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Today's Sports

  • Rebels working out kinks

    Trying to find positives in a 7-0 defeat can be a difficult thing to do.

    But, when you are a team in transition, such as the Columbine Rebels, the early season setbacks can become valuable teaching tools.

    Shortly after the Rebels were defeated by visiting Ponderosa on Sept. 2 at Dave Sanders Memorial Field, coach Robin Ortiz gathered his girls around and discussed what transpired on the field.

  • Chatfield bats come to life

    EVERGREEN — The young Chatfield Chargers needed a little love on Sept. 1.

    Turns out they got a whole ‘lotta Lexi Love in a 9-0 cross-classification victory over the Evergreen Cougars.

    “I was really proud of our team because we’ve been struggling putting runs on the board,” said Love, who slapped a five-hit muzzle on the Cougars, while walking zero batters and striking out four.

  • Rebels survive scare

    The formula for surviving Week One football is the same at every level.

    With just about every offense looking for traction and chemistry, the defense needs to be the backbone and – if possible – win a few games.

    That formula worked out pretty well for the Columbine Rebels on Friday as they overcame a litany of mistakes to earn a 20-13 season-opening nonleague victory over the Heritage Eagles.

  • Chatfield rally comes up just...

    Chatfield’s 2009 softball home opener resembled a grand fireworks show.

    Well, almost.

    The Chargers opened their cross-classification game on Aug. 28 with a big bang, cooled off in the middle innings and unleashed the cannons at the end. Unfortunately, the Chargers’ grand finale was cut off before completion.

    Down 4-1 against D’Evelyn, Chatfield mounted a frantic last-inning rally and had the tying run on second base but were unable to push the run across and lost 4-3.

  • Harris takes over at FRCS

    Winds of change have blown in at Front Range Christian School — more specifically, through the Falcons’ football program.

    Defensive coordinator Rob Harris takes over the head coaching duties this year and is excited about reversing the Falcons’ recent fortunes.

    “We have a great opportunity to change the fortunes of Front Range Christian School football,” Harris said. “We have had some tough seasons the past few years and the culture needed to change. The guys are enthusiastic and we will surprise this year.”

  • Jeon looking for redemption

    Front Range Christian coach Greg Blake thought his Falcons were pretty good.

    On Aug. 25, they proved him right.

    In a symbolic tournament victory, the host Falcons won the Mile High League event at Raccoon Creek behind standout senior Min Kyu Jeon and a strong team effort.

    Jeon fired an even-par 72 to be the overall winner, while the Falcons combined for the low score 249. Even better for Blake, the Falcons were better than Jefferson Academy (249) and Alexander Dawson (253), two Class 3A squads ranked in The Denver Post’s top five.

  • Historic win for Eagles

    When you send a girl nicknamed Bam to the plate, certain outcomes shouldn’t surprise anyone.

    How about a two-run, walk-off home run?

    Bam Mammenga got everything out of her one at-bat Aug. 29 as her home run to center field gave the Dakota Ridge Eagles a 10-0 Class 5A nonleague home-opening victory over the ThunderRidge Grizzlies.

    The ball appeared to skim off the center fielder’s glove before all parties were separated by the fence. The ball bounded up the hill toward Easton Park and the Eagles went wild for their sophomore hero.

  • Chip with different clubs

    Too often I see amateur golfers chipping with just one club, usually a high-lofted wedge, around the green. I urge you to practice chipping with different clubs and then take these newly learned shots to the golf course.

    Before being able to use different clubs around the green, you need to practice and see what different trajectories each club will give you.

  • Try these three practicing...

    When practicing, there are three methods that will improve your golf game: repetition, random and competition.

    Repetition practice is when you are trying to learn a new move in your swing. Whether it is improving your follow through or swing path, this is the type of practice is needed to train your muscles to perform differently then they were before. This practice is where we say “practice makes permanent” as we allow our muscles to learn a new move through repetition. This practice requires constant feedback and not just from your ball flight.

  • Depth key for Chargers

    It’s the year of the working man at Chatfield. Always blessed with talent and the expectations of heading up the Class 5A Jefferson County League field, the Chargers found themselves with a sea of shovel-ready soccer players.

    A whopping 64 boys tried out this month and the Chargers were forced to cut 22 of them (although they tried to form another team to keep them all in the system).