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  • Area schools don’t go far to fill athletic director positions

    Wed, July 23, 2014 by Scott Kaniewski with no comments

    In the past week or so, administrators at Sand Creek and Colorado Springs Christian School chose to stay in house in their choices for athletic directors.

    At Sand Creek, fourth-year football coach Rod Baker will double up as AD. Baker, 50, previously gained experience as an athletic director at Peyton before a 17-year tenure on the sidelines as Palmer football coach from 1993 to 2010.

    “It ended up being something that’s going to work,” Baker said. “It fell into place. I’ve done this before, but I was a lot younger then. Hopefully, my experience will help steer me in the right direction.”

    Jason Rollins, the boys’ and girls’ soccer coach at CSCS, will take his first sojourn into administration as interim athletic director.

    “I’ve been coaching and teaching for 10 years and never saw administration as my track,” Rollins said. “Sometimes, God works in mysterious ways. As far as the interim title goes, they wanted to make sure it’s a good fit for the school and me. We’ll probably re-evaluate that next summer.”

    While Rollins has a little time to get his feet wet before the fall sports season starts in just under a month, Baker inherits some unfinished business. First up: finding coaches for the school’s wildly successful girls’ basketball and girls’ soccer programs.

    Kevin Carmody, The Gazette

  • Football conference realignments

    Wed, July 23, 2014 by Scott Kaniewski with no comments

    Doherty's Matt Bogans intercepted a second-quarter pass before being tackled by Fountain-Fort Carson's Michael Gaines on Oct. 18, 2013. While conference realignment split up some rivalries, Doherty and F-FC remain in the same 5A conference. KEVIN KRECK, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

    Doherty’s Matt Bogans intercepted a second-quarter pass before being tackled by Fountain-Fort Carson’s Michael Gaines on Oct. 18, 2013. While conference realignment split up some rivalries, Doherty and F-FC remain in the same 5A conference. KEVIN KRECK, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

    The high school conferences are officially realigned now that the previous two-year cycle has come to a close. 

    With the prep football season less than a month away, take a look at the new high school football conference realignments. Plenty of teams have shifted around, breaking up old rivalries and setting the table for new ones. 

    Which conference do you think is the most challenging? And which ones are you most looking forward to seeing develop?

    (Local teams are in capital letters.)

    5A

    Centennial

    Cherokee Trail

    Cherry Creek

    Eaglecrest

    Grandview

    Overland

    Valor Christian

      

    Continental North

    Fruita Monument

    Highlands Ranch

    Mountain Vista 

    Regis Jesuit

    Rock Canyon

    ThunderRidge

     

    Continental South

    Chaparral

    Castle View

    DOHERTY

    Douglas County

    FOUNTAIN-FORT CARSON

    Legend

     

    Flatirons

    Boulder 

    Brighton

    Denver East 

    Montbello

    Northglenn

    Prairie View

    Thornton 

    Westminster

     

    Front Range

    Horizon

    Fairview 

    Fossil Ridge

    Legacy

    Monarch

    Mountain Range

    Poudre

    Rocky Mountain

     

    Jeffco

    Arvada West

    Bear Creek

    Chatfield

    Columbine

    Lakewood

    Mullen

    Pomona

    Ralston Valley

     

    South Metro

    Arapahoe

    Gateway

    Grand Junction

    Heritage

    Hinkley

    Rangeview

    Smoky Hill

     

    4A

    Foothills

    FALCON

    MESA RIDGE

    Montrose

    SAND CREEK

    VISTA RIDGE

    WIDEFIELD       

     

    Longs Peak

    Broomfield

    Fort Collins

    Greeley Central

    Mountain View

    Silver Creek

    Skyline

     

    Mountain

    Aurora Central

    Denver South

    George Washington

    Golden

    Standley Lake

    Wheat Ridge

     

    Northern

    Adams City

    Greeley West

    Longmont

    Loveland

    Thompson Valley

    Windsor          

     

    Pikes Peak

    AIR ACADEMY

    Durango

    LIBERTY

    PINE CREEK

    PALMER RIDGE

    RAMPART

     

    Plains

    Dakota Ridge

    Green Mountain

    Kennedy

    Lincoln

    Littleton

    Ponderosa

     

