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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
Griffin Jax knew about the demands of attending the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Now the Minnesota Twins will be demanding a decision from Jax, a right-handed pitcher for the Falcons, after he was drafted as the 93rd overall pick in the … 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
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
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 following are results of local athletes who finished in the top 10, plus the winning athletes, in the state track and field meet held May 19-21 at Jefferson County Stadium. Events are not listed … more
Glue is an adhesive used to stick things together. It’s also often difficult to remove from your hands. So it is only fitting to declare that senior Alyssa Kaiser was the glue that held Ralston Valley’s girls soccer team together. Injuries … more
Caela McCartney, a sophomore at Ralston Valley, plays the mellophone in the marching band and is a black belt in taekwondo. And she’s one of the Jefferson County League’s leading lacrosse goalies — after only playing in goal for nine … more
Kevin Boley has had a busy spring conducting interviews. Boley is the head basketball coach at Legend, but he’s also the athletic director who had to quiz and eventually hire head coaches for football, volleyball and swimming. more
Monte Thelen planned to step away from football when he announced his retirement as Cherokee Trail football coach last November. But it took only a few months for the 55-year-old veteran coach to reconsider. After taking a call from Legend … more
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