During a difficult year for sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kent Denver is thankful that all of its varsity athletic teams were able to compete in the 2020–21 season. The year ended in June on the highest note, with the Sun Devils girls’ soccer team beating Colorado Academy 1-0 to capture the 3A state championship and cap off an undefeated season.
Boys' Tennis Wins 11th State Title
Flipping to the 2021–22 calendar year, Kent Denver added one more state title this fall thanks to the boys’ tennis team. The Sun Devils finished the year as the 4A co-state champions with Cheyenne Mountain High School, as freshman Nathan Gold took home the No. 1 Singles state title and Jack Cramer ’25 and Mareks Zeile ’23 teamed up to win the state championship in No. 2 Doubles. Senior doubles team Drew Fenton/Henry Johnson and sophomore doubles team Tyler Haymons/Sebastian Boada took second in No. 1 Doubles and No. 3 Doubles, respectively. The entire team contributed to the program’s 11th state title, as senior Arman Kian and Max Gart ’25 placed fourth in No. 4 Doubles, while Will Moldenhauer ’25 (No. 2 Singles) and junior Reed Haymons (No. 3 Singles) each made it to the quarterfinals. Head coach Randy Ross—who has led Kent Denver to all 11 of its state titles—was named CHSAA’s 4A Coach of the Year.
The KDS cross country teams had an excellent fall season, with the girls’ team winning regionals before taking fifth at the 3A state championship meet. Seven runners placed at the state girls’ meet, including five athletes in the top 40—senior Cameron Wiley (13th), Molly Zann ’25 (25th), sophomores Sally Carrington (38th) and Elizabeth Barker (39th) and junior Isa DelCastillo (40th). Senior Angelina Akdis and Kate Lamb ’25 also contributed to the team’s fifth-place state finish. Two Kent Denver student-athletes qualified individually for the boys’ state meet, as senior Charlie Halverson and sophomore Brendan Lindberg both placed in the top 75 of all competitors.
The No. 3 ranked Kent Denver field hockey team made it all the way to the state semifinals before falling to Colorado Academy in a hard-fought game, 3-2. The Sun Devils finished the year with an impressive 11-4-2 overall record.
The boys’ golf team had another great year, winning regionals and seeing Bob Austin named the Metro League Coach of the Year and junior golfer Ben Ramsden-Wood named first-team All Metro League. Senior Brendan Archer—who finished a team-high 12th individually at state—made second-team All Metro League, while teammates Jack Jacobsen ’22 and Jackson Martorello ’23 received honorable mentions for the Metro League. The Sun Devils capped off their strong season by finishing seventh as a team at the 3A state championships.
The Kent Denver volleyball team finished the year with a strong record of 15-10, as the Sun Devils made it to the final match at regionals before losing to Liberty Common. In Scott Yates’ final season as head coach, the football team went 5-4 and made it to the state playoffs before losing to No.1 Eaton High School—the eventual state champion. The boys’ soccer team also made the state playoffs, losing to Arrupe Jesuit to finish the year 5-10-1 overall.
The winter sports season is now underway, as practices, games and meets have begun for basketball, ice hockey and swimming & diving. Go Sun Devils!