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Today's Sports

  • Falcons’ ground game beats down...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    Roster numbers alone suggested that Front Range Christian would wear down Clear Creek in the second half of their 1A Metro League football game Oct. 18.
    The visiting Golddiggers suited just 18 players, including Jordan Howard, their leading rusher and passer, who saw limited duty on offense because of a sore hip. By contrast, the Falcons had no personnel issues, particularly with their 1-2 running back combination of Tanner Matoba and Seth Scadden.

  • Chargers strike out vs. Legacy

    AURORA — Ask head coach Nicole Janssen, and the Chatfield Lady Chargers probably weren’t expected to be at the 5A state softball tournament anyway. Chatfield returned just five seniors from last year’s state-qualifying squad. But there they were at Aurora Sports Park on Oct. 19.
    And they made themselves heard, albeit briefly.

  • Lightning shoots down Lady Eagles

    AURORA — As Rachelle Foos stood on the mound, a smile crossed her face as she delivered pitch after pitch in the sixth inning. It wasn’t because she was happy with the score, not with her Dakota Ridge Lady Eagles on their way to an 8-1 loss to Legacy in the 5A state softball quarterfinals. No, it was because she wanted to savor her final moments on the high school diamond.
    “I (wanted) just to make the best of my last time on the field. That’s what I was trying to do,” Foos said as she choked back tears.

  • Eagles lose their cool, then game

    LAKEWOOD — Dakota Ridge head coach Ron Woitalewicz walked across the field at his own pace. So did Eagles volunteer assistant coach Jim Juliana.
    Just moments earlier, both coaches, arguing an illegal touching call that negated an Eagles’ recovery of an onside kick at midfield, were ejected from the game in which Dakota Ridge lost 34-21 to Denver South on Oct. 18 at Jeffco Stadium.

  • Workmanlike Lady Eagles headed...

    Rachelle Foos knew the situation. The Dakota Ridge senior pitcher talked to her teammates prior to playing Chatfield in the 5A Region 3 tournament Oct. 12 at Dave Sanders Field at Clement Park. She told them that the Lady Chargers were going to hit and that they were going to score, but that Dakota Ridge needed to come out, in her words, “10 times harder.”

    Dakota Ridge did that with a workmanlike approach, and the Lady Eagles are headed back to the 5A state tournament for a third consecutive year following an 8-2 victory.

  • Lady Chargers returning to state

    It went without saying that 2013 was going to be a challenging season for the Chatfield Lady Chargers. Last year’s team rode Rebecka Mintz’s pitching and Carlie Sexton’s hitting to a 5A state tournament berth. But both of them graduated, and this year’s squad had to fill those spots through a handful of players. With the perseverance Chatfield showed Oct. 12 at the 5A Region 3 softball tournament, the spots have been filled quite nicely.

  • Eagles can’t catch Pomona, RV

    Dakota Ridge cross country runner Cameron Mattson put into perspective quite clearly what the Eagles had to do Oct. 11 at Clement Park if they wanted to reclaim their position as the top boys team in the 5A Jeffco League.

    “Sometimes you have to beat the other teams rather than each other,” Mattson said. “Our overall goal is to beat the other team.”

  • Making a statement at 5A boys...

    The 2013 5A state boys tennis championships saw a number of firsts. For Adam Rivera, he was the first Dakota Ridge player to qualify for state in eight years. For Columbine’s Andy Wright, he was in the field as a singles player instead of as a doubles player. And for Chatfield, it was time for the Chargers to score a pair of third-place finishes at No. 1 singles and doubles en route to a fifth-place team run. The following vignettes highlight this year’s tournament, held Oct. 10-12 at Denver’s Gates Tennis Center, for nine local players.

  • 5A softball regional pairings

    PLAYOFF PAIRINGS
    The following are regional softball pairings for Oct. 12. The top two teams advance to the state tournament at Aurora Sports Park on Oct. 18-19.
    5A REGION 3
    FIRST ROUND
    DAVE SANDERS FIELD, COLUMBINE HS
    #28 Fruita Monument (11-8) at #5 Dakota Ridge (16-3), 10 a.m.
    #21 Greeley West (12-7) at #12 Chatfield (11-8), 10 a.m.
    CONSOLATION
    Fruita-Dakota Ridge loser vs. Chatfield-Greeley West loser, 12:15 p.m.
    CHAMPIONSHIP
    Fruita-Dakota Ridge winner vs. Chatfield-Greeley West winner, 12:15 p.m.

  • Eagles pull out all the stops,...

    LAKEWOOD — The Dakota Ridge Eagles didn’t have to look far to get motivated for their Oct. 4 football game with Green Mountain. Recent history told the Eagles they needed only to look across the field.
    Two years in a row the Rams escaped with wins over Dakota Ridge, with last year’s game essentially costing the Eagles a 4A postseason berth. But the Eagles won’t have to concern themselves with that in 2013.