High-SchoolColorado: All-State

ESPNHS names the Colorado all-state baseball team

March, 1, 2012
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ESPNHS has announced its preseason all-state baseball teams, so feel free to start debating the Colorado selections.

It's no surprise that players like Highlands Ranch's Ryan Burr or Liberty's Brent Williams are on our squad. But take a look at who else made the team, and then reach out on Twitter @CParishESPN to tell us who you think should have made the cut.

Click here for the Colorado All-State baseball team.

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All-State Stock Watch shows love to players named Austin

January, 25, 2012
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Each week, we'll take an in-depth look at our preseason All-State basketball team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll feature a Prime-Time player (PTP), an Other Top Player (OTP) and an under the radar star who is making a bid to be one of the state's top players (UTR).

If you've got athletes you think we should mention in our All-State Stock Watch, hit me up on Twitter @CParishESPNHS.

PTP: Austin Haldorson, Highlands Ranch, Senior

Highlands Ranch is 15-0 and is No. 1 in our POWERADE Colorado Weekly Rankings, and Haldorson is a big reason why. The Wyoming recruit helped his team reach its 15th win thanks to his 22-point night against Douglas County in a 63-43 win. This season he's averaging 17.9 points per night and has been a model of consistency, reaching double figures every game so far.

OTP: Austin LeFebre, Denver Christian, Senior

What LeFebre did on Saturday night is the very definition of filling the stat sheet. In his team's game against Resurrection Christian, LeFebre had 24 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks as his squad earned a 65-46 victory. The team is undefeated this season and LeFebre is averaging 21.8 points per contest.

UTR: J.T. Travis, Pine Creek, Senior

The deeper the season goes, the better Travis gets. He's already cracked the 40-point plateau in a game against Fossil Ridge earlier this season. He's averaging 24.9 points per game. Pine Creek just ended a five-game losing streak thanks to Travis' 27-point effort in a win over Rampart. Perhaps a win streak is in order now, and there's no telling what Travis can accomplish if his team gets rolling again.

All-State Stock Watch finds the best of Class 3A

January, 11, 2012
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Each week, we'll take an in-depth look at our preseason All-State basketball team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll feature a Prime-Time player (PTP), an Other Top Player (OTP) and an under the radar star who is making a bid to be one of the state's top players (UTR).

If you've got athletes you think we should mention in our All-State Stock Watch, hit me up on Twitter @CParishESPNHS.

PTP: Josh Adams, Chaparral, Senior

Chaparral is 10-2, which is pretty good. It's even better when you consider one of its start players, Cory Calvert, was out with a broken wrist for several games. Calvert is back and up to his usual antics (averaging 27.3 points per game) but it's Adams that picked up the slack in his absence. He's averaging 17.9 points per night, and he's had games of 27, 28 and 29 (all wins). With the duo back together, Chaparral is especially dangerous.

OTP: Tanner Schmidt, Valley, Senior

Class 3A power Valley certainly wasn't having its best game of the year when it played host to Northridge last week. But that's when star players rise to the occasion and carry a team, and that's exactly what Schmidt did. The senior scored 22 points and pulled down 10 boards to help Valley earn a 54-42 victory. He's averaging 15.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game this season.

UTR: Jesse Megyeri, Manitou Springs, Senior

In a battle between Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs Christian, we got to see two of the top scorers in Class 3A. It's not easy for anybody to outscore C.S. Christian star Nate Engesser, who is headed to the University of Denver following this season. But Megyeri stood toe to toe with the star and finished with 30 points — a game high — despite fouling out late. His team went on to lose in OT, but Megyeri proved he's got the skills to hang with Engesser.

All-State Stock Watch opens CO season with a bang

December, 21, 2011
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Each week, we'll take an in-depth look at our preseason All-State basketball team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll feature a Prime-Time player (PTP), an Other Top Player (OTP) and an under the radar star who is making a bid to be one of the state's top players (UTR).

If you've got athletes you think we should mention in our All-State Stock Watch, hit me up on Twitter @CParishESPNHS.

It's the first stock watch of the season, and some players and teams are off to very good starts. Let's get to it.

