and limit the opposition’s offensive chances.
No. 16 Fairview (13-4) at No. 6 Broomfield (14-2-1), 6 p.m., Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium: Fairview is coming off the most stunning upset of the tournament so far with its second-round toppling of No. 1 Cherry Creek in a 5-4 shootout, while coach Jim Davidson and Broomfield look for a repeat of a 2-0 victory over the Knights in Front Range League action April 18.
No. 5 The Classical Academy (15-1) at No. 4 D’Evelyn (13-3-1), 5 p.m. Lakewood Memorial Field: Coach Blake Galvin and The Classical Academy’s lone loss this season was to No. 1 Valor Christian, as the Titans’ balanced offense with four scorers with a dozen goals or more goes against a Jeffco League-tested D’Evelyn side headlined by sophomore striker Laryssa Hamblen.
No. 6 Windsor (16-1) at No. 3 Lewis-Palmer (15-2), 5 p.m., Don Breese Stadium: The force from up north meets the powerhouse from down south as sophomore striker Abby Gearhart and Windsor travel to face senior striker Brianna Alger and defending champion Lewis-Palmer.
No. 8 Mullen (12-5) at No. 1 Valor Christian (15-1), 7 p.m., Valor Stadium: The upstart Mustangs played a tough Centennial League schedule and feature junior Kaitlyn Harry in net, while last year’s runner-up, Valor Christian, cruised to its first Jeffco League title in program history and did not lose to a 4A team all season.
No. 7 Evergreen (11-6) at No. 2 Wheat Ridge (15-2), 7 p.m., Lakewood Memorial Field: Senior captain Sofia Weiner will need to find the net and provide crucial leadership in order to lead Evergreen to a victory over coach Dan Watkins and a deep Wheat Ridge team that defeated the Cougars 2-1 on April 13 in Jeffco League play. [...]
George Washington’s basketball players inked their official college commitments on Monday morning, a spring signing class whose opportunities to play at the next level are indicative of the continued resurgence of the boys and girls hoops programs.
On the boys side, guards Jervay Greeen and Shaheem Speer are both headed to Western Nebraska Community College (Scottsbluff, Neb.), while guard Calvin Fugett is headed to play at Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyo.
The Patriots were the 2017 Class 5A runner-up, losing the Eaglecrest in the title game. They turned in one of the best seasons in recent memory for George Washington with a 25-3 record and Denver Prep League championship.
Green led George Washington with 19.7 points per game in addition to averaging over three steals. Fugett ran the point and put up 14.9 points in addition to a team-leading 5.9 assists, while Speer provided the team with defensive intensity and an often-overlooked offensive threat.
On the girls side, guards Davenport Brantley (Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri) and Mekhi Peoples (Dawson Community College, Glendive, Mont.) officially signed Monday after leading the Lady Patriots to a 20-4 record and Class 4A Sweet 16 appearance.
Brantley led George Washington with 16.1 points per game, while Peoples averaged 8.9 points and 9.2 rebounds.
Senior swimmer Jordan Oss (College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio) also signed on Monday. [...]
At the CHSAA track and field state meet this Thursday through Saturday at Jeffco Stadium, two teams will be at the forefront of the race for the Class 5A boys team championship.
But the favorites — Fountain-Fort Carson and Monarch — are nothing alike.
The two schools are more than 100 miles apart in actual distance — as well as in comparative analysis — for with strengths as contradictory as their histories, they’ll hardly compete head-to-head for crucial points in the final heats, throws and jumps of the weekend.
Fountain-Fort Carson is ranked third in state history with 17 total boys track championships, and the Trojans are the favorites once again this spring with an array of elite sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers.
“We’re going to have to make the fewest mistakes possible to make sure we get into the finals in the events we’re supposed to,” Fountain-Fort Carson coach Ben Montoya said. “And because we’re completely different from Monarch, we have to capitalize on a lot of the sprinting events where we tend to dominate.”
Meanwhile, Monarch, a front runner to outmaneuver the Trojans, is pressing for the program’s first state title thanks to a litany of talented throwers, vaulters and runners heavy on slow-twitch muscle fibers.
“We’re deep on the distance side — we should qualify four in the 800, four in the 1600, and three or four in the 3200, and we also have the state’s best time in 4×800 relay,” Monarch coach Kent Rieder said. “But we have to perform at our very best to have a shot, and other teams have to perform well, too, in order to take points away from Fountain-Fort Carson.”
Those other top teams — such as defending champion Pomona, plus Cherokee Trail, Denver East and Mountain Vista — will play a critical role in providing the competition for the two top competitors.
It’ll be Fountain-Fort Carson speed-demons Donovan Williams, Jalen Lyon and Jason Farrell opposite of Monarch harriers Isaac Green, Charlie Perry, Zach Litoff and Will Dixon. It’ll be the Trojans’ Jequan Hogan (high jump, triple jump, long jump, high hurdles) serving as the antithesis to the Coyotes’ Nico Heineke Magri in shot put and Max Manson and Cole Rowan on pole vault.
In that way, the two front runners are battling something greater than each other. They’re facing the challenge of achieving their own potential, which is sky-high for both teams as they’re on separate collision courses toward the top of the Sunday scoreboard.
And if each team’s top athlete is any indication of how the overall team race will go, fans could be in for a championship duel that comes down to the wire.
Williams has the state’s best times in the 100- (10.61) and 200-meter (21.51) as he seeks his first individual titles, while University of Washington-bound Green, who won the 1600 championship as a sophomore, is primed to add to his legacy with the state’s best times in the 800 (1:53.97) and 1600 (4:16.37).
May the best track team win. [...]
In this week’s edition of the Post Preps Podcast, Denver Post preps editor Kyle Newman travels to S. 8th Avenue to talk to Brighton baseball coach Ray Garza.
Topics include the Bulldogs’ postseason prospects, senior star Liam Eddy and more key contributors, other top Class 5A teams to watch for during Saturday’s district tournaments and more. [...]
The state’s two most storied programs added to their already-packed trophy cases Saturday in the large-school classifications at the 2017 CHSAA girls tennis state tournament, as Cherry Creek captured the Class 5A title while Cheyenne Mountain won the 4A crown.
It’s the 34th overall title for the Bruins, who played their way back to the top at Gates Tennis Center after having their 19-year championship streak snapped by Fairview last season. Meanwhile, the Indians won their ninth straight title and 22nd overall in another dominant performance from Pueblo.
And in the inaugural Class 3A state tournament in Greeley, D’Evelyn captured the program’s first state championship by edging Dawson and Colorado Academy, both of which finished tied for second. No. 4 doubles tandem Charity Perks and Keri Jennings sealed the win with their three-set win in the final match of the tournament.
In singles play, Poudre junior Ky Ecton — last season’s runner-up — won at No. 1 in 5A with a 7-6 (13-11), 4-6, 6-4 victory over Smoky Hill’s Anshika Singh.
Kent Denver’s Josie Schaffer dominated her bracket to win the 4A No. 1 title with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Mavis Edwards in the final. And at No. 1 in 3A, Colorado Academy freshman Sammy Moore-Thomson cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Steamboat Spring’s Mae Thorp.
And in doubles play, Mountain Vista’s Ashlen Grote and Amanda Pruitt won 5A No. 1s, Cheyenne Mountain’s Casey Ahrendsen and Ally Arenson won 4A No. 1s, and Eaton’s Courtney Leafgren and Shelby Naill won 3A No. 1s. [...]