George Washington Girls Swimming Captures Fourth Consecutive League Title

George Washington was able to win six of the twelve events at the 2016 DPS League Swim and Dive Meet on their way to 458 total team points on Saturday. Highlighting the meet for the Patriots were Sydney Melnick (100 Freestyle & 200 Freestyle), Claire Neid (50 Freestyle) and Madison Smith (500 Freestyle) who all took home individual League Titles. George Washington was also able to capture League Titles in the 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay which locked up the team title for the Patriots.

Isabelle Toppen of Denver East kept the Angels close as she was able to capture both the 100 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke League Titles. Also pacing the second place Angels was Caroline Pease who took second in the 50 Freestyle and the 200 Medley Relay Team of Denver East which won a League Title as well.

Finishing in a tie for third place overall was Thomas Jefferson, thanks to an unbelievable effort by Sydney Gonzalez in the 200 IM and 100 Breaststroke. Gonzalez was able to capture the League Title in both events and will look to make the A Final in the 4A State Meet this weekend at VMAC in Thornton.

Helping the Rebels of Denver South keep pace was CHSAA State Title contender Isabel Mroz who put on a record breaking performance in the One Meter Diving Event. Mroz, who will be among the favorites this weekend at the CHSAA State Championships set a new DPS One Meter Diving Record with 467.35 overall points.

Winning the 2016 Jim Hartman Award as the outstanding Senior Swimmer was Camille Moore of Thomas Jefferson. Camille was a leader for the Spartan Swim Team both in the pool and in the classroom. Her presence will be missed by all of her teammates as Camille moves on from the TJ Swim Team.

For a complete look at the results from the 2016 DPS Swim & Dive League Meet follow the link below to MaxPreps.

DPS League Swim & Dive Meet

Denver East Wins First Wrestling League Title in Eight Years

The Angels of Denver East were crowned as DPS Wrestling Champions in convincing fashion over the weekend, taking home the team title by 21 overall points. Individually Denver East took home six titles, which highlighted a complete team effort by the Angels. At 120 lbs Anthony Martinez, defeated Antonio Trujillo of Abraham Lincoln in a statement match for Denver East. Denver East was also able to take home an individual title at 126 lbs, where Polo Garcia defeated Gabriel Orozco of Denver West. At 132 lbs Dominic Resendez gave the Angels their third individual title on the day by getting a decision over Elijah Grossetete of Abraham Lincoln 9-1. In the 138 lb Division Denver East Senior David Kavanagh was able to pin Andrew Rojas of Abraham Lincoln to capture the fourth consecutive individual championship on the day for the Angels. Mike Ferrini (145 lbs) would make it five in a row with a highlight filled match against Reuben Agosto of Denver North. And capping off the Team Title for Denver East would be John Marsh (160 lbs), who was able to pin Jacoby Garcia of Abraham Lincoln in what would be the sixth and final individual title on the day for the Angels.

The match of the day was at 113 lbs and featured two of the top wrestlers in the district. Abdikar Muse of Denver West and Jacob Espinosa of Abraham Lincoln squared off in an epic match that went the distance. Espinosa gave it everything he had, but in the end Muse was able to secure a City Title with a 7-5 decision in the final. Muse now looks ahead as he tries to win a 3A State Title for the Cowboys. It all starts this weekend with the 3A Regional at Platte Valley High School on February 13th.

At 182 lbs, Will Howard Outstanding Senior Wrestling Award winner Adrian Perez of Denver North used a beautiful take down on Yanmin Zhao of Denver South to secure the City Title for the highly decorated senior student athlete. In the 285 lb division, Denver North Heavyweight Josias Chavez defeated Dakarai Box of Denver South for his second consecutive City Title at 285 lbs. Earlier in the day Marciano Melendez of Abraham Lincoln defeated Bobby Macias of Thomas Jefferson in a classic match at the 106 lb division.

Other individual champions on the day were Colin Saiz of Denver South at 152 lbs, Thomas Reiva of Thomas Jefferson at 170 lbs, Casey Seppelt of Denver South at 195 lbs and Roberto Lopez of Denver South at 220 lbs.

Congratulations to all wrestlers on an outstanding season. To view a more detailed report on the League Meet follow the link below.

2016 DPS League Wrestling Tournament [pdf]

18 DPS Student-Athletes Ink National Letters of Intent on National Signing Day

Seniors at East, George Washington and South recognized during National Signing Day.

Student-athletes across Denver Public Schools (DPS) signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) in six different sports on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, during 2016 National Signing Day. East High School leads the district with 12 commitments in four sports, followed by South High School and George Washington High School with three each.

To start the day, 14 student-athletes were anticipated to sign their NLI in front of their families, coaches and classmates. By the end of the day, the number had grown to 18 as four more students decided to put pen to paper.