PTP: Drew Bridges, Fruita Monument, Senior

It's early in the season, but this fourth-teamer is looking like he should have been quite a bit higher on our All-State list. Bridges has yet to score fewer than 18 points in any of his team's first 10 contests, and he's averaging a double-double — 22.7 points and 11.9 rebounds a contest. Meanwhile, the Wildcats are off to an 8-2 start.

OTP: Josh Perkins, Regis Jesuit, Sophomore

Tanner Samson is leading the Raiders in scoring, as expected, but Perkins has emerged as a great second scoring option for the always-dangerous Regis squad. The young star is averaging 16 points a night and has had his share of stellar performances, such as a 24-point effort against Mullen in a 75-64 win on Monday. The more reps he gets, the better he's going to be.

UTR: Nathan Hawley, Montrose, Senior

With Montrose out to a hot start at 9-2, Hawley can take credit for carrying the team offensively. He's scored an average of 23.8 points per night, which includes three 30+ games and a season-high (so far) of 37 against Delta last week. Hawley is also a proficient rebounder and has four double-doubles so far this year.

All-State Stock Watch rises to the challenge

October, 19, 2011
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Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll highlight a blue-chipper (a first-team player), an OTP (other top player) and an under-the-radar pick (someone who didn't make the squad but is making a case to be on the team).

This week, a top defensive lineman leads his team in tackles, a running back is at his best in a crucial game and another running back does it all — extra points included! — for his squad.

Blue Chip: Clay Norgard, Mountain Vista, DL

Mountain Vista hasn't had its best season (the Golden Eagles are 3-4) but Norgard is having a great season on the defensive side. He leads the team in tackles so far with 51, an average of 7.3 tackles per game. In his team's game against Regis Jesuit last week, he had six solo tackles and assisted on 10 others. Norgard has verbally committed to Colorado.

OTP: Joe Hansley, Highlands Ranch, RB

Highlands Ranch had a big matchup this past weekend against ThunderRidge, two teams with one loss and plenty to prove. Hansley made sure the Falcons came out on top. The senior caught a 47-yard pass for a score, then rushed for touchdowns of 55 and 11 yards to help his team earn a 33-14 win and move to 3-0 in its conference. He also intercepted a pass to help seal the victory.

Under the Radar: Dylan Carter, Pomona, RB

There's multi-purpose backs, and then there's multi-purpose athletes, and Carter definitely falls into the latter category. In his team's game against Fairview last weekend, Carter rushed for four touchdowns runs, booted two field goals and converted six extra-points, scoring a total of 36 points to help Pomona win, 48-14. Carter has helped the Panthers to a 6-1 record this season.

All-State Stock Watch feels the brotherly love

October, 12, 2011
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Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll highlight a blue-chipper (a first-team player), an OTP (other top player) and an under-the-radar pick (someone who didn't make the squad but is making a case to be on the team).

This week, a pair of brothers run roughshod over the competition and a quarterback does what no other teams could do combined to Arapahoe.

Blue Chip: Max McCaffrey, Valor Christian, DB
OTP: Christian McCaffrey, Valor Christian, RB

It was a big night for the McCaffrey brothers during Valor Christian's 58-13 win over Rock Canyon last weekend. Max, the senior who is on our ESPNHS All-State first team, had three blocked field goals last year. He had two blocked punts in this game, returning both for touchdowns. He also scored on a reception. Christian, a sophomore, added two touchdowns rushing and one receiving. Together the brothers had six touchdowns for the Eagles and have been one of the biggest reasons why Valor Christian is the top team in Colorado.

Under the Radar: Sean Flanagan, Bear Creek, QB

Flanagan put together a masterful effort to help Bear Creek hand Arapahoe its first loss of the season. He threw for five touchdown passes, including three in the second half, as the Bears rolled to a 40-23 victory. Flanagan helped the Bears score more points in the final two quarters than Arapahoe had previously given up all season long.

CO's All-State Stock Watch respects the shut-down corners

October, 5, 2011
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Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll highlight a blue-chipper (a first-team player), an OTP (other top player) and an under-the-radar pick (someone who didn't make the squad but is making a case to be on the team).

This week, a star back is losing scores to his younger brother, a quarterback is carrying his team and a defensive back has made the difference for a top-five program.

