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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Sophomore key in OT win

    DENVER — D’Evelyn got a glimpse of its future Dec. 18.

    Sophomore Kolbron Schoenberger came off the bench for the Jaguars to pour in a team-high dozen points as D’Evelyn pulled out a 52-47 overtime victory against Holy Family. It was the first double-digit scoring game of the season for the sophomore.

  • Navratil puts bow on Dakota...

    LITTLETON — With Arapahoe closing quickly in the fourth quarter Dec. 19, Dakota Ridge’s girls basketball team turned to senior Caitlin Navratil.

    The Eagles’ 5-foot-2 guard poured in 10 points in the final five minutes, allowing Dakota Ridge to take a 67-54 victory into the winter break. Navratil finished with a game-high 23 points.

    “I trust the ball in (Navratil’s) hands for sure,” Dakota Ridge coach Diane Thompson said.

  • Columbine boys drop to 2-6...

    LITTLETON — Practice might not equal perfection, but Columbine’s boys basketball team hopes to see improvement after winter break.

    “The break is coming at a good time. We have a lot to work on over break,” Columbine coach Clay Thielking said after a 51-42 loss to Liberty on Dec. 17. “I don’t know how much of a break it will be. It will be a break from games. We welcome that.”

  • Balance key for Chargers

    LITTLETON — Chatfield’s boys basketball team has a potpourri of scoring options.

    The variety of players and ways the Chargers can put the ball in the hoop was on display Dec. 9 in Chatfield’s home opening 82-61 victory over Chaparral. Chatfield poured in ten 3-pointers while senior Josh Frenette dominated down low with a 12-point third quarter as the Chargers led by as much as 31 points against the young Wolverines.

  • D’Evelyn falls in state rematch

    DENVER — D’Evelyn coach Chris Olson looked at the glass as half full when it came to Sand Creek seniors Oliana Squires and Liah Davis.

    Squires (27 points) and Davis (23) led the way as the Scorpions took a 59-48 victory over D’Evelyn on Dec. 11 at the Jungle Jam Tournament hosted by the Jaguars.

  • Rebels come up short against...

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    LITTLETON — If Columbine had faced Valor Christian six days earlier on the football field at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the anticipation would have been through the roof.

    Not so much on the hardwood, where the recently completed football season played a role nonetheless and was partially responsible for the lack of a basketball matchup of star quarterbacks Jake Lowry and Dylan McCaffrey.