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Today's News

  • McMinimee, defense put up a wall vs. Mullen

    DENVER — It’s easy to notice the likes of Kendra Lanuza, Shelby Piper and Rachael Walker when talking about catalysts for Chatfield Lady Chargers’ girls lacrosse team. After all, they’ve combined to score 101 goals already this season. But Chatfield’s defense has more than held its own as well.

  • Lady Chargers stay on track in 5A Jeffco

    The first time Grace Koza and Madison Vanosdoll met this season at the Western Slope Invitational, they didn’t know what to expect. The pace of playing at No. 1 singles was unlike anything they’ve faced before.
    But the experience was a good one, even if Koza dominated on the scoreboard. It allowed Chatfield and Columbine’s No. 1 singles players to not just gain some camaraderie with each other, but it served as a feeling-out process for the rematch April 11 at the Ken-Caryl Ranch House.

  • District seeks to revive talks with teachers

    In an effort to restart contract talks, the Jeffco school board has asked the teachers union what it would take for union negotiators to return to the bargaining table.

    “I think it’s in the board’s best interest to keep JCEA at the (bargaining) table,” board member Lesley Dahlkemper said at Thursday night’s meeting.

  • Reading traditions in school are cool

    Dakota Ridge High School teacher-librarian John Williams has been hosting a Read Across America Day for 11 years. This year, second-graders from Mount Carbon Elementary visited the DRHS library to listen to high school students, teachers, staff and community members read aloud.

    “It’s important to instill the love of reading,” said Williams. “They have the opportunity to hear that everybody reads.”

    Mount Carbon second-grade teacher Suzanne Swank said the visit has an added benefit.

  • SPORTS BRIEFS

    BASEBALL

    Anderson homers as Columbine goes to 9-0 on the season

    Austin Anderson homered and drove in two runs as Columbine stretched its winning streak to nine games with a 5-2 win over Fruita Monument High School on April 5.

    Donny Ortiz, Cody Wood, Michael Tait and Patrick Huffaker also scored runs for the Rebels.

    Isaiah Gonzales-Montoya struck out five over six innings to get the victory for Columbine.

    Barder’s grand slam, Chamberlain’s pitching ignite Chatfield

  • Second-half flurry turns game Chatfield’s way

    LAKEWOOD — The first half was literally a back-and-forth affair. The teams — first Chatfield and then Dakota Ridge — traded goals for the entire 24 minutes. Yet, the Chargers never led by more than a goal, and the Eagles never led at all.

    That changed in the second half.

  • Garcia has high hopes for season despite disappointing 2013

    By Craig Harper

    For the Courier

    Warning to Jeffco League and 5A swimmers around the state: Santana Garcia is healthy and watching his diet.

    A state qualifier in two events as a freshman at Chatfield a year ago, Garcia developed pneumonia about a week before the state meet and finished 30th in the 50 freestyle and 31st in the 100 butterfly in the preliminaries.

  • Rebels trample Lobos

    By Tim Donohoo, For the Courier

    Columbine girls lacrosse coach Alex Befus is a patient person. She knew it was just a matter of time before her Rebels would begin to gel as a unit.

    That is exactly what transpired April 3 at Trailblazer Stadium in Lakewood against visiting Conifer.

    The Rebels exploded on the offensive end and displayed a dominant defense as they upended the Lobos 16-2 in a Jeffco league matchup.

  • School board approves contentious $3.7 million for charters

    The Jeffco school board has earmarked an additional $3.7 million for charter schools in the 2014-15 budget, a move that sparked cheers and jeers at a packed meeting last week.

    The new board majority, which campaigned last year on giving district parents more school choice, backed the appropriation to address funding inequities faced by charter schools. 

  • Hickenlooper talks of sacrifice, service

    Gov. John Hickenlooper spoke about the meaning of service and sacrifice during an appearance Sunday morning at Columbine United Church in Littleton. 

    Hickenlooper, as part of the church’s “I Am Third” lecture series, told the congregation how he learned about selflessness as a child when his father was dying of cancer.

    Hickenlooper’s mother, who was his father’s primary caretaker, had promised to attend her son’s school play, but his father’s illness kept her away.