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Today's Sports

  • Eagles continue to roll

    Attention Wal-Mart shoppers: all men’s underwear is on sale, most flatscreen televisions are discounted 15 percent and baseballs are now available in the outdoor garden center. Thank you.

    Blame Dave Whitaker for that last one. The Dakota Ridge catcher hit a ball so hard April 15 it rocketed over the fence in center field, caught fire as it re-entered the atmosphere and landed next to a stack of fertilizer in the parking lot across the street.

    Or something like that.

  • Columbine's Thomas signs...

    When Columbine’s Aimee Thomas committed to playing volleyball at Hastings College, coach Ron Alexander said he probably gave his neighbors a good scare.

    After hearing the good news, Alexander went out to his backyard and let out an excited yell.

    Obviously, he was happy with Thomas’s decision.

    “We’re excited to have her,” Alexander said. “Aimee’s a wonderful match for our program.”

  • Chargers brave elements, topple...

    LAKEWOOD — The Chatfield girls lacrosse team put forth a performance April 16 that would’ve made a postman grin.

    Despite bitter cold temperatures and a downpour of rain that intensified deeper into the contest, the Chargers made sure to make all of their deliveries.

    Against a gritty Conifer team that battled for most of the first half, Chatfield blew a close game opening, scoring 11 unanswered goals, leading to an eventual 20-10 victory at Trailblazer Stadium.

  • Bruins sweep Chargers

    Kelsey Brading and the Chatfield Chargers are promoting hard court harmony through better communication.

    Once in awe of Cherry Creek’s mighty tennis program, the Chargers have gotten to know the Bruins through annual Class 5A nonleague dual meets and just really enjoy playing them.

    Consider it the most polite combat since fencing.

    Brading especially, as she faced defending No. 1 singles champion Caroline Schnell, whom she was once standoffish with until they started playing together as 11-year-old doubles partners.

  • 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.