Today's News

  • 2012 fall sports previews: Boys soccer

    Head coach: Brock Blume
    Classification: 5A Jeffco
    2011 record: 3-11-1
    2011 recap: Chatfield’s record doesn’t truly reflect how close the Chargers were. Even though, Chatfield ended the 2011 season with losses in eight of its final nine games, the Chargers were in most of their 15 games. Nine games were decided by a goal — seven of those losses for Chatfield.
    Players to watch: Ben Overholt, Jordy Reiss, Ryan LaGreca, Lee Holmes
    Season opener: Aug. 30, at ThunderRidge, 4:30 p.m.

  • Lions’ offense stuck in neutral

    Trey Jarvis broke through the line, raised his hands and blocked T.R. Mitchell’s first-quarter punt. The stroke of good fortune set Standley Lake up at the Littleton 13-yard line. But more than that it was a sign of what was to come in the season opener Aug. 24 at Littleton Public Schools Stadium.
    Taking advantage of field position all night, the visiting Gators scored four of their five touchdowns on drives that started in Littleton territory en route to a 35-3 whitewashing in the Zero Week contest.

  • Eagles unleash bats on Cougars

    By Matt Glass
    For the Courier

    Dakota Ridge, coming off of a year in which it went 20-3, shared the 5A Jeffco League title, won a  regional title, and advanced to the 5A Elite 8, was back at it Aug. 25, beating visiting Evergreen 15-1 at Dave Atencio Field.
    The loss dropped Evergreen, coming off a 17-7 season and a spot in the 4A state quarterfinals, to 1-1.

  • The Will to Win: Teams look for the magic combination to land them into the promised land

    It’s the ultimate prize – winning a state championship. For some — Columbine, Chatfield — they’ve tasted that glory. For others — Evergreen, Dakota Ridge and Platte Canyon — they’ve come painstakingly close only to come up short. The rest — Littleton, Front Range Christian, Conifer and Clear Creek — continue to search for the winning combination. What is it? It’s hard work, effort, sacrifice and dedication. It’s luck. It’s all of the above. And it’s a feeling like no other.

  • Dakota Ridge teacher accused of having sex with former student

    A Dakota Ridge High School teacher has been placed on paid leave while Jeffco Public Schools investigates whether any district policies were violated in connection with allegations that the teacher had sex with a former student.

    According to Lakewood police spokesman Ty Countryman, police have determined the male student was 18 years old at the time and that no laws were broken.

  • Fire destroys part of South Jeffco home

    By Alison Mahnken / For the Courier

    A blaze consumed part of a home near U.S. 285 and South Kipling Street on Friday evening. No one was home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported.


    A West Metro Fire medical unit arrived at 3742 S. Lee Court in Lakewood about 6:25 p.m., right after smoke was spotted.

  • 2012 fall sports previews: Volleyball

    Head coach: Melanie Watkins
    Classification: 5A Jeffco
    2011 recap: Placed fourth in the league before falling to Arapahoe in the district tournament.
    Players to watch: Lauren Cole, Sr., middle blocker; Caitlin Chamness, Sr., right-side hitter; Hannah Boyle, Soph., outside hitter
    Season opener: Sept. 4, vs. Douglas County
    State championship: Nov. 9-10,
    Denver Coliseum

  • 2012 fall sports previews: Gymnastics

    Head coach: Rhonda Hardcastle
    Classification: 5A Jeffco
    2011 recap: The Lady Rebels placed seventh in the league. Lexie Cox was the team’s only individual to go to state. She took first in the all-around in league and tied for sixth at state. She took second on the vault and third on the floor exercise.
    Athletes to watch: Kellie Sorensen, Sr., bars; Breezy Coyne, Jr., all-around; Audra Dominguez, Soph., all-around
    Season opener: Aug. 31, vs. Pomona (quad meet), 5:30 p.m.

  • Evergreen wins, Front Range 12th at Indian Tree

    ARVADA — It was only the first hole, but Sam Theil didn’t do himself any favors. The Evergreen senior co-captain, starting on No. 18 at the Jefferson Academy Invitational on Aug. 16, fired a double bogey. It was a tough start for a player who struggles more with golf’s mental game than with the physical side.

  • Ramsey, Rebels in hunt early on in 5A Jeffco

    WESTMINSTER — It may have only been the 5A Jeffco League opener, but Billy Ramsey certainly put the rest of the conference on notice. The Columbine senior proved, without much doubt, that his trip to state last year was anything but a fluke.
    Ramsey overcame a rough start to the 2012 season with a strong finish on the back nine at Hyland Hills, firing a 1-under-par 71 on Aug. 15 to place second in the 46-golfer field.