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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Hoops coach to take year absence

    Chatfield boys basketball coach Steve Schimpeler has taken a one-year leave of absence from the program, according to athletic director, Chad Broer.

    “Steve’s going to take a year off and focus on some family issues,” Broer said. “He approached me about six weeks ago and told me what was going on in his life and that (taking a year off) may be an option. I advised him to take some time and that in the beginning of November, we’d talk again.”

  • Industry loses one of the good...

    The name Steve Ellis doesn’t resonate in this part of the country.

    However, mention the name in the south, particularly Florida, and Ellis’s name was synonymous with two things: hard work and Florida State athletics.

    Ellis passed away far too soon at the age of 54 on Nov. 19, nine days after suffering a heart attack. According to reports, the longtime Florida State University beat writer was in the middle of writing a story when the heart attack happened. A true bulldog till the end,  he made his wife e-mail in his copy before calling 911.

  • 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.