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Today's Sports

  • 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.”

  • 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.