DPS Track & Field Dominates on National Stage
Denver Public Schools dominated the National Track and Field Stage this past week as two district runners set unprecedented marks in their respective events. 5A Cross Country Colorado State Champion Cerake Geberkidane of Denver East set new Colorado State records in both the 1600 and the 3200 during the Chandler Rotary Invitational in Arizona. With times of 4:06 in the 1600 and 9:02 in the 3200, Geberkidane beat the previous 1600 mark by six seconds and the 3200 mark by more than three seconds. Not only that, but Geberkidane is only seven seconds off of the National mark in the 1600 set by Olympian Alan Webb of Virginia.
Not to be outdone, Dior Hall of George Washington High School made history by setting the American High School Record in the 60 meter hurdles at the New Balance National Indoors in New York City. Her time of 8.11 was 5 hundredths of a second faster than the previous record. Dior followed that record breaking performance up by running the fastest 100 meter hurdle time in the United States in 2014 at the Chandler Rotary Invitational. Her time of 13.66 was a new meet record at the prestigious national event. Keep an eye out for both DPS student athletes as they pursue history in 2014.
DPS Highlights CHSAA Basketball Championship Weekend
The focus of this weekends CHSAA Basketball Championship Weekend was DPS, as the Angels of Denver East were crowned Big School 5A Boys Basketball State Champions and the Denver South Rebels were the 4A Boys Basketball Runner-Up. Having entered the State Final undefeated in the State of Colorado for the second straight year, Denver East put on a dominant display of basketball to run previously undefeated Fossil Ridge right out of the gym. It was truly a team effort for the Angels, as four players scored in double figures, led by Creighton bound senior Ronnie Harrell who finished with 20 points. Playing on what will soon become a familiar court, CU Boulder signee and reigning Colorado Mr. Basketball Dominique Collier contributed 18 points of his own in sealing the blowout victory for Denver East. The win was the 11th overall State Championship for Denver East and the 9th for Head Coach Rudy Carey. For a complete rundown of the Denver East State Championship victory, follow the link below.
For Denver South the weekend was bitter sweet. Having defeated Cheyenne Mountain in the Semi-Final on Friday, the Rebels entered the CHSAA State Championship for the first time in 44 years on Saturday Evening. Playing a red hot Pueblo East team that Denver South had already defeated in the regular season, the stage was set for a Championship of the ages. Unfortunately, some streaky shooting late by Pueblo East and some unfortunate calls that went against the Rebels ultimately gave the 4A Title to Pueblo East. Regardless of the outcome the team effort displayed by Denver South in reaching the Title Game was truly inspiring. What made the night even more special was that late in the game with the crowd from Denver East starting to fill the arena for the evening game, chants of DPS by the East and South faithful drowned out even the band from Fossil Ridge, as the district came together in support of their programs. It will certainly be a night to remember for some time. For a complete look at the Denver South run to the title game, follow the link below.
John F. Kennedy Sweeps 2014 DPS Relays
The Commanders of John F. Kennedy were crowned 2014 DPS Relay Meet Champions in both the Boys and the Girls Division. The John F. Kennedy Boys were led by their Field Athletes, who were able to take first in each of the Field Events on the afternoon. The Commander Girls took a more balanced approach in winning their team title in 2014, winning three events spread throughout the running and jumping events. For a complete look at the scores and results, follow the links below.
First Week of DPS Boys Swimming Wraps With Pentathlon and Relay Meets
The DPS Boys Swim season opened with the League Pentathlon and Relay Meets, which were held at the Manual Thunderdome Pool. The Angels of Denver East were able to sweep both events, narrowly defeating George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. For a full look at the results and the upcoming DPS Boys Swim Schedule follow the links below.
