Today's Sports

  • Jeffco race tightens

    In any successful relationship, communication and trust are vital.

    The Dakota Ridge girls basketball team didn’t feel as though they trusted each other, so, just prior to its biggest game of the season, the Eagles held a team meeting to discuss their lack of dialect.

    The 45-minute session proved to be very productive as the Eagles kept their unlikely Class 5A Jefferson County League title hopes alive with a convincing 46-34 victory over Chatfield Feb. 12 at Chatfield Senior High School.

  • Chargers top Bears

    LAKEWOOD — After weathering a frantic fourth quarter that ended in an 84-75 victory for the Chatfield Chargers, junior Landon Vermeer spoke of serpents.

    The Chargers, who led Bear Creek by 21 points late in the third quarter only to have it chopped down to four points with 1:43 remaining, saw their lack of a ruthlessly killer instinct exposed again.

  • Volleyball, football players big...

    If you had the chance to watch Alicia Dotson on the volleyball court, you probably came away remembering a couple of distinct things about her.

    One would be her great ability as a setter to put the ball in prime locations for the Rebels’ outside hitters to spike the ball.

    The second would be her smile.

    Whether win or lose, Dotson always seemed able to find something during a particular match to make her flash a smile.

  • Appel to Stanford highlights...

    Stanford or Yale?

    That was the question Dakota Ridge senior Evan Appel had been tussling with recently.

    At 10 p.m. Feb. 3, just hours before National Signing Day, Appel made up his mind: He’ll be a Cardinal.

    Appel was one of a dozen Dakota Ridge student-athletes to sign a National Letter of Intent on Feb. 4. The two-time Class 5A cross-country state champion and defending 1,600- and 3,200-meter 5A state track champion will participate in both sports at Stanford.

  • Columbine edges Dakota Ridge

    Ben Ripperton probably won’t ever be the biggest guy on the ice.

    And while a nickname such as ‘Big Ben’ would only be in jest for the Columbine forward, he certainly stood tallest Feb. 6 as the Rebels rallied to defeat rival Dakota Ridge 4-2 at The Edge Ice Arena.

    "We came in with pride and fought hard at the end and got a win," Ripperton said.

  • Double duty

    Missed layups? Check.

    Star player in early foul trouble? Check.

    Opponent making big shots in crucial situations? Check.

    All of the markings of an upset were there Feb. 3 as Front Range Christian’s girls basketball team tangled with Longmont Christian. Yet, that upset never occurred.

    The Falcons, ranked sixth in the state in Class 2A by the Rocky Mountain News, battled through all of the adversity thrown their way, and, after a pair of overtimes, walked off their home floor with a 48-42 victory.

  • Perkins dominates Jeffco League...

    ARVADA — Shelley Perkins likes to break things.

    “You just have to know how to go crazy,” the Chatfield senior said with a smile Feb. 7. “I’m a little out of control.”

    And when Perkins gets like that – watch out. No tradition is safe.

    Perkins broke three Class 5A Jefferson County League records at the annual regular-season finale – one of which was her own. The Chargers’ speedster set a new mark in the 50-yard freestyle only to break it in the finals, not long before she set a new record in the 100 freestyle.

  • Chatfield signees ready for next...

    Anyone who willingly dives into a pool of water off a 10-meter platform clearly isn’t afraid of heights.

    John Fox has parlayed his fearlessness into a college scholarship.

    Fox was one of 16 student-athletes signing a National Letter of Intent at Chatfield Senior High School on National Signing Day. The senior will be attending the University of Kentucky where he will compete for the Wildcats in platform diving.

  • Looking for a new Super Bowl...

    For as long as I can remember, I’ve spent Super Bowl Sunday doing two things.

    One, of course, is watching the game. And for the few anti-football types out there, you missed a heck of a game. Not as great as last year’s, but still, a really good game.

    The second thing I’ve always done on Super Bowl Sunday is eat chicken wings.

    Now, I don’t know how the tradition started in the Johnson household, but, I was certainly happy my father brought it into existence.

  • Rebels coast to easy win

    LAKEWOOD — If it had been a baseball game they would have invoked the 10-run rule.

    What began as a competitive Class 5A Jefferson County League swimming meet at Carmody Pool between Bear Creek, Columbine and Dakota Ridge, quickly turned into a showcase for the Columbine swimmers who won all 11 races, as well as the diving competition.

    Columbine finished with 166 points, Bear Creek with 94 points and Dakota Ridge with 57 points, but the scary thing is, it could have been worse.