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Today's Sports

  • Eagles find scoring touch

    Frame it any way you want, but one thing after four games was clear: The Dakota Ridge Eagles were struggling mightily to score goals.

    Their scoring was so bone dry that after 180 minutes of play, the Eagles had tallied just a single goal.

    So, when the Eagles managed to score just 17 seconds into their game against rival Chatfield, you had a feeling that the Eagles’ scoring drought was about to become a distant memory.

    It was, thanks to three more goals that propelled Dakota Ridge to a rather surprising 4-1 victory Dec. 17 at the Edge Ice Arena.

  • Eagles starting to put pieces...

    Dakota Ridge’s wrestling team hit a nice stride in the final weekend of action before Winter Break, defeating Arvada in a dual and finishing 4-1 in the Mullen Dual Tournament.

    At the Mullen tourney, six Eagle wrestlers finished with unblemished records, including 285-pounder, Jason Marts. Marts, who qualified for state at 189 pounds as a sophomore two years ago and sat out last season, is currently ranked third in his weight class by On The Mat rankings. Marts is 14-0 on the season.

  • Chargers face their fears to...

    Fear remains one of the best motivators in life.

    On Dec. 11, fear produced one of the most fundamentally sound basketball games the Chatfield boys program has produced in arguably a decade.

    Fresh off an upset loss to Palmer, the Chargers unleashed darn near every ounce of talent and teamwork in their bodies as they throttled second-ranked Arapahoe 66-44 in a Class 5A nonleague victory.

  • Dakota Ridge falls to Aspen

    The Dakota Ridge Eagles just couldn’t keep from flying back to its coup.

    Unfortunately for the Eagles, their nest happened to reside in the penalty box, and their opponent was more than appreciative of the odd-man advantage.

    Aspen scored four goals, all on the power-play, to top Dakota Ridge 4-0 on Dec. 12 at the Edge Ice Arena.

    When the Eagles managed to keep all of their skaters on the ice, they were able to hang with Aspen and nearly took a 1-0 lead in the first period when Jason Refka’s wrister from the slot banged off the left post.

  • Chatfield pins down Columbine

    Tony Pena may have changed schools and classifications, but his attitude and confidence have remained in tact.

    Pena, wrestling up at 130 pounds on Dec. 10, threw Columbine’s Ben Rhodes around – literally, including one takedown that sent Rhodes down hard onto the exposed hardwood – for close to two periods before scoring a pinfall at the 3-minute, 59-second mark in Chatfield’s 53-24 victory at Chatfield Senior High School.

  • Chargers edge rival

    Although the winter sports season has just gotten underway, the Dec. 4 hockey game between rivals Columbine and Chatfield carried a playoff atmosphere to it.

    The stands at the Edge Ice Arena were full of loud, boisterous fans on both sides. And, the action on the ice was hard-hitting and packed with intensity.

    In the end, the Chargers stepped off the ice with a 4-2 victory, thanks to three goals in the third period.

  • Dakota Ridge drops season opener

    Dakota Ridge’s season didn’t get off to quite the start they envisioned.

    A 68-61 Class 5A nonleague loss to Rangeview on Dec. 2 at Dakota Ridge High School was marred by a poor second quarter showing from the Eagles, who failed to make a single field goal and scored just four points in the quarter.

    “We didn’t play as a team,” said Danny DiFolco, who scored all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter. “Guys didn’t trust each other. We talked about it at halftime, how we needed to come together as a team.”

  • 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.