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It’s Penry vs. Brophy — not at the Capitol but on the court …

Author: Dan Njegomir - February 12, 2018 - Updated: February 12, 2018

Chase Penry, the son of former state Sen. Josh Penry, and David Brophy, the son of former state Sen. Greg Brophy. (Photo courtesy Greg Brophy via Lynn Bartels / Secretary of State’s Office)

… and it’s actually their kids we’re talking about, not the dads; the dads remain birds of a political feather.

Thanks are in order (yet again) to Secretary of State’s Office messenger in chief Lynn Bartels for keeping us apprised of some truly fun tangents off of Colorado politics. Like the fact that the sons of two fellow Republican ex-state legislators, perpetual political animals and longtime allies — Josh Penry and Greg Brophy — are occasional adversaries in Denver-area prep basketball. Penry’s son Chase Penry plays for the Cherry High School’s Bruins; Brophy’s son David is on Arapahoe High School’s Warrior squad.

As Bartels noted on her blog the other day — and as some of us recall firsthand — it wasn’t all that long ago that the two strappin’ teens were wee tykes who at times would accompany their dads to the Capitol:

When they were little boys, they lived across the state from each other but occasionally played together at the state Capitol when their dads brought them to work.

Bartels even posted a couple of great pics of Chase, then 7, and David, then 3, when their dads sparred with Democrats at the Capitol.  Nowadays, the two 6-foot offspring are forces to be reckoned with in their own right.

David plays some serious defense for the Warriors:

…While Chase is perhaps even better known for his skills as a wide receiver on Cherry Creek’s football team:

Cherry Creek’s Chase Penry is wide open and making the most of it in a victory over Arapahoe High School. (9News /

Or course, both young men have athletic prowess in their genes. Chase’s dad Josh, whose political acumen and accomplishments long have been Wikipedia-worthy, was a standout on the gridiron. He was a star quarterback for the Mesa State (now Colorado Mesa University) Mavericks and was named the National Scholar Athlete of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association and the Burger King Corporation. David’s dad Greg, also Wiki-worthy, went to the Colorado state championships as a wrestler for Wray High School (in his hometown of the same name).

While the elder Penry represented the Grand Junction area during his time in the state House and Senate, and dad Brophy lived in Wray and represented a vast swath of the surrounding Eastern Plains — both men have since relocated their families to the Denver area. That certainly increased the odds their sons would cross paths. As Brophy told Bartels:

“It’s a small world after all … As a parent in sports, it really changes the nature of the game when you know and truly like the opposition kids. You want him to play well, but his team to lose!”

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir is a blogger and opinion editor for Colorado Politics. A longtime journalist and more-than-25-year veteran of the Colorado political scene, Njegomir has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, an editorial page editor, a senior legislative staffer at the State Capitol and a political consultant.

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