Today's Sports

  • ‘She’s a beast’

    Heather Finch didn’t see it coming. The then-junior was at practice when her teammate — 5-foor-10, 190-pound lineman Isaac Reindel — under coach’s orders was told to purposedly lay her out.
    Yes, tackle her. She was trying to play football after all.
    “It caught me off guard, but I did fine,” Heather said.
    She passed the test. And now, a year later, the Front Range Christian senior is making the grade as a starter on the offensive line and a contributor on defense.

  • Familiar finish for Eagles’ Vance

    Drew Vance had been here before. Finishing in the Top 10 at the 5A boys golf state championship isn’t anything new to him. Doing it two years in a row just showed that he wasn’t a fluke.
    The Dakota Ridge senior golfer shot a 6-over 148 to tie for ninth at this year’s championship Oct. 3-4 at Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction.

  • Rebels lineman Burns escapes...

    LAKEWOOD — Nick Burns, a senior offensive guard for Columbine’s varsity football team, avoided serious injury to his neck after a scary moment just two plays into his team’s game with Heritage on Oct. 7 at Jeffco Stadium.
    Burns was pulling around the corner to block on the first of Cameron McDondle’s two touchdown runs in the Rebels’ eventual 35-7 victory when he lowered his head to take on an oncoming linebacker. The collision resulted in Burns tumbling face-down on the field with numbing feelings overcoming his extremities.

  • Sports briefs

    Columbine adds Region 8 title to Jeffco League crown
    — Columbine, coming off a 5A Jeffco League championship, won regional titles at No. 2 singles and doubles en route to 53 points and a 5A Region 8 crown on Oct. 5-6 at North Lake Park.
    The Rebels scored 53 points to top Smoky Hill (43), Poudre (41) and Fossil Ridge (40) for top honors.

  • Eagles' Vance places ninth...

    GRAND JUNCTION -- Dakota Ridge's Drew Vance shot a 6-over 148 to tie for ninth at the 5A boys golf state championship on Oct. 3-4 at Bookcliff Country Club.
    Vance, who placed second at regionals to Chatfield's Nick Berry, was at even-par after Day 1 of the two-day, 36-hole tournament before shooting 6-over on the second day to tie three others.
    Berry, who led Chatfield's team to state, placed 13th, one shot back of Vance.

  • McDondle, Rebels run over...

    LAKEWOOD — It’s probably safe to say that Cameron McDondle is back to his old self. It’s also safe to say that the Columbine senior running back loves playing rival Chatfield. After all, he’s had his way with the Chargers the past two years.
    McDondle rushed for a season-high 265 yards and four touchdowns — the second straight year he’s rushed for more than 200 yards and scored four times against Chatfield — as Columbine remained unbeaten with a 34-7 victory at Jeffco Stadium on Sept. 30.

  • REBEL BALL: Chatfield rivalry a...

    Columbine Courier Sports Editor Michael Hicks and Photo Editor Matthew Jonas are following head coach Andy Lowry’s Columbine Rebels from the start of practice throughout the 2011 season, a year after a 9-2 season and a disappointing second-round playoff loss. Third in a series.

    LAKEWOOD — Richard Hoffschneider doesn’t think too highly of Chatfield Senior High School, but he’s got his reasons.
    “I don’t really like them,” the younger brother of Columbine tight end/defensive lineman Nick Hoffschneider said.

  • Jeffco League champion Columbine...

    It wasn’t the kind of season Lorens Knudsen expected. The Columbine boys tennis coach had an experienced, but still a relatively young team. And Chatfield, for years, has been the perennial favorite in the 5A Jeffco League.
    But Columbine beat all those odds, scoring three shutout victories in league play, winning two matches by a 6-1 score and scoring a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Chatfield, in which the Rebels’ doubles team won all four matches, to take home league supremacy.
    So, was winning the league championship a surprise? In a word, yes.

  • McDaniel, Haynes pay tribute to...

    Zaq McDaniel transferred to Columbine High School two years ago after spending his freshman season at nearby Heritage. But make no bones about it, he’s a Rebel now.
    That pride was shining through after his 13th-place finish in Division 1 race at the Dave Sanders Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 30 at Clement Park.
    “It’s a good chance to represent Dave Sanders, a good chance to show everybody what Columbine is all about,” said McDaniel after he ran a time of 16 minutes, 44 seconds. Kyle Ames of Smoky Hill won in 15:54.

  • Sports briefs

    Chatfield locks up 5A Jeffco League championship with win
    — Rebecka Mintz struck out 13 and Chatfield scored the game-winning run in the eighth for a 4-3 victory over host Standley Lake on Oct. 1.
    The win locked up the 5A Jeffco League softball championship for the Lady Chargers (14-3, 8-0 5A Jeffco League). Chatfield held a one-game lead over Dakota Ridge entering its regular-season finale on Oct. 4 at Lakewood. The Lady Chargers hold the tiebreaker, thanks to a 2-1 win over Dakota Ridge earlier this season.