Of the 18 DPS student-athletes receiving athletic scholarships in 2016-17, five girls and 13 boys make up this year's recruiting class, and eight will compete at the NCAA Division I level. All three schools hosted National Signing Day events today at their respective campuses to recognize and celebrate these student-athletes.

DPS student-athletes by school who signed a 2016-17 NLI:

(Name, position, school, division, sport)

East High School

Andrew Arendt: F, Southern New Hampshire University, Division II, Mens Soccer

Elijah Cordero: S, Fort Hayes State University, Division II, Football

Deron Harrell: ATH, University of Wisconsin, Division I (FBS), Football

William Howell-Perkowski: MF, Fort Hayes State University, Division II, Mens Soccer

Dylan Lutz: SS/2B, Quinnipiac University, Division I, Baseball

Hassani Moore: R, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Division II, Football

Ben Moran: OF, P, Augustana University (SD), Division II, Baseball

Will Palmquist: GK, University of Denver, Division I, Mens Soccer

Cheyenne Shorts: D, University of Denver, Division I, Womens Soccer

Madeline Stesney: M/F, Colorado College, Division I, Womens Soccer

Jack Umbaugh: D, Occidental College, Division III, Mens Soccer

Quinn Yawger: M, Colorado College, Division I, Womens Soccer

George Washington

Dekarri Davis: WR, Pima Community College, NJCAA Division II, Football

Adrian King: LB, University of Wyoming, Division I, Football

Sophie Nick: F, Vassar (N.Y.), Division III, Womens Basketball

South High School

Madie Baker: OH, Bethany College, Division III, Volleyball

Dakari Box: DL/LB, Eastern New Mexico University, Division II, Football

Terriek Roberts: OL/D, University of Colorado, Division I (FBS), Football

Kayla Young of Denver North Will Compete at Prestigious Foot Locker Nationals

Denver North junior Kayla Young has qualified for the Foot Locker Cross Country Nationals this Saturday in San Diego, California. Kayla will be only the 39th female runner from Colorado to ever compete in the competition and the first from DPS since Sydney Scott of Denver South competed back in 2011. For more information on the race follow the link below.

Foot Locker Nationals

DPS All League Teams & Standings Fall 2015

The DPS All League Teams for Fall 2015 along with League Standings can be found at the link below.

DPS All League Fall 2015

Kayla Young of Denver North Takes 2nd Overall at CHSAA State XC Meet

Denver North junior sensation Kayla Young capped an incredible 2015 season by taking 2nd place overall at the CHSAA Cross Country State Championships in Colorado Springs. Her time of 18:13 was second only behind senior Katie Rainsberger of Air Academy High School and a full 35 seconds ahead of the third place finisher. Young, who was the 2014 CHSAA State Runner-Up is considered one of the top high school distance runners in the country and backed it up with an incredible result at the CHSAA State Championships in 2015.

On the boys side, Denver East sophomore Harrison Scudamore finished in 13th place overall, but had the second fastest sophomore time in the state, leaving plenty of optimism for the future of the sport in DPS.

For a complete look at the results follow the link below.


Denver East Volleyball Ends Incredible Run at CHSAA State Volleyball Tournament

The Angels of Denver East made an unbelievable run all the way to the Semi-Finals of the CHSAA State Volleyball Tournament before finally succumbing to eventual 5A State Champion Cherokee Trail. Denver East won their Regional last week in dramatic fashion at Castle View High School before repeating the feat at the CHSAA State Tournament by advancing out of their side of the bracket that featured heavyweights Grandview and Chaparral. The result puts Denver East among the top four in Colorado, which features some of the top talent in the country. As amazing as the outcome was in 2015, Denver East returns the majority of their team in 2016 and will look to build on the momentum of this amazing season. See the link below for additional CHSAA State VB Coverage.

CHSAA State Volleyball

Denver East Claims Boys Tennis State Doubles Title

David Glazer and Will Burton of Denver East claimed the 2015 State Title at the #4 Doubles position over the weekend to propel Denver East to a 3rd place overall finish in Boys Tennis. Not to be outdone, Denver East sophomore sensation Charlie Franks took 2nd place overall at #2 Singles and Kai Smith took 3rd place overall in the prestigious #1 Singles to give the Angels 47 points overall. What was more impressive was that Denver East was able to accumulate points at every position and finished ahead of traditional powers Regis Jesuit and Boulder High School. Denver East will have several key members of the team returning in 2016 and will look to make history with a CHSAA State Team Title in Boys Tennis.

