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Today's Sports

  • Motivated Cougars blitz Rebels...

    EVERGREEN — While soccer will always be a game between two teams, Evergreen’s 4-1 cross-classification victory over Columbine on Sept. 12 does have a third side.

    Blame it all on the Alameda Pirates.

    See, the Pirates pulled off a surprising 1-0 victory over Evergreen on Sept. 10 and that got the Cougars’ attention and anger. Columbine coach Brian Todd noticed the score and couldn’t help but start thinking the game was there for the taking.

  • Columbine cruises past Spartans

    LAKEWOOD — Change is as awkward as it is rewarding.

    Thankfully for the Columbine Rebels, no matter how many wrinkles they try to add to their offense, they always have their running game. And that was all the difference in the Rebels’ 41-20 Class 5A nonleague victory over Thomas Jefferson on Sept. 4 at Jefferson County Stadium.

  • Defense shines

    After spending the past two hours hitting each other in the mouth, Front Range Christian and Custer County high schools took time after the game to enjoy to a few laughs.

  • Rebels blast past Heritage in...

    The Columbine Rebels volleyball team evolved into a machine Sept. 5 that would have made Skynet proud.

    “I think that once we get into it, our setter spreads out the net, because we can all terminate a ball,” Megan Koop said.

    Terminate?

    “That’s just what it takes,” she said.

  • ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Young Chargers...

    DENVER — When the Chatfield Chargers were good Sept. 3 at Mullen, they were very good.

    When the Chargers were young, they were very young.

    The junior-dominated Chargers veered through all phases against the Mustangs and ended up learning another of life’s lessons.

  • Chargers looking to improve...

    The Chatfield boys tennis team finished eighth at the state tournament last year and long-time coach Carey Brading is optimistic that his squad can improve on that result this season.

    Unlike last year, when all but three varsity players were lost to graduation, Brading has a large cast of talented returning players.

  • Eagles, Appel eager to defend

    The pitter patter of runners jogging up and down neighborhood streets is back. Yes, it is cross-country season again, and it should be an interesting year for both boys and girls at Dakota Ridge, Columbine and Chatfield high schools, as they seek to improve on last year’s achievements.

    Well, most of them anyway.

    For the Dakota Ridge girls, it is almost impossible to improve on its state championship season of a year ago, setting a record low with 28 points at the Class 5A state meet.

  • 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.”