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More than 50 local athletes in the class of 2018 have signed to play football at the collegiate level on official signing days. Below is a list of area football players headed to the college ranks as reported by athletic directors:

Area high school players Gavin Herberg, Isaiah Talapu and Spencer Peterson are gearing up for the intensive two-day Blue-Grey National Super Combine football camp at the Foothills Sports Arena in Denver on July 8. Invitees and their family will gather at the Doubletree Denver–Stapleton North hotel on the night of the eighth to kick off the camp with an evening banquet including veteran NFL camp coaches and Blue-Grey football personnel. In the following two days, players will report to the arena for four-hour training and workout sessions. About 80-100 players will attend the Denver Super Combine.

Area high school players Gavin Herberg, Isaiah Talapu and Spencer Peterson are gearing up for the intensive two-day Blue-Grey National Super Combine football camp at the Foothills Sports Arena in Denver on July 8. Invitees and their family will gather at the Doubletree Denver–Stapleton North hotel on the night of the eighth to kick off the camp with an evening banquet including veteran NFL camp coaches and Blue-Grey football personnel. In the following two days, players will report to the arena for four-hour training and workout sessions. About 80-100 players will attend the Denver Super Combine.

Jonathan Newcombe was 14 years old and a new resident of Colorado Springs when he and his father, Corky, camped out on Pikes Peak in preparation for The Hill Climb. It was 1992. Next day, Jonathan and Corky watched from Devil’s Playground as cars roared past. Jonathan was instantly smitten. “Dad,” he announced, “I’m going to race this.” As kids, we plot to become movie stars or NFL quarterbacks or astronauts or, yes, even race-car drivers. For most of us, those plans fade as reality invades and pollutes our lives. But Newcombe, a 1997 Harrison High grad, refused to let his dream fade. He’s racing, for the fifth time, in The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill

Jonathan Newcombe was 14 years old and a new resident of Colorado Springs when he and his father, Corky, camped out on Pikes Peak in preparation for The Hill Climb. It was 1992. Next day, Jonathan and Corky watched from Devil’s Playground as cars roared past. Jonathan was instantly smitten. “Dad,” he announced, “I’m going to race this.” As kids, we plot to become movie stars or NFL quarterbacks or astronauts or, yes, even race-car drivers. For most of us, those plans fade as reality invades and pollutes our lives. But Newcombe, a 1997 Harrison High grad, refused to let his dream fade. He’s racing, for the fifth time, in The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill

Recent Penn State University graduate and Doherty High School alumna Haleigh Washington earned the 2017-18 Big Ten Medal of Honor Wednesday. “To be able to represent Penn State in the Big Ten in this sense is absolutely amazing,” Haleigh Washington said. According to the Big Ten Conference website, this year’s Big Ten Medal of Honor selection marks the 104th anniversary of a unique tradition belonging to the nation’s oldest conference. First of its kind in intercollegiate athletics, this award commends academic and athletic excellence – a challenging feat for division one student-athletes.

A year ago, Cheyenne Mountain golfer Maxine Choi finished eighth at the state championships. She wanted to better that result, so she came up with a simple plan to prepare for the 2018 Class 4A tournament: practice, practice, practice. “I kinda did what I always do,” she started. “I just practiced harder — almost five hours a day.” In the end, it paid off. Considerably. Choi was cool, calm and collected as she drained an 8-foot putt to claim the individual title over Loveland’s Lauren Lehigh, the defending champion.

Expectation: Finish in the top three. Reality: The Coronado girls’ golf team settled for fifth place at the Class 4A state tournament on May 22 at Country Club of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Nonetheless, it was an impressive finish for the Cougars. And their coach, Kelly Hodge, couldn’t be happier, considering it was a nice send-off for senior Madi Eurich and a confidence-booster for the other three golfers — sophomore Kate Griffin and juniors Hannah Burgess and Anika Hagen —  who have one at least more year to make their expectation a reality.

FIRST TEAM Maxine Choi, sr., Cheyenne Mountain: Choi ended her prep career in dramatic fashion, knocking in an 8-footer in a come-from-behind effort to capture the Class 4A title over defending champ Lauren Lehigh of Loveland. Choi also won the region and Pikes Peak Athletics Conference titles.Kate Griffin, so., Coronado: Griffin shot a 183 (93-90) to lead the Cougars to a fifth place team title in the 4A tournament — the top finish for the Colorado Springs area. She was also crowned the Colorado Springs Metro League champion.Isabell Deak, sr., Air Academy: Deak wrapped up her prep career two solid rounds in the 4A tournament — firing 87

Before the season started the Cheyenne Mountain boys’ lacrosse team thought it had a good recipe for success in Class 4A. Top talent? Check. Brotherhood? Check. Next-man-up mentality? Check. A passionate coach worthy of the Gazette Preps Boys’ Lacrosse Coach of the Year honor? Check. Cheyenne Mountain’s Mike Paige said the 2018 4A state championship was a culmination of four years of hard work, highlighted by a senior class that instilled a brotherhood among the Indians. But Paige’s passion - on both ends of the spectrum - was a key ingredient toward bringing a state championship home.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) Senior Media Consultant Mike Moran revealed the Hill Climb Hall of Fame class of 2018 inductees earlier this afternoon. The champion climbers include Leonard and Barb Vahsholtz, Jeff Zwart, Randy Schranz, Davey Durelle and the late Glen Shultz. This hall of legends is dedicated to preserving the accomplishments of unforgettable individuals who have made their mark on the historic Race to the Clouds. Class of 2018 Inductees: Glen W. Shultz (1892–1936) Six-time dominator of the Open Wheel division, 1929 Stock Car title winner and seven-time King of the Mountain title holder Glen Shultz was a race force to be reckoned with.

FIRST TEAM ATTACK Jack Egan, sr., Cheyenne Mountain — Egan led the 4A state champions with 67 points, with 32 goals and 35 assists. Egan stepped up as a major offensive threat in the postseason, racking up nine goals and 11 assists through four playoff games. He also had 24 ground balls and a .604 shooting percentage. Garrett Ziegler, sr., Lewis-Palmer —  Ziegler was ranked No. 6 in Class 5A with 43 goals, and led the Rangers with 72 points thanks to 29 helpers. He scored at least one goal in all but one game he played this season, and had at least one goal and one assist in 11 games. He averaged five points per game and scored four or more goals five times. Mark

When Jack Egan was in fourth grade he showed up to his first lacrosse practice wearing a football helmet and hockey gloves. “It was honestly one of the best days of my life,” Egan remembers. Flash forward eight years and Egan has upgraded his equipment, and added some state championship hardware to his collection. Egan was a main component in Cheyenne Mountain’s first 4A state championship, earning him the title of Gazette Preps Boys’ Lacrosse Peak Performer of the Year. After switching between midfield and attack throughout his high school career, found his groove on offense in his senior season. He lead the Indians with 67 points, 32 goals and 35 assists.