Today's Sports

  • Rebels answer the challenge

    LAKEWOOD — From the ride to Trailblazer Stadium to the pregame warm-ups, there was a different vibe to this Columbine-Chatfield boys’ lacrosse game for the Rebels. 

    A clash of 5A top-10 teams with first place in the Front Range League on the line, the intensity was in the air. The last thing Columbine head coach Matt Plitnick wanted was his team to dig itself an early hole.

  • Dehaan’s late goal propels...

    Senior midfielder Jalissa Dehaan, just as her teammates did as well, realized how disconcerting the situation was with her third-ranked Front Range Christian Lady Falcons and top-ranked Denver Christian tied with time winding down in their April 9 girls soccer encounter.

    “It was the process of us gaining the momentum back,” Dehaan said. “Toward the end, we were controlling the ball a lot more, and we were having better touches. It was mostly on our side, and we were getting a lot more shots.”

  • Koza, Chatfield have their way...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Grace Koza’s mission as a freshman in 2014 was to qualify for the 5A state championships at No. 1 singles, a fait accompli despite losing in the first round of regional play.

    This year, the Chatfield sophomore, who lost in the first round at state to the only other No. 1 singles freshman qualifier, won’t be satisfied by merely making it that far.

  • PK saves Columbine from upset

    LAKEWOOD — Marin Olson just knew she was going to score. 

    The Columbine sophomore midfielder/defender looked into one corner and then stared down Bear Creek goalkeeper Hunter Worthley before depositing the game-winning penalty kick into the left corner in the 86th minute as the Lady Rebels escaped with a 2-1 victory April 10 at Lakewood Memorial Field.

  • Rebels propelled by depth, youth

    LAKEWOOD — New faces are aplenty for the Columbine Lady Rebels with a first-year head coach in Sonorah Vinyard and a combined 10 freshmen and sophomores on this year’s girls lacrosse team. 

    So there’s bound to be an adjustment period for all involved. But if the team’s 21-3 win over Conifer on April 2 at Trailblazer Stadium is any indication, there’s also a little team bonding going on.

  • Vance’s approach is paying off

    BROOMFIELD — The goal for Gillian Vance in 2015, according to Dakota Ridge head coach Levi Bartholomew, is to win a 5A state girls golf championship, and she’s going to do what she can to push for it. 

    That included having a hitting and putting mat in her home so that she could train during the winter months.

    It’s helped because Vance won a second straight 5A Jeffco League tournament to open the 2015 season, posting a 2-under-par 70 on April 1 at Broadlands Golf Course. She won by four strokes over Zarena Brown of Pomona.

  • Mountain Vista jumps on Dakota...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Every year, Jeff Legault stacks Dakota Ridge’s non-league baseball schedule with top-flight in-state competition. The night before the Eagles’ first post-spring break game against mighty Mountain Vista, he admitted experiencing a case of buyer’s remorse.

    But not even a 14-3 home loss to the Golden Eagles on April 1, which dropped Dakota Ridge to 0-4 against Colorado teams, could convince Legault to change his philosophy.

  • Short-handed Rebels struggle to...

    The teams, like the bodies that make them up, were extremely lean at the Jeffco tri-meet April 3 at The Ridge Rec Center as Columbine, Evergreen and Lakewood high schools boys’ swim teams fought through missing swimmers to gain points and nab state qualifying times.

    Lakewood, with the fullest team, won the meet with 287 points total, bagging nine first-place finishes and four state qualifying times. But it was Columbine who struggled the most having only nine of its 25 swimmers competing. It took almost half of their total team just to make a relay.

  • Winter sports: 5A Jeffco all-...

    The following are all-conference selections for the 5A Jeffco League for the 2014-15 boys and girls basketball seasons:

    Thomas Neff, Arvada West; Luke Neff, Arvada West; Trevaun Arnold, Bear Creek; Colin Downs, Chatfield; Keaton Matthies, Columbine; Cody Pittman, Dakota Ridge; Mason Grothuesmann, Dakota Ridge; Kolton Peterson, Lakewood; Jacob Storey, Lakewood; Antonio Capley, Ralston Valley

  • Eagles’ Hume shines through

    By Matthew Van Deventer
    For the Courier

    BROOMFIELD — A long-time injury couldn’t stop junior Cayli Hume from putting Dakota Ridge’s track & field team into the spotlight, at least for a moment, at the 2015 Broomfield Shootout on March 27.