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    Morris’ second-half goal sends Columbine to state quarterfinals
    — Ashley Morris scored the game’s lone goal off as assist from Rylie O’Keefe as fourth-seeded Columbine posted a 1-0 win over No. 13 Denver East in the Sweet 16 of the 5A state girls soccer playoffs on May 12 at Lakewood Memorial Field.
    The Jeffco League champion Lady Rebels advanced to the quarterfinals where they hosted Cherry Creek on May 15 at Lakewood Memorial Field. Results from that game weren’t available at press time.

  • Carter, Chargers prepared for state

    ARVADA — The Chatfield boys swimming team is hoping to make a splash at state. With three Jeffco League record-breaking performances just one week prior to the big event, the Chargers are looking good.
    Chatfield started off the 5A Jeffco League meet May 12 at Meyers Pool with a dominant near three-second win in the 200-yard medley relay. And with the bar set high, senior standout Bryce Carter didn’t disappoint.
    The University of Wyoming recruit set league records in the 50 freestyle (20.96 seconds)and 100 freestyle (46.36).

  • Mustangs slam door on Rebels’ season

    The host Columbine Rebels baseball team lost to Mountain Range 11-3 in the first round of 5A District 3 tournament May 12, stunning ending their season and state tournament hopes.
    “Columbine is a great team,” Mountain Range head coach Jeremy Lustik said. “We are not better than them, but I think we got a couple clutch hits that we needed.”

  • Guerra’s three-run homer, wild pitch caps district rally for Dakota Ridge

    Dakota Ridge took the long way to a district title last May 12 at Dakota Ridge High School.
    The Eagles overcame a three-run deficit in the seventh inning to defeat Cherokee Trail 8-7, winning the 5A District 8 championship and advancing to their first state tournament since 2008. Dakota Ridge (17-3), seeded sixth, will play Regis Jesuit (17-4) in the first round of the eight-team double-elimination tournament on May 18 at 10 a.m. at Bishop Machbeuf High School.

  • Vance fires 71, captures regional

    Gillian Vance was so dialed in to her game that the Dakota Ridge freshman didn’t realize what she shot.
    What she scored was a 1-under-par 71 on May 10 at the 5A Metro West Regional at the 5,518-yard Raccoon Creek Golf Course. That was good enough to not only win a regional championship, but to do so by five strokes over Jeffco League champion Shannon Lubar of Chatfield.

  • Gonzales, Rebels lay all out to advance

    AURORA — Jake Gonzales has scored his fair share of goals for the Columbine Rebels. But giving everything he had against Mullen on May 12 to keep the ball from going out of bounds and running out the clock may have topped them all.
    The junior attackman, who scored four goals in the state quarterfinal game at Regis Jesuit’s Lou Kellogg Stadium, exemplified the Rebels’ will to win in an 11-10 decision that pushes Columbine to the state semifinals for the first time in school history.

  • Chargers’ Gaytan focused on state

    LAKEWOOD — Erik Gaytan displayed the look of a focused athlete, and he ran like one as well.
    The Chatfield senior won the 100, 200 and 400 meters — all in convincing fashion — at the 5A Jeffco League track and field championships May 12 at Jeffco Stadium.

  • Sign-up under way for library’s Summer Reading Club

     Sign-up is under way for the Jeffco Public Library’s Summer Reading Club, which is held from June 1 through July 31. The club offers a chance for kids and teens who complete eight hours of reading to win a Kindle Fire, and for adults to win an iPad3.

    Details of the kids' Summer Reading Club, "Dream Big: Read," are available at www.jeffcolibrary.org/summerreading. Many of the programs will require tickets.

  • Apartments proposed for Ken Caryl Business Center

     About 25 people turned out at the Ken Caryl Ranch House on May 8 to view the latest proposal for development on 14 acres at Shaffer Parkway and West Ken Caryl Avenue, south of the Homewood Suites in the Ken Caryl Business Center.

    The land is currently zoned commercial/office/retail plus multifamily for a combination of retail, restaurant, office and residential development, on 10 acres east of Shaffer Parkway and 4 acres west of it.