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  • Eagles back in full force, top...

    LAKEWOOD — The Dakota Ridge Eagles got its soccer team back together just in time to face an old rival.

    Having been missing several players for undisclosed reasons, the Eagles were in full force March 18 and got some timely goals for a 3-1 Class 5A Jefferson County League victory over Columbine.

    “Honestly, I’m just glad to have players back,” Eagles coach Damon Smerchek said. “I’m just glad to come away with our first win and get on the right track.”

  • Chargers struggle to put away...

    LAKEWOOD — The Chatfield Chargers got the end result they expected March 18 against Bear Creek. It just didn’t go the way they expected.

    Rather than maul the Bears as has been their custom, the Chargers found themselves breathing a sigh of relief as the final whistle blew on a 1-0 Class 5A Jefferson County League victory at Lakewood Memorial Field.

  • Quador can (literally) feel...

    Jessica Quador wasn’t exactly sure why her legs bothered her every time she played soccer.

    At first she thought the pain was due to a history of ankle injuries – ones that would require Quador to heavily tape both ankles before each game.

    After graduating from Chatfield Senior High School in 2006, Quador attended the University of Colorado and, as a freshman, earned solid playing minutes. But, it all came with a price.

  • Everman out-duels Eagles&...

    LAKEWOOD — Dakota Ridge’s March 21 game against Green Mountain left Eagles skipper Jeff Legault scratching his head.

    His ace, Alex Ellison, pitched what Legault called his most complete game of the season. The senior right-handed allowed just five hits and struck out five batters.

    Normally, that kind of output would be more than enough for the Eagles to pick up the win.

    Green Mountain’s Mark Everman thought otherwise.

  • Chargers rout rival

    Taylor Rogers didn’t need much offense to get his first decision of the season.

    Since it was rival Columbine, however, the more runs the merrier.

    The Chatfield ace was dealing March 21 and the Chargers brought their lively bats for a 12-1 drubbing of the Rebels in the Class 5A Jefferson County League opener for both teams. Both teams moved to 4-1 on the season.

    “We played a very complete game today,” Chatfield skipper Mike Yansak said.

  • Heritage tops Chatfield in extra...

    The Chatfield Chargers are learning what it’s like to be the hunted.

    Fresh off a solid victory over highly-touted Arapahoe, the Chargers could not keep up with Heritage on March 11 and suffered a wild 11-7 loss in 10 innings.

    The Chargers (2-1) battled back from deficits of 2-0, 4-3 and 7-4 before the Eagles (2-2), who were winless entering the game, finally dropped the hammer with four runs in the top of the 10th.

  • Chargers take Lambkins'...

    Stephanie Rowe got slugged in the face March 10 and was none too happy about it.

    Moving through the midfield in Chatfield’s Class 5A nonleague match against Fort Collins, Rowe took a hand to the grill and was dropped. Sure, the referee awarded the senior a foul, but that wasn’t taking away Rowe’s indignation.

    “I just wanted to get back at them,” Rowe said.

  • Chargers ready for challenge

    The Chatfield boys lacrosse team burst onto the scene a year ago.

    As a first-year program, the Chargers immediately thrust themselves into elite company, knocking off rival Columbine and reaching the Class 5A state quarterfinals.

    This year, expectations around the program remain high, despite losing a few senior leaders. While players like Max Erickson are gone, Greg Kelsic, Nick Nedeau, Mitch Erickson and James Sharp are all back, giving the Chargers plenty of options in the midfield and on the attack.

  • Young Rebels off to hot start

    Young and inexperienced at the varsity level, the Columbine Rebels are walking softly this baseball season.

    So far, they also happen to be carrying a very big stick.

    The Rebels (3-0) notched their third victory by 10 runs on March 13 as they hammered Douglas County 11-1 and needed just five innings to do it.

    Behind 4 1/3 innings from sophomore pitcher Bert Guzman, towering home runs by seniors Cody Hagen and Mike Tanner, and key hits from the bottom half of the lineup, the Rebels continued their surprising start to the young season.

  • Sixteen not so sweet for Chargers

    COLORADO SPRINGS — The Chatfield Chargers’ Sweet 16 turned out to be a surprise party. Just not the kind of surprise they had hoped for.

    Facing second-seeded Doherty on March 5 for the right to advance to the Class 5A Elite 8, the third-seeded Chargers got a whiff of their fate on the opening tip-off at the World Arena.

    The Spartans tipped the ball to guard Bryse Velasquez, who took a few dribbles before nailing a fadeaway 3-pointer from the right wing. The Chargers would chase Velasquez and the Spartans for the next 32 minutes.