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Today's News

  • Overholt, Chargers prep for playoffs

    By Will Petersen
    For the Courier
    LAKEWOOD — It was like a movie that took a little too long to get going. But, boy, once it did, there were fireworks. Chatfield and Dakota Ridge played a thrilling final 25 minutes in the regular-season finale, won 2-1 by the Chargers on Oct. 17 at Lakewood Memorial Field.
    The two squads combined for three goals in a five-minute span late in the second half, including two from Chatfield sophomore Ben Overholt that ultimately proved to be too much for a pesky Dakota Ridge team to overcome.

  • Eagles girls, boys qualify for state meet

    McKenna Spillar and Vanessa Gonzalez got to experience the feeling of going to the 5A state cross country championships last season, but it wasn’t a completely fulfilling trip. That’s because their teammates weren’t with them. That won’t be a problem in 2012.
    Led by Spillar’s third-place finish in 18 minutes, 35 seconds, Dakota Ridge placed second as a team — one of five teams eligible to qualify for state — with 65 points at the 5A Region 1 cross country championships at Clement Park on Oct. 18.

  • Falcons take advantage of Diggers' miscues, injuries

    IDAHO SPRINGS — Whether it was Clear Creek’s miscommunication on offense or the injuries adding up or just the smash-mouth brand of football Front Range Christian played, it all added up to the same result.
    Clear Creek turned the ball over six times — five times in the first half — and Front Range Christian’s Tanner Matoaba rushed for two touchdowns in the Falcons’ 27-7 victory Oct. 19 at Golddigger Stadium.

  • Loss can’t take away from Chargers’ season

    AURORA — A year earlier, Chatfield’s season, which included a 5A Jeffco League title, ended a week earlier than it thought it might at regionals. And though the Lady Chargers won the same number of games in 2012 as it did in 2011, but didn’t repeat as conference champions they arguably had a better season. A berth in the 5A state tournament, for all intents and purposes, proved that.
    And though Chatfield left Aurora Sports Park with a 4-2 defeat to Rock Canyon in the state quarterfinals on Oct. 19, the Lady Chargers proved that they belonged.

  • Sports briefs

    VOLLEYBALL
    Lecker, Lady Chargers post straight-set victory over Rebels

    Sydney Lecker had a team-high 10 kills as Chatfield scored a 25-20, 25-22, 25-23 victory over rival Columbine on Oct. 19 at Columbine High School.
    The win was Chatfield’s fourth straight and 10th in 11 games.
    Megan Bohn added eight kills for the Lady Chargers (14-4, 7-1 5A Jeffco). Rachel Flores had 25 assists and 10 digs, while sophomore Tori Passarelli had a team-best 19 digs.

  • Rumor spurs Arapahoe voters to give up mail ballots

    Some voters are turning in their mail-in ballots to Arapahoe County election officials at early-voting centers becasue of an unfounded rumor that mail-in votes won’t be counted in this election.

    Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder Nancy Doty said about 100 people came to early-voting locations Monday and asked to return their ballots and vote by machine instead.

  • Branching out

    The South Suburban Parks and Recreation District on Saturday held a tree-climbing clinic at Carson Nature Center.

    Sunny skies and warm temperatures provided a boost for the climbers.

  • Body found in Mossbrucker Park not case of foul play

    The body of a man was found about 7 a.m. Monday in Mossbrucker Park, 12756 W. Cross Ave., northeast of C-470 and West Bowles Avenue.

    Investigators found no evidence that foul play was involved, said Jacki Kelley, spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriiff's Department.

    Neither the identity of the man nor the cause of death have been released.

  • Protest at tire store targets labor practices

    A protest linked to Carpenters Union Local 55 is under way at Les Schwab Tires at West Bowles Avenue and South Alkire Street to draw attention to a claim of unfair labor practices.

    The Les Schwab Co., which is based in Bend, Ore., says the dispute is between a contractor and subcontractor of the new store and has nothing to do with the company.

    About four days a week, a couple of hired workers have been posting a banner on the sidewalk south of the store and passing out fliers to people who stop and ask questions.

  • Panel debates amendment legalizing marijuana in Colorado

    Opponents of Amendment 64 say legalizing the recreational use of marijuana will make Colorado a drug mecca with a massive industry fueled by laws more liberal than those in the Netherlands.

    Proponents say legalization will end the drug war, put the Mexican cartels out of business, and save millions of dollars the police and courts now spend on convicting and incarcerating pot users.