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Massive Denver Post cuts put coverage at risk

The Denver Post continues to downsize. According to the latest staff cut announcement, 30 newsroom jobs will be trimmed from the current 90 positions. Once staffed by as many as 220 newsroom personnel, the latest cuts are going to further diminish the paper’s ability to conduct investigative reporting, will limit sports coverage – especially at the prep and collegiate levels and provide us with less of an understanding of what is going on in Denver and the region. The ever growing metropolitan area of Denver with nearly three million people and a city budget of $1.4 billion dollars will have fewer checks and balances in place. And, in our view, that is not a good thing.

Digital First Media owns The Denver Post and has been taking chunks out of the staff and budget for quite some time. They in turn are owned by Alden Global Capital, a New York-based hedge fund specializing in distressed properties. Alden has announced plans since 2014 to sell the Denver Post and other media properties without success. Many locals have hoped for a local buyer such as Philip Anshutz to come to the rescue and save the faltering paper but no white knight has come to the rescue of the Post.   Continue reading Massive Denver Post cuts put coverage at risk

LetsGoDU live from St. Paul, Minnesota for NCHC Frozen Faceoff

It worked last year so we are doing it again this season. LetsGoDU’s Nick Tremaroli will be covering the NCHC Frozen Faceoff live from the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Nick is on his way at the moment and will be providing press conference coverage, game coverage and reporting on all things Denver Hockey during this important weekend.

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The fun starts Friday night at 6:30 MT as #4 DU takes on #8 University of Minnesota-Duluth. Keep a close eye on LetsGoDU for the latest developments this weekend.

Denver Ski Team Grabs Lead Heading into Final Day

Tim Healy is a special contributor to LetsGoDU with expertise and access to the DU Ski Team. Be sure to follow him on Twitter (@609Healy.

The Denver Pioneers alpine team brought their ‘A’ game to Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs on Friday night. The Pioneers finished the evening with a 26 point overall lead after starting the night trailing the Colorado Buffs by 9 points.

Going into Saturday morning men’s and women’s Nordic events, the Pioneers are well positioned for their 24th national championship title. But, it will take a solid 20k by the men and 15k from the women to earn the title Saturday morning. Continue reading Denver Ski Team Grabs Lead Heading into Final Day

Midweek Recap – NCAA Skiing

Tim Healy is a special contributor to LetsGoDU with expertise and access to the DU Ski Team. Be sure to follow him on Twitter (@609Healy.

We are halfway through competition at the 2018 NCAA Skiing Championships up here in Steamboat Springs, CO. The Pioneers are looking great after the giant slalom on Wednesday and the Nordic classic races on Thursday. Denver sits in 2nd place, just 9 points behind leaders Colorado. Utah is in 3rd, 32 points behind Denver. Denver can thank the strong performances of the women’s alpine team and the men’s Nordic team for putting them in such strong contention.

Starting off on Wednesday with freshman Amelie Smart’s dominant performance in the giant slalom, which captured her her first (of what I bet will be many) NCAA titles. She was followed closely by teammates Tuva Norbye and Andrea Komsic in the top 15. Also finishing strong was freshman and Steamboat Springs native Jett Seymour, who finished 6th in the men’s race.

Thursday brought us over tot the historic Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat for the Nordic classical events. Starting with the women’s 5k classic race, which is an individual time trial race, the Pioneers were lead by junior Jasmi Joensuu who finished 5th and got her first All-American title. She was followed by senior Lin Erikseni 12th and junior Taeler McCrerey in 14th. The men’s race was twice as long and twice as exciting. Denver was led by senior last year’s third place finisher Dag Frode Trolleboe, who repeated his 3rd place finish and his 3rd straight All-American title. Dag was followed close behind by sophomore Eivind Kvaale who finished 4th. Rounding out the Pioneer finishers was Lars Hannah who finished 23rd after a few costly sips on his second lap of the circuit.

Now we move into the second half of the championships. Tonight is the slalom race under the lights. The slalom has been very strong for the Pioneers all season, so expect some more strong performances by the alpine team. The Championships finish on Saturday with the longer freestyle races in the Nordic

The team will openly admit that the freestyle races are their stronger races.

