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Today's News

  • Chargers’ season suddenly over with

    PARKER — The Chatfield Chargers’ volleyball team saw its season come to an end on Oct. 30 at Chaparral High School as the Chargers were unable to advance past the semifinal around, losing to Chaparral in straight sets 25-20, 25-15, 25-16, in the 5A District 5 tournament.

    Chaparral was a tough matchup for the Chargers as the Wolverines came into the tournament ranked No. 2 in the state and had five girls listed at 6 foot or taller. But that didn’t stop the Chargers from putting in their best effort, according to their coach.

  • Chatfield can’t figure out Boulder’s offense

    BOULDER — Chatfield, truthfully, had nothing to lose. The 30th-seeded Chargers were seen as a heavy underdog to host Boulder at Recht Field on Oct. 27 in the first round of the 5A state boys soccer playoffs. And as things turned out that proved to be the case.

    Eight different players scored for Boulder, which scored three goals in its first four shots during a span of 4 minutes, 2 seconds midway through the first half, en route to a convincing 8-1 victory. The loss ended Chatfield’s season with a 6-6-3 mark.

  • Roundup: Rebels' Cox captures regional gymnastics title

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine junior Lexi Cox won the all-around competition at the 5A, Region 1 gymnastics championship on Oct. 27 at Bear Creek High School.

    Cox, aided by victories on both the uneven bars and vault, won with a score of 37.175. She edged out Bear Creek’s Dani Thenell, who scored a 37.075, for the title. Cox won the uneven bars with a score of 9.65 and the vault with a 9.35 score.

    Host Bear Creek won the team title with a 177.175 total. Chatfield came in sixth with 165.275 and Columbine was eighth in 151.35.

  • Cox puts best foot forward

    THORNTON — Lexi Cox couldn’t hide her disappointment. The Columbine junior knew that it was within reach.

    She had every reason to believe a 5A state gymnastics all-around title was there for the taking. After all she was coming off a regional title a week before. And Cox put herself in position to give Columbine its first all-around champion in school history after the early afternoon session on Nov. 5 at Thornton High School. But a lower-than-average balance beam performance and an unfortunate fall off the uneven bars wiped out her chances.

  • Rebels overcome McDondle’s absence to top Golden Eagles

    LAKEWOOD — Fifth-seeded Columbine entered its first-round 5A state playoff game with 28th-seeded Mountain Vista on Nov. 5 at Jefferson County Stadium without its leading rusher in junior running back Cameron McDondle because of a back injury. 

    But the Rebels overcame McDondle’s absence and an early 7-0 deficit to defeat Mountain Vista, 28-14, and advance to the second round of the playoffs thanks to two touchdowns from senior running back Jonathan Beverly. 

  • Playoff-bound Eagles running on all cylinders

    ARVADA — Head coach Ron Woitalwicz wanted to get quarterback Bolton Howes a few carries in the second half, but he was only able to get him two. That’s because Howes took both runs all the way to the end zone to invoke the mercy rule in the Eagles’ 49-13 rout of Standley Lake on Nov. 5 at the North Area Athletic Complex.

  • Chargers cap season on a winning note

    LAKEWOOD — It wasn’t exactly the way that Kyle Barnhart wanted to end his high school football career.

    The Chatfield senior running back and his Charger teammates were n the mix of a seven-game losing streak, hadn’t won since Week 2 and were nowhere near the playoffs.

    But they were going out on a winning note if at all possible.

    Barnhart rushed for a 44-yard touchdown on Chatfield’s first offensive play and the Chargers never looked back in a 42-8 rout of George Washington at Jefferson County Stadium on Nov. 4.

  • Permits available for cutting Christmas trees

    Even though the Halloween candy hasn’t yet turned stale, it’s time to think about the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree.

    The U.S. Forest Service is offering $10 cutting permits for Christmas trees in the Pike National Forest near Buffalo Creek.

    Tree-hunters can purchase up to five permits, according to Barbara Timock, spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service. Last year the Forest Service sold 7,000 permits. This year, Timock is encouraging people to get their permits early.

  • GOP scores big in Jeffco

    Republicans claimed extensive victories in the Nov. 2 election, retaining the District 6 U.S. House seat and sweeping Jefferson County races.

    Incumbent Congressman Mike Coffman scored a wide victory over Democratic challenger and fellow former Marine John Flerlage in District 6, garnering 66 percent of the vote. Flerlage, a South Jeffcoairline pilot who campaigned for nearly two years, collected 31 percent, and late entry Rob McNealy, a Libertarian from Aurora,captured about 3 percent.

  • School board members to meet with public on budget cuts

    Jeffco school board members will meet with the public on Nov. 13 at five locations around the county to present the district’s 2011-12 budget development process and to gather feedback.

    The district will be facing tens of millions of dollars in budget cuts, with the fiscal impact looking grimmer than the previous budget year.