<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:05:59 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Thunder G Westbrook to return Friday night]]> http://gazette.com/thunder-g-westbrook-to-return-friday-night/article/feed/183108?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thunder-g-westbrook-to-return-friday-night/article/feed/183108?custom_click=rss OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Thunder say point guard Russell Westbrook will return to action Friday night against the New York Knicks.

The three-time All-Star broke a bone in his right hand against Portland in the second game of the season, and he hasn't played since. Westbrook has been practicing and taking contact on the court. He was reevaluated this week and finally was cleared to play. He will start and Reggie Jackson will return to his backup role.

Westbrook was expected to pick up the slack after MVP Kevin Durant broke a bone in his right foot before the season began. Instead, the stars spent about a month together wearing suits on the bench. Without them, the Thunder won just four of their first 16 games.

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]]> OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Thunder say point guard Russell Westbrook will return to action Friday night against the New York Knicks.

The three-time All-Star broke a bone in his right hand against Portland in the second game of the season, and he hasn't played since. Westbrook has been practicing and taking contact on the court. He was reevaluated this week and finally was cleared to play. He will start and Reggie Jackson will return to his backup role.

Westbrook was expected to pick up the slack after MVP Kevin Durant broke a bone in his right foot before the season began. Instead, the stars spent about a month together wearing suits on the bench. Without them, the Thunder won just four of their first 16 games.

Durant i]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:50:58 -0700 <![CDATA[Royals reach $1.8 million, 1-year deal with Frasor]]> http://gazette.com/royals-reach-1.8-million-1-year-deal-with-frasor/article/feed/183090?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/royals-reach-1.8-million-1-year-deal-with-frasor/article/feed/183090?custom_click=rss KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jason Frasor and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a one-year contract with a 2016 mutual option that guarantees the reliever $1.8 million.

Frasor gets $1.25 million next season under Friday's deal, down from $1.75 million this year. The 2016 option is for $2 million with a $550,000 buyout.

The 37-year-old right-hander was acquired from Texas in July and went 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA in 23 games for Kansas City. He was also a veteran presence for a young clubhouse as the Royals made the postseason for the first time since 1985 and lost to San Francisco in a seven-game World Series.

Frasor was 2-0 with a 1.

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]]> KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jason Frasor and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a one-year contract with a 2016 mutual option that guarantees the reliever $1.8 million.

Frasor gets $1.25 million next season under Friday's deal, down from $1.75 million this year. The 2016 option is for $2 million with a $550,000 buyout.

The 37-year-old right-hander was acquired from Texas in July and went 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA in 23 games for Kansas City. He was also a veteran presence for a young clubhouse as the Royals made the postseason for the first time since 1985 and lost to San Francisco in a seven-game World Series.

Frasor was 2-0 with a 1.]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:36:32 -0700 <![CDATA[Air Force Academy-CSU preview: Expect unusual (and less rowdy?) atmosphere at Falcon Stadium]]> By Brent Briggeman brent.briggeman@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-csu-preview-expect-unusual-and-less-rowdy-atmosphere-at-falcon-stadium/article/1542146?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-csu-preview-expect-unusual-and-less-rowdy-atmosphere-at-falcon-stadium/article/1542146?custom_click=rss

Mike Thiessen looks around the Pikes Peak region and sees a lot of military personnel. Perhaps about 4,000 of them could arrive in uniform at Falcon Stadium on Friday, he suggested.

Thiessen's plan would lessen the anticipated awkwardness as the cadet section will be empty against No. 21 Colorado State with the academy shut down for Thanksgiving break.

"Can we put an ad out there to have all the Fort Carson troops out and come fill that section so we can feel at home?" Thiessen said. "Put that in there, 'Coach Thiessen wants Fort Carson to come fill the stadium.' Hey, we've got four bases in town, don't we? Let's put them all in uniform and come support the Falcons.



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Mike Thiessen looks around the Pikes Peak region and sees a lot of military personnel. Perhaps about 4,000 of them could arrive in uniform at Falcon Stadium on Friday, he suggested.

Thiessen's plan would lessen the anticipated awkwardness as the cadet section will be empty against No. 21 Colorado State with the academy shut down for Thanksgiving break.

"Can we put an ad out there to have all the Fort Carson troops out and come fill that section so we can feel at home?" Thiessen said. "Put that in there, 'Coach Thiessen wants Fort Carson to come fill the stadium.' Hey, we've got four bases in town, don't we? Let's put them all in uniform and come support the Falcons.

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<![CDATA[3 subplots to watch during Friday's Air Force-Colorado State game]]> Brent Briggeman, The Gazette http://gazette.com/3-subplots-to-watch-during-fridays-air-force-colorado-state-game/article/1542150?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3-subplots-to-watch-during-fridays-air-force-colorado-state-game/article/1542150?custom_click=rss

Air Force hosts Mountain West Conference rival at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Falcon Stadium. Here are some of the storylines:

Will motivation again be a factor?

Two years ago, Colorado State coach Jim McElwain laid into his team's effort in a lopsided loss at Air Force. Last year, Air Force players admitted to being flat in a blowout that ended a poor season. Effort doesn't figure to be an issue Friday, with CSU still playing to stay in conference contention and a spot in a major bowl. Air Force is playing its final home game, but for lesser stakes in terms of the football ramifications.

AFA secondary vs. Higgins and Co.

Sophomore Rashard Higgins leads the nation in receiving yards (1,447) and touchdowns (15).