DPS Highlights Fall All State Teams Released by CHSAA
CHSAA released their Fall Sports All State Teams this week and several DPS student athletes highlight the list of award winners. In total twelve DPS Student Athletes were named to the All State Teams in Boys Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Football, Field Hockey and Cross Country. That list includes:
William Murphy (George Washington)
Nicholas Verfaillie (Denver East)
Danny Bautista (Denver North)
Ulises Gutierrez (Bruce Randolph)
Kenya Lindstrom (Denver East)
Allyson Grywusiewicz (Thomas Jefferson)
Jessica Jackson (Thomas Jefferson)
Celeste Henderson (Thomas Jefferson)
Celeste James (Thomas Jefferson)
Fiona Sullivan (Denver East)
Zac Lindsay (Denver South)
Cerake Geberkidane (Denver East) Colorado Runner of the Year
DPS Takes Podium Once Again at CHSAA State Wrestling Tournament
Led By junior phenom Jerell Nettles of Montbello High School, DPS took to the medal podium once again at the CHSAA State Wrestling Tournament at the Pepsi Center over the Weekend. Nettles, who wrestles in the 5A heavyweight division, defeated Joe Hunt of Coronado High School by decision to take 3rd place overall in the State of Colorado. Nettles capped a sensational junior year with the victory and ended his season with a 29-4 overall record. Teammate Giovanni Torres in the 160 lb.weight class took 6th overall to cap his career at Montbello.
In the 170 lb. division, Denver East Senior and DPS Will Howard Outstanding Senior Wrestler recipient Khyre Burns defeated Isaac Ortiz of Pine Creek to place in the 5A classification at the State Tournament. The decision for Burns earned him 5th place overall in Colorado and a 34-9 overall record. Congratulations to all young men on outstanding seasons.
To view the results of the tournament follow the link below.
George Washington Crowned Girls League Swim Champions
The Patriots of George Washington brought home their second consecutive DPS Girls Swimming Championship on Saturday, narrowly defeating the Angels of Denver East. George Washington was able to sweep the relay events on their way to 434 total points. Keara Reilly (200 IM & 500 Free), Sydney Melnick (100 Back) and Elizabeth Jacobs (100 Breast) were able to win individual events for the Patriots, while Rachel Lynch paced the Angels winning the 50 and 100 Freestyle Events. Denver South would finish in third place overall, as they were led by 100 Fly winner Taylor Hurney and 200 Free winner Morgan Craig. The prestigious Jim Hartman Award for the Outstanding Senior Swimmer went to Abraham Lincolns Bailey Naylon. Bailey would finish 4th overall in the 50 Free and 2nd overall in the 100 Free at the 2014 League Meet for Abraham Lincoln. For a complete look at the results follow the link below.
Abraham Lincoln Takes League Wrestling Title in Front of Home Crowd
The Lancers of Abraham Lincoln ended a six year run by Thomas Jefferson to claim their first DPS League Wrestling Championship in eleven years. With 168 overall points, the Lancers just edged out Denver East (150 points) and Denver West (89 points). As League hosts in 2014, the victory was even sweeter for Abraham Lincoln, as they were able to celebrate in front of their home fans.
Abraham Lincoln was dominant in the 106, 113, 132, 138 and 145 lb. weight divisions as Jacob Espinosa (106), Juan Rosales (113), Ivan Serrato (132), Emanuel Garcia (138) and Seth Rosales (145) were all crowned champions. Keeping Denver East in the hunt was Maya Nelson (120), Nico Martinez (126), Dante Vigil (182) and Khyre Burns (170) who all won their respective weight classes. Burns, a four time League Champion was also crowned as the Will Howard Outstanding Senior Wrestler. Look for Burns and all of the DPS weight division champions to make some noise at the Regional and State competitions.
For a complete look at the results follow the link below.
JFK Coach Named CenturyLink Leadership in Coaching February Award Winner
Coach Bredehoft not only leads John F. Kennedy Cross Country and Track & Field programs, he also devotes time during and after school as a Unified Sports teacher and coach; coaching our Commanders in Special Olympics Basketball, Soccer, and Track & Field. Terry also teaches a Unified Sports Physical Education class and is the lead sponsor of John F. Kennedys National Honor Society.
CenturyLink has teamed up with the Colorado Avalanche again this season on the CenturyLink Leadership in Coaching Award Program. Three Colorado coaches will be recognized monthly at Colorado Avalanche games where they will be awarded a $1,000 donation, courtesy of CenturyLink. At the end of the Avalanche season, one coach will be chosen as the grand prize winner and will be awarded an additional donation.
Coach Bredehoft was recognized during the second intermission of the Colorado Avalanche-Buffalo Sabres game on Saturday, February 1st at the Pepsi Center.
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.
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.
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.