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Today's Sports

  • Upset bid falls short

    AURORA — As Lexi Love goes, so goes the Chatfield softball team.

    On Oct. 23 in the opening round of the Class 5A state softball tournament, Love was masterful – for six innings.

    Locked in a scoreless tie with Jefferson County League champion Ralston Valley, the Chargers needed to get just three more outs to send the game into extra innings and give themselves more time to try and pull off the first round upset.

  • Dakota Ridge boys run to Jeffco...

    Running on your home course can carry a heavy burden.

    “It’s tough because people expect you to do better because you know the course by heart,” said Columbine’s Nikki Funkhauser following her fourth-place finish at the 2009 Jefferson County League Championships on Oct. 16 at Clement Park.

    Funkhauser was the top finisher in the Class 5A girls race for the Rebels. She crossed the finish line with a time of 20 minutes, 18.3 seconds.

  • Spond injury overshadows game

    LAKEWOOD — There are very few instances where one can imagine the final score of a Columbine and Bear Creek football game mattering so little.

    When a player, student, citizen and young gentleman such as Rebels quarterback Danny Spond is seen with knees buckling on the sideline, and has to leave Jefferson County Stadium in an ambulance after having his jersey and shoulder pads cut off of him, what happened between the lines is a distant footnote.

  • Charger duo nets fourth-place...

    DENVER — The last shall be first for the Chatfield tennis squad.

    And by last, we’re talking about the Chargers’ No. 4 double squad. And by first, we’re talking about the fourth-place finish of Kevin O’Brien and Ben Gleave on Oct. 17 at the Class 5A state championships at Gates Tennis Facility.

    “We got a good draw this year (and) we definitely felt like we could take advantage of it and just go as far as we possibly could,” O’Brien said.

  • Chargers headed to state

    AURORA — Chatfield was thrilled when it found out last week that it had earned one of the final at-large spots in the Class 5A 32-team softball regional tournament.

    You can imagine, then, their elation upon defeating Cherokee Trail 12-0 at Aurora Sports Park to clinch the second state-qualifying spot out of Region 3.

  • Dakota Ridge blanks Columbine

    Last year, Columbine routed Dakota Ridge on the Eagles’ home turf.

  • Tigers trip up Eagles

    The most exciting part for the Dakota Ridge volleyball team on Oct. 9 was that the Eagles’ fans came out in grand numbers to raise a raucous in the stands.

    The Lakewood Tigers defeated Dakota Ridge in three straight games, including a nail-biter of a second game.

  • Barber, Eagles crown Cowboys

    LAKEWOOD — Steven Barber might be the first homecoming king of a school he doesn’t technically attend. Can the home-schooled senior do that?

    “The kids love him,” Dakota Ridge coach Ron Woitalewicz said with a shrug Oct. 8.

    It’s good to be the king, or at least the Barber of the Ridge.

    “It’s awesome,” Barber said through an interpreter. “It feels really cool.”

  • Bears topple Chargers

    LAKEWOOD — Statistically speaking, Chatfield’s reign as the premier soccer team in the Class 5A Jefferson County League had to end sometime. That day was most likely Oct. 7.

    In a battle of teams unbeaten in league, the Chargers were stymied and stifled at Lakewood Memorial Field in a 1-0 loss to the Bear Creek Bears.

    The Chargers had plenty of chances, some hauntingly close, but in the end it was a slalom run, a deflection and a pounce that put the Bears in the driver’s seat for a higher postseason seed.

  • Jeon cards third-place finish at...

    Min Kyu Jeon’s fortunes changed with the weather at the Class 3A boys golf state championship at Cougar Canyon Golf Course in Trinidad.

    A pre-tournament favorite, the Front Range Christian senior teed it up Oct. 5 against a wind that fluctuated between 25 and 30 miles-per-hour. Jeon carded an 86 and was 10 strokes behind the leader.

    With the winds under control the following day, Jeon dropped 11 strokes to card a 75 and placed third overall for the second consecutive year.