When the 2008-09 girls basketball season, Chatfield looked like a team uncomfortable in its own skin.
Dropping six of its first seven games, Chatfield had a bumpy start transitioning to new coach Mike Deutsch’s up-tempo scheme. After a bit of work, the road is much smoother now for the Chargers. And, while the Dakota Ridge team the Chargers faced Jan. 23 isn’t as powerful as ones of the recent past, the team’s 48-43 win over the rival Eagles was significant for a number of reasons. First among them was the fact that Chatfield seniors such as Dilan Sutliff, Chelsea O’Brien and Dilan Sutliff had never tasted victory over Dakota Ridge. “We haven’t beaten them since I’ve been here,” said Sutliff, who led the Chargers with 11 points. “It feels really good.” Secondly, the win moved Chatfield to 5-0 in Class 5A Jefferson County League play. The mark put the Chargers in sole possession of first-place in the league standings entering the week, although tough games against Ralston Valley on Jan. 27 and Lakewood on Jan. 30 loom on the schedule. To read the entire story, see the Jan. 28 edition of the Columbine Courier.