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Today's Sports

  • Lions embrace 4A state wrestling...

    DENVER — Littleton High School wrestling coach Heath Burton can look at Poe Di and Aron Pino Valenzuela and be proud that the juniors represented the Lions at the 4A state championships. 

    He should be because, after all, it’s been more than two decades since the school produced a state qualifier and even longer since it had a state champion. For the record, the last — and only — state champion to come out of Littleton High School was Steve Smedley in 1966.

  • Erickson’s appearance...

    DENVER — Wrestlers like Andrew Erickson are the reason why Chatfield Senior High wrestling coach Paul Peronard coaches. Seeing somebody such as Erickson, a senior who had never wrestled before he came to Chatfield, put the work in, despite injury after injury, and finally get to the 5A state tournament is fulfilling.

    “Andrew is a hard worker. He’s a kid who walked out and wrestled his first wrestling match as a ninth-grader. He had no youth experience, (but) he’s come a long way,” Peronard said.

  • Chargers pull away, top Rebels

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    A three-peat in the 5A Jeffco League was out of the question, but the Chatfield boys basketball team had plenty of incentives for its next-to-last regular-season game against Columbine: a likely third-place finish and the avoidance of being swept by its primary rival.

    Missions accomplished.

  • Lady Chargers rally with 3-...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    The Chatfield girls’ basketball team follows a simple proverb: If at first you don’t succeed, trey and trey again.

  • Hobbs leaves her mark at state

    Averly Hobbs wasn’t feeling her best heading into the 5A state girls swimming and diving championships on Feb. 13-14 at Fort Collins’ Edora Pool Ice Center. The Chatfield senior battled the flu all week leading up to the meet. But by the end, she had plenty to be appreciative about.

  • Eagles avenge earlier loss to...

    LAKEWOOD — The Dakota Ridge Eagles’ boys basketball team defeated the Lakewood Tigers, 65-44, on Feb. 13 at Lakewood High School.

    The sixth-ranked Eagles knew they would have to bring their ‘A’ game after losing to Lakewood at home on Jan. 26. Dakota Ridge, which also was coming off a loss to Chatfield two days prior, was focused on maintaining a strong defensive game.

  • Littleton qualifies two for 4A...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    GOLDEN — After coming oh-so-close to qualifying for recent 5A state wrestling tournaments, Poe Di and Aron Pino Valenzuela were poised to take advantage of Littleton’s drop to 4A this season.

    They did so to near-perfection by advancing to the finals of the 4A Region 4 tournament Feb. 13-14 at Golden High School. They’ll head to their first state meet as the region’s No. 2 seeds after bowing to top seeds in the 132- and 285-pound divisions.

  • Sports briefs

    WRESTLING
    Chargers’ Erickson headed to 5A state championships
    BROOMFIELD — Chatfield’s Andrew Erickson is headed to the 5A state wrestling championships.

    Erickson (31-11) placed fourth at 160 pounds in the 5A Region 1 tournament, held Feb. 13-14 at Legacy High School.

  • Hobbs ready for last shot at...

    ARVADA — Averly Hobbs is one of the state’s best 5A divers. Need proof? She’s finished in the top four each of the past three seasons — taking fourth in 2012, second in 2013 and third last year. So this year, with the state meet scheduled for Feb. 13-14 at the Edora Pool Ice Center, she is among the favorites again.

  • Eagles’ Yutzy wins 100th

    Curi Yutzy wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about after his seventh-ranked Dakota Ridge Eagles rolled to a 67-47 home victory over Columbine on Feb. 6. As it turned out, it was about him.

    Dakota Ridge’s second victory over the Rebels this season, including a 50-45 win at Columbine on Jan. 14, marked the 100th win in Yutzy’s seven seasons as head coach.