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Student-Athlete Spotlight: Hoops player sets high standard

Tayvis Sagrillo-Smiley refused to stop taking practice shots at the basket, and he is one of the 4A Jeffco League's best shooters this season. Littleton High School's Sagrillo-Smiley was the leading … more

Boys state golf tourney won’t lack challenges

Golf is an individual sport than sometimes comes attached with team aspects. The boys state golf tournament will be held Oct. 7-8 at Pinehurst Country Club in southwest Denver, and there will be … more

A quick look at fast-paced field hockey

I watched and covered my first field hockey game on Nov. 5 when Regis Jesuit and Colorado Academy played for the state championship at All-City Stadium. For years I helped with the coverage of both … more

Student-Athlete Spotlight: He puts in serious hours

Gus Zilinskas says there is a lot of technique involved in being a good defensive lineman. Zilinskas is a 6-foot-3, 255-pound junior defensive tackle for the Cherry Creek football team. “Playing on … more

Student-Athlete Spotlight: Putting speed into play

Chris Cornn has learned this season to take advantage of his running speed on the soccer pitch. Cornn, a senior captain and top scorer on the Ponderosa soccer team, has used his speed and hard work … more

Arenado ready to work with Rockies, for now

Nolan Arenado said he never went as far as to request a trade from the Colorado Rockies in the wake of feeling a “disrespect” from the club given that he was part of trade discussions this … more

Junior propels Regis Jesuit to state tennis title

Morgan Schilling, a junior at Regis Jesuit, accomplished two things on Oct. 19 during the finals of the boys Class 5A state tennis championships at the Gates Tennis Center. First, Schilling won the … more

Siblings bond over basketball

Sometimes for Rocky Beers and his sister Raegan, it is difficult not to bring what happens on the basketball court home with them. Rocky, a 6-foot-6 senior, and Raegan, a 6-3 sophomore, are having … more

Student-Athlete Spotlight: She’s making a big impact

Cali Clark had adjustments to make before playing basketball at Cherry Creek High School. Clark played her freshman and sophomore seasons at Class 3A Lamar before moving to 5A Cherry Creek last … more

Student-Athlete Spotlight: ‘I learn every day in practice’

Aiden Okamura is in his 13th season of wrestling and still learning. Okamura, a 126-pound senior on the ThunderRidge team, was sixth at last year's Class 5A state tournament and is out to improve … more

My name is... Connor Ladd

About me I’m trying to be a normal 16-year-old. I’m a sophomore at Lakewood High School, and I play football there. I like to bike during the summer, write, play video games and just do things … more

For some, hoops season must wait

The high school basketball season tipped off Dec. 2, when schools were allowed to play their first games. Cherry Creek boys coach Kent Dertinger will have to wait a little longer to see how this … more

Student-Athlete Spotlight: No skimping on hard work for Arapahoe running back

Xavier Harrell admits that sometimes it was hard getting up during the summer to put in the extra work required to become an elite football player. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior running back and … more

Athlete is the all-around deal

Julianna Dalton’s performance in the girls state volleyball finals at the Denver Coliseum cemented the selection of the Chaparral standout as the 2019 Colorado Community Media Volleyball Player of … more

Student-Athlete Spotlight: Senior does her part for tradition

Julianna Dalton, a 6-foot-4 senior at Chaparral, deals with the question all the time. She is continually asked if she plays basketball. Dalton is one of the state's premier volleyball players and … more

Move pays off for Regis Jesuit standout

Lauren Pendergast, sometimes better known by her nickname of LP, changed positions this season and still led the Regis Jesuit field hockey team in points. Pendergast moved to center midfield this … more

Soccer player, coach and teacher has much to juggle

Nicole Rodriguez has acquired the ability to balance all the activities going on in her life. Rodriguez is a 27-year-old World Language teacher at Castle View High School who will be starting her … more

Broncos will air it out in bid to catch up with Chiefs

Among the things Vic Fangio wants to change in 2020 is Denver's offensive style, the Broncos' fortunes and his own reputation. The designer of some of the NFL's stingiest defenses over the last three … more

Senior guards lead Warriors’ charge

New Arapahoe boys basketball coach Troy Pachner doesn’t hesitate to point out that senior guards Bryson Stephens and Korey Hess have been the foundation for what has been a turnaround of the … more

In 5A football, Valor, Creek, Regis advance

Three south metro football teams will be involved in quarterfinal games in the Class 5A playoffs. Host Cherry Creek (11-0) will face longtime rival Fairview (10-1) and the Knights' record setting … more
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