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Today's Sports

  • Chargers get sour ending to...

    There is one unfortunate consequence of March Madness: It can leave you quite, uh, mad.

    The games are close and crazy, the shots are big, the crowds are raucous and rude, and a thousand little moments accumulate into victory or defeat.

    Add overtime into the equation, and you might need a straightjacket to stay in your seat.

    “In a game like that, it’s always a free throw, a rebound or a turnover,” coach Gary Anderson said.

  • Cowgirl up: Front Range...

    WESTMINSTER — For the Front Range Falcons, their playoff victory against Meeker on March 5 was very sweet.

    The Falcons got hot from the field early and stifled the Cowboys defensively to roll to a 55-35 win and advanced to their first Sweet 16 appearance in school history.

    “We feel really good. We worked as team really hard and we’re really close, so I think that’s what gotten us this far,” senior co-captain Becca Ruiz said.

    The Falcons have now won 20 games in a row and this one was over early as they improved to 21-2 on the season.

  • Eagles eliminated in double-...

      AURORA - Jaw dropping gave way to jaw breaking Feb. 26 for the Dakota Ridge Eagles. In what could go down as the wildest games the athletes on either side will ever be a part of, the Eagles and Grandview Wolves went into double-overtime to decide the winner of their second round Class 5A state playoff game. Big shots? Plenty. Heated moments? Tons. Crazy turnovers? Too many. Drama?

  • Pena wrestles home second state...

    DENVER — Tony Pena needed 14 seconds to swell with confidence in his state championship match. With 16 seconds left in the bout, the Chatfield 130-pound junior allowed himself to feel elation.

    “I knew it was mine,” he said.

  • Chargers outlast Rocky Mountain

    When it comes to rebounding, Chatfield’s Trevor Wages is a selfish player.

    “I want every board. I don’t want anybody else to get a board,” he said after Chatfield’s 79-73 second-round playoff win over a tough Rocky Mountain squad.

    While Wages wouldn’t get every rebound on the night, he would come pretty darn close, pulling down 20 rebounds, eight coming on the offensive end.

  • Myer leads big-shot Rebels over...

    LAKEWOOD — The Columbine Rebels were Ram tough Feb. 17.

    On the road and looking for a vital victory to move up the ladder of the Class 5A Jefferson County League, the Rebels overcame a sluggish start and eight lead changes to pull away in the fourth quarter for a 57-52 victory.

    Columbine trailed 42-40 early in the fourth quarter before Neil Myer banked home a 3-pointer to give the Rebels the lead for good, sparking a 10-0 run that gave them the separation needed to hold on for victory.

    Unfortunately for Myer, he did not call bank.

  • Norris places fifth for Chargers...

    DENVER —  Aaron Norris has legs like a bulldozer’s tread and a barrel chest.

    Strength, however, and a tough-guy mentality, will only get you so far in wrestling. And that makes Norris’ run to the Class 5A state wrestling tournament in his first year since taking up the sport all the more impressive.

    “My coaches are teaching me a lot of moves, keeping me in good positions,” the Chatfield junior said Feb. 18 after he scored a 16-1 technical fall in his opening match.

    And things only got better.

  • When Wolves attack

      AURORA — On paper, the Chatfield Chargers were supposed to be fed to the Wolves Feb. 24. Seeded 10th in the Alice Barron Region of the Class 5A state tournament, the Chargers were set to be just a blip on Grandview’s road to the second round. On paper, the Chargers were just that. Chatfield’s season came to an end with a 57-33 defeat. It wasn’t very close from the first quarter on, but one could only wonder what the Chargers could have done had they taken better care of the ball. Turnovers. Turnovers.

  • Terrell's miraculous shot...

    Redemption was a process rather than a moment for Brent Terrell.

    The Dakota Ridge junior guard missed a free throw and a chance to give the Eagles a one-point lead over Columbine with 8.5 seconds remaining Feb. 19. But he came back in overtime to cash two free throws with 13.9 seconds left to tie the game.

    He wasn’t finished.

    John Sherman stole the ball in the final seconds and passed ahead to Terrell, who drilled a running 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Eagles a stunning 55-52 victory and season sweep of the rival Rebels.

  • 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.