Weekly Colorado Preps Primer: Games, tournaments to watch for Dec. 12-16

The following is a look at the top boys and girls basketball games this week in Class 5A and Class 4A, plus insight into a nationally renowned wrestling tournament. (All rankings and records are up-to-date as of Monday.) BOYS HOOPS George Washington (4-1) at Smoky Hill (3-2), Wednesday 7 p.m.: The No. 7 Patriots head to Aurora to take on the No. 3 Buffaloes in an early-season non-conference showdown. George Washington,

Palmer Ridge quarterback Ty Evans named state’s 2017 Gatorade Player of the Year

Palmer Ridge junior quarterback Ty Evans, fresh off leading the Bears to an undefeated season and the school’s first state championship, was named the 2017 Colorado football player of the year by Gatorade on Monday morning. Evans, one of the top quarterback recruits in the Class of 2019 who just recently decommitted from Arkansas, threw for 3,627 yards and 42 touchdowns with a 128.7 passer rating. He is the first Palmer

Philip Rivers leads Chargers over Redskins as Los Angeles wins 4th straight

CARSON, Calif. — Although the Los Angeles Chargers’ offense is constantly running over its opponents these days, Philip Rivers wasn’t sure how he ended up as a lead blocker for receiver Travis Benjamin on a 22-yard reverse run. “Gracious, I’ve never been this far down the field in my life since high school,” Rivers thought to himself as he looked for somebody to hit — and his coaches cringed. But

WATCH: Broncos’ Darien Stewart picks off Jets’ Josh McCown

No Fly, So Fly.#BeatTheJets pic.twitter.com/THWc98yoZc — Denver Broncos (@Broncos) December 10, 2017 In a game where the Broncos defense has shined, it was only a matter of time before the No-Fly Zone made a big play. In the second quarter, safety Darian Stewart picked off a pass from Jets quarterback Josh McCown. The Broncos led 10-0 at the time.

Denver East’s Harrison Scudamore earns All-American honors at Foot Locker Cross Country Championships

Denver East’s Harrison Scudamore put on for his city on Saturday at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in San Diego, where the senior placed 13th in a nationally competitive field to earn third-team All-American honors. The performance capped an impressive prep running career for Scudamore, who also placed fifth in each of the past two Class 5A state championship meets. “My goal in this race was top 20,” Scudamore said, “so

Denver Pioneers, Colorado College hockey tie for second straight night

For the second consecutive night, Denver and Colorado College tied in their National Collegiate Hockey Conference game. Saturday, the teams tied 1-1 at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs. This time, it was the top-ranked Pioneers who earned the extra point in the NCHC standings, scoring in the second overtime. “This was the best game we played and the best growth for our team since the Boston College game,”

Breathtaker alpine coaster at Snowmass set to open Sunday

The Aspen TimesPart of the track for the new alpine coaster going in the Lost Forest at Snowmass. 5,700 feet of track are being installed between the trees on Gunners View and Sandy Park. Along with Buttermilk opening and more terrain available this weekend at Aspen Mountain and Snowmass, the new Breathtaker alpine coaster at Elk Camp will open Sunday, officials announced Friday. Aspen Skiing Co. said Friday the new

Prep basketball rundown: Notable 5A, 4A performances for the week of Dec. 9

Here’s a list of notable performances from the week in Class 5A and Class 4A boys/girls basketball for the week culminating on Saturday, Dec. 9. Class 5A Boys No. 10 Grandview 73, Mountain Vista 62 on Wednesday: In a non-conference battle displaying the athleticism of both sides, the Wolves (3-0) capitalized on having four scorers in double figures, including 18 points from junior guard Davon Walker, while the combination of senior Garrett

Birk Irving of Winter Park, the teenage “future of halfpipe skiing”

Editor’s note: One of a series focusing on Colorado athletes vying to make a splash at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Today: freeskier Birk Irving DILLON — If Birk Irving makes U.S. Freeskiing’s Olympic halfpipe team, he will be the youngest member of the squad. And to get there, the Winter Park native will have to bump a hero off a throne. “It’s a way bigger accomplishment to ski against all

Eli Manning is back under center for the Giants, and it could be a sight to behold Sunday

