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Gazette Preps Gallery of Fall Champions

High school teams from the Pikes Peak region and Colorado Springs area earned six state championships this fall. Relive the moments with The Gazette's award-winning photo staff and be sure to interact with Gazette Preps on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Congratulations to all the championship teams at Air Academy (boys' soccer), Lewis-Palmer (volleyball), Palmer Ridge (cross country, field hockey and football) and The Classical Academy (cross country). Thank you for making Gazette Preps the leader in high school sports coverage in the area. We look forward to bringing you sustained coverage of high school sports during the winter and the spring.

Midfielder Calvin Yocum waves to the crowd as the Air Academy boys soccer team is introduced Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, during an assembly celebrating the Kadets' 4A state championship in boys soccer. Air Academy defeated  Centaurus 1-0 in overtime finish their season 20-0. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Midfielder Calvin Yocum waves to the crowd as the Air Academy boys soccer team is introduced Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, during an assembly celebrating the Kadets' 4A state championship in boys soccer. Air Academy defeated Centaurus 1-0 in overtime finish their season 20-0. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Air Academy boys soccer team waits in the hallway as they are introduced Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, during an assembly celebrating the Kadets' 4A state championship in boys soccer. Air Academy defeated  Centaurus 1-0 in overtime finish their season 20-0. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Air Academy boys soccer team waits in the hallway as they are introduced Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, during an assembly celebrating the Kadets' 4A state championship in boys soccer. Air Academy defeated Centaurus 1-0 in overtime finish their season 20-0. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Midfielder Ryan Self holds the 4A State Championship trophy as the Air Academy team enters the gym Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, during an assembly celebrating the Kadets' 4A state championship in boys soccer. Air Academy (20-0) defeated Centaurus 1-0 when Self scored a goal in overtime. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Midfielder Ryan Self holds the 4A State Championship trophy as the Air Academy team enters the gym Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, during an assembly celebrating the Kadets' 4A state championship in boys soccer. Air Academy (20-0) defeated Centaurus 1-0 when Self scored a goal in overtime. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, during an assembly celebrating the Kadets' 4A state championship in boys soccer. Air Academy defeated  Centaurus 1-0 in overtime finish their season 20-0. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, during an assembly celebrating the Kadets' 4A state championship in boys soccer. Air Academy defeated Centaurus 1-0 in overtime finish their season 20-0. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Individual State Champion Mason Norman holds the State Championship trophy as he and his teammates at The Classical Academy celebrate winning first place as a team in the Boys 4A race at the CHSAA state cross country meet Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. Photo by Mark Reis

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The Classical Academy’s Mason Norman is congratulated by Emily Hanenberg after winning the Boys 3A race at the CHSAA state cross country meet Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. The TCA boys also took first as a team. Photo by Mark Reis

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Palmer Ridge Cross Country - The CHSAA state cross country meet was held Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. Photo by Mark Reis

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The Classical Academy’s Mason Norman (facing) is congratulated by teammate Ryan Moen after winning the Boys 3A race at the CHSAA state cross country meet Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. The TCA boys also took first as a team. Photo by Mark Reis

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Palmer Ridge girls team members make a tunnel for Ryan Matson and his teammates to run through as they head to the podium to receive their Boys 4A State Championship trophy a the CHSAA state cross country meet Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. Photo by Mark Reis

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Palmer Ridge's Liz Phillips controls the ball. Palmer Ridge took first place in state over Kent Denver 3-2 in a double overtime and shootout at All City Stadium in Denver on Thursday, October 26, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette

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Palmer Ridge's Jordyn Isner reacts to shooting the first goal for Palmer Ridge. Palmer Ridge took first place in state over Kent Denver 3-2 in a double overtime and shootout at All City Stadium in Denver on Thursday, October 26, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette

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Palmer Ridge's Paige Campbell and goalkeeper Reece Wagers (left to right) defend the goal during the state championship game. Palmer Ridge took first place in state over Kent Denver 3-2 in a double overtime and shootout at All City Stadium in Denver on Thursday, October 26, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette

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Palmer Ridge's Jordyn Isner shoots on Kent Denver goalkeeper to score the first goal for Palmer Ridge. Palmer Ridge took first place in state over Kent Denver 3-2 in a double overtime and shootout at All City Stadium in Denver on Thursday, October 26, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette

