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Golden junior Jacob Dehm reacts after sliding into home for the Demons' first run against Riverdale Ridge on May 27. The Demons head back to Colorado Springs on Friday, June 2, to face Lutheran in another elimination game during the Class 4A state tournament. Golden needs to win four straight games over two days to claim the program's first state baseball title in 20 years.

Similar traits between Demons of 2023 and 2003 championship squad

It’s been 20 years since Mark Melancon struck out the final batter at All-City Field in Denver to give Golden its first state baseball championship.
Golden senior Noah Wicks ripped a 2-run triple during the bottom of the fifth inning May 27 at Mountain Lions Park in Colorado Springs. The Demons defeated Riverdale Ridge 8-1 in an elimination game during the Class 4A double-elimination state tournament.

Golden baseball advances to Final Four

It was a must-win situation for Golden’s baseball team Saturday afternoon at UCCS Mountain Lion Park.
Dakota Ridge's girls soccer team pose with the state title with the Eagles' student section in the background after the Eagles' 2-0 victory over Lutheran on May 23 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Dakota Ridge shuts out Lutheran to win first state title in 20 years

Dakota Ridge senior Bailey Pignatore has been at the right place at the right time all season for the Eagles’ girls soccer team.
Hannah Abbey graduated from Cherry Creek High School this spring.

Centennial golf caddie gets full college scholarship

When Hannah Abbey first stepped on the golf course at 14 years old to work as a caddie, she felt scared.  “I just felt pretty nervous, but the people there were really sweet and they …

For the football players at Highlands Ranch High School, summer vacation is more like summer conditioning. They lift, practice, hold camps, and more throughout the summer break to prepare for the fall season. Photo from 2021.

There’s no summer vacation for high school football players

Summertime: when the final bell of the semester rings and high school students run for the pool, relieved of finals and early mornings for a few, brief, cherished months. But for football players, it’s a time when the real work begins.
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Fort Lupton's Rylee Balcazar (blue) chases down the loose ball during a match against Middle Park last month.

Fort Lupton athlete has earned 10 letters, wants four more

There’s something about athletics that appeals to Fort Lupton High School’s Rylee Balcazar. She’s won 10 varsity letters through her three years of high school: three letters …
Englewood's Stephanie Montoya controls the ball as Sarah Hourani of Denver School of Science-Technology Montview campus moves in on defense during the Frontier League's all-star soccer match May 19 in Fort Lupton.

PHOTOS: Frontier League soccer all-stars

Three of the area's schools, Fort Lupton, Arvada and Englewood, sent players to an all-star game in Frontier League soccer last week.
Pomona senior Emma Stutzman reacts after breaking the all-Colorado and state record in the girls 1,600-meter run at the state track and field championships May 20 at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood.

Stutzman finally wins her state titles in record-setting fashion

Pomona senior Emma Stutzman still had enough energy for a victorious scream after running the Class 5A girls 3,200-meter run in a time of 10 minutes, 12.68 seconds May 19 at Jeffco Stadium.
Matias Aldana, right, manipulates the defense to get in a position to score. The senior for Frederick High School just announced his college commitment. Read below for more.

Boys basketball: Frederick’s Aldana makes his college choice

The search for his next chapter is over for Frederick’s Matias Aldana. The choice is in: the senior basketball player will move on to Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D.

Fort Lupton's Will Alvarado puts pen to paper and signs his letter of intent to wrestle at Colorado Mesa University.

Wrestling: Fort Lupton’s Alvarado moves west to Mesa State

A lot of factors prompted Fort Lupton’s Will Alvarado to choose Mesa State University in Grand Junction as his next academic and athletic stop.
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