Cerake Geberkidane of Denver East Gives DPS Second Consecutive XC State Title
Cerake Geberkidane of Denver East followed in his brothers footsteps on Saturday, winning the 5A CHSAA Boys Cross Country State Championship in convincing fashion. Geberkidane, who finished in 3rd place overall in 2012 set the course record by more than 30 seconds in 2013. The win marks the second time in as many years that Denver East and DPS were crowned as 5A Cross Country Individual State Champions. In the 4A competition, Jeffery Lazo of Denver North would finish an impressive 16th place overall, while teammate Jairo Tiscareno would finish in 48th. As a team the Vikings of Denver North would finish in 10th place overall ahead of traditional state powers such as Golden, Evergreen and Palmer Ridge. On the girls side, Denver North freshman Kayla Young would finish in 28th place overall in the 4A competition. Young, in her first year of high school competition, was the 4th best freshman in the event and will certainly be a name to follow as a state contender in future years. George Washington senior Darby Gilfillan finished in 51st place overall in the girls competition to cap off an outstanding career as a Patriot. Gilfillan was a two-time DPS League Champion and a top 10 state finisher in Track & Field as a student athlete at George Washington. To view the entire field of State Cross Country finishers and an article on State Champion Cerake Geberkidane follow the links below.
Dominique Collier, Ronnie Harrell and Michelle Cox of Denver East Sign on the Dotted Line
Denver East Senior Basketball Standouts Dominique Collier and Ronnie Harrell made it official on Wednesday by signing letters of intent to play College Basketball next season. Collier, the reigning Colorado Mr. Basketball will take his talents to Boulder to play for the University of Colorado, while 6-8 swingman Harrell will suit up for perennial D1 power Creighton. On the girls side, joining the list of basketball signings is Michelle Cox of Denver East who will play at Tennessee State next season. Click on the link below for a full story on Dominique and Ronnie in the Denver Post.
Denver South Advances to Quarterfinals in CHSAA 4A Football
Denver South advanced into the Quarterfinals of the CHSAA 4A Football Playoffs. Defending 4A Runner-Up Denver South will travel to Montrose High School on Saturday, November 16th for a 1PM Kickoff. For a look at the 4A Bracket follow the link below.
Thomas Jefferson Puts DPS Back on the Map in Girls Volleyball
The Spartans of Thomas Jefferson advanced to the CHSAA Girls Volleyball State Championship Round by defeating Durango High School and Greely Central High School over the weekend. Thomas Jefferson will enter the event at 23-1 on the season and ranked 4th overall in the State of Colorado. The CHSAA State Championship Round will take place this Friday and Saturday (11/8 & 11/9) at the Denver Coliseum (parking will be charged at $10 for the event). For Championship Round information and several video clips of the Thomas Jefferson Spartans, follow the links below.
Denver East Advances to Boys Soccer Semi-Final
Denver East advanced to the CHSAA Boys Soccer Semi-Final over the weekend, knocking off Liberty High School in convincing fashion (5-1). Next up for the Angels will be Rock Canyon High School on Wednesday, November 6th 7PM @ Cherokee Trail High School. The matchup will be the second time in the playoffs East will be up against an undefeated team and based on prior performances the Angels should be up for the task. For a complete look at the bracket and directions to Cherokee Trail follow the links below.
Denver East Boys and George Washington Girls Repeat as League XC Champions
The 2013 DPS High School and Middle School Cross Country Seasons concluded on Tuesday with the running of the League Championships. This years event included over 630 runners from around the district.
With several finishes that would come right down to the wire the action was intense and full of excitement. The meet started out with the running of the High School Open Boys and Girls races which featured the top up and coming talent in DPS. Denver East runner Simon Bertron guided his team to the overall Boys Open team crown with a time of 17:59, enough for the Boys Open individual title as well. In the Girls Open Division it was Denver East who would sweep the race finishing in first through seventh place to take home the title. The Angels Olivia Arbess would finish with the individual crown winning with a time of 22:51.
In the Boys Varsity race the top five finishers would all come from Denver East and Denver North, in what was an impressive display by both schools. Doing all they could to lead their team to a title, 2011 League Champion Cerake Geberkidane, Chris Coyle and Gavin DeCamillis, all of Denver East, stormed out to early leads and battled to hang on to finish in 1st, 4th and 5th place respectively. With a DPS League Championship winning time of 15:05, Cerake Geberkidane would cross the finish over two minutes ahead of his closest competitor, to take the 2013 DPS League Individual Title. Despite incredible efforts by Denver North runners Jeffery Lazo (2nd place) and Jairo Tiscareno (3rd place) the Angels were able to narrowly escape with the overall team title over the Vikings of Denver North by a score of 35 to 39.
Not to be outdone, the Girls Varsity race was exhilarating and featured some of the best cross country runners in the state. Winning this years event for the second year in a row with a time of 19:03 was Darby Gilfillian of George Washington. Darby finished in 6th place overall in the 1600 Meter Run at the CHSAA State Track & Field Meet in 2012 and will be looking to parlay her success into a State Championship at this years CHSAA State Cross Country Championship. This years Girls Varsity team title would go to the Patriots of George Washington who finished just ahead of Denver East with 33 overall points.
