http://www.columbinecourier.com/sports/rss.xml en Eagles still finding their identity http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/eagles-still-finding-their-identity <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-bbboysdakotaridgevs.pomona01-cb-011917.jpg" alt="Dakota Ridge junior Antonio Norton, right, goes up for a layup while Pomona sophomore David Ross closes in from behind during the 5A Jeffco League contest at Dakota Ridge High School on Jan. 13. The Eagles won 65-61. Norton scored 14 points in the victory." title="Dakota Ridge junior Antonio Norton, right, goes up for a layup while Pomona sophomore David Ross closes in from behind during the 5A Jeffco League contest at Dakota Ridge High School on Jan. 13. The Eagles won 65-61. Norton scored 14 points in the victory." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">When you&rsquo;re the only senior on a team full of juniors, it may be expected that you take over the game during crunch time. That&rsquo;s what Greg McNulty did.</span></p> Rebels swimmers start, finish strong http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/rebels-swimmers-start-finish-strong <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Abby Hart, by her own admission, isn&rsquo;t quite as strong in the breaststroke as she is in the butterfly and freestyle. Even her backstroke is solid all things considered.</span></p> Jacober, young Rebels continue to improve their skill set http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/jacober%C2%A0young%C2%A0rebels%C2%A0continue%C2%A0to%C2%A0improve-their-skill-set <p> <strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">LAKEWOOD</strong><span style="line-height: 20.4px;"> &mdash; Tony Jacober didn&rsquo;t hide the fact that he was excited, maybe even a little bit scared. After all, this was the Columbine sophomore&rsquo;s varsity debut on Jan. 12 at Lakewood High School.</span></p> <p> &ldquo;I had to focus on just getting to work, beginning from practice to getting on the mat. Just completely focused on the match,&rdquo; Jacober said. &ldquo;I just want to work hard.&rdquo;</p> Cougars thwart Jeffco foe Jaguars http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/cougars-thwart-jeffco-foe-jaguars <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> January is the girls swimming equivalent of baseball&rsquo;s dog days of summer, a period between the season&rsquo;s biggest meets &mdash; the mid-December Colorado Coaches Invitational and the league and state championships in February. It&rsquo;s a time when swimmers and coaches are focused on intensive training before tapering for the latter than performance times in the string of dual meets that proceeds them.</p> Cougars get in a zone early vs. Jaguars http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/cougars%C2%A0get-zone-early-vs-jaguars <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-bbgirlsevergreenvs.develyn01-cb-011117.jpg" alt="D’Evelyn’s Tori Szathmary, center, battles Evergreen High School’s Kristina Schreiber, second from left, and Claudia Dillon for a rebound on Jan. 5. The Lady Cougars won 56-43." title="D’Evelyn’s Tori Szathmary, center, battles Evergreen High School’s Kristina Schreiber, second from left, and Claudia Dillon for a rebound on Jan. 5. The Lady Cougars won 56-43." align="left" hspace="6" width="118" height="85" /><p> <strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">EVERGREEN</strong><span style="line-height: 20.4px;"> &mdash; The fact that top-ranked Evergreen started out in a 2-3 zone against a D&rsquo;Evelyn team built on its outside shooting was a peculiar decision.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> It&rsquo;s not what one would expect. But it worked like a charm for the Lady Cougars.</p> McNutly, Eagles upend Rebels http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/mcnutly-eagles-upend-rebels <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">If hearing voices in your head makes you crazy, then Dakota Ridge sophomore Greg McNulty is crazy like a fox.</span></p> <p> McNulty was instrumental in the Eagles&rsquo; 56-54 victory over Columbine on Jan. 5,&nbsp; scoring 10 points on 10 free throw attempts and all in the fourth quarter. That helped the Eagles (2-8) hand previously unbeaten Columbine its first loss of the season.</p> <p> But, jokingly, McNulty attributed his cool under pressure mentality to &ldquo;the guy living in my head.&rdquo;</p> Chatfield dominant in road win at Lakewood http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/chatfield-dominant-road-win-lakewood <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-bbboyschatfield02-dp-011217.jpg" alt="Chatfield’s Mike Vrabel, right, drives toward the basket as Lakewood’s Dallas Bailey closes in Jan. 7." title="Chatfield’s Mike Vrabel, right, drives toward the basket as Lakewood’s Dallas Bailey closes in Jan. 7." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">By Dennis Pleuss&nbsp;<br /> </strong><strong style="line-height: 20.4px;"><em>Jeffco Public Schools</em></strong></p> <p> <strong>LAKEWOOD</strong> &mdash; As Darth Vader said, &ldquo;Impressive. Most impressive.&rdquo;</p> <p> Chatfield&rsquo;s boys basketball team made an emphatic statement in the Class 5A Jeffco League with a 90-58 road victory Jan. 7 against Lakewood.&nbsp;</p> Lady Rebels escape Dakota Ridge in OT http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/lady-rebels-escape-dakota-ridge-ot <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The Columbine Rebels&rsquo; girls&rsquo; basketball team narrowly defeated rival Dakota Ridge 60-57 with a scrappy overtime finish at home on Jan. 5.</span></p> <p> Despite being road-weary from a punishing schedule, the Lady Eagles (1-8) never allowed the Lady Rebels (6-2) to take more than a handful-of-points lead. In the second quarter, both teams hit a scoring slump &mdash; Columbine managing only six points to Dakota Ridge&rsquo;s 10.</p>