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Palmer Ridge players reacts to the first goal. Palmer Ridge took first place in state over Kent Denver 3-2 in a double overtime and shootout at All City Stadium in Denver on Thursday, October 26, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette

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Palmer Ridge took first place in state over Kent Denver 3-2 in a double overtime and shootout at All City Stadium in Denver on Thursday, October 26, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette

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After a double overtime, the Palmer Ridge girls' field hockey team defeated the Kent Denver team in a shoot out. The final score was 3-2, giving the school their first state championship in girls field hockey. They were playing at All City Stadium in Denver on Thursday, October 26, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette

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After a double overtime, the Palmer Ridge girls' field hockey team defeated the Kent Denver team in a shoot out. The final score was 3-2, giving the school their first state championship in girls field hockey. They were playing at All City Stadium in Denver on Thursday, October 26, 2017. They were celebrating the goal in the shoot out that gave them the win. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette

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Palmer Ridge running back Anthony "Deuce" Roberson scores on Palmer Ridge's first possession during a game against Erie at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie to win the Colorado 3A State Football Championship. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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After a double overtime, the Palmer Ridge girls' field hockey team defeated the Kent Denver team in a shoot out. The final score was 3-2, giving the school their first state championship in girls field hockey. They were playing at All City Stadium in Denver on Thursday, October 26, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette

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Palmer Ridge took first place in state over Kent Denver 3-2 in a double overtime and shootout at All City Stadium in Denver on Thursday, October 26, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette

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Palmer Ridge running back Anthony "Deuce" Roberson scores his second touchdown during the second quarter of a game against Erie at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie to win the Colorado 3A State Football Championship. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge running back Anthony "Deuce" Roberson scores his second touchdown during the second quarter of a game against Erie at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie to win the Colorado 3A State Football Championship. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge took first place in state over Kent Denver 3-2 in a double overtime and shootout at All City Stadium in Denver on Thursday, October 26, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette

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Palmer Ridge running back Raef Ruel runs with the ball. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge's quarterback Ty Evans sets up to throw the ball during second quarter of a game against Erie at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie to win the Colorado 3A State Football Championship. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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After a double overtime, the Palmer Ridge girls' field hockey team defeated the Kent Denver team in a shoot out. The final score was 3-2, giving the school their first state championship in girls field hockey. They were playing at All City Stadium in Denver on Thursday, October 26, 2017. They celebrate with the state trophy after the game. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette

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Palmer Ridge running back Raef Ruel scores a touchdown during the second quarter of a game against Erie at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie to win the Colorado 3A State Football Championship. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge cornerback Dylan Matesi (top) and linebacker Jaden Sparks (bottom) bring down Erie quarterback Noah Roper during the third quarter of a game against Erie at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie to win the Colorado 3A State Football Championship. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge took first place in state over Kent Denver 3-2 in a double overtime and shootout at All City Stadium in Denver on Thursday, October 26, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette

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Junior and senior students at St. Mary's High school got to see a shark up close, something not usually seen in landlocked Colorado. They were dissecting sharks for the marine biology class. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge celebrates their first state 3A football trophy at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge Head Coach Tom Pulford hands over the state trophy to members of the team as they celebrated the school's first football state championship. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to win the Colorado 3A state football championship at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Lewis-Palmer's girls volleyball team was in familiar territory when they won the state 4A championship over the weekend. They also won state in 2013, 2014, and 2016. They are ranked #4 in the country by MaxPreps and went undefeated this season. Senior and team captain Jadie DeLange speaks in front of the state banners. Thursday, November 16, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Lewis-Palmer's girls volleyball team was in familiar territory when they won the state 4A championship over the weekend. They also won state in 2013, 2014, and 2016. They are ranked #4 in the country by MaxPreps and went undefeated this season. Sophomore Gianna Bartalo celebrates with senior Jadie DeLange (left to right) after the assembly on Thursday, November 16, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Lewis-Palmer's girls volleyball team was in familiar territory when they won the state 4A championship over the weekend. They also won state in 2013, 2014, and 2016. They are ranked #4 in the country by MaxPreps and went undefeated this season. Seniors Kennedy Shelley, Aleyna Kennel, Jadie DeLange, and Elaine Thibadeau lead the way as the team enters the school assembly with the state trophy in tow. Thursday, November 16, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge offensive line coach Jake Harris gets a cold shower towards the end of a game in which Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge's Emma Kerr, center, of the Girls Field Hockey team celebrates as she holds the state championship trophy while "We are the Champions" plays as the team walks out to the middle of the school's gym for a celebration of the field hockey's and boys cross country team's accomplishments on Wednesday November 1, 2017 in Monument. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Liz Phillips, left, of the Girls Field Hockey team and Ryan Matson of Boys Cross Country hold their respective State Championship team trophies for Palmer Ridge High School as the school held an assembly at the gym to honor the two championship teams on Wednesday November 1, 2017 in Monument. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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The Lewis-Palmer Rangers pick themselves up after mobbing the court after defeating the Valor Christian Eagles 3-0 at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 11, 2017.

