DPS to Host Seven First Round Playoff Games, Grabs Coveted #1 Seed Overall
Denver Public Schools will host seven 1st Rd Boys and Girls CHSAA Basketball Playoff games this week, leading the way in the State of Colorado. Highlighting the field will be #1 Seeded Denver South, who is the defending State Runner-Up and one of the most formidable boys programs in Colorado. The Rebels will play host to #8 Seeded Erie on Friday, February 27th at Denver South 7PM. With a win South will advance to play the winner of Thompson Valley and Lewis Palmer, also at Denver South on Saturday, February 28th 3PM.
On the girls side, perennial state power Denver East will host the winner of Fairview and Brighton on Friday, February 27th. Game time is TBD, pending the outcome of the first round game. Denver East is sporting a 20-3 overall record and will once again be favored to make a deep run. Joining Denver East on the girls side will be George Washington, Denver North and Thomas Jefferson. The 8th seeded Patriots will host Fort Collins on Tuesday, February 24th at 6PM, while Denver North will travel to Valor Christian on Friday, February 27th and Thomas Jefferson will travel to Pueblo South on the 27th as well.
Also hosting 1st Rd action on the boys side will be Abraham Lincoln, Denver East, the Warriors of Montbello and George Washington. Abraham Lincoln will host Loveland on Wednesday, February 25th at 7PM, Denver East will host Fairview on Wednesday, February 25th at 6PM (Game played at Manual High School), the Warriors of Montbello will host Mullen on Wednesday, February 25th at 7PM and George Washington will host the winner of Cherry Creek and Rocky Mountain on Saturday, February 28th with a time yet to be determined. The Spartans of Thomas Jefferson also qualified for the CHSAA Tournament on the boys side and will be traveling to Golden High School to take on Glenwood Springs on Friday, February 27th at 5PM.
For a full look at the tournament with brackets, follow the link below
Nineteen DPS Students Athletes Participate at CHSAA State Wrestling Over the Weekend
Nineteen Denver Public Schools Student Athletes qualified and participated at the CHSAA State Wrestling Tournament over the weekend at the Pepsi Center. Highlighting the event for DPS would be Seth Rosales of Abraham Lincoln who defeated one of the tournament favorites to claim 5th place overall and a place on the medal podium. For Rosales, the Lancer senior will finish his illustrious career with over 100 career wins and now a State Medal at the CHSAA Tournament in the 138lb Division.
Also in the hunt for a place on the podium was Denver East sophomore Polo Garcia. Garcia, a DPS League Champion, found himself in the 5th place match in only his sophomore year. Unfortunately it was not to be in 2015 as Garcia fell to Louie Romero of Mountain Range High School. With two more years remaining in the career of Garcia, look for the Super Sophomore to make a name for himself in the coming years.
Leading the way with the number of participants at the CHSAA State Wrestling Tournament were the Vikings of Denver North, who qualified five wrestlers. Led by League Champion at 106lbs. Jared Garcia, the Vikings put up an impressive showing in the 3A Classification.
Below is a list of all State Qualifiers by school:
Jacob Espinosa 113lb, Seth Rosales 138lb
Polo Garcia 113lb, Maya Nelson 120lb, David Kavanagh 132lb
Jared Garcia 106lb, Joshua Shipley 138lb, Nick Martinez 160lb, Adrian Perez 170lb, Josias Chavez 285lb
Colin Saiz 145lb, Casey Seppelt 195lb
Abdikar Muse 113lb, Chris Padilla 195lb, Gebil Mirco 220lb
John Olaka 170lb
John F. Kennedy
Juan Castillo 126lb
Aron Estrada 152lb, Nik Portillo 285lb
Abraham Lincoln Repeats as City Wrestling Champions
The Lancers of Abraham Lincoln repeated as DPS Wrestling Champions in convincing fashion over the weekend, taking home the team title by 51 points. Individually the Lancers took home three titles, highlighted by Seth Rosales at 138 lbs. Rosales, one of the top ranked wrestlers in the State of Colorado defeated Anthony Martinez of Denver East in an exciting championship match. Abraham Lincoln was also able to take home individual titles at 126 lbs, where Seth Sanchez defeated Mike Ferrini of Denver East, and at 160 lbs, where Jacoby Garcia defeated Max Hernandez of Thomas Jefferson.
The match of the day was at 120 lbs and featured two of the top wrestlers in the district. Maya Nelson of Denver East and Juan Rosales of Abraham Lincoln squared off in an epic match that went the distance. Rosales gave it everything he had, but in the end Nelson was able to secure yet another City Title with a 3-2 decision in the final. Nelson now looks ahead as she tries to become the first ever female state champion in Colorado. It all starts this weekend with the 5A Regional at Smoky Hill High School on February 14th.
