Editor's picks: Our favorite stories from 2019

On Thursday, we brought you our most-read stories from the 2019 calendar year. Today, we list some of our favorite stories that have run on CHSAANow this year, ordered chronologically.

Southern Colorado basketball official Nick Lave calls it a career after 41 years

Basketball official Nick Lave

(Dan Mohrmann/CHSAANow.com)

Jan. 4 | By Dan Mohrmann

For one last time on Thursday night, Nick Lave took the court to do what he has done for 41 years as a basketball official in Colorado. He wanted to make the playing field level and let the kids decide the outcome of the game.

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Jaedon Bowles is on a mission to get Manual boys basketball some respect

Kent Denver Manual boys basketball Jaedon Bowles

(Dan Mohrmann/CHSAANow.com)

Jan. 18 | By Dan Mohrmann

After just a few minutes, it's clear that Manual senior guard Jaedon Bowles belongs on a basketball court.

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Brennan Rigsby is helping De Beque boys basketball evolve into a small school power

(Photo courtesy of Kristie Radel)

Jan. 25 | By Dan Mohrmann

A lot of Colorado high school basketball fans will often have a question floating around in their heads: What did Brennan Rigsby do yesterday?

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Remembering the Coach Irv Brown and his lasting impact

(Photo courtesy of Steve Bell)

Feb. 12 | By Dennis Pleuss

Irv Brown guided Arvada High School’s baseball team to a state championship in the spring of 1964.

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Ponderosa's Cohlton Schultz: A once-in-a-generation wrestler who just may be the state's best

Ponderosa ThunderRidge wrestling

(Kevin Keyser/KeyserImages.com)

Feb. 20 | By Ryan Casey

He was in Slovakia, fresh off making the semifinals in an international tournament, and Cohlton Schultz couldn't shake the disappointment.

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History made: Three wrestlers become four-time state champions

State wrestling

(Ray Chen/ArrayPhoto.com)

Feb. 23 | By Brian Miller

It was an historic night at Pepsi Center, something that wasn’t lost on those who were there to witness greatness first-hand.

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An epic video recap of the 2019 state wrestling tournament

Feb. 25 | By Kai Casey

The 2019 state wrestling tournament saw three four-time champions, and a host of other epic moments over the three days at the Pepsi Center.

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DSST: Stapleton boys basketball coach Soco Sandoval thrives on his youth

(Courtesy photo)

Feb. 28 | By Dan Mohrmann

Sometimes an age gap is overrated. That certainly appears to be the case for the boys basketball team at DSST: Stapleton.

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Grandview girls basketball leaning on youth in big moments

Grandview girls basketball Lauren Betts

(Dan Mohrmann/CHSAANow.com)

March 7 | By Brian Miller

Last March, Lauren Betts was an eighth-grade student watching Grandview’s girls basketball team win a second consecutive Class 5A state championship at the Denver Coliseum.

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Pine Creek baseball's Riley Cornelio brings next-level heat

Pine Creek baseball Riley Cornelio

(Dan Mohrmann/CHSAANow.com)

March 27 | By Dan Mohrmann

As the Pine Creek hitters get their practice swings in before game time, a very distinct noise can be heard off the third base foul line.

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Unified bowling, girls wrestling and boys volleyball become sanctioned sports

2019 Legislative Council meeting

(Ryan Casey/CHSAANow.com)

April 24 | By Ryan Casey

Unified bowling, girls wrestling and boys volleyball were all approved in a vote by the Legislative Council during its annual meeting on Wednesday. 

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Yuma's Paul Brophy wasn't going to let cancer keep him off the baseball field

(Courtesy of Laurie Kjosness)

April 24 | By Dan Mohrmann

Yuma pitcher Paul Brophy might be the toughest student-athlete in Colorado. One look at his stat line in MaxPreps will show casual fans that he's certainly good at baseball, but sometimes measuring toughness is difficult to do.

