Today's Sports

  • Columbine takes care of first-...

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — Having earned a No. 1 seed in the Class 5A football playoffs with a perfect regular season, Columbine couldn’t be blamed if it felt a bit of indignation at drawing Overland as its first-round opponent.

  • Eagles run the table in Plains...

    By Brian Miller — For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — It had been 11 years since Dakota Ridge’s football team could claim a league championship of its own.

    That’s why last Thursday night’s victory carried an added sweetness to it. The Eagles overcame a bit of a slow start — at least by their standards — by erupting for five touchdowns in the second quarter on their way to a resounding 63-13 victory over Littleton on Nov. 5 at Trailblazer Stadium.

  • Chargers amped up

    LITTLETON — Chatfield’s volleyball team celebrated Nov. 7 after claiming the Class 5A Region 1 title on the Chargers’ home court.

    However, the Chargers likely saved a little bit for a hopeful state championship party this coming Saturday night, Nov. 14, at the Denver Coliseum.

  • Jeffo Open Space lands grant for...

    The Be Wild, Jeffco coalition of Jeffco Open Space has received a $75,000 grant to encourage youths to experience the outdoors.

    The funding from Great Outdoors Colorado is aimed at creating programs and expanding parks to improve access for young people, said Open Space spokeswoman Thea Rock.

    Many Jeffco youngsters live in areas with gaps in nature connections, Rock said — similar to people who live in “food deserts” that lack readily accessible grocery stores.

    “Maybe there is no park in their neighborhood,” she said.

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  • League title in D’Evelyn’s sights

    LAKEWOOD — D’Evelyn’s offense went a perfect 7-for-7 in the opening half Oct. 30 at Trailblazer Stadium.

    The Jaguars scored touchdowns on their first seven possessions against Arvada in the Class 3A Metro North League game. D’Evelyn (7-2, 4-0 in league) led 49-0 at halftime and let off the gas in the second half to take an eventual 49-8 victory over Arvada (1-8, 0-4).

  • Columbine rolls to undefeated...

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine junior Mikey Griebel’s 78-yard sprint to the end zone on the first play of the second half Oct. 29 at Jeffco Stadium essentially ran the Rebels into the start of the postseason.

    “We went into halftime wanting to put the game away and get ready for next week,” said Griebel, who had six carries for 164 yards and three catches for 35 yards. “We went with one of the strongest plays we have. The linemen executed. I’m blessed with that offensive line.”

  • Reed finishes third again at...

    COLORADO SPRINGS — D’Evelyn senior Lexi Reed looked around the holding pen for the top-10 finishers in the girls Class 4A state cross country race and was up for a quick one-on-one basketball tournament.

     “I would do that. I think I could take them, maybe,” said Reed with a smile when asked if she would have an advantage on the basketball court against her fellow top cross country runners in the state. “Unless someone has a hidden basketball talent I don’t know of.”

  • Late touchdown gives Front Range...

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    LITTLETON — Front Range Christian’s offense played a game of cat-and-mouse with Clear Creek safety Noah Sarria throughout the Class 1A Metro League football game Oct. 24.

    And on a crucial fourth-and-two play from the Falcons’ 48-yard line with just under four minutes left in the fourth quarter, Sarria went for the catnip and the cheese, and he got caught.

  • Still perfect

    LAKEWOOD — Tommy Gillman was a bit of a wrinkle Columbine threw at rival Chatfield on Oct. 23 at Jeffco Stadium.

    Gillman had just a few carries from the fullback position this season for the Rebels (8-0, 6-0 in Class 5A Jeffco). The senior got the chance to play both sides of the football and made the most of his offensive touches rushing for 49 yards on 10 carries.