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Today's News

  • Berg, Chargers take 8th at state

    Chatfield senior Eric Berg placed fourth in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.39 seconds and he took fifth in the 100 backstroke in 52.20 as the Chargers finished eighth with 115 points at the 5A boys state swimming championships on May 16 at the Air Force Academy.

    Chatfield’s 200 freestyle relay team of Cal Reynolds, Berg, Santana Garcia and Payton Sage came in fifth in 1 minute, 27.79 seconds. Garcia took sixth in the 100 butterfly in 52.40, while Chatfield’s 200 medley relay team of Reynolds, Berg, Garcia and Tucker Rivera was seventh in 1:37.16. 

  • Bond helps Chatfield tandem Froning, Boyd to take 4th at state

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    DENVER — Being good friends and complementing each other on the court aren’t required components for success in tennis doubles. But it sure helps, as is the case with Chatfield’s Lauren Froning and Olivia Boyd. 

  • Cardiac Chargers to play for state

    By Matthew Van Deventer
    For the Courier

    DENVER — A pair of walk-off wins against Cherry Creek and Mountain Vista has sent the Chatfield Chargers parading into the 5A state championship game after starting the season 1-8.

    Maybe it was getting a new coach midseason or a revival in team spirit or both, but whatever the magic, Chatfield (14-10) will play for the state title after a trio of wins May 16-17.

  • Lady Rebels eliminated in state soccer quarterfinals

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — The graduation of six seniors and injuries — lots of them — were just part of what the Columbine Lady Rebels had to overcome in 2015. There also was the proverbial bull’s-eye that is always on a defending state champion.

  • Judge issues injunction against school district's new-hire pay level

    A Jeffco district judge has issued a preliminary injunction preventing the school district from paying newly hired teachers at a higher rate until a lawsuit against the district by the teachers union goes to trial.

  • Suspect in laundromat burglary fails to get away clean

    A suspect in a burglary at a South Jeffco laundromat was arrested early Wednesday after his vehicle struck several cars, including a Jeffco sheriff’s patrol car, during a failed getaway attempt.

    Nicholas Vaughn, 28, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary, attempted first-degree assault of a peace officer, felony vehicular eluding and violation of a bail bond.

  • Tiny, and taller, dancers stay on their toes

    No donkeys were in evidence at last weekend’s rehearsals for the Foothills Ballet Program’s spring performances.

    But the tiniest dancers, some as young as 6, remained understandably confused by the production’s title.

    “It’s funny … the kids keep looking for a donkey because they think the name of the ballet is ‘Donkey Ho-tee,’ ” said Regina Smith, arts coordinator for the Foothills Park and Rec District.

  • Board votes to spend $15 million on new school

    The Jeffco school board voted 3-2 on Thursday to put $15 million saved last year toward building a new school in the northern part of the county.

    While $15 million is a fraction of the district’s $1 billion annual budget, the decision, approved with the votes of the board’s conservative majority, is controversial for several reasons:

  • Sports briefs

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    Chargers rally again, win District 4 tournament
    FRUITA — The Chatfield Chargers are headed back to the eight-team 5A state tournament.

    Chatfield (11-10), which opened the season 2-9, rallied to win the 5A Jeffco League title for the first time in 25 years. It followed that up with back-to-back wins on May 9 in the 5A District 4 tournament to seal its bid to state.

    In the deciding game, the Chargers rolled past Smoky Hill 12-1.

  • Mullen closes out Lanuza’s, Everett’s careers in OT

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    DENVER — A May ending to their Chatfield girls lacrosse careers was inevitable for Kendra Lanuza, the school’s career scoring leader, and Adam Everett, the lone coach in program history. They just wish it had come later than the second round of the state playoffs. 

    But no farewell tears were shed or regrets uttered after second-seeded Mullen struck for two goals in the first overtime and held on for a 10-9 home victory on May 8.