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Today's News

  • Family fit camp makes for a ‘fun’ Saturday morning

    It’s a peaceful Saturday morning at Clement Park. Groups of runners are preparing for a 5K. Ducks and geese are walking through the grass. Locals are running along the path, some with dogs at their sides.

    In the midst of all this, a small group begins a game of dodgeball. Even as the players are knocked out, they run behind enemy lines and do a set of 10 pushups. And once they have a ball in hand, they can attempt to hit their opponents, who now have enemy fire coming from both sides.

  • Camp brings British feel to Ken-Caryl Ranch House

    Union Jack jerseys, balls and backpacks decorated the Ken-Caryl Ranch House soccer field from July 11-16 as it played host to the British soccer camp offered in partnership with Challenger Sports.

    Instructors from all over the U.K. are hired by Challenger Sports to spend a summer teaching American kids the in’s and out’s of soccer with a British twist.

  • Columbine encouraged with lines’ potential in spite of relative youth

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    For years under head coach Andy Lowry, Columbine’s offense has lived high on the hog. Or, more appropriately, the groundhog.

    That certainly was the case in 2015 when the Rebels, who averaged more than 300 yards rushing behind an offensive line led by all-Colorado tackle JT Gentry and two other seniors, roared to a perfect season before a missed extra point was the difference in a 5A semifinal loss to Pomona.

  • Local trio enjoys ‘fun’ vibe at all-state

    FORT COLLINS ­— Amanda Porter perfectly summed up the vibe at French Field on July 13 during the 2015-16 Colorado High School Soccer Coaches Association girls soccer game.

  • A change for the better for Peters

    Kristyn Peters had been in the situation before. As a rising senior in high school, the softball prodigy transferred from Green Mountain High to Dakota Ridge. She was the new kid on the block. 

    Fast forward a couple of years and it was happening again, this time from Colorado State to Metro State University of Denver.

    Before she fit just like a glove, leading the Lady Eagles in homers (nine), RBIs (34) and runs scored (38). Dakota Ridge reached the 5A state title game before falling to Loveland. 

  • Percussion group keeps a steady rhythm

    "Oh yeah. I like ice cream. Oh yeah. I like ice cream.”

    Boom. Boom. Tap, tap, tap, tap. Boom. Boom. Tap, tap, tap, tap.

    A circle of 30 people, each with a percussion instrument in hand, sound out the rhythm. Then, progressively, it evolves.

    Boom. Boom. Tap, tap. Tap, boom, boom, tap.

    Each person beats out a different rhythm, a different sound, or a different timbre. Yet they all complement one another, weaving in and out of the collective beat.

  • Two suspects sought in three home burglaries in South Jeffco

    Jefferson County deputies continue to search for two suspects wanted in connection to a string of residential burglaries last week in South Jeffco.

    The crimes, encompassing at least three burglaries and the theft of a vehicle, took place between 3 and 4 p.m. last Tuesday, July 12 near West Bowles Avenue and South Kipling Parkway, said sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer. The suspects, who had not yet been identified as of Monday morning, are a man and woman, both between the ages of 20 and 30, and are described as being white or Hispanic.

  • Teams searching for new starting QB

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Chatfield, Columbine and Dakota Ridge share a common apprehension as they head into the 2016 football season: replacing a starting quarterback.

    “Everybody’s trying to do it, and all of us lost good quarterbacks too,” Dakota Ridge coach Ron Woitalewicz said during the Eagles’ 17th annual 7-on-7 tournament on July 7.

  • KCLL soaks in district tourney

    AURORA ­— It’s 9:55 p.m. on a Friday night, and usually one would find Colton Gregory doing something else other than being at a baseball field.

    “Sleeping,” Colton matter-of-factly said.

    But not on July 8. Not when your team — the Ken-Caryl Little League Majors — is playing in the District 5 tournament.

  • McDondle running toward the pros

    Cameron McDondle left a lasting impression on the football field at CSU-Pueblo. 

    The 2012 Columbine High graduate, no doubt, has a special blend of power and speed to run over or break the ankle of aggressive defenders and run around them.

    He also left school with a degree in criminal justice. That career, however, is on hold until the 5-foot-7, 202-pounder finds out whether a pro football career is in the cards.