Blue Chip: Cameron McDondle, Columbine, RB

Last season, McDondle had 25 rushing touchdowns. After performances like he put together this past weekend, it's a good bet he surpasses that mark. The senior tailback rushed for 265 yards and four touchdowns in his team's contest against Chatfield, helping the Rebels earn a 34-7 victory. So far this season McDondle has 14 touchdowns on the ground. And the only reason he doesn't have more is that his younger brother, sophomore Bernard McDondle, has been getting a few carries himself in the Columbine backfield (and has four TDs on the season).

OTP: Austin Apodaca, Silver Creek, QB

When his team needed him most, Apodaca came up big for Silver Creek this past weekend. The senior signal-caller threw for 308 yards and managed five touchdowns — three through the air and two more on the ground. The big offensive display was exactly what Silver Creek needed as the team toppled Windsor, 41-21, winning its fourth straight contest and posting a 4-1 record. Thanks to Apodaca, Silver Creek is quickly rising up the state's Class 3A standings.

Under the Radar: Tanner Gentry, Grandview, DB

Grandview has played one of the most challenging schedules in Colorado this season, but the Wolves have emerged as one of the state's top teams in the process. One of the reasons has been a stellar defensive effort, and Gentry has played a big role in that. He's had interceptions in the team's last four games (five total) — all wins — and he's been about as close to a shutdown corner as anyone in the state. He's also contributed some offensively for the 4-1 Wolves.

CO’s All-State Stock Watch takes on a new look

September, 28, 2011
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Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses.

This week, we're going with a new and improved format. We'll highlight a blue-chipper (a first-team player), an OTP (other top player) and an under-the-radar pick (someone who didn't make the squad but is making a case to be on the team).

Blue Chip: James Dowgin, Greeley West, DB

Greeley West is off to a great 3-1 start this season and Dowgin's outstanding play on offense, defense and special teams has been a big reason why. He's played receiver and scored a touchdown in every game so far this year (and has three 100+ games). On defense he's among team leaders in tackles. And he's also returned punts and kicks for the Spartans. Look for Dowgin to continue to have a big impact on the team this season.

OTP: Eric Williams, Rock Canyon, RB

For the second time in three weeks, Williams rushed for more than 200 yards. But this week was his most impressive output yet. The senior running back ran for 309 yards and scored three touchdowns as Rock Canyon scored early and often en route to a 54-20 victory over Falcon. What's perhaps most impressive is that he didn't rush for all three scores — he found one on the ground, one receiving and the third on an interception return on defense. He also had two sacks in the game.

Under the Radar: Connor Clay, Holy Family

Clay's impressive performance in his team's game against Centaurus will be remembered less for his stat line than his big play at the end of the game. That's pretty impressive when you consider Clay rushed for 280 yards in the game. But the junior came up clutch at the end of the game, recovering an onside kick late to clinch the game. Holy Family went on to win, 27-12.

From the Mag: Colorado's All-State soccer team

September, 27, 2011
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The Colorado All-State soccer team will be unveiled in our October issue of the magazine. But if you haven't seen it yet, here's who we picked as the top players in the state.

STARTING 11
Position/Name, School, Year, Club Team

[F] Danny Jensen, Evergreen, Junior, Colorado Rush
Star forward notched 23 goals for 4A semifinalists last fall
[F] Oscar Montes, Bear Creek, Junior, Colorado Rush
Talented underclassman earned All-Colorado honors last year
[F] Shane O’Neill, Fairview, Senior, Colorado Rapids
Dangerous scorer is also a star basketball player
[MF] Danny Childs, Sand Creek, Senior, Pride SC
One of the state’s most dynamic scorers; 29 G and 28 A last fall
[MF] Karsten Hanlin, Cherry Creek, Senior, Colorado Rapids
All-Colorado midfielder led Bruins to 5A state crown
[MF] Lexington Leitmayr, ThunderRidge, Senior, Real Colorado
His breakout year helped Grizzlies to 5A semis
[MF] Matt Marchena, Columbine, Senior, Colorado Rush
The unquestioned leader of up-and-coming Rebels squad
[MF] Jake Martinez, Liberty, Senior, Real Colorado
Also made the ESPNHS West Region “Starting 11” team
[D] Mark Dotseth, Air Academy, Senior, Real Colorado
His stellar defense helped Air Academy win Class 4A crown
[D] Chris Gurule, Niwot, Senior, Colorado Rapids
Named Longmont Times-Call Player of the Year last season
[GK] Christian Nicolosi, Mountain Vista, Senior, Colorado Rush
Allowed only five goals in 495 minutes of playing time last season

