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  • Luke Vercollone has been everything the Switchbacks had hoped for

    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 leadership on and off the field entering Saturday's home United...

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

    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 Brewers, coincidentally, the PCL franchise's big league...

  • Colorado Pride open women's soccer season with rout over Colorado Storm

    Greeley: The W-League Colorado Pride opened the 2015 campaign with a decisive 6-0 victory over their northern rival, Colorado Storm, at Northern Colorado’s Jackson Field. Britt Eckerstrom and Kaitlyn Smith combined for the clean sheet. The Pride opened the scoring in the 25th minute when Colorado College standout Sarah Schweiss fed the ball...

  • Switchbacks survive scare from Boulder amateurs

    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 Stadium. "2-0 is the toughest lead to defend," said...

  • Ramsey: Cheyenne Mountain's Hannah Gerdin appreciates winning her third soccer title

    COMMERCE CITY - Hannah Gerdin is an expert when it comes to state soccer titles. She's won three during her spectacular career at Cheyenne Mountain, which gives her the luxury of comparing the times she ruled Colorado. "This is different," she said after leading her teammates to an epic 2-1 victory over Lewis-Palmer that required two...

  • Cheyenne Mountain makes Colorado soccer history with third straight 4A girls' title

    COMMERCE CITY - Cheyenne Mountain’s third consecutive girls’ soccer state championship will come with an asterisk. And a good one at that. The third-seeded Indians became the first girls’ soccer team in Colorado at any classification to win three consecutive titles after beating No. 8 Lewis-Palmer via penalty kicks 2-1 at Dick’s Sporting...

  • Butler struggles as Rockies fall to Phillies

    DENVER — Eddie Butler struggled on the mound for the second straight start. His problems off the mound hurt him, too. Butler followed up the shortest outing of his career with another shaky start, and his two fielding errors helped the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 4-2 on Wednesday night. "He just hasn't been able to reel...

  • Former Air Force d-lineman gets chance to start at guard for Broncos

    ENGLEWOOD — Ben Garland spent his offseason fulfilling his 2015 commitment to the Colorado Air National Guard and now he's fighting to serve as one of Peyton Manning's primary protectors. Five years after turning heads by chasing down Tim Tebow and then outracing the quick quarterback in post-practice wind sprints, the former Air Force...

  • Nuggets center Nurkic undergoes surgery to fix torn tendon

    DENVER — The Denver Nuggets say rookie center Jusuf Nurkic underwent surgery to fix a torn left patellar tendon. Nurkic had the procedure Wednesday at a clinic in Los Angeles. The team did not give a timeline for his return. Nurkic averaged 6.9 points and 6.1 rebounds in 2014-15. He was recently selected to the NBA all-rookie second team.

  • Struggling Drew Stubbs sent to minors by Rockies

    DENVER — Struggling outfielder Drew Stubbs has been optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque by the Colorado Rockies, who recalled outfielder Brandon Barnes from the Isotopes. Stubbs was hitting .118 with two home runs and 5 RBIs in 24 games and had struck out 31 times in 51 at bats. Rockies manager Walt Weiss said he believes Stubbs, who is making...

  • Transferring Air Force freshman Mooney lands at South Dakota

    Matt Mooney is transferring to South Dakota, the school announced Wednesday. Mooney played in 29 games, making eight starts, for Air Force as a freshman this past season. He informed coach Dave Pilipovich in early April that he did not intend to remain at the academy. "We are excited to add Matt to our program," South Dakota coach Craig...

  • Girls' soccer 4A capsule: Colorado Springs-area rivals battle for state championship Wednesday

    Colorado 4A state soccer championship details No. 8 Lewis-Palmer (17-1-1) vs. No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain (13-5-1) When: Wednesday, 5 p.m. Where: Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City What to know: Yet again the Class 4A girls' soccer championship will return to Colorado Springs. The last three titles and four of the last eight belong...

  • Report: Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez involved in prison fight

    The former New England Patriots tight end, who was convicted of murder in April, was involved in a prison fight, CNN reports, while acting as a lookout during a disagreement between two inmates who, CNN says, have gang ties. Aaron Hernandez was sentenced to life without parole and is doing his time at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center...

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

    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 Major League-caliber defensive plays. He fits in nicely...

  • Stroke strikes yet another young Air Force tennis coach

    This is just bizarre, and very bad, luck. Air Force assistant men’s tennis coach Evan Urbina tweeted Tuesday evening that he had suffered a stroke. “Had a stroke,” Urbina, in his late 20s, posted on social media. “Thankful for all your support. Should be out after a quick procedure tomorrow!” The post was accompanied by a smiling Urbina...