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Today's Sports

  • Vance fires 71, captures...

    Gillian Vance was so dialed in to her game that the Dakota Ridge freshman didn’t realize what she shot.
    What she scored was a 1-under-par 71 on May 10 at the 5A Metro West Regional at the 5,518-yard Raccoon Creek Golf Course. That was good enough to not only win a regional championship, but to do so by five strokes over Jeffco League champion Shannon Lubar of Chatfield.

  • Gonzales, Rebels lay all out to...

    AURORA — Jake Gonzales has scored his fair share of goals for the Columbine Rebels. But giving everything he had against Mullen on May 12 to keep the ball from going out of bounds and running out the clock may have topped them all.
    The junior attackman, who scored four goals in the state quarterfinal game at Regis Jesuit’s Lou Kellogg Stadium, exemplified the Rebels’ will to win in an 11-10 decision that pushes Columbine to the state semifinals for the first time in school history.

  • Chargers’ Gaytan focused on state

    LAKEWOOD — Erik Gaytan displayed the look of a focused athlete, and he ran like one as well.
    The Chatfield senior won the 100, 200 and 400 meters — all in convincing fashion — at the 5A Jeffco League track and field championships May 12 at Jeffco Stadium.

  • Sports briefs

    BASEBALL
    Columbine, Dakota Ridge draw home dates for districts

    The 5A Jeffco League champion Columbine Rebels (13-5) drew the fourth seed and will host a four-team district tournament May 12.
    Columbine will play 29th-seeded Mountain Range (12-7) at 10 a.m. The second game, set for 12:30 p.m., pits 13th-seeded Ralston Valley (13-6) against 20th-seeded Grand Junction (13-6). The winners will play at 3 p.m. for the rights to advance to the eight-team, double-elimination portion of the 5A state tournament.

  • Chatfield’s No. 4 doubles team...

    Hannah Ohman and Payton Pritekel played their way into the 5A state girls tennis championships the hard way.
    Chatfield’s No. 4 doubles team, after placing third at the 5A Region 3 tournament on May 3 at Ken Caryl Ranch House, found themselves in a playback match with Mountain Vista’s Alyssa Heiland and Jordan Wade. Then they found themselves in a second-set tiebreak. They won them both.

  • Littleton finally break through...

    GREENWOOD VILLAGE — Getting to state has been the hard part for the Littleton Lady Lions. But they won’t have to worry about that this year.
    Littleton’s No. 3 singles player Katie Pearson and three doubles teams reached the 5A state tournament after placing second at the Region 1 championship May 3-4 at Cherry Creek High School.
    “We’ve been in a drought,” Littleton head coach Kevin Brooks said. “We haven’t been to state in a while, so now to qualify three teams is fantastic.

  • Lady Rebels sending Williams,...

    DENVER — Columbine took second place in the 5A Region 5 girls tennis tournament at City Park.
    Columbine advanced four to the state tournament this weekend — its No. 3 singles player and its No. 1, 2 and 4 doubles teams. The 5A state tournament runs May 10-12 at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver. The Lady Rebels placed fourth last year at regionals and qualifying only one for the state tournament.

  • Lions go out with heads held high

    AURORA — It would’ve been easy for the Littleton Lions to call it quits after Cherokee Trail opened their boys lacrosse state playoff game with six straight goals. It would’ve been just as easy to pack it in at halftime down by that same six-goal deficit with few signs of a comeback on the horizon.
    But that’s not what Littleton is all about, and the Lions proved that on May 4 at Legacy Stadium.

  • Lady Rebels set early tone in...

    Scoring goals in the first half is a tone-setter for the Columbine Lady Rebels, but they haven’t always come easily. There’s a goal here and there, but not at the frequency they would like with the 5A state playoffs on the horizon. That wasn’t a problem on May 3 against Mullen.
    Ember Albertson and Ashley Morris scored in the first six minutes as host Columbine tripped the Lady Mustangs 3-0 in the regular-season finally for both teams.
    Getting off to an early start was imperative, Albertson said.

  • Jeffco title belongs to Columbine

    A year ago, Columbine made an improbable run to be one of the final five teams left in 5A baseball before losing in the state tournament. This year, the run started much earlier and it came with 5A Jeffco League supremacy to boot.
    Austin Anderson had three hits, Jaxon Mohr scored twice and Columbine scored four first-inning runs and never trailed in fending off host Chatfield 8-6 on May 5. The win sewed up a conference championship for the Rebels.