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Air Force hosts Mountain West Conference rival at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Falcon Stadium. Here are some of the storylines:

Will motivation again be a factor?

Two years ago, Colorado State coach Jim McElwain laid into his team's effort in a lopsided loss at Air Force. Last year, Air Force players admitted to being flat in a blowout that ended a poor season. Effort doesn't figure to be an issue Friday, with CSU still playing to stay in conference contention and a spot in a major bowl. Air Force is playing its final home game, but for lesser stakes in terms of the football ramifications.

AFA secondary vs. Higgins and Co.

Sophomore Rashard Higgins leads the nation in receiving yards (1,447) and touchdowns (15).

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Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:37:16 -0700
<![CDATA[Lions begin crucial homestand with win over Bears]]> http://gazette.com/lions-begin-crucial-homestand-with-win-over-bears/article/feed/183023?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lions-begin-crucial-homestand-with-win-over-bears/article/feed/183023?custom_click=rss

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions began the homestand that could make or break their season with the type of offensive performance their fans have been waiting for.

Matthew Stafford threw for 390 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Calvin Johnson, and the Lions beat the Chicago Bears 34-17 on Thursday. Johnson had 11 catches for 146 yards in perhaps his best performance of the season.

Detroit gained a season-high 474 yards in its highest-scoring game since a 35-point showing in the season opener against the New York Giants.

"We came home and handled business. That's what we wanted," center Dominic Raiola said. "We're in a good spot right now but we know there's a lot of work ahead.

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]]> DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions began the homestand that could make or break their season with the type of offensive performance their fans have been waiting for.

Matthew Stafford threw for 390 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Calvin Johnson, and the Lions beat the Chicago Bears 34-17 on Thursday. Johnson had 11 catches for 146 yards in perhaps his best performance of the season.

Detroit gained a season-high 474 yards in its highest-scoring game since a 35-point showing in the season opener against the New York Giants.

"We came home and handled business. That's what we wanted," center Dominic Raiola said. "We're in a good spot right now but we know there's a lot of work ahead.]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:07:56 -0700 <![CDATA[Gophers, Badgers meet for axe, Big Ten West title]]> http://gazette.com/gophers-badgers-meet-for-axe-big-ten-west-title/article/feed/183024?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gophers-badgers-meet-for-axe-big-ten-west-title/article/feed/183024?custom_click=rss

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For once, elusive running back Melvin Gordon got stuck in a crowd on the field.

It happened at Minnesota on Nov. 23, 2013, a 20-7 victory for Wisconsin. The Badgers won their 10th straight in the not-so-friendly Big Ten rivalry. Some pushing and shoving ensued after Wisconsin claimed Paul Bunyan's Axe for another year.

Expect another chippy affair Saturday when No. 22 Minnesota (8-3, 5-2) and No. 14 Wisconsin (9-2, 6-1) meet again — and not just for that old-fashioned trophy.

The winner claims the Big Ten West crown and a berth in next week's league title game against East Division champion Ohio State.

"It's a rivalry game, neither of us like each other. ...

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]]> MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For once, elusive running back Melvin Gordon got stuck in a crowd on the field.

It happened at Minnesota on Nov. 23, 2013, a 20-7 victory for Wisconsin. The Badgers won their 10th straight in the not-so-friendly Big Ten rivalry. Some pushing and shoving ensued after Wisconsin claimed Paul Bunyan's Axe for another year.

Expect another chippy affair Saturday when No. 22 Minnesota (8-3, 5-2) and No. 14 Wisconsin (9-2, 6-1) meet again — and not just for that old-fashioned trophy.

The winner claims the Big Ten West crown and a berth in next week's league title game against East Division champion Ohio State.

"It's a rivalry game, neither of us like each other. ...]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:07:42 -0700 <![CDATA[Eagles top Cowboys 33-10, may have to do it again]]> http://gazette.com/eagles-top-cowboys-33-10-may-have-to-do-it-again/article/feed/183045?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eagles-top-cowboys-33-10-may-have-to-do-it-again/article/feed/183045?custom_click=rss

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — LeSean McCoy said beating Dallas with the NFC East lead on the line felt a lot like last year, when Philadelphia wrapped up a playoff berth in the Cowboys' $1.2 billion stadium.

There's one big difference for the Eagles, though: They might have to do it again in a rematch on their home field next month to make sure they get back to the postseason.

McCoy ran for 159 yards and a touchdown, Mark Sanchez had his first scoring run in almost three years and the Philadelphia defense took advantage of a ragged Tony Romo in a 33-10 victory Thursday.

"This is only the first half," linebacker Connor Barwin said. "We have them again in two weeks and we need to back it up again. The same way we did today, i

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]]> ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — LeSean McCoy said beating Dallas with the NFC East lead on the line felt a lot like last year, when Philadelphia wrapped up a playoff berth in the Cowboys' $1.2 billion stadium.

There's one big difference for the Eagles, though: They might have to do it again in a rematch on their home field next month to make sure they get back to the postseason.

McCoy ran for 159 yards and a touchdown, Mark Sanchez had his first scoring run in almost three years and the Philadelphia defense took advantage of a ragged Tony Romo in a 33-10 victory Thursday.

