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Today's Sports

  • Chargers had a flair for the...

    DENVER — It would’ve been easy for the Chatfield Chargers to hang up their cleats, put their bats and gloves away, and continue to let the season slip away.
    After all, in the midst of a 1-8 start to the 2015 season and having undergone a midseason coaching change, it was going to be a steep, uphill climb — if that ­ to get back up.

  • Change in coaches, culture jump-...

    DENVER — When Matt Johnson took over as Chatfield’s varsity baseball coach in early April, the Chargers were 1-7 — all under first-year head coach Paul Grubesic.
    But after a loss to ThunderRidge, the Chargers rolled off 13 wins in the next 17 games. The result was not only the school’s first 5A Jeffco League championship since 1990, but a District 4 title and a berth in the state finals.

  • Spring sports all-conference...

    The following are all-conference selections for the 2015 spring sports season:

    GIRLS GOLF
    5A JEFFCO LEAGUE
    FIRST TEAM

    Gillian Vance, Dakota Ridge; Ashlyn Kirschner, Ralston Valley; Jordan Remley, Ralston Valley; Ali Peper, Arvada West; Zarena Brown, Pomona; Sydney Prey, Ralston Valley; Miranda Schiffbauer, Arvada West
    SECOND TEAM

  • Chargers come up short in state...

    DENVER — Lightning flashed in the distance, and the rain inexorably approached All-City Field. It was a fitting way for the 5A state baseball championship game to wrap up, considering how the weather had already impacted the postseason, even delaying the finals by four days.

    The near hour-long delay on May 27 also allowed time for reflection on what the Chatfield Chargers had accomplished. Though they were on their way to a 9-2 defeat to Rock Canyon, the simple fact that this team, which eight weeks earlier was 1-8, was in the game spoke volumes.

  • By the Numbers: Columbine-area...

    8
    The number of sets Chatfield’s volleyball team won after falling behind two sets to none in the second of its two pool-play matches at the 5A state championships last November. The result was the Lady Chargers, the No. 12 seed, making it to an improbable state final before falling to four-time and defending champion Grandview.

  • Column: Aggressive approach paid...

    Gillian Vance’s passion for the game of golf is so great that she had a putting mat and a hitting net for irons and wedges put up in her house between a ping pong table, a couch and a TV so she could practice during the winter months.

    And, no, before you ask, she hasn’t broken a single window with any of her practice shots. Well, at least not yet.

    But that’s how serious the Dakota Ridge senior was about her game entering her final high school season, a year that culminated May 19 with a 5A state girls golf championship.

  • Cohn beats the odds in the boys...

    LAKEWOOD — For Nick Cohn, the goal was simple. All the Dakota Ridge senior wanted to do in his preliminary heat of the 5A boys’ 100 meter at the state track & field championships was to qualify for the finals. Then he could worry about it once he got there.

    His qualifying run of 11.02 seconds on May 14 at Jefferson County Stadium barely got him into the championship race, seeding him ninth. His run two days later, while slower in 11.08, more than did the job as he placed fourth, despite running from the far outside lane. 

  • Cardiac Chargers to play for...

    By Matthew Van Deventer
    For the Courier

    DENVER — A pair of walk-off wins against Cherry Creek and Mountain Vista has sent the Chatfield Chargers parading into the 5A state championship game after starting the season 1-8.

    Maybe it was getting a new coach midseason or a revival in team spirit or both, but whatever the magic, Chatfield (14-10) will play for the state title after a trio of wins May 16-17.

  • Late Dawson goal ends Front...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    DENVER — Eric Osberg could see it coming. Not necessarily No. 2 seed Front Range Christian's loss to No. 3 Dawson School in the 2A girls soccer semifinals, but that it would be a hotly-contested and low-scoring game.

    "Their coach and I, we go back and forth and talk about how these games are usually classics, because they're usually (decided by one goal) or ties," the Lady Falcons coach said.

  • Bond helps Chatfield tandem...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    DENVER — Being good friends and complementing each other on the court aren’t required components for success in tennis doubles. But it sure helps, as is the case with Chatfield’s Lauren Froning and Olivia Boyd.