Today's Sports

  • 2013 boys tennis previews

    Head coach: Mark Koza
    Assistant coaches: Matt Raml, Miles Flesche
    Classification: 5A Jeffco
    2012 recap: Chatfield finished second in the 5A Jeffco League and at regionals, while qualifying six of seven spots for the state tournament. The Chargers received the boys tennis sportsmanship award for the state of Colorado in 2012.
    Players to watch: John Koza, Brian Ross, John Simpson
    Season opener: Aug. 23, vs. Denver East
    State tournament: Oct. 10-12, Gates Tennis Center, Denver

  • Rebels’ Tait off to fast start

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    LAKEWOOD — You’d be hard-pressed to find a better all-around high school athlete in Colorado than Michael Tait. The Columbine junior likely will earn four letters this school year and start at arguably three of the most important positions in team sports — quarterback (football), point guard (basketball) and center field (baseball).

  • Sports briefs

    Front Range Christian duo break free-throw record
    Former Front Range Christian girls basketball player Katherine Oosthuizen and her coach, Mike Anderson, combined to make 33 free throws in one minute to break the world record by a mixed pair.
    The duo set the mark on Aug. 2 at West Bowles Community Church. Witnesses, a referee, scoreboard operator, scorekeepers, a camera operator, rebounding staff and line judges were on hand to witness the feat.

  • 2013 boys golf capsule previews

    Head coach: Tim Capra
    Classification: 5A Jeffco
    2012 recap: Columbine placed third at regionals with a 236 team total and sent four to the 5A state tournament. Two of those players return in 2013, while the Rebels graduated long-time golfers Billy Ramsey and Logan Smith. Columbine placed eighth at state with a 480 total.
    Players to watch: Greg Shelton, Sr.; Michael Tait, Jr.; Ashton Opperman, Sr.; Evan Tooley, Soph.

  • Rebels' Tait ready for the...

    Michael Tait knows that his schedule is going to be tough. How could it not be, considering the Columbine junior golfer is also hoping to start at quarterback for the Rebels’ varsity football team?
    He is going to be limited as to what he can do. He won’t practice golf much during the year because of his other commitments, but he’ll get there when he can. That said, considering he’s coming off a season in which he placed 20th at the 5A state tournament, his golf game seemingly is in pretty good shape.

  • Sports briefs

    Pre-tryout camp set for Dakota Ridge High School

    Dakota Ridge High School will host the 2013 Gold Crown pre-tryout camp for students in grades 5-8 on Aug. 10, 17 and 31.
    Cost is $20 per day or $50 for all three dates.
    For more information and to register, visit www.dakotaridgesports.org. You can also e-mail Dakota Ridge head coach Nicki Kneuer at drhsvolleyball@gmail.com.

    Tryouts scheduled for the 2013 Lady Chargers

  • Column: Look here, fall sports...

    Have you looked around a bit lately? No? Than take a peek. Go by the nearest high school or golf course. Chances are you’ll see a golfer, a football player or a runner cross your path. It is August after all.
    You know what that means? With school on the horizon — hard to believe, I know — high school athletics are here again, too.
    It seems as if the summer just flew by. In a lot of ways, it did. I blinked and seemingly missed it. And though it’s still a wee bit warm out there, for me at least, there’s no better time of the year.

  • Hobbs making a splash

    Chances are, if you know Averly Hobbs, that you’ll find the Chatfield Senior High junior somewhere near a pool. She’ll either be life guarding or, more likely, working on new dives.
    The repetitive work on those dives, along with her working out in the gym, is why she has become one of Colorado’s better divers.
    This past February, as a sophomore, Hobbs placed second in the 5A state high school diving championships with a 454.65 point total. Only Loveland senior Michal Bower scored higher with a 486.15 total.

  • Cencich leaves mark with bench...

    Thomas Cencich said he backed off a little bit. After all, the 52-year-old Littleton resident only had a deadlift of 429 pounds. He also took it easy with his squat of 446 pounds. Normally that’s where he would start, but he wanted to make the judges happy.
    “I’m going really easy, really light to get something on the board,” the 1978 Evergreen High School graduate said.
    Well, he was at Disney World after all. There were other things to do.

  • Staunton State Park packing them...

    Since its May 18 opening, Colorado’s newest state park has been packing in the crowds. 

    “The number of visitors was much higher than we expected,” said Jennifer Anderson, manager at Staunton State Park.

    From May 18-31, approximately 25,000 visitors experienced the 3,828-acre park southwest of Conifer. Anderson said more than 46,000 people entered the park in June.