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Today's Sports

  • Roundup: Fishel homers, Wilson...

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — Nate Fishel went 2-for-3, homered and drove in three runs as Dakota Ridge rallied to top host Valor Christian, 6-4, on March 16 for its first win of the season.

    Will Ochoa added two hits, while Ben Nutsch scored two runs for the Eagles.

    Steve Wilson allowed four runs — just two earned — on seven hits en route to the complete-game victory. He struck out eight.

  • Second-half charge lifts...

    LAKEWOOD — Casey Kopchik just might be the first one to tell you that winning the season opener, which Chatfield did with a 7-4 victory over Evergreen on March 11 at Trailblazer Stadium, is huge, but you’ve got to keep pushing.

    The Chargers, ironically, made their first push in the second half. Chatfield, a state quarterfinalist a year ago, scored the game’s final four goals — two from Kopchik — to erase a brief second-half deficit.    

  • Rebels tackling learning curve

    It was only one mishap, but early in the season, with a banged-up team and players still trying to get adjusted with one another, sometimes that’s all it takes. That was the case for the Columbine Lady Rebels on March 12.

    Courtney Brady’s goal midway through the first half, off an assist from Whitney Ravan, was all visiting Grand Junction needed for a 1-0 girls soccer victory. The win avenged a 5A state playoff loss to Columbine a year ago.

  • Eagles strike out in opener

    GREENWOOD VILLAGE — It wasn’t that Steven Wilson wasn’t throwing strikes — he did. The Dakota Ridge junior just didn’t throw enough of them, especially early in the count. As a result, Cherry Creek took advantage in the teams’ season opener

  • Spring previews: track &...

    TRACK & FIELD
    CHATFIELD CHARGERS
    Head coaches: Bret McGatlin and Joe Cox 
    Assistant coaches: Keith Mead, Michael Gordon, Jeff Mages, Todd Meyers  
    Classification: 5A
    Top athletes: Erik Gaytan, Jr., 100, 200, relays; Nick Brown, Sr., discus, jumps; Ben Clark, Sr., shot put/discus;  Juliana Grover, Sr., sprinter; Cassandra Hanna, Sr., 100, 200; Amanda Clements, Soph., jumps, relays

  • Roundup: Rebels rebound, thump...

    COLORADO SPRINGS — Michael Burns and Tyler Mohr each had two hits and Columbine broke open a close game with a six-run sixth inning for a 15-6 win on March 12.

    Brandan Glader scored scored three runs and drove in two more. He also tripled.

    Dylan McGraw allowed one run on two hits over 3 2/3 innings for the win.

    Columbine, which doppred its opener to Legend, improved to 1-1.

  • Falcons’ state hopes dashed

    DENVER — Vanessa Vigil, as effortlessly as she did in the first half, dropped another layup in the basket at Hamilton Gymnasium with 3 minutes, 21 seconds left in the third quarter to give Front Range Christian a 14-point lead.

    It looked as if Front Range Christian’s girls basketball team was less than 12 minutes away from a trip to Pueblo and the 2A state basketball tournament on March 5. But Sedgwick County, like it did last year, turned the Region 4 championship game into a bitter ending for the Lady Falcons.

  • Lady Falcons overcome illnesses...

    DENVER — Front Range Christian girls basketball coach Dominic Vigil had some sick kids for the team’s Region 4 first-round matchup with Rangely.

    Point guard Jennifer Vigil and top reserve Katherine Oosthuzien were under the weather, but played regardless and, fortunately, the Lady Falcons didn’t need their services in the fourth quarter as they coasted to a 64-50 win at Hamilton Gymnasium at the University of Denver on March 4.

  • Spring sports previews: Girls...

    GIRLS TENNIS
    CHATFIELD CHARGERS
    Head coach: Robert Campbell 
    Assistant coach: Teresa Gomez
    Classification: 5A
    Top players: Katherine Ross, Jr.; Rachel Frisz, Sr.; Kimberly Arssten, Sr.
    Season opener: March 15, at Fairview, 3:30 p.m.

  • Falcons’ season ends on flat note

    STERLING — Matthew Meek scored a game-high 19 points, but Front Range Christian couldn’t overcome a slow start in a 66-44 loss to undefeated Yuma on March 4 in the Region 2 semifinals at Northeastern Junior College.

    Yuma (22-0) jumped out to an 18-4 lead after one quarter and led 33-14 at halftime.

    The Indians had four players in double figures, led by Shane Terrell’s 18 points. Darko Vukasovic scored 15 points, Jared Couglin added 14 and Matt Bowland scored 10.