    Southern

    CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN

    CORONADO

    PALMER

    Pueblo Centennial

    Pueblo South

    Pueblo West

     

    3A

    Colorado 7

    Elizabeth

    Englewood

    Fort Lupton 

    Fort Morgan

    Lutheran

    Skyview

    Vista PEAK Prep

    Weld Central

     

    Metro North

    Arvada

    Centaurus

    Conifer

    D’Evelyn

    Evergreen

    Thomas Jefferson

     

    Northern

    Berthoud

    Holy Family

    Erie

    Frederick

    Mead 

    Niwot

    Northridge

    Roosevelt

     

    South Central

    CANON CITY

    DISCOVERY CANYON

    HARRISON 

    LEWIS-PALMER

    MITCHELL

    WOODLAND PARK 

     

    Southern

    THE CLASSICAL ACADEMY 

    Pueblo County 

    Pueblo East

    Pueblo Central

    SIERRA

      

    Western Slope

    Delta 

    Eagle Valley 

    Glenwood Springs 

    Grand Junction Central 

    Palisade

    Rifle

    Steamboat Springs

    Summit

     

     2A

    Colorado

    Alameda

    Bishop Machebeuf

    Denver North

    Denver West 

    Faith Christian

    Kent Denver

    Manual

    Ridge View Academy

     

    Frontier

    The Academy

    Bennett

    Jefferson

    KIPP Denver Collegiate

    Middle Park 

    The Pinnacle

    Sheridan

    Strasburg 

     

    Northwest

    Aspen

    Basalt

    Battle Mountain 

    Coal Ridge 

    Moffat County

    Roaring Fork

     

    Patriot

    Brush

    Eaton

    Platte Valley

    Sterling 

    University 

    Valley

     

    Southwest

    Alamosa

    Bayfield 

    Gunnison        

    Montezuma-Cortez

    Olathe

    Pagosa Springs

     

    Tri-Peaks

    FLORENCE

    Lamar

    La Junta 

    MANITOU SPRINGS

    ST. MARY’S

    Trinidad 

     

    1A

    Metro

    Cornerstone Christian Academy

    Clear Creek

    Denver Christian 

    Estes Park

    Front Range Christian

    Lyons

    Platte Canyon 

    Resurrection Christian

      

    North Central

    Burlington 

    Holyoke

    Highland

    Wiggins 

    Wray

    Yuma

     

    South Central

    Byers 

    CALHAN 

    COLORADO SPRINGS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    Crowley County

    Limon 

    Rocky Ford

     

    Southern Peaks

    Center

    Centauri

    Dolores

    Ignacio

    John Mall

    Monte Vista

     

    Tri-Peaks

    Buena Vista

    Dolores Huerta Prep

    ELLICOTT

    PEYTON

    Rye 

    Salida

     

    Western Slope

    Cedaredge 

    Grand Valley

    Hotchkiss

    Lake County

    Meeker

    Paonia

     

    A-8 (8-man)

    Arkansas Valley

    Granada

    Holly

    Las Animas

    McClave 

    Springfield 

    Wiley

     

    I-25

    Elbert

    Gilpin County

    Justice

    Longmont Christian

    Nederland 

     

    PIKES PEAK CHRISTIAN 

    Rocky Mountain Lutheran

    Vail Christian 

    West Grand

     

    Mountain

    Del Norte

    Dove Creek

    Mancos

    Sanford 

    Sangre de Cristo

    Sargent

    Sierra Grande

     

    Plains

    Akron

    Caliche 

    Dayspring Christian Academy

    Haxtun

    Merino

    Sedgwick County

     

    Southern

    CRIPPLE CREEK-VICTOR

    Custer County

    Hoehne

    Kiowa

    Fowler

    Simla 

    Swink

     

    Western Slope

    Hayden

    Norwood

    Nucla

    Plateau Valley 

    Rangely

    Soroco

     

     A-6 (6-man)

    Central

    CSDB

    Deer Trail

    Genoa-Hugo    

    HANOVER 

    MIAMI-YODER

    South Park

     

    East Central

    Arickaree

    Bethune

    Flagler

    Hi-Plains 

    Idalia

    Otis

    Stratton

     

