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.
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)
Fall Sports off to a Great Start for DPS
Leading the way in Boys Golf all year has been Kailer Rundiks-Clements of Denver East and Roger Nakagawa of Thomas Jefferson. Both student athletes finished near the top of their Regional and qualified for the CHSAA Boys Golf State Championship. The 1st Team All League golfers would perform admirably at the State Tournament event, with Rundiks-Clements shooting back-to-back scores of 77 and Nakagawa shooting a 77 in round one and a 91 in round two. Both Athletes would finish in the top half of the field, with the best news being that both are only freshman.
Boys Tennis in DPS has been in the news all year with Denver East at the top of the state in the sport. The Angels have dominated the state tennis scene and will host 5A Regionals at City Park. Coming of a team victory in the prestigious Grand Junction Tournament which included powerhouse Cherry Creek, the team will look to make a splash at the CHSAA State Boys Tennis Tournament on October 9-11.
Boys and Girls Cross Country has been all about Denver North so far this year as Jeffrey Lazo, Rosa Gutierrez and Kayla Young have dominated on the state level. All three Denver North student athletes have finished in the top three in nearly every major event, with Kayla Young winning the majority of the races she has participated in. Her crowning achievement so far has been her 1st place overall finish at the Viking Invitational in September that included runners from Valor Christian, DEvelyn, Green Mountain, Littleton, Lakewood and more, with over 20 High Schools participating in the Meet. Not to be outdone, the Boys Cross Country Team of Denver East would take home the Overall Team Championship at the Viking Invitational for the second straight year and also look poised to make a deep state run. With DPS and John F. Kennedy hosting the 4A Regional in 2014 look for Denver North, Denver South and all of the 4A DPS schools to make a splash on October 17th at Bear Valley Park in Denver.
Once again the Field Hockey Team of Denver East is near the top of the CHSAA Rankings. Coming off an impressive string of victories that included state powerhouse Cheyenne Mountain, the Angels will once again be in the hunt for a CHSAA State Title. Seniors Fiona Sullivan and Georgia Borison have paced the team with 5 goals and 4 goals respectively on the season and will undoubtedly be relied upon to lead the Angels to a long postseason run.
With Gymnastics nearing the end of the regular season, Denver East, Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy and Denver South will all be in contention for the City Title on October 16th at Denver South High School. The Rebels of Denver South will be looking to improve on their 6th place overall finish at the 2013 CHSAA State Gymnastics Meet, as they will come in as contenders for the 2014 state crown.
Girls Volleyball in DPS was back in the spotlight during the 2013 season as Thomas Jefferson qualified for the CHSAA State Volleyball tournament. The achievement marked the first time in thirty years that a DPS school qualified for the competition. In 2014, DPS is on the verge of making it two years in a row, as the Angels of Denver East have run right through their competition. With wins against Boulder, Lakewood, Legacy and Chatfield; Denver East is ranked 15th in the state and will be in contention to qualify out of their Regional in October for the CHSAA State Meet. Not to be forgotten about in the hunt for state qualification, Thomas Jefferson, led by Colorado State commit and reigning 1st Team All State winner Jessica Jackson will be right back in the mix in 2014 and looking to build on the success they established last year.
Boys Soccer continues to flourish in DPS as the district has the top team in Colorado once again in 2014. The Commanders of John F. Kennedy are 10-0 and have collected victories against State Champion Colorado Academy and State Semi Finalist Denver East so far this season. The victory over Denver East is even more remarkable considering the Angels have already defeated 5A Defending State Champion Pine Creek on the season and are ranked among the top teams in Colorado themselves. As if that was not enough, Bruce Randolph currently sits at #5 overall in the State of Colorado with an 8-1-1 overall record and is in line to once again host the 3A 1st and 2nd Round Playoffs. At 7-2 overall, the Vikings of Denver North will look to build on their Elite 8 trip in 2013 as they enter a pivotal stretch of DPS League contests. The DPS Boys Soccer League should come down to the wire with an exciting final two weeks of the regular season.
Coming off a 2013 season where DPS qualified three schools into the CHSAA Softball Tournament, DPS is once again in line to qualify three schools in 2014. With three of the best pitchers in Colorado, including University of Pacific signee Kenya Lindstrom, Denver East, Thomas Jefferson and John F. Kennedy are all among the top schools in the state. With wins against Conifer and Regis Jesuit already under their belts, the Spartans of Thomas Jefferson will face off against 15-3 Denver East on Thursday with the winner being crowned City Champions.
Thanks to the DPS Middle School Futures Football Program started six years ago to boost the districts programs, DPS is once again among the elite ranks of Colorado Football in 2014. 2012 CHSAA State Runner-Up Denver South is at the top of that list and coming off a momentous win against 4A power Pueblo South to move the Rebels into 6th place overall in Colorado. At 4-1 overall the Angels of Denver East sit atop the 5A Flatirons Conference standings and find themselves ranked inside the top 25 in Colorado once again. In what could be considered the biggest turnaround in the state for 2014, the Commanders of John F. Kennedy enter week six undefeated at 5-0. The Commanders have been impressive on both sides of the ball and enter a pivotal week six matchup against DPS Rival Abraham Lincoln. JFK will look to improve on their Top 25 ranking this weekend at All City (Friday 6PM).
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.