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The Lewis-Palmer Rangers pick themselves up after mobbing the court after defeating the Valor Christian Eagles 3-0 at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 11, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Lewis-Palmer Rangers' Kennedy Shelley (12) laughs after winning as Gianna Bartalo (17) cries tears of happinessat the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The Rangers defeated the Valor Christian Eagles 3-0 after a 35-33 third set.

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Lewis-Palmer Rangers' Kennedy Shelley (12) laughs after winning as Gianna Bartalo (17) cries tears of happinessat the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The Rangers defeated the Valor Christian Eagles 3-0 after a 35-33 third set. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Lewis-Palmer Rangers Jadie DeLange (7) tips the ball against the Valor Christian Eagles at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The Rangers defeated the Eagles 3-0 to clinch the state championship.

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Lewis-Palmer Rangers Jadie DeLange (7) tips the ball against the Valor Christian Eagles at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The Rangers defeated the Eagles 3-0 to clinch the state championship. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Lewis-Palmer Rangers Adelaide Feel (9), center, hugs Kennedy Shelley (14) while holding the championship trophy at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The Rangers defeated the Valor Christian Eagles 3-0 to clinch the state championship.

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Lewis-Palmer Rangers Adelaide Feel (9), center, hugs Kennedy Shelley (14) while holding the championship trophy at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The Rangers defeated the Valor Christian Eagles 3-0 to clinch the state championship. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Lewis-Palmer Rangers Riley Putnicki (10) and Kessandra Krutsinger (2) block the Valor Christian Eagles before winning the state championship 3-0 at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 11, 2017.

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Lewis-Palmer Rangers Riley Putnicki (10) and Kessandra Krutsinger (2) block the Valor Christian Eagles before winning the state championship 3-0 at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 11, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Lewis-Palmer Rangers captain Jadie DeLange (7) and libero Gianna Bartalo (17) hug after winning the state championship at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The Rangers defeated the Valor Christian Eagles 3-0 after a 35-33 third set.

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Lewis-Palmer Rangers captain Jadie DeLange (7) and libero Gianna Bartalo (17) hug after winning the state championship at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The Rangers defeated the Valor Christian Eagles 3-0 after a 35-33 third set. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Lewis-Palmer Rangers Trinity Jackson (6) blocks the ball at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The Rangers defeated the Valor Christian Eagles 3-0 to clinch the state championship.

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Lewis-Palmer Rangers Trinity Jackson (6) blocks the ball at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The Rangers defeated the Valor Christian Eagles 3-0 to clinch the state championship. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Lewis-Palmer Rangers Taylor Buckley (1) spikes the ball at the the Valor Christian Eaglesat the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The Rangers defeated the Valor Christian Eagles 3-0 after a 35-33 third set.

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Lewis-Palmer Rangers Taylor Buckley (1) spikes the ball at the the Valor Christian Eaglesat the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The Rangers defeated the Valor Christian Eagles 3-0 after a 35-33 third set. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Lewis-Palmer Rangers Jadie DeLange (7) spikes a ball past defenders at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The Rangers defeated the Valor Christian Eagles 3-0 to clinch the state championship.

