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  • Chargers back on top

    COMMERCE CITY — When Chatfield coach Brock Blume heard the numbers, he just grinned, laughed and shook his head.

    “The M.O. for sure at one point was do the minimum. This minimum was definitely very impressive,” he said.

    When senior midfielder Stephanie Rowe heard them, she calmly stated the obvious.

    “It’s crazy,” Rowe said. “There are no words even for that. It’s just amazing.”

  • Going out in style

    LAKEWOOD — When Evan Appel accepts his diploma from Dakota Ridge High School on May 22, he’ll do so at Jefferson County Stadium.

    It’s a fitting end to Appel’s high school days as Jeffco Stadium has been a home away from home to the senior.

    Appel made his final racing memory at the stadium a good one, overtaking Cherry Creek’s Walter Schafer early in the final lap of the Class 5A 1,600-meter final on May 16 to pick up his sixth state title (four track, two cross-country).

  • Chargers claim 5A soccer title

    COMMERCE CITY — When Chatfield coach Brock Blume heard the numbers, he just grinned, laughed and shook his head.

    "The M.O. for sure at one point was do the minimum. This minimum was definitely very impressive," he siad.

    When senior midfielder Stephanie Rowe heard them, she calmly stated the obvious.

    "It’s crazy," Rowe said. "There are no words even for that. It’s just amazing."

  • Diving for gold

    John Fox could have done a cannonball, belly flop or just walked out on the diving board and sang a song May 16 and still would have won the Class 5A state diving championship. He was that good.

    Fox, however, stuck his last dive like he’s trained to do all season, and put an emphatic stamp on his last state meet and first state title.

    “It was great,” said Fox, a senior at Chatfield and Kentucky signee. “I was really serious all meet. It was a huge weight off my shoulders from all four years.”

  • Gillmore preserves Chargers&...

    ENGLEWOOD — Anna Lowe saved her first goal of the season for something special.

    How about a 40-yard free kick, hit on a rope, which sails over the opposing goalkeeper and turns out to be the only goal in the Class 5A state semifinal game?

    “That’s my first of the season,” Lowe said May 16 with a bag of ice on her knee at Englewood Stadium. “For it to come there is amazing.”

  • Falcons earn respect in state...

    PUEBLO — The Falcons have landed.

    Although few at Hobbs Field could probably find Front Range Christian on a map, the Falcons showed the Class 2A baseball field – and the defending champions, particularly – what they’re all about Friday in the state semifinals.

    “I’m excited. I think we represented ourselves well,” coach Dave Sherman said. “We could have played better, but we played all 21 outs to the best of our abilities, and that was our goal.”

  • Chargers sprint to state title...

    LAKEWOOD — Sam Stratton’s mom probably won’t be buying a post-race photo of her son’s Class 5A state 400-meter race.

    While the other eight participants were receiving their awards on the infield at Jefferson County Stadium on May 16, Stratton was tending to a nasty blister under his left pinky toe – and a post-race hangover.

    Although Stratton won’t be in the photo, he made sure to leave his mark on the race – injury and all.

  • 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.