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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • 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.