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.
REGISTRATION FORM FOR CPR/FIRST AID CLASSES (FALL 2014)
Cash or money order only will be accepted for CPR Classes. Amount: $45.00
Cancellation Policy: 48-hour cancellation notice, if the Athletics office is not notified within 48 hours of classes, you will be subject to a $5.00 fee. Late Fee: For anyone who does not pre-register and walks in, must pay an additional $5.00 late fee charge, which would bring the cost to $50.00.
Classes will have no less than six (6) coaches, and no more than twelve (12) coaches. When your registration form is received, you will be notified if a class is too small, or if there is not enough room for a particular class. Classes will be on a first-come, first-serve, basis.
All CPR/First Aid classes will be held in the Sports Medicine Building at All City Stadium, located on 1450 S. Franklin, south of South High School. The following dates are available for CPR/First Aid classes. (Additional dates can be arranged by contacting Athletics)
Monday October 6, 2014 3:30 p.m.to 6:30 p.m.
Monday, October 20, 2014 3:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m.
Monday, November 3, 2014 3:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m.
Monday, November 17, 2014 3:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m.
Monday, December 8, 2014 3:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m.
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.