Eli Manning‘s consecutive starts streak for the New York Giants will start anew Sunday. It will make for an interesting scene at the Meadowlands. It’s rare for the Giants, a tradition-laden franchise known for its stability, to be in a state of upheaval. But that was the case this week, as co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch fired Coach Ben McAdoo and General Manager Jerry Reese. The housecleaning came with

CU Buffs athletic director Rick George understands why football fans are frustrated

BOULDER — The fallout of a Colorado football season that began with Pac-12 title hopes and finished one win shy of bowl eligibility isn’t lost on Buffaloes athletic director Rick George. CU fans are befuddled by the slide from first to worst in the league’s south division. “I certainly understand their frustration,” George said. But then again … “We need their continued support to be successful, long term.” CU (5-7,

The Morning After: Three stars, five takeaways from the Avalanche’s loss at Tampa Bay

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning became the first NHL team to reach 20 victories Thursday when it defeated the Avalanche 5-2 at Amalie Arena. THREE STARS Steven Stamkos. Bolts captain had a goal and two assists. Vlad Namestnikov. Also had a goal and three points for Tampa Bay. Erik Johnson. Avs defenseman logged a team-high 28:31 and scored a goal to tie it 2-2. WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE

Vail Resorts announces $52 million face-lift at Whistler

BROOMFIELD — Vail Resorts President Rob Katz used the company’s quarterly earnings report to announce that Whistler Blackcomb resort will be a big part of next year’s capital improvement plan. During the call, Katz announced that Vail Resorts will invest $52 million — $66 million in Canadian dollars — to build improvements including a new, 10-passenger gondola. New lifts will also include a six-seat chairlift and a new, high-speed quad

Avalanche loses fourth straight to begin four-game trip

TAMPA, Fla. — Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog scored on his first shift in his first game back from serving a four-game suspension, but Colorado couldn’t keep pace with what is considered the NHL’s best team Thursday at Amalie Arena. Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos had a goal and three points in the Lightning’s 5-2 victory — pinning the Avalanche with its fourth consecutive loss. Former Avs goalie Peter Budaj got

Dahlberg: Boxing tries to appeal to the masses once again with Lomachenko-Rigondeaux

Boxing fans get an early holiday gift Saturday when two masterful fighters with four Olympic gold medals between them meet in an intriguing 130-pound title bout. The best part? It won’t cost them anything over their basic cable bill to watch it. The future of boxing is changing, or so Bob Arum believes. And nowhere is that more evident than the card put together by the longtime promoter in the

Boswell: This Tiger Woods comeback attempt might have actual staying power

Tiger Woods is making a comeback! No, don’t run away. Please, don’t say that you’ve been hearing this for many years, and it always turns out to be a total false alarm or an utter disaster. Who wants to raise hopes only to see another back surgery and yet another long, hobbling hiatus from the sport? This is different. I semi-sort-of promise. What Woods did in the Bahamas playing in

Boulder’s Access Fund joins Patagonia, others in suing Trump administration over Bears Ears cut

Boulder-based climbing advocacy organization Access Fund, along with Patagonia and several other groups, sued the Trump administration late Wednesday for what they alleged is the “unlawful dismemberment” of the Bears Ears National Monument. The president moved on Monday to shrink that monument by 85 percent and cut another, Grand Staircase-Escalante, by about half. Both are in Utah, and the two reductions represent a historic action by the administration that is

DeMarcus Cousins powers New Orleans Pelicans to victory over Denver Nuggets

NEW ORLEANS — The Nuggets did not have Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap. The Pelicans did not have Anthony Davis. But in a matchup missing the bulk of its frontcourt star power, New Orleans still had DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins powered his way to 40 points and 22 rebounds, anchoring the Pelicans’ high-scoring attack in a 123-114 victory Wednesday night at Smoothie King Center. The loss was Denver’s second in a

Stephens vs. Fredrickson: Was Colorado State, CU or Air Force this season’s biggest disappointment?

Denver Post deputy sports editor Matt L. Stephens and college sports reporter Kyle Fredrickson debate which in-state college football program was the biggest disappointment of 2017. Stephens: A year ago, all three of our in-state college football programs — Colorado, Colorado State and Air Force — went bowling. It was the first time that had happened since 2002. This season, it’s only the Rams who are playing in the postseason.