At 170 lbs, Will Howard Outstanding Senior Wrestling Award winner John Olaka of George Washington used a beautiful take down on Adrian Perez of Denver North to secure the City Title for the highly decorated senior student athlete. In the 285 lb division, Denver North wrestler Josias Chavez defeated Nik Portillo of Thomas Jefferson to give the host Denver North their second individual title. Earlier in the day Jared Garcia defeated Chucky Montoya of Denver East in the 106 lb division.
Other individual champions on the day were Polo Garcia of Denver East at 113 lbs, David Kavanagh of Denver East at 132 lbs, Trevor Thornton of John F. Kennedy at 145 lbs, Aron Estrada of Thomas Jefferson at 152 lbs, Reis Bossman of Thomas Jefferson at 182 lbs, Casey Seppelt of Denver South at 195 lbs and Gebil Mirco of Denver West 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.
George Washington Girls Swimming Makes it a Three-Peat
George Washington was able to win six of the twelve events at the 2015 DPS League Swim and Dive Meet on their way to a 159 pt win on Saturday. Highlighting the meet for the Patriots were Emma Schwartz (Diving), Sydney Melnick (100 Backstroke) and Anna Gergely (100 Breststroke & 200 IM) who all took home individual League Titles. George Washington was also able to capture League Titles in the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay which locked up the team title for the Patriots.
Rachel Lynch of Denver East kept the Angels close as she was able to capture both the 50 and 100 Freestyle League Titles. Look for Lynch to make some noise at the 5A State Meet this weekend in Fort Collins. Also pacing the second place Angels were Sofie Appel (500 Freestyle) and Isabelle Toppen (100 Butterfly) who brought home individual League Titles of their own. The Angels 200 Free Relay Team was able to narrowly defeat the Patriots of George Washington to bring home the League Title in the event.
Finishing in third place overall was Thomas Jefferson, thanks to an incredible effort by Sydney Gonzalez in the 200 Freestyle. Gonzalez was able to capture the League Title in the event and will look to make the A Final in the 4A State Meet this weekend at VMAC in Thornton.
For a complete look at the results from the 2015 DPS Swim & Dive League Meet follow the link below to MaxPreps.
DPS Puts 18 Student Athletes on CHSAA Fall All State Teams
CHSAA released its Fall All State Teams over the break and DPS was well represented. In total, eighteen DPS Student Athletes were named 1st and 2nd Team All State. Leading the way was Boys Soccer with five All State selections and Field Hockey, which had an amazing four 1st Team All State selections from DPS. Below is a list of DPS Student Athletes that were named CHSAA All State and their respective sport.
Kayla Young (Denver North)
Rebekah Abrams (Denver East)
Fiona Sullivan (Denver East)
Fe VanBerkel (Denver East)
Helena Wolf (Denver East)
Elijah Huff (Manual)
Adrian King (George Washington)
Wesley Ogsbury (Denver East)
Trevonte Tasco (Denver South)
Joao Thives (Denver North)
Alejandro Alainz (John F. Kennedy)
Bryan Manzano-Sandoval (Montbello Warriors)
Will Palmquist (Denver East)
Jose Santos (Bruce Randolph)
Devon Soto (Denver North)
Kenya Lindstrom (Denver East)
Jessica Jackson (Thomas Jefferson)
Abbi Reid (Denver East)
Denver East hockey off to a hot start in its first season
First year Ice Hockey Program Denver East is featured in a CHSAA Now article detailing the teams early season success. At 6-1 overall, the Angels currently sit at 8th overall in the State of Colorado. To view the complete article follow the link below.
DPS Enters New Year With High Expectations on the Court
With DPS League play on the horizon, excitement is growing as the district features some of the top boys and girls basketball programs in the state. Leading the way are the Warriors of Montbello Boys Basketball Team who enter a pivotal stretch of the season ranked near the top of the state with an 8-1 overall record. No program in Colorado will face a tougher test than the Warriors as they host 5A #7 Mountain Vista on Monday, January 12th, then face a gauntlet, as they travel to 5A #1 Regis Jesuit on Tuesday, January 13th and then to 4A #1 Longmont on Saturday, January 17th. With strong results in these three matchups the Warriors will certainly catapult to the top of the state rankings.
