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  • Home on the range: Stratton...

    Sam Stratton is a quarterback. Stratton will remain one next year at Wyoming.

    “That was a big deal for me because Air Force was the only other Division I school that wanted me to play quarterback,” Stratton said.

    The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Chatfield senior verbally committed to join the Cowboys of Laramie in fall 2010, which suddenly made his upcoming — and final — season with the Chargers this fall a lot more enjoyable.

  • Chatfield golfers take sixth at...

    A child led them – to a league title and sixth place at state.

    Behind freshman Shannon Lubar and sophomore Rachel Reiling, the Chatfield Chargers girls golf team, which includes senior Julie Davis,  junior Samantha Verrill and sophomore Marina Beach, won the Class 5A Jefferson County League title and was sixth at the 5A state tournament at Fort Collins’ Collindale Golf Course on May 18 and 19.

    At state, the Chargers placed sixth as their three best scorers combined to shoot a two-day total of 530. They shot a 266 on the first day and a 264 on the second.

  • Age nothing but a number; Flater...

    Winning never gets old. Roald Flater never seems to either.

    Flater, 83, took home his fifth gold ball May 10 following a three-set victory to win the U.S. National Indoor Championship’s 80-and-up division in Vancouver, Wash.

    “I was surprised,” the longtime Evergreen resident and member of the Colorado tennis hall of fame said. “Probably my best win I’ve ever had.”

    And that’s saying a lot for a man that has quietly been making a racquet around the country and world for decades.

  • Blume reaches coaching apex with...

    COMMERCE CITY — Recently, more questions than answers had surrounded the Chatfield girls soccer program.

    Despite annually having some of the most talented teams in the state, the Chargers were always snake-bitten come playoff time.

    Since 2004, the last time the Chargers won a state title, they had advanced past the state quarterfinals just once. For just about any other program, that would be reason to celebrate.

    For Chatfield, it was head-scratching.

  • Chargers back on top

    COMMERCE CITY — When Chatfield coach Brock Blume heard the numbers, he just grinned, laughed and shook his head.

    “The M.O. for sure at one point was do the minimum. This minimum was definitely very impressive,” he said.

    When senior midfielder Stephanie Rowe heard them, she calmly stated the obvious.

    “It’s crazy,” Rowe said. “There are no words even for that. It’s just amazing.”

  • Going out in style

    LAKEWOOD — When Evan Appel accepts his diploma from Dakota Ridge High School on May 22, he’ll do so at Jefferson County Stadium.

    It’s a fitting end to Appel’s high school days as Jeffco Stadium has been a home away from home to the senior.

    Appel made his final racing memory at the stadium a good one, overtaking Cherry Creek’s Walter Schafer early in the final lap of the Class 5A 1,600-meter final on May 16 to pick up his sixth state title (four track, two cross-country).

  • Chargers claim 5A soccer title

    COMMERCE CITY — When Chatfield coach Brock Blume heard the numbers, he just grinned, laughed and shook his head.

    "The M.O. for sure at one point was do the minimum. This minimum was definitely very impressive," he siad.

    When senior midfielder Stephanie Rowe heard them, she calmly stated the obvious.

    "It’s crazy," Rowe said. "There are no words even for that. It’s just amazing."

  • Diving for gold

    John Fox could have done a cannonball, belly flop or just walked out on the diving board and sang a song May 16 and still would have won the Class 5A state diving championship. He was that good.

    Fox, however, stuck his last dive like he’s trained to do all season, and put an emphatic stamp on his last state meet and first state title.

    “It was great,” said Fox, a senior at Chatfield and Kentucky signee. “I was really serious all meet. It was a huge weight off my shoulders from all four years.”

  • Gillmore preserves Chargers&...

    ENGLEWOOD — Anna Lowe saved her first goal of the season for something special.

    How about a 40-yard free kick, hit on a rope, which sails over the opposing goalkeeper and turns out to be the only goal in the Class 5A state semifinal game?

    “That’s my first of the season,” Lowe said May 16 with a bag of ice on her knee at Englewood Stadium. “For it to come there is amazing.”

  • Falcons earn respect in state...

    PUEBLO — The Falcons have landed.

    Although few at Hobbs Field could probably find Front Range Christian on a map, the Falcons showed the Class 2A baseball field – and the defending champions, particularly – what they’re all about Friday in the state semifinals.

    “I’m excited. I think we represented ourselves well,” coach Dave Sherman said. “We could have played better, but we played all 21 outs to the best of our abilities, and that was our goal.”