Today's Sports

  • Leipheimer, state big winners at...

    DENVER — About the only thing that was hotter than cyclist Levi Leipheimer this week, especially on Aug. 28 — the final day of the week-long inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge — was the weather.

    It was another hot one, as temperatures scorched an overflowing crowd of more than 200,000 during Stage 6 from Golden to Lookout Mountain into downtown Denver, with it topping out at a record 96 degrees. But it couldn’t stop Leipheimer.

  • Sports briefs

    Risner, Wiggins spoil opener for Front Range Christian
    WIGGINS — Taylor Risner threw for 287 yards and four touchdowns as Wiggins pulled away from Front Range Christian in the second half for a 36-12 season-opening win on Aug. 26.

  • Boys soccer previews

    Head coach: Brock Blume
    Assistant coaches: Chris Olson, Dave Palik, Sara Webb, Tyler Zytek
    Classification: 5A Jeffco
    Top players: Cameron Mohseni, Sr., midfielder; Tyler Anderson, Sr., goalie; Collin Shampine, Sr., forward; Ryan Lagreca, Sr., forward.
    Season opener: Sept. 1, at Cherry Creek, 4:30 p.m.

  • Cross country preview: Chatfield...

    Head coaches: Don Daniels, Jeff Mages
    Assistant coach: Sara Smutz
    Classification: 5A
    Top runners: Boys — Justin Shaver, Sr.; Panos Smyrnios, Jr.; Thomas Paryz, Sr.; Girls — Rachael Lenz, Sr.; Jennifer Sutton, Sr.; Mikaela Hakamaa, Fr.
    Season opener: Sept. 2, at Arapahoe Invitational 

  • Deer Creek Challenge is a...

    The Deer Creek Challenge doesn’t cut cyclists any slack. In the midst of the second annual “Toughest Century in United States,” participants climbed 12,751-feet in elevation. Even the final stretch to the finish line is uphill.

    “To put on something that is the most on anything, is unusual,” Pat Downing, the ride founder and director, said. “To be able to do this in our own backyard, and have it be the hardest in the country, is great.”

  • Gymnastics preview: Columbine,...


  • Speedy Davis found his niche

     Front Range Christian senior halfback Kyle Davis is a hybrid athlete, like a Prius — quiet, quick and more than capable of being effective.

    Unlike other running backs who flaunt their talent like a tricked-out Hummer, like Bo Jackson, Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton, Davis controls the field in a way that makes the defensive line wonder if that was the wind that just blew or if their man had just run by.

  • Senior uses tragedy to better...

       Some might say that life has been unfair to Trace Pozek. The Dakota Ridge senior lost his father, Benjamin, to heart disease at the age of 62 on the first day of school last year. The unexpected death shook his foundation, but not his will.

  • Coachable Gaytan focused on 2011

    If you ask Chatfield High Schools senior free safety Erik Gaytan what makes him a good athlete, he’ll tell you simply, “I’m coachable.”

    For Gaytan, being coachable means not only doing what he’s told, but remembering that, while he may be good, there are better. 

  • Injury, playoff loss push Croy

    All Josh Croy could do was watch. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound defensive lineman couldn’t contribute in the way he wanted to as the Columbine Rebels, winners of their first eight games in 2010, were on their way to a 14-7 second-round 5A state playoff loss to Grandview.

    His first full season on the varsity squad had been cut short midway through thanks to a high ankle sprain to his left ankle. But the Rebels senior is using that misfortune as a motivator for 2011.