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Today's Sports

  • CHS alum Akerfelds succumbs to...

    Former Columbine standout Darrel Akerfelds, who served 11 years as the San Diego Padres bullpen coach, died June 24 of pancreatic cancer. He was 50.
    Akerfelds, who pitched for five seasons in the major leagues after being drafted seventh overall in the 1983 amateur draft by the Seattle Mariners, was diagnosed with the disease in December 2010. He also pitched for the Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies, recording a 9-10 record with a 5.08 earned run average.

  • Summer 7-on-7s are a passing...

    DENVER — There are no shoulder pads, no pants just shorts, no offensive or defensive lines, no running plays and no rushing the quarterback.
    It’s two-hand touch. Defenses score three points for every interception and touchdowns are worth seven points with no extra points involved.
    It’s flag football without the flags.

  • From Peaks to Plains

    A 5-mile stretch of Clear Creek straddling Jefferson and Clear Creek county open spaces will be the focus of a $4.6 million paved-trail project that promises to open up the waterway for kayakers, runners, hikers and cyclists to enjoy.

    The entire project will cost a projected $10.2 million, including $4.5 million in matching funds from Jeffco Open Space and $1.1 million from Clear Creek Open Space.

  • Lions add arms to rotation in...

    Summer baseball can be a bit different than regular-season baseball. Coaches use summer ball to reconfigure their teams after graduating seniors leave and young freshmen join. Coaches suss out players’ strengths, determining who can play which position.
    That’s exactly what Littleton High School head coach Micah “Bernie” Bernhardt did during the Lions’ home doubleheader against the Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) on June 15 en route to a pair of five-inning victories — 10-0 in Game 1 and 17-3 in the nightcap.

  • Chatfield grad Graham gets back...

    EVERGREEN — The last time bareback rider J.D. Graham competed he broke his right wrist. That was nine months ago at the Colorado Pro Rodeo Association Finals in Grand Junction.
    But the 21-year-old Chatfield Senior High graduate from Littleton was back on the saddle June 16 at the 46th annual Evergreen Rodeo.
    “If I’m going to get on one it might as well be for a lot of money,” said Graham, moments after his first ride back at the El Pinal Rodeo Grounds.

  • Q&A: Five questions with...

    Robbie McEwen was a member of Chatfield Senior High’s 2001 5A state football championship team. He moved to Nebraska where he played at Division I-AA Drake before transferring to Division-I Nebraska. Now he’s training the art of long snapping while also practicing law. The Columbine Courier’s Michael Hicks recently caught up with McEwen.

    1. While at Chatfield, you were a key cog on the 2001 5A state championship team that went 14-0, including a 9-3 win over Fairview in the finals. What was that season like for you?

  • Fun in the sun at Chatfield...

    You don’t have to trek all over Colorado to get the full outdoor adventure experience. Chatfield State Park offers adventurers the opportunity to sample everything they want and love, as well as some they may have never thought possible within city limits. The following is a list of outdoor activities available as the summer weather heats up:

    HIT THE TRAIL

  • Sports briefs

    VOLLEYBALL
    Chatfield camps set for July 31-Aug. 3 and Aug. 6-9

    Chatfield’s girls volleyball team will be hosting a camp July 31-Aug. 3 for players in grades 5-8 and for high school students, grades 9-12, from Aug. 6-9 at Chatfield Senior High School.
    Cost is $50.
    For more information, including times for the camps, and registration information visit www.chatfieldvolleyball.com.
    High school tryouts will be held Aug. 13-15 at Chatfield Senior High School.

    BASKETBALL

  • Spring all-conference track...

    The following is the 5A all-conference Jeffco League track & field team for the 2012 spring season:

    BOYS
    FIRST TEAM

  • 2011-12 Coach of the Year: Andy...

    Andy Lowry says he had no idea that the 2011 Columbine football season would be as special as it was. But, then again, that’s how the 48-year-old head coach approaches every season.
    Every year is a new year, but there was something special about the Rebels last year. From the time Columbine boarded a plane for Florida and a preseason kickoff classic through Dec. 3 at Sports Authority Field at Mile HIgh when it won its fifth 5A state title since 1999 the Rebels were a team of, well, destiny.