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  • BUILDING BLOCKS

    Standing in his purple and gold warmup suit, there’s a sense of pride for 126-pounder Poe Di and his Littleton High School wrestling teammates. After all, five years ago, there was no such program. None. Zilch. Wrestling was non-existent over at 199 E. Littleton Blvd.

    Sitting dormant for two decades, Littleton High didn’t have a wrestling team. The mats — some 16 or so of them — sat idle in the school’s gymnasium. Nowadays, although there are still growing pains, the Lions are back on the mat.

  • Resilient Eagles keep rolling,...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Call it the Dirty Dozen.

    Dakota Ridge, No. 3 in last week’s CHSAA 5A boys basketball poll, ran its record to 12-0 with a 50-45 victory at Columbine on Jan. 14.

    “Pretty typical for our games,” head coach Curi Yutzy said after his Eagles improved to 3-0 in 5A Jeffco play. “It was far from pretty, but we had enough guys step up and make just enough plays. Our guys are resilient. That’s not the first game we’ve been in like this.”

  • Buchli, Lady Eagles stave off...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Coming out of a timeout shortly after Columbine had taken just its second lead of the game with 6 minutes, 22 seconds left on its first basket by someone other than Bridget Snow and Carly Perry, Dakota Ridge girls basketball coach Rich Gavelda issued two specific directives.

    First: Shoot the basketball, which Sydney Buchli did. Second: Try to get Snow, who had riddled Dakota Ridge for 19 points but had three fouls, on the bench.

  • Dakota Ridge controls game’s flow

    In truth, it didn’t really matter whether the teams were at even strength or if Dakota Ridge was on the penalty kill because the host Eagles, on Jan. 8 at The Edge Ice Arena, were in control of visiting Pine Creek from start to finish.

    It took a while for sixth-ranked Dakota Ridge to get its feet underneath itself again after a nearly three-week layoff, but once it did, it showed who the better team was in a 4-0 blanking of the other Eagles.

  • Eagles stave off late A-West...

    By Matthew Van Deventer
    For the Courier

    ARVADA — Dakota Ridge kept its undefeated streak going after fending off a fierce comeback by Arvada West on Jan. 9, scoring a 67-62 5A Jeffco League road victory.

    Three players scored in double figures for Dakota Ridge, led by Devante Jones’ 19 points. Tanner Lukens added 11 and Cody Pittman scored 10.

  • Novice wrestler fitting in just...

    LAKEWOOD — A year ago, Joe Johnson was studying overseas in Yangon, Burma, but the Colorado native wanted to come home. The Columbine High junior also figured that once he came back, he would take up a sport to make friends. He chose wrestling.

  • Chatfield juggles lineup at...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Winning meets isn’t always a top priority for Chatfield girls swimming coach Ron Johns, who seemed to care less that Lakewood outscored his Lady Chargers by 114 points in a four-team Jeffco Mini Invite at The Ridge Rec Center on Jan. 9.

    Competing without diver Avery Hobbs and breaststroker Haley Kopec, both 2014 state qualifiers, Johns nonetheless juggled his lineup so that most of Chatfield’s top performers didn’t swim in their specialties.

  • Eagles are embracing the present

    Yes, it’s cliché, but for Curi Yutzy, it happens to be true. The Dakota Ridge boys basketball coach stresses with each play and each game that the Eagles are committed to focusing on the moment that they are in. 

    Nothing more, nothing else.

    If there’s a bad play, get over it and move on. If there’s a good play, that’s nice; now make the next one. That, as much as the players’ commitment, is why Dakota Ridge is off to an 8-0 start to the 2014-15 boys basketball season and ranked sixth in CHSAA’s 5A state poll.

  • Lady Lions’ relentless defense...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Aficionados of pressure defense on the basketball court would enjoy watching the Littleton girls team play. Playing against them is another matter.

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Turner, Boyle carry Boulder past Chatfield
    BOULDER — Garrett Turner scored 25 points and Jack Boyle added 23 as host Boulder High pulled away for a 77-54 victory over Chatfield on Jan. 3.

    The loss was the Chargers’ fourth in five games, dropping Chatfield, the two-time defending 5A Jeffco League champions, to 2-6 on the season.