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Today's Sports

  • Historic win for Eagles

    When you send a girl nicknamed Bam to the plate, certain outcomes shouldn’t surprise anyone.

    How about a two-run, walk-off home run?

    Bam Mammenga got everything out of her one at-bat Aug. 29 as her home run to center field gave the Dakota Ridge Eagles a 10-0 Class 5A nonleague home-opening victory over the ThunderRidge Grizzlies.

    The ball appeared to skim off the center fielder’s glove before all parties were separated by the fence. The ball bounded up the hill toward Easton Park and the Eagles went wild for their sophomore hero.

  • Chip with different clubs

    Too often I see amateur golfers chipping with just one club, usually a high-lofted wedge, around the green. I urge you to practice chipping with different clubs and then take these newly learned shots to the golf course.

    Before being able to use different clubs around the green, you need to practice and see what different trajectories each club will give you.

  • Try these three practicing...

    When practicing, there are three methods that will improve your golf game: repetition, random and competition.

    Repetition practice is when you are trying to learn a new move in your swing. Whether it is improving your follow through or swing path, this is the type of practice is needed to train your muscles to perform differently then they were before. This practice is where we say “practice makes permanent” as we allow our muscles to learn a new move through repetition. This practice requires constant feedback and not just from your ball flight.

  • Depth key for Chargers

    It’s the year of the working man at Chatfield. Always blessed with talent and the expectations of heading up the Class 5A Jefferson County League field, the Chargers found themselves with a sea of shovel-ready soccer players.

    A whopping 64 boys tried out this month and the Chargers were forced to cut 22 of them (although they tried to form another team to keep them all in the system).

  • Eagle lets his play do the...

    Steven Barber plays football in a world of silence and simplicity.

    Profoundly deaf since he was born, Barber will never play for the roar of the crowd, nor will he run his mouth between plays to mask his frustration or a bruised ego.

    Talking trash would just take too much time, not to mention the last opponent that tried yelling at him finally gave up after being continually ignored.

    What the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Dakota Ridge senior does exceptionally well is play defense. All the chatter and pageantry under the Friday night lights are just a sideshow.

  • 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.