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Today's Sports

  • Eagles golfers prepared to soar

    If you didn’t know Scott Burroughs was such a likable guy, you might mistake his laugh for something a little diabolical in nature.

    "I’m excited," Burroughs says when talking about his Dakota Ridge boys golf team. And then he laughs and you start to wonder if he’s found a potion to turn his Eagles into miniature versions of Tiger Woods – or at least Y.E. Yang.

    "I’m excited," Burroughs says again. "This is our year. If we’re going to make some noise, this is it."

  • Race ends in tie (sort of)

    IDAHO SPRINGS — An unusual act of sportsmanship developed Aug. 8 out of a game of long-legged brinkmanship.

    Jason Delaney and James McGown were neck and neck for the first 12 miles of the annual Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon.

    Delaney, of Golden, was the men’s defending champion and also won the race three years ago. He got out quickly from the start in Georgetown and set the early pace.

    “He’s younger, so he gets out fast,” said McGown, 34.

  • Is it time already?

    Where o where did our summer go?

    In just eight short days, most kids in the Jefferson County school district will report back to school. Is it just me or does that seem entirely too early?

    Back in my day, school didn’t start until after Labor Day. Granted, we were also in school until the third week of June, but there’s something about having to start school in the middle of August that just doesn’t feel right.

  • Control distance on long putts

    You’ve finally made it to the green, and now it is time to putt. Most of the time your first putt on the green is going to be over 20 feet.

    Making long putts is very rewarding, but if you don’t make that long putt, you must be sure to get the ball in the hole in two strokes. Distance control on these putts can help you get them down in two strokes.

    An often over-looked factor in making long putts is contacting the sweet spot of the putter. By paying attention to your fundamentals, you can consistently make this happen. 

  • Rebels win summer league

    DENVER — It took a special night, but the Columbine Rebels finally beat the Bogeyman.

    The Rebels won the Denver Lacrosse League’s summer season championship Aug. 3 by finally overcoming Jefferson County rival Wheat Ridge with a 7-6 victory at the University of Denver.

    Having dispatched Castle View 9-5 in the semifinals, the Rebels were disciplined from the onset against the Farmers, who had defeated the Rebels in their only summer meeting, and dealt them defeat during the spring prep season.

  • How to hit longer drives

    Everyone knows the frustration of starting a hole with a poor drive. It can not only get you into the rough and make your second shot tougher, but hitting into a hazard on your tee shot is detrimental to your score. With a little focus on these fundamentals, you can turn in more consistent scores by starting each hole off on the right foot.

    There are a couple of things to pay attention to that will help you hit your drives consistently longer and straighter. 

  • Courier editor finds his stride

    Before I begin, I should make one point:

    I am not a fan of running.

    I don’t say that to be mean. I have no beef with anyone that chooses to run and think it’s great when people perform any type of exercise.

    But, for me, when it comes to selecting activities for cardiovascular exercise, running usually comes up last in a list of things I’d choose to do.

  • Watch your fundamentals when...

    Every golfer knows the frustrations of getting around the green and not being able to put the ball into the hole. A skulled chip shot across the green can destroy your score. By concentrating on some key fundamentals, you will be able to have a new found success around the green.

  • Girls ready to SWARM

    Growing up, Sara Edwards tried her hand at a lot of sports.

    But, it wasn’t until she found rugby while attending Chatfield Senior High School that she found her calling.

    Nine short months after taking up the sport, Edwards was playing on the U.S. under-19 girls rugby team.

    “I was playing soccer before that and was always getting carded for being too aggressive,” Edwards said. “Once I found rugby, it was the perfect sport for me.”

  • Kick up some dirt on these trails

    PINE and BUFFALO CREEK — There’s something about asking a local. Whether it be skiing, snowboarding or mountain biking, getting tips from a local can turn the average day into something epic.

    So when I met a local mountain biker near the Pike National Forest work station in Buffalo Creek, I hoped for a few pointers. I got about 30.