OTHER TOP PLAYERS
Position/Name, School, Year, Club Team

[F] Jesse Ham, Denver Christian, Senior, Real Colorado
Part of a soccer-playing family; his brother plays at Washington
[F] Akio Ohtake-Gordon, Wheat Ridge, Senior, Colorado Rush
Dangerous up front, as his 21 goals and nine assists can attest
[F] Nathan Rubio, Air Academy, Senior, Pride SC
Knee injury will keep him out this year, but he’s still one of state’s best
[MF] Yasin Abdulgasem, Overland, Junior, Real Colorado
Aurora Sentinel first-teamer owned the middle of the pitch
[MF] Jack Huettel, Boulder, Senior, Boulder County Force
Versatile midfielder is his team’s lone returning starter from last year
[MF] Emmanuel Martinez, Bear Creek, Junior, Colorado Rush
His four-goal game vs. Lakewood showed glimpse of his potential
[MF] Ricardo Perez, Rocky Mountain, Junior, Colorado Rapids
Considered one of the nation’s top midfielders in the Class of 2013
[MF] Dillon Serna, Horizon, Senior, Colorado Rapids
Represented the US in the U-17 World Cup in Mexico
[D] Cole Davis, Cherry Creek, Senior, Colorado Rapids
Anchored defense that gave up only 15 goals last season
[D] Jason Prichard, Eaglecrest, Senior, Colorado Rush
One of only two non-seniors on All-Aurora Sentinel first team
[GK] Ethan Horvath, Arapahoe, Junior, Real Colorado
Has trained with U-17 National Team and various European clubs

Note: The Starting 11 is comprised of the best players in Colordo who were projected to suit up for their high school teams this year. The Other Top Players are comprised of high school players as well as club-only players.

All-State Stock Watch showcases the running backs

September, 21, 2011
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Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses.

This week, it's all running backs, all the time as we feature one running back who does nothing but find the end zone, one who has everything but the scores under his belt and one who is making a case for player of the year honors.

STOCK WATCH

UP — Christian McCaffrey, Valor Christian, RB

McCaffrey only attempted three rushes in his team's game against Rampart this past weekend. But he scored on all three. The sophomore tailback ran to pay dirt from 12, 43 and five yards out, tallying a total of 60 yards and three TDs as the Eagles rolled over Rampart, 47-6. Effective production like that is one of the many reasons why Valor, which has played only Class 5A teams so far this season, is perfect on the season and holds the No. 1 spot in our POWERADE Colorado Weekly Rankings.

DOWN — Shahid Hoover, Denver East, RB

Hoover has been the featured running back for Denver East this season, and he's led the team to a respectable 2-1 record. But for as good as he's been this season (278 yards and a touchdown, averaging 6.3 yards per carry), he's scored only one touchdown. Those end zone scampers are being stolen by teammate Isaiah Hendrix, who has just 138 rushing yards but three scores. Hoover, one of the state's top rushing threats, is sure to find the end zone more as the season goes on.

UP — Cameron McDondle, Columbine, RB

There's a reason why McDondle was an All-Colorado running back last season, and there's a reason why he earned All-State first-team honors by ESPNHS this year. Right now, the senior might be the state's best rusher. This season he's accounted for 393 yards and seven touchdowns as Columbine is back to its winning ways at 3-0. He also has a kick return for a touchdown this season. The Rebels offense is in full force, scoring more than 40 points in each of its three games, and with McDondle leading the way there's no indication the team is going to slow down any time soon.

All-State Stock Watch shows a little love for the defense, too

September, 14, 2011
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Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses.

This week, two quarterbacks trend in opposite directions and a star cornerback leads one of the biggest surprises in the state this season.

STOCK WATCH

UP — Ryan Novak, Heritage, QB

Novak continues to impress as he has helped Heritage stay perfect so far this season. In his team's last game, a 21-20 down-to-the-wire victory over Cherokee Trail. He threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns and helped withstand a mid-game barrage of points from the Cougars. On the season, Novak has 388 passing yards and three scores, and the junior continues to rise up the recruiting lists with impressive performances.