"This is only the first half," linebacker Connor Barwin said. "We have them again in two weeks and we need to back it up again. The same way we did today, i]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:06:57 -0700 <![CDATA[Sherman's big night leads Seattle past 49ers again]]> http://gazette.com/shermans-big-night-leads-seattle-past-49ers-again/article/feed/183046?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/shermans-big-night-leads-seattle-past-49ers-again/article/feed/183046?custom_click=rss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — At midfield, Richard Sherman cradled a game ball in his right hand and took a chomp out of a turkey leg with his left.

Seattle's do-everything, unguarded cornerback certainly earned his postgame feast after a two-interception night that kept the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks right in the NFC West race with a 19-3 win against the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday.

Just like 10 months earlier with that game-sealing deflection in the end zone during the NFC championship game, Sherman was in the middle of all the big plays. With Michael Crabtree the target again, too.

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Seattle's do-everything, unguarded cornerback certainly earned his postgame feast after a two-interception night that kept the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks right in the NFC West race with a 19-3 win against the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday.

Just like 10 months earlier with that game-sealing deflection in the end zone during the NFC championship game, Sherman was in the middle of all the big plays. With Michael Crabtree the target again, too.]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:06:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Sherman's big night leads Seattle past 49ers again]]> http://gazette.com/shermans-big-night-leads-seattle-past-49ers-again/article/feed/182992?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/shermans-big-night-leads-seattle-past-49ers-again/article/feed/182992?custom_click=rss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — At midfield, Richard Sherman cradled a game ball in his right hand and took a chomp out of a turkey leg with his left.

Seattle's do-everything, unguarded cornerback certainly earned his postgame feast after a two-interception night that kept the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks right in the NFC West race with a 19-3 win against the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday.

Just like 10 months earlier with that game-sealing deflection in the end zone during the NFC championship game, Sherman was in the middle of all the big plays. With Michael Crabtree the target again, too.

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]]> SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — At midfield, Richard Sherman cradled a game ball in his right hand and took a chomp out of a turkey leg with his left.

Seattle's do-everything, unguarded cornerback certainly earned his postgame feast after a two-interception night that kept the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks right in the NFC West race with a 19-3 win against the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday.

Just like 10 months earlier with that game-sealing deflection in the end zone during the NFC championship game, Sherman was in the middle of all the big plays. With Michael Crabtree the target again, too.]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:05:01 -0700 <![CDATA[Small schools girls' basketball preview capsules]]> By Kevin Carmody sports@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/small-schools-girls-basketball-preview-capsules/article/1542151?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/small-schools-girls-basketball-preview-capsules/article/1542151?custom_click=rss

3A Tri-Peaks

CSCS

Coach: Mark Engesser (first season as girls' coach)

Last season: 4-15

Key players: F/C Bailey Query, sr.; C Jay Walter, jr.; G/F Jessica Knedlar, jr.; G/F Madison Mackie, so.

Outlook: Engesser, who has coached the boys' team the past four seasons, takes the reins of the girls' program, one that reached the 3A state championship game in 2010 but has struggled recently, including a winless league ledger last season. For Engesser, a winning season is a realistic goal.

James Irwin

Coach: Robb Kelley (fourth season)

Last season: 4-16

Key players: F Macaylah LeBlanc, so.; G Meghan Skalicky, so.; F Ashley Lusk, sr.

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CSCS

Coach: Mark Engesser (first season as girls' coach)

Last season: 4-15

Key players: F/C Bailey Query, sr.; C Jay Walter, jr.; G/F Jessica Knedlar, jr.; G/F Madison Mackie, so.

Outlook: Engesser, who has coached the boys' team the past four seasons, takes the reins of the girls' program, one that reached the 3A state championship game in 2010 but has struggled recently, including a winless league ledger last season. For Engesser, a winning season is a realistic goal.

James Irwin

Coach: Robb Kelley (fourth season)

Last season: 4-16

Key players: F Macaylah LeBlanc, so.; G Meghan Skalicky, so.; F Ashley Lusk, sr.]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 04:15:16 -0700 <![CDATA[Big schools girls' basketball preview capsules]]> By Justin Shaw sports@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/big-schools-girls-basketball-preview-capsules/article/1542154?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/big-schools-girls-basketball-preview-capsules/article/1542154?custom_click=rss 5A Metro

Doherty

Coach: Patrick McKiernan

Last season: 11-13, lost in second round of playoffs

Key players: F Ivory Masching, jr.; PG Kalani Poloa, soph.; SG Aleita Amparan, soph.; G KK Mack, sr.; F Alicea Guevara, jr.

Outlook: The Spartans will have one of the best groups of guards around, and will look to shoot well from outside and play fast. Mack and Guevara both transferred to Doherty from Vista Ridge, and will provide an instant boost. While the Spartans only have two seniors, they will have a deep team and be able to play with high intensity. Doherty should challenge for the 5A Metro crown if all goes according to plan.

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Doherty

Coach: Patrick McKiernan

Last season: 11-13, lost in second round of playoffs

Key players: F Ivory Masching, jr.; PG Kalani Poloa, soph.; SG Aleita Amparan, soph.; G KK Mack, sr.; F Alicea Guevara, jr.

Outlook: The Spartans will have one of the best groups of guards around, and will look to shoot well from outside and play fast. Mack and Guevara both transferred to Doherty from Vista Ridge, and will provide an instant boost. While the Spartans only have two seniors, they will have a deep team and be able to play with high intensity. Doherty should challenge for the 5A Metro crown if all goes according to plan.]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 04:15:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Runners, walkers and actual turkeys rule the day at YMCA Turkey Trot]]> By Kevin Carmody sports@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/runners-walkers-and-actual-turkeys-rule-the-day-at-ymca-turkey-trot/article/1542147?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/runners-walkers-and-actual-turkeys-rule-the-day-at-ymca-turkey-trot/article/1542147?custom_click=rss

Fortunately for Raina Watson and friend Gillian Conley, time was not a priority at the 17th annual Turkey Trot early Thanksgiving morning near the Briargate YMCA.

