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  • Angels boot Rebels in opening...

    DENVER — The Angels were merciful May 5. But only for about 50 minutes.

    That’s when Denver East finally put the ball into the back of the Columbine goal to usher the Rebels out of the first round of the Class 5A state soccer playoffs.

    The 2-0 defeat, however, appeared to be headed in a much different direction early on.

    After giving up a quick corner kick, the Angels dominated the first half. They kissed the ball off the Rebels’ goal twice, hit the crossbar once and forced three saves from backup goalkeeper Bri Klomp.

  • Eagles overcome officials,...

    LAKEWOOD — The Dakota Ridge Eagles had their hands – and minds – full on May 6.

    In the first round of the Class 5A state soccer playoffs, the Eagles had to stop the Doherty Spartans, Mr. Roboto the animated referee, and the demons in their heads.

    The Spartans eventually fell in overtime, despite the best efforts of some bizarre refereeing decisions, and senior Emily Holley overcame a host of missed shots and saved shots to hit the biggest shot.

  • Chargers reach quarters for...

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — To be a good goalie in lacrosse, you not only have to be daring – after all, who voluntarily signs up to have a hard rubber ball thrown at them at high speeds? – you have to be sharp.

    If your reflexes aren’t cat-like, you’re in trouble.

    Thankfully for the Chatfield boys lacrosse team, they have one heck of a net-minder.

  • Rebels keep perfect record in...

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine’s girls lacrosse team had a couple of reasons to be excited May 8.

    Having dispatched of No. 10 Chaparral 19-11 in the opening round of the Class 5A state tournament, the seventh-seeded Rebels not only advanced to the quarterfinals, they also kept their perfect record in tact at 16-0.

    “Columbine’s never been past the first round before,” said sophomore Maddie Tedford, who scored three goals with an assist against Chaparral. “We were pretty fired up coming into the game.”

  • Chargers slip past Rams

    LAKEWOOD — Alyssa Gillmore likes the chaos amid the rough stuff.

    Bodies flying around the goal, players crashing into players and throwing their bodies in the way of danger? Gillmore says that just gives the game its proper tempo.

    While some teams got an easier result in the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs, the top-seeded Chargers got a white knuckle – and a little bare knuckle – match May 8 in their 1-0 victory over Jeffco rival Green Mountain at Lakewood Memorial Field.

  • Falcons hold on, top Tigers

    While Front Range Christian may have won its Class 3A girls soccer first-round game against Colorado Springs Christian by just a goal, the game didn’t feel that close – until the end.

    After racing out to a 3-0 the 14th-seeded Falcons continued to attack the Tigers, but, were unable to convert on any of their eight second-half shots. That gave Colorado Springs Christian a glimmer of hope and by the 80th minute, they had turned that glimmer into a blinding light.

  • Chargers lock up top seed with...

    LAKEWOOD — Everything was at stake for the Chatfield Chargers on April 30. At the same time, nothing was.

    With the Class 5A Jefferson County League girls soccer title already in their back pocket, a loss to rival Columbine would have done nothing to change their position as the top-seeded team out of Jeffco for the playoffs.

    But the fact that it was Columbine and that the top seed overall in 5A looks much better, the Chargers were all business at Lakewood Memorial Field.

    And Sarah Schmeda was the boss.

  • Chargers double up Falcons

    LAKEWOOD — Trace Wollner was a little concerned about the infection in his knee after he got rubbed out on the turf at Trailblazer Stadium.

    Of course, if having that ailment produced the kind of offense Wollner showed off May 1, the rest of the Chatfield Chargers might be thrilled to get sick.

    Wollner scored seven goals and dished one assist, as the ninth-seeded Chargers hammered out a 10-5 victory over No. 24 Highlands Ranch in the first round of the boys lacrosse state playoffs.

  • Chargers humbled by Lobos

    FORT COLLINS — It was an impossible question for Chatfield baseball coach Mike Yansak to answer.

    What was more surprising, his team giving up 11 runs in five innings, or registering one hit?

    So, instead of trying to answer the unanswerable, Yansak spoke glowingly of two-time defending Class 5A state champions Rocky Mountain, which sent his team packing into the night.

  • Chargers end lax season on high...

    LAKEWOOD — It was the best of games; it was the worst of games.

    But in a tale of two girls lacrosse teams, the Chatfield Chargers and the Evergreen Cougars who faced off at Trailblazer Stadium on April 30, the hardest question to answer might have been ‘what the dickens were they playing for?’

    Neither the 7-5 Chargers (4-3 Jefferson County League), nor the 1-11 Cougars (0-7 Jeffco League) had much to play for late in the season, so the game became more about preparing for next season, and just having fun.