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Today's Sports

  • Bid for state comes up short

    Thanks to its dominance in Jefferson County and some strong non-conference wins, the Chatfield volleyball team was rewarded for its strong play by hosting one of four Class 5A regional tournaments on Nov. 7.

    After a long day of volleyball, Chatfield’s opportunity to reach the 5A state tournament hinged on its final match of the day against Doherty.

    The Chargers (21-5) put forth a good effort but the height of the Spartans proved too much as Doherty earned the region’s second state tournament berth with a 30-28, 25-13, 25-22 victory.

  • Bruins best Chargers

    LAKEWOOD — The Chatfield Chargers did all the work needed to garner a top-three ranking during the season, and a No. 9 seeding in the Class 5A state football tournament.

    They handled Ponderosa, pounded Bear Creek and knocked off Columbine to finish the regular season 6-3 in a very tough Big 8 League. But the loss of quarterback Sam Stratton (knee) proved to be a shot directly to the heart and soul of a team that showed that with all its guns loaded, it was one of the best in the state.

  • Runners give all at state

    FORT COLLINS — Austin Appel clutched his knees, gasped in the sun and spit the remnants of the stuff in his mouth that had recently crept up the old food pipe.

    So with that vivid of a picture, it’s no surprise the Dakota Ridge junior didn’t mince words when asked to describe his 14th-place finish Nov. 7 at the Class 5A state cross-country championships at Fossil Ridge High School.

    “It was one of my worst races of the season,” Appel said. “I don’t know … I’ve been sick for a while, but I felt even worse today.”

  • Dakota dropped by Heritage

    LITTLETON — Sometimes, you just have to tip your cap to your opponent and say ‘job well done.’

    Dakota Ridge was trounced by Heritage 56-24 in its final game of the 2009 season on Nov. 7 at Littleton Public Schools Stadium, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort.

    Dakota Ridge tried everything it could to slow down Heritage wide receiver, Shane Opitz, but the 6-foot-2, 181-pounder was just too big and too fast.

  • Arapahoe knocks Columbine out of...

    Columbine coach Brian Todd has been around soccer long enough to appreciate the bigger picture.

    So when the 22nd-seeded Rebels saw their season come to a rude end Oct. 31 in a 4-0 loss to No. 11 Arapahoe, Todd and many of the players took comfort knowing they had experienced something that will only make a young team better.

    The Rebels took one on the chin, but now they at least know what kind of punch they must develop a year from now.

    “We definitely quit, so to speak,” Todd said. “We were pretty flat for who we are.”

  • Chargers booted in first round

    AURORA — One player and a controversial call in the last 15 seconds of the game helped end what was a promising season for the Chatfield Chargers as they fell 2-1 to the Rangeview Raiders in the first round of the Class 5A state soccer tournament.

    Davey Anderson scored both goals for the No. 16-seeded Raiders, but it was the last 15 seconds of the match that had the No. 17-seeded Chargers hot as they left the field.

  • Panthers too strong

    LAKEWOOD — One of the most overused phrases in sports just happens to fit the Columbine Rebels to a T.

    It’s playoff time. And that means it’s a whole new season.

    For a team that began the season ranked No. 2 in Class 5A, only to get upset by arch rival Chatfield and then lose standout do-everything senior Danny Spond (concussion) amidst a meltdown to secondary rival Bear Creek, the Rebels are hoping to forget the past and salvage something this week.

  • One step closer

    The Chatfield volleyball team had just one goal as the host of the Class 5A District 2 Volleyball Tournament – win each game in three matches.

    The Chargers were on their way to that goal Oct. 31 with a 3-0 victory over Abraham Lincoln in the first game of pool play. And, even though Chatfield went on to win the District 2 tournament with a 3-0 win over Fort Collins in the championship matchup, it was the second game of pool play which gave the Chargers a challenge.

    It was the Dakota Ridge Eagles who came along with a plan of their own.

  • Chatfield girls qualify for state

    The Class 5A, Region 2 cross-country race took place on Oct. 22 at the Chatfield Botanic Gardens, but without the help of countless volunteers clearing the cross-country course, it may not have.

    The course was wet, muddy and snowy thanks to a storm the night before, and countless volunteers spent the entire day shoveling snow and getting the course ready for the race.

    And the Dakota Ridge Eagles are sure glad they did.

  • Chargers end regular season with...

    LAKEWOOD — Ready or not, the Chatfield Chargers are heading into the Class 5A state soccer playoffs this week.

    With a decisive 3-0 victory Oct. 22 over rival Dakota Ridge to wrap up the regular season, the Chargers believe they have found their identity and know what they are capable of when they have all their players together.

    “I think we got it now,” senior midfielder Cory Whittwer said. “I mean, it took a while. Brand new team this year for the most part.”