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Today's Sports

  • GOLF PREVIEWS

    COLUMBINE REBELS

    Head coach: Tim Capra

    Classification: 5A Jeffco

    Region: Metro West

    Players to watch: Michael Tait, sophomore; Billy Ramsey, senior; Logan Smith, senior; Greg Shelton, junior

    Season opener: Aug. 13, Greeley West Invitational

    State finals: Oct. 1-2, Rolling Hills Country Club, Golden

  • Tait, Rebels enter golf season...

    A year ago, Michael Tait was only a freshman. Yet, at times, he was Columbine's best player. Head coach Tim Capra will tell you that. That's not to say, however, that Tait's veins were filled with ice water. They certainly weren't.

    “It was pretty nerve-racking going in as a freshman to varsity,” Tait said.

  • The ultimate challenge: Burn...

    Don Keller, 53, has faced his share of challenges — some he didn’t willingly choose, such as heart disease and an explosion that burned over 40 percent of his body and destroyed his home.

    But Keller has chosen to face, for the second year in a row, the Deer Creek Challenge Cycling Race on Aug. 19. The race, in its third year, is a benefit for Conifer’s Mountain Resource Center.

  • Sports briefs

    VOLLEYBALL
    Youth skills camp on tap at Columbine High School

    The Columbine Lady Rebels volleyball team is offering a youth skills camp Aug. 1-3 at Columbine High School. The camp is for children in grades 6-8 and will be held daily from 9 a.m. until noon.
    Cost is $45, which includes a camp T-shirt. For more details and to print out a registration form, visit http://ladyrebelvolleyball.com.

    Chatfield volleyball camp set for Aug. 6-9; tryouts Aug. 13-15

  • Fun time had by all at summer...

    GOLDEN — Tents filled every last square inch and then some at The Splash Pool from July 27-29. It wasn’t Occupy Golden, but rather the Colorado State Summer Club Championships.
    A total of 1,203 swimmers ranging in age from 4-18 from 53 teams, along with friends and families, filled the outdoor pool with smiles and cheer, each guided by hopes of walking away with medals, ribbons and top finishing times.

  • Paddleboarding hits the Rockies

    John (J.B.) Bridenbaugh thought he was too late. His friends said he was too early, but from the looks of it his timing is just right.
    J.B., 54, and his wife Nancy, 50, of Bow Mar, opened Altitude Paddleboards, an unassuming paddleboard shop in downtown Littleton on June 8. Although it’s a relatively new sport to Colorado, the Bridenbaughs knew that they had to do something to help build a paddleboarding community.

  • Hoops camp isn’t just for the...

    It was Cami Chisholm’s mother that signed the 12-year-old student up for the second annual Front Range Christian School three-day basketball camp held last week. The first-time camper thought it would be fun, and it was.
    What was the most fun?
    “Probably shooting,” Chisholm said. “Making my form better and being a good sport.”

  • Sports briefs

    VOLLEYBALL
    Youth skills camp on tap at Columbine High School

    The Columbine Lady Rebels volleyball team is offering a youth skills camp Aug. 1-3 at Columbine High School.
    The camp is for children in grades 6-8 and will be held daily from 9 a.m. until noon.
    Cost is $45, which includes a camp T-shirt. For more details and to print out a registration form, visit http://ladyrebelvolleyball.com.

    Chatfield camps set for July 31-Aug. 3 and Aug. 6-9

  • Chargers reach tournament finals...

    PARKER — The Chatfield Chargers found themselves in a win-one, lose-one situation July 20 at the Willie White League varsity state tournament, winning 5-4 against ThunderRidge in the semfinals before losing 7-4 to Pueblo West in the championship game at Chaparral High School
    Despite staggering heat the Chargers held their confidence throughout Game 1 against the ThunderRidge Grizzlies, racking up five runs off nine hits. But by Game 2 the Chargers were drained and the Pueblo West Cyclones took advantage of that.

  • NHRA notebook: Gaines thrills...

    MORRISON — Vieri Gaines came back and gave the hometown crowd quite a show this past weekend.
    The 65-year-old Lakewood resident wasn’t considered a favorite at the 33rd annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway based on his ranking in the 2012 points standings — he sat 14th with 383 points entering the three-day competition — but that didn’t stop him.