Not to be outdone, the Lady Angels of Denver East traveled to sunny Las Vegas over break where they participated in the prestigious Lady Wolves Holiday Basketball Tournament. Facing some of the top competition in both Nevada and California, the Lady Angels were able to secure a 4-0 tournament record and bring home overall championship. The highlight of the event came on the tournaments opening day, as Denver East knocked off 9th ranked Nevada powerhouse Arbor View by a score of 45-39. Leading the way for the Lady Angels was Jonnae Richardson and her 15 points and 15 rebounds. Up next for Denver East is a showdown with the top ranked team in Colorado (Highlands Ranch) on Tuesday, January 6th at Highlands Ranch High School.
Looking to make things difficult on the Lady Angels come League play will be the Lady Spartans of Thomas Jefferson. Sporting an 8-1 overall record of their own, Thomas Jefferson enters January as the 9th ranked program in the state. Up next for Thomas Jefferson will be Aurora Public Schools power Rangeview High School on the road (Tuesday, January 6th). Keep an eye on the pivotal matchup with Denver East that looms on February 3rd at home. This game will likely play a role in deciding the 2015 DPS Girls Basketball League Champion.
DPS Relay Meet Kicks Off Second Week of Girls Swim Season
Denver Public Schools Female Student Athletes Shine this Fall
Denver Public Schools has produced some of the top female student athletes over the years and 2014 was not any different, as three DPS female student athletes stood at the top of their respective sports.
It all started this summer as USA Wrestling phenom Maya Nelson of Denver East was named USA Wrestlings National Wrestler of the Week. Nelson, who is looking to become the first female wrestler to win a CHSAA State Title, is the defending DPS Champion in her weight class. Over the summer Nelson competed in several National and International Tournaments and won nearly every match she was a part of. Maya was crowned champion of the Austria Ladies Open, the German Grand Prix as well as the USA Junior National Championships. She will start her defense of her League Title when the season opens on December 1st and everyone will be watching as she looks to put her mark on CHSAA state history.
For Jessica Jackson, her four years at Thomas Jefferson have been special, as the All State volleyball player capped off an incredible career by signing her letter of intent to play at CSU this past week. Jackson led the Spartans to the CHSAA State Volleyball Tournament in 2013, the first time a DPS school made it to the Volleyball State Championships in 30 years. Jackson was one of the top recruits in Colorado and the state was fortunate to keep her in house as she will continue her educational and athletic career at Colorado State.
Kenya Lindstrom has been a force in DPS since her days at Hill Middle School. The senior standout was recently named 1st Team All State by CHSAA and signed her letter of intent to play softball at University of the Pacific. On the season Kenya led the state in ERA and was second in 5A in strikeouts. She led the Angels to the 2014 DPS Title and nearly carried her team to the CHSAA State Championships.
DPS congratulates these three amazing female student athletes as well as all of our amazing fall athletes on an incredible year. For a closer look at the accomplishments of Jessica, Kenya and Maya, follow the links below.
Denver East Puts Record Four Student Athletes on All State Field Hockey Team
Four student athletes from Denver East were named 1st Team All State by CHSAA, the most from any school in the State of Colorado. The Angels, who nearly upset Colorado Academy in the State Semifinals and ended the Mustangs 50 game win streak, finished the season as one of the top programs in the state. Making the All State 1st Team from Denver East were seniors Rebekah Abrams, Fiona Sullivan, Helena Wolf and sophomore Fe VanBerkel. For a complete look at the CHSAA All State Field Hockey Team follow the link below.
Kayla Young of Denver North Named 1st Team All State Cross Country
State Runner-Up Kayla Young of Denver North was named CHSAA 1st Team All State in 4A Cross Country. The sophomore is one of the top runners in the state, and will enter 2015 as the favorite to win the CHSAA State Championships. For a complete look at the 2014 Cross Country All State Teams follow the link below.
Kayla Young of Denver North Takes 2nd at CHSAA State XC Meet
Denver North sophomore sensation Kayla Young capped an incredible 2014 season by taking 2nd place overall at the CHSAA Cross Country State Championships in Colorado Springs. Her time of 19:03 was only 13 seconds behind junior Katie Rainsberger of Air Academy High School and 23 seconds ahead of the third place finisher. Young, who was the 2014 DPS League Champion 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.
On the boys side, Denver East freshman Harrison Scudamore finished in 76th place overall, but had the third fastest freshman time in the state, leaving plenty of optimism for the future of the sport in DPS. As a team, the Denver North boys finished in 21st overall place thanks to a 41st place individual finish by Jeffrey Lazo. For a complete look at the results follow the link below.