    North

    Briggsdale 

    Fleming

    North Park

    Pawnee

    Peetz

    Prairie

    Weldon Valley

     

    Southeast

    Cheraw 

    Cheyenne Wells

    Eads

    Kit Carson 

    Manzanola

    Walsh

     

    Southwest

    Aguilar

    Antonito 

    Cotopaxi

    La Veta 

    Mountain Valley

    Primero

  • Five prep football games to catch early in the season

    Mon, July 21, 2014 by Scott Kaniewski with no comments

    Pine Creek players celebrate after winning their first state championship after beating Montrose 49-14 in the 4A title game Nov. 30, 2013, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette)

    Pine Creek players celebrate after winning their first state championship after beating Montrose 49-14 in the 4A title game Nov. 30, 2013, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette)

    It’s Monday, July 21. That means we are exactly one month away from the first games of the 2014 high school football season.

    Yes, Aug. 21 kicks off Week Zero. While we won’t see many teams in action, why not take a quick glance at five early games over the first two weeks that already have us eager for the season to start.

    Official fall practice for football opens Aug. 11, giving some teams just 10 days to get organized before their first game. Ouch!

    Most teams will open the season in Week 1, the weekend of Aug. 28-30, Labor Day Weekend. Here’s five games you wont’ want to miss in the first two weeks of the season.

     

    Aug. 22

    The Classical Academy at Delta, 7 p.m.

    One of the biggest early season matchups you’ll find pits these two 2013 3A semifinalists against one another. 

    TCA ran to a 10-3 season, watching it end shockingly in the semis against eventual champion Coronado when the Cougars stumped the Titans’ two-point conversion with 20 seconds remaining on the clock. 

    Delta, meanwhile, went on a wild ride as a No. 13 seed, reaching the semis before falling to Silver Creek.

    Fountain-Fort Carson vs. Columbine at Jeffco Stadium, 7 p.m.

    The Trojans are looking to rebound from an uncharacteristic 4-6 season. The Trojans had gone a combined 17-5 the previous two seasons. They kick things off against one of the state’s best in Columbine, 5A quarterfinalists last season and state champs in 2011.

    The Trojans had 24 seniors listed out of 51 players on the 2013 roster. Everyone that’s on the 2014 edition of F-FC will get a good test early in Week Zero.

     

    Aug. 29

    Pine Creek at Falcon, 7 p.m.

    These conference rivals are no more. Pine Creek beat Falcon 29-13 in a game that saw the Falcons leading 13-8 at half a year ago. The Eagles went on to win the Class 4A state championship, while Falcon (now in the Foothills League) was eliminated in the first round of the postseason.

    Pine Creek gets a game under its belt with a Week Zero match against Pueblo Centennial, while Falcon will open against the defending champs.

    Canon City vs. Mesa Ridge at C.A. Foster Stadium, 7 p.m.

    Two seasons ago, Mesa Ridge made it all the way to the Class 4A semifinals. Last year, the Grizzlies struggled to a 4-6 record and missed the playoffs. 

    Canon City is a combined 13-8 over the last two seasons. The Tigers move into the 3A South Central League, joining all Pikes Peak region teams while moving down from 4A. These teams were conference rivals the last two seasons, as the two teams split their meetings, Canon City winning last year.

    Faith Christian at Manitou Springs, 7 p.m.

    Faith Christian and Manitou Springs shared two big things in common last season: Both reached at least the semifinals and neither could beat Platte Valley.

    Manitou Springs lost just one game last year, the semifinal against Platte Valley. The Mustangs rode four shutouts on the way to an 11-1 record, falling 13-7 to the Broncos.

    Faith Christian lost to Platte Valley in the championship game, posting a 10-3 record along the way and shutting out five teams. 

    It will be one of several great matchups set to kick off the high school football season.

     

    What games are you most looking forward to in the first few weeks of the prep football season?

  • CHSSCA all-star soccer games flash local flavor

    Tue, June 24, 2014 by Scott Kaniewski with no comments

    On Wednesday, the state’s best soccer players — boys and girls — will get together in an all-star game to let the players shine.

    Those games will both have a significant amount of players trekking north from the Pikes Peak region. 

