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Today's Sports

  • Thompson brings title experience...

    LITTLETON — Dakota Ridge’s new girls basketball coach knows more than a little bit about success at the high school level.

    Diane (Dittburner) Thompson graduated from Lamar High School in 1998, where she helped lead Lamar to four straight Class 4A girls basketball state championships from 1995 to 1998. She went on to earn All-American honors at the collegiate level. Thompson played two years at the University of Northern Colorado before transferring to Cal State University Bakersfield.

  • Waterfall format will be a drain

    Goodbye, Class 5A Jeffco football league. Hello, Conference G?

    The Colorado High School Activities Association will make a bold and dramatic change to the current 5A football system for the next two-year (2016-17 and 2017-18) cycle. Welcome to the world of the waterfall format.

  • Dakota Ridge’s new duo put...

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    LITTLETON — Prior to his team’s 2015-16 season-opener against rival Columbine, Dakota Ridge hockey coach Alec Hines said seniors Matteo Glennon and Bradley Huggins “came out of nowhere’’ to earn starting positions along the Eagles’ new front line.

  • Dakota Ridge reloads after...

    LITTLETON — Dakota Ridge boys basketball coach Curi Yutzy isn’t goal oriented by any means.

    “We don’t set any goals. All we do is talk about getting a little bit better every day,” said Yutzy, who coached the Eagles to their first boys hoops conference title in more than a decade last season. “We are willing to live with whatever the results might be. Whether it’s a league championship or a .500 season. Our commitment is to just get better.”

  • Taking a wait-and-see attitude

    LITTLETON — Columbine football team’s long postseason run into the Class 5A state semifinals might have created some anxiety for Rebels’ boys basketball coach Clay Thielking.

  • Welch returns to Chatfield

    LITTLETON — A familiar face has been a welcomed addition to Chatfield’s boys basketball program: Riley Welch has come home.

     “I was ecstatic,” Chatfield coach Steve Schimpeler said when he heard the news Welch was moving back to Colorado. “The reason why is he is a great kid, and he is going to help our basketball team.”

  • Semifinal heartbreak for...

    ARVADA — It was hard for Columbine football players to depart the field at the North Area Athletic Complex on Nov. 28.

    “I just love this team so much. I never wanted this to end,” Columbine senior quarterback Jake Lowry said through the tears after a painful one-point loss in the Class 5A state semifinal. “We’ve been through so much this season and all four years. We’ve worked so hard. It’s a tough way to go out.”

  • Life after Pachner

    DENVER — Mark it on your calendar: D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School’s gym will be standing room only Jan. 28.

    That night Class 4A Jeffco League rival Valor Christian and first-year head coach Troy Pachner will descend on the Jaguars’ home court. It will be a homecoming for Pachner, who coached D’Evelyn for 17 years before leaving last spring to take over the boys hoops program at Valor in Highlands Ranch.

  • Rebels plow into football state...

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine’s vaunted rushing attack put on its version of downhill skis Nov. 20 at Jeffco Stadium.

  • Quick Hits

    D’Evelyn falls in first round

    D’Evelyn couldn’t hold on to a first-half lead in its Class 3A first-round playoff game Nov. 14 at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. The Jaguars lost to No. 5 seed Palisade 35-21. D’Evelyn (7-4 record) held a 14-6 lead at halftime, but the Bulldogs used a 23-point fourth quarter to advance to te 3A quarterfinals.