Today's News

  • Tait finishes tied for 16th at state tourney

    Columbine junior Marcus Tait had a top-20 finish at the Class 5A boys golf state tournament Oct. 6 in Fort Collins.

    Tait fired rounds of 74 and 75 at Fort Collins Country Club during the two-day tournament to place tied for 16th. It was his third appearance in the state tournament. Tait placed 64th as a freshman and 43rd as a sophomore.

  • D'Evelyn belts Evergreen on the diamond

    DENVER — Giving up a deep home run over the left field fence to Evergreen junior Jessica Bellatti got D’Evelyn senior pitcher Allison Frantz fired up Oct. 4.

    Bellatti crushed a solo home run to start the top of the fourth inning on a cool Saturday morning on the Jaguars’ home field. The home run trimmed D’Evelyn’s lead to 4-1, but Frantz turned the mistake into a positive as the Jaguars went on to take a 10-1 victory.

  • Front Range Christian shut out by Platte Canyon

    By Craig Harper -- For the Times

    BAILEY — For years, Platte Canyon has run roughshod over opponents from its double-wing formation featuring two backs lined up behind tight ends and a fullback about two yards behind a quarterback under center.

    Packed in like sardines, the Huskies have made quick-hitting pitches and handoffs their trademark. The offense is rarely seen and, therefore, difficult to defend.

  • Rebels grind up Mullen

    DENVER — Columbine used some effective second-half jabs followed up by a pair of haymakers in a Class 5A Jeffco League heavyweight bout against Mullen on Oct. 2.

    The Rebels, ranked No. 2 in the CHSAANow.com 5A football poll, turned a 14-13 lead at halftime on the Mustangs’ home field into an eventual 35-13 conference victory to keep Columbine (5-0, 3-0) undefeated on the season. It all started with a 16-play, 80-yard drive to start the second half that chewed up nearly nine minutes of the third quarter.

  • Columbine gets scare from Dakota Ridge

    LAKEWOOD — Dakota Ridge nearly put a huge blotch on Columbine’s hopes for a Class 5A Jeffco League title Oct. 2 at Lakewood Memorial Field.

    The Eagles entered the conference rivalry match Friday night at Lakewood Memorial Field winless on the season, along with scoring just four goals in their first 10 games. However, Dakota Ridge played best game of the season according to Eagles’ coach Ryan Miller.

  • 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.