« Shae Henley, cross country, freshman, ThunderRidge: Henley won the Class 5A Region 3 girls championship on Oct. 20 at Redstone Park in Highlands Ranch with a time of 19:43.
« Jake Archuleta, football, senior, Douglas County: He helped the Huskies beat Westminster, 25-15, on Oct. 21 when he was credited with 18 total tackles, including three for losses.
« Caroline Eck, cross country, sophomore, Mountain Vista: Eck was crowned the girls Region 5 champion on Oct. 20 in Colorado Springs when she won the 5A race with a time of 18:37.17.
« Parker Klein, soccer, senior, Ponderosa: Klein, the leading scorer in the Continental League with 42 points and 17 goals, had an assist and scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the Mustangs defeated Castle View, 2-1, on Oct. 20 at Douglas County Stadium.
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The former Colorado State University standout talked to the players for 30 minutes as part of the Broncos' Game of the Week promotion.
And, as coach Dustin Pfeiffer related, his players were intent while listing to Bibbs.
"He addressed the team about the importance (of fighting) for everything that you aspire to be," Pfeiffer said. "He gave his story of how he got to the place he is at currently and his future.
"He spoke about the importance of education and doing well in school. He also gave the kids a reference of what it means to be a good teammate and how important it is to care about one another."
Action in one place
Watching the girls state high school softball tournament brought a "remember-when moment."
The softball tournament was held Oct. 21 and 22 at Aurora Sports Park. There were only three classifications and it was an easy walk between the complexes.
So a person could watch a 3A game, stroll to the adjacent complex and catch part of a 5A game or amble to take in a 4A contest. And, all the championship games on Oct. 22 were at the same complex.
It reminded me when there were still only three classes and not five and all the games in the boys state basketball tournament were held at the Auditorium Arena in downtown Denver.
Some of those Class A Merino teams were fun to watch, along with the bigger schools like Denver Christian, Glenwood Springs, Highland and the big boys like Wheat Ridge, Manual and Boulder, to name just a few.
'Stringy' in hall-of-fame class
Maurice "Stringy" Ervin, who coached Littleton's boys and girls swimming teams for 46 seasons, will be inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame at the 53rd annual banquet April 27, 2017 at Denver City Marriott Center.
Ervin, a Littleton native who was a three-sport standout for the Lions, coached a combined 12 boys and girls state championship teams and the Lions were runners-up six times under Ervin's tutelage.
He coached 40 individual state champions and 21 state championship relay teams.
Ervin will be inducted in a class that includes ex-defensive back Champ Bailey of the Denver Broncos, former Colorado Rockies slugger Dante Bichette, world class mogul skier and Colorado football athlete Jeremy Bloom, CU All-American lineman and nine-season National Football League player John Wooten and squash player Hashim Khan.
Douglas County influence in win
Cherokee Trail won the Class 5A state softball championship with a 1-0 victory over Broomfield on Oct. 22 at Aurora Sports Park and there was a Douglas County flavor to the Cougars' title.
Cougars' head coach Caley Mitchell is the former Castle View coach and her assistant was her dad, Toby Tabola, who was the longtime softball coach at Ponderosa.
Field hockey clinic
The Colorado High School Activities Association, along with USA Field Hockey, will hold a players clinic on Oct. 27 between 4 and 4:45 p.m. at the Denver Public School's All-City Stadium in conjunction of the state field hockey championship game.
Among those expected to be at the clinic, which is for seventh- to 12th-graders, are three-time U.S. Olympian Rachel Dawson and two-time U.S. Olympic player Melissa Gonzalez.
Cost for the clinic is $20 for USA Field Hockey members and $25 for non-members. A T-shirt and admission to the title game is included.
Register for the clinic at usafieldhockey.com
Jim Benton is a sports writer for Colorado Community Media. He has been covering sports in the Denver area since 1968. He can be reached at email@example.com or at 303-566-4083.
Why do you participate in sports?
I participate in sports because it teaches life lessons about determination, perseverance and hard work. I also do it for the competitiveness. I enjoy competition and that also helps you set up for later in life. It's a competitive world no matter what you do.
