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  • Norris places fifth for Chargers; Campton fourth for Rebels

    DENVER —  Aaron Norris has legs like a bulldozer’s tread and a barrel chest.

    Strength, however, and a tough-guy mentality, will only get you so far in wrestling. And that makes Norris’ run to the Class 5A state wrestling tournament in his first year since taking up the sport all the more impressive.

    “My coaches are teaching me a lot of moves, keeping me in good positions,” the Chatfield junior said Feb. 18 after he scored a 16-1 technical fall in his opening match.

    And things only got better.

  • Actions weaken Foothills’ community

    In response to the Feb. 10 Columbine Courier article regarding issues between Foothills Park & Recreation District and the Mesa View Estates HOA, I would like to provide further detail. This is an extremely complex issue, and it is important the residents of our district are fully informed.

  • When Wolves attack

      AURORA — On paper, the Chatfield Chargers were supposed to be fed to the Wolves Feb. 24. Seeded 10th in the Alice Barron Region of the Class 5A state tournament, the Chargers were set to be just a blip on Grandview’s road to the second round. On paper, the Chargers were just that. Chatfield’s season came to an end with a 57-33 defeat. It wasn’t very close from the first quarter on, but one could only wonder what the Chargers could have done had they taken better care of the ball. Turnovers. Turnovers.

  • Man gets 40 years in sexual assault of South Jeffco resident

      A Littleton man was sentenced to 40 years in prison last week following a guilty plea to charges related to a 2009 attack on a 59-year-old woman in her South Jeffco home.

    Ryan Iliff, 23, admitted to failed attempts to gain access to another area home earlier on June 26, 2009. He gave up and went to the house next door, broke in and sexually assaulted the woman in her bedroom.

  • Terrell's miraculous shot lifts Eagles

    Redemption was a process rather than a moment for Brent Terrell.

    The Dakota Ridge junior guard missed a free throw and a chance to give the Eagles a one-point lead over Columbine with 8.5 seconds remaining Feb. 19. But he came back in overtime to cash two free throws with 13.9 seconds left to tie the game.

    He wasn’t finished.

    John Sherman stole the ball in the final seconds and passed ahead to Terrell, who drilled a running 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Eagles a stunning 55-52 victory and season sweep of the rival Rebels.

  • Basketball playoffs

    High schoolers get a head start on March Madness as the Class 5A state basketball playoffs begin this week, with first-round action tipping off Feb. 23.

    Here’s a look at where your local teams are going, and who they must get past to advance through the field of 48 teams.

    Chatfield boys (19-4)

    The Chargers are the No. 2 seed in the Glenn Wilson Region, making them one of the top eight teams overall — a pretty fair seed for the Jeffco champs.

  • Rebels have a birthday bash with Dakota Ridge

    The Columbine girls all got first-year coach Sam Murillo a broom for his birthday.

    The Rebels completed a season sweep of the Dakota Ridge Eagles for the first time in school history Feb. 19 with a 45-38 victory on the Eagles’ home floor.

    “It’s pretty exciting,” Rebels forward Maddie Tedford said. “And it’s our coach’s birthday today.”

  • Third-period goal edges Chatfield out of state hockey playoffs

    The Chatfield hockey team saw it season come to an end after a dramatic back-and-forth 4-3 loss Feb. 19 to Lewis-Palmer in Colorado Springs.

    The 11th-seeded Chargers (7-6-1) never led the No. 6 Rangers (11-3-0), but rallied three times to tie the game at Sertich Ice Center, before the Rangers scored the game-winner in the third period.

  • Dakota Ridge High School Student Profile: Nicholas James Allen - senior

    Major activities/sports:

    • Golf: Qualified for U.S. Junior Amateur; Junior World; first-team All-Conference, four years; All-State, three years; second-first at Regional High School Tournament; first-second at Regional High School Tournament; 10th-, fifth-, and fourth-place finishes at CHSSA state tournament; fifth-place finish at Nationals. Optimist International.

    Work experience: Raccoon Creek cart staff

    Academics:

    • Current GPA: 3.6

    • Multiple AP and honors courses including AP Calculus this year

  • Lesson Plans: Fielder helps students develop an interest in the arts

    When Dakota Ridge High art teacher Alex Chick wanted to persuade her students that they could actually make a living from a career in art, she did so by bringing Colorado’s most famous contemporary nature photographer to the school.

    John Fielder delivered a slide-show lecture filled with his thoughts on color and form Feb. 18 in the school’s auditorium.