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Today's Sports

  • Patient Rebels hold Chatfield in...

    Eighteen minutes, 50 seconds. That’s an eternity in a basketball game. That’s also how long it took the Chatfield Lady Chargers to make a field goal — a 3-pointer at that — in a 51-29 loss at rival Columbine on Jan. 23.

  • Experience, free throws help...

    The fact that the game came down to the wire was of little surprise. It was Columbine and Chatfield after all. But there’s something to be said for senior leadership. It’s something the Rebels have and Chatfield doesn’t.
    Columbine broke a 54-all tie by hitting 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch for a 64-56 victory. It’s the Rebels’ first win over rival Chatfield since a 65-44 win on Feb. 17, 2012, snapping a four-game slide in the series. Keaton Matthies scored a game-high 21 points and Antonio Chavez added 15 for Columbine.

  • Improved website makes Jeffco...

    An enhanced website for Jeffco Open Space provides easier access to information about county parks and trails.

    Clicking on new drop-down boxes on the Jeffco Parks and Trails page brings users to a comprehensive list of parks and amenities they offer, as well as photos.

    “We’ve got more photographs and have added a horizontal navigational tool,” said Thea Rock, spokeswoman for Jeffco Open Space.

    The Web page also has information about activities and events at parks, trail rating guides and alerts about closures.

  • Buchli, Lady Eagles stave off...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Coming out of a timeout shortly after Columbine had taken just its second lead of the game with 6 minutes, 22 seconds left on its first basket by someone other than Bridget Snow and Carly Perry, Dakota Ridge girls basketball coach Rich Gavelda issued two specific directives.

    First: Shoot the basketball, which Sydney Buchli did. Second: Try to get Snow, who had riddled Dakota Ridge for 19 points but had three fouls, on the bench.

  • Resilient Eagles keep rolling,...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Call it the Dirty Dozen.

    Dakota Ridge, No. 3 in last week’s CHSAA 5A boys basketball poll, ran its record to 12-0 with a 50-45 victory at Columbine on Jan. 14.

    “Pretty typical for our games,” head coach Curi Yutzy said after his Eagles improved to 3-0 in 5A Jeffco play. “It was far from pretty, but we had enough guys step up and make just enough plays. Our guys are resilient. That’s not the first game we’ve been in like this.”

  • BUILDING BLOCKS

    Standing in his purple and gold warmup suit, there’s a sense of pride for 126-pounder Poe Di and his Littleton High School wrestling teammates. After all, five years ago, there was no such program. None. Zilch. Wrestling was non-existent over at 199 E. Littleton Blvd.

    Sitting dormant for two decades, Littleton High didn’t have a wrestling team. The mats — some 16 or so of them — sat idle in the school’s gymnasium. Nowadays, although there are still growing pains, the Lions are back on the mat.

  • Pet owners warned about coyote...

    South Jeffco residents are being warned not to leave their pets alone, even in a fenced-in area, after coyotes killed three area dogs since the first of the year.

    Carla Zinanti, the sheriff’s animal control manager, said the increase in attacks has been centered near South Kipling Street and West Belleview Avenue, and also near Lilley Gulch Park. Zinanti said seven dogs had been attacked since Jan. 1, with three of them killed.

  • Jeffco Open Space supports $1...

    The Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee has recommended approval of a $1 million grant request from the Foothills Park and Recreation District for upgrades and improvements to 30-year-old Clement Park.

    “That park is a key part of Jefferson County,” board member Felicity Hannay said at the Jan. 8 OSAC meeting.

  • Dakota Ridge controls game’s flow

    In truth, it didn’t really matter whether the teams were at even strength or if Dakota Ridge was on the penalty kill because the host Eagles, on Jan. 8 at The Edge Ice Arena, were in control of visiting Pine Creek from start to finish.

    It took a while for sixth-ranked Dakota Ridge to get its feet underneath itself again after a nearly three-week layoff, but once it did, it showed who the better team was in a 4-0 blanking of the other Eagles.

  • Chatfield juggles lineup at...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Winning meets isn’t always a top priority for Chatfield girls swimming coach Ron Johns, who seemed to care less that Lakewood outscored his Lady Chargers by 114 points in a four-team Jeffco Mini Invite at The Ridge Rec Center on Jan. 9.

    Competing without diver Avery Hobbs and breaststroker Haley Kopec, both 2014 state qualifiers, Johns nonetheless juggled his lineup so that most of Chatfield’s top performers didn’t swim in their specialties.