http://www.columbinecourier.com/sports/rss.xml en Caudill has a passion for riding http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/caudill-has-passion-riding <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-mx03-gc-112614.jpg" alt="Dalton Caudill, 7, just returned to riding motocross after suffering a broken left leg in an accident at Thunder Valley in April." title="Dalton Caudill, 7, just returned to riding motocross after suffering a broken left leg in an accident at Thunder Valley in April." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Dalton Caudill, then 3 years old, rarely watched television, but he pulled up a chair while at grandma&rsquo;s house and sat attentively watching the screen. His attention span, normally non-existent, wasn&rsquo;t about to waver. He was fixated on watching motocross.</p> <p> &ldquo;It came on, and I was watching it for a while, and I liked it. I was like, &ldquo;I want to do that,&rsquo;&rdquo; said Dalton, who is now 7.</p> Carnation Bowl caps year of learning about the game, life http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/carnation-bowl-caps-year-learning-about-game-life <p> <strong>LAKEWOOD</strong> &mdash; &ldquo;Coach, coach &hellip; Who would win in a battle between Superman and Batman?&rdquo;</p> <p> It was a question that Jeffco Midget Football Association (JMFA) head coach for the Dakota Ridge Eagles, Dave Loomis, faced in all seriousness during the middle of a &ldquo;very intense play&rdquo; earlier this season. It was the kind of question that reminded Loomis that coaching 8 to 10-year-old football isn&rsquo;t as straight-forward as it might seem.</p> 2014-15 wrestling capsule previews http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/2014-15-wrestling-capsule-previews <p> <strong>CHATFIELD CHARGERS<br /> </strong><strong>Head coach: </strong>Paul Peronard<br /> <strong>Assistant coaches:</strong> Matt Yaden, Gabe Watson, Jordan Bybee, Russ Holt<br /> <strong>Conference: </strong>5A Jeffco League<br /> <strong>Wrestlers to watch:</strong> Riley Thayer, Sr., 132 pounds; Andrew Erickson, Sr., 152; Jonah Bedel, Sr., 160<br /> <strong>Key losses: </strong>Wilson George, Dylan Seeman<br /> 2014-15 girls swimming capsule previews http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/2014-15-girls-swimming-capsule-previews <p> <strong>CHATFIELD LADY CHARGERS<br /> </strong><strong>Head coach: </strong>Ron Johns<br /> <strong>Assistant coaches:</strong> Holly Boen, Monica Games, Sean Gillispie<br /> <strong>Swimmers to watch:</strong> Averly Hobbs, Sr., diver; Jenelle Croizer, Soph., diver; Peyton Wayment, Soph., freestyle; Heather Stevens, Jr., freestyle; Halley Kopec, Jr., breaststroke; Abby Olegby, Soph., butterfly<br /> <strong>Key losses:</strong> &ldquo;We should have won league last year,&rdquo; Johns said. &ldquo;In terms of swimmers, it was tough to lose Hailey Gerze.&rdquo;<br /> Lacrosse players highlight signings http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/lacrosse-players-highlight-signings <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-columbinesigning01-gc-111914.jpg" alt="From left, Carly Perry, Bridget Snow, Mackenzie Burns, Julia Lisella, Landon Kramer and Lucas Leyba sign their letters of intent to play college athletics during the early signing period on Nov. 12 at Columbine High School." title="From left, Carly Perry, Bridget Snow, Mackenzie Burns, Julia Lisella, Landon Kramer and Lucas Leyba sign their letters of intent to play college athletics during the early signing period on Nov. 12 at Columbine High School." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Columbine High School athletics is probably best known for its five state football championships, but the school is rapidly becoming known for its lacrosse programs &mdash; both boys and girls &mdash; as evidenced by four of the six signees during the early national signing day period on Nov. 12.</p> 2014-15 hockey preview capsules http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/2014-15-hockey-preview-capsules <p> <strong>CHATFIELD CHARGERS<br /> </strong><strong>Head coach: </strong>Mark Glombecki<br /> <strong>Assistant coaches: </strong>Tom DiNardo, Kyle Kube, Nick Kroha<br /> <strong>2013-14 record: </strong>6-13 overall, 5-9 Foothills Conference<br /> <strong>Players to watch: </strong>Cody Trujillo, Sr., GK; Stuart Shanley, Sr., D; Brett Thompson, Sr., D; Alex Cote, Sr., F; Cory Mergo, Sr., F; Alec Thompson, Sr., F; Chase Smith, Sr., D<br /> <strong>Key losses: </strong>Nick Dawkins, D; Tyler Seltenreich, F; Brian Vits, F; Joshua Aycock, GK<br /> All-conference cross country, boys soccer http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/all-conference-cross-country-boys-soccer <p> The following are all-conference selections in the 5A Jeffco League for the 2014 fall season in cross country and boys soccer:</p> Broomfield stifles Dakota Ridge http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/broomfield-stifles-dakota-ridge <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-dakotafb01-gc-111214.jpg" alt="Dakota Ridge’s Brock Howes (59) reaches out to tackle Broomfield’s Jalon Torres (35) on Nov. 7 at Jeffco Stadium. " title="Dakota Ridge’s Brock Howes (59) reaches out to tackle Broomfield’s Jalon Torres (35) on Nov. 7 at Jeffco Stadium. " align="left" hspace="6" width="117" height="85" /><p> <strong>LAKEWOOD</strong> &mdash; One by one, Dakota Ridge seniors Brandon Braun, Tyler Magana, Nick Cohn, Jack Cavallaro and Brock Howes addressed their teammates as rain fell on Jeffco Stadium on Nov. 7. The scoreboard had already erased the 27-17 final score, but the pain was still settling in on a stunning loss to Broomfield in the first round of the 4A football state playoffs.</p>