Colorado University Commit Dominique Collier Named Colorado Mr. Basketball
Denver East junior guard Dominique Collier was named Colorado Mr. Basketball over the weekend by the Denver Post. Collier, who averaged 20.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 3.5 steals and 1.3 blocks per game led Denver East to a #1 overall regular season ranking and a runner-up finish in the CHSAA State Tournament. Joining Collier on the All State Teams from DPS were Treyvon Andres of Thomas Jefferson and Ibrahim Sylla of Denver South, who were both named 2nd Team All State. A plethora of DPS student athletes were named to the Honorable Mention All State Team; a list that included Jevon Griffith (Denver East), Tyre Robinson (Denver East), Jevon Taylor (George Washington), Gabriel Vazquez (Abraham Lincoln) and Alex Coleman (John F. Kennedy). To view the entire list of All State award winners follow the link below.
Denver Easts Frannie Sally Named 1st Team All Colorado by Denver Post
Denver East senior post player Frannie Sally has been named 1st Team All Colorado by the Denver Post. Sally, who is also a candidate to earn All State accolades as a member of the Denver East girls soccer team, capped an illustrious career by leading the Angels to the CHSAA Girls Basketball Sweet Sixteen. Joining Sally on the All State Team out of DPS was Michelle Cox (Denver East), who was named to the Honorable Mention All State Team and Kendra Martin (Denver South), who was also a member of the Honorable Mention All State Team. To view the list of All State award winners follow the link below.
GW Patriot Invitational Track & Field Meet April 20th @ All City Stadium
Denver East Finishes 2013 as CHSAA State Runner-Up
Denver East finished an incredible regular season and tournament run as the runner-up of the CHSAA 5A Boys Basketball Tournament. After defeating Legend High School in the Final Four, Denver East ran into an Eaglecrest High School team that was on an incredible stretch of games of their own. Despite a valiant effort by the Angels, it was not meant to be on the night as they fell by a score of 63-44. Highlights on the season included a 25-1 record in Colorado, a #1 overall ranking throughout the entire season, two players named to the State All Star Game and two players named to the 2013 CHSAA All Tournament Team. All of Denver Public Schools are proud of the performance put forth by the Angels all season long, as well as that of all of our incredible student athletes throughout the winter season.
Denver North, Thomas Jefferson and Montbello Top Pre-Season Baseball Rankings
The Denver North Vikings lead the way in the State of Colorado as they enter the 2013 season as the 10th ranked team in the state. Not to be outdone, the Warriors of Montbello come in as the 18th ranked team in Colorado, while the Spartans of Thomas Jefferson round out the DPS list as the 13th ranked team in the poll. The outlook for 2013 is bright for DPS as they are already on the state radar to start the season. To view the complete Denver Post Poll, follow the link below.
Denver East and George Washington lead the way in 5A Girls Soccer Poll
2012 CHSAA State Qualifiers Denver East and George Washington lead the charge in DPS as they enter the 2013 season as the 13th and 15th ranked teams in the state respectively. Denver East is no stranger to this list as they have won the DPS League Title seven straight years and were 2011 CHSAA State Elite 8 participants. George Washington returns a veteran team that will be looking to make a splash in 2013. Look out for Denver South and Thomas Jefferson as well in the 4A classification, as both teams qualified for the CHSAA State Tournament in 2012. Follow the link below for a complete look at the 2013 Denver Post Girls Soccer Poll.
DPS Shines at CHSAA State Wrestling Tournament
Several DPS student athletes were among the best in the State of Colorado this past weekend at the 2013 CHSAA State Wrestling Tournament. Highlighting the event out of DPS was Devon Zavala of Denver East. The Angel senior advanced all the way to the state championship bout in the 132 lb. weight class where he would finish in 2nd place overall in 5A competition. Also topping the medal podium out of DPS was Thomas Jefferson senior Layth Dieyleh, who would finish in 3rd place overall in the 4A 126 lb. competition. The result helped the Spartans finish in 25th place overall in the State of Colorado, while Denver East on the back of Devon Zavala would finish in 30th. To view complete results from the competition follow the link below.
