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Today's Sports

  • Weitzel wrestles to third-place...

    DENVER — Cody Weitzel has wrestled numerous times in tournaments much bigger and arguably more illustrious than the Class 5A state wrestling championships at the Pepsi Center.

    But that didn’t stop the butterflies from coming to the Columbine freshman.

    “I’ve been to a lot of really big national tournaments and I thought I wasn’t going to be affected,” Weitzel said.

    Weitzel overcame his nerves, rebounding from one defeat to place third in the 103-pound weight class on Feb. 21.

  • Once again, Rams edge past...

    The Chatfield Chargers need a sticky player. A glue guy that can rally the troops when things go sour and lead the charge when its time to attack.

    They need someone like Green Mountain senior Brian Hunt.

    “He takes over in big situations,” Chatfield coach Steve Schimpeler said. “He was the difference in the first game, and he was the difference in this game.”

  • Saying a final goodbye to my...

    When I wake up this morning, I’ll be a new man.

    I won’t be a 20-something anymore. I will be 30.

    Admittedly, it’s still a little strange seeing that in print. I feel like I’ve been in my twenties forever, so, moving into a new chapter of my life will take a little time to adjust to.

    As I take time to look back, I can see that my twenties were filled with many big moments in my life.

    Here’s just a few:

  • Late flurry carries Chatfield...

    Rivalry games should have one automatic: Intensity.

    The stands should be full, the crowd should be loud and the game should be electric.

    Our side vs. Your side. These colors vs. Those colors. You vs. Us.

    Against Dakota Ridge on Dec. 12, the Chatfield Chargers fought like Switzerland for 28 minutes before they finally went on a serious offensive.

    “Coach got on us a little bit,” Chatfield’s Tyler Rogers said after the Chargers erupted in the final four minutes for a 69-48 Class 5A Jefferson County League victory over the Eagles.

  • Was Rebels' home win Bartok...

    Jim Bartok has a lot of accomplishments on his résumé.

    More than 300 career wins, most wins all-time as coach at two schools and countless playoff appearances, including Columbine’s first Sweet 16 berth last season.

    Bartok added one more win to his tally when his Rebels defeated Bear Creek 55-41 on senior night at Columbine.

    Bartok, who is rumored to be retiring after this season, notched his 96th win at Columbine with relative ease in a game that his team led by more than 20 points for most of the way.

  • No title, but Perkins can still...

    FORT COLLINS — Things at the Class 5A state girls swimming and diving championships did not go as Shelley Perkins had planned.

    Then something truly unexpected happened to make things a little better.

    The highly touted Chatfield senior speedster placed third in the 50-yard freestyle and fourth in the 100 freestyle after swimming the second-best times in both events during prelims at the Edora Pool Ice Center.

  • Jeffco race tightens

    In any successful relationship, communication and trust are vital.

    The Dakota Ridge girls basketball team didn’t feel as though they trusted each other, so, just prior to its biggest game of the season, the Eagles held a team meeting to discuss their lack of dialect.

    The 45-minute session proved to be very productive as the Eagles kept their unlikely Class 5A Jefferson County League title hopes alive with a convincing 46-34 victory over Chatfield Feb. 12 at Chatfield Senior High School.

  • Chargers top Bears

    LAKEWOOD — After weathering a frantic fourth quarter that ended in an 84-75 victory for the Chatfield Chargers, junior Landon Vermeer spoke of serpents.

    The Chargers, who led Bear Creek by 21 points late in the third quarter only to have it chopped down to four points with 1:43 remaining, saw their lack of a ruthlessly killer instinct exposed again.

  • Volleyball, football players big...

    If you had the chance to watch Alicia Dotson on the volleyball court, you probably came away remembering a couple of distinct things about her.

    One would be her great ability as a setter to put the ball in prime locations for the Rebels’ outside hitters to spike the ball.

    The second would be her smile.

    Whether win or lose, Dotson always seemed able to find something during a particular match to make her flash a smile.

  • Appel to Stanford highlights...

    Stanford or Yale?

    That was the question Dakota Ridge senior Evan Appel had been tussling with recently.

    At 10 p.m. Feb. 3, just hours before National Signing Day, Appel made up his mind: He’ll be a Cardinal.

    Appel was one of a dozen Dakota Ridge student-athletes to sign a National Letter of Intent on Feb. 4. The two-time Class 5A cross-country state champion and defending 1,600- and 3,200-meter 5A state track champion will participate in both sports at Stanford.