    The game, at Trailblazer Stadium in Lakewood, has eight coaches managing the four squads. Three of those eight coaches are from Colorado Springs teams.

    Joining them will be 14 girls and seven boys from the Pikes Peak region. 

    Ben Corley (Pine Creek) and Blake Galvin (The Classical Academy) will co-coach the boys’ South team. Tomas Martinez (Cheyenne Mountain) will coach the girls’ South team.

    The girls’ game kicks off at 5 p.m., the boys’ game at 7 p.m.

     

    Colorado High School Soccer Coaches Association prep soccer all-state soccer rosters

    BOYS’

    North team

    Patrick Borer, Holy Family, Senior

    Daniel Brughelli, Green Mountain, Senior

    Griffin Dorsey, Evergreen, Freshman

    Cole Evans, The Kent Denver, Senior

    Nate Flack, D’Evelyn, Senior

    Benjamin Gibble, Broomfield, Senior

    Matthew Hornbecker, Evergreen, Senior

    Jason Kagie, Cherry Creek, Senior

    Porter Milner, Broomfield, Sophomore

    William Murphy, George Washington, Senior

    JJ Myers, Colorado Academy, Senior

    Ben Overholt, Chatfield, Junior

    Jake Smith, Grandview, Senior

    Austin Starr, Dakota Ridge, Senior

    Jack Thomas, Colorado Academy, Senior

    Nicholas Verfaillie, East High School, Senior

    Robert Wright, Colorado Academy, Senior

    Ben Bartelett, Rock Canyon, Senior

    Andrew Griender, Rock Canyon, Junior

    Josh Kracke, Rock Canyon, Senior

    Co-coaches: Gabe Bernstein, Colorado Academy; Sean Henning, Rock Canyon, 

    South team

    Jeremy Baldes, TCA, Freshman

    Nicholas Bannister, Pine Creek, Junior

    Chase Breslaw, Heritage, Junior

    Brendan Clark, Valor Christian, Sophomore

    Sean Cleary, Pine Creek HS, Senior

    Kevin Del Mazo, Smoky Hill, Junior

    Austin Dewing, Air Academy, Junior

    Roberto Diaz, Battle Mountain, Senior

    Mason Douillard, Boulder High, Senior

    John Herd, Cheyenne Mtn., Senior

    Henry Huettel, Boulder High, Senior

    Dalton Lundberg, Heritage, Junior

    David Meyer, Pine Creek, Senior

    Jaydon Moreschini, Pueblo West, Junior

    Brandon Osorio, Battle Mountain, Junior

    Wesley Padgett, Fruita Monument, Senior

    Michael Steffy, Pine Creek, Senior

    Astwin Tavizon, Roosevelt, Junior

    Alex Trujillo, Battle Mountain, Senior

    Kyle Vigil, Mountain Vista, Senior

    Co-coaches: Ben Corley, Pine Creek; Blake Galvin, TCA

     

