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Notebook: Four Highlands Ranch-area high schools gathering in sportsmanship

In a neat showing of sportsmanship, four Class 5A Highlands Ranch-area football teams will meet Thursday to watch When The Game Stands Tall, a movie based on a high school football team in California.

Players from Mountain Vista, ThunderRidge, Rock Canyon and Highlands Ranch will gather at the AMC Highlands Ranch 24 to watch the movie on Thursday night. The event was organized by the schools' head football coaches — Ric Cash, Joe Johnson, Brian Lamb and Mark Robinson, respectively.

When The Game Stands Tall focuses on De La Salle High School's success over 12 years, which included 151 straight wins from 1992-2003. It is based on a 2003 book of the same name.

In recognition, said Pat McCabe, athletic director at Mountain Vista, "These programs have collectively earned the Continental League Sportmanship Award for the month of August."

Here's a trailer for the movie:

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