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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Dakota Ridge drops season opener

    Dakota Ridge’s season didn’t get off to quite the start they envisioned.

    A 68-61 Class 5A nonleague loss to Rangeview on Dec. 2 at Dakota Ridge High School was marred by a poor second quarter showing from the Eagles, who failed to make a single field goal and scored just four points in the quarter.

    “We didn’t play as a team,” said Danny DiFolco, who scored all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter. “Guys didn’t trust each other. We talked about it at halftime, how we needed to come together as a team.”

  • Rebels open season against state...

    The Columbine Rebels can happily say that everything this season is downhill after Dec. 1.

    That’s because the Rebels hosted defending champion and preseason No. 1 Regis, which returned four starters from a season ago. The Rebels, on the other hand, graduated nine seniors and are a young team with a new identity.

    Naturally, the Raiders did what was expected, breaking loose in the second quarter and pounding away for an 88-56 Class 5A nonleague victory that was surprisingly positive for both teams.

  • Chargers win Tip Off Classic

    Chatfield coach Gary Anderson admits he has a lot of questions about his boys basketball team, namely how will the third-ranked Chargers perform in a season of lofty talent and expectations?

    He got one answer Dec. 4 when the Chargers rallied for a 84-79 double-overtime victory over Fairview in the final of the sixth annual Heritage/ThunderRidge Tip Off Classic.

    “I will not question this team’s toughness ever again,” Anderson said at Heritage High School.

  • Swimmers take their mark

    If the pools at the Ridge Recreation Center have seemed a bit crowded lately, it’s because girls swimming is back in season and Columbine, Dakota Ridge and Chatfield are all hitting the pool and hoping to come out strong.

    Chatfield and Columbine are hoping to regain the form that saw them finish second and third in the Jeffco league respectively, while Dakota Ridge is hoping to improve on a middle-of-the-pack finish from a year ago.

    Chatfield’s depth has coach Ron Johns thinking optimistically.

  • Giants fan takes loss in stride

    As soon as the 2009 NFL schedule was released, I knew I had to find my way to Invesco Field this season.

    The New York Giants only come to town so often, and I understood that if I didn’t seize the opportunity to see my favorite team play in my own backyard, I probably would have to wait a long time for them to return.

    My initial Internet search for tickets proved disappointing but thankfully, a co-worker at the Courier has season tickets and offered me a golden opportunity to use them to see the Giants take on the Broncos on Thanksgiving night.

  • Eagles putting pieces in place...

    Things are coming together at Dakota Ridge.

    For a program with a second-year coach and players that kept their heads above water last season as sophomore starters, the Eagles are progressing nicely.

    “We had an awesome summer,” coach Curi Yutzy said. “The kids are really starting to get what we’re trying to do.”

    The Eagles return three starters from a squad that went 8-15 overall last year, 3-10 in the Class 5A Jefferson County League.