What is your favorite type of music and who is your favorite artist/group?
I listen to many genres of music, depends on my mood. I enjoy Kid Cudi and Eminem.
What is your favorite subject in school?
I find science very interesting. Science can explain just about any questions you may have about the world.
Do you play video games, and if so, which one(s)?
Yes, I enjoy "Far Cry" because you can do the campaign while doing many side missions and hunting mammoths and sabertooth tigers.
Do you have any pre-competition superstitions or rituals? If so, what are they?
I always sit next to my same teammate on the bus and our team does the same pregame warm ups in the same order every time
What is your favorite book? Why?
The "Giver" because it showed me a different way of thinking. It makes you think where our society is headed and if that is what we want to become.
"Keeping Score With..." is a Q&A with high school athletes in the south metro area. Email Colorado Community Media sports writer Jim Benton at jbenton @coloradocommunitymedia.com if you or someone you know would like to participate.
That's an important message, said Rev. Dr. David Goldberg at the Centers for Spiritual Living Headquarters in Golden.
"I truly believe we are the change we're waiting for," the Lakewood resident said. "Regardless of our age or where we are in our lives, change starts with us. If we seek peace, we must be peace."
Obtaining world peace can seem like a concept too large for one person to take on. But across the globe, organizations are serving as platforms, providing guidance and supporting efforts. Every day, more individuals and groups join the movement.
"Sometimes, it feels so big, but one simple act at a time can make a difference," said Brandi Brown, deputy campaign manager for PeaceJam's 1 Billion Acts of Peace campaign. "Amazing things are happening in your community every day."
PeaceJam is an international nonprofit organization headquartered in Arvada, with the primary mission to teach peace to youth through mentoring by Nobel Peace Prize laureates. The 1 Billion Acts of Peace campaign challenges everybody around the world to reach 1 billion acts of peace by 2019. So far, just over 12 million acts have been recorded.
Almost anything can count as an act of peace, Brown said, from the smallest gesture of reading to the elderly to big efforts such as raising money to help young women in Africa receive an education. And the campaign is not limited to youth --; businesses, nonprofits, houses of worship, individuals, school groups and universities are participating.
"Getting people into the mind-frame of putting things into action inspires others to do the same," Brown said. "Once you reach out and help other people, you see the impact, and it inspires you to do more."
The Conflict Center believes everyone has a role to play as peacemakers in our homes, schools, congregations, workplaces and communities, said the nonprofit's executive director Ron Ludwig.The center, which is based in Denver, works to prevent violence by equipping youth and adults with solid skills to manage conflict, solve problems and strengthen relationships. The center offers classes for youth and adults available to the general public, and works in several schools each year to teach age-appropriate conflict management skills to students. It also sponsors special events to raise awareness in the community about the impact that various forms of violence can have on individuals, communities and the world."Conflict is a normal part of everyday life, but it doesn't have to be negative or destructive," Ludwig said. "It's how we respond to it that produces positive or negative outcomes in our lives and in the lives of others." Accomplishing peace is not viewed as being easy or comfortable, said Liz Hamel, program director for Building Bridges.But accepting that tension is a positive way to create change, she added.Building Bridges is a nonprofit organization with the mission "to equip young people with the communication and leadership skills necessary to address the root cause of hatred, discrimination and violent conflict."Peace begins with individuals, Hamel said, but it's important to be able to come together, work deeply to understand another's perspective and find the root causes of conflict and hatred."If we are going to create more understanding in the world," she said, "it has to start with people to people."
Bringing people to peace within their own consciousness is the idea behind the Centers for Spiritual Living's Global Peace Initiative, says Rev. Mark Gilbert, the center's global service manager.
"It's a matter of shifting thoughts to believe --; and know --; that we each, in our own minds, can bring peace to the planet," Gilbert said. It starts with inner awareness, he added, and cascades to others from there.
The Global Peace Initiative can be thought of as a support mechanism and a "nudge to move people to action," he said. The centers send out materials upon request and provide support to help people get started.
