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

Tue, Jun 3, 2014 - 7:01 PM

Alexa Smith gets goose bumps whenever she hears the U.S. national anthem.


Area girls among hopefuls for junior national volleyball team

Wed, May 28, 2014 - 6:50 PM

Air Academy setter Jordan Pingel and Lewis-Palmer outside hitter Alexa Smith can take pride in making it this far.

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Volleyball all-league lists

    All-league volleyball 5A CSML Player of the Year-Haleigh Washington, Doherty First team Haleigh Washington, Doherty; Gabby Simpson, Doherty; Amanda Cushen, Rampart; August Raskie, Rampart; Mackenzie Swan, Pine Creek; Kristina Susak, Pine Creek; McKenna Thornlow, Rampart, Libero. Second team Janice Jin, Rampart; Alyssa Brinton, Pine Creek;...

  • Washington earns state honor again

    Statistically, Doherty senior Haleigh Washington recorded more kills, 589, than any other volleyball player in Colorado during the 2013 season. That may be part of the reason why the middle blocker Thursday was named Colorado Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. To those who know her best, that honor...