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Today's Sports

  • Pettigrew finds his sweet spot

    James Pettigrew never had dreams of being a football player.

    The soccer pitch is where Pettigrew literally grew up, and it’s on that plush grass that the Front Range Christian senior figured to carve out his athletic career.

    Then two years ago, a funny thing happened. A friend at school talked him into going out for the football team as a placekicker.

  • Wide open spaces

    Austin Rodriguez was always judged by his feet until the day someone finally noticed his hands.

    Always a running back, Rodriguez’s ability to catch the ball caught a coach’s attention one week before his first freshman game at Dakota Ridge.

    “It was probably the best move I’ve ever made,” Rodriguez said.

    It’s certainly hard to argue against a year after Rodriguez was a Class 4A first team all-state selection at wide receiver by The Denver Post.

  • Stratton, Chargers looking to...

    Sam Stratton can still recall the moment vividly.

    Midway through his freshman year, Stratton was thrust into the starting quarterback position at Chatfield Senior High School. It certainly was a move he wasn’t expecting.

    “I didn’t think I’d be starting until my junior year,” Stratton says now. “Luckily I got in and coach (Bret) McGatlin put me in to get experience.”

  • Chargers' defense could be...

    Football coaches typically don’t expect perfection in the season opener.

    They are well aware heading into that first game that mistakes are going to be made. They just hope those mistakes aren’t game-enders.

    After Chatfield’s 24-10 thumping of cross-town rival Dakota Ridge on Aug. 28 at Jefferson County Stadium in a nonleague game, Chargers coach Bret McGatlin was critical of his offense, which turned the ball over three times.

  • Spond breaking the mold

    Danny Spond doesn’t fit the mold of a Columbine quarterback. He’s much too big for that.

    At 6-feet-3, 218 pounds, Spond would be a prototype at just about any other school that doesn’t run on third-and-long and worship the beauty of the belly option.

    When asked the last time he had a quarterback that size, longtime Rebels coach Andy Lowry was blunt.

    “Never.”

    But then again, the job description – lining up under center for the most dominant Class 5A football program over the past decade – has never been solely about size.

  • Chargers run over Eagles

    LAKEWOOD — The Chatfield and Dakota Ridge football rivalry needed five years to schedule a tiebreaker game.

    Dakota Ridge may want to wait another five years before playing the Chargers again.

    The Chargersdominated the line of scrimmage to break off big plays and disrupt anything the Eagles tried to muster as they cruised to a 24-10 nonleague season-opening, cross-classification victory Aug. 28.

  • ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Chargers...

    Three years ago when Tara Emily took over the Chatfield gymnastics program, things were in dire shape.

  • Rebels looking to remain in power

    “Staying power” is a phrase that few Jefferson County League programs have been able to attach to themselves over the past decade or more.

    GiveColumbine just a little moretime.

    The Rebels are fresh off running the table in Class 5A Jeffco and pounding out a very respectable 24-7 season that saw them pull off big-time victories in the regional and state tournaments – destinations that have haunted Jeffco schools of late.

  • Chatfield could find domination...

    Lest anyone think the Chatfield Chargers get their Class 5A Jefferson County League titles served to them on a silver platter of high numbers and an embarrassment of riches, coach Paul Moline sees a little blue in the team’s burgundy this season.

    Call it a blue-collar work rate that very well could define this team, which will be keeping with the tradition of skill and depth at the school.

  • Dakota Ridge opens season with...

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — Ahhh, the beauty of Opening Day.

    The sun on your face, the green grass, white chalk around the diamond, the smell of hot dogs coming from the shed behind home plate, the announcer trying to contend with a shoddy microphone and a football scrimmage atop a nearby hill.

    Add to that serenity a Dakota Ridge squad with lots of fresh faces trying to make sure no hiccups, glitches or gaffes got in the way of defeating ThunderRidge.