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Today's News

  • Lacrosse duo, pitcher Romero sign college letters

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Columbine’s lacrosse teams qualified for both 5A state tournaments last spring, so it should come as no surprise that each one was represented at National Signing Day on Nov. 9 when Matt Georgeadies and Karlie Hadden finalized their college choices.

  • Early deficit can’t hold back Chargers

    LAKEWOOD — An early deficit proved to be no problem for Chatfield in its 4A first-round playoff game against Grand Junction Central on Nov. 11 at Jefferson County Stadium. After falling behind 7-0 early, Chatfield picked up its game and won going away 58-19 to advance to the quarterfinals against either Fruita Monument.

    Kickoff is 1 p.m. for the second-round game at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction on Nov. 19.

  • Rebels escape Falcons’ late charge

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — Andy Lowry most likely added a few gray hairs. He, for certain, had to have some sort of momentary health scare.

    “I think my heart skipped about 10 beats, that’s for sure,” Lowry said.

    That’s playoff football for you, and the Columbine Rebels and Highlands Ranch Falcons played it down to the wire and more so on Nov. 11 at Shea Stadium.

  • Chatfield fought until the end

    DENVER — If there’s a word that exemplifies the Chatfield Lady Chargers, it’s resilient. No matter how far they’re down, there’s never a look of despair. They’re always smiling. 

    And if you give them another chance. there’s a good possibility they’ll make it count. They don’t quit.

  • D’Evelyn High marching band hits another high note

    For the sixth year, the D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School marching band took first place in the 2A state competition.

    But unlike years past, this win felt less certain for the 53-member band as they went into the final round of competition as the third seed.

    “I was pretty pessimistic going into it. I didn’t think we were going to win,” said Brennan Reeves, a senior percussionist.

    Junior mellophone player Selma Shepherd agreed, calling it “a tight competition.”

  • School board approves $20,000 in performance pay for McMinimee

    The Jeffco school board has approved $20,000 in performance-based bonuses for Superintendent Dan McMinimee for his achievements during the 2015-16 year.

    Announced at the school board’s regular meeting Nov. 3, the decision comes after a presentation by McMinimee at a special meeting of the board Oct. 20, during which he gave his thoughts on whether he had adequately achieved goals set a year before.

  • A call to action

    From across the gym at CrossFit Watchtower in Englewood, the shadow of a wheelchair is visible.

    David Ortiz of South Jeffco rolls out of the shadows and into the harsh light of the gym, weaving in and out of kettlebells and barbells to grab weights of his own.

    Pull-ups, push-ups, kettlebell swings, free weights — Ortiz does it all.

    The 34-year-old U.S. Army veteran became a T-10 paraplegic after a helicopter crash in June 2012 while overseas in Afghanistan.

  • Dia de Los Muertos

    “How many of you know ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes?’ ” librarian Nora Stewart asked a dozen kids who attended a special Day of the Dead celebration at the Columbine Library on Oct. 26.

    Smiles and icing covered the eager faces as they nodded their heads and waved their arms in confirmation.

    Stewart then proceeded to teach the children the familiar song in Spanish. All stood, touching their heads and repeating the words after Stewart.

  • Veteran worked behind scenes to support comrades

    William Witt never saw the front lines.

    But because of that, the 92-year-old World War II veteran says, he’s still here to recount the stories of his time spent in the South Pacific.

    Witt, a Wisconsin native, now lives at Brookdale Senior Living in Littleton. He worked in chemical warfare and considers himself to be lucky man.

    “I was just assigned to it. Luckily … If I’d have been out in the fire, shooting them off at the pillboxes, I might not be here,” he said.

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL
    Dines, Jaguars hold off Basalt in 1A playoff opener
    BASALT
    — Chad Dines completed 13-of-19 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns and No. 9 D’Evelyn held off host Basalt 27-20 in the first round of the 2A state football playoffs.
    Josh Riggs caught two of those touchdown passes as part of his four receptions for 102 yards. Rome McIntyre caught the other TD pass.
    The Jaguars (8-2) will play top-seeded La Junta (10-0) in the 2A quarterfinals on Nov. 11-12 at Trailblazer Stadium in Lakewood.