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After falling in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs last season, ThunderRidge returned its entire lineup, includin...
01/11/2024

After falling in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs last season, ThunderRidge returned its entire lineup, including the state’s top recruit in four-star senior point guard and CU commit Andrew Crawford.

In other words: Watch out for the Grizzlies again, the four-time state champs and eight-time finalists who last raised the trophy two years ago.

After falling in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs last season, ThunderRidge returned its entire lineup, including the state’s top recruit in four-star senior point guard and CU commit…

Cherokee Trail’s mantra for this season is “unfinished business” after a disappointing Sweet 16 loss last season.
01/10/2024

Cherokee Trail’s mantra for this season is “unfinished business” after a disappointing Sweet 16 loss last season.

After last season ended with an upset loss in the Sweet 16 to deny Cherokee Trail girls basketball a chance to play at the Denver Coliseum, the Cougars’ mantra for this season is “unfin…

Valor Christian’s Delaney Russell on Monday was named the Colorado Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year.
01/08/2024

Valor Christian’s Delaney Russell on Monday was named the Colorado Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year.

Austyn Modrzewski was named the Gatorade Colorado Football Player of the Year on Wednesday, becoming the first player fr...
01/03/2024

Austyn Modrzewski was named the Gatorade Colorado Football Player of the Year on Wednesday, becoming the first player from Mountain Vista High to win the award.

D’Mitri Garza-Alarcon could’ve easily led a gang life. Or, he might have been a renowned bull rider. Or, in a different ...
12/31/2023

D’Mitri Garza-Alarcon could’ve easily led a gang life. Or, he might have been a renowned bull rider. Or, in a different dimension altogether, he could’ve been just another student at Fort Lupton High School.

But wrestling changed all that. Wrestling made him. Wrestling saved him.

D’Mitri Garza-Alarcon could’ve easily led a gang life. Or, he might have been a renowned bull rider. Or, in a different dimension, he could’ve been just another kid at Fort Lupton High School…

"To have won this award is truly an incredible experience and to be connected to so many names of Colorado greats who ha...
12/25/2023

"To have won this award is truly an incredible experience and to be connected to so many names of Colorado greats who have won this award is something that I will cherish for the rest of my life."

Gold Helmet Award winner Josh Snyder of Columbine shares his thoughts on being honored with the award given to a football player who’s a star in the classroom and the community.

“He was all-everything.”
12/24/2023

“He was all-everything.”

Of the several mistakes that Cherry Creek made on special teams in the Class 5A state title, allowing Josh Snyder to return a kickoff proved the most critical.

“I have never seen somebody so athletic,” one rival high school player said of Nuggets sixth man Reggie Jackson’s early ...
12/24/2023

“I have never seen somebody so athletic,” one rival high school player said of Nuggets sixth man Reggie Jackson’s early days in Colorado Springs.

Nuggets player Reggie Jackson’s favorite thing about living in Colorado for the first time since high school? He can make surprise visits from Denver to Colorado Springs.

Here’s a look at this year's six Gold Helmet finalists.
12/24/2023

Here’s a look at this year's six Gold Helmet finalists.

Columbine running back/defensive back Josh Synder is the winner of the 2023 Denver Post Gold Helmet Award, edging six other worthy senior finalists.

Andy Lowry dealt with adversity behind the scenes this year with his niece’s death and his wife’s ongoing battle with ca...
12/24/2023

Andy Lowry dealt with adversity behind the scenes this year with his niece’s death and his wife’s ongoing battle with cancer

National signing day arrived in Colorado and brought with it zero drama — as well as a familiar theme.The best of the be...
12/20/2023

National signing day arrived in Colorado and brought with it zero drama — as well as a familiar theme.

The best of the best in the Box State keep leaving state lines...

National signing day arrived in Colorado on Wednesday and brought with it zero drama — as well as a familiar theme.

“It’s my fault for waiting this long, but last spring I didn’t realize how big of an effect the transfer portal could ha...
12/20/2023

“It’s my fault for waiting this long, but last spring I didn’t realize how big of an effect the transfer portal could have on my journey.”

The win-now approach in college football is also fueling college coaches’ desire to get experienced players in the portal, as there’s less incentive than ever before to develop recruits…

“I was a little hesitant about what to think as far as sending two metro schools up to Fort Collins for the game,” Colum...
12/06/2023

“I was a little hesitant about what to think as far as sending two metro schools up to Fort Collins for the game,” Columbine coach Andy Lowry admitted, “but I thought our crowd was really good and the stadium was beautiful. I don’t think it impacted our fans traveling.”

With the first high school football state titles at Canvas Stadium in the books, fans showed they are willing to head north for championship football. The Class 5A and 4A title games pitting Columb…

Josh Snyder is an open book. He just wishes some more college programs would pick the darn thing up.“I mean, I’m trying ...
12/03/2023

Josh Snyder is an open book. He just wishes some more college programs would pick the darn thing up.

“I mean, I’m trying to put myself out there,” Columbine’s senior tailback told me with a chuckle, his laugh a frosty cloud of breath after carrying the Rebels to a Class 5A state football title.

Cherry Creek started an offensive line with road-graders who’ve got offers from USC, Iowa State and Purdue. Josh Snyder, meanwhile, has an offer from Mines. Oh, and Western Colorado.

Once the dust had settled from the blasting winds following Holy Family football’s Class 3A state title-winning effort S...
12/03/2023

Once the dust had settled from the blasting winds following Holy Family football’s Class 3A state title-winning effort Saturday afternoon, senior wide receiver Jaxon Grable donned the team’s newly minted banner as a cape, posing for the horde of camera phones in his path.

