By the numbers

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By Michael Hicks

Sports and numbers are inseparable. They go together. With the conclusion of the 2012-13 high school athletic calendar, the Columbine Courier looks back at the season that was through numbers. The following are 10 numbers that identify the latest prep campaign.


17 minutes, 6.2 seconds
McKenna Spillar’s winning time at the 5A Jeffco League cross country championships last October at Clement Park. The Dakota Ridge senior and league MVP followed that up a week later with a third-place finish in 18:35 at regionals before placing seventh in 19:23.2 at the 5A state championships in Colorado Springs.


Slugging percentage for Dakota Ridge softball standout and league MVP Kristyn Peters during the Lady Eagles’ 23-2 season. She belted a team-high nine home runs, drove in 34 runs and scored 38. Peters hit .494 in helping Dakota Ridge to the 5A Jeffco League title and a regional championship. Dakota Ridge reached the 5A state finals before losing to Loveland.


Number of kills the Chatfield Lady Chargers’ volleyball team had during the 2012 season en route to a berth in the 5A state tournament. Megan Bohn had 239 of them. Teammate Rachel Flores had 514 of the team’s 711 assists. The duo were joined by Tori Passarelli as a first-team all-conference selection. Chatfield went 20-7, placing second in the 5A Jeffco League and winning a Region 12 title.


Number of consecutive games won by the Chatfield Chargers’ boys basketball team during a 23-2 season in which it went 16-0 to win the 5A Jeffco League championship. Four players — Brenden Mann, Michael Hampson, Alec Wray and Andrew St. Germain — averaged double figures for Chatfield. The Chargers’ winning streak was snapped by Legend in a 51-49 defeat in the Sweet 16.


Record to open the 2012-13 wrestling season for Columbine 220-pounder Brian Mayberry. He didn’t suffer a defeat until the regional finals, when Overland’s Amer Tipura beat him 3-2 in overtime. Mayberry, however, returned the favor with a 3-1 win in the state finals one week later at Denver’s Pepsi Center. He finished 29-1 to win Columbine’s 10th individual state title.


Number of runs the Chatfield Chargers and Arvada West Wildcats combined to score in their April 27 baseball game. Chatfield won 32-22, one of 13 victories for the Chargers en route to a berth in the eight-team 5A double-elimination state tournament. Chatfield collected 24 hits in the win. Joey Plaster and Connor Gray scored five runs each. Chatfield finished the game with a 13-run sixth inning.


Number of points Chatfield sophomore diver Averly Hobbs scored en route to a second-place finish at the 5A state swimming and diving championships in Fort Collins in February. She finished behind only Michal Bower of Loveland, who scored 486.15 points. Hobbs, who placed fourth at state in 2012, won the 5A Jeffco League title a week earlier with 410.05 points.

22 feet, 7 inches

Length of the jump that Columbine’s Bernard McDondle made en route to a 5A state track & field long jump championship last month at Lakewood’s Jefferson County Stadium. It was his second jump of the day in the preliminary round. He beat Highlands Ranch’s Connor Turnage by 4 inches. It was just shy of his season-best jump of 22-9½ at the Cherry Creek Invitational.


It not only serves as the Columbine Rebels’ record during the 2013 boys lacrosse season but also represents the final score of its season-ending loss to Arapahoe in the state quarterfinals. It was the second straight year Columbine lost to the Warriors in the playoffs. Columbine went undefeated in league play. Four of its six losses were to out-of-state competition.


Number of years Dakota Ridge freshman golfer Sydney Merchant has left after she was named the 5A Jeffco League girls golf MVP. Merchant placed second to Columbine’s Jaylee Tait at regionals and tied for third at this year’s state championships in Grand Junction. Merchant shot a two-day total of 11-over 155 at state. She helped the Lady Eagles win both the league and regional team championships.