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Today's News

  • Chargers end regular season with shutout of Eagles

    LAKEWOOD — Ready or not, the Chatfield Chargers are heading into the Class 5A state soccer playoffs this week.

    With a decisive 3-0 victory Oct. 22 over rival Dakota Ridge to wrap up the regular season, the Chargers believe they have found their identity and know what they are capable of when they have all their players together.

    “I think we got it now,” senior midfielder Cory Whittwer said. “I mean, it took a while. Brand new team this year for the most part.”

  • Regis shuts down Chatfield

    LAKEWOOD – The Chatfield Chargers have been rolling with the punches since losing all-state standout quarterback Sam Stratton (knee) after Week Six.

    In their second game of the sans-Sam era, the Chargers were flat beat up and knocked out, as the Regis Raiders rolled to a 35-6 Class 5A Big 8 League victory Oct. 23 at Jefferson County Stadium.

  • Falcons drop fifth straight

    Biblically speaking, scorpions inspired fear, both as the animal and when used to describe whips, which would sting and maim the flesh and sicken the victim.

    The Front Range Christian Falcons got stung multiple times Oct. 24 as they lost a rough-and-tumble nonleague game 35-17 to the Dolores Huerta Scorpions.

    And the Falcons felt plenty sick afterwards, especially after digesting a fourth quarter where they led 17-14 and saw just a few plays unfold with dramatic consequences

  • Rebels ready for playoffs

    LAKEWOOD — The wall that was Zach Robertson isn’t centuries old, can’t keep barbarians at bay and isn’t visible from outer space.

    It was a great wall, however, and it did keep a bunch of Green Mountain Rams thoroughly frustrated Oct. 22 at Lakewood Memorial Field.

    The Columbine sophomore goalkeeper played out of his head and threw his body and hands into everything the Rams sent his way, as the Rebels held on for a 1-0 Class 5A Jefferson County League victory.

  • Recovery Court helping drug-abuse defendants get clean

    Jeffco’s Recovery Court, which offers defendants with drug abuse issues an alternative to prison, got a thumbs-up from several state representatives and two county commissioners last week.

  • Columbine girls off to state

    The Columbine girls cross-country team managed to sneak into the state meet after the Class 5A, Region 1 meet on Oct. 23 at Clement Park.

    The girls team tied with Ponderosa with 133 points. Arapahoe finished first with 52 points, Smoky Hill had 62, Chaparral took third with 81.

    Since there was a tie, the top five teams in the girls division will head to the state meet on Oct. 31 at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins.

  • Chargers get best of Rebels

    It’s not often that both the winner and loser of a big rivalry game can come away from the action feeling good about itself.

    Typically, the winner gloats and is full of joy while the losers sulk and ponder what could have been.

    After the Chatfield and Columbine volleyball teams wrapped up four competitive games on Oct. 22 at Chatfield Senior High School, each squad was happy with their respective performances, and also looked forward to carrying the momentum gained in the regular season finale into this weekend’s district playoffs.

  • Upset bid falls short

    AURORA — As Lexi Love goes, so goes the Chatfield softball team.

    On Oct. 23 in the opening round of the Class 5A state softball tournament, Love was masterful – for six innings.

    Locked in a scoreless tie with Jefferson County League champion Ralston Valley, the Chargers needed to get just three more outs to send the game into extra innings and give themselves more time to try and pull off the first round upset.

  • Jeffco budget could grow by 5.1% in 2010, to $407 million

    Jefferson County envisions a budget of $407 million for 2010, which would be a 5.1 percent increase over spending in the current year.

    According to a preliminary preview given to the county commission last week, county budget officials are projecting $407.1 million in spending next year, compared to $387 million in for 2009. The difference will be made up with more than $20 million in fund-balance spending.

  • Up to 20 students given Breathalyzer tests at volleyball game

    One student suspected of being drunk at a Dakota Ridge High School volleyball game on Oct. 9 resulted in up to 20 students being administered Breathalyzer tests, leaving some parents less than pleased.

    The parent of one of the tested students who hadn’t been drinking was furious that her son was subjected to the breath test, saying school officials had no evidence that he had ingested alcohol.

    "Why do they have the right to do that?" asked the woman, who didn't want to be identified for fear of retribution. "I think it's absolutely crazy."