John F. Kennedy Hosts Special Olympics Flag Football State Championship
John F. Kennedy hosted the 2014 Colorado Special Olympics State Flag Football Championships and 9 NEWS was there to cover the action. DPS congratulates all of the participants in this years State Championship and a special kudos to JFK for putting on an incredible event. To see the video on the 9 NEWS website follow the link below.
Denver East Crowned 2014 DPS Volleyball Champions
Denver East defeated Thomas Jefferson on Wednesday to claim their first DPS Volleyball Championship since 2011. At 16-5 on the season, Denver East enters the post season ranked 19th in the state. Led by a strong contingent of student athletes that include Jazlyn Smith, Abbi Reid and Maya Patterson, the Angels are looking for their first state playoff appearance under head coach Tara Sponenberg. Up next for Denver East is the CHSAA Regional Tournament on Saturday, November 1st 10:00AM at Pine Creek HS. In the 4A Classification Thomas Jefferson will be traveling to Valor Christian on Saturday, November 1st for the CHSAA Regional Tournament at 10:00AM. The 20th ranked Spartans will be looking to qualify for their second CHSAA State Championship in the last two years. For a complete look at the 2014 CHSAA Regional Brackets follow the link below.
DPS League Meet a Huge Success
The 2014 DPS High School and Middle School Cross Country Seasons concluded on Tuesday with the running of the League Championships. This years event included over 700 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 Jacob Weiss guided his team to the overall Boys Open team crown with a time of 22:01, 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 35 overall points. Denver South however would take the individual title, as Rachel Olree would finish with the individual crown winning with a time of 25:13.
In the Boys Varsity race the top five finishers would all come from Denver East, Denver West and Denver North, in what was an impressive display by all three schools. Doing all they could to lead their team to a title, 2013 Middle School League Champion Harrison Scudamore, accompanied by Simon Bertron and Stuart Gordon, all of Denver East, stormed out to early leads and battled to hang on to finish in 1st, 6th and 9th place respectively. With a DPS League Championship winning time of 19:13, freshman Harrison Scudamore would cross the finish line over twenty seconds ahead of his closest competitor, to take the 2014 DPS League Individual Title. Despite incredible efforts by Denver West runners Gubay Ali (2nd place) and David Papp (5th place) the Angels were able to narrowly escape with their third consecutive overall team title over the field with a score of 35 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 first time with a time of 20:19 was Kayla Young of Denver North. Kayla has the third fastest time 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. This years Girls Varsity team title would go to the Rebels of Denver South for the first time since 2010, as they finished just ahead of Denver East with 36 overall points.
In the last two races of the afternoon Tyler Ervin of Slavens K-8 School and Christina Doolan of McAuliffe Middle School would bring home the Middle School Championships in DPS. Ervin won the boys race with a time of 10:17, while Doolan captured the girls race in an astounding 12:20. On the team side of things it was Slavens K-8 School winning the Boys Team Title and McAuliffe Middle School winning the Girls Team Title with 29 combined points in the Boys Race and 39 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. Harrison Scudamore (Denver East)
2. Gubay Ali (Denver West)
3. Yohanes Alem (Denver South)
4. August Ridley (Denver South)
5. David Papp (Denver West)
6. Simon Bertron (Denver East)
7. Rivers Florez (Denver North)
DPS Girls All League XC
1. Kayla Young (Denver North)
2. Rosa Gutierrez (Denver North)
3. Sophie Clark (Denver South)
4. Isa Marshall (Denver East)
5. Marguerite Siedschlag (Denver South)
6. Eva Deleon (Denver South)
7. Li Downs (Denver East)
John F. Kennedy Football Featured in Denver Post
The John F. Kennedy Football program is off to a perfect 5-0 start to the 2014 season and the state has taken notice. The Denver Post was out this week to feature the Commanders for a story. To view the article follow the link below.
Denver East Takes DPS City Cup in Exciting Fashion
Denver East claimed the DPS Boys Golf City Cup on Monday shooting an impressive 237 as a team to narrowly edge out the Rebels of Denver South. With the win the Angels also claimed the DPS Boys Golf League Title, finishing with 1,206 total strokes during the five event League Season. Leading the way for Denver East would be 1st Team All League winners Brock Dowdy (77) and Kailer Rundiks (78). Next up will be the CHSAA Regional Tournaments which take place next week at various courses around the state. As League Champions, Denver East will act as hosts for the 5A Metro Regional at Green Valley Ranch in Denver on Tuesday, September 16th (9AM Shotgun Start). For a complete look at the season results and the list of All League DPS Golfers, follow the link below.
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