    GIRLS

    North team

    Madison Batug, Faith Christian, Senior

    Jenn Brundson, Green Mountain, Junior

    Maria Fayeulle, Niwot High School, Senior

    Katie Forsee, Broomfield, Senior

    Emily Garnier, D’Evelyn, Senior

    Lindsay Guerrero, Ralston Valley, Freshman

    Lindsey Hendon, Green Mountain, Senior

    Caroline Jenkins, Faith christian, Senior

    Kelsey Killean, Legacy, Senior

    Kayla Latham, Dakota Ridge, Senior

    Hailey Mazzola, Broomfield, Junior

    Lauren McGovern, George Washington, Senior

    Sarah Miller, Holy Family, Junior

    Erin Morrato, Evergreen, Senior

    Petal Niles, Colorado Academy, Senior

    Renee Roemer, Ralston Valley HS, Junior

    Roma Sandberg, Wheat Ridge, Junior

    Brittney Stark, Broomfield, Senior

    Mandy Weeks, Colorado Academy, Senior

    Alycia Wright, Jefferson Academy, Junior

    Co-coaches: Kamee Morwood, Ralston Valley; Sean Stedeford Colorado Academy

    South team

    Savannah Boarman, Cheyenne Mtn, Senior

    Brooke Braden, Air Academy, Senior

    Hannah Burgo, TCA, Freshman

    Bonnie Buzzetta, TCA, Senior

    Lauren Conley, Arapahoe, Senior

    Mariel Gutierrez, Eagle Valley, Junior

    Summer Halle, Cheyenne Mtn, Senior

    Samantha Howshar, Smoky Hill, Sophomore

    Bailee Jameson, Pueblo West, Senior

    Emily Loof, St. Mary’s, Senior

    Emily Mueller, TCA, Sophomore

    Aleesa Muir, TCA, Sophomore

    Logan Nash, Battle Mountain, Junior

    Hunter Peifer, Cheyenne Mtn., Junior

    Baylie Schmitz, Columbine, Senior

    Breckyn Schmitz, Columbine, Sophomore

    Heather Sherrill, TCA, Senior

    Kaylyn Smith, Palmer Ridge, Senior

    Christina Tafoya, Sand Creek, Senior

    Emily Lambert, Coronado, Senior

    Chelsea McIntosh, Canon City, Senior

    Co-coaches: Tomas Martinez, Cheyenne Mountain; Brian Todd, Columbine

     

  • Woodland Park turns to councilman for boys’ soccer

    Tue, June 24, 2014 by Scott Kaniewski with no comments

    The last several months have been busy ones for Woodland Park city councilman Noel Sawyer. Monday night made an already crowded schedule even busier for the recently elected official.

    Sawyer was hired to take over the Woodland Park boys’ soccer program, following Andrew Pappadakis who stepped down in the spring. Pappadakis coached the boys’ program for nine seasons and is still the girls’ coach.

    Sawyer enters as a neophyte to the prep coaching scene. Sawyer, who has played all his life, has been a player-coach in men’s leagues but has never coached high school student-athletes. He’s hoping that won’t matter.

    “The first thing I’d like to do is change the perception of the town up there and the soccer program,” Sawyer said Tuesday. “There are a lot of great players up here. They’ve been pushed aside, they’re talent hasn’t been brought out.”

    Woodland Park has struggled in recent years to say the least. The Panthers have just one winning season over the last five, going a combined 17-51-4. The Panthers were winless in 2012 with a 0-14-1 record. Their last winning season came in 2010 when they went 7-6-1.

    Sawyer received all-state recognition as a high school player in Ohio in the 1980s. He also played club soccer at the University of Colorado before playing on scholarship at Colorado-Colorado Springs in the early ’90s. 

    “I feel like I can bring that high level to Woodland Park, the skills and knowledge of the game,” said Sawyer, who joined city council three months ago. “I want them to feel like they are coming into a true program that’s going to give them that competitive edge in the future. “I want people to go, ‘We have to play Woodland Park next week, we have to get ready for them.’ That’s what I want to hear. Hopefully, I can bring that to the table.”

    When Sawyer gets to meet his players, he’s hoping to sit down with them and find out what they want and what they expect from him. He wants to help them get college scholarships the way he did.

    “I am looking very forward to being the head coach,” he said. “I can’t wait to meet the kids and meet the parents. I’m very, very excited about this.”

     

  • Doherty baseball, girls’ soccer coaches step down

    Wed, June 11, 2014 by Scott Kaniewski with no comments

    Just a few weeks removed from the end of the spring season, Doherty announced head coaching openings for baseball, girls’ soccer, and girls’  swimming and diving.

    After five seasons as the head of the baseball program, Chris Solarek stepped down.

    Solarek, who coached the Spartans into the Class 5A district tournament this season, finished with a record of 38-62. The Spartans finished 10-10 this season and 12-11 in 2011. In his other three seasons, Solarek went a combined 16-41. The Spartans reached the state tournament in 2011.

    Several three-year lettermen helped lead the team, pushing No. 1 Chatfield to the brink before the Spartans fell in extra innings.

    Lalo Porras and Mitch Gemignani, both all-conference first-teamers, will graduate. But a number of underclassmen with experience will be ready to fill in.

    “None of the three (new coaches) will have to rebuild,” Doherty athletic director Chris Noll said. “They’ll just have to get the young kids ready to go.”

    Solarek is moving to Cocoa Beach, Fla., for work and to be closer to family. 

