Middle School Prep League Softball Crown Champion
The Middle School Prep League concluded its 2015 softball season with one of the most competitive playoff tournaments in recent years. Twelve schools competed for the championship trophy that concluded on October 16th at All City Field.
With the tournament set, each team was ready to go and make a run for the 2015 title. Grant Ranch, KCAA, Roberts and Howell all won their first round games to advance to the quarter final games on the first day of the tournament. Then, three of the top four teams who had a bye in the first round, McAuliffe, Skinner and Henry won their quarter final games the next day to claim their stake in the semi-final round of the tournament as expected. However, the young and determined KCAA Dragons were able to upset the Jaguars from Merrill, 13-3, to keep their strong season alive and prepare them to take on the top seeded Sun Devils in the semi final match up. The Henry Eagles had their opportunity to avenge an earlier loss to the Scorpions when they met up in the semi final game at Skinner. Both semi final games were evenly matched and well coached by their skippers. All four teams fought very hard to earn a spot in the championship game and were well played. The KCAA Dragons pulled off another upset by knocking off top seeded McAuliffe, 6-3 to advance to their first title game since becoming KCAA in 2009. In the other semi final match up, the Scorpions from Skinner were able to defeat Henry again by a score of 9-7 to claim their spot in the championship game. Beating Henry twice in one season is no easy feat since the Eagles have only lost one game in the past four years, which was to Grant Ranch last season in the championship game.
The 2015 championship game would be a rematch between KCAA and Skinner who met earlier in the season in a non conference game. The Scorpions narrowly won that game 6-5 over the Dragons so the stage was set for an epic battle between two teams trying to win their first softball championship. Over 100 fans packed it in at All City Field to watch the girls leave it on the field that day. Skinner jumped out first with 2 runs in the bottom of the first inning when pitcher, Emmie Meeks, hit a double and two runners crossed the plate. Meeks, a 6th grader, stepped up earlier in the season to pitch when they lost their starting pitcher to an injury. The game went back and forth through 4 innings with some great pitching and key defensive plays on both sides. Third baseman, Ariana Torres from KCAA, made a diving catch in the field to keep the game close. Angelina Quezada, the catcher for the Scorpions, went 3-3, scored 3 times and threw out a runner at second base. Gabby Renteria, the shortstop and general on the field, made 3 key plays in the field and kept the game tied 6-6 going into the last inning. KCAA rallied in the last inning to get two base runners and were aggressive on the bases. First baseman, Jaiyah Rivera-Duran then stepped up to the plate and hit a deep ball down the left field line to knock in two runs and take the lead 8-6. It was up to sixth grade pitcher, Michelle Salazar, and her strong Dragon defense behind her to close out the game as Skinner batted one more time. The Scorpions did not go down without a fight and were able to generate runners on the bases and score a run to make it 8-7 but left the tying run on base when Kristal Phelps dug deep at second base to field the last out of the game.Both teams had tremendous respect for one another and showed a lot of sportsmanship in congratulating one another after the game and during the trophy presentation.
Congratulations to Skinner and KCAA on their sensational seasons, and for all of the teams in the Middle School Prep League. Thank you to the Colorado Rockies for their continued support of Prep League and RBI Baseball and Softball.
Middle School Prep League Soccer Crown Champion
The Middle School Prep League Soccer Program was once again a huge success. Over 500 young men showed their skills off this season in what is the largest group of players we have had in Prep League. All 26 teams had their eyes set on winning the coveted Championship Trophy for 2015.
Early in the season some great cross town rivalries were rekindled as the Merrill Jaguars were narrowly beaten by the Eagles of Henry 3-2. Other perennial titans squared off as MLK escaped Lake and Slavens and DCIS Phoenix ended in a tie. KCAA got off to a hot start beating Robert in a high scoring affair in their 5-3 win. Grant had an impressive start to the season going 3-0 until running into the Morey Mustangs from their division. That contest was won by the Mustangs 2-1. Denver West showed their resolve by finishing the season in second position in the very tough Northwest Division. Their only division loss was to Bryant Webster. Greenwood would show off their skills in the Northeast Division with impressive wins over McAuliffe, DCIS Montbello and Waller. Their only regular season loss would be to the eventual Prep League Champions the Panthers from MLK. The Southeast Division had their two top teams, Slavens and Hill advance to the semi-finals and Slavens edged out the Division Champion Hill Skyhawks by a score of 1-0.
