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Today's News

  • Eagles pick up first playoff win since '04

    Playing in Pueblo hadn’t been pretty for Dakota Ridge in recent years.

    In 2005 and 2007, the Eagles’ football season came to a close in the city to the south.

    This year, that all changed.

    Dakota Ridge, the No. 14 seed in the 16-team Class 4A state football tournament, toppled previously unbeaten and third-seeded Pueblo South 37-22 to advance to the quarterfinals.

  • Norris epitomizes Rebels' success

    LAKEWOOD — Zane Norris.

    Perhaps no one else on the current Columbine roster reflects why the Rebels have been the state’s elite football program over the past decade better than he.

    After all, how many other teams can throw a linebacker into its starting backfield and have him rush for over 100 yards and score three touchdowns?

    For Columbine, the shuffling of players has always been an Andy Lowry tradition, but this year it’s become a necessity.

  • Eight Columbine football players suspended for Nov. 8 game

    Eight members of the Columbine football team have been suspended for the team’s Nov. 8 Class 5A state playoff second-round game against Arvada West, local media reports indicate.

    On Nov. 1, a party was held, and about 90 students from Columbine High attended. According to Columbine athletic director Ed Woytek, 65 students were cited with minor-in-possession tickets by police.

     

  • Tae kwon do parents slam rec district

    A popular tae kwon do instructor will be invited to return to teaching at the Buchanan Rec Center if he can prove that he can be a good contractor as well as an outstanding teacher.

    “I don’t think I have ever heard anyone call into question his teaching abilities. Teaching is his primary job, but not his only job,” said rec district board member Peter Eggers.

  • Voters reject tax hike for Jeffco schools

    Despite a concerted campaign by school supporters, Jeffco public schools’ ballot issues 3A and 3B went down to defeat on Nov. 4 in the final unofficial tally reported Wednesday.

    Ballot Issue 3A, a mill-levy increase, lost with 141,570 votes, or 49 percent, against, compared with 131,378 votes, or 45 percent, in favor.

    Ballot Issue 3B, a bond issue, lost with 136,957 votes, or 47 percent, against, compared with 127,741 votes, or 44 percent, in favor.  

  • Wish new president luck with world’s most difficult job

    Writing before the election results are final, I have no idea of the outcome of the presidential race. So from behind a veil of ignorance, this column is an expression of support and good wishes to the newly elected president — whoever he is.

  • Regis boots Chatfield from state soccer tourney

    LAKEWOOD — With circumstances piling up against them, Chatfield’s boys soccer team were just 12 seconds away from leveling the playing field against Regis.

    Yes, the Chargers would have missed dismissed co-captain Billy LaGreca in a penalty shootout, but they would get to hang a lot hope on goalkeeper Aaron Sarfaty, who had played great for more than 109 minutes.

  • Appel still golden

    FORT COLLINS — It turns out the only footsteps Evan Appel heard were his own as he sprinted down the home stretch Oct. 25.

    The Dakota Ridge senior was driven by a wealth of emotions, from the fear of being caught to the pressure of repeating as Class 5A state champions and the need to give the Eagles a great finish to a frustrating day.

    He needed just 15 minutes, 20.24 seconds to do it all.

  • Injuries, loss leave Rebels in lurch as playoffs begin

    ARVADA — Columbine is a football team that will enter the 2008 Class 5A state tournament with more than a few concerns.

    Primary among them is the health of junior quarterback Danny Spond. Spond was knocked out of the Rebels’ Oct. 24 showdown with Pomona in the first quarter after sustaining a hit to his throwing shoulder. Spond, who missed two games earlier in the season nursing a similar shoulder injury, did not return.

  • Rebels dominate districts

    LAKEWOOD — Changing things up is sometimes good advice to follow.

    Just ask the Columbine volleyball team.

    When the Rebels’ play started to get stale and they took two big losses to Class 5A Jefferson County League rivals Lakewood and Chatfield late in the season, the Rebels knew change was on the way.