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Stone Samaras, football, sophomore, Holy Family: He averaged 16.5 yards per completion as he went 18-for-29 for 297 passing yards and four touchdowns in the Tigers' 40-19 win over Mountain view on … more
Gary Mares and Jim Dollaghan are friends who happen to be rival girls softball coaches. Mares is head coach at Horizon and Dollaghan heads up the ThunderRidge program. The teams usually only meet once a year since the schools play in different … more
The Westminster Wolves and Standley Lake Gators played a scrimmage football game at Westminster’s Memorial Stadium on Aug. 26 ahead of the kickoff to regular-season play. Here are some first impressions and a look ahead at both teams entering … more
Mark Usery started officiating high school football games in 1979 to earn extra spending money when he was a student at Colorado State University. At that time, there were plenty of teachers, educators and young adults blowing whistles and … more
Arvada West baseball coach Matt McDougal hopes to bring some Japanese culture to Colorado. McDougal and Wildcats assistant coach Jamie Thompson went on a cultural-exchange baseball trip to Japan in July. There were 19 players from Arvada West, … more
There has been a trend in girls high school volleyball toward having taller players as setters. Setters in volleyball are like the quarterback in football or the point guard in basketball. They run the offense and determine which of the attackers … more
An exceptional striker, solid midfielder, steady defender and a good keeper are important for any successful boys soccer team. But the most valuable player is often the athlete who consistently wins or controls 50/50 balls, which allows his team … more
Double plays can deflate offensive momentum, but they are rare in high school softball. Most are of the line-drive variety. Turning a classic double play — shortstop to second base to first base — doesn’t happen often. It takes precise … more
Cross country highlights individuals, but it also is a team activity. And while not always apparent to the casual observer, there are team strategies that many coaches support and encourage. “You are only as strong as your fifth runner,” … more
A massive drive is an excellent way to start, but those 3- to 6-foot putts often make the biggest difference in a golfer’s score on a hole. Many high school golfers are long off the tee, but most of the players at the top of tournament leader … more
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