Today's Sports

  • Carney repeats as Jeffco champ

    Danny Carney, two weeks earlier, didn’t run the Dave Sanders Invitational at Clement Park because his coaches wanted him to relax and prepare for the postseason. He had earned the rest.
    And so the Dakota Ridge senior, even feeling under the weather, was back running Oct. 14. And he was back in front as usual. Carney ran a time of 15 minutes, 35 seconds, winning the 5A Jeffco League cross country championship by 45 seconds over Bear Creek’s Brandon Washington. It is Carney’s second straight league title.

  • Chargers’ Holmes pushes way to...

    DENVER — There is a saying that reads ‘The sign on the door to opportunity reads ‘PUSH.’ For three grueling days, Chatfield’s No. 2 singles player Nick Holmes did just that.
    The Chargers senior pushed his way through opportunity’s door, capturing third place at the 5A state boys tennis championships on Oct. 15 at the Gates Tennis Center.    

  • 5A regional softball pairings set

    The 5A softball regionals are Saturday, Oct. 15. Jeffco League teams Chatfield, Dakota Ridge and Columbine all qualified for the postseason based on their Top-5 finish in the nine-team league. Chatfield won the league trophy with an 8-1 mark, beating out Dakota Ridge on a tiebreaker courtesy of its 2-1 win over the Lady Eagles during the regular season. Columbine reached the playoffs after finishing in a five-way tie for fourth with a 4-5 record. It, along with Pomona, won the tiebreaker.

  • Youthful Chargers win regionals

    Winning regional tennis championships has been somewhat commonplace for Chatfield’s boys team through the years. And, in spite of drastic turnover in 2011, there were the Chargers standing on top of the heap yet again.

  • ‘She’s a beast’

    Heather Finch didn’t see it coming. The then-junior was at practice when her teammate — 5-foor-10, 190-pound lineman Isaac Reindel — under coach’s orders was told to purposedly lay her out.
    Yes, tackle her. She was trying to play football after all.
    “It caught me off guard, but I did fine,” Heather said.
    She passed the test. And now, a year later, the Front Range Christian senior is making the grade as a starter on the offensive line and a contributor on defense.

  • Familiar finish for Eagles’ Vance

    Drew Vance had been here before. Finishing in the Top 10 at the 5A boys golf state championship isn’t anything new to him. Doing it two years in a row just showed that he wasn’t a fluke.
    The Dakota Ridge senior golfer shot a 6-over 148 to tie for ninth at this year’s championship Oct. 3-4 at Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction.

  • Rebels lineman Burns escapes...

    LAKEWOOD — Nick Burns, a senior offensive guard for Columbine’s varsity football team, avoided serious injury to his neck after a scary moment just two plays into his team’s game with Heritage on Oct. 7 at Jeffco Stadium.
    Burns was pulling around the corner to block on the first of Cameron McDondle’s two touchdown runs in the Rebels’ eventual 35-7 victory when he lowered his head to take on an oncoming linebacker. The collision resulted in Burns tumbling face-down on the field with numbing feelings overcoming his extremities.

  • Sports briefs

    Columbine adds Region 8 title to Jeffco League crown
    — Columbine, coming off a 5A Jeffco League championship, won regional titles at No. 2 singles and doubles en route to 53 points and a 5A Region 8 crown on Oct. 5-6 at North Lake Park.
    The Rebels scored 53 points to top Smoky Hill (43), Poudre (41) and Fossil Ridge (40) for top honors.

  • Eagles' Vance places ninth...

    GRAND JUNCTION -- Dakota Ridge's Drew Vance shot a 6-over 148 to tie for ninth at the 5A boys golf state championship on Oct. 3-4 at Bookcliff Country Club.
    Vance, who placed second at regionals to Chatfield's Nick Berry, was at even-par after Day 1 of the two-day, 36-hole tournament before shooting 6-over on the second day to tie three others.
    Berry, who led Chatfield's team to state, placed 13th, one shot back of Vance.

  • McDondle, Rebels run over...

    LAKEWOOD — It’s probably safe to say that Cameron McDondle is back to his old self. It’s also safe to say that the Columbine senior running back loves playing rival Chatfield. After all, he’s had his way with the Chargers the past two years.
    McDondle rushed for a season-high 265 yards and four touchdowns — the second straight year he’s rushed for more than 200 yards and scored four times against Chatfield — as Columbine remained unbeaten with a 34-7 victory at Jeffco Stadium on Sept. 30.