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.
DPS All League Teams & Standings Fall 2015
Kayla Young of Denver North Takes 2nd Overall at CHSAA State XC Meet
Denver North junior sensation Kayla Young capped an incredible 2015 season by taking 2nd place overall at the CHSAA Cross Country State Championships in Colorado Springs. Her time of 18:13 was second only behind senior Katie Rainsberger of Air Academy High School and a full 35 seconds ahead of the third place finisher. Young, who was the 2014 CHSAA State Runner-Up 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 in 2015.
On the boys side, Denver East sophomore Harrison Scudamore finished in 13th place overall, but had the second fastest sophomore time in the state, leaving plenty of optimism for the future of the sport in DPS.
For a complete look at the results follow the link below.
Denver East Volleyball Ends Incredible Run at CHSAA State Volleyball Tournament
The Angels of Denver East made an unbelievable run all the way to the Semi-Finals of the CHSAA State Volleyball Tournament before finally succumbing to eventual 5A State Champion Cherokee Trail. Denver East won their Regional last week in dramatic fashion at Castle View High School before repeating the feat at the CHSAA State Tournament by advancing out of their side of the bracket that featured heavyweights Grandview and Chaparral. The result puts Denver East among the top four in Colorado, which features some of the top talent in the country. As amazing as the outcome was in 2015, Denver East returns the majority of their team in 2016 and will look to build on the momentum of this amazing season. See the link below for additional CHSAA State VB Coverage.
Denver East Claims Boys Tennis State Doubles Title
David Glazer and Will Burton of Denver East claimed the 2015 State Title at the #4 Doubles position over the weekend to propel Denver East to a 3rd place overall finish in Boys Tennis. Not to be outdone, Denver East sophomore sensation Charlie Franks took 2nd place overall at #2 Singles and Kai Smith took 3rd place overall in the prestigious #1 Singles to give the Angels 47 points overall. What was more impressive was that Denver East was able to accumulate points at every position and finished ahead of traditional powers Regis Jesuit and Boulder High School. Denver East will have several key members of the team returning in 2016 and will look to make history with a CHSAA State Team Title in Boys Tennis.
For a complete look at the CHSAA Boys Tennis State Tournament follow the link below
DPS Qualifies Nine Student Athletes to the CHSAA State Gymnastics Meet
Nine DPS Student Athletes have qualified for the CHSAA State Gymnastics Meet at Thornton High School on Friday and Saturday beginning at 9am. DPS has seen a surge in Gymnastics over the last several years with the CHSAA State Meet becoming familiar territory for the districts gymnasts. Looking to solidify their place among the best in the state this weekend at the CHSAA Meet from DPS will be:
Hannah Grisinger Denver South
Savannah Hughes Denver South
Dasia Hughes Denver South
Stephanie Humphrey Denver South
Anniek Slosse Denver South
Caroline Cech Thomas Jefferson
Tori Conroy Thomas Jefferson
Gabby Harrison Thomas Jefferson
Chloe Richter Thomas Jefferson
For additional information on the CHSAA State Gymnastics Meet follow the link below:
DPS League Meet a Huge Success
The 2015 DPS High School and Middle School Cross Country Seasons concluded on Tuesday with the running of the League Championships. This years event included over 750 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 Jack Thompson guided his team to the overall Boys Open team crown with a time of 21:07, 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 15 overall points. Denver East would also take the individual title, as Lilly Cory would finish with the individual crown winning with a time of 24:11.
In the Boys Varsity race the top four finishers would all come from separate schools as Denver East, John F. Kennedy, Denver South and Denver North went 1-4 respectively in what was an impressive display by all four schools. Doing all they could to lead their team to a title, 2014 Varsity League Champion Harrison Scudamore, accompanied by Nikita Cordier and Connor Campbell, all of Denver East, stormed out to early leads and battled to hang on to finish in 1st, 5th and 8th place respectively. With a DPS League Championship winning time of 17:45, freshman Harrison Scudamore would cross the finish line over one minute ahead of his closest competitor, to take the 2015 DPS League Individual Title. Despite incredible efforts by Denver South runners Yohanes Alem (3rd place) and Tom Heckmaster (7th place) the Angels were able to narrowly escape with their fourth consecutive overall team title over the field with a score of 43 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 second time with a time of 20:01 was Kayla Young of Denver North. Kayla has one of the fastest times 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 where she finished 2nd overall in 2014. This years Girls Varsity team title would go to the Angels of Denver East for the first time since 2011, as they finished just ahead of Denver South with 33 overall points.
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. Jacob Schipper (John F. Kennedy)
3. Yohanes Alem (Denver South)
4. Riverz Florez (Denver North)
5. Nikita Cordier (Denver East)
6. Guillermo Acero (George Washington)
7. Tom Heckmaster (Denver South)
DPS Girls All League XC
1. Kayla Young (Denver North)
2. Isa Marshall (Denver East)
3. Esmeralda Baltierra (Denver South)
4. Samantha Skeen (Denver North)
5. Rhianna Herd (Denver East)
6. Nicole Oberlag (Denver South)
7. Emily Turner (Denver East)
Denver East Claims DPS Boys Golf Championship
The Angels of Denver East were crowned champions of DPS on Wednesday at the DPS Boys Golf Varsity Cup. In one of the closest tournaments in recent memory, Denver East (219) held off late charges from Thomas Jefferson (240), Denver South (250) and George Washington (253) to bring home the title. Individually several student athletes shined, as there were four scores in the 70s. Kailer Rundkins of Denver East was the individual champion shooting an even par 70 on the day. Rounding out the top three was Brock Dowdy of Denver East (73) and Roger Nakagawa of Thomas Jefferson (73). CHSAA State Qualifying begins the week of September 21st with DPS featuring several competitors looking to qualify for the statewide tournament in October.
For a complete look at the results from the Varsity Cup and all of the DPS Tournaments of 2015, follow the link below
DPS 1st Team All League
Kailer Rundkins (East) 72.5 avg.
Brock Dowdy (East) 73.2 avg.
Roger Nakagawa (TJ) 75.2 avg.
Ryan Hunt (East) 79.2 avg.
Joseph Madden (East) 80.5 avg.
DPS 2nd Team All League
Ryan Rundles (South) 82 avg.
Sergio Quinn (South) 83.8 avg.
Jessie Aldridge (TJ) 86 avg.
Collin Waters (TJ) 86.4 avg.
Andy Villescas (TJ) 88.6 avg.
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