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Today's Sports

  • Young athlete takes dead aim

    CONIFER — Tanner Clem isn’t Robin Hood.

    The 11-year-old, however, might just be better when it comes to stringing up a bow and hitting a target. And he doesn’t have to wear those green tights.

    Tanner, a fifth-grader at Marshdale Elementary, has been into archery since he was 4. About three years ago, he entered his first formal competition. Last month, he took first place in his age group at the National Indoor Championships in Louisville, Ky.

  • SPORTS BRIEFS: Lacrosse rivalry...

    Boys lacrosse

    Chatfield and Columbine

    lacrosse rivalry heads to Invesco Field

    The Chatfield Chargers and Columbine Rebels boys lacrosse rivalry will be raised to another level April 10 as this always exciting match will be played on the big stage of Invesco Field at Mile High.

    The game, which starts at noon, will be a great day of lacrosse for two of the top Foothills Conference teams. Tickets are $12 and include admission to the second game — Valor Christian boys vs. Pueblo. Parking is free.

  • SPORTS BRIEFS: Jeffco awards

    Boys basketball

    Chargers and Eagles lead first team

    The Class 5A Jefferson County League champion Chatfield Chargers and runner-up Dakota Ridge Eagles both landed two players on the first team for all-conference selections.

    Landon Vermeer and Trevor Wages were selected for the Chargers, while Dan DiFolco and Derek VanderVelde were honored for the Eagles.

    Columbine senior Neil Myer also made the first team.

  • Average start not hitting the...

    For head coach Damon Smerchek and the Dakota Ridge Eagles’ girls soccer team, a 3-3 start is not what they had in mind.

    “The season has not started out as I hoped. We dropped a few games I thought we could win; the Legacy game specifically,” Smerchek said.

    The Legacy game Smerchek is referring to was the Eagles’ 2-1 loss that was the first of the year for Dakota Ridge, and gave the Lightning its first, and to this point, only win of the young season.

  • Farmers shine, but Chargers take...

    Having depth in a sport contested in water seems like a no-brainer. Thankfully for the Chargers, they had plenty of it March 26 against Wheat Ridge.

    The Chargers won just four of the nine individual events, and won one of the three relay events, but still cruised to a 172-122 victory over the Farmers at The Ridge.

    Travis Roundy (200 yard freestyle), Bryce Carter (50 freestyle), Austin Layman (100 butterfly) and LJ Lavecchia (diving) all won their events, while the quartet of Nathan Jensen, Zach Kugler, Spencer Ollila and Layman combined to take the 400 freestyle relay.

  • Rebels lose it late to Wildcats

    The Columbine Rebels had enough talent to win just about every battle March 26 against Arvada West.

    The war, however, well, that was won in the end — literally — by the Wildcats.

    A 1-3 finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay, the final event of the day, gave the Wildcats enough points for a 152-143 victory at the Ridge.

    A-West led by a single point coming in to the race, but their first quartet earned a dominating win, while their second squad was nearly a minute better than Columbine’s.

  • Miscues mar Eagles’...

    GREENWOOD VILLAGE 

    This wasn’t the start to the season the Dakota Ridge Eagles had in mind.

    Just two days after dropping their season opener 7-4 to Mountain Vista, the Eagles had the daunting task of playing at Cherry Creek in the Bruins’ opener and fell to 0-2 after a 15-5 loss in six innings on March 11.

    While Dakota Ridge was overmatched, facing star pitcher Tito Nava, it was the Eagles defense that allowed this game to get out of hand early.

  • Youth leads Chargers over Rebels

    Lots of freshmen feel like outsiders in the big scheme of high school life.

    Chatfield fish Zach Kugler was a definite outsider March 12, but that wasn’t his fault. And don’t expect it to last much longer.

    “I don’t have any times for high school,” Kugler said.

  • 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.