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  • Chargers swim to third at 5A...

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    ARVADA — Abby Oglesby, Peyton Wayment and Jennelle Crozier posted breakthrough victories at the Class 5A Jeffco League girls swimming and diving championships.

  • Go time is now for Charger,...

    LITTLETON — Columbine senior Angelo Romero will carry plenty of weight on his broad shoulders entering the state-qualifying wrestling regional tournament this weekend in Grand Junction.

  • Defending 4A state champs too...

    DENVER — The plan on Jan. 28 was to reel Valor’s girls basketball team back into the pack in the Class 4A Jeffco League.

    However, the defending 4A state champions were too big of a fish for D’Evelyn to snare on the Jaguars’ home court. Valor (15-1, 9-0 in league) extended its winning streak to 14 games with a 60-49 victory against the in-state team that was able to defeat the Eagles last year.

  • Eagles unable to end curse

    LITTLETON — The basketball rim seemed to have some wicked enchanted spell place upon it.

    Dakota Ridge’s girls basketball team had held its own through three quarters against Class 5A Jeffco League rival Ralston Valley (14-2, 7-1 in league). The Eagles were set to make a run at getting the upset victory at home, but the hoop Dakota Ridge was shooting at during the fourth quarter wasn’t any help.

  • Conference perfection

    LAKEWOOD — Nobody thought it would be a cakewalk for Chatfield’s boys basketball team to sweep through the Class 5A Jeffco League undefeated.

    “I told my guys the second time around was going to be much harder than the first,” Chatfield coach Stephen Schimpeler said after the Chargers began their second go-around in league play with a 64-60 road victory over Lakewood. “We know that, but you’ve got to experience it because sometimes players don’t always believe you.”

  • Pachner victorious in return to...

    DENVER — While Troy Pachner is Valor Christian’s boys basketball coach now, D’Evelyn’s student section reminded the Jaguars’ former coach he will always have the mark of the Jaguars.

    Toward the tail end of Valor’s 65-38 victory in Pachner’s return, D’Evelyn students chanted “How’s your tattoo?” in the final moments. Pachner got a tattoo of a Jaguar during his 17-year stint at D’Evelyn.

  • Jeffco Open Space closes areas...

    To protect raptors and waterfowl in nesting season and elk that are calving in its parks, Jeffco Open Space is closing areas in its system to visitors on a seasonal basis beginning this month. Seasonal closures allow wildlife to successfully nest, rear young and survive a critical time in their life cycles, according to information from the agency.

    Here is a list of closures and dates:

  • Turnovers costly for Dakota...

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    LITTLETON — Dakota Ridge senior Caitlin Navratil likes the way Diane Thompson, the Eagles’ fourth head girls basketball coach in as many years, thinks.

     “One of her mottos is: ‘Believe in something bigger than yourselves,’” Navratil said.

    That became a challenge literally as well as figuratively when the Eagles hosted Lakewood in a Jan. 20 battle of the Class 5A Jeffco League’s only unbeaten teams.

  • No fourth quarter FGs, no problem

    LITTLETON — Sometimes made fields goals can be a deceiving basketball statistic.

    A good example was Jan. 22 at Chatfield High School in the girls basketball rivalry between Columbine and Chatfield. The home Chargers didn’t make a single field goal in the final quarter of the Class 5A Jeffco League battle, but it didn’t matter.

  • Dakota Ridge hockey hitting its...

    LITTLETON — Things escalated quickly in the second period Jan. 23 at The Edge Ice Arena.

    Dakota Ridge held a modest 1-0 lead after a period against Battle Mountain. The Eagles wasted no time finding the back of the net in the second period.

    “Our first period wasn’t our best,” Dakota Ridge forward Andrew Endsley said. “We really picked it up in that second period.”