The Highlands Ranch Herald


Victorious Valor softball creates family from team 

Dirt, eye black and bruises usually aren’t in style for homecoming season, but for the 13 girls on Valor Christian High School’s varsity softball team, there wasn’t much of a choice.

In between two days of tenacious softball play that ended with a second 4A championship trophy, the girls took time to clean up and head to the homecoming dance at their school in Highlands Ranch.

“Getting to celebrate at homecoming after winning the first two games was a great way to reconnect with my team,” said Alexandra Kinder, the team’s third baseman and only senior. “I think we all knew from the beginning we would come out strong.” . . . read more


Pugh scores in debut game for national team

In the 83rd minute of the game against Ireland, Mallory Pugh made history — again — when she headed in a goal during her debut on the U.S. women’s national soccer team: She became the sixth-youngest player in history to score a goal for the USA, the youngest to do so over the past 16 years and only the 19th of any age to score in a debut game.

“It was amazing,” said Pugh, 17, a senior at Mountain Vista High School. “When I first went in the game, I was super nervous — and most people can relate to that. But if you just go in and start playing, everything goes away. That’s kind of what happened to me.” . . . read more


Vista football opens heart to boy with rare disorder

Despite Joe Wren’s unwavering love for football, the 10-year-old will never be able to play: Born without abdominal muscles and kidneys that don’t work well, he can’t participate in any competitive sports.

But the Mountain Vista football team made his dream come true for a night when it invited him to suit up for a recent football game.

“He has a way of getting into people’s hearts,” said his mother, Sherie Wren. “Down on that sideline, he really feels like he’s part of the gang. Of course, he’s little because of his kidney failure from birth — these guys just make him feel like he’s 6 feet tall.” . . . read more