In the last two races of the afternoon Harrison Scudamore of Morey Middle School and Ashley Wuthrich of Slavens K-8 would bring home the Middle School Championships in DPS. Scudamore won the boys race with a time of 9:18, while Wuthrich captured the girls race in an astounding 10:42. On the team side of things it was Slavens K-8 School winning the Boys and Girls Team Titles with 30 combined points in the Boys Race and 23 combined points in the Girls Race. Congratulations to all runners for an incredible event.
Below is a list of the High School All League Team based on their top seven overall finishes as individuals and a link to the Running Bears website which has a complete list of results.
DPS Boys All League XC
1. Cerake Geberkidane (Denver East)
2. Jeffrey Lazo (Denver North)
3. Jairo Tiscareno (Denver North)
4. Chris Coyle (Denver East)
5. Gavin DeCamillis (Denver East)
6. Yohanes Alem (Denver South)
7. Jaasiel Velo-Ramirez (Denver North)
DPS Girls All League XC
1. Darby Gilfillian (George Washington)
2. Kayla Young (Denver North)
3. Sarah Nick (George Washington)
4. Rosa Gutierrez (Denver North)
5. Megan Hill (George Washington)
6. Rachel Olree (Denver South)
7. Samantha Oberhausen (Denver East)
DPS Celebrates 110 Years of Athletics with the All-Century Team
As part of the celebration of the 110th anniversary of Denver Public Schools Athletics, this site has been created to capture our athletic past and reminisce about former players, coaches, administrators and members of the greater community who helped shape the Denver Public Schools Athletic program.
Do you recall a great player? Do you remember the great players and teams of the past? Do you remember the days of dirt fields and hot gymnasiums? Do you remember the spirit of winning a championship in DPS? Do the echoes of crowded gyms bring back memories so vivid it feels as if it just happened yesterday? Then this website and project needs you.
Please enjoy reviewing the All Century Teams. These teams were selected by the All Century Committee. Criteria included but were not limited to:
- All-State by CHSAA
- CHSCA All-State
- Denver Post Selection
- Rocky Mountain News selection
- Other recognized sources
Two new teams will be introduced each season according to the following schedule: Winter, 2013 - boys/girls basketball; Spring, 2014 - baseball/girls soccer; Fall, 2014 - boys soccer/softball; Winter, 2014 - wrestling/girls swimming. Announcements of additional sports will follow for 2015 and on. If you know of a player deserving of recognition that is not listed, please send an e-mail to email@example.com. Please include validation for this nomination. Our committee will review these nominations and respond back. You may also mail written requests to John Andrew, Department of Athletics, 2700 West 7th Ave, Denver, CO 80204.
Student Athlete Average GPA in DPS is Outstanding 3.19 During 2012-2013 School Year, With Attendance Rates at 93%
Student Athletes in DPS during the 2012-2013 academic year combined to earn a cumulative GPA of 3.19. This figure, which is outstanding in its own right, was nearly a full point higher than the 2.3 cumulative GPA of non participants. As the district looks to increase student engagement, the goal now is to get even more DPS students involved in an activity and as a result increase their academic standing.
Contributing to the increased student athlete GPA (in comparison to non participants) was the fact that attendance rates among this group sits at 93% overall. With the advent of data tracking, tutoring programs and increased engagement opportunities for students, look for GPA and attendance numbers to climb to even greater heights.
Highlighting the district in the category of Team GPA was the cross country team at George Washington High School. With a combined GPA of 4.64, they narrowly edged out the George Washington Girls Swimming Team (4.49) and George Washington Girls Tennis Team (4.48). In total, eighteen DPS Athletic Teams combined for a GPA OVER 4.0! Additionally, forty-one teams saw their average attendance rates fall at 95% or above. An accomplishment that truly summarizes the efforts of DPS as a whole, as the district looks to ensure that every DPS student graduate and successfully pursue post-secondary opportunities.
DPS Experiences Unprecedented Success During 2013 RBI Season
Thanks to the generous financial support of the Colorado Rockies Charity Fund and their expansion of the RBI Baseball/Softball program here in Denver, DPS welcomed a significant growth in baseball and softball programs throughout the district. The growth of the sport here in Denver, while incredible, was something that we saw coming for a long time thanks to the support of the Rockies and the DPS community, said Manager of Athletics Justin Saylor.
The RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) Baseball/Softball Program is a league designed to give school aged children within an urban setting the opportunity to participate in a structured league over the summer months at no cost. This past summer the league featured 36 baseball and softball teams from around the district. Split into three separate divisions, the league is open to students 13-15 (Junior Baseball Division), 16-18 (Senior Baseball Division) and softball players 13-18.
DPS experienced tremendous success during the 2013 season, winning both the RBI Softball Division and the RBI Senior Baseball Division. In the Junior Baseball Division Adams City High School took home the title, while in the Senior Baseball Divisions the Commanders of John F. Kennedy came out on top. In the Softball Division the Thomas Jefferson Spartans emerged victorious for the third time in four years defeating John F. Kennedy in the Final. As a result of their success, all three programs will be recognized during an on-field ceremony at Coors Field before a home Rockies game (July 22nd). DPS Athletics would like to congratulate all teams involved this summer and we look forward to continued success in 2014.
The Denver Public Schools Athletics will provide opportunities for participants as an extension of academics in a competitive and wholesome environment. DPS Athletics will emphasize the promotion of life skills, citizenship, cooperation and work ethic in an interscholastic environment.