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Today's Sports

  • Not your typical wrestling...

    Chaos is in the eye of the beholder.

    That was certainly the case at the Chatfield Invitational wrestling tournament on Jan. 10.

     What was intended to be a standard tournament became a dual tournament with the ambitions of being concluded before 3 p.m.

    It actually worked. But it was a flurry of matches, forfeits, yelling, pins and strange sights, such as junior varsity wrestlers filling in empty weights for other schools.

  • Columbine, Chatfield skate to tie

    One player can make all the difference in the world. The Columbine Rebels hockey team found that out Jan. 10 as they took on Chatfield at Edge Ice Arena.

    Columbine’s senior goalie Jordan Garkow was a brick wall, stopping 46 shots, single-handedly leading the way to a 2-2 tie. But all those saves almost were not enough, as the Rebels had to rally late in the third period to battle back from a two-goal deficit.

  • Chargers lap Rebels in dual

    Trash talking in basketball? All the time.

    Taunting in football? See: Philip Rivers.

    Smack talk in baseball? A time-honored tradition.

    But what about a little verbal sparring in swimming? Better yet – girls swimming?

    That was what Columbine jokester Kaitlynn Jackson tried before the 50-yard freestyle race Jan. 9. Jackson walked by Chatfield ace Shelley Perkins and told her she was going down.

    “I like to mess with Shelley. I like racing against her,” Jackson said. “She’s fun to race off of.”

  • Rebels roll Rams for key Jeffco...

    The planets aligned, the stars shined brightly, all the crying babies were comforted and peace and love and good happiness stuff reigned for 16 minutes on Jan. 9.

    During that span, the Columbine Rebels saw perfection. And it was them.

  • Chatfield proves mettle against...

    DENVER — In the group picture of the elite teams in Class 5A hoops, the Chatfield Chargers found out they are the faces just on the edge of the frame.

    Facing defending champion Denver East, the 10th-ranked Chargers ultimately did what most expected – played hard but lost 94-80. But that is just part of the bigger picture.

  • Dakota Ridge still searching for...

    Janelle Baal’s game has blossomed this year.

    The Dakota Ridge point guard has gone from distributor to scorer, averaging 11.1 points per game. The senior plays aggressive defense and still hands out nearly three assists a game.

    While Baal’s scoring may be up, the wins are not. As the lone holdover from an experienced 2007 Dakota Ridge team that reached the Class 5A state quarterfinals, Baal hasn’t experienced losing on a consistent basis until this year.

    Admittedly, it’s hard to take.

  • Rebels blank Mustangs

    What a difference a day makes.

    “We had practice yesterday, and the first 20 minutes I just shook my head. I was like, ‘You know, have you guys ever skated before?’” Rebels coach Jeff Marten said Jan. 3. “After a break like this, you don’t know what you’re going to get.”

    Marten got 16 saves from goalie Jordan Garkow and a goal in each period as the Rebels blanked Mullen 3-0 at The Edge Ice Arena. The Rebels (3-5) were physical yet disciplined and aggressive enough at the other end to generate 33 shots.

  • What I want for 2009

    How’s this for a resolution?

    I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions.

    Now, I have nothing against anyone that sets out to do something personally rewarding come Jan. 1, but for me, I’ve never subscribed to the belief that I’m going to radically alter the way I live my life by the turn of a calendar page.

  • Chargers work late-game magic

    When Chatfield’s window of opportunity finally opened, the Chargers threw everything they could at it.

    Sometimes, they didn’t even have to look.

    Forward Justin Norman scored the game-winner with a cheeky backhander four minutes into the third period as the Chargers used a two-minute onslaught to defeat Dakota Ridge 3-2 on Jan. 3 at The Edge Ice Arena.

  • Evergreen Newspapers’...

    As we get ready to say hello to 2009, I decided to drop one last surprise on you, the reader, in 2008.

    Typically, the last paper of the year features a look back at the top stories of the past 12 months. Personally, I find that angle to be stale, so I thought it would be fresh and fun to try something new.