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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Melton rose to the occasion

    One of the better football players in the state would rather be playing baseball.

    Andrew Melton isn’t afraid to admit that. And a lot of opposing coaches in Class 4A probably wished he never ran the ball this year for the Dakota Ridge Eagles.

  • Fortunate bounce carries Eagles...

    Sometimes, the best goal in a hockey game is not always the one that is remembered.

  • Conifer upsets Widefield

    The Conifer boys just might be on to something.

    A season after graduating an iconic group of talent, the "new" Lobos are on their way to establishing their own identity. Just keep that program handy as you learn their names.

    Behind the steady dribble penetration of sophomore guard Gus Womeldorph, the rebounding of Stephen Theiss and C.J. Danks, the hustle of Kalvin Winter and the all around play of the Tadlock brothers, the Lobos rolled Widefield 57-53 in a Class 4A nonleague game Dec. 19.

  • Rebels take third at invite

    Depending on whom you ask, the enthusiasm among Columbine’s wrestling team members can waiver.

    The team did take third place in its own Columbine Invitational, which they hosted on Dec. 13. But, some of the wrestlers’ youth does show through when they are questioned individually.

  • Effort is there; points still...

    The effort is most certainly there.

    In the absence of 6-foot-8 senior center Connor Osborne, Columbine’s boys basketball team has compensated for the loss of their stud player by playing ultra-aggressive defense, hustling to loose balls and running an efficient offense.

    Only one element is missing – and it’s a big one.