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Today's News

  • Lady Rebels win in Singer’s absence

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — For the first five games of the 2016-17 girls basketball season, Columbine’s opponents faced a tall order, trying to stop Maura Singer, the Lady Rebels’ 6-foot-3 sophomore center.

  • Grinch-like Gators stuff Rebels’ stocking with coal

    WESTMINSTER — Bah humbug.

    It probably felt like the Grinch stealing Christmas or a lump of coal was left in their stocking. What’s for certain is that the Columbine Rebels didn’t expect a 5-4 loss to lowly Standley Lake on Dec. 20 at the Ice Centre at the Promenade.

  • Eagles find a way to win

    DENVER — Anyone who looks at Dakota Ridge’s hockey roster will notice that Trey Konsella is a defenseman. But, truthfully, he’s an offensive defenseman. His three goals already this season proves as much. None of those goals was bigger than the one he scored against Denver East on Dec. 23 at DU’s Joy Burns Arena.

  • Kept in the dark at light speed

    When my sister and I were young, we loved the 1960s space opera “Lost in Space.” And, without a doubt, our favorite episode involved various members of the wandering Robinson family silently disappearing from the Jupiter 2 one at a time, in apparent defiance of the laws of physics.

    In fact, every member of the crew vanished until just two remained — and their low-tech solution as the ship careened through the galaxy at light speed was to tie themselves together with a length of rope. Then, one turned a corner, and the rope went slack.

  • Eagles still finding their footing

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Curi Yutzy knew the 2016-17 boys basketball season would be one of growing pains for his almost completely-rebuilt Dakota Ridge squad with just one senior. But judging from the Eagles’ 69-58 loss to second-ranked Rock Canyon on Dec. 16, Dakota Ridge seems to be finding its legs.

  • Chatfield charges to home victory

    By Dennis Pleuss
    Jeffco Public Schools

    Play defense, rebound, run and score — and repeat. 

    That was definitely the philosophy for Chatfield’s boys basketball team Dec. 13 facing an athletic and dangerous Far Northeast squad. Chatfield (5-1) used its defensive pressure and focus to control the boards on both ends of the court to run away with a 72-47 home victory.

  • Dinegar, Jaguars pull away from Lobos

    DENVER — Just 3 minutes into the game and Charles Dinegar was already having himself a game. The D’Evelyn junior had scored the team’s first nine points and was creating a defensive mismatch for the Conifer Lobos on Dec. 16. That’s when Conifer employed a 1-3-1 zone intended to slow Dinegar down.

  • Shorthanded Lady Chargers hang on, defeat South

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    DENVER — The Chatfield girls basketball team’s December to remember began as a month to forget. Already beginning the season without sophomore Emma Talbot, the top returning 3-point shooter, the Lady Chargers lost their leader, senior Grace Koza, to a torn ACL in the first quarter of the opening game.

  • A pearl of an effort

    The best way to start a Black Friday-esque tussle among sixth-graders is to offer them rolls of yarn at no cost.

    Well, maybe not at all sixth-graders. But that’s certainly what happened when Lynn Story offered free yarn to the sixth-graders in her knitting club at Leawood Elementary School.

    “Welcome to Leawood,” said 11-year-old Micah Harper with a mischievous grin as he clutched the colorful yarn he’d grabbed from Story’s bag.

  • District weighs options ahead of negotiations

    With less than a month before contract negotiations begin with the Jefferson County Education Association, the school district is trying to prepare for a worst-case scenario when it comes to next year’s state funding.

    In the wake of the failure of ballot initiatives 3A and 3B in the November election, district officials are concerned that the uncertain nature of state funding could complicate efforts to retain current teachers and attract new hires.