Preps


Seeing how Rangeview players approach Hog Wars from the other side, Brandon Alconcel isn’t at all surprised by the program’s track record of success. The Raiders’ new head coach came to the annual strength and teamwork competition for prep offensive and defensive linemen — the “Hogs” — a handful of times in the past with Overland, but experienced it in a different way.


Regis Jesuit High School grad Clark Smith is slated to compete in Budapest, Hungary, with Team USA Swimming for the 2017 FINA World Championships. Smith — who earned a gold medal as part of an American relay team at the Olympics last summer — is set to swim in a pair of individual events and one relay at the world championships, a meet that runs July 14-30 and also includes water polo, synchronized swimming and diving.


AURORA | Graduated Grandview senior Taylor Parker was recognized for her play by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America July 6. For the 2016-17 season, NSCAA recognized 32 female and 18 make players as All-Americans and will formally honor them during the NSCAA All-American Luncheon in conjunction with the 2018 NSCAA Convention from Jan. 17-21, 2018 in Philadelphia.


MARINA DEL REY, Calif. | MacKenzie Gore, a pitcher drafted by the San Diego Padres, and Olympic hurdler and sprinter Sydney McLaughlin were honored as national prep athletes of the year. McLaughlin is the first two-time winner since the awards began in 2003. They received their trophies on Tuesday night during the annual event sponsored by Gatorade at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Marina del Rey.


AURORA | Swimmers from Regis Jesuit contributed to a incredibly 2017 boys swim season, as reflected by the massive amount of Colorado swimmers on the All-American list for National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association. NISCA revealed its All-American awards on Friday — honoring the top 100 performances that met the criteria during the season — and the Class 5A state runner-up Raiders had heavy representation.


AURORA | Jada Surrell-Norwood’s debut season in girls high school swimming finished in grand style. The Regis Jesuit standout capped her freshman season with a strong showing at the Class 5A girls state swim meet in February, a performance that netted her four All-American awards from the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association.