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Today's Sports

  • 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.”

  • A prayer to pure motion

    "Lately I buy new guitars,

    They're shiny as a hearse.

    I still like the look of road wear,

    But the roles have been reversed.”

    — From “Guitar Shopping” by David Wilcox

    The Pennsylvania winters of my youth seem less cold and more forgiving across time, but the sports we played after school on those dark, damp afternoons still inhabit a vital and vivid place in memory.

  • Late surge dooms Columbine boys

    LAKEWOOD — Back and forth games are always tougher to lose than a blowout. Such was the case for the Columbine Rebels boys lacrosse team who fell to 1-2 on the new season as they dropped one to the Rock Canyon Jaguars 9-7 on March 12 at Trailblazer Stadium.

    The game was a see-saw battle throughout, but Rock Canyon was just a little bit better in the second half as they outscored Columbine 7-4 in the final two quarters to take home the win.

  • 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.