For a complete look at the CHSAA Boys Tennis State Tournament follow the link below

CHSAA State Boys Tennis

DPS Qualifies Nine Student Athletes to the CHSAA State Gymnastics Meet

Nine DPS Student Athletes have qualified for the CHSAA State Gymnastics Meet at Thornton High School on Friday and Saturday beginning at 9am. DPS has seen a surge in Gymnastics over the last several years with the CHSAA State Meet becoming familiar territory for the districts gymnasts. Looking to solidify their place among the best in the state this weekend at the CHSAA Meet from DPS will be:

Hannah Grisinger Denver South

Savannah Hughes Denver South

Dasia Hughes Denver South

Stephanie Humphrey Denver South

Anniek Slosse Denver South

Caroline Cech Thomas Jefferson

Tori Conroy Thomas Jefferson

Gabby Harrison Thomas Jefferson

Chloe Richter Thomas Jefferson

For additional information on the CHSAA State Gymnastics Meet follow the link below:

CHSAA State Gymnastics

DPS League Meet a Huge Success

The 2015 DPS High School and Middle School Cross Country Seasons concluded on Tuesday with the running of the League Championships. This years event included over 750 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 Jack Thompson guided his team to the overall Boys Open team crown with a time of 21:07, enough for the Boys Open individual title as well. In the Girls Open Division it was Denver East who would take the team title with a combined 15 overall points. Denver East would also take the individual title, as Lilly Cory would finish with the individual crown winning with a time of 24:11.

In the Boys Varsity race the top four finishers would all come from separate schools as Denver East, John F. Kennedy, Denver South and Denver North went 1-4 respectively in what was an impressive display by all four schools. Doing all they could to lead their team to a title, 2014 Varsity League Champion Harrison Scudamore, accompanied by Nikita Cordier and Connor Campbell, all of Denver East, stormed out to early leads and battled to hang on to finish in 1st, 5th and 8th place respectively. With a DPS League Championship winning time of 17:45, freshman Harrison Scudamore would cross the finish line over one minute ahead of his closest competitor, to take the 2015 DPS League Individual Title. Despite incredible efforts by Denver South runners Yohanes Alem (3rd place) and Tom Heckmaster (7th place) the Angels were able to narrowly escape with their fourth consecutive overall team title over the field with a score of 43 overall points.

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 time with a time of 20:01 was Kayla Young of Denver North. Kayla has one of the fastest times in the State of Colorado and will be looking to parlay her success into a State Championship at this years CHSAA State Cross Country Event where she finished 2nd overall in 2014. This years Girls Varsity team title would go to the Angels of Denver East for the first time since 2011, as they finished just ahead of Denver South with 33 overall points.

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 League Meet Results 2015

DPS Boys All League XC

1. Harrison Scudamore (Denver East)

2. Jacob Schipper (John F. Kennedy)

3. Yohanes Alem (Denver South)

4. Riverz Florez (Denver North)

5. Nikita Cordier (Denver East)

6. Guillermo Acero (George Washington)

7. Tom Heckmaster (Denver South)

DPS Girls All League XC

1. Kayla Young (Denver North)

2. Isa Marshall (Denver East)

3. Esmeralda Baltierra (Denver South)

4. Samantha Skeen (Denver North)

5. Rhianna Herd (Denver East)

6. Nicole Oberlag (Denver South)

7. Emily Turner (Denver East)

Denver East Claims DPS Boys Golf Championship

The Angels of Denver East were crowned champions of DPS on Wednesday at the DPS Boys Golf Varsity Cup. In one of the closest tournaments in recent memory, Denver East (219) held off late charges from Thomas Jefferson (240), Denver South (250) and George Washington (253) to bring home the title. Individually several student athletes shined, as there were four scores in the 70s. Kailer Rundkins of Denver East was the individual champion shooting an even par 70 on the day. Rounding out the top three was Brock Dowdy of Denver East (73) and Roger Nakagawa of Thomas Jefferson (73). CHSAA State Qualifying begins the week of September 21st with DPS featuring several competitors looking to qualify for the statewide tournament in October.

For a complete look at the results from the Varsity Cup and all of the DPS Tournaments of 2015, follow the link below

DPS Boys Golf 2015

DPS 1st Team All League

Kailer Rundkins (East) 72.5 avg.

Brock Dowdy (East) 73.2 avg.

Roger Nakagawa (TJ) 75.2 avg.

Ryan Hunt (East) 79.2 avg.

Joseph Madden (East) 80.5 avg.

DPS 2nd Team All League

Ryan Rundles (South) 82 avg.

Sergio Quinn (South) 83.8 avg.

Jessie Aldridge (TJ) 86 avg.

Collin Waters (TJ) 86.4 avg.

Andy Villescas (TJ) 88.6 avg.

Mission Statement

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.

2015-2016 DPS High School Athletics Schedules

2015-2016 DPS High School Athletics Schedules

2014-2015 DPS High School League Athletics Highlights

DPS 2014-2015 League Athletics Highlights [pdf]

High School Coaches Meetings

Spring Postseason


May 16th @ Athletics Dept. 6PM

Boys Swimming

May 13th @ League Meet

Girls Golf

April 27th @ Varsity Cup

Girls Soccer

May 17th @ Athletics Dept. 6PM

Girls Tennis

May 18th @ Athletics Dept. 6PM

Track & Field

May 14th @ League Meet

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