Denver Athletics dodge season’s first winter storm

As a winter storm rolled through Denver Sunday night and into Monday, the Pioneers dodged the bullet with most sports either inactive or on the road. The next scheduled home games for Denver are swimming and volleyball which will be played indoors at the El Pomar Natatorium and Hamilton Gym respectively on Friday.

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The Harper’s Humanities Garden receives a fresh coat of snow Monday morning.

Men’s soccer is in Tulsa Tuesday evening; women’s tennis in Salt Lake City Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday while women’s soccer is in Tulsa Thursday night.

At the conclusion of the storm late Monday afternoon, Denver will get sunny and temperatures will move to the 50’s and 60’s for the balance of the week with no precipitation expected.

Kronenberg’s goal sends Denver past Eastern Illinois in Summit League Opener

Denver soccer finely tuned the split start to the 2017 season. In the Summit League Opener, the DU Pioneers’ play resembled its previous style and culture that propelled the program’s outstanding success within the past few seasons. With a calm, 1-0 win over the Eastern Illinois Panthers Denver (6-5-0, 1-0-0 Summit League) reinstated a critical confidence of play as the Pioneers controlled the match. 

“The point of the out-of conference is to find out what you have and then the point of the in-conference is to find out to get better each day and each game and that’s what we’ve done all season,” Head coach Jamie Franks said. “For us, I think we’ve learned some valuable lessons from about the past three weeks or month and we’re addressing those things and they aren’t things that will happen over night. These kids have a lot of talent and a lot of experience so as long as we stay resilient we’re going to continue to get results.” Continue reading Kronenberg’s goal sends Denver past Eastern Illinois in Summit League Opener

Scott DeVoss, Denver Men’s Soccer’s homegrown hero

Scott DeVoss has anchored Denver’s backline for the past two seasons as a standout natural under CIBER Field’s lights. As a homegrown product of Real Colorado, DeVoss’ familiarity with CIBER Field dates back farther than his class standing as a redshirt junior. DeVoss grew up on the sidelines of Denver’s pitch as a ball boy, aspiring one day to sport the Crimson and Gold, stepping on the other side of the paint. Continue reading Scott DeVoss, Denver Men’s Soccer’s homegrown hero

DU Men’s Hoops lands another Twin Cities star

Photo: Courtesy of MN Basketball Hub

The University of Denver men’s basketball program landed another key recruit for the 2018-2019 season: JaVonni Bickham from Minneapolis’ Minnehaha Academy. Bickham announced his intention to attend the University of Denver next fall Wednesday evening. He will be joining DU’s other Twin Cities products Joe Rosga and Ade Murkey. Continue reading DU Men’s Hoops lands another Twin Cities star

DU’s Depth Displayed as Pioneers Dominate Exhibition Game

The reigning 2017 national champions emphasized their near unanimous preseason No. 1 ranking on Sunday night in Magness Arena. The DU Pioneers exemplified their exquisite depth over the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns as each line skated a returner from Chicago’s national championship team. 

The exhibition game was an ideal platform for Denver to test its depth in waves, experiment variations of lineups and affirm the realization that the conquest for repeating the title is underway. Continue reading DU’s Depth Displayed as Pioneers Dominate Exhibition Game

Denver Drops 2-1 OT Decision Against Gonzaga

The DU Pioneers are all too familiar with playing past the final whistle, but their momentum faltered while visiting the Gonzaga University Bulldogs at Luger Field where the Pios fell 2-1 in extra time.

Denver (5-5-0, 0-0-0 Summit League) had a an early lead 1-0 lead that the Bulldogs soon mirrored, sending the game into overtime. Gonzaga (6-3-1 ,0-0-0 West Coast Conference) would clinch the victory just 58 seconds into play as Joe Corner fed a ball outside the six-yard line that midfielder Christo Michaelson got a foot onto, beating Denver’s goalie Nick Gardner. Continue reading Denver Drops 2-1 OT Decision Against Gonzaga

Santa Margarita star narrows search, includes Denver

Photo courtesy of Gamepoint basketball @GamepointNation

High school basketball star, Jordan Guest (6’7” C, PF), from Santa Margarita, California has narrowed his college choice to three universities. Denver is included in the mix along with Boston University and Utah State. ESPN has the 6’7″ Jordan as a 3-star recruit. He plays AAU basketball for Gamepoint and Santa Margarita High School.

We featured Guest in our  Big Shot Series on 2018 incoming players who could transform Denver basketball under Coach Billups and his staff. Guest would provide much-needed size and athleticism to the Pioneer squad on both ends of the floor. According to Guest’s twitter account, he has made visits to all three schools and appears ready to make a decision. Also, he essentially signaled other college recruiters to back off the recruiting process.

Three-star recruits are always highly sought after but University of Denver basketball is on the upswing and offers the advantage of an up-tempo playing style, veteran coaching staff, excellent facilities, superior location and strong academics. All DU’s current roster are 2-star recruits.

Rick Pitino (finally) takes a fall

Photo: Courtesy of USA Today

We’ve published a number of articles about him. It was just a matter of time. But it took the FBI to finally end the run of ‘Slick Rick’ Pitino, the head basketball coach at Louisville.

But the scandal goes much deeper to include multiple schools, assistant coaches, AAU coaches, advisors, players’ families and Adidas. Nike is likely under investigation as well. The source of the scandal? Shoe money used to motivate players to select the ‘right school’.

Still, one had to laugh when college basketball commentators and analysts voiced ‘surprise’ at the unfolding events which are likely to get much more lurid as the FBI exercises wiretaps, provides immunity, and files charges against a growing group of ‘facilitators’. Continue reading Rick Pitino (finally) takes a fall

Colorado College prepares for Breckenridge Tilt

Photo: Coach Mike Haviland leads the Tigers onto the slopes in Breckenridge

Colorado College hockey head coach Mike Haviland is busy preparing his team for an exhibition in Breckenridge this Saturday, September 30th. The Breckenridge ski area rolled out the red carpet for the Tigers practice and fired up the artificial snow machines. Continue reading Colorado College prepares for Breckenridge Tilt

Does Denver’s success have a limit?

Photo: Could this be the I-70 view if Denver is awarded the 2026 Winter Olympics? 

Remember when Denver rejected the 1976 Winter Olympics because of cost and congestion? Well, it may be happening again, 50 years later.

Denver has grown from 450,000 to over 700,00 residents over that period and the suburbs and front range have exploded – especially since the financial collapse in 2007-2008. The state of Colorado gained over 100,000 new residents in 2015 and the trend has been continuing according to The Denver Post. Colorado currently has a population of 5.7 million and is expected to grow to 8 million by 2050, a 40% increase which will continue to put a strain on resources – taxes, schools, housing, roads, water, parks, etc.. Continue reading Does Denver’s success have a limit?

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