Today's Sports

  • Get your legs ready to ride

    Last summer I spent a good portion of time on my mountain bike.

    I rode single tracks, paved trails and plenty of local bike paths.

    I also made a point to ride my bike to work at least twice a week. It was one of the most enjoyable things I did in all of 2008.

  • Streak for the ages

    Broncos fans, be patient. The “Patriot Way” is already working for one team in Colorado.

    The Parrots of the Ken-Caryl girls soccer league have been on a hot streak for the ages.

    In their last 51 matches, the Parrots have yet to taste to defeat; winning the last 39 in a row.

    The key to their success is the same thing that helped guide the New England Patriots to three Super Bowl titles in four years.

    For the Parrots, it’s all about the team.

  • Slow start, soft bats doom young...

    Summer baseball is always about fresh faces.

    For the Chatfield Chargers, who have been among and flirted with the state’s elite the past three seasons, you’ll definitely need a roster to follow along this summer.

    “We had returning experience for the past three years — real good, all-league caliber players coming back,” coach Mike Yansack said Friday. “That gives you a little bit of leadership and gives you those guys who have been there. This is a situation where we are completely reloading, outside of two guys.”

  • Trail of fears

    MORRISON — If running up Mount Falcon makes someone crazy, then running down Mount Falcon makes you … um ... even crazier?

    “You’re probably not going to win a lot of races on the downhill, but you can definitely lose it, as I almost verified today,” Mark Lowe said Saturday after he won the Mount Falcon trail race.

  • Home on the range: Stratton...

    Sam Stratton is a quarterback. Stratton will remain one next year at Wyoming.

    “That was a big deal for me because Air Force was the only other Division I school that wanted me to play quarterback,” Stratton said.

    The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Chatfield senior verbally committed to join the Cowboys of Laramie in fall 2010, which suddenly made his upcoming — and final — season with the Chargers this fall a lot more enjoyable.

  • Chatfield golfers take sixth at...

    A child led them – to a league title and sixth place at state.

    Behind freshman Shannon Lubar and sophomore Rachel Reiling, the Chatfield Chargers girls golf team, which includes senior Julie Davis,  junior Samantha Verrill and sophomore Marina Beach, won the Class 5A Jefferson County League title and was sixth at the 5A state tournament at Fort Collins’ Collindale Golf Course on May 18 and 19.

    At state, the Chargers placed sixth as their three best scorers combined to shoot a two-day total of 530. They shot a 266 on the first day and a 264 on the second.

  • Age nothing but a number; Flater...

    Winning never gets old. Roald Flater never seems to either.

    Flater, 83, took home his fifth gold ball May 10 following a three-set victory to win the U.S. National Indoor Championship’s 80-and-up division in Vancouver, Wash.

    “I was surprised,” the longtime Evergreen resident and member of the Colorado tennis hall of fame said. “Probably my best win I’ve ever had.”

    And that’s saying a lot for a man that has quietly been making a racquet around the country and world for decades.

  • Blume reaches coaching apex with...

    COMMERCE CITY — Recently, more questions than answers had surrounded the Chatfield girls soccer program.

    Despite annually having some of the most talented teams in the state, the Chargers were always snake-bitten come playoff time.

    Since 2004, the last time the Chargers won a state title, they had advanced past the state quarterfinals just once. For just about any other program, that would be reason to celebrate.

    For Chatfield, it was head-scratching.

  • Chargers back on top

    COMMERCE CITY — When Chatfield coach Brock Blume heard the numbers, he just grinned, laughed and shook his head.

    “The M.O. for sure at one point was do the minimum. This minimum was definitely very impressive,” he said.

    When senior midfielder Stephanie Rowe heard them, she calmly stated the obvious.

    “It’s crazy,” Rowe said. “There are no words even for that. It’s just amazing.”

  • Going out in style

    LAKEWOOD — When Evan Appel accepts his diploma from Dakota Ridge High School on May 22, he’ll do so at Jefferson County Stadium.

    It’s a fitting end to Appel’s high school days as Jeffco Stadium has been a home away from home to the senior.

    Appel made his final racing memory at the stadium a good one, overtaking Cherry Creek’s Walter Schafer early in the final lap of the Class 5A 1,600-meter final on May 16 to pick up his sixth state title (four track, two cross-country).