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Today's Sports

  • Chargers take Lambkins'...

    Stephanie Rowe got slugged in the face March 10 and was none too happy about it.

    Moving through the midfield in Chatfield’s Class 5A nonleague match against Fort Collins, Rowe took a hand to the grill and was dropped. Sure, the referee awarded the senior a foul, but that wasn’t taking away Rowe’s indignation.

    “I just wanted to get back at them,” Rowe said.

  • Chargers ready for challenge

    The Chatfield boys lacrosse team burst onto the scene a year ago.

    As a first-year program, the Chargers immediately thrust themselves into elite company, knocking off rival Columbine and reaching the Class 5A state quarterfinals.

    This year, expectations around the program remain high, despite losing a few senior leaders. While players like Max Erickson are gone, Greg Kelsic, Nick Nedeau, Mitch Erickson and James Sharp are all back, giving the Chargers plenty of options in the midfield and on the attack.

  • Young Rebels off to hot start

    Young and inexperienced at the varsity level, the Columbine Rebels are walking softly this baseball season.

    So far, they also happen to be carrying a very big stick.

    The Rebels (3-0) notched their third victory by 10 runs on March 13 as they hammered Douglas County 11-1 and needed just five innings to do it.

    Behind 4 1/3 innings from sophomore pitcher Bert Guzman, towering home runs by seniors Cody Hagen and Mike Tanner, and key hits from the bottom half of the lineup, the Rebels continued their surprising start to the young season.

  • Sixteen not so sweet for Chargers

    COLORADO SPRINGS — The Chatfield Chargers’ Sweet 16 turned out to be a surprise party. Just not the kind of surprise they had hoped for.

    Facing second-seeded Doherty on March 5 for the right to advance to the Class 5A Elite 8, the third-seeded Chargers got a whiff of their fate on the opening tip-off at the World Arena.

    The Spartans tipped the ball to guard Bryse Velasquez, who took a few dribbles before nailing a fadeaway 3-pointer from the right wing. The Chargers would chase Velasquez and the Spartans for the next 32 minutes.

  • Bouncing back from despair

    The warm-up run did not go well.

    Kaitie Vanatta desperately wanted to join her Dakota Ridge cross-country teammates at the starting line of the 2008 Class 5A state cross-country meet at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, but her legs wouldn’t comply.

    The senior had been trying to run through the pain for close to two years now. Some days, her legs felt good and didn’t send waves of pain rushing through her body. But, when they were hurting, there was little Vanatta could do to alleviate the discomfort.

  • Loss of Rocky affects us all

    I don’t like Bob Dylan, but I can’t help but repeat one of his most famous song titles over-and-over in my mind.

    “The Times They Are A-Changin.”

    Last week saw the end of an era in Colorado as the Rocky Mountain News closed after nearly 150 years of publishing newspapers.

    With its closing, prep sports coverage as we’ve grown to know it, will forever be different.

  • Spring is in the air

    Is it really March already?

    Seems like only yesterday we were ringing in 2009 and now here we are, three months later. Time certainly can fly by, and with that said, there’s only a couple of months left until all the madness that is high school sports will be done and gone, buried under the breeziness of summer.

    Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s take time to look at what the spring could hold for us. Based on initial glances, the spring is appearing to be very promising.

  • Eagles’ season comes...

    With many on the Dakota Ridge girls basketball team seeing their first significant playoff minutes, you had to wonder if nerves would be an issue.

    A 25-0 run in the first half answered any questions about postseason jitters as the No. 5 Eagles routed the No. 12 Mustangs of Mountain Range 54-24 Feb. 25 at Dakota Ridge High School.

    The win propelled the Eagles into a second round rematch against No. 4 George Washington in the Alice Barron Region on Feb. 27.

  • Chargers falter late against...

    CENTENNIAL — Had the seventh-seeded Chatfield Chargers managed to upset second-seeded Arapahoe on Feb. 27, people probably would have hailed it as one of the bigger surprises in recent Class 5A girls state tournament history.

    In reality, it would not have been that far fetched.

    While the Warriors did do what people expected by defeating the Chargers 66-53 in the second round of the tournament at Sitting Eagle Gymnasium, the Chargers showed had they just played a little better, things could have been a lot different.

  • Charging onward

    It doesn’t take much to swing momentum in a basketball game.

    Fort Collins found that out — the hard way.

    The Lambkins appeared on the verge of taking the lead in their Feb. 28 game against the Chatfield Chargers in the second round of the Class 5A boys state tournament game when they lost their heads — and, ultimately, the game, midway through the third quarter.