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  • The Classical Academy downs Palmer Ridge in three sets in volleyball opener

    The Classical Academy was unsure how it would match up against a Class 4A squad. Palmer Ridge was unsure how its inexperienced players would manage their first real taste of varsity action. Both teams learned plenty in their season openers, but TCA came out with a sweeping victory, defeating the Bears 26-24, 25-19, 25-23 on Tuesday at TCA....

  • Making national team never gets old for Lewis-Palmer's Alexa Smith

    Alexa Smith gets goose bumps whenever she hears the U.S. national anthem. "It happens every time," the Lewis-Palmer High School standout said. "It doesn't matter if it is at a high school game or anywhere. It brings me back to Thailand." Smith will have another series of memories to spark that feeling after she became one of 12 players to...

  • Blog: Gabby Simpson joining sisters at CU

    Simpson, eh? While Mr. Montgomery Burns (Monty to his few friends) might not remember the last name of his most famous employee, Colorado volleyball coach Liz Kritza can’t forget it. Doherty setter Gabby Simpson signed a national letter of intent with Colorado on Wednesday. Photo by Christian Murdock, The Gazette. On Wednesday, the third...

  • Nikki Kinzer returns to Rampart volleyball team as head coach

    Just days after hiring a new football coach, Rampart announced Friday it has found its next volleyball coach as well. The Rams turned to a familiar face to fill the role vacated by Nancy Pellow. They hired Nikki Kinzer - the 2008 Gazette Big School Player of the Year. As a senior at Rampart in 2008, Kinzer led the Rams to a third-place...

  • Doherty volleyball coach steps down

    Tara Hittle doesn't expect anyone to understand her latest decision to resign as the volleyball coach of Doherty High School. After three winning seasons and a state title, however, the high-energy coach told The Gazette that she has a "strong desire" to coach at the collegiate level, and said her decision to resign was based on her hope to...

  • Top 10 prep stories of 2013

    Top 10 stories of the high school sports year 2013 from the Pikes Peak region.

  • The Gazette's Volleyball 3A and Below Peak Performer of the Year: Katie McKiel, Manitou Springs

    Katie McKiel admitted to a little hesitation when she and her Manitou Springs teammates first took the court for the 3A regionals Nov. 1 without star outside hitter Nicole Mack. McKiel and Mack - the strong, sophomore, outside-hitting tandem - had led the Mustangs to an undefeated record, and now Mack was sidelined with a sesamoid fracture in...

  • The Gazette's All-Area Volleyball teams

    All-Area volleyball teams

  • Volleyball 3A and Below Coach of the Year: Carol Benedict, Manitou Springs

    During Manitou Springs' semifinal state tournament match against Valley on Nov. 9, coach Carol Benedict saw a small, but gaping hole on the middle of the right side of the Vikings' half of the court. It was a small observation, but it provided major dividends for the Mustangs, as sophomores Katie McKiel and Nicole Mack went to work, firing...

  • The Gazette's Volleyball 5A/4A Peak Performer of the Year: Haleigh Washington, Doherty

    Haleigh Washington faced an entirely different challenge during the 2013 volleyball season. Gone were the days of enjoying her spot as an occasional option on a Doherty team blessed with multiple weapons. As a senior, the 6-foot-4 middle blocker not only took on the role of leader, but essentially carried the hopes of an entire squad on her...