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Today's Sports

  • Spotlight shines on linemen at...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Talk about hog heaven: five-man teams competing in a truck push, tug-o-war, tire-flip relay, tire toss, 150-pound bench press repetitions and a dummy-carry relay.

    It doesn’t get any better for offensive and defensive linemen. The guys who often toil in anonymity had their day in the scorching sun at the Hog Olympics on July 11 at Heritage High School.

    Unlike their skill-player counterparts, summer competitions are few and far between for the grunts.

  • Rain, location change does KCLL...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    AURORA — Mother Nature did the Ken-Caryl Little League Majors no favors in the District 5 tournament. In fact, she literally helped the defending champions get washed out with a pair of losses on July 13.

    And coach Brian Berland was none too happy about how a July 12 rainout in Colorado Springs resulted in KCLL playing its second game the next day against a Cherry Creek team making its only appearance.

  • Cherry Creek’s sizzling start...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    AURORA — The Ken-Caryl Little League 9-10 all-stars learned the hard way that momentum can be capricious. One day it’s there, the next it’s vanished.

  • Ken-Caryl 10-11 All-Stars fall...

    By Tim Donohoo
    For the Courier

    AURORA — Resilience. Despite trailing 8-0 approaching its final at-bat in the District 5 Little League 10-11  tournament at Arapahoe Little League field, the Ken-Caryl squad never wavered from its objective: Play hard to the end. That it did.

    The first four hitters in the inning reached base, but it was not enough as Ken-Caryl lost to Academy of Colorado Springs in the double-elimination game 8-3 on July 10.

  • Lacrosse coach is breaking down...

    Mike Thumim is a kid of the 1980s. The Columbine High School graduate and Dakota Ridge boys lacrosse coach grew up during the Cold War. And while his friends were taking French, German and Spanish classes, he was taking Russian as his foreign language requirement. He even studied Russian as a minor at Ohio University.

  • KCLL finds a winning combo

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    Winning isn’t everything for the Ken-Caryl Little League, but it’s become a nice bonus.
    “Our focus is on teaching life lessons,” said former KCLL president Andy Florence, who retired last month after three years at the helm. “We strive to win. But if you’re a better person or team at the end, you’ve achieved your goals.”

  • GETTING HER KICKS

    At age 7, Madelynn Gorman-Shore was looking for a sport she could participate in and enjoy. Little did she or her family know that a taekwondo demonstration during her time at the Collegiate Academy charter school would capture her imagination.

    “I thought it was really cool,” she said. “It looked energetic and fun to do.”

    “It looked exciting to her. She said that she wanted to do taekwondo, and I said, ‘Are you sure?’ ” said Erin Gorman-Shore, Madelynn’s mom.

  • Dietz fitness challenge tests...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    U.S. Navy SEALs are renowned for their physical training regimen. It’s a big part of achieving their ethos, which includes “expect discipline, demand innovation,” “expect to lead and be led” and “forged by adversity.”

  • Teams develop during summer 7-on...

    The Columbine Rebels are typically a running team. So why would they, of all teams, participate in a 7-on-7 tournament that is custom-made for quarterbacks, receivers, linebackers and secondary players?
    “People are always asking us, ‘Columbine, why are you guys out here playing 7-on-7? You don’t ever pass the ball,’” assistant coach Ivory Moore said. “That’s pretty much true, but when we do, it’s usually positive.”
    That’s why Columbine plays 7 on 7.

  • Annual Dawg Bowl is about more...

    The initials JK emblazed the jersey of every player in the Survivor Game.
    JK was Jack Kelly, a beloved husband, father and hockey player who passed away from an auto-immune disease in April 2010. He was also a member of the Dawg Nation.
    Four years ago, Martin Richardson, Mike Pijanowski and members of the Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation started the Dawg Bowl, a weekend-long adult hockey tournament to pay tribute to Kelly, to their other fellow hockey mates and to raise funds to help those in need.