http://www.columbinecourier.com/sports/rss.xml en Chargers perfect in Jeffco, again http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/chargers-perfect-jeffco-again <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-bbboyschatfieldvs.columbine01-cb-022317_0.jpg" alt="Chatfield senior Titus Reed (3) leaps into the air for a slam dunk during the Chargers’ 74-39 win over rival Columbine on Friday night at Chatfield Senior High. Chatfield completed another 14-0 season in 5A Jeffco League play and has now won 30 straight in the conference dating back to 2015." title="Chatfield senior Titus Reed (3) leaps into the air for a slam dunk during the Chargers’ 74-39 win over rival Columbine on Friday night at Chatfield Senior High. Chatfield completed another 14-0 season in 5A Jeffco League play and has now won 30 straight in the conference dating back to 2015." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">On the one hand, as Chatfield senior Titus Reed put it, the Chargers&rsquo; 74-39 victory over Columbine on Friday night was a &ldquo;good milestone,&rdquo; and it was.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> Chatfield not only completed its second straight 5A Jeffco League championship, but it also won its 30th straight conference game. The team celebrated by cutting down one of the nets at Chatfield Senior High afterwards.</p> Manzanares, Mullin were hoping for more http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/manzanares-mullin-were-hoping-more <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-wrestate_chatfield02-cb-022217.jpg" alt="Chatfield’s Earl C. Manzanares, right, wrestles Adams City’s Jack Armijo during the first round of the 5A state wrestling tourney at 160 pounds on Feb. 16 at the Pepsi Center." title="Chatfield’s Earl C. Manzanares, right, wrestles Adams City’s Jack Armijo during the first round of the 5A state wrestling tourney at 160 pounds on Feb. 16 at the Pepsi Center." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">DENVER</strong><span style="line-height: 20.4px;"> &mdash; Earl C. Manzanares had the experience of being at the 5A state wrestling championships in 2016, but for Ted Mullin, this was his first trip to the Pepsi Center. As it would turn out, both Manzanares&rsquo; experience and Mullin&rsquo;s inexperience at state showed at the 2017 event, but both were hoping for more.</span></p> Eagles’ defense swats GJ http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/eagles%E2%80%99-defense%C2%A0swats%C2%A0gj <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Steal, steal and steal again. Dakota Ridge&rsquo;s defense wreaked havoc on visiting Grand Junction on Tuesday night in the opening round of the 5A state girls&rsquo; basketball tournament.</span></p> <p> Behind 13 points from freshman Emily Doolittle and 12 from sophomore Sydney Daniels, Dakota Ridge led from start to finish in rolling to a 54-38 victory over the Lady Tigers at Dakota Ridge High School. But it was the team&rsquo;s defense, specifically a full-court pressing trap, that befuddled Grand Junction for much of the night.</p> Barrows, Lady Rebels escape with win http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/barrows%C2%A0lady%C2%A0rebels%C2%A0escape%C2%A0-win <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-bbgirlschatfieldvs.columbine03-cb-022317.jpg" alt="Columbine sophomore Whitney Block (50) shoots as Chatfield junior Jaiden Dorrance closes in from behind during the Lady Rebels’ 55-52 win at Chatfield on Friday night." title="Columbine sophomore Whitney Block (50) shoots as Chatfield junior Jaiden Dorrance closes in from behind during the Lady Rebels’ 55-52 win at Chatfield on Friday night." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Ellie Barrows made the most of her opportunity, and the Columbine Lady Rebels benefited from it.</span></p> <p> Playing without stalwarts Annabelle Young and Skylar Alward, Columbine had to look for others to step up and lead the way. Barrows only scored seven points Friday night at Chatfield Senior High, but her final two &mdash; on a layup with 51 seconds remaining &mdash; was enough for Columbine to sweep the season series with a nail-biting 55-52 win over a valiant Chatfield squad.</p> Wayment makes one final push at 5A state http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/wayment-makes-one-final-push-5a-state <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-swim5astate01-cb-0215178.jpg" alt="Chatfield’s Peyton Wayment swims the 500-yard freestyle at the Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center in Thornton on Friday. She placed fourth in the event as part of the 5A girls swimming state championships." title="Chatfield’s Peyton Wayment swims the 500-yard freestyle at the Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center in Thornton on Friday. She placed fourth in the event as part of the 5A girls swimming state championships." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">By Craig Harper<br /> </strong><strong style="line-height: 20.4px;"><em>For the Courier</em></strong></p> <p> <strong>THORNTON</strong> &mdash; Peyton Wayment&rsquo;s junior season in 2016 wasn&rsquo;t a disappointment &mdash; fifth place in the 500-yard freestyle in the 5A state meet is nothing to hang your head over. But the Chatfield distance swimmer knew she could do better in 2017.</p> <p> Determined to end her high school career with a bigger splash, Wayment vowed to leave no stone unturned.</p> Jaguars’ Selin wins freestyle state title http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/jaguars%E2%80%99-selin%C2%A0wins%C2%A0freestyle-state%C2%A0title <p> <strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">THORNTON</strong><span style="line-height: 20.4px;"> &mdash; Abbey Selin, by her own admission, was pretty out of shape, and the D&rsquo;Evelyn junior didn&rsquo;t know what to expect coming into the 3A state swimming championships on Friday at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center.</span></p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s&nbsp;been&nbsp;a&nbsp;rough&nbsp;year,&rdquo;&nbsp;Selin&nbsp;said.</p> Chargers throttle Eagles in Miks’ return http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/chargers-throttle-eagles-miks%E2%80%99-return <p> <strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">By Craig Harper<br /> </strong><strong style="line-height: 20.4px;"><em>For the Courier</em></strong></p> <p> Drama has rarely unfolded during Chatfield&rsquo;s run to within one victory of a second straight unbeaten season in 5A Jeffco League boys basketball, and it was no different on Valentine&rsquo;s Day after a 97-57 home rout of Dakota Ridge.</p> State wrestling qualifiers http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/state-wrestling-qualifiers <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The following is a list of area grapplers from Chatfield and Columbine high schools who&rsquo;ve qualified for the 2017 state wrestling championships. Both will compete in the 5A competition, which begins Thursday at 7:15 p.m. with the preliminary rounds at the Pepsi Center.</span></p>