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  • Chargers’ Barber, Hagen give it...

    THORNTON — It starts with a pirouette, then a jump, then a tumble. Her floor routine was a mix of lovely grace and power, but after two days of long competition Chatfield senior Emily Barber’s body was fatigued and shaky, and it showed in her landings.
    Competition in the 5A state gymnastics division is nothing if not fierce, especially with girls such as Claire Hammen from Loveland, who placed first in every single event last year bagging an impressive 39.225 points — the most in Colorado high school gymnastics history.

  • Chatfield sweeps regionals,...

    By Will Petersen
    For the Courier

  • Ground game, turnovers pace...

    LAKEWOOD — There is no question that junior running back Bernard McDondle and senior quarterback Michael Burns make Columbine’s offense go behind a proficient offensive line. But it was Columbine’s defense that set the table for the Rebels in the first round of the 5A state playoffs on Nov. 2.

  • Sports briefs

    GYMNASTICS
    Lady Chargers places third at Region 3 meet at Cherry Creek
    GREENWOOD VILLAGE
    — Chatfield placed third with 175.8 points, wile Columbine came in eighth with 142.55 at the 5A Region 3 championships Oct. 2 6 at Cherry Creek High School.
    The Lady Chargers finished 2.775 points back of second-place Rocky Mountain.
    The 5A state championships will be Nov. 2-3 at Thornton High School.

    FOOTBALL
    McNamee, Sonju lead Lions to first conference victory

  • Eagles’ wheels fall off in 2nd...

    LAKEWOOD — It’s a problem that has reared its ugly head time and again for Dakota Ridge.
    Three times this season the Eagles — against Green Mountain, Denver South and now Wheat Ridge — have had their 4A Plains Conference rivals on the ropes. And three times they’ve let them off.
    The latest — a 21-10 loss to the Farmers on Oct. 26 at Jeffco Stadium — likely sealed Dakota Ridge’s postseason hopes.

  • Rebels get on track in time for...

    LAKEWOOD — Reality had already stared the Columbine Rebels in the face.
    “We’re not going to win a conference title. We understand that,” Columbine senior quarterback Michael Burns said. “Right now, we’re working to be the best team we can be going into the playoffs and seeing where we can go.”

  • Spillar completes comeback with...

    COLORADO SPRINGS — It was a sprained ankle that threatened McKenna Spillar’s senior season. But the Dakota Ridge cross country runner, if she had anything to say about it, wasn’t going to let that happen.
    Spillar rehabbed the nagging injury until she finally returned to the course a month ago. Then on Oct. 27 at the 5A state championships at the Norris Penrose Event Center — coming off a 5A Jeffco League championship and third-place finish at regionals — Spillar completed her comeback with a seventh-place finish in 19 minutes, 23.2 seconds.

  • Late lead slips from Chargers

    Anyone who left the game early Oct. 26 at Littleton Public Schools Stadium because it was too cold to stay until the end missed quite an amazing ending when the Arapahoe Warriors defeated the Chatfield Chargers 40-28, claiming the 5A Super 6 conference title.
    In the first half, the ninth-ranked Chargers (6-3, 3-2 5A Super 6) looked like they had a chip on their shoulder as the dominated the field. Chatfield scored on the first play of the game when Chatfield junior Austin Steinhoff ran 72 yards untouched.

  • Chargers keep footing to advance

    LAKEWOOD — Heavy rain pelted the Lakewood Memorial Field and made it somewhat slippery for both Chatfield and Rocky Mountain players in their 5A boys soccer state playoff opener Oct. 24. But  the pre-winter storm that turned to snow late couldn’t rain on the Chargers’ parade.

  • Top scores tough to be found at...

    LAKEWOOD — Gymnastics in the Jeffco League is like a stacked deck, loaded with highly skilled, competitive gymnasts, which makes for a great show at state. But at league competition it makes for a downright spectacle.
    The Jeffco League gymnastics championships was held at Bear Creek High School on Oct. 20. The conference finals are just a primer for regionals, which will be held Oct. 26. Teams have to qualify their gymnasts at regionals if they want a shot at state, but there are so many variables that make getting to state nerve-wracking.