DPS State Participants
Abraham Lincoln - Jacob Espinosa, 106 lbs., JD Rosales, 195 lbs., Donovan Roybal, 220 lbs. (Unable to participate due to injury); Denver East - Devon Zavala, 132 lbs., Khyre Burns, 160 lbs.; Denver South - Jeriah Garcia, 126 lbs., TreVaughn Hawkins, 285 lbs.; Denver West - Adam Lee, 106 lbs.; John F. Kennedy - Victor Garcia, 220 lbs.; Montbello - Jerell Nettles, 220 lbs.; Thomas Jefferson - Zion Rivera, 120 lbs., Layth Dieyleh, 126 lbs., Kenny Ojeda, 132 lbs., Noel Estrada, 138 lbs., Joe Johnson, 152 lbs., Martin Gonzalez, 182 lbs.
DPS Board of Education Recognizes DPS Outstanding Female Athletes
The Board of Education recognized outstanding female athletes in the district on Thursday at the BOE Meeting at 900 Grant St. Ann Rowe and Happy Haynes spoke on behalf of the young student athletes in front of a standing room only board session. Follow the link below to see the list of DPS student athletes honored and to view each of their bios.
Thomas Jefferson Participates in Inaugural Unified Sports Basketball Game at CU Events Center
In the inaugural Unified Sports basketball game at CU Boulder before the CHSAA Boys State Championship Game, the Spartans of Thomas Jefferson took on Douglas County in front of a raucous crowd at the Events Center. Unified Basketball, a branch of Special Olympics, partners special needs students with peer assistants to help them learn, enjoy, and compete in the game of basketball.
The Spartan scoring attack was led by guard Aaron Cardona, who thanks to pinpoint passing from teammates Madisyn Higgins and Kenneth Paredes, was able to fill the stat sheet all night long. On the defensive end Healy Novotny shut down the oppositions attack, which was instrumental in guiding the Spartans to a 27-26 victory. It was truly an amazing event, filled with great sportsmanship, teamwork, individual effort, and school pride. Congratulations to all participants.
DPS Student Athletes Participate at 2013 CHSAA State Girls Swim & Dive Championships
Athletes from Denver South, Denver East and George Washington participated in the 2013 CHSAA State Girls Swim & Dive Championships this past weekend. Highlighting the event from Denver South was Taylor Hurney, who finished in 16th place overall in the State of Colorado and helped guide the Rebels to a 33rd place overall finish in the state. The George Washington 200 Yard Freestyle Relay Team of Chloe Briney, Sydney Melnick, Maya Learned and Sydney Sibelius finished 15th overall and helped guide the Patriots to a 30th place overall team result. To view the complete results of the CHSAA State Meet, follow the links below.
Thomas Jefferson Takes 6th Consecutive DPS League Wrestling Championship
The Spartans of Thomas Jefferson were able to secure victories in six of the fourteen weight classes on Saturday en route to their sixth consecutive DPS League Wrestling Championship. Led by Layth Dieyleh, the states fourth ranked wrestler at 126 lbs, Thomas Jefferson was able to narrowly defeat the Lancers of Lincoln for the title. Keeping Abraham Lincoln within striking distance all afternoon was Will Howard Outstanding Senior Wrestler JD Rosales who took 1st place overall at 195 lbs, moving the Lancer senior to 4th overall in the state at his weight class.
The 120 lb weight division was as exciting a competition as you will see all year, as Denver East Angel Maya Nelson took 1st in the weight class with a 5-2 championship match decision. Nelson, who trains part time at the Olympic Training Facility in Colorado Springs when not training with Denver East, is a favorite to make the 2016 Womens Olympic Wrestling Team in Rio de Janeiro. Sending the tournament home in style was the 285 lb heavyweight division. In the championship match Montbellos Ramiro DeLa Torre needed three overtime sessions to knock of Denver Souths TreVaughn Hawkins by a 4-3 decision. For a complete look at the tournament results follow the link below.
Denver East featured in Denver Post Article Highlighting Athletics
DPS Athletes Named John Lynch Star of the Month
Congratulations to this month's Star of the Month and Coach of the Month winners! Don't forget to get your nominations in for the month of April. Nominations are due on Thursday, March 21st. Click here to nominate a student-athlete or coach. If the student-athlete or coach you nominate was not chosen as a winner, feel free to nominate them again - no need to resubmit their nomination (unless you'd like to add to it).