DOWN — Cyler Miles, Mullen, QB

Losses are part of sports. It just hasn't seemed that way for Mullen. After winning 34 consecutive games, the Mustangs finally dropped a game to Grandview in a 12-7 loss. Miles shouldn't get the blame for the loss. He played well enough, completing 16 of 26 passes for 165 yards and the team's only score. But a costly interception late sealed the win for the Wolves. Miles will surely bounce back, though — the University of Washington commit is considered the state's best quarterback for a reason. With the streak over, Mullen can refocus its efforts on the fourth consecutive state crown.

UP — Curtis Santero, Bear Creek, DB

Bear Creek is looking like one of the state's biggest surprise teams, and Santero's defense is a big reason why. After Bear Creek outlasted Chino Hills (Chino Hills, Calif.) in the first week of the season, Bear Creek made a triumphant return to Colorado with a 48-0 victory over Gateway last week. Santero has been the catalyst to the impressive defensive display — he leads the team with 18 tackles over the first two games. A huge game against Grandview this weekend will be a good measure of how Santero and the Bears stack up against some of Colorado's top teams.

Fill-in QB headlines CO All-State stock watch

September, 7, 2011
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Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses.

This week we have a tandem who rushed for nearly 400 yards, a replacement quarterback who put on a show and a running back doing well despite having big shoes to fill.

STOCK WATCH

UP — Sean Rubalcaba, Grand Junction, QB, and Jerreon Dennis, Grand Junction, RB

The senior tandem of Rubalcaba and Dennis put together a masterful ground game performance, combining for 380 yards as the Tigers earned a 51-35 win over Highlands Ranch. Rubalcaba ran for 191 yards and threw for 74 yards. Dennis added 189 yards and two touchdowns.

DOWN — Caleb Flack, D'Evelyn, QB

Flack was forced to leave the game against Conifer after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit midway through the first half. His replacement, junior safety Cody Marvel, threw five touchdowns in his place. Flack will be fine and is expected to play this week. But he's got a tough act to follow after his teammate helped D'Evelyn earn a 42-20 win.

UP — Addie Brown, Mullen, RB

In ESPNHS Magazine last month, we told you about how Addie Brown was poised for a breakout season after replacing star Adonis Ameen-Moore, who's now at Syracuse. Brown got the season started on a high note for the Mustangs, scoring the first touchdown of the year on a 60-yard scamper. Brown is off to a good start, and we expect more good things from him this season.
Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses.

STOCK WATCH

UP — Cyler Miles, Mullen (Denver), QB

It's tough for Miles' stock to be higher right now. After all, the last 12 months have been a whirlwind for the senior signal-caller. He led the Mustangs to a state championship as a junior, earned All-Colorado honors from The Denver Post, verbally committed to Washington and was named one of the 24 finalists in the Elite 11. Miles is arguably the top player in the state right now.

DOWN — Paul Thurston, Arvada West, OL

OK, his stock isn't really down. But it could be a frustrating season for Thurston. He'll likely earn double duty on both the offensive and defensive lines after the Wildcats were hurt by graduation. Thurston, a Nebraska commit, leads Arvada West into battle against Longmont, a tough task in the season opener. Thurston is a remarkable talent and we expect him to have a great senior season. But in terms of wins and losses, his play in the trenches might not be enough to keep the Wildcats competitive.

UP — Shane Callahan, Chaparral (Parker), OL

Offensive linemen don't always get enough love. But Callahan is getting all the praise today after The Denver Post profiled the senior star. Callahan, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound star, is headed to reigning BCS national champion Auburn after this season, and he'll get a chance to showcase his talents in what is arguably the top collegiate conference in the nation. Also be sure to check out the sidebar about Chaparral's offensive line coach breaking down what makes Callahan so special.

Colorado All-State football team full of young talent

August, 22, 2011
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Below is our preseason All-State football team for Colorado, as featured in our ESPNHS Colorado magazine, plus an additional 50 top players. The team is based on projected on-field performance and accomplishments, not necessarily recruiting potential. For a list of the top football recruits in the state, click here.

Want to see the All-State teams for the other 49 states? We've got 'em right here.

Think there's someone we're missing? Tell us about him in the comments or reach out on Twitter (@CParishESPNHS).

OFFENSE

Cyler Miles, Mullen, QB, Senior
Elite 11 finalist led the Mustangs to a state title last season

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