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Today's Sports

  • Basketball playoffs

    High schoolers get a head start on March Madness as the Class 5A state basketball playoffs begin this week, with first-round action tipping off Feb. 23.

    Here’s a look at where your local teams are going, and who they must get past to advance through the field of 48 teams.

    Chatfield boys (19-4)

    The Chargers are the No. 2 seed in the Glenn Wilson Region, making them one of the top eight teams overall — a pretty fair seed for the Jeffco champs.

  • Rebels have a birthday bash with...

    The Columbine girls all got first-year coach Sam Murillo a broom for his birthday.

    The Rebels completed a season sweep of the Dakota Ridge Eagles for the first time in school history Feb. 19 with a 45-38 victory on the Eagles’ home floor.

    “It’s pretty exciting,” Rebels forward Maddie Tedford said. “And it’s our coach’s birthday today.”

  • Third-period goal edges...

    The Chatfield hockey team saw it season come to an end after a dramatic back-and-forth 4-3 loss Feb. 19 to Lewis-Palmer in Colorado Springs.

    The 11th-seeded Chargers (7-6-1) never led the No. 6 Rangers (11-3-0), but rallied three times to tie the game at Sertich Ice Center, before the Rangers scored the game-winner in the third period.

  • Vermeer's free throws with...

    The Chatfield Chargers led for a total of 28.7 seconds Feb. 9. Six of those seconds happened to be the most important.

    Senior Landon Vermeer wiped away a frustrating night when he cashed two free throws with 6.7 seconds remaining to give the Chargers a wild 49-48 Class 5A Jefferson County League victory over the hard-luck Columbine Rebels.

    “I was just kind of saying to myself, ‘This is in.’ Not thinking of anything else besides making them,” Vermeer said.

  • Apergis takes over late, steers...

    The Columbine Rebels beat rival Chatfield earlier this season by dominating the second half.

    On Feb. 9, the Rebels got the same result, but didn’t pull ahead until the final minute of overtime.

    “This time we were down almost the entire game and had to come back,” Rebels guard Demitra Apergis said.

    Apergis’ twisting banker with 48 seconds left in overtime gave the Rebels the lead, and her three free throws sealed the 53-51 Class 5A Jefferson County League victory on their home floor.

  • Lady Eagles dish out big win...

    An old proverb states that revenge is a dish that is best served cold.

    Well they must have quite a freezer at Dakota Ridge High School on Feb. 11 as the Eagles served an ice cold dish to Chatfield by beating them soundly on the defensive end and moving the ball well on offense on their way to a 54-35 victory.

    In their first meeting, Chatfield lit up the Eagles in the first quarter, scoring 24 first-quarter points en route to a 52-43 win. But this time, Chatfield was only able to manage 20 points in the entire first half as the Dakota Ridge zone gave the Chargers fits.

  • SPORTS BRIEFS: Swimming,...

    GIRLS SWIMMING

    Horodyski a real butterfly

    Columbine’s Ashley Horodyski earned a trip to the finals of the 100 butterfly Feb. 13 at the Class 5A state swim and dive championships at the Fort Collins’ Edora Pool and Ice Center.

    Horodyski swam a time of 58.58 seconds to place sixth overall. Cherry Creek’s Kelly Naze won the event with a new state-record time of 54.25.

  • Chargers run away from Eagles

    Musically speaking, the Chatfield Chargers started out as a ragtime band Feb. 11 before blending into one serious five-piece funk group.

    “I thought we played with a great deal of intensity,” coach Gary Anderson said after the Chargers’ 71-46 victory over rival Dakota Ridge. “That’s a good team. Once we got that press and running going …”

    The Chargers found their rhythm.

  • Wrestling: Pena loses in Jeffco...

    Chatfield junior standout Tony Pena was upset Feb. 6 in the cross-classification final of the Jefferson County League at Columbine. Pena won the Class 5A 130-pound bracket before facing Wheat Ridge’s Nick Swanson in the final and losing a 4-3 decision.

    Pena was the only wrestler from Chatfield, Columbine or Dakota Ridge to win his 5A weight.

    Wrestlers head to regionals this weekend before next week’s state tournament, which runs Feb. 18-20 at Pepsi Center.

  • Lady Chargers finally lull Bears...

    LAKEWOOD — The Chatfield Chargers went into Bear Creek High School hoping for an easy win on Feb. 5.

    They got the win, but it certainly wasn’t easy as the Chargers fought a feisty Bears squad 47-38 for their fifth straight win in a Jeffco 5A League game.

    Chatfield (12-7, 6-3) would lead throughout, jumping out to a 9-0 lead, but were never able to extend it as the Bears (5-14, 1-8) hung tough and played the Chargers even the rest of the way.