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8 Colorado high school football games to watch in Week 9

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8 Colorado high school football games to watch in Week 9

Class 5A

No. 4 Arapahoe (7-1) vs. Smoky Hill (4-4)

When/where: 4 p.m. Friday at Stutler Bowl

Last meeting: Arapahoe 6, vs. Smoky Hill 0, Nov. 4, 2017

A week after ending Cherry Creek’s 28-game win streak against Colorado competition with a 13-10 upset, the Warriors’ quest for an unlikely Centennial League title heads to Stutler Bowl. Smoky Hill Coach Tom Thenell’s squad has shown an ability to play with the state’s 5A blue bloods, knocking off Pomona by a point earlier this fall. But the Buffaloes will face a real challenge against a Warriors defense that just held Creek to its second lowest point total in four seasons.

4A No. 3 Pine Creek (7-1) vs. No. 8 Regis Jesuit (5-3)

When/where: 6:30 p.m. Friday at D. Kellogg Stadium

Last meeting: Regis 17, at Pine Creek 14, Nov. 14, 2020

The Raiders have played three ranked teams so far this season, and lost to all three. They’ll get another chance this week against 4A power Pine Creek. Regis has shown little trouble scoring points (37.8 points/game) with dual threat QB Exander Carroll (1,472 total yards) running the show. But neither have the Eagles, who have a talented QB of their own in Josiah Roy (1,813 total yards). This one could be a shootout.

No. 7 Grandview (6-2) vs. Cherokee Trail (5-3)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday at Legacy Stadium

Last meeting: Cherokee Trail 28, vs. Grandview 23, Nov. 6, 2020

Cherokee Trail faces its third ranked opponent in four weeks, with a chance to make a big statement against the Wolves. Senior QB Logan Brooke (2,028 pass yards, 21 TDs) has been prolific in his one and only varsity season, including back-to-back 300-yard passing games the past two weeks. The athletic and active Grandview secondary — eight total interceptions, with five from senior safety Malique Singleton — poses a significant challenge.

No. 6 Ralston Valley (7-1) vs. No. 5 Columbine (6-2)

When/where: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Jeffco Stadium

Last meeting: Columbine 29, vs. Ralston Valley 26, Nov. 29, 2019

The four-team race for the 5A Jeffco League title — Pomona is 3-0 while Ralston Valley, Columbine and Arvada West are all 2-1 — could hinge on the outcome of this one. Ralston Valley rebounded from a 17-3 loss to Pomona with an impressive shutout of Lakewood last week, while Columbine has won two in a row after falling to Valor Christian and A-West in consecutive weeks. The matchup to watch: RV’s stout defense (9.6 points allowed per game, 40 tackles for loss) vs. Columbine’s physical RB Seth Cromwell (122 carries, 1,025 yards).

Class 4A

Denver South (7-1) vs. Aurora Central (7-1)

When/where: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Aurora Public Schools Stadium

Last meeting: Denver South 48, at Aurora Central 12, Nov. 1, 2019

In his first season at the helm, Aurora Central alum Chris Kelly has the Trojans on the verge of their second eight-win season since 2004. Junior RB Cai’Reis Curby (1,197 rush yards, 15 TDs) has been TNT on cleats, and senior DE Marcus Howard (18.0 sacks, three forced fumbles) a game-wrecker. Now comes their biggest test in weeks: South QB Joseph Capra (1,895 pass yards, 27 TDs) and his array of weapons, including the state’s leading pass catcher, Rashad Caldwell (46 receptions, 1,016 yards). A busy night for the scoreboard operator awaits.

No. 2 Dakota Ridge (8-0) vs. No. 10 Golden (7-1)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday at NACC Stadium

Last meeting: Dakota Ridge 45, vs. Golden 3, Nov. 7, 2020

Dakota Ridge’s march to a second consecutive unbeaten regular season gets the first of its two biggest roadblocks with Friday night’s showdown with Golden (a visit from No. 8 Chatfield awaits next week). Outside of a Week 1 excursion to Florida, the Eagles have been involved in nothing but blowouts thus far, winning games by an average of 35.5 points. Junior RB Noah Triplett (1,106 total yards) should have Golden’s full attention.

Class 3A

No. 1 Roosevelt (7-0) vs. No. 4 Fort Morgan (6-0)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday at Fort Morgan

Last meeting: Roosevelt 17, vs. Fort Morgan 16, Nov. 21, 2020

In a rematch of last year’s 3A state playoffs instant classic, senior QB Briggs Wheatley (1,211 yards passing, 471 rushing) and the explosive Fort Morgan offense meet the most dominating defense in the state. Led by CSU-bound OLB Cooper Walton (45 tackles, 11 for loss), the Roughriders have allowed just 4.7 points per game this season while compiling 81 tackles for loss, 23 turnovers and four shutouts. The Riders have notched at least one sack and one interception in all seven wins this fall. Translation: Wheatley is going to have his hands full.