The playoffs started off with some fantastic games. The one week, winner take ALL tournament, was one of the most highly contested in Prep League history. DCIS Phoenix toppled the NW Division Champ Bryant Webster, Greenwood took out Roberts , and MLK escaped a close game with penalty kicks 3-2 over Place Bridge. KCAA handled Randolph while Henry took out Lake before succumbing to the finalists Slavens. Hill battled hard with victories over McAuliffe and Grant to meet their Division rival Slavens in an epic semi-final match that Slavens won 1-0. The road to the finals for MLK pitted them against KCAA in quarter-finals and then met up with Division challenger Greenwood. MLK would win that match up by the score of 2-1.
With the finals set, the two teams from MLK and Slavens met on a beautiful Friday afternoon at host school John F. Kennedy. With a picturesque backdrop of JFK and the sun slowly setting in the West the two teams faced off in an epic battle between two proud and honored schools. The fans filled the stands and cheered their teams to victory. The Panthers of MLK struck first with a sizzling goal that was but a blur to the layman observer. With the one goal lead the Panthers went into halftime. The second half opened with a fiery Slavens Storm keeping the ball low to negate the height advantage of the Panthers. Ball after ball was sent on goal but the Storm could not overcome the skills of the goalie for MLK. The final minutes ticked away and both squads had given their ALL to decide the outcome. In the end, it was the Panthers on top by a score of 1-0. Excitement rained down upon the field as the Athletic Director from MLK streaked across the field to congratulate her team and thank the opponents from Slavens. “I am so happy that we took this bus ride all the way across the city for this opportunity to be Champions.” Said Holly Wells, AD at MLK. “Beating a team with the talent of Slavens is huge for us.” For the Runner-up Slavens Storm their heads did not hang low as they congratulated the Panthers and accepted their second place trophy. “This is a big deal for Slavens to make it to the Championship Game.” said Coach David Weiss. “We had our opportunities and fought hard to get to this opportunity, but we fell a little short.”
Congratulations to both teams, and for all of the teams in the Middle School Prep League.
State XC Showcases DPS Runners
The State Middle School XC Meet was held on Saturday, October 24 at Fehringer Ranch Park. The over 1,400 participants were treated to one of the best State Meets in years. With temperatures reaching the mid 60's the runners were ready to put their skills to the test. Teams from DPS were set and ready to compete against the rest of the State and our kids did not disappoint.
On the Boys side our teams competed well: Hamilton (16th), Skinner (20th), Slavens (21st), McAuliffe (27th), Hill (39th) and Morey (40th). Our top finishers for the Boys were: Charlie Welch from Hill finished 32nd while Tommy Gilfillan from Hamilton came in 37th.
For the Girls our team finish was Skinner (8th), Slavens (17th), McAuliffe (18th), Roberts (25th), Hamilton (26th), Morey (34th) and Hill (51st). Our top finishers for the Girls were: Evie Phillips from Skinner in 20th place, Riley Buese from Roberts 21st, Katy Denezza (Slavens) 26th, Delaney Gilfillan (Hamilton) 27th.
All of the results can be found at Colorado Mile Split
Results can also be found at Running Bears
Cross Country Starts the Season out in fine form
The Nuggets/Avalanche Prep League Cross Country Season got off to a tremendous start yesterday at the Washington Park Invitational Meet. The Middle School side had 556 exuberant runners start the season off in style. On the Boys side there were 271 runners and 285 on the Girls side. “We are thrilled that XC has taken hold in Prep League the way it has, it has grown by leaps and bounds. Having huge invitational meets has proven to be the best way to promote the sport of running.” Said Director of MS Athletics, John Andrew.
Winning the teams titles for the boys meet were the Sun Devils of McAuliffe with 58 points followed by Slavens Storm with 66 points and in third place the Hamilton Huskies.Washington Park Invitational
The principal objectives of the Nuggets/Avalanche Prep League are:
To use sport to motivate and encourage student athletes to succeed academically.
To provide exemplary leadership to promote the emotional, intellectual, physical, and social development of students who participate by selecting the best qualified coaches and official’s available.
To provide an environment that will facilitate students to develop good sportsmanship, leadership, and communication skills.
To provide middle school students with an opportunity to participate in a school-organized sports program.
To provide a program that will help students develop fundamental skills in a variety of sports.
To provide a program that will benefit and challenge students who possess potential skills, interests, and capabilities beyond those found in the regular instructional program.
To provide students an opportunity to explore a variety of athletic activities.