Today's Sports

  • Coachable Gaytan focused on 2011

    If you ask Chatfield High Schools senior free safety Erik Gaytan what makes him a good athlete, he’ll tell you simply, “I’m coachable.”

    For Gaytan, being coachable means not only doing what he’s told, but remembering that, while he may be good, there are better. 

  • Injury, playoff loss push Croy

    All Josh Croy could do was watch. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound defensive lineman couldn’t contribute in the way he wanted to as the Columbine Rebels, winners of their first eight games in 2010, were on their way to a 14-7 second-round 5A state playoff loss to Grandview.

    His first full season on the varsity squad had been cut short midway through thanks to a high ankle sprain to his left ankle. But the Rebels senior is using that misfortune as a motivator for 2011.

  • Front Range Christian golfers...

    GOLDEN — Jared Sloan shot a team-best 84 and Front Range Christian placed third among seven schools at a 3A golf match on Aug. 18 at Applewood Golf Course.

    Resurrection Christian's Mason Munn was the top medalist after shooting a 77. He helped his team to a first-place finish with 254 points. Strasburg was second with 275 and Front Range Christian was third, two shots back.

    Other finishers for the Falcons were Paul Turner (92), Zach Garcia (101), Brax Rohde (114) and Ben Anderson (124).

  • Colorado Swim Club state...


  • Season opener leaves FRCS...

    DENVER ­— Maybe it was the yardage — the back nine played 200 yards longer than the front, or the trees that hover around the Wellshire Golf Club course, or just fatigue. Whatever the case, the boys golf regular-season opener on Aug. 11 left Front Range Christian golfers clamoring for more.
    Led by Jared Sloan’s 88, the Falcons placed sixth out of eight teams on the Par-71, 6,498-yard course. Sloan’s score — he shot 5-over 40 on the front nine before firing a 48 over the last nine holes — left him in 10th place.

  • Rebel ball: Path to state

    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. First in a series.

  • 2011 Boys Golf Preview: Chargers...

    Nick Berry, admittedly, went into last year’s 5A state boys golf championship with the wrong mind-set. The Chatfield golfer, in his own words, didn’t play to win but more so not to lose.

    “I played a  lot more conservatively than I needed to and basically shot myself out of the tournament,” the rising Chatfield senior said.

    But, boy, how one day can change everything.

  • Koza embraces role as Chargers...

    Mark Koza has been around tennis all of his life, but the former Purdue University player hasn’t been around it full-time since he was coaching club tennis while in college.

    That’s about to change.

    Koza will start his first season as head coach of Chatfield’s boys tennis program on Aug. 23 with a match at Cheyenne Mountain. Koza, who was an assistant coach last season, replaces Carey Brading. Brading resigned earlier this year.

  • Sports briefs

    Dakota Ridge to host tryouts
    Dakota Ridge High School will be holding Gold Crown tryouts on Aug. 20 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the school. 

    For more details, visit www.eaglesactivities.org or contact  Nikki Kneuer at nikkineuer@comcast.net or  303-588-9448.

    Columbine youth camp Aug. 10-12
    Columbine High School is hosting a youth volleyball camp for girls in grades sixth through eighth Aug. 10-12 from 8 a.m. until noon. Cost is $45. 


    It wasn’t that big of a deal to Tom Cencich. The 50-year-old 1978 Evergreen High School graduate has been to a number of international competitions. So last month’s North American Powerlifting Championships in Miami, Fla., wasn’t all that much different than the rest.

    But, in truth, it was.

    The 5-foot-6, 182-pounder entered the competition for one reason -- to shatter a world record. This was his third world championship and he literally had the bench press mark at the tip of his fingers. Or, more realistically, just under his feet.