Today's Sports

  • Semifinal heartbreak for...

    ARVADA — It was hard for Columbine football players to depart the field at the North Area Athletic Complex on Nov. 28.

    “I just love this team so much. I never wanted this to end,” Columbine senior quarterback Jake Lowry said through the tears after a painful one-point loss in the Class 5A state semifinal. “We’ve been through so much this season and all four years. We’ve worked so hard. It’s a tough way to go out.”

  • Welch returns to Chatfield

    LITTLETON — A familiar face has been a welcomed addition to Chatfield’s boys basketball program: Riley Welch has come home.

     “I was ecstatic,” Chatfield coach Steve Schimpeler said when he heard the news Welch was moving back to Colorado. “The reason why is he is a great kid, and he is going to help our basketball team.”

  • Dakota Ridge reloads after...

    LITTLETON — Dakota Ridge boys basketball coach Curi Yutzy isn’t goal oriented by any means.

    “We don’t set any goals. All we do is talk about getting a little bit better every day,” said Yutzy, who coached the Eagles to their first boys hoops conference title in more than a decade last season. “We are willing to live with whatever the results might be. Whether it’s a league championship or a .500 season. Our commitment is to just get better.”

  • Taking a wait-and-see attitude

    LITTLETON — Columbine football team’s long postseason run into the Class 5A state semifinals might have created some anxiety for Rebels’ boys basketball coach Clay Thielking.

  • Rebels plow into football state...

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine’s vaunted rushing attack put on its version of downhill skis Nov. 20 at Jeffco Stadium.

  • Life after Pachner

    DENVER — Mark it on your calendar: D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School’s gym will be standing room only Jan. 28.

    That night Class 4A Jeffco League rival Valor Christian and first-year head coach Troy Pachner will descend on the Jaguars’ home court. It will be a homecoming for Pachner, who coached D’Evelyn for 17 years before leaving last spring to take over the boys hoops program at Valor in Highlands Ranch.

  • Columbine rides emotion to win...

    LAKEWOOD — Mikey Griebel could have dished out handshakes and hugs for several hours after Columbine’s playoff victory Nov. 13 at Jeffco Stadium.

    Facing Heritage — Griebel’s former team and the program his dad Mike Griebel was the head coach of for nearly two decades before being let go unceremoniously after the 2013 season — there was plenty of emotions before, during and after the Rebels’ 48-14 victory in the second round of the Class 5A state tournament.

  • Chatfield unable to capitalize...

    DENVER — Chatfield volleyball coach Stephanie Schick circled her somber team together in a back hallway of the Denver Coliseum on Nov. 14. 

    The Chargers had to come to grips that their promising run to a possible Class 5A volleyball state championship was over. Coronado bounced the top-seed in the tournament in a one-set tiebreaker Saturday afternoon.

    “I feel like we didn’t have enough fire to go on a run and keep pushing,” Chatfield sophomore Breanna Jones said after the season-ending loss.

  • First-half disaster dooms Dakota...

    LAKEWOOD — If there were a reset button in the locker room at Jeffco Stadium, there is no doubt Dakota Ridge coach Ron Woitalewicz would have pounded it as hard as he could at halftime Nov. 13.

    The Eagles found themselves in a deep hole after 24 minutes of play in the opening round of the Class 4A state tournament. No. 11 seed Palmer Ridge held a 39-14 advantage over No. 6 Dakota Ridge.

  • Quick Hits

    D’Evelyn falls in first round

    D’Evelyn couldn’t hold on to a first-half lead in its Class 3A first-round playoff game Nov. 14 at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. The Jaguars lost to No. 5 seed Palisade 35-21. D’Evelyn (7-4 record) held a 14-6 lead at halftime, but the Bulldogs used a 23-point fourth quarter to advance to te 3A quarterfinals.