<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> david-ramsey]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/david-ramsey Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:14:41 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[David Ramsey: Evander Holyfield's mother delivered tough message that helped him rule boxing world]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-evander-holyfields-mother-delivered-tough-message-that-helped-him-rule-boxing-world/article/1597554?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-evander-holyfields-mother-delivered-tough-message-that-helped-him-rule-boxing-world/article/1597554?custom_click=rss

Boxer Evander Holyfield arrived in Colorado Springs in 1982 with two immensely motivating messages ringing in his head.

The first message was from his mother.

Annie had raised nine children and often told eight of those children where they had gone wrong. To her ninth, and final, child she offered a stern yet loving challenge:

"If you're going to be successful, if you're the talent, if you're the show, you can't be hanging out with everybody else," Annie told Evander, her baby. "The person who is successful is out there by himself working."

The second message was harsh.

Evander had lived for years in Atlanta's infamous Bowen Home Projects, where he heard these words many times: "Poor people don't go

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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:02:59 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Mustangs get past slow start courtesy Megyeri]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-mustangs-get-past-slow-start-courtesy-megyeri/article/1597475?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-mustangs-get-past-slow-start-courtesy-megyeri/article/1597475?custom_click=rss

In Shelby Megyeri's first three seasons at Manitou Springs, the Mustangs finished 66-14.

In the early stages of Megyeri's fourth, and final, season, the Mustangs were 2-4 and looking on their way to nowhere.

"It's definitely been a big change," Megyeri said. "Of course, I hate losing, but I didn't really expect to have as much success as I had in the past."

But Megyeri and her Mustangs still might pull a few surprises in the state tournament. Manitou, led by Megyeri's 17 points, defeated Trinidad, 40-34, in 3A district play Wednesday night.

It was the Mustangs' sixth straight win. Manitou (13-7) is surging as it prepares to tangle with rival Colorado Springs Christian School on Friday afternoon.

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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:49:50 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Can Jay Cutler, once a Bronco villain, escape NFL limbo?]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-can-jay-cutler-once-a-bronco-villain-escape-nfl-limbo/article/1597433?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-can-jay-cutler-once-a-bronco-villain-escape-nfl-limbo/article/1597433?custom_click=rss

Jay Cutler, also known as Mr. Unpopular, is coming off surgery on his right shoulder. The Bears are trying to unload him, and NFL teams are not jumping at the chance to obtain the supremely talented (and supremely moody) Cutler.

He turns 34 in April. In other words, he’s 51/2 years younger than Tom Brady. He could be enjoying the middle of his prime. Instead, he’s in NFL limbo.

Cutler in limbo.

Those are strange words to type.

When Cutler departed Colorado in 2009, he was massively controversial, but seemed destined for big things. He had everything. He’s a superlative athlete who starred in baseball, football and basketball in high school. He has a quick release and a mighty arm.

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:30:53 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Coronado wrestler Stephen Dabelko dreamed of ruling Colorado, and fell just short]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-coronado-wrestler-stephen-dabelko-dreamed-of-ruling-colorado-and-fell-just-short/article/1597186?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-coronado-wrestler-stephen-dabelko-dreamed-of-ruling-colorado-and-fell-just-short/article/1597186?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Stephen Dabelko ran along lonely roads east of Colorado Springs, listening to Garth Brooks, George Strait and Charlie Daniels while waving at an occasional prairie dog.

Always, he was watching, in his mind's eye, a vision of highlights from his future.

The Coronado High senior wrestler had vowed to himself he would rule Colorado 5A in the 113-pound class.

On every run, he replayed his vision. He would vanquish his opponent in the finals before a loud crowd at Pepsi Center, walk calmly to the corner of the mat, point into the stands at his family and then, to complete the celebration, pull his favorite shirt over his head for all to see.

The 113-pound state champ would wear a shirt that proclaimed,

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Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:58:52 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: CU's Tad Boyle believes Sand Creek's D'shawn Schwartz can become a star in Boulder]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-cus-tad-boyle-believes-sand-creeks-dshawn-schwartz-can-become-a-star-in-boulder/article/1597025?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-cus-tad-boyle-believes-sand-creeks-dshawn-schwartz-can-become-a-star-in-boulder/article/1597025?custom_click=rss

Tad Boyle wants Colorado's best high school players to play for him in Boulder. He's greedy. He wants all of them.

When D'shawn Schwartz signed in the fall to play for the Buffs, it ended Boyle's pursuit of the state's most promising senior. It also ended a courtship.

For years, Schwartz listened to Boyle say nice things about him. It was all part of the usual expert sales pitch.

The wooing is over for Schwartz. The brutal challenge a leap from playing in gyms in Colorado Springs to competing in arenas in the Pac-12 awaits the shooting guard/small forward.

Boyle is confident Schwartz will make a graceful leap. The leap begins over the summer, when the Buffs and Schwartz travel to Italy for a series of games.

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Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:18:51 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Courtney Shepherd obeys coach, pushes Lewis-Palmer girls to massive upset]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-courtney-shepherd-obeys-coach-pushes-lewis-palmer-girls-to-massive-upset/article/1596944?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-courtney-shepherd-obeys-coach-pushes-lewis-palmer-girls-to-massive-upset/article/1596944?custom_click=rss

MONUMENT - The ball arrived in Lewis-Palmer guard Courtney Shepherd's hands. She was open. She was standing behind the 3-point line.

She looked at the basket, considering for an instant what to do next in a tight battle with Air Academy.

Then she heard a clear, loud voice just behind her. It was the voice of her basketball coach, Cayla De George.

"Shoot it!" De George said. "Knock it down!"