That's what happens when you're pulling two actual turkeys in a cage through the streets of northeastern Colorado Springs. And people of all ages want to look. And ask questions.

And take photos during the race.

"We had some of the race volunteers, even some policemen, ask for photos while the race was going on," said Conley, a senior at Discovery Canyon. "My mom wanted us to push them in a stroller, but a cage worked out better. We enjoy bringing animals out since a lot of people don't get to see them."

Other than at the dinner table, that is.

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]]> Fortunately for Raina Watson and friend Gillian Conley, time was not a priority at the 17th annual Turkey Trot early Thanksgiving morning near the Briargate YMCA.

That's what happens when you're pulling two actual turkeys in a cage through the streets of northeastern Colorado Springs. And people of all ages want to look. And ask questions.

And take photos during the race.

"We had some of the race volunteers, even some policemen, ask for photos while the race was going on," said Conley, a senior at Discovery Canyon. "My mom wanted us to push them in a stroller, but a cage worked out better. We enjoy bringing animals out since a lot of people don't get to see them."

Other than at the dinner table, that is.]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 04:15:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Air Force freshman Kyle Mackey will play in front of parents this weekend]]> By JOE PAISLEY joe.paisley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-force-freshman-kyle-mackey-will-play-in-front-of-parents-this-weekend/article/1542135?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-freshman-kyle-mackey-will-play-in-front-of-parents-this-weekend/article/1542135?custom_click=rss

Air Force's weekend road series at Canisius is a homecoming for freshman defenseman Kyle Mackey, whose parents will see him play college hockey for the first time live.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder is from Derby, N.Y., about 20 minutes from Buffalo, where Canisius, winless in its past seven games (0-3-4), is located. His parents helped organize the Thanksgiving dinner planned for the team at a Veterans of Foreign Wars hall Thursday.

Chances are they will like what they see Friday and Saturday. Mackey, his defensive partner and fellow rookie Phil Boje, and freshman Jonathan Kopacka have all stepped up in the early going for the Falcons (4-7-2, 3-2-1 Atlantic Hockey Association).

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]]> Air Force's weekend road series at Canisius is a homecoming for freshman defenseman Kyle Mackey, whose parents will see him play college hockey for the first time live.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder is from Derby, N.Y., about 20 minutes from Buffalo, where Canisius, winless in its past seven games (0-3-4), is located. His parents helped organize the Thanksgiving dinner planned for the team at a Veterans of Foreign Wars hall Thursday.

Chances are they will like what they see Friday and Saturday. Mackey, his defensive partner and fellow rookie Phil Boje, and freshman Jonathan Kopacka have all stepped up in the early going for the Falcons (4-7-2, 3-2-1 Atlantic Hockey Association).]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 04:15:09 -0700 <![CDATA[Air Force spotlight player: Safety Weston Steelhammer]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-spotlight-player-safety-weston-steelhammer/article/1542149?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-spotlight-player-safety-weston-steelhammer/article/1542149?custom_click=rss

Weston Steelhammer found himself playing catchup on his receiver in the end zone last week at San Diego State - a position no defensive back wants to be in.

Yet it's a spot Steelhammer seems more comfortable than most.

Steelhammer closed the gap in a way has shown repeatedly he can, made the interception and kept Air Force from falling in two-possession deficit before it had even run a play.

"I'm just trying to help the team out where I can," Steelhammer said.

He has helped plenty. Steelhammer, a sophomore, has five interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a tackle for a safety.

He also has 48 tackles - five for loss, with three sacks - in becoming an All-Mountain West candidate at defensive back.

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]]> Weston Steelhammer found himself playing catchup on his receiver in the end zone last week at San Diego State - a position no defensive back wants to be in.

Yet it's a spot Steelhammer seems more comfortable than most.

Steelhammer closed the gap in a way has shown repeatedly he can, made the interception and kept Air Force from falling in two-possession deficit before it had even run a play.

"I'm just trying to help the team out where I can," Steelhammer said.

He has helped plenty. Steelhammer, a sophomore, has five interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a tackle for a safety.

He also has 48 tackles - five for loss, with three sacks - in becoming an All-Mountain West candidate at defensive back.]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 04:15:08 -0700 <![CDATA[Girls' basketball preview: Mark Engesser coaches CSCS boys' and girls' teams]]> By KEVIN CARMODY preps@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/girls-basketball-preview-mark-engesser-coaches-cscs-boys-and-girls-teams/article/1542152?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/girls-basketball-preview-mark-engesser-coaches-cscs-boys-and-girls-teams/article/1542152?custom_click=rss

Mark Engesser's proposal to add duties as girls' basketball coach at Colorado Springs Christian School - he's already the boys' coach - never was a cause of concern for his superiors.

He did have one request, though, that could have been a deal breaker.

"I didn't want to take on the girls' program if my wife (Jody) wasn't going to be my assistant," said Engesser, who will start his fifth season at the helm of the boys' team. "She said she would do that. She played high school basketball and college volleyball, and she could probably outshoot any girl on our team."

That's not the only advantage in this husband-wife basketball partnership.

