By the numbers: Columbine Courier sports 2011-12

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By Michael Hicks

It’s a given that sports and numbers go hand and hand. With the conclusion of the recent 2011-12 high school athletic season, the Columbine Courier takes a look back at the season that was through numbers. The following are 10 numbers that identify the recently-completed prep season.

2,275 & 31 — Those numbers represent the production of Columbine senior running back Cameron McDondle during the 2011 season. The 2,275 are the rushing yards for McDondle in the regular season and playoffs. The 31 is his total number of touchdowns, which included 27 rushing, during the Rebels’ 14-0 season. Columbine capped the year with a 41-31 win over Lakewood at Denver’s Sports Authority Field for its fifth 5A state football championship since 1999.

150 — That was the approximate meters left in the 5A boys state cross country championship when Dakota Ridge senior and favorite Danny Carney collapsed and struggled to a 44th-place finish in 17 minutes, 9.14 seconds. It was not the ending that was expected after Carney entered the race with victories in the Arapahoe Warrior Invitational, the Liberty Bell, 4A Jeffco League and 4A Region 2 championship.

11 — The number of strikeouts that Rebecka Mintz recorded in Chatfield’s 2-1 win over rival Dakota Ridge on Sept. 24. The win eventually culminated in the Lady Chargers winning the 5A Jeffco League championship virtue of a tiebreaker over Dakota Ridge. While Chatfield was upset in regional play, the Lady Eagles turned the loss into a positive by winning their next six games, including the Region 3 title before bowing out in the 5A state quarterfinals.

13 — The number of years between 5A Jeffco League championships for the Columbine boys basketball team. The Rebels snapped that drought in 2011-12, winning their first conference title since 1999. Columbine followed that up with a pair of 5A state tournament wins before having its season ended in the Great Eight with a 76-61 loss to Chaparral.

2 — The consecutive number of seasons that Chatfield’s ice hockey team has made it to the Frozen Four. Chatfield (14-7-1), the No. 4 seed out of the Foothills Conference, made it there in 2012 after a pair of playoff victories. The Chargers’ bid for a first state championship ended with a 3-2 overtime loss to league rival Regis Jesuit on March 2 at DU’s Magness Arena.

4x400 — It’s Littleton’s girls relay team that has won four consecutive state championships. The team of Rosa Hardarson, Grace Brittan, Dana Gaetani and Kaela Edwards continued the trend May 19 with a win in 3 minutes, 46 seconds at Lakewood’s Jefferson County Stadium. The Lady Lions beat a team from Loveland for a third straight season.

9 — Number of goals Columbine scored, including three in the final two minutes of regulation and one by Ryan Kelly late in overtime, as the Rebels upset defending state champion Regis Jesuit 9-8 in the season opener March 9 at Lakewood’s Trailblazer Stadium. The win started a run for Columbine, which went 15-4 this season and advanced to the state semifinals for the first time before losing 10-9 to eventual state champion and top-seeded Arapahoe.

16 — The number of games that Columbine’s girls soccer team won consecutively between a season-opening 1-0 loss to Pine Creek and a 5A state quarterfinal defeat to Cherry Creek by the same score on May 15 at Lakewood Memorial Field. Both losses came via a penalty kick. Columbine surrendered just nine goals all season.

1:07.32 — It’s the combined time that Chatfield’s Bryce Carter swam en route to a pair of 5A Jeffco League-setting records at the conference championship May 12 at Meyers Pool in Arvada. The Wyoming-bound swimmer won the 50-yard freestyle in 20.96 seconds. He added a win in the 100 freestyle in 46.36. A week later, Carter helped Chatfield to an eighth-place team finish at state.

144 — The combined two-round total shot by Chatfield senior Shannon Lubar at this year’s 5A girls golf state championship. The even-par tally helped Lubar to finish in a three-way tie for fourth at Aurora Hills Golf Course. This marked the third consecutive year that Lubar has placed in the Top 10 at state. She tied for seventh a season ago and placed 10th in 2010. She’ll be playing golf next season at the University of Denver.