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Today's Sports

  • Rebels persevere

    PARKER - Columbine football coach Andy Lowry is known for his calm demeanor.

    No matter how well his teams play, Lowry never gets wrapped up in the result, instead preferring to keep his focus on what lies next for his team.

    This year, though, things are different, both for the Columbine football team, and for Lowry, who showed a burst of emotion in the post-game huddle after his team surprised many with a 21-13 victory over Chaparral in the second round of the Class 5A state tournament at Burt.com Stadium.

  • Game slips through Rebels'...

    BOULDER — Over the years, Columbine’s Achilles heel as been turnovers.

    When the Rebels maintain a firm grasp on the football, they typically stand a good chance at winning. When the ball slips from their grasp, well, the results aren’t so good.

    For three quarters of Columbine’s Class 5A state quarterfinal game against No. 2 Fairview, Columbine’s ball security was good. Its defense was even better.

    The 10th-seeded Rebels swarmed the Knights from the opening kickoff and after three quarters, the underdog Rebels had a 7-0 lead.

  • Rebels embrace underdog role

    PARKER - The word underdog rarely has applied to the Columbine football program.

    Usually, the Rebels are the big, bad wolf looking to blow down the houses of all the teams that stand in their way of a state championship.

    That reputation has been well earned, thanks to more league titles than one can count and four state championships in the past 10 years.

  • Three Columbine athletes sign...

    New York City has long been known as the mecca of basketball.

    Demitra Apergis has great appreciation for the intense battles wages on the courts in New York City, and soon, the Columbine senior will be right in the thick of its bright lights.

    Apergis signed a national letter of intent with the New York Institute of Technology on Nov. 13 at Columbine High School. Apergis will attend the school on a basketball scholarship, and to say she’s looking forward to college is an understatement.

  • Rebels rough up Patriots

    LAKEWOOD — Aaron Torres has enough eye-black strips on his face to block out the sun at high noon in Phoenix.

    Considering those patches have Danny Spond’s name on it and the injured Columbine quarterback’s favorite Bible verse, Torres’ face is kind of like a living shrine for the senior he replaced in Week Seven

    “To come off the field having Danny tell me what I did wrong, it’s good,” Torres said.

  • Columbine clips Chaparral

    PARKER - The Columbine Rebels are headed to the Class 5A state football quarterfinals after a 21-13 victory over Chaparral on Nov. 14 at Burt.com Stadium.

  • 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.