If you are making the trip up to Steamboat for the final two days, join the Pioneers for a tailgate before each race. Tonight the tailgate gets started at 5:00pm at the base of Howelsen Hill and Saturday’s starts at 8:30am. Just cook for the Denver tents and join us for some exciting skiing action. For live updates, follow me on twitter at @609Healy.

Denver Tennis Park rises from the ground

The Denver Tennis Park construction, featuring a 13-court facility  seven indoor and six outdoor, is well underway at 1500 S. Franklin St. in Denver. The facility is situated between South High School and I-25.


Groundbreaking was held in August and actual construction on the building began in January. The Denver Tennis Park complex is scheduled to open in November. Continue reading Denver Tennis Park rises from the ground

Former Denver Soccer star Kortne Ford needs our help

Last mother’s day, we told you about former DU soccer star Kortne Ford’s mother, Laurie, who was battling aggressive terminal cancer. While she was given 3-6 months to live, her treatments have bought her valuable time and quality of life. Now, the cancer has returned and Ms. Ford will be undergoing a second round of aggressive treatment. These additional treatments are going to be expensive and Kortne has asked for our help on GoFundMe as well as our prayers.

Continue reading Former Denver Soccer star Kortne Ford needs our help

Leclerc readies CC for battle in new kit

It started out as an errand with his mother to JOANN Fabrics to get fabric for some TV room pillows. “I found fabric bolts with a velveteen tiger pattern”, said Alex Leclerc, Colorado College’s starting goaltender. “We knew immediately this would be a great project for us!”

“It will be my secret weapon when we travel to Denver to take on the Pioneers. The fabric is super cozy and keeps me toasty on the ice. Mom made curtains and a rug for my dorm room with the extra fabric. It just might be the thing we need to change our luck!”

Leclerc’s dorm room (bed-left) features a tiger print curtain and rug. Alex’s roommate is majoring in film studies and Ancient Sanscrit.

Leclerc carries a 3.25 goals-per-game average and seems to play some of his best hockey against the Denver Pioneers. The NCHC Quarterfinal series begins Friday night at Magness Arena. The puck drops on Game One at 7:00 pm MT.

DU’s Team Effort Highlights 10-6 Win Over North Carolina in Chapel Hill

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#4 Denver (4-1) jumped out to a 3-1 advantage in the first quarter but the real suspense came at the beginning of the 4th quarter against formerly undefeated North Carolina (6-1). While the Pioneers held a solid 9-6 lead entering the final frame, would they collapse under the same circumstances they faced against Duke several weeks earlier? The Pioneers passed with flying colors, despite a few turnovers, to hold off the Tar Heels for an impressive 10-6 win.

Continue reading DU’s Team Effort Highlights 10-6 Win Over North Carolina in Chapel Hill

Possible Gonzaga Mountain West move opens door to West Coast membership

The Mountain West Conference is looking to shake things up again and Gonzaga is their prime target to upgrade its conference basketball fortunes. Usually, these things are handled in private, but both parties, Gonzaga and the Mountain West Commissioner, have expressed a public interest. And, the change could happen as soon as next season. The story was broken earlier this week by The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Other reputable sources such as Sports Illustrated, SB Nation, and even The Denver Post have reported on the story over the last several days. Continue reading Possible Gonzaga Mountain West move opens door to West Coast membership

DU Men’s Hoops looks to exit ignominious club

Every year we write the story and hope we never have to again.

Last season saw five programs leave the Never Made the Tournament Club (NMTC). Jacksonville State, Northern Kentucky, North Dakota, UC-Davis, and, yes, Northwestern all danced for the first time at the NCAA’s March Madness.

Northwestern, DU’s sister school, once the defining member of the club, is gone, replaced by new member Grand Canyon in their first year of postseason eligibility as the odds-on-favorite of the current NMTC members to make the NCAA Tournament. The remaining oldest D-I members of the club, Army, St. Francis (NY), William & Mary, and The Citadel are the only schools who, in consecutive seasons since 1943, have been unable to make the NCAA tournament. Unfortunately, Denver, which started playing basketball in 1904, is a member of the club, too, but exited Division I play for 20 years, escaping national scrutiny as one of the oldest programs to not receive an invitation.  Continue reading DU Men’s Hoops looks to exit ignominious club