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Lewis-Palmer Rangers Jadie DeLange (7) spikes a ball past defenders at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The Rangers defeated the Valor Christian Eagles 3-0 to clinch the state championship. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Air Academy Kadets midfielder Ryan Self (15) raises the state trophy over his head at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets  defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime with a header by Self to become the Colorado 4A state champions.
Air Academy Kadets midfielder Ryan Self (15) raises the state trophy over his head at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime with a header by Self to become the Colorado 4A state champions.

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Lewis-Palmer Rangers Adelaide Feel (9) smacks the ball over the net at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The Rangers defeated the Valor Christian Eagles 3-0 to clinch the state championship.

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Lewis-Palmer Rangers Adelaide Feel (9) smacks the ball over the net at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The Rangers defeated the Valor Christian Eagles 3-0 to clinch the state championship. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Lewis-Palmer Rangers Jadie DeLange (7) spikes the ball at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The Rangers defeated the Valor Christian Eagles 3-0 to clinch the state championship.

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Lewis-Palmer Rangers Jadie DeLange (7) spikes the ball at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The Rangers defeated the Valor Christian Eagles 3-0 to clinch the state championship. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Lewis-Palmer Rangers Taylor Buckley (1) tries to dive and rescue a ball heading out at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The Rangers defeated the Valor Christian Eagles 3-0 to clinch the state championship.

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Lewis-Palmer Rangers Taylor Buckley (1) tries to dive and rescue a ball heading out at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The Rangers defeated the Valor Christian Eagles 3-0 to clinch the state championship. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Air Academy Kadets forward Kristian Hooker (11) dribbles the ball upfield past Centaurus Warriors defenders Cristian Rice (4) and CJ Himel (15) at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime and are the Colorado 4A state champions.
Air Academy Kadets forward Kristian Hooker (11) dribbles the ball upfield past Centaurus Warriors defenders Cristian Rice (4) and CJ Himel (15) at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime and are the Colorado 4A state champions.

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Lewis-Palmer Rangers McKenna Sciacca (5) sets the ball for a teammate at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The Rangers defeated the Valor Christian Eagles 3-0 to clinch the state championship.

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Lewis-Palmer Rangers McKenna Sciacca (5) sets the ball for a teammate at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The Rangers defeated the Valor Christian Eagles 3-0 to clinch the state championship. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Air Academy Kadets forward Thaddaeus Dewing (4) comes out on top to head a corner kick at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets  defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime and are the Colorado 4A state champions.
Air Academy Kadets forward Thaddaeus Dewing (4) comes out on top to head a corner kick at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime and are the Colorado 4A state champions.

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Air Academy Kadets midfielder Ryan Self (15), center, kisses the state championship trophy after defeating the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. Self scored an overtime header to make the Kadets the Colorado 4A state champions.
Air Academy Kadets midfielder Ryan Self (15), center, kisses the state championship trophy after defeating the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. Self scored an overtime header to make the Kadets the Colorado 4A state champions.

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Air Academy Kadets defender Brayden Jonswold (22) kicks the ball upfield at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime and are the Colorado 4A state champions.
Air Academy Kadets defender Brayden Jonswold (22) kicks the ball upfield at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime and are the Colorado 4A state champions.

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Fans of the The Air Academy Kadets wave a large team flag after the Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets are the Colorado 4A state champions.
Fans of the The Air Academy Kadets wave a large team flag after the Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets are the Colorado 4A state champions.

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Air Academy Kadets keeper Thomas Beatty (1) rises from a dive as Centaurus Warriors defender Cristian Rice (4) holds his head in his hands after sending a penalty kick into the stands above the goal at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime to become the Colorado 4A state champions.
Air Academy Kadets keeper Thomas Beatty (1) rises from a dive as Centaurus Warriors defender Cristian Rice (4) holds his head in his hands after sending a penalty kick into the stands above the goal at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime to become the Colorado 4A state champions.

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Centaurus Warriors defender CJ Himel (15) stumbles into the Warrior's goal chasing a header that went wide at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Air Academy Kadets defeated the Warriors 1-0 in overtime to become the Colorado 4A state champions.
Centaurus Warriors defender CJ Himel (15) stumbles into the Warrior's goal chasing a header that went wide at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Air Academy Kadets defeated the Warriors 1-0 in overtime to become the Colorado 4A state champions.

