Today's News

  • Spring sports preview: Boys swimming

    Head coach: Ron Johns
    Assistant coach: Ryan Babcock
    Swimmers to watch: Bryce Carter, Sr., freestyles; Matthew Jagiello, Soph., diving; Zachary Kugler, Jr., freestyles, butterfly; Austin Layman, Sr., backstroke, butterfly; Justin Barwick, Sr, 500 freestyle
    Outlook: “(The) Chargers look good,” Johns said. “(We are) building and we will be strong again this year. It will be fun deciding relay members, as all of these guys are striving to be on the fastest relay (teams).”

  • Spring sports preview: Girls golf

    Head coach: Levi Bartholomew
    Assistant coaches: Brian Plautz, Nile Smith
    Players to watch: Gillian Vance, Fr.; Michelle Isbester, Sr.; Lauren Wood, Soph.; Kirsten Wiegand, Soph.
    Outlook: “Our biggest outlook is improvement,” Bartholomew said. “We are young and looking to build on the success of last year.”
    Season opener: March 19, Applewood Golf Course, Golden
    Regionals: May 7, Fox Hollow Golf Course, Lakewood
    State: May 21-22, Aurora Hills Golf Course, Aurora

  • Winter all-conference teams: Girls swimming, wrestling

    The following is a list of winter sports athletes, coaches and teams who were named all-conference first team, second team and honorable mention in girls swimming and wrestling in the 5A Jeffco League for the 2011-12 season:

  • Sports briefs

    Sanford’s first-half run seals Lady Falcons’ season
    — Sanford blew open a close game with an 11-2 run in the second quarter to go up by 15 points at halftime en route to a 52-26 victory over Front Range Christian in the first round of the 2A Region 6 tournament on March 2 at Otera Junior College.
    The Lady Falcons ended their season with a 10-11 record.
    Rye ended Sanford’s season at 20-3 with a 52-50 victory in Region 6 finals one day later.


  • Column: Students involvement defines Littleton High athletics

    If you ask Littleton High School athletic director Mike Puchino what makes his programs stand out he’ll tell you it’s the people. The student-athletes to be specific.

  • Rebels’ postseason run ends in Great Eight

    DENVER — The clock finally struck midnight on the Columbine Rebels. Almost literally.
    Playing in the final game of the 5A boys basketball Great Eight at the Denver Coliseum on March 2, Columbine watched top-seeded Chaparral nearly run it out of the building en route to a 76-61 victory.

  • Chargers’ valiantly push Regis to brink

    DENVER — Chatfield’s season came to an end for a second straight year in the state semifinals, falling to Regis Jesuit, 3-2 in overtime, in the Frozen Four on March 2 at DU’s Magness Arena.
    The teams met in the first game of the season with Regis winning 2-0. But heading into the semifinals, Chatfield (14-7-1) had won its last six games by outscoring the opposition 37-9. And despite being outshot 38-12, the Chargers, led by Matt Smith’s 35 saves, were able to send the game into overtime.

  • Waterton Canyon is reopened to public

    Waterton Canyon reopened to the public March 1 after a year-and-a-half-long closure to siphon massive amounts of sediment from Strontia Springs Reservoir.

    However, the wide canyon trail, popular with cyclists and hikers during warm weather, will be closed in the spring for about three weeks as crews disassemble and remove the 75-ton dredge from the reservoir, which sits at the top of the canyon trail. The closure date has yet to be determined, as removal of the heavy machinery is dependent on the reservoir’s ice melting.

  • Three board seats up for election at West Metro Fire

    Three of the seven West Metro Fire Rescue board of director seats are up for election in May, and as of last week the district had received only a handful of self-nominations.

    Board president and District 4 director Pam Feely is running again for her seat, though incumbent Ted Waller is ineligible to run, as he no longer resides in District 7 following a redrawing of district boundaries that pushed Waller out by several blocks.

  • Heritage High swimmer to compete at Olympic trials

    Heritage High School swimmer Shelly Patton will graduate in May, compete in the Olympic Trials in Omaha in June, and head off for a swimming career at Division I Northwestern University in Chicago in the fall.

    Patton swims for Shawn Smith on the University of Denver Hilltoppers (TOPS), a year-round competitive swim team. Patton, who has risen in prominence in Littleton and the Denver area swimming world over the past few years, says her work with Smith and “the environment of TOPS” groomed her for success and for college recruitment.