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Van Maanen snapping for chance to play in NFL

Drew Van Maanen knew he was facing long odds heading into the three-day rookie camp of the National Football League Houston Texans in early May. First of all, the former Chaparral football standout … more

Golfer demonstrates unpredictability of game

It’s been said many times that golf is an unpredictable sport that requires plenty of mental grit. For myself, golf has always been pretty predictably bad, with a few good shots and holes but very … more

Growing up around baseball gave players solid footing in game

For young athletes to succeed and advance in any sport, it takes athletic ability, desire and hard work. Plus, the culture in which young athletes are brought up can have an impact on their chances … more

More changes set for next year by CHSAA council

One of the biggest changes to come out of the April 26 Colorado High School Activities Association Legislative Council meeting was that the council would have one meeting a year instead of two. That … more

It’s a sacrifice bunt it can pay off

In today’s high school baseball, most of the attention is focused on pitch counts, hitting and base running. A key sacrifice bunt often goes unnoticed. But it remains an important part of baseball, … more

Sisters a winning combination for Ponderosa

Jensen Ellis is a playmaker for the Ponderosa girls soccer team. She controls the Mustangs’ offense and her precise passes often to lead to goals. Jensen’s younger sister Jazlynn has benefited … more

Pole vaulting is challenging event to master

“Yes, like all sports there can be risks,” said Ellis. “The entire pole vault community works hard to make it as safe as possible for athletes. The padding has got much better and bigger. … more

Technique, work ethic propel throwers to next level

The image attached to track and field competitors who throw the shot put and discus is changing. In the past, athletes who were bigger, and often slower, were generally assumed to be throwers. But … more

Former NHL referee reflects on 1,629 games

Dave Jackson, the former National Hockey League referee who lives in Highlands Ranch, grew up a fan of the Montreal Canadiens and admits he worshiped players like Guy Lafleur plus a horde of other … more

Spring weather causing hectic rescheduling spree

This is not breaking news because everybody knows by now that spring weather in Colorado can be unpredictable. A warm pleasant day with the temperature in the 70s is followed by heavy, wet snow and … more

Shot clock debate picks up tempo in Colorado

Does high school basketball need a shot clock? Would it help or hinder prep games? Let the longstanding debate resume. It’s been a hot topic for years. USA Basketball and the NBA on March 20 … more

Baseball teams travel south for spring break

March Madness is here to entertain most of us. But spring break has also arrived as students, faculty from schools and universities in the United States take time off from studious routines to relax … more

Local athlete is giant slalom state champ

As bizarre as it might sound, high school skiing is an overlooked sport on the Front Range in Colorado. Skiing may connote Colorado between the months of November through March, but any high school … more

Boys volleyball takes first step toward being sanctioned in Colorado

Boys volleyball has been trying to open the door to get the sport sanctioned by the Colorado High School Activities Association for around 20 years, according to John Prusinowski. Well, boys … more

Former Valor football coach excited about his new job

Rod Sherman is excited about the upcoming high school football season. I know because he used the word “excited” several times in a brief conversation. Yes, I know, that statement might sound … more

Athlete succeeds after giving sport a ‘tri’

Hannah Croasdell was burned out on swimming, so her mother Christy suggested she should try to become a triathlete. That’s what the Douglas County senior did, but it wasn’t easy. I can only … more

Green Mountain grad's helmet speaks volumes

Nicole Hensley, a 23-year-old graduate of Green Mountain High School and one of three goaltenders on the United States Olympic women's ice hockey team, can never be accused of not representing … more

Small actions could create big things

Little things can make a big difference in a basketball game and in life. Rock Canyon girls basketball coach Becky Mudd followed up on a good idea of creating a personal challenge for her players, … more

Baseball finally gets much-needed longer season

First off, I have to declare that I believe most professional football, basketball and baseball seasons are too long. I’ve always complained that the baseball regular season drags on and the “dog … more

First-year challenges are nothing new for hockey coach

Many years ago, I wrote a paper about the value of experience. This is another tale about lessons than can be learned from experience. Chaparral has a first-year hockey team competing in the Colorado … more
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