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Today's Sports

  • Experience, free throws help...

    The fact that the game came down to the wire was of little surprise. It was Columbine and Chatfield after all. But there’s something to be said for senior leadership. It’s something the Rebels have and Chatfield doesn’t.
    Columbine broke a 54-all tie by hitting 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch for a 64-56 victory. It’s the Rebels’ first win over rival Chatfield since a 65-44 win on Feb. 17, 2012, snapping a four-game slide in the series. Keaton Matthies scored a game-high 21 points and Antonio Chavez added 15 for Columbine.

  • Patient Rebels hold Chatfield in...

    Eighteen minutes, 50 seconds. That’s an eternity in a basketball game. That’s also how long it took the Chatfield Lady Chargers to make a field goal — a 3-pointer at that — in a 51-29 loss at rival Columbine on Jan. 23.

  • Eagles eye late push, rip Gators

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    After handling Standley Lake for the second time this season, the Dakota Ridge hockey team proclaimed itself ready for The Push.
    “Tonight was that stepping stone,” head coach Alec Hines said after his sixth-ranked Eagles peppered the Gators with 54 shots on goal and improved to 9-1 overall and 4-1 in the Foothills League with a 5-1 victory Jan. 24 at The Edge Ice Arena. “We’re getting into the bulk of our season, and we put the work in tonight.”

  • Lady Chargers add state...

    ARVADA — Frustration could’ve easily set in for Chatfield Senior swimmer Abby Oglesby. So many times this season, she been close to qualifying for the 5A state meet in the 50-yard freestyle only to come up short.

  • 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.