Chancey Bush
Columbine junior Andy Stasch (16) battles up against the boards for possession of the puck alongside Ralston Valley’s Dylan McGee during the teams’ season opener at The Ridge Rec Center on Dec. 1.
Rebels finding their footing

Jesse Thuerk was nervous for weeks and rightfully so. The Lakewood High junior, playing goalie for the Columbine Rebels, was set to face the program — Ralston Valley — that he grew up following when he played midget hockey in Arvada. Now he found himself in net — in the 2016-17 season opener at that — against the Mustangs.

But the tension that he had been feeling was non-existent Dec. 1. He was, as he said, unusually calm.