Editor's picks: Our favorite stories from 2018

On Wednesday, we brought you our most-read stories from the 2018 calendar year. Today, we list some of our favorite stories that have run on CHSAANow this year, ordered chronologically.

Outdoor game could be a building block for Woodland Park hockey

(Cody Sawyer/Woodland Park HS)

Jan. 3 | By Dan Mohrmann

It was a party in the woods on Wednesday night in Woodland Park. And in the middle of it was a hockey game.

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Conifer's Cayden Condit takes aim at becoming state wrestling's first female placer

Cayden Condit Conifer wrestling

(Jack Eberhard/JacksActionShots.com)

Jan. 11 | By Ryan Casey

There is no mistaking her goal. Cayden Condit wants to become the first female wrestler to ever place at the state tournament.

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Chloe Welch is the engine that drives Mesa Ridge girls basketball

Mesa Ridge girls basketball Chloe Welch

(Dan Mohrmann/CHSAANow.com)

Jan. 19 | By Dan Mohrmann

What makes Mesa Ridge girls basketball star Chloe Welch so special is that she's the best when it comes to rallying her teammates.

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Bahls balance family and basketball on the court

(Dennis Pleuss/Jeffco Athletics)

Feb. 5 | By Dennis Pleuss

Amy and Michael Bahl work as a team to balance family life while coaching successful basketball programs at Evergreen High School and Metro State University.

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Ed McCaffrey is ready to dive headfirst into his passion: coaching football, and mentoring young athletes

Ed McCaffrey Valor Christian

(Ryan Casey/CHSAANow.com)

Feb. 7 | By Ryan Casey

Ed McCaffrey says he took a step back from football over the past decade, not wanting to draw away from his sons. He's ready to dive back in.

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Deaguero family continues to add to its legacy with Adams City wrestling

Adams City wrestling Gavin Deaguero

(Ryan Casey/CHSAANow.com)

Feb. 16 | By Brian Miller

It was only fitting that during the first state wrestling tournament in nearly three decades that he hasn’t served as a head coach, Tom Deaguero received a huge ovation from a packed house Friday night at Pepsi Center.

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USA Basketball, NBA recommend shot clock for high school basketball; what does it mean for Colorado?

Denver Coliseum basketball generic

(Ryan Casey/CHSAANow.com)

Mar. 20 | By Ryan Casey

The use of a shot clock in high school basketball has long been debated. Now USA Basketball and the NBA have weighed in.

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Palmer Ridge girls lacrosse's Liz Phillips likes to shine on the big stage

Palmer Ridge girls lacrosse Liz Phillips

(Dan Mohrmann/CHSAANow.com)

Apr. 5 | By Dan Mohrmann

There's something about being on a field with a stick in her hands that brings out the best in Palmer Ridge's Liz Phillips.

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Denver East's Arria Minor has become one of the country's best sprinters

State track Arria Minor Denver East

(Ryan Casey/CHSAANow.com)

Apr. 12 | By Ryan Casey

Arria Minor is a junior at Denver East, but she is already one of the nation's top sprinters — thanks in part to some growth in dealing with pre-race anxiety.

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Dawson's Gavyn Pure is one of Colorado's best lacrosse players ever, but he's about more than lacrosse

Thompson Valley Dawson boys lacrosse

(Kevin Prickett/prickettpix.com)

May 10 | By Ryan Casey

Gavyn Pure is a two-time player of the year, and one of the best lacrosse players in state history. And, according to his coach, he's not overly concerned with any of that.

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Telluride's Soleil Gaylord continues to rack up medals at state track

Soleil Gaylord Telluride track

(Dan Mohrmann/CHSAANow.com)

May 18 | By Dan Mohrmann

Telluride's Soleil Gaylord is no stranger to piling up medals and she continued to do just that on the second day of the state track meet.

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Windsor's Sarah Johnson wins two state titles in two days

Windosr girls soccer Sarah Johnson

(Dan Mohrmann/CHSAANow.com)

May 25 | By Quentin Sickafoose

In a matter of about 24 hours, things for Sarah Johnson changed more drastically than she ever could have imagined.

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Palmer Ridge's Ty Evans has a competitive edge that makes him stand out on the football field

(Chris Fehrm/Chris Fehrm Photography)

June 29 | By Dan Mohrmann

Ty Evans hates losing. It doesn't matter if it's with his Palmer Ridge teammates on the football field or by himself when he's playing pickup basketball at lunch against one of his friends.

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Castle View football in good hands with Todd Casebier's blueprint

Fruita Monument Montrose football Todd Casebier

(Ryan Casey/CHSAANow.com)

July 6 | By Dan Mohrmann

After finding success at three other programs, Todd Casebier is looking to turn around the football fortunes at Castle View.

