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Today's Sports

  • Unbeaten Rebels continue to roll

    LAKEWOOD — The Columbine girls lacrosse team played April 9 as if they had something very important planned later in the evening.

    Perhaps it was homework, a good television show or maybe the Rebels just wanted to get out of the cold air at Trailblazer Stadium, but they made short work of rival Dakota Ridge.

    “It was awesome. For sure,” Rebels junior Annie Larson said.

    Totally awesome.

  • Chargers remain on top

    LAKEWOOD — Twenty minutes into its April 9 soccer match with rival Dakota Ridge, top-ranked Chatfield found itself playing unfocused.

    They also found themselves down 1-0 on the scoreboard.

    Dakota Ridge sophomore Andrea Johnsson’s goal in the 12th minute not only gave the upstart Eagles a 1-0 lead, it gave them confidence that they could hang with the top team in the state.

    The Eagles continued to outwork the Chargers for the ball after the goal and were arguably the better team on the pitch at that point.

  • Rebels, Eagles shine at meet

    DENVER — Grant Golightly held his hands out in front of his face April 11, trying to visualize just what it was that slipped through his fingers.

    “I had the lead over the third guy,” Golightly said. “I probably ran a good time, probably my best time all year, but I had third. I had it. Except at the end.”

    Golightly placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.45 seconds at the annual Runners Roost Invite at Mullen High School.

  • Eagles slide past Chargers

    Alex Ellison didn’t get many opportunities to swing the bat April 11 in Dakota Ridge’s game against rival Chatfield.

    Walked three times, Ellison spent more times with his bat on his shoulders than he did taking cuts.

    But, when he did get a chance to swing, he made sure his hacks counted.

  • Evergreen Newspapers' all-...

    With March Madness now officially over, the calendar says we must spring forward.

    But, before we dive head-first into baseball season, let’s take a final look back at the prep basketball season.

    While no team in our coverage area won a state title, there were plenty of highlights along the way:

  • Baal carried Eagles

    Janelle Baal had always been used to being one of the younger players on the court during her basketball career at Dakota Ridge.

    That all changed her senior year.

    As the lone returning starter off a squad that had reached the Great 8 of the Class 5A state tournament, Baal was being looked upon by her coaches and teammates to guide the Eagles.

    The 5-foot-3 Baal gladly hoisted the Eagles on her shoulders, and carried them higher than most expected.

  • Snow not a surprise

    You had to have seen this coming, right?

    “It” of course, refers to the more than a foot of snow dumped on us March 26.

    Every year around this time, just as we’re entering the thick of the spring sports season, Mother Nature not-so-kindly reminds us that while the calendar may say its spring, she’s not through with us just yet.

    Granted, the snowfall was much-needed as we had a very mild winter. But, typically when it snows, it is bad news for area sports teams.

    Not so, this year.

  • Chargers get best of Rebels

    LAKEWOOD — Greg Kelsic said he and his Chatfield lacrosse teammates were expecting a physical encounter with rival Columbine.

    The Rebels certainly supplied the physicality, and the rival Chargers were more than happy to return the favor.

    Play on both sides of the field at times more resembled football than lacrosse. Penalty flags littered the synthetic turf field at Trailblazer Stadium on numerous occasions.

  • Eagles back in full force, top...

    LAKEWOOD — The Dakota Ridge Eagles got its soccer team back together just in time to face an old rival.

    Having been missing several players for undisclosed reasons, the Eagles were in full force March 18 and got some timely goals for a 3-1 Class 5A Jefferson County League victory over Columbine.

    “Honestly, I’m just glad to have players back,” Eagles coach Damon Smerchek said. “I’m just glad to come away with our first win and get on the right track.”

  • Chargers struggle to put away...

    LAKEWOOD — The Chatfield Chargers got the end result they expected March 18 against Bear Creek. It just didn’t go the way they expected.

    Rather than maul the Bears as has been their custom, the Chargers found themselves breathing a sigh of relief as the final whistle blew on a 1-0 Class 5A Jefferson County League victory at Lakewood Memorial Field.