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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Eagles breeze past Mustangs

    With many players 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 propels the Eagles (14-10) into a second round rematch against No. 4 George Washington in the Alice Barron Region. The Patriots beat the Eagles earlier in the season in a nonleague game.

  • Great Baal of Fire

    As the lone returning starter, Janelle Baal knew she’d be looked upon to provide more scoring for the Dakota Ridge girls basketball team.

    The senior point guard saw the challenge as an opportunity to broaden her game. She diligently worked on her 3-point shot, and as the season progressed, Baal developed into a dangerous threat from behind the arc.

    With a share of the Class 5A Jefferson County League title hanging in the balance, Baal’s long-range skills were put on display Feb. 21 on Senior Night against rival Columbine.

  • Early run fuels Chargers

    Be careful whom you challenge.

    The Chatfield Chargers girls basketball team found themselves dared to shoot from downtown Feb. 25 by the Littleton Lions, shortly before the Chargers were dared to score inside.

    They answered both challenges with aplomb.

    The seventh-seeded Chargers broke the zone and beat the man defense en route to a comfortable 54-34 victory in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament.

  • Eagles help raise breast cancer...

    The Dakota Ridge girls basketball team certainly looked pretty in pink, but there was more than just style concerns behind the fashion statement.

    The Eagles wore pink jerseys - both Feb. 21 against Columbine and two days earlier against Bear Creek - as part of Think Pink Cancer Awareness week.

    The uniform change certainly brought good vibes to Dakota Ridge as they won both games while donning the pink jerseys, earning a share of the Class 5A Jefferson County League title in the process.

  • Eagles win home finale in style

    Who wears short shorts? The Dakota Ridge Eagles basketball team does.

    Ahem, that’s the Dakota Ridge Eagles’ boys team.

    “We definitely came out with a little more fun,” senior guard Lenny Canny said.

    And a lot more leg.

    Perhaps it was the increased flexibility of the retro shorts, or just the vibe of getting back to the old-school when fundamentals were not only coached but embraced, but the Eagles were feeling vintage Feb. 18 against Bear Creek.

  • 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.