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Air Academy Kadets forward Thaddaeus Dewing (4) dribbles the ball as Centaurus Warriors defender Jack Bilello (7) chases him at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime and are the Colorado 4A state champions.
Air Academy Kadets forward Thaddaeus Dewing (4) dribbles the ball as Centaurus Warriors defender Jack Bilello (7) chases him at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime and are the Colorado 4A state champions.

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Centaurus Warriors keeper Rodrigo Ruiz (1) barely snags a shot on goal by Air Academy Kadets forward Kristian Hooker (11) at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Warriors 1-0 in overtime to become the Colorado 4A state champions.
Centaurus Warriors keeper Rodrigo Ruiz (1) barely snags a shot on goal by Air Academy Kadets forward Kristian Hooker (11) at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Warriors 1-0 in overtime to become the Colorado 4A state champions.

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The Air Academy Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Cadets are the Colorado 4A state champions.
The Air Academy Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Cadets are the Colorado 4A state champions.

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Air Academy Kadets forward Thaddaeus Dewing (4) watches to see his header go high over the goal at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime and are the Colorado 4A state champions.
Air Academy Kadets forward Thaddaeus Dewing (4) watches to see his header go high over the goal at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime and are the Colorado 4A state champions.

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Air Academy Kadets midfielder Calvin Yocum (19) yells as he runs back to his team after cheering with fans at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime to become the Colorado 4A state champions.
Air Academy Kadets midfielder Calvin Yocum (19) yells as he runs back to his team after cheering with fans at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime to become the Colorado 4A state champions.

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Air Academy Kadets  midfielder Ryan Self (15), right, pauses during cheers at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime and are the Colorado 4A state champions.
Air Academy Kadets midfielder Ryan Self (15), right, pauses during cheers at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime and are the Colorado 4A state champions.

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Air Academy Kadets midfielder Ryan Self (15) raises the state championship trophy while forward Kristian Hooker (11) watches at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime and are the Colorado 4A state champions.
Air Academy Kadets midfielder Ryan Self (15) raises the state championship trophy while forward Kristian Hooker (11) watches at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime and are the Colorado 4A state champions.

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Air Academy Kadets forward Luke Louthan (5) raises his fist with his team at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime and are the Colorado 4A state champions.
Air Academy Kadets forward Luke Louthan (5) raises his fist with his team at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime and are the Colorado 4A state champions.

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The Air Academy Kadets walk over to their fans carrying a state champions banner at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime and are the Colorado 4A state champions.
The Air Academy Kadets walk over to their fans carrying a state champions banner at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime and are the Colorado 4A state champions.

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Air Academy Kadets defender Andrew Hess (8) gives high-fives down a row of fans at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime are the Colorado 4A state champions.
Air Academy Kadets defender Andrew Hess (8) gives high-fives down a row of fans at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime are the Colorado 4A state champions.

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The Air Academy Kadets walk onto the field for their championship game against the Centaurus Warriors at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Warriors 1-0 in overtime and are the Colorado 4A state champions.
The Air Academy Kadets walk onto the field for their championship game against the Centaurus Warriors at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Warriors 1-0 in overtime and are the Colorado 4A state champions.

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Air Academy Kadets players pike on to midfielder Ryan Self (15) after he scored an overtime goal to defeat the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets are the Colorado 4A state champions.
Air Academy Kadets players pike on to midfielder Ryan Self (15) after he scored an overtime goal to defeat the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets are the Colorado 4A state champions.

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Air Academy Kadets forward Kristian Hooker (11) passes Centaurus Warriors midfielder Ethan Michel (8) on his way upfield at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime and are the Colorado 4A state champions.
Air Academy Kadets forward Kristian Hooker (11) passes Centaurus Warriors midfielder Ethan Michel (8) on his way upfield at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime and are the Colorado 4A state champions.

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Air Academy senior David Vicker cheers on the victorious Kadets after they defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets are the Colorado 4A state champions.
Air Academy senior David Vicker cheers on the victorious Kadets after they defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets are the Colorado 4A state champions.

