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  • Chargers bow out of field in...

    CENTENNIAL — One by one, Chatfield boys basketball coach Steve Schimpeler embraced his players in the locker room.
    “It’s a special group of guys. It’s real emotional. This team will always have a special place in my heart,” Schimpeler said.

  • Lady Eagles’ run ends in Great...

    DENVER — There was a coaching change and there were some injuries, yet somehow, some way the Dakota Ridge Lady Eagles were playing in the 5A Great Eight. The end result — a 50-40 loss to top-seeded Fossil Ridge in the Sharon Wilch Regional finals March 6 at the Denver Coliseum — couldn’t take away from the season that was for the Lady Eagles.

  • Dakota Ridge girls punch their...

    Lauren Wood and Jae Ferrin proved that two were better than one, and because of that the Dakota Ridge Lady Eagles are going to the Great Eight.
    Wood and Ferrin combined to score 52 points — 29 and 23, respectively — to lead the Lady Eagles to a 60-46 victory over Legacy in the 5A Sweet 16 on March 4 at Dakota Ridge High School. The sixth-seeded Lady Eagles (19-7) will face top-seeded Fossil Ridge in the Sharon Wilch Region finals on March 6 at the Denver Coliseum. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. Fossil Ridge (24-1), ranked fifth, knocked off Denver East 61-43.

  • Dakota Ridge girls punch their...
  • Sports briefs

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Mullen upsets Columbine in triple OT in the state opener

    Ninth-seeded Mullen upset host and eighth-seeded Columbine 65-62 in triple overtime in the first round of the 5A state boys basketball tournament on Feb. 26.
    The game was tied at 45 at the end of regulation, 51 after the first overtime and 56 after a second overtime before Mullen outscored the Rebels 9-6 in the third extra session.
    Keaton Matthies scored 26 points to lead Columbine (10-14). Michael Tait added 18 points and Brandon Wilson scored 12.

  • Falcons struggle with shot in...

    DENVER — It’s not so much about this year for the Front Range Christian Falcons — though they haven’t played poorly, by any means. It’s about developing for the future. Games against third-ranked Lutheran and its trapping 1-3-1 zone defense are good proving grounds for that.
    “We want the kids to face adversity, to stare it down and fight through it. This will make them stronger,” said Front Range Christian head coach Brad Folk. “We want to be in an attack mentality.”

  • Lady Falcons can’t contain Tatum...

    DENVER — Keturah Tatum single-handedly did in the Front Range Christian Lady Falcons in the 2A District 4 semifinals.
    Tatum scored a game-high 20 points — 12 in the second half — as third-seeded Limon upset Front Range Christian 38-30 on Feb. 27 at Hutchison Field House at Mullen High School. The Lady Badgers won their ninth straight game, avenging a 41-35 loss to the Lady Falcons on Jan. 18.

  • Wray, Chargers come up big...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    At 6-foot-5 and solidly built, Chatfield’s Alec Wray doesn’t always feel dwarfed on the basketball court. But he did against ThunderRidge’s 6-10 Zach Pirog in their March 1 second-round game of the 5A boys basketball tournament.
    But the Chargers’ senior outplayed Pirog and made the biggest play against the Grizzlies’ junior center in a 53-43 Chatfield victory.

  • Eagles’ senior leadership pays...

    COLORADO SPRINGS — The pressure might have been a wee bit scary, but Jae Ferrin didn’t show any nerves as the Dakota Ridge senior drove the baseline.
    With the clock winding down, she calmly pushed the ball down the right sideline and scored a layup with 10.8 seconds remaining as the Dakota Ridge Lady Eagles, with senior leadership on their side, squeezed out a 49-47 upset over host Pine Creek on Feb. 28 in the second round of the 5A state girls basketball tournament.

  • Eagles’ defense locks down...

    Ben Beauchamp is a stud. The 6-foot-4 Monarch 3-point shooter, if given an open look, can hit from just about anywhere around the perimeter. Dakota Ridge knew that, and also knew that Mason Grothuesmann had to do something to contain the Coyotes’ sharpshooter.
    In other words, Grothuesmann had to guard Beauchamp just like the Eagles had practiced all week. It paid off quite nicely in the second half.