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Today's Sports

  • Rebels, Lions shine in pass-...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    DENVER — Columbine and Littleton did their part to debunk the myth that running teams can’t succeed in a passing environment at last week’s Denver Broncos’ 7-on-7 high school football tournament.

  • Eagles embrace summer ball as a...

    LAKEWOOD — Chances are if Dakota Ridge boys basketball coach Curi Yutzy wasn’t coaching his team this summer, he’d be at home taking care of his two young children — a 3-year-old and 1-year-old. There would be more zoo trips, more trips to the park than there already are. He would have to be a little more creative in keeping them busy.

  • Summer camps all about...

    LAKEWOOD — Mike Deutsch, Chatfield’s veteran varsity girls basketball coach, sat at the end of the bench taking notes as he watched the Lady Chargers play at the Gold Crown Field House. He deferred coaching duties to Level III coach Liz Baker on June 11.

  • Gridiron trio get one final...

    ALAMOSA — Matthew Gaiter didn’t let the situation slip away in the moment. The recent Chatfield Senior High graduate and defensive lineman knew this was it, one last high school football game before life moves forward.

    “It was a great feeling just to be able to come out here one more time before college,” said Gaiter just minutes after playing June 13 in the 59th annual Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State football game at Rex Field on the campus of Adams State University.

  • Dakota Ridge camp teaches basics...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Shane Fujita had no idea taking his son to a baseball camp at the College of Southern Nevada some 10 years ago and renting the school’s baseball field for his National Adult Baseball Association promotion would lead to the development of the same at Dakota Ridge High School.

  • Female athlete of the year:...

    Averly Hobbs was a gymnast before she made the transition to diving. After all, she already knew how to flip. The hard part, as she puts it, was learning to land on her head — in the water, that is.
    Once the Chatfield High School diver figured that out, the sport came naturally to Hobbs, who has been named the 2014-15 Columbine Courier Female Athlete of the Year.
    She was a four-time top-four finisher at the 5A state championships, including a pair of runner-up finishes.

  • Male athlete of the year: Noah...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Noah McGhee almost quit football and considered leaving Littleton High School in the fall of 2013. And it wasn’t until last winter that he fully dedicated himself to track and field.

  • Co-coaches of the year: Alec...

    Alec Hines and Curi Yutzy can relate on the importance of taking a team approach. Dakota Ridge’s ice hockey and boys basketball coaches lived by that mantra during the 2014-15 season.

  • Chargers had a flair for the...

    DENVER — It would’ve been easy for the Chatfield Chargers to hang up their cleats, put their bats and gloves away, and continue to let the season slip away.
    After all, in the midst of a 1-8 start to the 2015 season and having undergone a midseason coaching change, it was going to be a steep, uphill climb — if that ­ to get back up.

  • Change in coaches, culture jump-...

    DENVER — When Matt Johnson took over as Chatfield’s varsity baseball coach in early April, the Chargers were 1-7 — all under first-year head coach Paul Grubesic.
    But after a loss to ThunderRidge, the Chargers rolled off 13 wins in the next 17 games. The result was not only the school’s first 5A Jeffco League championship since 1990, but a District 4 title and a berth in the state finals.