http://www.columbinecourier.com/sports/rss.xml en Chatfield’s late-game collapse to blame for loss http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/chatfield%E2%80%99s-late-game-collapse-blame-loss <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sprts-bbchatvsdcbw-120617.jpg" alt="Chatfield senior Isaiah Reed (0) drives past Douglas County junior Kenneth Saunders during the first half during the Chargers’ season opener on Nov. 29 at Chatfield High School. Reed had a team-high 16 points in the Chargers’ 67-62 loss." title="Chatfield senior Isaiah Reed (0) drives past Douglas County junior Kenneth Saunders during the first half during the Chargers’ season opener on Nov. 29 at Chatfield High School. Reed had a team-high 16 points in the Chargers’ 67-62 loss." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> LITTLETON &shy;&mdash; After Chatfield freshman Ethan Gorowski&rsquo;s 3-pointer put the Chargers up 60-49 with 4:50 left in the fourth quarter, it seemed as if the Chargers were on their way to their first win of the season.</p> <p> As the &ldquo;He&rsquo;s a freshman&rdquo; chants rained down from the student section, Chargers fans and players alike were unaware Douglas County was about to go on a 18-0 run that would lead to a 67-62 victory for the Huskies.</p> Jokic meets with hoopsters from Dakota Ridge http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/jokic-meets-hoopsters-dakota-ridge <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/postoffice2.lcni6__1.jpg" alt="Nuggets center Nikola Jokic poses with students from Dakota Ridge." title="Nuggets center Nikola Jokic poses with students from Dakota Ridge." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> LITTLETON &mdash; Throughout the years, Echo Park Automotive has been an ally for Dakota Ridge High School athletics and on Nov. 29 after school, it set up a meet-and-greet with Nuggets star center Nikola Jokic.</p> <p> The autograph signing included the entire girls program and the level three boys&rsquo; team.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really cool,&rdquo; junior guard Sydney Daniels said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve liked him for a long time, and I just think he&rsquo;s a really good player. It&rsquo;s cool to see him and finally meet him.&rdquo;</p> Front Range Christian boys nab exciting late-game win http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/front-range-christian-boys-nab-exciting-late-game-win <p> LITTLETON &mdash; The Front Range Christian boys basketball team knows how to open the season in exciting fashion.</p> <p> On Saturday on their home court, the Falcons surrendered an early-game blowout lead to give their opponent, Burlington, a fighting chance to take over and win the game in the final seconds. With three seconds left in the contest, Burlington&rsquo;s Jonah Hanson sunk a layup to draw the Cougars within one point of the Falcons, 60-59.</p> Columbine boys fall to Mullen in OT home opener http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/columbine-boys-fall-mullen-ot-home-opener <p> LITTLETON &mdash; It&rsquo;s not that Columbine boys basketball coach Clay Thielking roots against the Rebels&rsquo; football team. It&rsquo;s just that the school&rsquo;s annual success on the gridiron delays the building of his squad.</p> Rebels exit playoffs after double OT heartbreaker http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/rebels-exit-playoffs-after-double-ot-heartbreaker <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-fbcolumbinevseaglecrest02-sh-112917.jpg" alt="Columbine junior quarterback Logan DeArment (10) fakes a handoff to sophomore Tanner Hollens (24) in one of several trick plays the Rebels ran on Saturday." title="Columbine junior quarterback Logan DeArment (10) fakes a handoff to sophomore Tanner Hollens (24) in one of several trick plays the Rebels ran on Saturday." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> AURORA &mdash; The Columbine Rebels fought their hardest all the way to the end in the most thrilling way possible.</p> <p> But on Saturday at Legacy Stadium in the 5A state playoff semifinal game against No.2-seeded Eaglecrest, the No. 3 Rebels came up just short after losing 32-31 in double overtime.</p> <p> It was the second time in three years that the Rebels fell by one point in a semifinal game, with the last heartbreaker coming against Pomona in 2015 (21-20).</p> Following title, Charger boys hoops facing inexperience http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/following-title-charger-boys-hoops-facing-inexperience <p> By Levi Waddell</p> <p> With deep playoff runs occurring in their past two seasons, the Chatfield Chargers boys&rsquo; basketball team has high expectations to make another run.</p> <p> &ldquo;We just kind of take it one day at a time, one game at a time,&rdquo; head coach Steve Schimpeler said. &ldquo;I just expect us to do the best we can. That&rsquo;s really the only expectation that I have and we&rsquo;ll see how far that gets us.&rdquo;</p> Rebel boys hoping to improve on the court this season http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/rebel-boys-hoping-improve-court-season <p> By Levi Waddell</p> <p> After a disappointing first-round loss in the playoffs last season, the Columbine Rebels and head coach Clay Thielking are looking to improve headed into the 2017-18 season. With a bevy of young, inexperienced talent, the Rebels will rely heavily upon sophomore Luke O&rsquo;Brien, who was second on the team in scoring last season at 11.0 points per game.</p> Eagles hope for successful season http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/eagles-hope-successful-season <p> With the 2017-18 basketball season just around the corner, a lot of uncertainty surrounds both the boys and girls programs at Dakota Ridge High School.</p> <p> Jeffco undoubtedly will be one of the toughest leagues in the Denver metro area, so everything&rsquo;s up in the air right now about where the Eagles will stand come conference play and beyond.</p> <p> Still, expectations are running high among the girls.</p>