Shepherd had missed all five of her shots. Didn't matter. She knew she had to obey her coach.

"I knew it was going in, the second it came off my hand," Shepherd said, remembering the 3-point shot with 2:25 left that propelled L-P to a highly unlikely 42-39 win Wednesday over Air Academy. Preslee Enget led L-P with 16

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Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:23:41 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Air Force should sign basketball coach Dave Pilipovich to deserved contract extension]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-should-sign-basketball-coach-dave-pilipovich-to-deserved-contract-extension/article/1596726?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-should-sign-basketball-coach-dave-pilipovich-to-deserved-contract-extension/article/1596726?custom_click=rss

Jim Knowlton, who serves as athletic director at Air Force Academy, makes the crucial, and excruciating, decisions about the future of coaches.

Here's a direct message to Mr. Knowlton:

Offer basketball coach Dave Pilipovich a contract extension. He's on the cliff right now, with only one season remaining on his contract. Make him feel safe with a two-season extension.

Yes, Pilipovich is struggling. His team's defense is porous, and he's searched in vain for his best combination of starters. The Falcons have lost seven of eight Mountain West games. They have been in contention in every defeat, but being close is, in a way, an indictment. Pilipovich has been finding ways to lose.

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Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:51:25 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Air Force hockey dreaming of Frozen Four after dominating victory]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-hockey-dreaming-of-frozen-four-after-dominating-victory/article/1596550?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-hockey-dreaming-of-frozen-four-after-dominating-victory/article/1596550?custom_click=rss

Air Force hockey winger A.J. Reid is optimistic, and with strong reason.

Reid is hoping, if not quite planning, for the Falcons' first-ever journey to the Frozen Four.

Air Force is on a stampede. The Falcons (19-8-4 overall, 16-5-2 Atlantic Hockey) buried American International, 5-0, Friday at Cadet Ice Arena. This level of domination has been the norm in recent weeks. The Falcons have won five straight while outscoring opponents, 22-5.

"If we play the right way, we can go deep," Reid said after scoring two goals and barely missing a hat trick. "Everyone wants to go to the Frozen Four. ... We definitely got the depth and everyone knows we've got the goalkeeping.

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Fri, 10 Feb 2017 22:56:16 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Brimble leads Doherty to another wild basketball win over Rampart]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-brimble-leads-doherty-to-another-wild-basketball-win-over-rampart/article/1596475?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-brimble-leads-doherty-to-another-wild-basketball-win-over-rampart/article/1596475?custom_click=rss

In the final minute of Doherty's wild ride to victory over Rampart, Doherty senior star Brevin Brimble was standing in front of the Rampart bench, enjoying a brief conversation with the team he had vanquished.

Rampart players were "mocking" him, Brimble said. Nothing too ugly.

"They were talking a little bit," Brimble said, "and I was just kidding with them talking back."

As the conversation escalated, Brimble offered a closing remark.

"You can come out here and get a 30-piece, too, if you want to," Brimble said.

After that, silence from the Rampart bench.

Getting a 30-piece, for those who didn't know, is scoring more than 30 points. Brimble almost scored 30 in the first half, settling for 29 after

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Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:22:03 -0700
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Mountain West official blows big call in Air Force's loss to New Mexico]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-mountain-west-official-blows-big-call-in-air-forces-loss-to-new-mexico/article/1596398?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-mountain-west-official-blows-big-call-in-air-forces-loss-to-new-mexico/article/1596398?custom_click=rss

New Mexico guard Elijah Brown was begging for a technical foul, and game official David Hall gave him one.
Then, in one of the strangest sequences in the history of Air Force’s Clune Arena, Hall waved off the technical.
Let’s be clear: Hall made the right call, and then made the wrong call by vacating his right call.
It was comical, and it was costly to Air Force.
In the final seconds of New Mexico’s win over Air Force, Brown was fouled in the backcourt. He could have calmly walked to the free-throw line.

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Thu, 09 Feb 2017 10:51:01 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Joel, baby of the Scott basketball brothers, dominates for Lewis-Palmer]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-joel-baby-of-the-scott-basketball-brothers-dominates-for-lewis-palmer/article/1596327?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-joel-baby-of-the-scott-basketball-brothers-dominates-for-lewis-palmer/article/1596327?custom_click=rss

Players and fans who confront the challenge that is Lewis-Palmer’s surging basketball team want to annoy and distract Joel Scott, one of the Rangers’ lead players.

So, these players and fans taunt Joel about his brothers, Josh, Jordan and Jonathan. All were L-P stars.

“You live in your brothers’ shadows,” a guard from Falcon High School told Joel last week.

“Your brothers are better!” the crowd at Liberty High shouted in unison.

Big mistake, people.

“I try not to worry about what people say about my brothers,” Joel says, smiling before a Lewis-Palmer practice.

Instead, he thinks back to the nights his brothers scorched opponents while carrying

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Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:36:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Athletic update on Scott brothers of Lewis-Palmer]]> http://gazette.com/athletic-update-on-scott-brothers-of-lewis-palmer/article/1596325?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/athletic-update-on-scott-brothers-of-lewis-palmer/article/1596325?custom_click=rss

Josh – Averages 12 points and 6.6 rebounds as starter for MZT Aerodom in Macedonia.

Jordan - Averages 4.6 points and 4.3 rebounds as starter for Idaho, which has a 12-10 record.

Jonathan – Averages 10 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists for Otero Junior College, which has a 16-6 record.

Joseph – The lone non-basketball-playing Scott brother and the only one to follow his parents to their alma mater. A freshman-to-be, he will compete for playing time at Air Force Academy at outside linebacker.

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Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:38:08 -0700