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Sheriff: Boy’s parents called to Oxford High before violence

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Oxford High School shooting: Fourth student dies

By COREY WILLIAMS and ED WHITE

OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy was charged Wednesday with murder, terrorism and other crimes for a shooting that killed four fellow students and injured others at a Michigan high school.

Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald did not reveal a possible motive for Tuesday’s violence at Oxford High School and declined to comment when pressed about whether she believed the victims were specifically targeted. But she said the shooting was premediated, based in part on a “mountain of digital evidence” collected by police.

Sheriff Mike Bouchard later told reporters that the boy’s parents had been summoned to the school before the violence. Bouchard wouldn’t discuss details of the behavior school officials were concerned about.

“There is nothing that he could have faced that would warrant senseless, absolutely brutal violence on other kids,” he said.

Ethan Crumbley is accused of firing a semi-automatic handgun in a school hallway, roughly 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Detroit. At least seven other people were injured.

Crumbley was charged as an adult with murder, attempted murder and terrorism causing death. It wasn’t immediately known if he had an attorney who could comment.

“This was not just an impulsive act,” McDonald said.

The shooting should be a wakeup call for new gun laws in a country that has become “desensitized to school shootings,” McDonald told reporters.

“We have to do better,” McDonald said without offering specific changes. “How many times does this have to happen? How many times?”

The charges were announced a few hours after investigators reported that a fourth student had died.

“What about all the children who ran, screaming, hiding under desks? … Those are victims, too, and so are their families and so is the community. The charge of terrorism reflects that,” the prosecutor said.

Deputies rushed to the school around lunchtime Tuesday and arrested Crumbley in a hallway within minutes of the shooting. His father bought the 9 mm Sig Sauer gun last week, according to the Oakland County sheriff.

McDonald strongly suggested that more charges will be filed.

“We are considering charges against both parents and we will be making a decision swiftly,” she said.

“Owning a gun means securing it properly and locking it and keeping the ammunition separate,” she said.

The four students who were killed were identified as 16-year-old Tate Myre, 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana, 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin and 17-year-old Justin Shilling.

After the attack, authorities learned of social media posts about threats of a shooting at the roughly 1,700-student school. The sheriff stressed how crucial it is for such tips to be sent to authorities, while also cautioning against spreading social media rumors before a full investigation.

Undersheriff Mike McCabe downplayed the significance of a situation in early November when a deer’s head was thrown off the school roof, which he said was “absolutely unrelated” to the shooting. The incident prompted school administrators to post two letters to parents on the school’s website, saying they were responding to rumors of a threat against the school but had found none.

Isabel Flores, a 15-year-old ninth grader, told Detroit television station WJBK that she and other students heard gunshots and saw another student bleeding from the face. They then ran from the area through the rear of the school, she said.

A concerned parent, Robin Redding, said her son, 12th-grader Treshan Bryant, stayed home Tuesday after hearing threats of a possible shooting.

“This couldn’t be just random,” she said.

Bryant said he had heard vague threats “for a long time now” about plans for a shooting.

At a vigil Tuesday night at LakePoint Community Church, Leeann Dersa choked back tears as she hugged friends and neighbors. Dersa has lived nearly all of her 73 years in Oxford. Her grandchildren attended the high school.

“Scared us all something terrible. It’s awful,” Dersa said of the shooting.

Pastor Jesse Holt said news of the shooting flooded in to him and his wife, including texts from some of the 20 to 25 students who are among the 400-member congregation.

“Some were very scared, hiding under their desks and texting us, ‘We’re safe, we’re OK. We heard gunshots, but we’re OK.’ They were trying to calm us, at least that’s how it felt,” he said.

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Associated Press journalists Ryan Kryska, Mike Householder and David Aguilar in Oxford Township, Michigan; Kathleen Foody in Chicago; and Josh Boak in Rosemount, Minnesota, contributed to this report. AP researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York also contributed.

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Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. undergoes back surgery, team says

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Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. was playing with back pain this whole season, says Austin Rivers

Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. underwent lumbar spine surgery, the team announced Wednesday afternoon.

He is out indefinitely, the release said. The surgery was performed by Dr. Andrew Dossett at the Carrell Clinic.

Porter, 23, has had three back surgeries, including two since the Nuggets drafted him in 2018. Porter had been playing hurt all season before tweaking his back against Houston on Nov. 6. He was dealing with a nerve issue in his back, as The Denver Post first reported.

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Keith Urban comes to Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in August

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Keith Urban comes to Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in August

ST. LOUIS – Keith Urban is coming to the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre on August 19, 2022 featuring Ingrid Andress.

“The Speed of Now World Tour” is Urban’s first tour in four years.

FOX 2 will be giving away tickets every day from December 6 to December 10.

“I’ve always considered myself a live performer first,” Urban said. “It’s what I’ve always done and it’s what my music needs to live and breathe.  Our shows are all about living in the moment.  They’re a totally interactive and immersive experience where everyone can participate in whatever way they want – sing, dance, do whatever.”

His tour kicks off on May 27 in Las Vegas. It ends on November 5 in St. Paul Minnesota.

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 10 at 10 a.m.

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