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Today's Sports

  • Faced with defeat, Chargers hunt...

    The Chatfield Chargers were in grave danger of losing their first dual meet of the season on Jan. 28 against Westminster.

    With the team down 33-15 and five matches to go, the Chargers’ turned to their experienced wrestlers and took all five matches as they eked out a 41-33 victory in their home gym.

    Dakota Thayer, Tony Pena, Erik Gaytan, Cory Wittwer and all won their matches to put Chatfield back in the lead, but it all came down to the last match that saw junior Jordan Crites of Chatfield going against Dominique Martinez.

  • GIRLS HOOPS: Chatfield 52,...

    The girls earned the Chargers a rivalry split with Dakota Ridge after blowing up for 24 points in the first quarter and holding on in the fourth.

    Chrissy Armstrong led the Chargers with 16 points, Emily Kotulak scored 10, and Cassandra Hanna and Kate Kurtenbach added eight points apiece.

    Chatfield led 24-12 after eight minutes and extended its lead to 44-26 entering the fourth quarter.

  • Penalties kill off hope of upset...

    There’s the penalty kill, and there’s penalties that kill.

    Columbine’s bid to upset the defending champion Regis Raiders was made even tougher Jan. 20 by the Rebels’ frequent and untimely trips to the penalty box. The Raiders scored four power-play goals and added a shorthanded goal as they rallied for a 6-2 victory at the Edge.

  • Rebels get visit from the last...

    The Columbine Rebels gave new meaning to the term “non-conference game,” as the girls basketball team played host to the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears on Jan. 21.    

    That’s right, Juneau, as in Alaska.

    The Crimson Bears, in their first of three Colorado games, came into Columbine and beat their gracious hosts 47-38 in what will look a normal non-conference game in the standings, but this was certainly no ordinary game.

  • Eagles upset No. 8 Chatfield

    Over the past few years, the Chatfield Chargers have dominated their boys basketball rivalry against Dakota Ridge.

    Chatfield was expected by many to continue the trend Jan. 22 at Dakota Ridge High School. Somebody forgot to tell the Eagles.

    The Eagles battled the Chargers tooth and nail for three quarters then took over the fourth to win 51-42.

    It marked the first Dakota Ridge win over Chatfield in many years. The fans stormed the floor after the final buzzer like college students after a big upset.

  • Cougars don’t make...

    The Evergreen Invitational was back in its former glory Jan. 16.

    Podium glory, however, eluded the home team.

    Due in part to the cancellation of Conifer’s tournament, the annual Evergreen Invitational grew to 21 teams as coach Lane Williams welcomed in some of the teams that were left without a place to wrestle.

    More teams meant more wrestlers for the first time in several years. But it also meant more competition and deeper brackets that almost all had multiple state placers lurking.

  • DiFolco clutch in OT victory

    Danny DiFolco was the picture of Dakota Ridge’s overtime victory over Columbine.

    Before a boisterous crowd, with the lead changing hands faster than federal financial aid and momentum swings that felt like mood swings, DiFolco put his hand on the wall for support outside the locker room.

    “Excited. Overwhelmed,” the junior said. “It was just good to see that hard work finally paid off.”

  • Rebels finally beat Chargers

    The Columbine Rebels were due.

    Having never defeated rival Chatfield in hockey, statistically the Rebels’ had to win to sometime. Jan. 14 was that time, but it was more than just the odds evening out, it was a win with style.

    It was like taking the monkey off your back and selling him to the zoo for sweet cash.

  • Rebels, Chargers split in hoops

    In addition to getting past a rival Columbine and dealing with a packed gymnasium, the Chatfield Chargers had to overcome themselves Jan. 13.

    “We were nervous coming out. Big game,” Chatfield guard Kyle Evans said. “But we got it under control in the second half.”

    The Chargers erased — OK, more like scrubbed and bleached — any thoughts of an upset bid as they rolled to a 71-46 victory by outscoring the visiting Rebels 39-23 in the second half.

  • Rebels ground Eagles

    These are a few of Olivia Leyshock’s favorite things: Beating both local rivals in the span of two days.

    “That’s the best feeling in the world,” the Columbine junior forward said Jan. 15 after the Rebels dropped Dakota Ridge 48-45, two days after defeating Chatfield. “We let them up a little bit, but we got back, and I think just the chemistry really helped us out.”