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Today's Sports

  • Dakota Ridge knocking on playoff...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    DENVER — Dakota Ridge’s second-year lacrosse program didn’t accomplish one of its primary goals this season: beating rivals Columbine and/or Chatfield. But after a 14-4 win over Littleton in the Littleton Cup on April 19 at the University of Denver’s Peter Barton Stadium, a berth in the 16-team 5A playoffs remained a solid possibility, even a likelihood.

  • Gleeful Garcia lights up the...

    ARVADA — Santana Garcia came out of the pool with his ever-present gleeful smile. He had a good reason to be so chipper. The Chatfield Senior High sophomore blitzed the field in the 50-yard freestyle.
    “It felt powerful. baby. I felt great. My turn was a little slow, but besides that, it was a great race,” Garcia said moments after posting a winning time of 22.02 seconds at the 2014 Jeffco Invite at the George J. Meyers Swimming Center.

  • Chargers’ climb to the top...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
     Chatfield rallied late last season to reach the final eight of the 5A state baseball playoffs. But, given the heavy graduation losses and a fall semester coaching change, few could have predicted the Chargers’ meteoric start to 2014.
    Of course, Charger players weren’t among those.

  • Weiman, Rebels shine in spotlight

    Blake Weiman saw the swarm of scouts standing behind home plate, radar guns in hand clocking every pitch. The Rebels senior left-hander was also aware they were at Columbine High School to take a peek at Ralston Valley starter Jordan Holloway and not necessarily him.

  • Sports briefs

    BASEBALL
    Third-ranked Chargers unleash long ball in a 17-3 rout of Mullen

    Nick Chamberlain and Blake Moore drove in four runs each — both hitting homers — and Chatfield broke out for 12 runs in the fourth inning of a 17-3 win over Mullen on April 12.
    Brennan Gaber also homered for the third-ranked Chargers, who improved to 11-0 on the season.
    Jake Carstensen scored three times and Patrick Barder struck out six in the complete-game victory.

  • Rebels still finding their way

    LAKEWOOD — Alex Befus is in her first season coaching the Columbine Lady Rebels’ lacrosse program, and the learning curve has been a steep one. But Columbine is still plugging away, just like it did against fifth-ranked Cherry Creek on April 12 at Trailblazer Stadium.

  • McMinimee, defense put up a wall...

    DENVER — It’s easy to notice the likes of Kendra Lanuza, Shelby Piper and Rachael Walker when talking about catalysts for Chatfield Lady Chargers’ girls lacrosse team. After all, they’ve combined to score 101 goals already this season. But Chatfield’s defense has more than held its own as well.

  • Lady Chargers stay on track in...

    The first time Grace Koza and Madison Vanosdoll met this season at the Western Slope Invitational, they didn’t know what to expect. The pace of playing at No. 1 singles was unlike anything they’ve faced before.
    But the experience was a good one, even if Koza dominated on the scoreboard. It allowed Chatfield and Columbine’s No. 1 singles players to not just gain some camaraderie with each other, but it served as a feeling-out process for the rematch April 11 at the Ken-Caryl Ranch House.

  • SPORTS BRIEFS

    BASEBALL

    Anderson homers as Columbine goes to 9-0 on the season

    Austin Anderson homered and drove in two runs as Columbine stretched its winning streak to nine games with a 5-2 win over Fruita Monument High School on April 5.

    Donny Ortiz, Cody Wood, Michael Tait and Patrick Huffaker also scored runs for the Rebels.

    Isaiah Gonzales-Montoya struck out five over six innings to get the victory for Columbine.

    Barder’s grand slam, Chamberlain’s pitching ignite Chatfield

  • Second-half flurry turns game...

    LAKEWOOD — The first half was literally a back-and-forth affair. The teams — first Chatfield and then Dakota Ridge — traded goals for the entire 24 minutes. Yet, the Chargers never led by more than a goal, and the Eagles never led at all.

    That changed in the second half.