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  • 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.

  • Silver skates on a golden pond

    “It’s a bond that the best players in the NHL have with people like me. Doing it with the wind blowing in your face, and doing it when you’re 10 years old, and until your feet are freezing. It’s just the most wonderful thing I could ever think of.”

    — Fred Haberman, founder, U.S. Pond Hockey Championships

    INDIAN HILLS — The local herd of deer didn’t show up for the final morning of skating on Martin Richardson’s rink this month.

    Lazy beasts.

  • Albertson leads Rebels past...

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine sophomore forward Ember Albertson learned that if at first you don’t succeed, try again … and again.

    The forward was stoned not once, but twice by Rampart goalie Katie Ruff from point-blank range and missed several shots wide of the net, but with just over 18 minutes remaining in the game, she finally got the best of Ruff and fired home the game-winning goal in a 2-1 Rebel victory on March 12 at Lakewood Memorial Field.

  • Rebels attack Wolves early,...

    The sight of a Grandview player carrying the ball across midfield was significant March 9.

    Why? It was first time the Columbine Rebels had allowed it to happen, and their game was nine minutes old. And the Rebels were already up 8-0.

    “I was happy with our first game,” coach Alise Steiner said after the Rebels tranquilized, tagged and released the Wolves to the tune of a 17-3 victory. “We ran hard; we went after groundballs; mostly made good passes.”