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Air Academy Kadets  defender Aiden Schwenke (2) fights Centaurus Warriors defender Cristian Rice (4) for the ball at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime and are the Colorado 4A state champions.
Air Academy Kadets defender Aiden Schwenke (2) fights Centaurus Warriors defender Cristian Rice (4) for the ball at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime and are the Colorado 4A state champions.

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Air Academy Kadets midfielder Ryan Self (15) headers the ball at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime with a header from Self to become the Colorado 4A state champions.
Air Academy Kadets midfielder Ryan Self (15) headers the ball at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime with a header from Self to become the Colorado 4A state champions.

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Air Academy Kadets midfielder Kelton Hooker (6) races Centaurus Warriors defenders Max Vali (2) and Connor Stephan (3) for the ball at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime and are the Colorado 4A state champions.
Air Academy Kadets midfielder Kelton Hooker (6) races Centaurus Warriors defenders Max Vali (2) and Connor Stephan (3) for the ball at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Centaurus Warriors 1-0 in overtime and are the Colorado 4A state champions.

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Air Academy Kadets forward Luke Louthan (5) fights Centaurus Warriors defender Max Vali (2) for the ball at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Warriors 1-0 to become the Colorado 4A state champions.
Air Academy Kadets forward Luke Louthan (5) fights Centaurus Warriors defender Max Vali (2) for the ball at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The Kadets defeated the Warriors 1-0 to become the Colorado 4A state champions.

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The Palmer Ridge football team celebrated their first ever 3A state football championship with an all school assembly on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Palmer Ridge won 3 state championships this Fall in football, field hockey and cross country. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The Palmer Ridge football team celebrated their first ever 3A state football championship with an all school assembly on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. They cheer while ending the assembly with the school song. Palmer Ridge won 3 state championships this Fall in football, field hockey and cross country. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge football captain Zach Hester carries in the state trophy. The Palmer Ridge football team celebrated their first ever 3A state football championship with an all school assembly on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. . Palmer Ridge won 3 state championships this Fall in football, field hockey and cross country. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge quarterback and team captain Ty Evans addresses the crowd. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge football captain Zach Hester carries in the state trophy. The Palmer Ridge football team celebrated their first ever 3A state football championship with an all school assembly on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Palmer Ridge won 3 state championships this Fall in football, field hockey and cross country. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The Palmer Ridge football team celebrated their first ever 3A state football championship with an all school assembly on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Palmer Ridge won 3 state championships this Fall in football, field hockey and cross country. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The Palmer Ridge football team celebrated their first ever 3A state football championship with an all school assembly on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Palmer Ridge won 3 state championships this Fall in football, field hockey and cross country. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge quarterback and team captain Ty Evans addresses the crowd. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge captains Ty Evans and Cory McLellan hug before McLellan addresses the crowd. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The Palmer Ridge football team celebrated their first ever 3A state football championship with an all school assembly on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Palmer Ridge won 3 state championships this Fall in football, field hockey and cross country. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge team captain Cory McLellan addresses the crowd. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge team captain Zach Hester addresses the crowd. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge team captain Zach Hester presents the 3A state championship trophy to Palmer Ridge Principal Gary Gabel. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge Principal Gary Gabel holds up the state trophy. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge Principal Gary Gabel holds up the state trophy. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The Palmer Ridge football team celebrated their first ever 3A state football championship with an all school assembly on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. They cheer while ending the assembly with the school song. Palmer Ridge won 3 state championships this Fall in football, field hockey and cross country. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The Palmer Ridge football team celebrated their first ever 3A state football championship with an all school assembly on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. They cheer while ending the assembly with the school song. Palmer Ridge won 3 state championships this Fall in football, field hockey and cross country. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The Palmer Ridge football team celebrated their first ever 3A state football championship with an all school assembly on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. They cheer while ending the assembly with the school song. Palmer Ridge won 3 state championships this Fall in football, field hockey and cross country. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The Palmer Ridge football team celebrated their first ever 3A state football championship with an all school assembly on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. They cheer while ending the assembly with the school song. Palmer Ridge won 3 state championships this Fall in football, field hockey and cross country. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The Palmer Ridge football team celebrated their first ever 3A state football championship with an all school assembly on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Palmer Ridge won 3 state championships this Fall in football, field hockey and cross country. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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