"We're together more," he said.

"It works out nicely.

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]]> Mark Engesser's proposal to add duties as girls' basketball coach at Colorado Springs Christian School - he's already the boys' coach - never was a cause of concern for his superiors.

He did have one request, though, that could have been a deal breaker.

"I didn't want to take on the girls' program if my wife (Jody) wasn't going to be my assistant," said Engesser, who will start his fifth season at the helm of the boys' team. "She said she would do that. She played high school basketball and college volleyball, and she could probably outshoot any girl on our team."

That's not the only advantage in this husband-wife basketball partnership.

"We're together more," he said.

"It works out nicely.]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 04:15:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Air Academy's Huffman and Palmer's Urbaniak lead their respective teams]]> By JUSTIN SHAW preps@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-academys-huffman-and-palmers-urbaniak-lead-their-respective-teams/article/1542153?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-academys-huffman-and-palmers-urbaniak-lead-their-respective-teams/article/1542153?custom_click=rss

Air Academy's Kassady Huffman and Palmer's Jenn Urbaniak have been playing basketball together for a long time.

As the two enter their senior seasons of high school on different teams, they have a future as teammates on the horizon after both signed to play at Air Force next season.

"We were talking one day about how Air Force was interested in both of us," Huffman said. "Jenn had already decided to go there, and then I decided after she did. Us playing together in college is something I never thought would happen, but playing with Jenn will be great. I couldn't ask for a better teammate, and it'll be fun because we're both really competitive."

In 2013, Huffman averaged 15.2 points, 11.2 rebounds and 5.8 blocks per

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]]> Air Academy's Kassady Huffman and Palmer's Jenn Urbaniak have been playing basketball together for a long time.

As the two enter their senior seasons of high school on different teams, they have a future as teammates on the horizon after both signed to play at Air Force next season.

"We were talking one day about how Air Force was interested in both of us," Huffman said. "Jenn had already decided to go there, and then I decided after she did. Us playing together in college is something I never thought would happen, but playing with Jenn will be great. I couldn't ask for a better teammate, and it'll be fun because we're both really competitive."

In 2013, Huffman averaged 15.2 points, 11.2 rebounds and 5.8 blocks per]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 04:15:05 -0700 <![CDATA[Huskies beat Spartans 78-56 in Wooden opener]]> http://gazette.com/huskies-beat-spartans-78-56-in-wooden-opener/article/feed/183011?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/huskies-beat-spartans-78-56-in-wooden-opener/article/feed/183011?custom_click=rss FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Defense is not a problem for the Washington Huskies, especially with Robert Upshaw clogging the paint and swatting away opponents' shots.

Upshaw tied his own school record with seven blocks, powering the Huskies to a 78-56 rout of San Jose State on Thursday night in the opening round of the Wooden Legacy tournament. It was the third time in four games that the 6-foot-11 center blocked seven shots. He didn't have any in the Huskies' previous game, a 76-69 win over Pacific at Key Arena on Sunday.

"Robert has an uncanny ability to wait on the ball to be released and then go after it," Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said. "The only time he didn't do that was the last game, where they kind of got him up in

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]]> FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Defense is not a problem for the Washington Huskies, especially with Robert Upshaw clogging the paint and swatting away opponents' shots.

Upshaw tied his own school record with seven blocks, powering the Huskies to a 78-56 rout of San Jose State on Thursday night in the opening round of the Wooden Legacy tournament. It was the third time in four games that the 6-foot-11 center blocked seven shots. He didn't have any in the Huskies' previous game, a 76-69 win over Pacific at Key Arena on Sunday.

"Robert has an uncanny ability to wait on the ball to be released and then go after it," Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said. "The only time he didn't do that was the last game, where they kind of got him up in ]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 02:32:23 -0700 <![CDATA[49ers' offense falters in loss to Seahawks]]> http://gazette.com/49ers-offense-falters-in-loss-to-seahawks/article/feed/183009?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/49ers-offense-falters-in-loss-to-seahawks/article/feed/183009?custom_click=rss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Colin Kaepernick was at his worst on the prime-time Thanksgiving stage, and Richard Sherman quickly became the Niners' biggest nemesis again.

He literally dared the quarterback to throw his way — "I told their sideline if they threw it my way I'd end the game," Sherman said.

Kaepernick did just that as San Francisco fell flat on offense, its owner publicly apologized for a game that "wasn't acceptable," and the team's playoff hopes took a huge hit Thursday with a 19-3 loss to Sherman and the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks.

"We only had three points. We have to start early and we have to play," wide receiver Michael Crabtree said. "That's all we have to talk about.

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He literally dared the quarterback to throw his way — "I told their sideline if they threw it my way I'd end the game," Sherman said.

Kaepernick did just that as San Francisco fell flat on offense, its owner publicly apologized for a game that "wasn't acceptable," and the team's playoff hopes took a huge hit Thursday with a 19-3 loss to Sherman and the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks.

"We only had three points. We have to start early and we have to play," wide receiver Michael Crabtree said. "That's all we have to talk about.]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:48:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Boykin and No. 6 TCU romp over Texas, 48-10]]> http://gazette.com/boykin-and-no.-6-tcu-romp-over-texas-48-10/article/feed/182998?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/boykin-and-no.-6-tcu-romp-over-texas-48-10/article/feed/182998?custom_click=rss

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — TCU took the field on Thanksgiving night determined to send a message to the rest of college football.

