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Today's Sports

  • Great Baal of Fire

    As the lone returning starter, Janelle Baal knew she’d be looked upon to provide more scoring for the Dakota Ridge girls basketball team.

    The senior point guard saw the challenge as an opportunity to broaden her game. She diligently worked on her 3-point shot, and as the season progressed, Baal developed into a dangerous threat from behind the arc.

    With a share of the Class 5A Jefferson County League title hanging in the balance, Baal’s long-range skills were put on display Feb. 21 on Senior Night against rival Columbine.

  • Early run fuels Chargers

    Be careful whom you challenge.

    The Chatfield Chargers girls basketball team found themselves dared to shoot from downtown Feb. 25 by the Littleton Lions, shortly before the Chargers were dared to score inside.

    They answered both challenges with aplomb.

    The seventh-seeded Chargers broke the zone and beat the man defense en route to a comfortable 54-34 victory in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament.

  • Eagles help raise breast cancer...

    The Dakota Ridge girls basketball team certainly looked pretty in pink, but there was more than just style concerns behind the fashion statement.

    The Eagles wore pink jerseys - both Feb. 21 against Columbine and two days earlier against Bear Creek - as part of Think Pink Cancer Awareness week.

    The uniform change certainly brought good vibes to Dakota Ridge as they won both games while donning the pink jerseys, earning a share of the Class 5A Jefferson County League title in the process.

  • Eagles win home finale in style

    Who wears short shorts? The Dakota Ridge Eagles basketball team does.

    Ahem, that’s the Dakota Ridge Eagles’ boys team.

    “We definitely came out with a little more fun,” senior guard Lenny Canny said.

    And a lot more leg.

    Perhaps it was the increased flexibility of the retro shorts, or just the vibe of getting back to the old-school when fundamentals were not only coached but embraced, but the Eagles were feeling vintage Feb. 18 against Bear Creek.

  • Weitzel wrestles to third-place...

    DENVER — Cody Weitzel has wrestled numerous times in tournaments much bigger and arguably more illustrious than the Class 5A state wrestling championships at the Pepsi Center.

    But that didn’t stop the butterflies from coming to the Columbine freshman.

    “I’ve been to a lot of really big national tournaments and I thought I wasn’t going to be affected,” Weitzel said.

    Weitzel overcame his nerves, rebounding from one defeat to place third in the 103-pound weight class on Feb. 21.

  • Once again, Rams edge past...

    The Chatfield Chargers need a sticky player. A glue guy that can rally the troops when things go sour and lead the charge when its time to attack.

    They need someone like Green Mountain senior Brian Hunt.

    “He takes over in big situations,” Chatfield coach Steve Schimpeler said. “He was the difference in the first game, and he was the difference in this game.”

  • Saying a final goodbye to my...

    When I wake up this morning, I’ll be a new man.

    I won’t be a 20-something anymore. I will be 30.

    Admittedly, it’s still a little strange seeing that in print. I feel like I’ve been in my twenties forever, so, moving into a new chapter of my life will take a little time to adjust to.

    As I take time to look back, I can see that my twenties were filled with many big moments in my life.

    Here’s just a few:

  • Late flurry carries Chatfield...

    Rivalry games should have one automatic: Intensity.

    The stands should be full, the crowd should be loud and the game should be electric.

    Our side vs. Your side. These colors vs. Those colors. You vs. Us.

    Against Dakota Ridge on Dec. 12, the Chatfield Chargers fought like Switzerland for 28 minutes before they finally went on a serious offensive.

    “Coach got on us a little bit,” Chatfield’s Tyler Rogers said after the Chargers erupted in the final four minutes for a 69-48 Class 5A Jefferson County League victory over the Eagles.

  • Was Rebels' home win Bartok...

    Jim Bartok has a lot of accomplishments on his résumé.

    More than 300 career wins, most wins all-time as coach at two schools and countless playoff appearances, including Columbine’s first Sweet 16 berth last season.

    Bartok added one more win to his tally when his Rebels defeated Bear Creek 55-41 on senior night at Columbine.

    Bartok, who is rumored to be retiring after this season, notched his 96th win at Columbine with relative ease in a game that his team led by more than 20 points for most of the way.

  • No title, but Perkins can still...

    FORT COLLINS — Things at the Class 5A state girls swimming and diving championships did not go as Shelley Perkins had planned.

    Then something truly unexpected happened to make things a little better.

    The highly touted Chatfield senior speedster placed third in the 50-yard freestyle and fourth in the 100 freestyle after swimming the second-best times in both events during prelims at the Edora Pool Ice Center.