Today's Sports

  • Rebels’ offense flatlines vs....

    THORNTON — Head softball coach Robin Ortiz stood on the third-base line, soaking in what had just happened. Columbine had seemingly just ran itself out of the fourth inning with two runners on and one out when a Madison Reuter liner dropped in front of Horizon shortstop Lindsay Pritchard.

  • Rice-led Chargers place second...

    WESTMINSTER — In the first regular-season gymnastics meet of the season, Chatfield, Evergreen and host Standley Lake faced off Aug. 30. The home gym advantage seemed to prove the added edge for Standley Lake, which took first place with 172.275 points. Chatfield was second with 165.975, and Evergreen placed third with 158.725 points.
    The competition was tough, especially for Evergreen, which has a largely young team that lacks depth.

  • Lobos endure weather, Dakota...

    With the start of the fall sports season, many coaches are uncertain of what to expect. But if Conifer’s 5-2 win over Dakota Ridge on Aug. 30 is any indicator Conifer boys’ tennis head coach Dennis Knopf has a bright season ahead.
    Late August in Colorado brings unpredictable weather, especially in the afternoon. Both teams arrived at the Ken Caryl Ranch House under dark skies and a cool breeze. Coaches and players alike proceeded with the meet with breath held that the clouds wouldn’t open up and cancel the meet.

  • Sports briefs

    Reuter, Lady Rebels bounce back, top Fountain-Fort Carson
    — Pitcher Madison Reuter allowed just one run on three hits, while walking one and striking out two as Columbine toppled host Fountain-Fort Carson 10-1 on Aug. 25.
     Reuter faced three batters over the minimum as the Lady Rebels bounced back from a 12-10 season-opening loss to Douglas County.

  • 2012 fall sports previews: Cross...

    Head coach: Mark Stenbeck
    Classification: 5A Jeffco
    2011 recap: Dakota Ridge placed 12th in 5A in the boys competition. The girls team didn’t qualify for state.  
    Athletes to watch: McKenna Spillar, Sr., Vannessa Gonzalez, Jr., Carson Hume Jr., Austin Ard, Sr.
    Season opener: Aug. 31, at Pre-State meet, Colorado Springs
    State championship: Oct. 27, Colorado Springs

  • 2012 fall sports previews: Boys...

    Head coach: Brock Blume
    Classification: 5A Jeffco
    2011 record: 3-11-1
    2011 recap: Chatfield’s record doesn’t truly reflect how close the Chargers were. Even though, Chatfield ended the 2011 season with losses in eight of its final nine games, the Chargers were in most of their 15 games. Nine games were decided by a goal — seven of those losses for Chatfield.
    Players to watch: Ben Overholt, Jordy Reiss, Ryan LaGreca, Lee Holmes
    Season opener: Aug. 30, at ThunderRidge, 4:30 p.m.

  • Lions’ offense stuck in neutral

    Trey Jarvis broke through the line, raised his hands and blocked T.R. Mitchell’s first-quarter punt. The stroke of good fortune set Standley Lake up at the Littleton 13-yard line. But more than that it was a sign of what was to come in the season opener Aug. 24 at Littleton Public Schools Stadium.
    Taking advantage of field position all night, the visiting Gators scored four of their five touchdowns on drives that started in Littleton territory en route to a 35-3 whitewashing in the Zero Week contest.

  • Eagles unleash bats on Cougars

    By Matt Glass
    For the Courier

    Dakota Ridge, coming off of a year in which it went 20-3, shared the 5A Jeffco League title, won a  regional title, and advanced to the 5A Elite 8, was back at it Aug. 25, beating visiting Evergreen 15-1 at Dave Atencio Field.
    The loss dropped Evergreen, coming off a 17-7 season and a spot in the 4A state quarterfinals, to 1-1.

  • The Will to Win: Teams look for...

    It’s the ultimate prize – winning a state championship. For some — Columbine, Chatfield — they’ve tasted that glory. For others — Evergreen, Dakota Ridge and Platte Canyon — they’ve come painstakingly close only to come up short. The rest — Littleton, Front Range Christian, Conifer and Clear Creek — continue to search for the winning combination. What is it? It’s hard work, effort, sacrifice and dedication. It’s luck. It’s all of the above. And it’s a feeling like no other.

  • 2012 fall sports previews:...

    Head coach: Melanie Watkins
    Classification: 5A Jeffco
    2011 recap: Placed fourth in the league before falling to Arapahoe in the district tournament.
    Players to watch: Lauren Cole, Sr., middle blocker; Caitlin Chamness, Sr., right-side hitter; Hannah Boyle, Soph., outside hitter
    Season opener: Sept. 4, vs. Douglas County
    State championship: Nov. 9-10,
    Denver Coliseum