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Girls track: Valor Christian's Anna Hall puts the finishing touches on a remarkable career; other top performances from the meet

(Brad Cochi/CHSAANow.com)

May 18 | By Brad Cochi

Five weeks ago, Anna Hall’s ankle was in a boot and with her final Colorado track and field state championships in doubt, the Valor Christian senior wasn’t doing much smiling around that time.

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Spurs guard Derrick White, a Legend grad, reflects on the impact of high school basketball

(Kevin Keyser/KeyserImages.com)

June 27 | By Ryan Casey

In the same fieldhouse where he had once been a camper, and later a coach at camps, Derrick White hosted his inaugural Basketball Academy this week, drawing hundreds of attendees who ranged from elementary high school.

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Prairie's Hannah Kinnison shows that Division I volleyball talent is littered throughout Colorado

(Kevin Saffer/MaxPreps)

July 22 | By Dan Mohrmann

A stigma sometimes exists in high school sports that if an athlete wants to play their sport at a high level in college, they must play at a big high school.

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Golden’s softball twins present double trouble for opponents

(Dennis Pleuss/Jeffco Athletics)

Aug. 16 | By Dennis Pleuss

The offensive numbers Golden’s identical twins Makayla and Makenzie Middleton have put up the previous three seasons on the softball field is mind boggling.

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Front Range golf tournament experiments with complete digital scoring

DPL boys golf Varsity Cup

(Marlee Smith/CHSAANow.com)

Aug. 16 | By Dan Mohrmann

The Front Range golf tournament that was played at Riverdale Knolls this past Wednesday was yet another sign that high school athletics are moving further into the digital age.

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Kit Carson's small-town environment provides a memorable game day experience to its football team

(Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos)

Aug. 18 | By Dan Mohrmann

Roughly 20 minutes after journeying southbound from the junction of Colorado Highways 94 and U.S. Route 287, passing cars roll into a small community that houses a dominant football program.

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Air Academy RB Sam Beers has rushed for 12 TDs in the past two games

Air Academy Cheyenne Mountain football Sam Beers

(Derek Lee/CHSAANow.com)

Sept. 27 | By Derek Lee

Lightning threatened before game time and rain drizzled down as well, but Sam Beers brought the thunder all game long.

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Steamboat Springs volleyball coach Wendy Hall wins 500th career match

(Ryan Casey/CHSAANow.com)

Oct. 4 | By Ryan Casey

Wendy Hall joined elite company on Thursday night as she won her 500th career match.

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Alameda boys soccer building something special

(Dennis Pleuss/Jeffco Athletics)

Oct. 7 | By Dennis Pleuss

Alameda International boys soccer coach Cesar Alcocer is helping to set a new standard.

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Erie slugger Kat Sackett is hitting a ton of homers — when teams decide to pitch to her

Kat Sackett Erie softball

(Paul Soriano)

Oct. 10 | By Paul Soriano

Game days for Erie softball star Kat Sackett are a walk in the park — literally.

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State gymnastics: Thornton's Hailey Like shines during individual event finals

(Paul Soriano/CHSAANow.com)

Nov. 9 | By Paul Soriano

Thornton’s Hailey Like put the rest of Class 5A on notice Saturday at the state gymnastics individual event finals.

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A look back at the 2019 state volleyball tournament

Nov. 20 | By Boogie Brown Media

A dramatic look back at the 2019 state volleyball tournament, including all the dogpiles, celebrations and championship moments.

Video: A look back at the 2019 4A and 5A football championships

Dec. 9 | By Boogie Brown Media

It was an epic Championship Saturday at Mile High during the 4A and 5A state football championships.Watch the video

Sargent one of many schools benefiting from state spirit's new game day division

(Dan Mohrmann/CHSAANow.com)

Dec. 6 | By Dan Mohrmann

Throughout a given school year, the most exposure that fans have to their respective schools spirit teams are what they see on the sidelines during other competitions. The purpose of those teams is to generate excitement and enthusiasm for football, basketball or volleyball teams.

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