    Eryn Gallagher, also stepping down to be nearer to family in the Denver area, coached the Spartans to a 9-8 record this season and a surprising run to the quarterfinals, knocking off No. 1 Fossil Ridge in the second round of the 5A playoffs.

    On top of that, the Spartans have two first-team all-CSML players returning in Alex Lanning and Rianna Lockhart and two second-team all-CSML players returning in Gabbi Chapa and Alii Dominguez.

    Gallagher is taking a teaching position at Prairie View.

    “Eryn did a remarkable job with that team this year,” Noll said. “We had some tough, tough losses early in the season. With the way she built the program she built that program all about family.”

    The Spartans are also looking for a girls’ swimming and diving coach. After six seasons, Nicole Hart stepped down.

    “It’s tough to fill a position at any time, doesn’t matter when it is,” Noll said. “I’m confident we’re going to get the right people in place. … all three programs, whoever takes over is taking over good programs.”

    Noll said the Spartans are hoping to fill the positions as soon as possible.  

  • Tillotson lone area representative for Rockies prep all-star game

    Wed, May 28, 2014 by Scott Kaniewski with no comments

    Lewis-Palmer sophomore Paul Tillotson will be making a lonely journey June 8. But a fun one to be sure.

    Tillotson, L-P’s ace on the mound, is the only Pikes Peak region baseball player selected for the Colorado Rockies Annual Futures Game, according to the Denver Post.

    The games (one for seniors and one for underclassmen) will be June 8. The first game is slated to start about 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Rockies’ hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers, which starts at 2:10 p.m.

    Tillotson went 6-1 with a 1.78 earned-run average in 10 appearances. At the plate, Tillotson hit .613 with 23 runs batted in and four home runs.

    The Rockies selected 32 players for the senior game and 38 players for the underclassmen game, according to the roster posted online by the Post.

     

    The rosters (provided by the Denver Post):

    Seniors, with player, position, height, weight, throws/bats, school, graduating class and classification:

