DPS Experiences Unprecedented Success During 2016 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 40 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 2016 season, winning all three divisions. In the Junior Baseball Division John F. Kennedy High School took home the title, while in the Senior Baseball Divisions the Vikings of Denver North came out on top. In the Softball Division the Thomas Jefferson Spartans emerged victorious once again defeating Abraham Lincoln 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 18th). DPS Athletics would like to congratulate all teams involved this summer and we look forward to continued success in 2017.
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18 DPS Student-Athletes Ink National Letters of Intent on 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
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
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.
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