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Today's Sports

  • Conference perfection

    LAKEWOOD — Nobody thought it would be a cakewalk for Chatfield’s boys basketball team to sweep through the Class 5A Jeffco League undefeated.

    “I told my guys the second time around was going to be much harder than the first,” Chatfield coach Stephen Schimpeler said after the Chargers began their second go-around in league play with a 64-60 road victory over Lakewood. “We know that, but you’ve got to experience it because sometimes players don’t always believe you.”

  • Pachner victorious in return to...

    DENVER — While Troy Pachner is Valor Christian’s boys basketball coach now, D’Evelyn’s student section reminded the Jaguars’ former coach he will always have the mark of the Jaguars.

    Toward the tail end of Valor’s 65-38 victory in Pachner’s return, D’Evelyn students chanted “How’s your tattoo?” in the final moments. Pachner got a tattoo of a Jaguar during his 17-year stint at D’Evelyn.

  • Jeffco Open Space closes areas...

    To protect raptors and waterfowl in nesting season and elk that are calving in its parks, Jeffco Open Space is closing areas in its system to visitors on a seasonal basis beginning this month. Seasonal closures allow wildlife to successfully nest, rear young and survive a critical time in their life cycles, according to information from the agency.

    Here is a list of closures and dates:

  • Turnovers costly for Dakota...

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    LITTLETON — Dakota Ridge senior Caitlin Navratil likes the way Diane Thompson, the Eagles’ fourth head girls basketball coach in as many years, thinks.

     “One of her mottos is: ‘Believe in something bigger than yourselves,’” Navratil said.

    That became a challenge literally as well as figuratively when the Eagles hosted Lakewood in a Jan. 20 battle of the Class 5A Jeffco League’s only unbeaten teams.

  • No fourth quarter FGs, no problem

    LITTLETON — Sometimes made fields goals can be a deceiving basketball statistic.

    A good example was Jan. 22 at Chatfield High School in the girls basketball rivalry between Columbine and Chatfield. The home Chargers didn’t make a single field goal in the final quarter of the Class 5A Jeffco League battle, but it didn’t matter.

  • Dakota Ridge hockey hitting its...

    LITTLETON — Things escalated quickly in the second period Jan. 23 at The Edge Ice Arena.

    Dakota Ridge held a modest 1-0 lead after a period against Battle Mountain. The Eagles wasted no time finding the back of the net in the second period.

    “Our first period wasn’t our best,” Dakota Ridge forward Andrew Endsley said. “We really picked it up in that second period.”

  • Chatfield dominates Columbine on...

    By Brian Miller — For the Courier

    LITTLETON — After playing back-to-back challenging road games against two of the Class 5A Jeffco League’s top teams, it was obvious Chatfield’s boys basketball team was ready to cut loose.

  • County to realign trail that...

    A hiker-only trail on Jeffco Open Space will be rebuilt to connect Deer Creek Canyon Park and Hildebrand Ranch Park, and will accommodate horseback riders and bicyclists in the future, according to a plan approved Jan. 5 by the county commissioners.

  • Chargers face the state’s best

    LITTLETON — Chatfield saw up and close why Pomona is the heavy favorite to win the Class 5A state team wrestling title this winter season.

    The Chargers suffered a 77-0 defeat in a 5A Jeffco League dual Jan. 14 at Chatfield High School. The Panthers had eight pins, two technical falls, a major decision and one victory by decision in the dozen matches wrestled. Pomona also picked up two forfeit wins.

  • Dakota Ridge dominates Columbine...

    LITTLETON — Thomas Bravo and Devante Jones were sizzling from the field Jan. 13 at Dakota Ridge High School.

    In front of a nearly standing-room only crowd for the Class 5A Jeffco League boys basketball showdown between Columbine and Dakota Ridge, Bravo and Jones combined to shoot 14-for-19 from the field for 36 points. Dakota Ridge stayed undefeated in the league play, cruising to an easy 73-40 victory over its cross-town rival.