• Former Army ranger Mat Henigsmith works to swap camouflage for red, white and blue

    By JOE PAISLEY joe.paisley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Former U.S. Army Ranger Mat Henigsmith accepts challenges wherever he finds them. Wednesday it was rock climbing. Friday it will be goalball. It was para-triathlon before this week's U.S. Association of Blind Athletes Summer Sports Festival. Henigsmith knew his world had changed...

  • Family trek has Aaron Mapel in hunt for Pikes Peak Amateur crown

    BY SCOTT KANIEWSKI scott.kaniewski@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Aaron Mapel has become pretty accustomed to the Pikes Peak Amateur scene. That would be nothing new for an area golfer. But Mapel is from Dodge City, Kan. And the 25-year-old is already familiar with some of the top area players in the tournament's championship flight. The...

  • Picture of Tennessee shooting emerges: 3-5 minutes of terror

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Twenty Marines and two Navy corpsmen were in the middle of an otherwise mundane task, just checking their equipment after a training mission, when the silver Mustang convertible came barreling through the gates of the reserve center on the banks of the Tennessee...

  • Olympic trial qualifiers Hunter Doerr, Daniel Carr evolve Colorado Springs swimming rivalry into friendship

    By SCOTT KANIEWSKI - the gazette scott.kaniewski@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Hunter Doerr wasn't sure what he was in for when his friends suggested they play Polish pingpong. Doerr found out soon enough. Lose a point, get pelted with the pingpong ball. The opponent on the other end of the table was one he's all too familiar with, though in a different...

  • Sand Creek's Liah Davis gives verbal to New Mexico women's basketball

    By SCOTT KANIEWSKI scott.kaniewski@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Liah Davis had been to the University of New Mexico's campus once before. But it was the second trip that would determine Davis' future. While at a basketball camp there the week of June 18, Davis knew she'd found her home to be. Last week, after finding out the Lobos were...

  • Friendly rivalry from youth paying off for Switchbacks rookies

    By JOE PAISLEY joe.paisley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    Forward Miguel Gonzalez and defender Josh Phillips are focused on Saturday night's battle for the Western Conference lead with visiting Seattle. But only a few years ago, the longtime men's soccer rivals were more concerned with defeating each other. Gonzalez, a former Yelm High...

  • Federal charges sought in Eric Garner's chokehold death

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    NEW YORK — The widow of Eric Garner and hundreds of protesters rallied outside a courthouse Saturday to call on federal prosecutors to indict the white police officer who put the black New York City man in a fatal chokehold a year ago. "You all keep me empowered to speak," Garner's...

  • Photos: California wildfire jumps highway, burns cars

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    NOTE: Scroll to bottom for photo gallery   UPDATE LOS ANGELES — Rain is calming a fast-moving wildfire that sent people running for their lives when flames swept across a California freeway and destroyed 20 cars. The storm on Saturday storm brought relief to crews fighting...

  • Basketball players don't run out of gas at State Games

    By AAron Reiss aaron.reiss@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    MONUMENT - When Cliff Kindred called a timeout, his first move was to the door of the Lewis-Palmer High School basketball gymnasium. He gave it a glance. Then he looked at his players - all four of them. The others would be here soon, he promised. "Y'all feeling good?" he asked with...

  • Billiards players share stories at Rocky Mountain State Games

    BY KRISTEN GOWDY kristen.gowdy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    Stories adorn the cluttered walls of the Antique Billiards Museum in Colorado Springs. Black-and-white whispers of times past mix with the hazy, yet undeniable smell of cigar smoke. Scott Smith can share just about all of the walls' stories. As he strolls along the perimeter of the...

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