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Today's News

  • 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.

  • The road to leadership: AS DECA president, Dakota Ridge grad will sing praises of business group

    Many high school students dream of traveling the world after graduation, taking time to find themselves before plunging into another round of formal education at college.

    But a lack of cash and a surplus of convention mean that many grads never take the road less traveled.

  • Pena wrestles home second state title

    DENVER - Tony Pena needed 14 seconds to swell with confidence in his state championship match. With 16 seconds left in the bout, the Chatfield 130-pound junior allowed himself to feel elation.

  • Mr. Biggs’ owner apparently intends to relinquish interest in business

    The owner of Mr. Biggs apparently intends to pull out of the South Jeffco entertainment center and is planning legal action to force the former owner to take back the business, a development that surfaced Feb. 18 at an unusual change-of-corporate-structure hearing before the county liquor-licensing board.

    Owner Art Cormier, who faces charges related to alleged nudity at the center during a fashion show, has agreed to an immediate 15-day suspension of Mr. Biggs’ liquor license, should the business continue to be operated by Cormier or manager Larry Crook after March 20.