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Today's Sports

  • Allen flies to finish

    Ben Allen wasn’t nervous for his first varsity swim meet. Nor was he scared.

    Allen, however, did feel pretty fast.

    In a race where nothing mattered beyond the bravery of the athlete and the grins that followed, Allen, a special-needs junior at Chatfield, swam the 50-yard freestyle March 12 for the Chargers. Not the Chatfield Unified team, mind you, which Allen competes for in basketball, but the full varsity.

    “I probably did pretty good,” Allen said at the Ridge. “I broke a 56.”

  • Chatfield boys lacrosse team...

      DENVER — It took three overtimes to vanquish Chatfield High’s boys lacrosse team at Colorado Academy on March 18, but the 6-5 thriller showed the Chargers will be a force this year.

    “(There were) two good defenses who just battled it throughout the game. Sometimes things don’t work out, but we played hard and can walk away with our heads held high,” Chatfield head coach Kyle Lambert said.

  • Silver skates on a golden pond

    “It’s a bond that the best players in the NHL have with people like me. Doing it with the wind blowing in your face, and doing it when you’re 10 years old, and until your feet are freezing. It’s just the most wonderful thing I could ever think of.”

    — Fred Haberman, founder, U.S. Pond Hockey Championships

    INDIAN HILLS — The local herd of deer didn’t show up for the final morning of skating on Martin Richardson’s rink this month.

    Lazy beasts.

  • Albertson leads Rebels past...

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine sophomore forward Ember Albertson learned that if at first you don’t succeed, try again … and again.

    The forward was stoned not once, but twice by Rampart goalie Katie Ruff from point-blank range and missed several shots wide of the net, but with just over 18 minutes remaining in the game, she finally got the best of Ruff and fired home the game-winning goal in a 2-1 Rebel victory on March 12 at Lakewood Memorial Field.

  • Rebels attack Wolves early,...

    The sight of a Grandview player carrying the ball across midfield was significant March 9.

    Why? It was first time the Columbine Rebels had allowed it to happen, and their game was nine minutes old. And the Rebels were already up 8-0.

    “I was happy with our first game,” coach Alise Steiner said after the Rebels tranquilized, tagged and released the Wolves to the tune of a 17-3 victory. “We ran hard; we went after groundballs; mostly made good passes.”

  • A prayer to pure motion

    "Lately I buy new guitars,

    They're shiny as a hearse.

    I still like the look of road wear,

    But the roles have been reversed.”

    — From “Guitar Shopping” by David Wilcox

    The Pennsylvania winters of my youth seem less cold and more forgiving across time, but the sports we played after school on those dark, damp afternoons still inhabit a vital and vivid place in memory.

  • Late surge dooms Columbine boys

    LAKEWOOD — Back and forth games are always tougher to lose than a blowout. Such was the case for the Columbine Rebels boys lacrosse team who fell to 1-2 on the new season as they dropped one to the Rock Canyon Jaguars 9-7 on March 12 at Trailblazer Stadium.

    The game was a see-saw battle throughout, but Rock Canyon was just a little bit better in the second half as they outscored Columbine 7-4 in the final two quarters to take home the win.

  • Chargers get sour ending to...

    There is one unfortunate consequence of March Madness: It can leave you quite, uh, mad.

    The games are close and crazy, the shots are big, the crowds are raucous and rude, and a thousand little moments accumulate into victory or defeat.

    Add overtime into the equation, and you might need a straightjacket to stay in your seat.

    “In a game like that, it’s always a free throw, a rebound or a turnover,” coach Gary Anderson said.

  • Cowgirl up: Front Range...

    WESTMINSTER — For the Front Range Falcons, their playoff victory against Meeker on March 5 was very sweet.

    The Falcons got hot from the field early and stifled the Cowboys defensively to roll to a 55-35 win and advanced to their first Sweet 16 appearance in school history.

    “We feel really good. We worked as team really hard and we’re really close, so I think that’s what gotten us this far,” senior co-captain Becca Ruiz said.

    The Falcons have now won 20 games in a row and this one was over early as they improved to 21-2 on the season.

  • Eagles eliminated in double-...

      AURORA - Jaw dropping gave way to jaw breaking Feb. 26 for the Dakota Ridge Eagles. In what could go down as the wildest games the athletes on either side will ever be a part of, the Eagles and Grandview Wolves went into double-overtime to decide the winner of their second round Class 5A state playoff game. Big shots? Plenty. Heated moments? Tons. Crazy turnovers? Too many. Drama?