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Today's Sports

  • Staunton is a stunner

    Staunton State Park’s much-anticipated opening weekend didn’t disappoint.

    “It’s been crazy getting ready for this, but seeing people happy has made all of the blood, sweat and tears worth it,” said Jennifer Anderson, the park manager. “I couldn’t have asked for the weekend to be better.”

  • Sports briefs

    ATHLETICS
    Speed and agility camp set for Dakota Ridge

    Dakota Ridge High School is hosting its annual speed and agility camp June 3 to July 3.
    The camp runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and is open to children in grades two through 12. The camp runs from 9 to 10:15 a.m., for grades 2-9 and from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., for grades 10-12.
    Cost is $85. Brochures are available in the main office at Dakota Ridge and online at the school’s website at  https://sites.google.com/a/jeffcoschools.us/dakota-hs/.

  • Littleton’s record relay time...

    By Matt Meyer
    For the Courier
    GRAND JUNCTION — Littleton High School swimmer Josh Tinucci took one last vicious kick during the anchor leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay preliminaries and lunged for the touchpad. He looked up at the scoreboard, checking to see if the Lions’ win during the second-to-last heat would qualify them for the state finals. The senior stared at the scoreboard and was stunned.

  • Spillar content with her state...

    LAKEWOOD — McKenna Spillar walked around with a smile on her face. She wasn’t the least bit concerned that she’d just finished sixth in the 3,200 meters. This was, after all, a year after the Dakota Ridge senior had surprised even herself by winning the event at the 5A state track and field championships.
    But on May 16 at Jefferson County Stadium, sixth place was as good as it would get, and that was OK.

  • Chatfield relay team makes...

    LAKEWOOD — Maybe the rest of the state wasn’t expecting it since Chatfield’s 4x800 relay team was seeded 16th entering the 5A boys state track and field championships May 16, but Panos Smyrnios, Nathan Moore, Tyler Hale and Larry Huff believed in themselves.
    One by one, they picked off the state’s best at Jefferson County Stadium until they finished third in 7 minutes, 59.86 seconds. It may have been unexpected to the rest of the state but not surprising to the Chargers.

  • Chargers’ state trip runs into...

    DENVER — Joey Plaster absolutely crushed the baseball to left field. Connor Gray, on first base after a fielder’s choice, took off for home at top speed; he rounded third and found an unexpected surprise awaiting him.
    What, or, more accurately, who was waiting for him was home plate umpire Dwight Nichols. The man in charge of calling the balls and strikes had ventured up the third-base line inexplicably to make a call that wasn’t necessarily his to make with a three-man umpiring crew on the field.

  • McDondle leaps into state track...

    LAKEWOOD — Bernard McDondle lifted his head ever so slightly, displaying a face full of concentration, as he peeked down the runway. Then he took off, charging full speed toward the long-jump pit. His jump, at least his second one in the final round May 16, was several inches behind the line.

    That cost McDondle precious length, but it didn't matter. He'd already done his damage in the preliminary rounds at the 5A boys state track & field championships at Jefferson County Stadium.

  • Colorado's newest state...

    Conifer’s newest neighbor is settled in and ready to host its first open house.

    After several delays, Staunton State Park will open to the public this weekend with a two-day grand opening packed with events and activities.

    “This has been a long time coming, and I’m excited to share this amazing park with others,” said park manager Jennifer Anderson.

  • Sports briefs

    BASEBALL
    Chargers stun Regis Jesuit, headed to state quarterfinals
    AURORA
    — Ninth-seeded Chatfield scored four runs in the fourth inning and added an insurance run in the seventh to upend host Regis Jesuit at the Class 5A District 2 tournament on May 12 and qualify for the eight-team, double-elimination state bracket.
    Chatfield (13-8), which opened the district tournament with a win over Douglas County, has allowed just one run in its last four games.

  • Rebels’ Tait leads group headed...

    It was in the back of Jaylee Tait’s mind just how poorly she played at the 5A regional girls golf tournament in 2012. It was her worst round of the year. But she had to get over that because this year’s tournament was at that same Raccoon Creek Golf Course.
    Initially, though, it didn’t appear that the Columbine junior had let go of the past, because she bogeyed the first three holes May 6 before she found a groove.
    “I slowed my swing down and focused more on the fundamentals instead of trying to hit the perfect shot,” Tait said.