High-SchoolColorado: Got Game

Got Game: Matt Lechner

December, 6, 2011
Name: Matt Lechner
School: Regis Jesuit
Sport: Hockey

Got Game: Teams don't often go deep into the state tournament without a stellar goalie. Case in point: Lewis-Palmer won the last two state titles over Regis Jesuit, and both teams had excellent netminders. L-P's goalie, Brent Schwartz, has graduated. But Lechner, a senior, is back and ready to claim the title of the state's best goalie. He posted a stellar 1.81 goals-against average last winter; now he hopes to lead the Raiders to a state title. With a reliable goaltender between the pipes, there's little doubt the Raiders will make another strong push to the state title game.

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Got Game: Kyle Ames

October, 4, 2011
Name: Kyle Ames
School: Smoky Hill
Sport: Cross Country

Got Game: October is when the cross country season really starts to get interesting, and Ames kicked off the festivities by winning a big meet. The senior took top honors at the Dave Sanders Cross Country Invitational in a time of 15:44. Of the 52 schools in attendance, nobody came within 21 seconds of Ames' impressive result. The meet drew 2,700 runners and is named for the heroic teacher from Columbine who saved several students during the horrific events on April 20, 1999. Ames posted his best time of the season; his previous best was a 16:00 at the prestigious Liberty Bell Invitational, where he finished eighth.

Got Game: Danny Carney

August, 30, 2011
Name: Danny Carney
School: Dakota Ridge
Sport: Cross Country

Got Game: After finishing oh-so-close to an individual state title in Class 5A last season (just five seconds away), it’s Carney’s time to shine. The senior had an outstanding postseason, finishing third at the Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional before claiming 26th in the national race. His 15:25 in the regional meet was a personal best. If he even approaches such an impressive time this year, he could be one of the nation’s finest runners. We'll be looking for him to represent Colorado well as the postseason meets get underway later this year.

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Got Game: Ryan Novak

August, 26, 2011
Name: Ryan Novak
School: Heritage
Sport: Football

Got Game: Novak is primed to be a big-time Division I football recruit for a number of reasons, not the last of which is his size. At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, Novak towers over his line and has the strength to shake a hit and make a play. What’s amazing is the junior still has time to get bigger. Last season, he threw for 2,276 yards and 23 touchdowns. This year, he’s hoping to lead the Eagles to a winning record and boost his credentials in the process. With two seasons left to improve, there's a strong chance Novak becomes one of the top football prospects in the Midwest before long.

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Ryan Novak

Got Game: Spencer Weinberg

August, 25, 2011
Name: Spencer Weinberg
School: Grand Junction
Sport: Tennis

Got Game: One season removed from being named the All-Colorado No. 1 Singles Player of the Year by The Denver Post, Weinberg is ready to defend his individual state championship this fall. Weinberg cruised to a 5A singles crown last fall as a sophomore, and he helped Grand Junction earn its highest team finish as well (fifth). Now all eyes will be on the spectacular junior star to see what he can do for an encore. Check in with this blog later this season for updates on Weinberg's title defense.

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Got Game: Wyndham Clark

August, 23, 2011
Name: Wyndham Clark
School: Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch)
Sport: Golf

Got Game: It's been a long time since Colorado has had a prep golfer as talented as Clark inside its borders. The senior is rated the nation's No. 5 senior golfer in the Polo Junior Golf Rankings. As a sophomore in 2009 he won the Colorado state title, but he finished as the runner-up last fall. He also won the Colorado Golfer's Association Stroke Play Tournament despite being one of the youngest players in the field last fall.

UPDATE: Clark is currently playing in the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship. He was tied for 191st after the first day of competition. To follow his results, click here. (Play was delayed due to weather.)

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