March Star of the Month Winner
Francesca Sally, Denver East High School
Layth Dieyleh, Thomas Jefferson High School
March Coach of the Month Winner
Tommie Beal, George Washington High School
George Washington Crowned 2013 DPS League Girls Swimming Champions
The 2013 DPS Girls Swimming League Meet was full of excitement as the Patriots of George Washington narrowly edged the Denver East Angels and the Denver South Rebels to take home the League Title. With everything riding on Saturdays event finals, George Washington was able to win seven of the twelve events to capture the trophy. The win marked the first League Title for the Patriots since 2007 and tenth overall in program history. To view the scores and results from the meet follow the links below.
Thomas Jefferson Freshman Volleyball Student Athlete Celeste James Named 1st Team Freshman All American
Thomas Jefferson Freshman Celeste James was named 1st Team Freshman All American by MaxPreps for the 2012 season. MaxPreps is the national media outlet for High School Athletics, and the official statistical ranking website used by the Colorado High School Activities Association. James had excellent numbers for the 20-4 Spartans with 311 kills, 239 digs, 49 blocks and 38 aces. As the only player from Colorado to make the Freshman All American list, look for James to be in contention in 2013 for Colorado High School Player of the Year Honors. Congratulations to Celeste for an incredible 2012 season. To view the entire list of Underclass All Americans follow the link below.
Three Montbello Student Athletes Selected to National Underclassmen All-American Football Game
Three Montbello Warriors were selected to the 2012 National Underclassmen All American game in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Jante Gadson, Marquille Jones and A.J. Thompson all were selected to the All American Team that participated in week long activities from December 17-22 in South Carolina. You can read about their progress as well as more on Montbello Football using the link below.
Denver East Retains Top Spot, Thomas Jefferson in at #8 in Latest Denver Post Basketball Poll
Denver East comes in at #1 overall in the State of Colorado for the tenth straight week, while Thomas Jefferson has moved to #8 overall in the latest Denver Post Boys Basketball Rankings. Joining the ranks out of DPS were the Denver South Boys, who ranked #9 overall and the Denver East Girls who stayed at #10 after starting 7-0 in League and 3-0 at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona, including a convincing win over national power Mater Dei. After starting the season 14-8, including a 6-1 League record, the George Washington Girls finished just outside the top 10 for week ten; however, expect the Patriots to crack the list in week eleven with another strong performance.
Denver South Finishes 2012 as CHSAA State Runner-Up
The Denver Broncos Futures Football Program in conjunction with DPS was started in 2009 to finally bring tackle football to the district. In just four short years the landscape of football in DPS has changed dramatically as district programs are competing for state honors as both teams and individuals. During the 2012 Football Season DPS would have the #1 ranked football team in the State of Colorado for the second straight year (JFK 2011 & Denver South 2012), as well as numerous other programs among the top rated in the state. At seasons end, Denver South would advance all the way to the CHSAA State Football Championship, where they would finish as the runner-up and as the second ranked team in the State of Colorado.
DPS Dominance on Display at CHSAA State Cross Country Meet
For the second year in a row DPS has won an individual State Championship in the sport of Cross Country. Ashi Geberkidane of Denver East took down the entire field on Saturday to run away with the 5A State Championship in a time of 16:21. For his efforts Geberkidane would earn 1st Team All Colorado accolades for all classifications, as well as being named the 2012 5A Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year for Colorado. Denver East teammate and brother, Cerake Geberkidane who was in the hunt the entire race finished an amazing 3rd place overall in the meet and also earning a spot on the 2012 Colorado High School Cross Country All State Team. Another strong performance from John F. Kennedy Commander Brandon Gallardo secured the senior runner 15th place overall in the 4A field. Assisting Denver East finish towards the top of the team standings was Andrew Wise who took 17th place overall in 5A to finish right behind the Geberkidane brothers. Ezana Alem of Denver South also had a strong outing taking 31st overall in the field of 224 runners. To read the article on Denver East in the Denver Post and to view the complete results, follow the links below.
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