BY THE NUMBERS: A look at the prep season

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By Michael Hicks

Sports are all about numbers — how many points were scored, the digits on a jersey, how much time is left in the game, how many yards to the hole, and so forth. The 2013-14 high school season had its fair share of numbers. The Columbine Courier takes a look back at the recently concluded campaign and the numbers that stood out during the season.


The total number of points scored in the Columbine Rebels’ 50-43 shootout against arch-rival Chatfield during their Oct. 4 football game at Lakewood’s Jeffco Stadium. The Rebels’ Bernard McDondle, who finished the season with 1,754 rushing yards and 25 TDs, had 309 of those yards and six scores in the win. Chatfield QB Kyle Winkler threw for 268 yards and two scores, while Michael Callahan-Harris ran for 183 yards and three TDs.


The score that Columbine junior Michael Tait carded en route to winning the 5A Northern regional boys golf championship on Sept. 19 at Broadlands Golf Course in Broomfield. His score, along with the play of teammates Greg Shelton, Ashton Opperman and Marcus Tait, helped the Rebels to win the regional team title with a 9-over-par 225. They beat Heritage by four strokes.


The record first-year Dakota Ridge softball coach Marv Van Lingen recorded as the Lady Eagles won a regional championship and reached the quarterfinals of the 5A state tournament. Statistical leaders included Dani Valerio, with a .493 batting average, 30 runs scored and 18 stolen bases, Cassidy Creekmore with six homers, and Rachelle Foos with a 17-3 record and a 1.53 earned run average.


The number of matches Chatfield senior boys tennis player John Koza lost in 5A Jeffco League play in 2013 and in his four-year career. The University of Arizona-bound Koza was 10-1 in regular-season play overall and finished third at the 5A boys tennis state championships. That’s the highest finish ever for a Chatfield No. 1 singles player.


The combined score of Dakota Ridge’s season sweep in boys basketball of league champion Chatfield. The Eagles won at home 53-51 on Jan. 17 and 74-66 on Feb. 14 at Chatfield. Those were the only two league defeats for the Chargers, who repeated as 5A Jeffco champions. Both teams reached the Sweet 16 of the state tournament.

Great Eight

The round that the Dakota Ridge Lady Eagles’ girls basketball team made it to in the 5A state tournament during a season in which it underwent a midseason coaching change. Doug Maier started the year as the head coach, but he left for another position and was replaced by JV coach Rich Gavelda. Jae Ferrin (15.6 points per game), Lauren Wood (15.3) and Caitlin Navratil (10.4) led Dakota Ridge to a 19-8 record.


The earned run average for Columbine ace pitcher Blake Weiman during the 2014 season. Weiman, who will pitch for the University of Kansas next year, went 7-0 and also added three saves as the Rebels went 19-2. He also had a team-high 60 strikeouts. Columbine finished second to Arvada West in the 5A Jeffco League. Rival Chatfield went 20-4 overall and reached the eight-team double-elimination state tournament.


The round Dakota Ridge sophomore golfer Sydney Merchant shot on April 21 during a 5A Jeffco League match at The Meadows Golf Club. It was one of two rounds in the 60s that Merchant carded en route to a second consecutive 5A Jeffco League MVP award. Merchant’s nine-hole average in league play was 35.83 or 2-under-par.


The number of goals sophomore Tatum Barton scored in the Columbine Lady Rebels’ 9-0 girls soccer victory over Grand Junction on March 8. Barton finished with a team-high 26 goals as Columbine went 17-3, won the 5A Jeffco League title and captured the school’s first 5A state title in six tries with a 3-1 win over Ralston Valley at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City on May 22.


The number of points Chatfield junior midfielder Kendra Lanuza scored during the 2014 girls lacrosse season. It was the second most in the country, behind only 171 for Allison Buckley of Old Lyme (Conn.). Lanuza had 101 goals and 42 assists as the Lady Chargers went 17-1, won another 5A Jeffco League title and reached the state semifinals for the first time in school history. Teammates Rachael Walker and Shelby Piper had 133 and 106 points, respectively.