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Today's Sports

  • Game plan works to perfection...

    For Danny Carney and Austin Appel, the game plan was simple enough — keep up with Columbine’s William Kincaid. The execution would be the hard part.

    But the Dakota Ridge runners not only stayed with Kincaid, but they beat him. Carney took first place and Appel second in leading the Eagles to a 5A Jeffco League boys cross country championship on Oct. 15 at Clement Park.

  • Farmers extend streak vs. Eagles

    LAKEWOOD — It’s been tough sledding for Dakota Ridge lately when it comes to facing Wheat Ridge. Entering its game on Oct. 15 at Jefferson County Stadium, the Eagles had lost each of their last three meetings to the Farmers. 

    That losing streak is now at four games after the Farmers scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to defeat Dakota Ridge, 28-14.

  • Eagles run out of gas at...

    ERIE — Katie Stead did all that she could to save Dakota Ridge’s season, but even that wasn’t enough on Oct. 16 at the 5A Region 5 softball tournament at Erie Ball Fields.

  • Roundup: McDondle helps...

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine entered its game with Arapahoe on Oct. 15 at Jefferson County Stadium treading some water. The Rebels were still undefeated but needed overtime to win their previous two games and were without senior quarterback Aaron Torres, senior linebacker Kevin Osborne, and junior defensive lineman Josh Croy due to injuries.

    The Rebels (7-0, 3-0 Big 6) withstood the loss of their key players quite well, scoring 42 unanswered points en route to a 48-27 win over Arapahoe(5-2, 2-1).

  • Getting back to normal

    Michael Vrabel thinks about it from time to time. And for Derek Valdez, it was a scary time in his young life.

    Little did the now sixth-graders — Vrabel at Falcon Bluff Middle School; Valdez at Stony Creek Elementary — and teammates for the South Jeffco Sports Association Pirates, a sixth-grade football team, know that their lives were on a similar path nearly eight years ago.

  • Eagles back on winning track

    LAKEWOOD — After suffering a tough 35-16 loss to Monarch the previous week, Dakota Ridge found its homecoming game against Brighton last Friday at Jefferson County Stadium to be anything but easy.

    The Eagles (4-2, 2-1 Mountain Plains) fell behind Brighton (2-4, 0-3) 6-0 before reeling off 23 unanswered points to win 23-6. 

    “Their confidence was shaken a little bit after the loss to Monarch,” Dakota Ridge coach Ron Woitalewicz said. “I think this is a good win that will allow us to get our confidence back.”

  • Eagles’ Vance places in Top 5

    Dakota Ridge’s Drew Vance battled back after an opening-round 3-over-par 75 to birdie three of the first four holes on Day 2 and finished with a 2-over 146 to tie for fifth place at the 5A state boys golf championship at Valley Country Club on Aurora on Oct. 4-5.

    Vance made five birdies on the second day to shoot a 1-under 71 to finish in a tie with Fort Collins’ Palmer Giro and Ponderosa’s Derek Despres. They finished four shots back of David Oraee of Greeley West, who was the top medalist.

  • Roundup: Chatfield boys tennis...

    Chatfield is sending all three of its singles players and three of its four doubles teams to the 5A state boys tennis championship this weekend after the Chargers took first place in the 5A Region 5 tournament on Oct. 7.

    The Chargers won the regional title with 70 points, 14 points ahead of host Heritage. Littleton was third with 41 points, followed by Thunder Ridge (23), Bear Creek (11), Columbine (11), Rock Canyon (5) and Dakota Ridge (0).

  • Eagles don't get caught in...

    LAKEWOOD — Interim head coach Tony Barba knew the Dakota Ridge softball team could be heading into a trap on Oct. 2 at Bear Creek. But the Eagles were ready and that trap was never sprung as Dakota Ridge hit, pitched and fielded at a high level and thrashed the Bear Creek Bears, 16-0.

    “They knew what’s at stake. This is one of those games that’s a trap game so they just came in here and took care of business, got everyone some playing time and got out of here,” Barba said.

  • Roundup: Monarch’s...

    LAFAYETTE — Cody Schneider and Ryan Muller scored two touchdowns each and Monarch trumped Dakota Ridge, 35-16, in varsity football action on Oct. 1.