Best of March

It is always amazing how much can be stuffed into one month of journalism. Between state basketball, the end of hockey, the start of baseball and Soccer, aka the Beautiful Game, aka the best sport, and a visit to Leadville for Ski Joring I managed to get my fill of sports. I also started to get into the swing of an early starting fire season that managed to dominate the Gazette’s front pages, fueled by dry winds, dry grasses, dry everything in this part of the country.

As always there were cute kids to shoot, and as always I found the people who truly make our world turn: the cooks.

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St. Mary’s players cheer with the state champions trophy at the University of Denver – Hamilton Gym on Saturday, March 10, 2018. St. Mary’s defeated Colorado Springs Christian School 44-38 to become the state 3A Girls’ Basketball Champions.
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Colorado Springs Christian School freshman Brian Youn holds his head after striking out at the end of the fifth inning and the end of the game against Front Range Christian School at El Pomar Youth Sports Complex, on Thursday, March 15, 2018. CSCS lost to Front Range Christian School 15-1.
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Switchbacks defeated LA Galaxy II 2-0 at Weidner Field, on Saturday, March 17, 2018.
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Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC player Shane Malcolm shakes a fan’s hand through the goal net after defeating LA Galaxy II 2-0 at Weidner Field, on Saturday, March 17, 2018.
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Colorado College center Troy Conzo slides in after a shot attempt as University of Denver goalie Tanner Jaillet snags the puck out of the air at the Magness Arena on Saturday, March 10, 2018. The University of Denver won 3-2 to tie up the series 1-1, with a tiebreaker game Sunday.
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Lucy Malecki, 3, meticulously works at dyeing eggs at the Casa Verde Condominium Association Common House on Saturday, March 31, 2018. More than a dozen families came to dye eggs for tomorrow’s Easter egg hunt.
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Anika Olson, 3, looks at her distorted reflection in the hubcap of a semi-truck tire while her grandfather, Rick Olson, watches at the Junior League of Colorado Springs’ Touch-A-Truck weekend, at the Norris-Penrose Event Center on Sunday, March 4, 2018. The event raises money for the Junior League’s Fostering Change program to help foster children transition and age out of foster care.
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Krista Halsnes on her horse Rango hauls Tanner Coulter down the raceways at the 70th annual Leadville Skijoring competition on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The teams are scored on how fast they complete the course while landing each of the jumps, clearing all of the gates and collecting all of the rings.
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A skier launches off of one of the large jumps at the 70th annual Leadville Skijoring competition on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The teams are scored on how fast they complete the course while landing each of the jumps, clearing all of the gates and collecting all of the rings.
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A firefighter sprays water on the charred ground outside of a home on Oak View Road after a 78 acre fire was contained, on Thursday, March 15, 2018.
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Firefighters look down a formerly grassy alley between two townhouse buildings that burned in a fire on Monday, March 26, 2018. Approximately 20 units in the Sunstone Townhomes burned, displacing 68 people.
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Chelsea Makel, right, holds her composure while taking care of her six children at a Red Cross staging area at the First Pentacostal Church on Monday, March 26, 2018. Makel and her family joined evacuees came from a nearby fire in a townhome complex that fire officials said burned about 20 units.
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Sgt. Alfredo Burgos cooks a lunch of Spam and Kielbasa for the mechanics team with Spc. Logan Lee after they work on an M1 Abrams at the firing range during the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team’s live fire gunnery exercises at Fort Carson, on Friday, March 2, 2018.
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Christopher Aragon pulls a pizza out of the over as the lunch crowd is reflected in the glass of the order counter at Ruffrano’s Hell’s Kitchen Pizza in Manitou Springs, on Friday, March 16, 2018. Local business managers are worried about the effect of the cog railway’s indefinite closure.
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Luis Guerra smiles through rising steam as he adds fresh pollo, pastor and carnitas to the griddle for tacos at the Cesar Chavez Day celebration at Colorado College on Saturday, March 31, 2018.
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Pizzas bake at the back of a wood-fire pizza oven in one of the Witty Pork’s food trucks outside of a business off Interquest Parkway, on Wendesday, March 7, 2018.
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A family watches fireworks on Weidner Field after the Switchbacks FC home opener, a 2-0 victory over LA Galaxy II, on Saturday, March 17, 2018.
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