Today's Sports


    Columbine Courier sports editor Michael Hicks and photo editor Matthew Jonas are following head coach Andy Lowry’s Columbine Rebels from the start of practice throughout the 2011 season, a year after a 9-2 season and a disappointing second-round playoff loss. We will follow the Rebels throughout the season and the work that goes into it. Second in a series.

  • Chatfield fends off furious late...

    CONIFER — For all of the third and most of the fourth set, the Chatfield Lady Chargers were in control. Victory, seemingly, appeared inevitable. And eventually it was secured, but not before the host Conifer Lady Lobos made a furious rally that threatened to force their Sept. 8 volleyball match into a decisive fifth set.
    Luckily for Chatfield it had Grace Newkirk and Megan Bohn to pull it through.

  • Columbine's Cox places...

    Senior Ashley Perry won two events and took second in another, leading undefeated Evergreen to a seven-point victory at the Columbine Invitational.
    Perry won the floor exercise and the vault with identical 9.05 scores, and took second place in the beam (8.550).
    “She is a great addition to our team,” Evergreen head coach Marnie Bello said. “Not only because of her talent, but because of her leadership, commitment, and hard work she brings to the table.”

  • Sports briefs

    McDondle rushes for 162 yards, three scores in Columbine victory
    — Cameron McDondle rushed for 162 yards and three touchdowns on just seven carries as Columbine rolled to a 42-13 win over Rocky Mountain on Sept. 8 at Jefferson County Stadium.
    Ceasar Lopez, Tre Willingham and Bernard McDondle also scored rushing touchdowns for the Rebels (2-0).

    Elsenbast, Chargers celebrate homecoming with 26-21 win

  • Chargers can’t get bats going in...

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — It was just a little rain and mild lightning in the distance, but the 53-minute weather delay, not to mention the pitching of Mountain Vista’s Jesse Applehans, proved to throw Chatfield off its game.
    The Lady Chargers, coming off back-to-back wins to open the 2011 season in which they scored 14 runs, were held to one run on five hits and the Golden Eagles’ Megan Brown delivered a two-run homer in a five-run fourth inning as Mountain Vista scored an 8-1 win on Aug. 31.

  • Kickoff coverage spells...

    LAKEWOOD — Sometimes kickoffs can have as big an impact on the outcome of football games as offense or defense. A lesson Chatfield learned the hard way in its season opener against ThunderRidge on Sept. 1 at Jefferson County Stadium.
    The Chargers allowed two kickoff returns for scores by Grizzlies defensive back Tyler Johnson, including one in the fourth quarter, en route to a 49-28 loss.

  • Sports briefs

    Lady Eagles rolling along, beat D’Evelyn to go to 6-0

    DENVER  — Cam Mammenga was 3-for-3 with two runs batted in and McKenna Pendergraft tripled and drove in two runs as Dakota Ridge improved to 6-0 with a 9-4 win over host D’Evelyn on Sept. 1.
    Bri Arneach walked three and struck out three for the win.
    Gomez, Lady Rebels blank Fairview for second win.
    Sarah Kastanek and Taryn Rothrock drove in two runs each as Columbine (2-1) shut out Fairview, 7-0, on Sept. 1.

  • Eagles straighten things out

    CONIFER — Pitch after pitch after pitch BrookLynn York was lacing the ball just foul. She nearly hit teammate Sierra Jones in the on-deck circle. She just missed head coach Dave Atencio standing in the third-base box. But once she figured out how to get the ball inside the line, just past Conifer third baseman Mackenzie Long, it opened the floodgates for Dakota Ridge.

  • Leipheimer, state big winners at...

    DENVER — About the only thing that was hotter than cyclist Levi Leipheimer this week, especially on Aug. 28 — the final day of the week-long inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge — was the weather.

    It was another hot one, as temperatures scorched an overflowing crowd of more than 200,000 during Stage 6 from Golden to Lookout Mountain into downtown Denver, with it topping out at a record 96 degrees. But it couldn’t stop Leipheimer.

  • Sports briefs

    Risner, Wiggins spoil opener for Front Range Christian
    WIGGINS — Taylor Risner threw for 287 yards and four touchdowns as Wiggins pulled away from Front Range Christian in the second half for a 36-12 season-opening win on Aug. 26.