Katie O'Keefe


Katie O'Keefe has been covering high school sports for the Gazette as a freelancer since 2014. She graduated with a degree in journalism in the fall of 2013 from Colorado State University, where she covered the CSU Rams football team as a beat reporter for the Rocky Mountain Collegian, CSU's campus newspaper. Katie interned for the sports department at the Kansas City Star in Kansas City, MO during the summer of 2014 before joining the Gazette.

Chole Welch is the Gazette's 2017 girl's big school basketball player of the year. The 17-year-old junior plays for Mesa Ridge High School and a club team in South Denver, Boulder Rockies, that is very competitive and has won national championships. Carol Lawrence, the Gazette
TCA junior Alison Smith (5) scores a goal past Air Academy sophomore Liza Louthan (10) in the second half. The TCA Titans defeated the Air Academy Kadets 1-0 in girls' varsity soccer on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at The Classical Academy. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing
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Palmer Ridge lost to Mullen 19-8 at Mullen High School on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. (photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
Five-sport athlete Sam Rippley, pictured Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Palmer Ridge High School, will play lacrosse in college. The other four sports are basketball, softball, cross country and track and field. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
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Mesa Ridge's head coach Paul Mileto gives instruction to his team. Sierra won the game 65-64 at Sierra High School on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. JERILEE BENNETT, THE GAZETTE