Power 10: The top 10 HS sports stories in Colorado

December, 29, 2011
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Now that the final days of 2011 are winding down, it's a good time to take a look back at some of the top storylines of 2011. Here's our favorite 10...

10. Columbine wins the 5A title
Led by senior Cameron McDondle, and his stellar younger brother Bernard, the Rebels rose to the top of Class 5A and held off all challengers for a state championship. A blocked field goal in the final regular season game against Mullen helped clinch the No. 1 overall seed.

9. Out of state parade
Some of the state's top football recruits made some pretty high-profile commitments this year. Cyler Miles is off to Washington, Austin Apodaca will play at Washington State, Evan Baylis is headed to Oregon, Shane Callahan will take on SEC foes at Auburn, Andrew Pint will play at Boise State, Paul Thurston has pledged to Nebraska, and that's just a few.

8. Two harriers finish well at Midwest Regional
Telluride's Ty Williams and Dakota Ridge's Danny Carney each had great races at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional, just narrowly missing a spot at nationals. Williams finished 12th and Carney took 13th at the meet.

7. Markham's incredible swimming career
Cherry Creek swimmer Jared Markham broke former standout swimmer Mark Dylla's state record, then followed him to the University of Georgia. The standout swimmer also set a record in the 200 IM and helped his team finish second.

6. Hoops star Chris Hansen gives back
After enduring his own scary battle with a leg injury, Fossil Ridge star basketball player Chris Hansen mentored a young boy who was facing a similar situation, all while making a run at the state scoring title. You can read the full story here.

5. Ottenbreit makes All-Colorado in three straight sports
Regis star athlete Tanner Ottenbreit wasn't just good at his three sports. He was outstanding. He earned All-Colorado honors from The Denver Post in football, hockey and lacrosse. He's now at Virginia playing for the lacrosse team.

4. Mullen's streak ends
After three straight state titles and 34 consecutive wins, Mullen finally dropped a game this season, losing to Grandview. Mullen went on to have a fine season but couldn't advance past the state quarterfinals.

3. Lewis-Palmer wins second straight hockey crown
Back-to-back titles for Lewis-Palmer's hockey team was a pretty special feat. The team was led by senior goaltender Brent Schwarz, who was a two-time Player of the Year by The Denver Post.

2. Wyndham Clark reigns
Rated as high as the nation's No. 4 golfer by various scouting services, Clark won a state title this season with an impressive two-day score of 16 under par, or eight strokes better than the next-closest competitor.

1. Valor Christian's run to a repeat title
Valor Christian ran wire to wire, easily upending each opponent in its path on the way to the state title. Led by Christian and Max McCaffrey, Andrew Pint and others, the team won the Class 4A crown handily — and sparked a debate about prep schools vs. public schools in the process.

Have something you think should have cracked our top 10? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @CParishESPNHS.

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