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Today's Sports

  • Chargers face the state’s best

    LITTLETON — Chatfield saw up and close why Pomona is the heavy favorite to win the Class 5A state team wrestling title this winter season.

    The Chargers suffered a 77-0 defeat in a 5A Jeffco League dual Jan. 14 at Chatfield High School. The Panthers had eight pins, two technical falls, a major decision and one victory by decision in the dozen matches wrestled. Pomona also picked up two forfeit wins.

  • McFarland sinks game-winner for...

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    LITTLETON — Curi Yutzy needed just one word to describe Dakota Ridge’s come-from-behind 61-60 victory over Arvada West in a key early-season Class 5A Jeffco League boys basketball matchup: perseverance.

    The Eagles’ coach uttered the descriptive in one form or another nine times during his post-game interview.

    Improbable would have been apropos, too.

  • Defending state hockey champs...

    LITTLETON — Dakota Ridge coach Alec Hines didn’t mince words telling his thoughts after a 6-4 loss Jan. 9 against defending state champion Cherry Creek.

     “We didn’t show up for the first two periods. That’s the worst two periods we’ve played this year,” Hines said after the loss on the Eagles’ home ice at The Edge Ice Arena. “Cherry Creek outplayed us. Hats off to their effort. They controlled the play.”

  • Rebels step up their aggression

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    LITTLETON — Angelo Romero has a new practice partner in Columbine’s wrestling room this season thanks to Evan Tooley’s unanticipated growth spurt.

    The seniors hope the connection will lead to their first berths to the Class 5A state tournament in February.

  • Chatfield opens up 2-0 in league...

    LITTLETON — Don’t blink while attending a Chatfield boys basketball game this winter season; you could miss a Chargers’ trademark run.

    “I thought it was a great sign of what we can get through,” Chatfield senior Cameron Pearson said after the Chargers rallied down eight points in the third quarter Jan. 6 against Lakewood. “We just put our foot on the gas and never let off.”

  • Chargers stampede past Boulder

    LITTLETON — It might not have been a career night for Alex Beckley to open the New Year, but it sure was a key effort by the Chatfield junior Jan. 2.

    Beckley came off the bench for the Chargers (7-1 record) to score 10 points along with playing some tenacious defense, which did lead to the guard fouling out with 3 minutes, 29 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Chatfield won its fifth straight and stayed undefeated at home with a 58-44 victory over Boulder.

  • Chatfield looking for consistency

    LITTLETON — By the time the offense got clicking, it was simply too late for Chatfield’s girls basketball team.

    The Chargers (2-5 record) had just four field goals and went 5-for-13 from the free-throw line to net only 15 points in the first half against Boulder on Jan. 2 at Chatfield High School. The hole was just too deep to climb out of as Chatfield lost the non-league game 54-41 against Boulder.

  • Changes on the horizon

    A new year always brings hope and change.

    Conifer High School’s athletics and Chatfield High School’s football program will experience huge changes coming up in the Colorado High School Activities Association’s next two-year cycle (2016-17 and 2017-18). By choice, the Lobos are leaving the Class 4A Jeffco League in most sports and joining 4A Colorado 7 League. The other big change is Chatfield moving down from 5A to 4A in football.

  • Top sports stories of 2015

    LITTLETON — Oh so close was the theme for South Jeffco prep sports teams in 2015.

    There were a number of deep postseason runs that came up just short on winning state championships. Of course there were some remarkable individual accomplishments by local student-athletes. Looking forward, there will be some definite change in the landscape of high school athletics in Colorado for 2016.

    Before looking ahead, here is a look back at the top sports stories of 2015 from the sports staff at the Columbine Courier.

  • Eagles’ second half impressive...

    LITTLETON — Coming off the bench wasn’t an issue for Dakota Ridge senior Devante Jones on Dec. 19 against Arapahoe.

    Jones was a game-changer and showed how valuable he is when on the court after entering the game midway through the first quarter. The 6-foot-4 senior scored a game-high 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Dakota Ridge erased a double-digit deficit to take a 78-63 victory.