On Saturday, 10 high school athletic teams competed in the Mile High Sports-IKEA Spring Games, a “field day” style competition benefiting local high school athletic and activities programs; six teams walked away with prize money for their program. When the dust finally settled in the parking lot of IKEA in Centennial, the Smoky Hill boys soccer team had claimed its second IKEA Games title. In the boys’ division, Smoky Hill successfully defended its title from the previous competition, the Back-to-School Olympiad, which was held last August. While the Buffaloes grabbed the top slot – and the $500 check that accompanied it – Arapahoe Lacrosse claimed second place ($250) and Montbello Wrestling edged out Dakota Ridge Football for third place ($100). On the girls’ side, Dakota Ridge Volleyball bested the field for the title and $500. Grandview Lacrosse and Grandview Field Hockey narrowly finished second and third respectfully. The highlight of the day actually came on the heels of a third place tie. When final scores were tallied, Grandview’s Field Hockey program had finished with the exact same number of points as Overland High School Cheer. The tie was broken with a one-lap, winner-takes-all, tricycle race – a favorite event of competitors and spectators alike. Green Mountain Volleyball and Eaglecrest Golf rounded out the girls’ field. In total, participants received over $2.000 in cash and prizes, courtesy of IKEA Centennial. The Mile High Sports-IKEA Back-to-School Games have been tentatively scheduled for September. Check milehighsports.com for details. Check out of the MHS-IKEA Spring Games!

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