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Today's Sports

  • Columbine edges Dakota Ridge

    Ben Ripperton probably won’t ever be the biggest guy on the ice.

    And while a nickname such as ‘Big Ben’ would only be in jest for the Columbine forward, he certainly stood tallest Feb. 6 as the Rebels rallied to defeat rival Dakota Ridge 4-2 at The Edge Ice Arena.

    "We came in with pride and fought hard at the end and got a win," Ripperton said.

  • Double duty

    Missed layups? Check.

    Star player in early foul trouble? Check.

    Opponent making big shots in crucial situations? Check.

    All of the markings of an upset were there Feb. 3 as Front Range Christian’s girls basketball team tangled with Longmont Christian. Yet, that upset never occurred.

    The Falcons, ranked sixth in the state in Class 2A by the Rocky Mountain News, battled through all of the adversity thrown their way, and, after a pair of overtimes, walked off their home floor with a 48-42 victory.

  • Perkins dominates Jeffco League...

    ARVADA — Shelley Perkins likes to break things.

    “You just have to know how to go crazy,” the Chatfield senior said with a smile Feb. 7. “I’m a little out of control.”

    And when Perkins gets like that – watch out. No tradition is safe.

    Perkins broke three Class 5A Jefferson County League records at the annual regular-season finale – one of which was her own. The Chargers’ speedster set a new mark in the 50-yard freestyle only to break it in the finals, not long before she set a new record in the 100 freestyle.

  • Chatfield signees ready for next...

    Anyone who willingly dives into a pool of water off a 10-meter platform clearly isn’t afraid of heights.

    John Fox has parlayed his fearlessness into a college scholarship.

    Fox was one of 16 student-athletes signing a National Letter of Intent at Chatfield Senior High School on National Signing Day. The senior will be attending the University of Kentucky where he will compete for the Wildcats in platform diving.

  • Looking for a new Super Bowl...

    For as long as I can remember, I’ve spent Super Bowl Sunday doing two things.

    One, of course, is watching the game. And for the few anti-football types out there, you missed a heck of a game. Not as great as last year’s, but still, a really good game.

    The second thing I’ve always done on Super Bowl Sunday is eat chicken wings.

    Now, I don’t know how the tradition started in the Johnson household, but, I was certainly happy my father brought it into existence.

  • Rebels coast to easy win

    LAKEWOOD — If it had been a baseball game they would have invoked the 10-run rule.

    What began as a competitive Class 5A Jefferson County League swimming meet at Carmody Pool between Bear Creek, Columbine and Dakota Ridge, quickly turned into a showcase for the Columbine swimmers who won all 11 races, as well as the diving competition.

    Columbine finished with 166 points, Bear Creek with 94 points and Dakota Ridge with 57 points, but the scary thing is, it could have been worse.

  • Don’t sleep on Chargers

    In the span of a month, the Chatfield girls basketball team has gone from pretender to contender in Class 5A Jefferson County.

    When you sit back and study the roster, the transformation really shouldn’t be surprising.

    What should leave you scratching your head is how did this team, which has veteran players at nearly every position, get off to such a slow start?

    Well, injuries certainly played a part.

  • Chargers swat away pesky Eagles

    In its basketball program, Chatfield senior basketball players are referred to as the “Terrific T’s.

    But, Tyler Rogers, Taylor Rogers, and Tyler Haidaris better make room for one more T – junior Trevor Wages.

    The 6-foot-7 center held his own in the Jan. 23 game against Dakota Ridge. Wages helped guide the Chargers to a 74-61 victory over the Eagles with a big second half contribution. He scored eight points, but more importantly he provided a strong post presence against a Dakota Ridge defense that was not going to back down.

  • Young guns help Chatfield pin...

    It didn’t matter that Erik Gaytan and Clay Davenport were new to the Chatfield varsity rivalry with Columbine, neither needed an extra reason to win.

    Gaytan, a freshman, and Davenport, a sophomore who moved in from South Carolina, notched pins in the last two matches Jan. 22 to ensure Chatfield’s 45-33 victory over the host Rebels.

    “You know you have to win, it’s Columbine. … I know everybody there,” Gaytan said. “You got to beat them.”

  • Chatfield girls remain perfect...

    When the 2008-09 girls basketball season, Chatfield looked like a team uncomfortable in its own skin.

    Dropping six of its first seven games, Chatfield had a bumpy start transitioning to new coach Mike Deutsch’s up-tempo scheme.

    After a bit of work, the road is much smoother now for the Chargers.

    And, while the Dakota Ridge team the Chargers faced Jan. 23 isn’t as powerful as ones of the recent past, the team’s 48-43 win over the rival Eagles was significant for a number of reasons.