Today's News

  • Homecoming disappoint for Chatfield

    Dennis Pleuss - Sports Editor


    LAKEWOOD — It was good to be a junior tailback Sept. 25 at Jeffco Stadium.

    In a Class 5A Jeffco League football battle between Bear Creek and Chatfield, a pair of junior running backs put up some monster numbers on a night when the Chargers were celebrating their homecoming. The Bears, led by junior running back Andre Renteria, outlasted Chatfield (1-3, 0-2 in league) for a 35-21 victory.

  • Tait to take swing at state

    Craig Harper - For the Courier

    LITTLETON — Confidence won’t be lacking for Columbine’s Marcus Tait and Evergreen as they head to the Oct. 5 and 6 state golf championships.

     “I think I have a great chance of winning,” said Tait, the Rebels’ lone qualifier for the 5A tournament at Fort Collins Country Club.

  • Hume has top-5 finish

    Dennis Pleuss - Sports Editor

    LITTLETON — Fall has arrived on the calendar, but temperatures in the mid-80s faced the 48 cross country teams from across the state that took part in the 16th annual Dave Sanders Invitational.

    “It was really hot,” Evergreen senior Matt Kline said after finishing as the runner-up in the D2 boys varsity race Sept. 25 at Clement Park. “I was a little worried about it, but I didn’t want it to get me down. I just went out and ran my race.”

  • Eagles get bounce-back win

    Dennis Pleuss - Sports Editor

    LAKEWOOD — Dakota Ridge senior Connor Neyen looked like he was trying to hail a cab while streaking down the middle of the field Sept. 24 at Jeffco Stadium.

     “Hopefully he (Eagles’ quarterback Adam Clary) saw me,” Neyen said about waving his arm on the eventual 49-yard touchdown catch midway through the second quarter. “He threw it up, and I just had to make a play on it.”

  • Column: Passion for prep sports

    Dennis Pleuss - Sports Editor

    My days of being mistaken for a ball boy on the sidelines of a high school football game are long gone.

    However, my enthusiasm for covering prep sports has never faded. I jumped at the chance when presented with the opportunity to become the new sports editor at the Columbine Courier, High Timber Times, Canyon Courier and Clear Creek Courant. Telling stories of student-athletes, coaches and teams through the written word and photos is what I was born to do.

  • Rebels run over Ralston

    Dennis Pleuss - Sports Editor

    LAKEWOOD — Nearing the midway point of the regular season, Columbine’s defense looks like a well-oiled machine.

    The Rebels (4-0, 2-0 in Class 5A Jeffco League) nearly pulled off a third straight shutout Sept. 24 against Ralston Valley (3-1, 1-1) in what was one of the most anticipated prep football games on the docket last week.

    “With our defense, it’s assignments, keys and execute,” Columbine senior linebacker Nick Stout said after a 21-7 victory at Jeffco Stadium.

  • A painful lesson: Jeffco’s third rail

    I’ve been planning for weeks to offer my thoughts on the controversy surrounding the Jeffco school district. And I’ve also been procrastinating for weeks. Of late, our politically polarized school system has become the third rail of local politics — touch it, and you die.

    A phone call last week from a loyal reader stirred me from my inertia (some would say cowardice). The gentleman raised several good questions about our recent coverage and, as a result, helped me organize my own thoughts. He should call daily.

  • Columbine bounces back, rips Chatfield

    Jenni Romero knew the importance of Columbine’s Sept. 19 game with rival Chatfield at Dave Sanders Memorial Field. The Lady Rebels, who had won five of six games, were coming off back-to-back 5A Jeffco League losses to Arvada West and Pomona. A third straight conference loss to open league play could’ve been disastrous.

    A seven-run first inning, however, has a way of helping to alleviate any of those worries.

  • Columbine faces tough regional for shot at state

    The World Cup has its “group of death.” Well, the Columbine Rebels’ boys golf team just may have drawn a similar fate for this year’s regional tournament.

    “We’re in the regional of death,” Columbine boys golf coach Tim Capra said, noting that the Rebels faced the likes of Rock Canyon, Regis Jesuit and Legacy at the 5A Central Regional at Lone Tree Golf Club. Regis tied for second at state in 2014, while Rock Canyon finished 13th.

  • Dakota Ridge trounced by defending state champs

    Dakota Ridge entered its game against two-time defending state champion Pine Creek looking to make a statement that it belonged with the elite teams in 4A.

    Instead, Pine Creek showed Dakota Ridge why it has won two straight state football titles by defeating Dakota Ridge 44-7. Dakota Ridge didn’t get on the scoreboard until the fourth quarter. The win was the 28th in a row for Pine Creek