• Denver hires new assistant with NCAA, NHL ties

    Joe Paisley
    Updated: 22 hr ago

    Former Alaska-Fairbanks coach and longtime Winnipeg Jets scout Tavis MacMillan is now a Denver assistant, coach Jim Montgomery announced on Wednesday. MacMillan replaces Joe Clark, who recently resigned his post due to family obligations. “He’s an intelligent, hard-working coach...

  • Switchbacks head to Salt Lake for U.S. Open Cup match

    Joe Paisley
    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Two familiar foes will square off when the Colorado Springs Switchbacks travel to the Real Monarchs of Salt Lake at 7 p.m. Wednesday with a shot at the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer on the line. The winner of the 2015 U.S. Open Cup third-round game advances to face the...

  • Colorado Springs Switchbacks benefit from a dry spot against Arizona United

    By Joe Paisley joe.paisley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, May 24, 2015

    In real estate, the key is location, location, location. That slogan proved apt in United Soccer League action Saturday night as well. The Colorado Springs Switchbacks took advantage of better field conditions on the northern end of Sand Creek Stadium in a 5-0 rout of Arizona United...

  • Sky Sox ballpark proves good training ground for future MLB managers

    By JOE PAISLEY joe.paisley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Security Service Field with its quirky weather forcing constant adjustments is a fertile training ground for future managers. Milwaukee bench boss Craig Counsell became the eighth former Sky Sox player to take over a Major League Baseball team when he was named as manager of the...

  • Luke Vercollone has been everything the Switchbacks had hoped for

    By Joe Paisley joe.paisley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Luke Vercollone has been the player Colorado Springs coach Steve Trittschuh needed. Vercollone was the first player he signed on Oct. 19. That came with expectations that the 5-foot-10 midfielder has more than met. He leads the 3-4 Switchbacks with 10 points (four assists) and his...

  • Former Colorado College coach Scott Owens takes over Sioux Falls of USHL

    By Joe Paisley joe.paisley@gazette.com -
    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Former Colorado College hockey coach Scott Owens is back in the junior ranks. His hire as the new coach and general manager of the U.S. Hockey League champion Sioux Falls Stampede was confirmed during a news conference Thursday afternoon. "We are thrilled for this new challenge,"...

  • Switchbacks survive scare from Boulder amateurs

    by JOE PAISLEY joe.paisley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Someone forgot to tell the Harpo's they were supposed to lose. They did, but not before putting a scare into the Colorado Springs Switchbacks. The hosts held on for a 2-1 win Wednesday over the Boulder-based pub team in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup tournament at Sand Creek...

  • Organization's best defensive infielder, Yadiel Rivera, fitting in nicely with Sky Sox

    By JOE PAISLEY joe.paisley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    It didn't take Colorado Springs shortstop Yadiel Rivera long to demonstrate why he is rated as the best defensive infielder in the Brewers' organization. In his first four games in a Sky Sox uniform, the natural shortstop showed the speed and lateral movement that enables him to make...

  • Colorado Pride women hope to jell quickly, win conference after strong debut season

    By JOE PAISLEY joe.paisley@gazette.com -
    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    With only a few practices so far, a talented Colorado Pride women's soccer team will be looking to jell quickly, starting with their season opener in Greeley. "It takes time for a team to come together," Jessy Batelli said before her team takes on the Colorado Storm at 7 p.m....

  • Colorado Springs Switchbacks face Cinderella amateurs in U.S. Open Cup soccer tournament

    By JOE PAISLEY joe.paisley@gazette.com -
    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    The Colorado Springs Switchbacks will look to end a Boulder club's run through the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament when it hosts Harpo's Football Club at 7 p.m. Wednesday. "If we win on Wednesday, we will be the biggest Cinderella story in soccer, and we will be the biggest...

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