Once the dust had settled from the blasting winds following Holy Family football’s Class 3A state title-winning effort Saturday afternoon, senior wide receiver Jaxon Grable donned the team’s newly …

Blake Barnett finished his high school career as a one-legged Superman and, more importantly, as a state champion.
12/03/2023

Blake Barnett finished his high school career as a one-legged Superman and, more importantly, as a state champion.

Erie quarterback Blake Barnett finished his high school career as a one-legged Superman and, more importantly, as a Class 4A state champion.

Columbine dethroned the dynasty.The Rebels ended Cherry Creek’s run of four straight championships with an exclamation p...
12/03/2023

Columbine dethroned the dynasty.

The Rebels ended Cherry Creek’s run of four straight championships with an exclamation point on Saturday at Canvas Stadium, 28-14, to earn the program’s sixth title and first since 2011.

The Rebels ended Cherry Creek’s run of four straight championships with an exclamation point on Saturday at Canvas Stadium, 28-14, to earn the program’s sixth title and first since 2011…

If the second-ranked Tigers were going to grind out Saturday’s Class 4A state football championship, the ball was going ...
12/02/2023

If the second-ranked Tigers were going to grind out Saturday’s Class 4A state football championship, the ball was going to Braylon Toliver, and everyone inside Canvas Stadium knew it.

“I felt like it was on me,” Toliver said. “I’ve got to do whatever I can to make a play.”

The sophomore did just that, helping save Erie’s state title hopes with a 32-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that all but sealed a 20-6 victory over previously unbeaten Palmer Ridge.

With Erie clinging to a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter against top-ranked Palmer Ridge, the injuries were piling up in the Tigers backfield.

The 5A title game features a battle of the unbeatens
12/02/2023

The 5A title game features a battle of the unbeatens

State champions will be crowned in Class 5A, 4A and 3A on Saturday afternoon in Fort Collins and Pueblo. Here’s a scouting report of the teams competing for titles.

As Tigers chase Class 3A state championship this fall, head coach Mike D. Gabriel’s wife, Crystal, hasn’t missed a game
12/01/2023

As Tigers chase Class 3A state championship this fall, head coach Mike D. Gabriel’s wife, Crystal, hasn’t missed a game

For the Gabriel family, Saturday’s appearance in the Class 3A championship game has been five generations in the making.

To win its first state football title since 1997, No. 2 Erie must conquer some bitter memories
12/01/2023

To win its first state football title since 1997, No. 2 Erie must conquer some bitter memories

Twin brothers Mason and Jackson Cowgill know what’s on the line for the Erie Tigers Saturday in the Class 4A state championship game.

With more than 700 wins and counting, she is the winningest coach in Colorado high school girls basketball, with her tea...
12/01/2023

With more than 700 wins and counting, she is the winningest coach in Colorado high school girls basketball, with her teams reaching the Final Four 18 times

The Colorado High School Coaches Association announced it will induct five coaches into its 2024 Hall of Fame class, headlined by record-breaking Highlands Ranch girls basketball coach Caryn Jarock…

Coach Caryn Jarocki has guided Highlands Ranch to seven state championships since taking over the program in 1996 follow...
11/30/2023

Coach Caryn Jarocki has guided Highlands Ranch to seven state championships since taking over the program in 1996 following an 11-year stint at Colorado Academy

The Colorado High School Coaches Association announced it will induct five coaches into its 2024 Hall of Fame class, headlined by record-breaking Highlands Ranch girls basketball coach Caryn Jarock…

Dave Logan and Andy Lowry have combined for more than six decades of experience and 16 state titles
11/30/2023

Dave Logan and Andy Lowry have combined for more than six decades of experience and 16 state titles

Saturday’s Class 5A championship at Canvas Stadium is the next chapter in a friendly but fierce rivalry between two Colorado football icons that goes back three decades.

Dave Logan's Cherry Creek Bruins take on Andy Lowry's Columbine Rebels in the third title bout between the two head coac...
11/29/2023

Dave Logan's Cherry Creek Bruins take on Andy Lowry's Columbine Rebels in the third title bout between the two head coaches with more than six decades of combined experience, and 16 combined championships

Saturday’s Class 5A championship at Canvas Stadium is the next chapter in a friendly but fierce rivalry between two Colorado football icons that goes back three decades.

Palmer Ridge quarterback Derek Hester was a super sophomore. Now he's a sensational senior with a chance to lead the Bea...
11/29/2023

Palmer Ridge quarterback Derek Hester was a super sophomore. Now he's a sensational senior with a chance to lead the Bears to a Class 4A state title.

Palmer Ridge quarterback Derek Hester was a super sophomore. Now he’s a sensational senior with a chance to lead the Bears to a state championship.

A look at 30 Colorado high school girls basketball players to keep an eye on during the 2023-24 CHSAA season.
11/26/2023

A look at 30 Colorado high school girls basketball players to keep an eye on during the 2023-24 CHSAA season.

A look at 30 Colorado high school girls basketball players to keep an eye on during the 2023-24 CHSAA season.*

A look at 30 Colorado high school boys basketball players to keep an eye on during the 2023-24 CHSAA season.
11/26/2023

A look at 30 Colorado high school boys basketball players to keep an eye on during the 2023-24 CHSAA season.

The Mullen multi-sport athlete was one of the top scorers in Class 6A last season at 22.7 points per game.
11/26/2023

The Mullen multi-sport athlete was one of the top scorers in Class 6A last season at 22.7 points per game.

Jordan Leslie is ready to empty his basketball tank, because he knows there’s no hardcourt left ahead of him after this season.

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