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Today's Sports

  • Jeffco Open Space facing...

    The initial phase of the Peaks to Plains Trail project is facing escalated costs, Tom Hoby, director of Jeffco Parks and Open Space, told the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee on April 3.

    The total cost of the trail connection from Golden to the Jefferson County line is now in the $75 million to $100 million range — more than three times the original estimate of $30 million to $35 million, Hoby said. 

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL
    McDondle, Seeley named to South team for CHSCA game

    Columbine’s Bernard McDondle and Dakota Ridge’s Brant Seeley have been selected to play for the South squad in the 2014 Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State football game this June at Adams State University.
    McDondle rushed for 1,754 yards and 25 touchdowns in leading Columbine to a 10-2 record and a 5A Super Six Conference title. The Rebels reached the quarterfinals of the 5A state tournament.

  • Ferrin, Wood embrace final hurrah

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    ARVADA — For the past four years, Dakota Ridge sports fans must have thought Jae Ferrin and Lauren Wood were conjoined twins. Standing 6-foot and 5-11, respectively, they played together on the volleyball team in the fall and, with the exception of the 2012-13 season, the girls basketball team during the winter.
    “We play everything together, and that’s how it’s been since, like, elementary school,” Wood said.

  • She's just one of the boys

    Inez Gonzales is a tomboy with a feminine side. She’s also a baseball player.
    “She just loves the game,” said Steve Gonzales, Inez’s father.
    The 11-year-old sixth-grader at Henry World Middle School first got interested in the sport via T-ball six years ago as an option to sitting around the house all summer, and she’s been in love with the game ever since. And she’s quite good at it, too. Be it at pitcher, catcher, first base or shortstop, Inez can play there or anywhere else her team needs her.

  • The sound of relentless

    The U.S. flag waved in the wind as the national anthem played. The Chatfield girls soccer players stood with their hands over their hearts as the notes rang through the P.A. system. One of those players, Mia White, calmly listened to the anthem even though she could “hear” it only through an interpreter signing the words.
    The 15-year-old sophomore is a competitive, athletic and passionate soccer player. She also is deaf.

  • Winter sports all-conference...

    The following are the 5A Jeffco League all-conference selections for girls swimming and wrestling:

    GIRLS SWIMMING

    FIRST TEAM

  • Miller wins battle of brothers...

    By Craig Harper

    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — Location makes Columbine and Dakota Ridge natural rivals in any sport. Now there’s a sibling rivalry adding spice to the recipe in boys lacrosse.

    A year ago, brothers Jake and Riley Miller were freshman teammates on Dakota Ridge’s first varsity team. But Jake transferred to Columbine for the 2013-14 school year, and the two went head-to-head for the first time on March 21.

  • Chargers relish chance to play...

    DENVER — It was approximately 1:45 p.m. when the Chatfield Chargers’ team bus pulls up to Coors Field for a 3 p.m. game with Horizon. The butterflies started to set in, but Jacob Falbo said that he and his teammates were ready.

    “We were hungry for a win, and we got one,” Falbo said after Chatfield sent 11 batters to the plate in a six-run first inning of a 12-2 defeat of the Horizon Hawks on March 21.

  • Walker, Chargers make a...

    GREENWOOD VILLAGE — The nerves were there. After all, the Chatfield Lady Chargers were playing Cherry Creek, the defending girls lacrosse state champ and a perennial powerhouse. But once Chatfield got the momentum — and it did so early on by scoring the game’s first five goals — the realization set in that they not only could compete with the Lady Bruins, they might just be able to beat them.

    That’s exactly what the Lady Chargers did March 21 at the Stutler Bowl.

  • County commissioners approve new...

    After a month’s delay, the county commissioners have approved a new master plan for Jeffco Open Space.

    The board was originally scheduled to vote on the plan at its Feb. 11 public hearing but unanimously granted a delay at the request of several developers who wanted more time to comment.

    The master plan now has a section defining its purpose as a guide to open space acquisition and not as a tool for zoning and land development.