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Today's Sports

  • Vance opens the season with a...

    GOLDEN — Dakota Ridge senior Gillian Vance is excited for the 2015 girls golf season and rightfully so. It’s the last of her high school career. 

    She also feels a little pressure to perform and, well, rightfully so again. Vance, after all, is a three-time state qualifier and wants to end the season with a bang. That’s yet to be decided, but there’s little doubt that she started it with one.

  • Littleton’s 4x200 relay team...

    LAKEWOOD — Andrew Smith, Tre Blake, Eric Lyons and Noah McGhee were determined to top their personal-best time in the 4x200 relay, set just two weeks prior, at the 4A Jeffco Relays. 

    That’s what they did in running a winning time of 1 minute, 32.22 seconds on March 18 at Jeffco Stadium.

    “I just felt really good, and we just had the drive. We wanted to beat Valor,” Smith said.

  • Return of Hay, Gunkel has...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — It pained Ryan Hay and Lucas Gunkel that they could only watch as Chatfield missed last year’s 5A boys lacrosse state playoffs while rivals Columbine and Dakota Ridge both advanced. But the seniors are recovered from injuries and their return has helped propel the Chargers to a 3-0 start prior to this week’s spring break trip to Florida and the periphery of the CHSAA poll top 10.

  • Lady Chargers’ comeback falls...

    LAKEWOOD — Kendra Lanuza does the bulk of the scoring for the Chatfield Lady Chargers, but the University of Denver-bound lacrosse player can’t do it all. She needs a little help, and that’s exactly what her team is searching for early in the season.

    Though Eliza Radochonski and Holly Sutherland scored four goals apiece as fourth-ranked Cherry Creek held off a spirited rally from Chatfield for a 15-13 victory March 14 at Trailblazer Stadium, the Lady Chargers didn’t wilt even when the Lady Bruins tried to pull away time and again.

  • Regis rallies, tops Chargers in...

    AURORA — Between innings, first-year Chatfield Senior baseball coach Paul Grubesic joked with Regis Jesuit head coach Matt Darr that it was too early in the season to be playing games like this. 

    He was referring to a top-10 showdown between 5A schools that saw infallible starting pitching early and see-saw hitting late.

  • Seasoned Huskies turn the tables...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Here’s a recommendation: Front Range Christian-Platte Canyon III in 2016, a baseball rubber game that would feature a more level playing field.

  • Sports briefs

    GIRLS SOCCER 
    Rocky Mountain rallies to stun top-ranked Columbine
    Madison Williams scored two goals and Rocky Mountain rallied from a 2-1 halftime deficit to upset top-ranked and defending 5A state champion Columbine, 3-2, on March 14 at Columbine High School.

    Morgan Abbitt also scored for Rocky Mountain.

    The Lady Rebels (2-1) got first-half goals from Skylar Alward and Tatum Barton. Kelcey Cavarra assisted on both goals.

  • Cherry Creek clips Dakota Ridge...

    LOVELAND — They played and played and played some more. Almost all night. Catch your breath; this might go on forever.

    It actually was six overtimes between Cherry Creek and Dakota Ridge in the longest game in Colorado high school hockey history. Then it was over. Chris Nitchen’s game-winning goal 36 seconds into the sixth overtime helped Cherry Creek end Dakota Ridge’s season with a 3-2 loss in the state ice hockey semifinals on March 5 at the Budweiser Events Center.

  • FRC loses to Sheridan in blowout

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Front Range Christian’s venture into 2A boys regional basketball play was literally over before the 2-minute mark of the first quarter.

    But the Falcons refused to let the 61-34 blowout at the hands of a taller and deeper Peyton squad on March 6 at Sheridan High School put a damper on their season.

  • 2015 baseball capsule previews

    CHATFIELD CHARGERS
    Head coach: Paul Grubesic
    Assistant coach: Scott Gross
    2014 record: 20-4 overall, 6-2 (third place) 5A Jeffco
    Players to watch: Kyle Winkler, Sr., SS; Sean O’Dell, Sr., CF-P; Jake Carstensen, Sr., RF; Camden Lawhead, Sr., C; Kobie Wood, Sr., P; Matt Watson, Jr., P.
    Key losses: Matthew Jarecki, Mason Brown, Nick Chamberlain, Travis Schnoor, Blake Moore, Patrick Barder, Colton Nobles, Brennan Gabler