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  • Thayer’s homer helps Chargers...

    The Chatfield Chargers tied the Garretson Bears 1-1 in Game 2 of the Cherokee Trail Fourth of July Wood Bat tournament June 28. The game was called after nine innings.
    Final results from the weekend-long tournament weren’t available at press time.
    Garretson, a team composed of athletes from various schools in Weld County, some even returning from college to man the team, proved to be excellent competition for the Chargers.

  • Slugfest goes Chatfield’s way

    Chatfield defeated Dakota Ridge, 16-9, in the opening game of the 2012 Cherokee Trail Fourth of July Wood Bat tournament June 28 at Dakota Ridge High School.
    Final results from the weekend-long tournament weren’t available at press time.
    The game was a five-inning slugfest. In the end, it was Chatfield that managed to pull out the big guns when it counted, scoring six runs in the fifth inning before the game was called for time.

  • Chargers’ Ohlschwager taking her...

    When it comes to Kristi Ohlschwager the University of Montana Western’s loss has become Bethany College’s gain.
    The 5-foot-7 Chatfield guard was ready to sign a letter-of-intent to play for the NAIA Frontier Conference school, but she stopped hearing from the coaching staff. And for good reason. They were undergoing a coaching change.

  • Chatfield alum holds his own at...

    GEORGETOWN — Danny Whelan had a pretty legitimate reason for settling for the 4-miler instead of the Slacker Half-Marathon on June 23.
    “Honestly, I’m not in good enough shape to run a half-marathon,” Whelan said.
    Too many beers will do that to you.
    But the 29-year-old Greenwood Village resident and 2001 Chatfield Senior High School graduate was more than capable of leading the way in the shorter-distance race, winning in a time of 22 minutes, 12 seconds.

  • CHS alum Akerfelds succumbs to...

    Former Columbine standout Darrel Akerfelds, who served 11 years as the San Diego Padres bullpen coach, died June 24 of pancreatic cancer. He was 50.
    Akerfelds, who pitched for five seasons in the major leagues after being drafted seventh overall in the 1983 amateur draft by the Seattle Mariners, was diagnosed with the disease in December 2010. He also pitched for the Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies, recording a 9-10 record with a 5.08 earned run average.

  • Summer 7-on-7s are a passing...

    DENVER — There are no shoulder pads, no pants just shorts, no offensive or defensive lines, no running plays and no rushing the quarterback.
    It’s two-hand touch. Defenses score three points for every interception and touchdowns are worth seven points with no extra points involved.
    It’s flag football without the flags.

  • From Peaks to Plains

    A 5-mile stretch of Clear Creek straddling Jefferson and Clear Creek county open spaces will be the focus of a $4.6 million paved-trail project that promises to open up the waterway for kayakers, runners, hikers and cyclists to enjoy.

    The entire project will cost a projected $10.2 million, including $4.5 million in matching funds from Jeffco Open Space and $1.1 million from Clear Creek Open Space.

  • Lions add arms to rotation in...

    Summer baseball can be a bit different than regular-season baseball. Coaches use summer ball to reconfigure their teams after graduating seniors leave and young freshmen join. Coaches suss out players’ strengths, determining who can play which position.
    That’s exactly what Littleton High School head coach Micah “Bernie” Bernhardt did during the Lions’ home doubleheader against the Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) on June 15 en route to a pair of five-inning victories — 10-0 in Game 1 and 17-3 in the nightcap.

  • Chatfield grad Graham gets back...

    EVERGREEN — The last time bareback rider J.D. Graham competed he broke his right wrist. That was nine months ago at the Colorado Pro Rodeo Association Finals in Grand Junction.
    But the 21-year-old Chatfield Senior High graduate from Littleton was back on the saddle June 16 at the 46th annual Evergreen Rodeo.
    “If I’m going to get on one it might as well be for a lot of money,” said Graham, moments after his first ride back at the El Pinal Rodeo Grounds.

  • Q&A: Five questions with...

    Robbie McEwen was a member of Chatfield Senior High’s 2001 5A state football championship team. He moved to Nebraska where he played at Division I-AA Drake before transferring to Division-I Nebraska. Now he’s training the art of long snapping while also practicing law. The Columbine Courier’s Michael Hicks recently caught up with McEwen.

    1. While at Chatfield, you were a key cog on the 2001 5A state championship team that went 14-0, including a 9-3 win over Fairview in the finals. What was that season like for you?