    Anderson, Austin; SS; 5-11; 175; R/R; Columbine; 2014; 5A

    Burke, Brock; P; 6-4; 190; L/L; Evergreen; 2014;4A

    Chamberlain, Nick; IF; 6-1; 165; R/R; Chatfield; 2014; 5A

    Clarke, Jeff; 1B-3B; 6-1; 190; R/R; Fairview; 2014; 5A

    Draper, Noah; P; 6-2; 180; R/R; Mountain Range; 2014; 5A

    Dunker, Chase; P; 5-10; 150; L/L; Sedgewick County; 2014; 2A

    Eaton, Keenan; OF; 6-1; 200; R/R; Chaparral; 2014; 5A

    Farrell, Grant; OF; 6-3; 180; R/R; Cherry Creek; 2014; 5A

    Frazier, Cameron; OF; 5’11; 175; R/R; Fairview; 2014; 5A

    George, Max; 2B; 5-9; 180; R/R; Regis Jesuit; 2014; 5A

    Gerlach, Hayden; 3B-1B; 6-4; 240; R/R; Valor Christian; 2014; 4A

    Gilbreath, Lucas; P; 6-1; 175; L/L; Legacy; 2014; 5A

    Granberg, Devlin; OF-1B; 6-2; 180; R/R; Holy Family; 2014; 3A

    Holloway, Jordan; P; 6-4; 194; R/R; Ralston Valley; 2014; 5A

    Jones, A.J.; P; 6-1; 175; R/R; Thunderidge; 2014; 5A

    Kokora, Ryan; 6-3; 185; R/R; Fairview; 2014; 5A

    Leonard, Nick; P; 6-2; 185; R/R; Mountain Vista; 2014; 5A

    Loptien, Tyler; P; 5-11; 165; R/R; Thunderidge; 2014; 5A

    Mulvaney, Justin; OF-P; 6-0; 170; R/R; Arvada West; 2014; 5A

    Nelson, Jake; P; 5-11; 140; L/L; Eaton; 2014; 3A

    Peterson, David; P; 6-6; 205; L/L; Regis Jesuit; 2014; 5A

    Ramirez, Ted; P; 5-9; 185; R/R; Arapahoe; 2014; 5A

    Rindall, Matt; C; 6-0; 205; R/R; Cherry Creek; 2014; 5A

    Robb, Ryan; 2B; 5-10; 170; R/R; Cherry Creek; 2014; 5A

    Stajdjuhar, Carl; 1B-3B; 6-1; 215; R/R; Rocky Mountain; 2014; 5A

    Stevens, Tyler; P-SS; 6-1; 185; R/R; Rocky Mountain; 2014; 5A

    Thaxton, Justin; 3B; 6-1; 190; R/R; Regis Jesuit; 2014; 5A

    Thomas, Tanner; P; 6’1; 170; R/R; Grandview; 2014; 5A

    Villagomez, Dario; P; 5-10; 155; L/L; Overland; 2014; 5A

    Voss, Cory; C; 5-10; 180; R/R; Pueblo South; 2014;4A

    Westmoreland, Brody; SS; 6-2; 175; R/R; Thunderidge; 2014; 5A

    Weiman, Blake; P; 6-4; 185; L/L; Columbine; 2014; 5A

    Underclassmen, with player, position, height, weight, throws/bats, school, graduating class and classification:

    Anderson, Cole; OF; 5’11; 180; R/R; Rocky Mountain; 2015; 5A

    Brown, Josh; 2B; 5-10; 150; R/R; Thunderridge; 2015; 5A

    Burkhart, Matt; P-SS; 6-1; 190; R/R; Eaton; 2016; 3A

    Collins, Bailey; OF; 5-10; 155; L/L; Dakota Ridge; 2016; 5A

    Connolly, Ryan; P; 6-5; 180; L/L; Douglas County; 2015; 5A

    Cotton, Quin; OF; 5-11; 165; R/R; Regis Jesuit; 2016; 5A

    Crampton, Brent; P; 6-5; 190; R/R; Lamar; 2015; 3A

    Cross, Wyatt; C; 6’2; 185; L/R; Legacy; 2015; 5A

    Dietz, Bryce; P; 6-2; 180; R/R; Rock Canyon; 2015; 5A

    Eissler, Jake; P; 6-0; 185; R/R; Thunderridge; 2016; 5A

    Featherston, Wyatt; OF; 5’11; 190; R/R; Green Mountain; 2016; 4A

    Germani, Aaron; OF; 5-7; 160; L/L; Thunderridge; 2015; 5A

    Gillman, Tommy; 2B-C; 5-10; 170; L/R; Columbine; 2016; 5A

    Givin, Chris; SS; 6’1 170 R/R Rock Canyon 2015 5A

    Glau, Keifer; OF; 5-9; 170; R/R; Grandview; 2015; 5A

    Goldsberry, Blake; 1B-3B; 6-4; 175; R/R; Cherry Creek; 2015; 5A

    Hammer, Garrett; C; 5-11; 205; R/R; Rocky Mountain; 2015; 5A

    Harris, Willie; OF; 6-3; 175; R/R; Wheat Ridge 2015 4A

    Hughes, Trent; P-1B; 6-2; 180; R/R; Rye; 2015; 2A

    Koehler, Ryan; OF-P; 5-11; 160; L/L; Eaton; 2015; 3A

    Madden, Ryan; P-IF; 6-2; 175; L/R; Fairview; 2015; 5A

    McDermott, J.R.; P; 6-1; 170; R/R; Smoky Hill; 2015; 5A

    Mingus, Eric; SS; 5-8; 150; R/R; Grandview; 2015; 5A

    Mumper, Mark; 2B; 6-0; 170; R/R; Mountain Vista; 2015; 5A

    Ortiz, Luis; 3B; 5-9; 170; R/R; Rye; 2015; 5A

    Phillips, Kennedy; C; 6-0; 175; L/R; Holy Family; 2016; 5A

    Reynolds, Connor; SS; 6-2; 195; R/R; Brighton; 2015; 5A

    Roberson, Aneus; OF; 5-9; 170; R/R; Cherry Creek; 2015; 5A

    Ryan, Tim; OF; 5-11; 175; R/R; Fairview; 2015; 5A

    Schmidt, Matt; 3B; 6-2; 195; R/R; Regis Jesuit; 2015; 5A

    Schwarz, Brent; P; 6-3; 210; R/R; Regis Jesuit; 2015; 5A

    Shumpert, Nick; SS-OF; 5-11; 180; R/R; Highlands Ranch; 2015; 5A

    Soole, Logan; OF; 5-10; 175; L/L; Monarch; 2015; 5A

    Stephens, Jordan; SS-2B; 5-10; 170; R/R; Legend; 2015; 5A

    Thoning, Jacob; 2B; 6-0; 165; R/R; Fairview; 2015; 5A

    Tillotson, Paul; P; 6-2; 200; R/R; Lewis-Palmer; 2016; 4A

    Wood, Cody; P; 6-3; 180; R/R; Cherry Creek; 2015; 5A

    Zanski, Tyson; C; 6-1; 195; S/R; Grand Junction; 2016; 5A

     

  • Liberty hires wrestling coach

    Wed, May 21, 2014 by Scott Kaniewski with no comments

    Liberty High School announced Tuesday that it had hired Roger Stewart-Frederick to take over the Lancers’ wrestling program.

    Before taking over Liberty, Stewart-Frederick coached the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind. Before that he was an assistant at Forrest Park (Va.) High School.

    Stewart-Frederick has a distinguished career as a wrestler, including being a three-time bronze medalist as a USA deaf Olympian. He was part of the USA deaf national team from 1998-2012.

    Stewart-Frederick takes over for Shawn Springsteen, who had helped the program take big steps to improve the last couple seasons, including snapping a three-year dual losing streak and in 2014 recording their best finish at the Colorado Springs Metro League tournament in nearly a decade.

    “The program is in much better shape than when I showed up,” Springsteen said when he stepped down in March. “We had a challenging year for a lot of reasons, and the team ended up doing extremely well under those circumstances. I’m looking for a little down time to recharge.”

  • Area seniors finish strong after wobbly starts at 4A state golf

    Tue, May 20, 2014 by kcarmody with no comments

    For two seniors representing Pikes Peak region schools, Tuesday presented a chance to start over and forget the past at the Class 4A state girls’ golf tournament at the Country Club of Colorado.

    Mattie Schwall of Manitou Springs and Megan McCutcheon of Lewis-Palmer certainly took advantage of that second chance. Both saw marked improvements after not much went right on Monday.

    Schwall, who shot a 90 on Monday, put away her driver on Tuesday. That strategy paid off as she carded an 83, putting her in 15th place overall among the 84-golfer field.

    “Every time I got in trouble on Monday, it was with my driver,” said Schwall, who will play college golf at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., later this year. “I didn’t use that today, and I think that got me six strokes. I also think my putting was a lot better in the second round.”

    Putting helped McCutcheon improve from an opening-round 92 to an 84 on Tuesday, giving the senior something to smile about in her last round as a prep golfer.

    McCutcheon spent nearly an hour after Monday’s round on the practice putting green.

    “My motto for this round was to just go for it,” said McCutcheon, who earlier earned a golf scholarship at Colorado State-Pueblo. “Yesterday was all bad luck. Today, I finally had some good luck.”

    By Kevin Carmody, The Gazette

  • Longtime pro uses video to break down Palmer Ridge freshman’s state debut

    Tue, May 20, 2014 by kcarmody with no comments

    At first, Kellsey Sample didn’t notice any spectators Monday in her debut at the Class 4A state girls’ golf tournament at the Country Club of Colorado.

    Then, when the Palmer Ridge freshman golfer looked up at some point on the back nine, she figured an onlooker with binoculars just wanted a closer look at the many groups representing each corner of the state.

    Nope, it was none other than her instructor, longtime club professional David Arbuckle, armed with his video camera.

    Arbuckle, the PGA teaching professional at Springs Ranch Golf Course since 2001 and instructor to many junior golfers, planned on spending three hours to break down Sample’s round of 90, ranging from her tee shots, short game and putting.

    “She won’t see it until after the tournament, but we will, at one point, analyze her game,” Arbuckle said. “For now, I want to keep her mind clear. She was thinking really good out there and making good decisions.”

    Sample, noticeably nervous heading into her first round at state, figured better things were in the offing for Tuesday’s second and final round.

    “I had good focus, but I was more nervous than I was at any other tournament,” Sample said. “I know I can do a lot better, and I’ll definitely shoot better my next time around.”

    Kevin Carmody, The Gazette