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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

Elway names Lock starting quarterback as 2020 begins

For the first time since Super Bowl 50, John Elway heads into an offseason not looking to change his head coach, starting quarterback or locker room chemistry. Elway said recently that rookie Drew … more

Colorado Rumble want you to watch their games

Chuck Estrada says the game of indoor soccer is similar to hockey. Teams play with six players each at a time, including goalies, on a turf field surrounded by hockey boards. The game, played in … more

Australian Rules Football player tackles recruiting

All Sara Rohner wished for during this holiday season was for women to listen to her recruiting pitch. Rohner has created a women’s Australian Rules Football team called the Centennial Tigers, … 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

Cherry Creek downs Columbine for state championship

What a difference a year can make. Cherry Creek harped for a week prior to meeting Columbine in the Dec. 7 Class 5A state championship game at Empower Field at Mile High about how bad it felt after … more

Thanks for memories, friends and pithy quotes

Thanksgiving is here. It’s the day of turkey trots, Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, football, feasting and family. It is obviously a time for families and friends who are like family to get together, … more

Coaches heading into big seasons

It’s getting down to crunch time for the high school football playoffs just as the season for the winter sports teams is starting. Practice for boys and girls basketball, ice hockey, girls swimming … 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

Lutheran softball plans spur talk about player’s fate

Lutheran has announced it will have a varsity girls softball team that will compete next fall, and the move has led to discussions about next season’s playing status — mostly of one particular … more

Nerves are on edge as 5A soccer playoffs begin

First-round games in the Class 5A state soccer playoffs begin on Oct. 31, which is a day for haunted attractions to scare people. Well, some soccer coaches are scared, too, as they fear that the … more

Sprout, Stewart, Arapahoe girls claim crowns

Cole Sprout, Riley Stewart and the Arapahoe girls team were the big winners Oct. 26 at the Class 5A state cross country meet at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs. Sprout, a Valor … more

In the long run, talent rises to top

I admire cross country runners, because frankly, it doesn’t look like much fun. The better runners finish and hardly look out of breath, while I have to pause after running or jogging to the car. … 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

5A football teams get down to league business

It is now crunch time for Class 5A football teams who have completed non-league schedules and jumped into league play last weekend. The names of the leagues are confusing because of the realignment … more

Nuggets want more, less out of Nikola Jokic

Four months later, and Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone is still blown away by Nikola Jokic’s playoff performance. “What Nikola did in the postseason was remarkable,” Malone said on Sept. 30 … 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

Dual-sport sisters keep busy with athletics, studies

For those of us who remember when it seemed like there wasn’t enough time in the day, we recall the importance of time management Time management is defined as the act of planning and exercising … more

Student-Athlete Spotlight: Regis volleyball player takes aim at stereotypes

Sydney Cross-Watts lives in Denver's Five Points neighborhood near downtown, but she drives an hour to the outer suburbs to attend Regis Jesuit High School. “I grew up with a single mom, and she … more

U.S. Soccer rules frustrate coaches at high schools

High school soccer in Colorado has been forced to adopt a new look over the past few seasons. Many of the best players are skipping high school soccer because of the commitment to play with … more
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