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Today's Sports

  • Rebels open season against state...

    The Columbine Rebels can happily say that everything this season is downhill after Dec. 1.

    That’s because the Rebels hosted defending champion and preseason No. 1 Regis, which returned four starters from a season ago. The Rebels, on the other hand, graduated nine seniors and are a young team with a new identity.

    Naturally, the Raiders did what was expected, breaking loose in the second quarter and pounding away for an 88-56 Class 5A nonleague victory that was surprisingly positive for both teams.

  • Chargers win Tip Off Classic

    Chatfield coach Gary Anderson admits he has a lot of questions about his boys basketball team, namely how will the third-ranked Chargers perform in a season of lofty talent and expectations?

    He got one answer Dec. 4 when the Chargers rallied for a 84-79 double-overtime victory over Fairview in the final of the sixth annual Heritage/ThunderRidge Tip Off Classic.

    “I will not question this team’s toughness ever again,” Anderson said at Heritage High School.

  • Swimmers take their mark

    If the pools at the Ridge Recreation Center have seemed a bit crowded lately, it’s because girls swimming is back in season and Columbine, Dakota Ridge and Chatfield are all hitting the pool and hoping to come out strong.

    Chatfield and Columbine are hoping to regain the form that saw them finish second and third in the Jeffco league respectively, while Dakota Ridge is hoping to improve on a middle-of-the-pack finish from a year ago.

    Chatfield’s depth has coach Ron Johns thinking optimistically.

  • Giants fan takes loss in stride

    As soon as the 2009 NFL schedule was released, I knew I had to find my way to Invesco Field this season.

    The New York Giants only come to town so often, and I understood that if I didn’t seize the opportunity to see my favorite team play in my own backyard, I probably would have to wait a long time for them to return.

    My initial Internet search for tickets proved disappointing but thankfully, a co-worker at the Courier has season tickets and offered me a golden opportunity to use them to see the Giants take on the Broncos on Thanksgiving night.

  • Eagles putting pieces in place...

    Things are coming together at Dakota Ridge.

    For a program with a second-year coach and players that kept their heads above water last season as sophomore starters, the Eagles are progressing nicely.

    “We had an awesome summer,” coach Curi Yutzy said. “The kids are really starting to get what we’re trying to do.”

    The Eagles return three starters from a squad that went 8-15 overall last year, 3-10 in the Class 5A Jefferson County League.

  • Hoops coach to take year absence

    Chatfield boys basketball coach Steve Schimpeler has taken a one-year leave of absence from the program, according to athletic director, Chad Broer.

    “Steve’s going to take a year off and focus on some family issues,” Broer said. “He approached me about six weeks ago and told me what was going on in his life and that (taking a year off) may be an option. I advised him to take some time and that in the beginning of November, we’d talk again.”

  • Industry loses one of the good...

    The name Steve Ellis doesn’t resonate in this part of the country.

    However, mention the name in the south, particularly Florida, and Ellis’s name was synonymous with two things: hard work and Florida State athletics.

    Ellis passed away far too soon at the age of 54 on Nov. 19, nine days after suffering a heart attack. According to reports, the longtime Florida State University beat writer was in the middle of writing a story when the heart attack happened. A true bulldog till the end,  he made his wife e-mail in his copy before calling 911.

  • Rebels persevere

    PARKER - Columbine football coach Andy Lowry is known for his calm demeanor.

    No matter how well his teams play, Lowry never gets wrapped up in the result, instead preferring to keep his focus on what lies next for his team.

    This year, though, things are different, both for the Columbine football team, and for Lowry, who showed a burst of emotion in the post-game huddle after his team surprised many with a 21-13 victory over Chaparral in the second round of the Class 5A state tournament at Burt.com Stadium.

  • Game slips through Rebels'...

    BOULDER — Over the years, Columbine’s Achilles heel as been turnovers.

    When the Rebels maintain a firm grasp on the football, they typically stand a good chance at winning. When the ball slips from their grasp, well, the results aren’t so good.

    For three quarters of Columbine’s Class 5A state quarterfinal game against No. 2 Fairview, Columbine’s ball security was good. Its defense was even better.

    The 10th-seeded Rebels swarmed the Knights from the opening kickoff and after three quarters, the underdog Rebels had a 7-0 lead.

  • Rebels embrace underdog role

    PARKER - The word underdog rarely has applied to the Columbine football program.

    Usually, the Rebels are the big, bad wolf looking to blow down the houses of all the teams that stand in their way of a state championship.

    That reputation has been well earned, thanks to more league titles than one can count and four state championships in the past 10 years.