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Today's Sports

  • 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.”

  • Chargers till the ground with...

    WHEAT RIDGE — There’s winning and then there’s dominating.

    To say that the Chatfield Chargers won their wrestling match against Wheat Ridge on Jan. 14 wouldn’t do the team justice. They dominated.

    The Chargers made it look easy as their wrestlers quickly pinned the Farmers in almost every match and coasted to a 72-12 victory as they hope to improve their No. 12 ranking in class 5A.

  • Chargers' upset bid falls...

    There’s a lot of crimson on the Chatfield sweaters for a reason.

    “You know, they play with a lot of heart,” Chargers coach Bradd Markusch said Jan. 8 after Chatfield lost 3-0 at the Edge to Ralston Valley, arguably the best team in the state this season.

    “This is a game that they get up for because the competition is great,” he said. “We just seem to play up to that kind of competition. The guys were really psyched for this game.”

  • Strong relays, good depth lead...

    Haley Lowe is an aquatic sprinter.

    So when the Chatfield junior was sent to the water at the Ridge rec center Jan. 8 to swim the 500-yard freestyle event, which is like asking a drag racer to steer a Winnebago across the country, she didn’t question it or suspect it was any kind of secretive punishment.

    “No, they wanted me to swim it,” Lowe said pragmatically.

    And swim she did. Although she was shooting for a lower time, Lowe still placed second in the event with a time of 6 minutes, 3.13 seconds to help the Chargers defeat Evergreen 171-135.

  • Wrestlers duel at tourneys

    Most kids like a certain degree of attention. In wrestling, that can be a blessing and a curse.

    “I like it, but it (also) sucks,” Dakota Ridge 103-pound Levi Maes said Jan. 9 at the Eagles’ dual tournament.

    Maes is 17-1 this season, and that kind of record puts him firmly on the radar in Class 5A. That means opponents are sharper and eager to test him.

  • Thieving Eagles heel Huskies

    Curi Yutzy is creating clones at Dakota Ridge.

    In his second season coaching the Eagles, the former prep star and college player has them playing a lot like he used to. Hit the open 3-pointer, stick with the motion offense, jump the passing lanes and move your feet on defense can yield a lot of success.

    “We’re just playing as a team right now,” senior Brandon Wilson said Jan. 5 after the Eagles battered Douglas County for a 73-55 Class 5A nonleague victory.

  • Chargers nearly outdo themselves

    Sports writers love to say dumb things. It’s what we do, and we get paid for it.

    I’m pretty sure most writers don’t do this on purpose, although that’s just a guess.

    Predictions have to made, unanswerable questions have to be answered and mountains have to be made out of mole hills — and hopefully we don’t smell too much like molasses.

  • Change is great for prep football

    Breaking up is hard to do. But it sure can be fun sometimes.

    Consider the new Class 5A and 4A football landscape after the Colorado High School Activities Association, school administrators and coaches carved up two fields in flux.

    Big-school football will live up to the billing for the next two-year cycle with 52 schools, a nice raise from the previous 45, which meant making the 32-team playoff bracket was a lot like hitting water after falling off a cruise ship.

    The 32-playoff bracket remains for 2010-11 … and that brings us to the give-and-take.

  • Rowdy Rebels cling to victory

    Mike McCuaig doesn’t see any stars on the Columbine hockey roster this season.

    Himself included.

    But the Rebels’ goalie and his teammates are trying to corner the market on ‘scrappy.’

    “It’s scrappy, but we get the job done,” McCuaig said. “We scrap, but we’re not ridiculous with it. We try to draw penalties.”

  • 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.