The sixth-ranked Horned Frogs delivered one with a 48-10 romp over Texas, and the tens of thousands of their fans who stuck around to the end will be happy to keep chanting "T-C-U!" to anyone who may have missed it.

Are you listening, College Football Playoff committee?

Trevone Boykin passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, and TCU's defense dominated the Longhorns and quarterback Tyrone Swoopes, sending Texas to one of the worst home losses in program history.

The win kept the Horned Frogs (10-1, 7-1) in the hunt for their first Big 12 title.

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]]> AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — TCU took the field on Thanksgiving night determined to send a message to the rest of college football.

The sixth-ranked Horned Frogs delivered one with a 48-10 romp over Texas, and the tens of thousands of their fans who stuck around to the end will be happy to keep chanting "T-C-U!" to anyone who may have missed it.

Are you listening, College Football Playoff committee?

Trevone Boykin passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, and TCU's defense dominated the Longhorns and quarterback Tyrone Swoopes, sending Texas to one of the worst home losses in program history.

The win kept the Horned Frogs (10-1, 7-1) in the hunt for their first Big 12 title.]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:35:46 -0700 <![CDATA[Fournette leads LSU over Texas A&M, 23-17]]> http://gazette.com/fournette-leads-lsu-over-texas-am-23-17/article/feed/182996?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fournette-leads-lsu-over-texas-am-23-17/article/feed/182996?custom_click=rss

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — When Leonard Fournette barreled over a Texas A&M defender and scored in the second quarter, the Aggies had to know it was going to be a long night.

But that was only the start of a big game for the LSU freshman.

Fournette ran for a career-high 146 yards and a touchdown, and Jalen Collins had a late interception to seal LSU's 23-17 win Thursday night.

Fournette's highlight-reel play gave the Tigers their first points since an overtime loss to Alabama on Nov. 8. He ducked his head and plowed over Howard Matthews on a 22-yard touchdown run that tied it at 7 with 4:33 left in the first half.

LSU coach Les Miles knows exactly what he'd do if the 230-pound Fournette was ever heading towar

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]]> COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — When Leonard Fournette barreled over a Texas A&M defender and scored in the second quarter, the Aggies had to know it was going to be a long night.

But that was only the start of a big game for the LSU freshman.

Fournette ran for a career-high 146 yards and a touchdown, and Jalen Collins had a late interception to seal LSU's 23-17 win Thursday night.

Fournette's highlight-reel play gave the Tigers their first points since an overtime loss to Alabama on Nov. 8. He ducked his head and plowed over Howard Matthews on a 22-yard touchdown run that tied it at 7 with 4:33 left in the first half.

LSU coach Les Miles knows exactly what he'd do if the 230-pound Fournette was ever heading towar]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:20:46 -0700 <![CDATA[NFL Capsules]]> http://gazette.com/nfl-capsules/article/feed/40607?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nfl-capsules/article/feed/40607?custom_click=rss SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Richard Sherman set up the only touchdown with another key defensive play in this heated rivalry, then made a second interception with the 49ers driving late, and the Seattle Seahawks ended a five-game losing streak on San Francisco's home field with a 19-3 win Thursday night.

Steven Hauschka kicked four field goals and the Seahawks' stout defense held Colin Kaepernick and Michael Crabtree in check as Seattle (8-4) overcame 14 penalties for 105 yards, including an offensive pass interference that negated a touchdown.

Russell Wilson passed for 236 yards and thoroughly outplayed Kaepernick, who had one of his worst performances for the 49ers (7-5).

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]]> SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Richard Sherman set up the only touchdown with another key defensive play in this heated rivalry, then made a second interception with the 49ers driving late, and the Seattle Seahawks ended a five-game losing streak on San Francisco's home field with a 19-3 win Thursday night.

Steven Hauschka kicked four field goals and the Seahawks' stout defense held Colin Kaepernick and Michael Crabtree in check as Seattle (8-4) overcame 14 penalties for 105 yards, including an offensive pass interference that negated a touchdown.

Russell Wilson passed for 236 yards and thoroughly outplayed Kaepernick, who had one of his worst performances for the 49ers (7-5).]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:47:05 -0700 <![CDATA[Eagles roll over Cowboys 33-10 for NFC East lead]]> http://gazette.com/eagles-roll-over-cowboys-33-10-for-nfc-east-lead/article/feed/182986?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eagles-roll-over-cowboys-33-10-for-nfc-east-lead/article/feed/182986?custom_click=rss

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — LeSean McCoy threw open his arms just before crossing the goal line on a touchdown run that essentially put away another big win over the Dallas Cowboys.

While Philadelphia didn't walk off with a playoff berth in hand after beating the Cowboys 33-10 on Thursday, it was a sweet Thanksgiving for McCoy, Mark Sanchez and the Eagles.

McCoy ran for 159 yards and a touchdown, Sanchez had his first scoring run in almost three years and the Eagles rolled in a matchup of NFC East co-leaders on the field where McCoy clinched last season's rushing title and Philadelphia won a playoffs-or-bust finale.

"This really felt like last year," said McCoy, who had a season-high 25 carries. "It really did.

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]]> ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — LeSean McCoy threw open his arms just before crossing the goal line on a touchdown run that essentially put away another big win over the Dallas Cowboys.

While Philadelphia didn't walk off with a playoff berth in hand after beating the Cowboys 33-10 on Thursday, it was a sweet Thanksgiving for McCoy, Mark Sanchez and the Eagles.