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La Veta's summer athletic programs take a back seat to Spring Fire

(Photo courtesy of La Veta volleyball coach Amber Huff)

July 13 | By Dan Mohrmann

La Veta High School no longer hosts summer workouts for its athletes. Instead it is used as a staging ground to help firefighting efforts.

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Gilpin County's new football field and track is a jewel in the mountains

Gilpin County football stadium

(Ryan Casey/CHSAANow.com)

July 27 | By Ryan Casey

It's a jewel cut into the side of a mountain. And come Friday nights this all, that jewel will be shining bright above the casinos just down the road.

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Kit Carson's volleyball dominance is fueled by its family makeup

(Dustin Price/dustinpricephotography.com)

Aug. 15 | By Dan Mohrmann

Kit Carson is ready for an encore of 2017's historical volleyball season. The Wildcats didn't drop a set and came away with the 1A title.

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Football players get a small taste of the NFL at media day

Football media Broncos

(Ryan Casey/CHSAANow.com)

Aug. 18 | By Ryan Casey

Football players from 20 teams took part in the inaugural high school football media day hosted by the Denver Broncos and CHSAA on Friday.

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Sedgwick County, a three-time defending football champion, is embracing the target on its back

Sedgwick County West Grand football

(Dustin Price/dustinpricephotography.com)

Aug. 21 | By Ryan Casey

The most consistently successful high school football program in Colorado over the past three years? It's Sedgwick County. And there's no debate.

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The addition of 2A boys soccer provides more opportunities for student-athletes

Elizabeth Wheat Ridge boys soccer generic

(Lance Wendt/LanceWendt.com)

Sept. 5 | By Dan Mohrmann

The new 2A classification of boys soccer began play this fall with 25 teams who were split out based on enrollment numbers.

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Colorado Academy's Jordaan twins looking for big senior years in boys tennis and girls golf

(Dan Mohrmann/CHSAANow.com)

Sept. 13 | By Dan Mohrmann

Richter and Caroline Jordaan enter their senior years at Colorado Academy looking for elusive titles in boys tennis and girls golf.

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A turnaround at Jefferson football is underway in the form of a 3-0 start

(Kevin Carmody/CHSAANow.com)

Sept. 19 | By Kevin Carmody

Jefferson, which came into the season with a 37-game on-field losing streak, is one of the season’s early surprise stories, starting 3-0 and injecting plenty of hope for the future.

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Aurora Central's new gym floor has a unique twist: it's all black

Aurora Central gym

(Ryan Casey/CHSAANow.com)

Sept. 27 | By Ryan Casey

When a project to upgrade Aurora Central's heating system meant the gym floor would need to be replaced, athletic director Rod Harrison saw a great opportunity ahead.

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Surgery doesn't derail Chatfield's Christian Holmes in his quest to defend tennis title

(Dennis Pleuss/Jeffco Athletics)

Oct. 3 | By Dennis Pleuss

Defending Class 5A No. 1 single state champion Christian Holmes of Chatfield is back on the tennis court less than two months after knee surgery.

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With the South Central League full of Pueblo teams, rivalries set to intensify

Pueblo East Discovery Canyon football

(Dan Mohrmann/CHSAANow.com)

Oct. 4 | By Dan Mohrmann

With the Pueblo teams back in the same conference, the South Central League will provide intense football rivalries in 2018.

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Montrose and Fruita Monument volleyball rallied together for Alzheimer's awareness

(Photo courtesy of Bob Richardson/Fruita Monument volleyball)

Oct. 24 | By Dan Mohrmann

A personal connection for Shane Forrest prompted the Montrose and Fruita Monument volleyball teams to rally for Alzheimer's awareness.

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The story of Colorado's first sanctioned high school football season, and championship game, in 1921

(1921 Colorado Springs HS yearbook)

Nov. 13 | By Ryan Casey

Nearly 97 years ago, the formation of a group of schools into an athletic conference gave rise to what became the first-ever sanctioned high school football championship in the state of Colorado. This is the story of the 1921 season

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What does it take to reach a state football championship game? The coaches weigh in

Valor Christian Cherry Creek football

(Steve Oathout)

Nov. 30 | By Ryan Casey

There are three championship football games set for Saturday. This week, the coaches of all six teams talked about what it took to get there.

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Stanford girls basketball lineup will soon fill with Colorado talent

Grandview Regis Jesuit girls basketball

(Jack Eberhard/JacksActionShots.com)

Dec. 21 | By Dan Mohrmann

Regis Jesuit's Fran Belibi, Discovery Canyon's Ashten Prechtel and Cherry Creek's Jana Van Gytenbeek have found a shared basketball home.

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