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Today's Sports

  • Perfect game sends Eagles packing

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Every team experiences both of these emotions at some time.

    Not many teams experience both within mere hours of each other as the Dakota Ridge baseball team did May 2.

    The Eagles needed two wins in the Class 5A District 3 bracket to gain entry into the state tournament. The day started out promising, but did not end as they would have hoped.

  • Surprising end to baseball season

    After taking a glance at the Class 5A district baseball pairings, a couple of thoughts came to mind.

    One was that Chatfield got hosed with its seeding.

    The Chargers were preseason favorites to win the Jefferson County League, and while that didn’t happen, many still considered them one of the elite teams in the state. So, when the Colorado High School Activities Association “rewarded” the Chargers with a No. 14 seed and shipped them off to two-time state champion Rocky Mountain’s district, the choice seemed very peculiar.

  • Falcons hang tough in loss to...

    Dave Sherman is the first to admit his Front Range Christian Falcons are keeping a steady hand and their feet on the ground.

    As for the victories, they’ve worked out pretty well so far.

    “Enough to win a lot of these games throughout the year,” the Falcons’ first-year skipper said.

    Ranked No. 10 in The Denver Post’s Class 2A poll, the Falcons wrapped up a postponed District 4 game April 24 against second-ranked Resurrection Christian at Clement Park with a good feeling.

  • Jeffco ruled by Rebels

    LAKEWOOD — With twice as many freshman and sophomores as they have upperclassmen, the future is bright for Columbine’s girls lacrosse team.

    Its present is pretty sunny, too.

    The Rebels enter the final week of the regular season with an unblemished record, thanks in large part to their fast-paced offensive attack. Columbine’s speed has been difficult for opponents to contain, and as a result, attackers and midfielders are scoring goals in bunches.

  • Chargers throttle Rams

    LAKEWOOD — Chatfield’s Kevin Joyce was just trying to make contact. The Green Mountain Rams couldn’t stop getting hit.

    Michael Camporeale was hobbled. The Rams were humbled April 22 as the Chargers frolicked to a 16-3 Class 5A Jefferson County League statement victory.

    The six-inning victory did nothing to alter Chatfield’s disappointing third-place finish in league, but it did give the Rams their first in-state loss of the season and remind people the Chargers can play as advertised when they put their heads in the game.

  • Rebels outlast Wildcats in OT

    ARVADA — Columbine’s girls soccer victory over Arvada West was measured in sweat and the blood of freshman goalkeeper Katelyn Phillips.

    Phillips lost a tooth, bloodied her mouth and was initially thought to have suffered a concussion April 23 when she went in for a save with four minutes remaining in a tie game and got kicked in the face by a Wildcats’ striker.

  • Eagles continue to roll

    Attention Wal-Mart shoppers: all men’s underwear is on sale, most flatscreen televisions are discounted 15 percent and baseballs are now available in the outdoor garden center. Thank you.

    Blame Dave Whitaker for that last one. The Dakota Ridge catcher hit a ball so hard April 15 it rocketed over the fence in center field, caught fire as it re-entered the atmosphere and landed next to a stack of fertilizer in the parking lot across the street.

    Or something like that.

  • Columbine's Thomas signs...

    When Columbine’s Aimee Thomas committed to playing volleyball at Hastings College, coach Ron Alexander said he probably gave his neighbors a good scare.

    After hearing the good news, Alexander went out to his backyard and let out an excited yell.

    Obviously, he was happy with Thomas’s decision.

    “We’re excited to have her,” Alexander said. “Aimee’s a wonderful match for our program.”

  • Chargers brave elements, topple...

    LAKEWOOD — The Chatfield girls lacrosse team put forth a performance April 16 that would’ve made a postman grin.

    Despite bitter cold temperatures and a downpour of rain that intensified deeper into the contest, the Chargers made sure to make all of their deliveries.

    Against a gritty Conifer team that battled for most of the first half, Chatfield blew a close game opening, scoring 11 unanswered goals, leading to an eventual 20-10 victory at Trailblazer Stadium.

  • Bruins sweep Chargers

    Kelsey Brading and the Chatfield Chargers are promoting hard court harmony through better communication.

    Once in awe of Cherry Creek’s mighty tennis program, the Chargers have gotten to know the Bruins through annual Class 5A nonleague dual meets and just really enjoy playing them.

    Consider it the most polite combat since fencing.

    Brading especially, as she faced defending No. 1 singles champion Caroline Schnell, whom she was once standoffish with until they started playing together as 11-year-old doubles partners.