The centers consist of a trans-denominational group, Gilbert said, so the materials support everyone, no matter their spiritual belief.
The initiative encourages people to come together, either as an individual or a group, to pray or meditate on peace, Gilbert said. Then they're encouraged to share with the centers what they developed, which provides more opportunities to see what everybody else in the world is doing.
Similar activities are ongoing around the world, Gilbert said.
"They recognize the power of coming together at a common time for a certain intention," he said. One example is the United Nations' International Day of Peace.
The UN General Assembly established International Day of Peace in 1981 when it designated Sept. 21 as a period of non-violence and cease-fire. Today, Peace Day is celebrated around the world in various ways --; its original intent, and as a day of commemoration with education and public awareness activities on issues related to peace.
"Day of Peace is really important," said Olivia Gilchrist, 12, a student at Evergreen Montessori School. She was one of about 20 students attending the Peace Day celebration at the Centers for Spiritual Living. "We have to remember, (and) one good way to remember is to have one day dedicated to it."
Gilbert believes peace exists in everyone's hearts.
"We want a world where everyone has their needs met and can thrive," Gilbert said. "And people thrive on a planet that is at peace."]]>
Great Outdoors Colorado, or GOCO, invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds in state parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. The grants are two of six awarded in the first phase of funding under its new "Connect Initiative," a $30 million program that seeks to close trails gaps throughout the state over the next three years.
The Town of Castle Rock received a $1 million grant to extend its East Plum Creek Trail system by two miles. To date, it is the largest GOCO grant the town has received.
Douglas County, in conjunction with the Town of Parker, received a $2 million grant to complete the East-West Regional Trail from Lone Tree to Parker.
"Over the years, residents and elected officials of Douglas County, including Parker and Castle Rock, have shown tremendous support and enthusiasm for numerous trails projects," said Jim Cleveland, director of Parks, Recreation and Open Space in Parker. "Approval of the GOCO grant as part of the first-ever 'Connect Initiative' will continue this tradition and enhance the quality of life for all residents of Douglas County for years to come."
Jeff Brauer, director of parks and recreation in Castle Rock, said the town was "absolutely thrilled to be one of the six projects identified."
The East Plum Creek Trail extension will connect the communities of Crystal Valley Ranch, Kings Ridge, Heckendorf Ranch and The Lanterns with Castle Rock's historic downtown, Brauer said. They will also provide people with more access to the creek area, parks and open spaces.
It's an exciting opportunity for a town that makes significant use of its trails, he said.
"We know that over 80 percent of our residents here in Castle Rock use the trails," Brauer said.
The East Plum Creek Trail currently covers the six miles from Castle View High School to South Perry Street. Its completion was included in the 2015 Parks and Recreation Master Plan. While the town is required to match the grant funds, the $1 million will help offset those costs, Brauer said.
Design plans for the trail extension will begin in 2017 and construction in 2018 or early 2019.
The $2 million grant awarded to Douglas County, in conjunction with the Town of Parker, will extend the East-West Regional Trail from Lone Tree to Parker.
The project will conclude a regional trail project begun by Douglas County in 1986, said Randy Burkhardt, assistant director of parks and trails with Douglas County. The new stretch is an eight-mile segment and the final phase of an approximate 30-mile construction project that began in 2002.
The extension will finish the connection between Redstone Community Park in Highlands Ranch and the Cherry Creek Regional Trail in Parker, but also open hundreds of miles in trail use throughout the state, Burkhardt said.
"It ties all of northern Douglas County together," he said. "But on a grander scale, through various trail systems, it actually ties Denver to Durango."
Lone Tree officials also are excited about the trail extension. Design phases have begun and construction is scheduled for 2017 and 2018.
"The east-west trail is a marvelous amenity to the City of Lone Tree as well as Douglas County residents," said John Cotton, of Lone Tree Public Works. "Great Outdoors Colorado recognized the value of closing the final gap in a trail, which completes a vision that has been over a decade in coming to fruition."]]>