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PHOTOS: Gazette Preps 2017 Year in Review

13 team state championships, countless regional titles, and a lifetime worth of memories around the Pikes Peak region. Take a look back at some of our favorite moments from 2017.

Cheyenne Mountain’s Casey Ahrendsen, left, and Ally Arenson celebrate after winning a point during No. 1 Doubles finals Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the 4A State Tennis Championships in Pueblo.  The two won their fourth straight No. 1 Doubles title with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Valor Christian’s Tiffany Parobek and Lucie Hosse.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Cheyenne Mountain’s Casey Ahrendsen, left, and Ally Arenson celebrate after winning a point during No. 1 Doubles finals Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the 4A State Tennis Championships in Pueblo. The two won their fourth straight No. 1 Doubles title with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Valor Christian’s Tiffany Parobek and Lucie Hosse. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Coronado wrestling team celebrates their 5A Colorado State Championship with coach Matt Brickell Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at the Pepsi Center in Denver.  It was the first state championship from a Colorado Springs team since Wasson High won in 1974. ( The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Coronado wrestling team celebrates their 5A Colorado State Championship with coach Matt Brickell Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at the Pepsi Center in Denver. It was the first state championship from a Colorado Springs team since Wasson High won in 1974. ( The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Air Academy girls team celebrates after winning the 4A girls title Sunday, May 21, 2017, during the Colorado High School State Track and Field Championships at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Air Academy girls team celebrates after winning the 4A girls title Sunday, May 21, 2017, during the Colorado High School State Track and Field Championships at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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PALMER RIDGE STATE FIELD HOCKEY
Palmer Ridge coach Paul Lewis - Palmer Ridge fell to Kent Denver 2-0 in the field hockey state championship game Thursday, October 27, 2016 at All-City Stadium in Denver. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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STATE CROSS COUNTRY
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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state track
TCA's Tanner Norman (left) was happy about winning the 3200 Meter Run 3A, but was even happier that his brother, freshman Mason Norman (right), took fifth place. Canaan Lamberth (center) finished in fourth place to put all three on the podium. The finals of Colorado state track were held at Jeffco Stadium on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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VISTA RIDGE PREP SIGNINGS
Samoan cousins, right to left, Mou Gagau, Phil Tuiava and Jalen Sami celebrate Wednesday , February 1, 2017 after signing their letters of intent to play college football during a ceremony Wednesday at Vista Ridge High School. A total of six Vista Ridge football players, including Kendrick Cannick, signed Wednesday. Sami will play at the University of Colorado while Tuiava and Gagau are headed to Eastern New Mexico University. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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After receiving their runner-up trophy, brokenhearted CSCS's girls basketball players Katie Hildenbrand, Virginia McGrath, Rachel Ingram, and Madison Mackie (left to right) watch Lamar take the first place trophy. Colorado Springs Christian School girls lost to Lamar 24-18 in the 3A Colorado State Basketball Championship finals at the University of Denver on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
After receiving their runner-up trophy, brokenhearted CSCS's girls basketball players Katie Hildenbrand, Virginia McGrath, Rachel Ingram, and Madison Mackie (left to right) watch Lamar take the first place trophy. Colorado Springs Christian School girls lost to Lamar 24-18 in the 3A Colorado State Basketball Championship finals at the University of Denver on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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Cheyenne Mountain athletes stand with their families after signing their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Cheyenne Mountain High School. 
From left to right, athletes seated are, Cat Wright, Luke Martin, Claire Ross and Kyle Leach.
Cheyenne Mountain athletes stand with their families after signing their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Cheyenne Mountain High School. From left to right, athletes seated are, Cat Wright, Luke Martin, Claire Ross and Kyle Leach.

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The Lewis-Palmer team huddles around head coach Susan Odenbaugh during a timeout in the third set of the 4A Colorado state volleyball tournament finals Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at the Denver Coliseum.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Lewis-Palmer team huddles around head coach Susan Odenbaugh during a timeout in the third set of the 4A Colorado state volleyball tournament finals Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at the Denver Coliseum. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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PREP GIRLS SWIMMING
Cheyenne Mountain teammates cheer on junior Cat Wright as she competes in the 100 yard breaststroke at the 2017 PPAC/4A Metro Championships in girls' swimming on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Cheyenne Mountain High School. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing

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Palmer Ridge
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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PINE CREEK PUEBLO SOUTH FOOTBALL
Pine Creek football players hug their senior teammates for the last time as they fell short to Pueblo South in the CHSAA 4A football championships held at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium on Saturday December 02, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. Pine Creek lost to Pueblo South 25-14. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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A pre game ritual for the Lewis-Palmer basketball team. Lewis-Palmer advanced to the finals of the 4A Colorado Basketball State Championships at the Denver Coliseum on Friday, March 10, 2017. They defeated Pueblo South 58-45. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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STATE CROSS COUNTRY
Brandon Hippe holds the State Championship trophy as he's hoisted by his Palmer Ridge teammates after their first place team finish 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 Vista Ridge boys team celebrates after their 4x400 team won to secure the team 4A title Sunday, May 21, 2017, during the Colorado High School State Track and Field Championships at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Vista Ridge boys team celebrates after their 4x400 team won to secure the team 4A title Sunday, May 21, 2017, during the Colorado High School State Track and Field Championships at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Lewis-Palmer girls' volleyball team won its second straight state championship in 2017.

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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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Cheyenne Mountain swimmer Westin Stieglitz underwent three surgeries to remove a blood clot in his brain, and returned to the pool months later to aid the boys’ swim team to a state championship.

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4A GIRLS STATE GOLF
Palmer Ridge's Ashlee Sample, 10th place and Kellsey Sample, 6th place, Cheyenne Mountain's Maxine Choi, 8th and Pine Creek's Elly Carlson, 8th, from left to right, hold up their medals after they competed in the final round of the 4A Girls State Golf tournament that was held at Colorado National Golf Course on Tuesday May 23, 2017 in Erie, Colorado. Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette.

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Peyton’s Britton Holmes takes down Ignacio’s Ethan Appenzeller during their 2A 145-pound championship match Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, during the Colorado 2A-3A-4A-5A State High School Wrestling Championships at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Holmes won his second title with a 5-3 win. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Peyton’s Britton Holmes takes down Ignacio’s Ethan Appenzeller during their 2A 145-pound championship match Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, during the Colorado 2A-3A-4A-5A State High School Wrestling Championships at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Holmes won his second title with a 5-3 win. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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state field hockey
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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The boys Fountain-Fort Carson team celebrates after winning the 5A boys title Sunday, May 21, 2017, during the Colorado High School State Track and Field Championships at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The boys Fountain-Fort Carson team celebrates after winning the 5A boys title Sunday, May 21, 2017, during the Colorado High School State Track and Field Championships at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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4A State Swimming Championship
Anchor swimmer, Reece MacRenato, helps bring Cheyenne Mountain a first place finish in the 200 Yard Medley Relay at the 4A State Swimming Championship held at the Air Force Academy Aquatics Center Saturday May 20, 2017. Photo by Jeff Kearney.

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