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Today's Sports

  • Saying a final goodbye to my...

    When I wake up this morning, I’ll be a new man.

    I won’t be a 20-something anymore. I will be 30.

    Admittedly, it’s still a little strange seeing that in print. I feel like I’ve been in my twenties forever, so, moving into a new chapter of my life will take a little time to adjust to.

    As I take time to look back, I can see that my twenties were filled with many big moments in my life.

    Here’s just a few:

  • Late flurry carries Chatfield...

    Rivalry games should have one automatic: Intensity.

    The stands should be full, the crowd should be loud and the game should be electric.

    Our side vs. Your side. These colors vs. Those colors. You vs. Us.

    Against Dakota Ridge on Dec. 12, the Chatfield Chargers fought like Switzerland for 28 minutes before they finally went on a serious offensive.

    “Coach got on us a little bit,” Chatfield’s Tyler Rogers said after the Chargers erupted in the final four minutes for a 69-48 Class 5A Jefferson County League victory over the Eagles.

  • Was Rebels' home win Bartok...

    Jim Bartok has a lot of accomplishments on his résumé.

    More than 300 career wins, most wins all-time as coach at two schools and countless playoff appearances, including Columbine’s first Sweet 16 berth last season.

    Bartok added one more win to his tally when his Rebels defeated Bear Creek 55-41 on senior night at Columbine.

    Bartok, who is rumored to be retiring after this season, notched his 96th win at Columbine with relative ease in a game that his team led by more than 20 points for most of the way.

  • No title, but Perkins can still...

    FORT COLLINS — Things at the Class 5A state girls swimming and diving championships did not go as Shelley Perkins had planned.

    Then something truly unexpected happened to make things a little better.

    The highly touted Chatfield senior speedster placed third in the 50-yard freestyle and fourth in the 100 freestyle after swimming the second-best times in both events during prelims at the Edora Pool Ice Center.

  • Jeffco race tightens

    In any successful relationship, communication and trust are vital.

    The Dakota Ridge girls basketball team didn’t feel as though they trusted each other, so, just prior to its biggest game of the season, the Eagles held a team meeting to discuss their lack of dialect.

    The 45-minute session proved to be very productive as the Eagles kept their unlikely Class 5A Jefferson County League title hopes alive with a convincing 46-34 victory over Chatfield Feb. 12 at Chatfield Senior High School.

  • Chargers top Bears

    LAKEWOOD — After weathering a frantic fourth quarter that ended in an 84-75 victory for the Chatfield Chargers, junior Landon Vermeer spoke of serpents.

    The Chargers, who led Bear Creek by 21 points late in the third quarter only to have it chopped down to four points with 1:43 remaining, saw their lack of a ruthlessly killer instinct exposed again.

  • Volleyball, football players big...

    If you had the chance to watch Alicia Dotson on the volleyball court, you probably came away remembering a couple of distinct things about her.

    One would be her great ability as a setter to put the ball in prime locations for the Rebels’ outside hitters to spike the ball.

    The second would be her smile.

    Whether win or lose, Dotson always seemed able to find something during a particular match to make her flash a smile.

  • Appel to Stanford highlights...

    Stanford or Yale?

    That was the question Dakota Ridge senior Evan Appel had been tussling with recently.

    At 10 p.m. Feb. 3, just hours before National Signing Day, Appel made up his mind: He’ll be a Cardinal.

    Appel was one of a dozen Dakota Ridge student-athletes to sign a National Letter of Intent on Feb. 4. The two-time Class 5A cross-country state champion and defending 1,600- and 3,200-meter 5A state track champion will participate in both sports at Stanford.

  • 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.