McCoy ran for 159 yards and a touchdown, Sanchez had his first scoring run in almost three years and the Eagles rolled in a matchup of NFC East co-leaders on the field where McCoy clinched last season's rushing title and Philadelphia won a playoffs-or-bust finale.

"This really felt like last year," said McCoy, who had a season-high 25 carries. "It really did.]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:47:33 -0700 <![CDATA[Cowboys falter at home again, 33-10 to Eagles]]> http://gazette.com/cowboys-falter-at-home-again-33-10-to-eagles/article/feed/182993?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cowboys-falter-at-home-again-33-10-to-eagles/article/feed/182993?custom_click=rss

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Maybe being on the road for three of their last four games will be good for Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys.

Except they have to go to Philadelphia in about 2 1/2 weeks.

The Eagles dominated in their first Thanksgiving Day game against Dallas in 25 years, with LeSean McCoy running for 159 yards and a touchdown in a 33-10 victory Thursday that began as a matchup of NFC East co-leaders.

Dallas (8-4) lost its third consecutive home game, and all of its losses this season have been inside team owner Jerry Jones' $1.2 billion showplace stadium.

"I'm disappointed because this was a great day ... we had a great Thanksgiving Day crowd, the stage was set," Jones said.

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]]> ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Maybe being on the road for three of their last four games will be good for Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys.

Except they have to go to Philadelphia in about 2 1/2 weeks.

The Eagles dominated in their first Thanksgiving Day game against Dallas in 25 years, with LeSean McCoy running for 159 yards and a touchdown in a 33-10 victory Thursday that began as a matchup of NFC East co-leaders.

Dallas (8-4) lost its third consecutive home game, and all of its losses this season have been inside team owner Jerry Jones' $1.2 billion showplace stadium.

"I'm disappointed because this was a great day ... we had a great Thanksgiving Day crowd, the stage was set," Jones said.]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:32:27 -0700 <![CDATA[Air Force vs. Colorado State: By the numbers]]> Brent Briggeman, The Gazette http://gazette.com/air-force-vs.-colorado-state-by-the-numbers/article/1542148?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-vs.-colorado-state-by-the-numbers/article/1542148?custom_click=rss A look at the Air Force vs. Colorado State matchup by the numbers.

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<![CDATA[Colorado College student Nicolai Calabria will play for national amputee soccer team]]> By JOE PAISLEY joe.paisley@gazette.com -By JOE PAISLEY - the gazette http://gazette.com/colorado-college-student-nicolai-calabria-will-play-for-national-amputee-soccer-team/article/1542144?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-college-student-nicolai-calabria-will-play-for-national-amputee-soccer-team/article/1542144?custom_click=rss

Colorado College student Nicolai Calabria is thankful this holiday weekend that his parents Carl and Jeanine never coddled him for being born without a right leg and hip.

"Both of my parents instilled a toughness in me," the education/public speaking major said. "From a young age I had to struggle with being different and my parents wouldn't exactly console me. They would make it clear that there was nothing to do that could change my situation. I could only live life to the fullest."

That includes realizing a long-time goal of playing on the U.S. national amputee soccer team.

Calabria, 20, will represent his country at the 2014 Amputee World Cup in Mexico from Sunday to Dec. 8.



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Colorado College student Nicolai Calabria is thankful this holiday weekend that his parents Carl and Jeanine never coddled him for being born without a right leg and hip.

"Both of my parents instilled a toughness in me," the education/public speaking major said. "From a young age I had to struggle with being different and my parents wouldn't exactly console me. They would make it clear that there was nothing to do that could change my situation. I could only live life to the fullest."

That includes realizing a long-time goal of playing on the U.S. national amputee soccer team.

Calabria, 20, will represent his country at the 2014 Amputee World Cup in Mexico from Sunday to Dec. 8.

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Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:19:13 -0700
<![CDATA[49ers activate pair of tight ends]]> http://gazette.com/49ers-activate-pair-of-tight-ends/article/feed/182983?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/49ers-activate-pair-of-tight-ends/article/feed/182983?custom_click=rss SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Tight ends Garrett Celek and Asante Cleveland were added to San Francisco's active roster before the 49ers' game Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks.

Celek was activated from the physically unable to perform list and Cleveland was promoted from the practice squad. San Francisco right tackle Anthony Davis missed his second straight game with a concussion, while Jonathan Martin again started in his place.

For Seattle, which like San Francisco is 7-4, cornerback Jeremy Lane is inactive after being listed on the injury report as questionable with a glute injury. Marcus Burley will start at the nickel spot.

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]]> SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Tight ends Garrett Celek and Asante Cleveland were added to San Francisco's active roster before the 49ers' game Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks.

Celek was activated from the physically unable to perform list and Cleveland was promoted from the practice squad. San Francisco right tackle Anthony Davis missed his second straight game with a concussion, while Jonathan Martin again started in his place.

For Seattle, which like San Francisco is 7-4, cornerback Jeremy Lane is inactive after being listed on the injury report as questionable with a glute injury. Marcus Burley will start at the nickel spot.]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:33:11 -0700 <![CDATA[US cities urged to keep price tags down for 2024]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/us-cities-urged-to-keep-price-tags-down-for-2024/article/1542141?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-cities-urged-to-keep-price-tags-down-for-2024/article/1542141?custom_click=rss

COLORADO SPRINGS — The magic number for the U.S. cities hoping to host the 2024 Olympics is $5 billion.

Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington have all submitted spending plans under that mark for their bids to host the Olympics. Keeping the price tag down is a key goal of any future Olympic bid.

The U.S. Olympic Committee is less than two months away from deciding which city, if any, it will back as a candidate for the 2024 Games. The International Olympic Committee has put an emphasis on staying away from skyrocketing spending. It's an especially touchy subject in the United States, where, unlike most countries, the federal government does not help bankroll the Olympics.



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COLORADO SPRINGS — The magic number for the U.S. cities hoping to host the 2024 Olympics is $5 billion.

Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington have all submitted spending plans under that mark for their bids to host the Olympics. Keeping the price tag down is a key goal of any future Olympic bid.

The U.S. Olympic Committee is less than two months away from deciding which city, if any, it will back as a candidate for the 2024 Games. The International Olympic Committee has put an emphasis on staying away from skyrocketing spending. It's an especially touchy subject in the United States, where, unlike most countries, the federal government does not help bankroll the Olympics.

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Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:01:36 -0700
<![CDATA[Anderson's arrival, Green's return keys Broncos]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/andersons-arrival-greens-return-keys-broncos/article/1542138?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/andersons-arrival-greens-return-keys-broncos/article/1542138?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Just in time for nasty weather, the Denver Broncos have discovered a grinding ground game thanks to C.J. Anderson's arrival and Virgil Green's return.

Anderson, the Broncos' second-year, third-string running back, has made the most of his opportunity with Ronnie Hillman (foot) and Montee Ball (groin) hurt.

Since taking over as the primary running back three weeks ago, Anderson has averaged 5.8 yards a carry and 11.7 yards a catch. He had 167 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries in Denver's win over Miami last week.

He caught his first TD pass against Oakland, a 51-yard masterpiece on a screen play that sparked Denver's rout of the Raiders and he scored his first career rushing TD against the



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ENGLEWOOD — Just in time for nasty weather, the Denver Broncos have discovered a grinding ground game thanks to C.J. Anderson's arrival and Virgil Green's return.

Anderson, the Broncos' second-year, third-string running back, has made the most of his opportunity with Ronnie Hillman (foot) and Montee Ball (groin) hurt.

Since taking over as the primary running back three weeks ago, Anderson has averaged 5.8 yards a carry and 11.7 yards a catch. He had 167 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries in Denver's win over Miami last week.

He caught his first TD pass against Oakland, a 51-yard masterpiece on a screen play that sparked Denver's rout of the Raiders and he scored his first career rushing TD against the

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Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:38:06 -0700
<![CDATA[In it together: Colorado Springs sisters find support, sanctuary in the pool]]> By BRENT W. NEW, preps@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/in-it-together-colorado-springs-sisters-find-support-sanctuary-in-the-pool/article/1542104?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-it-together-colorado-springs-sisters-find-support-sanctuary-in-the-pool/article/1542104?custom_click=rss

When the first day of swim practice at Doherty High School had all but come to a close, the smallest swimmer's arms wobbled like rubber and whipped the chlorinated water in a panic. She gasped for air as she leeched onto the closest wall, looking around to make sure her sister was close.

There was relief when she found her.

Kai Hawley, 15, was born with tiny holes in her heart. And long before she struggled doing intervals at swim practice, she struggled for her life.

Defying logic, she beat her initial diagnoses, in which doctors predicted that she might not survive birth and, if she did, she almost certainly wouldn't live past the age of 5.



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When the first day of swim practice at Doherty High School had all but come to a close, the smallest swimmer's arms wobbled like rubber and whipped the chlorinated water in a panic. She gasped for air as she leeched onto the closest wall, looking around to make sure her sister was close.

There was relief when she found her.

Kai Hawley, 15, was born with tiny holes in her heart. And long before she struggled doing intervals at swim practice, she struggled for her life.

Defying logic, she beat her initial diagnoses, in which doctors predicted that she might not survive birth and, if she did, she almost certainly wouldn't live past the age of 5.

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<![CDATA[Girls' swimming preview: Team-by-team capsules]]> By BRENT W. NEW preps@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/girls-swimming-preview-team-by-team-capsules/article/1542101?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/girls-swimming-preview-team-by-team-capsules/article/1542101?custom_click=rss A team-by-team look at area girls' swimming and diving squads.

Class 5A

Coronado

Coach: Katie Baker (fifth season)

Key swimmers: Sarah Stafford, sr.; Katie Jacobs, sr.; Emily Randono, sr.; Katie Field, jr.

Season outlook: It could be argued that the leap from Class 4A to 5A isn't as rough as it seems, as quality teams lurk on both sides of the spectrum. But it's still a jump in talent and depth for the Cougars, who move up to 5A. Baker, who is disappointed with the move, said her team can still make a splash this season. "It's the most talented team I have had to date," she said. Jinny Jin and Carsen Fair, two more state qualifiers, will also contribute.

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Class 5A

Coronado

Coach: Katie Baker (fifth season)

Key swimmers: Sarah Stafford, sr.; Katie Jacobs, sr.; Emily Randono, sr.; Katie Field, jr.

Season outlook: It could be argued that the leap from Class 4A to 5A isn't as rough as it seems, as quality teams lurk on both sides of the spectrum. But it's still a jump in talent and depth for the Cougars, who move up to 5A. Baker, who is disappointed with the move, said her team can still make a splash this season. "It's the most talented team I have had to date," she said. Jinny Jin and Carsen Fair, two more state qualifiers, will also contribute.]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:30:19 -0700