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Today's Sports

  • Eagles soaring going into the...

    Yes, Dakota Ridge is coming off an 18-win season a year ago. Yes, the Eagles went to the Sweet 16 last season for the first time since 2004. Yes, Dakota Ridge is ranked No. 7 in the 5A state boys basketball poll. Yet, somehow, the Eagles have been flying under the radar, albeit, slightly. They’re not anymore.

    Behind a tenacious man-to-man defense that flustered Arapahoe into turnovers throughout, Dakota Ridge enters the winter break an unblemished 8-0 following a 70-56 road victory Dec. 20 at Arapahoe High School.

  • Harris, Rebels fit to be tied...

    Grace Harris may be in her first year at Columbine High, but the freshman swimmer is already having a good time.

    She scored one of three victories for Columbine, winning the 200-yard freestyle in the Lady Rebels’ tri-meet with Arvada West and Dakota Ridge on Dec. 19 at the Ridge Rec Center. Harris was also part of the winning team in the meet-opening 200 medley relay as the Lady Rebels tied Arvada West with 115 points. Dakota Ridge came in third with 94.

  • Listless team effort spoils...

    What has made Columbine’s ice hockey team a success thus far early in the 2014-15 season has been the Rebels’ willingness to play as a team. Fifteen players had scored at least one point in the team’s first five games. That teamwork was non-existent, head coach Chris Gassman said, in a 3-0 loss to Denver East on Dec. 19 at the Edge Ice Arena.

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Chargers rally in the fourth quarter, upend Palmer
    Chatfield snapped a three-game slide with a 67-64 come-from-behind victory over Palmer on Dec. 18 at Chatfield Senior High School.

    The Chargers (2-5) trailed 38-32 at halftime and 54-47 entering the fourth quarter before outscoring Palmer 20-10 over the game’s final eight minutes.

    Will Ross led Palmer (4-4) with 16 points.

  • Rebels’ experience pays off

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    For three quarters, neither Columbine nor Valor Christian could assume control of the championship game of the Columbine Classic. So the Rebels turned to their luxury — experience.

    Behind four of their five senior starters — one missed the game with an injury, Columbine blitzed the younger Eagles by 15 points in the fourth quarter for a 59-45 victory on Dec. 12 to go 3-0 in the four-team, round-robin tournament.

  • Eagles hope tourney is learning...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Some might question Rich Gavelda’s sanity for inviting the likes of Monarch, Grandview and Mesa Ridge — all ranked in the top five in last week’s 5A and 4A polls — to Dakota Ridge’s revival of the Battle at the Ridge girls basketball tournament.

  • Short-handed Eagles prevail

    By Matthew Van Deventer
    For the Courier

    Apparently, Dakota Ridge doesn’t need every player to win an ice hockey game. Minus seven of their top players, the Eagles defeated Steamboat Springs, 2-1, on Dec. 12 at the Edge Ice Arena. 

    Forward Zack Williams, scored Dakota’s first goal after he was collapsed in front of the net, went to his knees and lost the puck. Yet, somehow, he regained possession and poked the puck in. 

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Eagles soaring after sixth straight win to start the season
    CASTLE ROCK — Dakota Ridge continued its early-season winning ways, scoring its sixth victory of the season with a 64-59 road win at Castle View on Dec. 13.

    The Eagles, coached by Curi Yutzy, opened the season with a trio of wins at the Fossil Ridge tournament before its lone home game thus far, a 59-57 thriller over Legend on Dec. 9.

  • Lady Chargers slide by in foul-...

    It may have been Chatfield and Columbine, but that was about the only thing that was familiar with the fifth-place game of the Rebel with a Cause girls basketball tournament on Dec. 6.

  • Eagles faced adversity all...

    DENVER — Dakota Ridge senior co-ed cheer captain Tyler Richey is the embodiment of cheerleading — enthusiastic, positive and full of spirit all mixed into a compact, athletic, bouncy frame. 

    She wears an enormous smile, almost as big as the bow perched atop her high ponytail, whenever she speaks, but as soon as her team left the floor at the Denver Coliseum on Dec. 5 it seemed as though Richey’s perkiness was merely a façade covering deep-seated worry.