Today's Sports

  • Diving for gold

    John Fox could have done a cannonball, belly flop or just walked out on the diving board and sang a song May 16 and still would have won the Class 5A state diving championship. He was that good.

    Fox, however, stuck his last dive like he’s trained to do all season, and put an emphatic stamp on his last state meet and first state title.

    “It was great,” said Fox, a senior at Chatfield and Kentucky signee. “I was really serious all meet. It was a huge weight off my shoulders from all four years.”

  • Gillmore preserves Chargers&...

    ENGLEWOOD — Anna Lowe saved her first goal of the season for something special.

    How about a 40-yard free kick, hit on a rope, which sails over the opposing goalkeeper and turns out to be the only goal in the Class 5A state semifinal game?

    “That’s my first of the season,” Lowe said May 16 with a bag of ice on her knee at Englewood Stadium. “For it to come there is amazing.”

  • Falcons earn respect in state...

    PUEBLO — The Falcons have landed.

    Although few at Hobbs Field could probably find Front Range Christian on a map, the Falcons showed the Class 2A baseball field – and the defending champions, particularly – what they’re all about Friday in the state semifinals.

    “I’m excited. I think we represented ourselves well,” coach Dave Sherman said. “We could have played better, but we played all 21 outs to the best of our abilities, and that was our goal.”

  • Chargers sprint to state title...

    LAKEWOOD — Sam Stratton’s mom probably won’t be buying a post-race photo of her son’s Class 5A state 400-meter race.

    While the other eight participants were receiving their awards on the infield at Jefferson County Stadium on May 16, Stratton was tending to a nasty blister under his left pinky toe – and a post-race hangover.

    Although Stratton won’t be in the photo, he made sure to leave his mark on the race – injury and all.

  • Angels boot Rebels in opening...

    DENVER — The Angels were merciful May 5. But only for about 50 minutes.

    That’s when Denver East finally put the ball into the back of the Columbine goal to usher the Rebels out of the first round of the Class 5A state soccer playoffs.

    The 2-0 defeat, however, appeared to be headed in a much different direction early on.

    After giving up a quick corner kick, the Angels dominated the first half. They kissed the ball off the Rebels’ goal twice, hit the crossbar once and forced three saves from backup goalkeeper Bri Klomp.

  • Eagles overcome officials,...

    LAKEWOOD — The Dakota Ridge Eagles had their hands – and minds – full on May 6.

    In the first round of the Class 5A state soccer playoffs, the Eagles had to stop the Doherty Spartans, Mr. Roboto the animated referee, and the demons in their heads.

    The Spartans eventually fell in overtime, despite the best efforts of some bizarre refereeing decisions, and senior Emily Holley overcame a host of missed shots and saved shots to hit the biggest shot.

  • Chargers reach quarters for...

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — To be a good goalie in lacrosse, you not only have to be daring – after all, who voluntarily signs up to have a hard rubber ball thrown at them at high speeds? – you have to be sharp.

    If your reflexes aren’t cat-like, you’re in trouble.

    Thankfully for the Chatfield boys lacrosse team, they have one heck of a net-minder.

  • Rebels keep perfect record in...

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine’s girls lacrosse team had a couple of reasons to be excited May 8.

    Having dispatched of No. 10 Chaparral 19-11 in the opening round of the Class 5A state tournament, the seventh-seeded Rebels not only advanced to the quarterfinals, they also kept their perfect record in tact at 16-0.

    “Columbine’s never been past the first round before,” said sophomore Maddie Tedford, who scored three goals with an assist against Chaparral. “We were pretty fired up coming into the game.”

  • Chargers slip past Rams

    LAKEWOOD — Alyssa Gillmore likes the chaos amid the rough stuff.

    Bodies flying around the goal, players crashing into players and throwing their bodies in the way of danger? Gillmore says that just gives the game its proper tempo.

    While some teams got an easier result in the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs, the top-seeded Chargers got a white knuckle – and a little bare knuckle – match May 8 in their 1-0 victory over Jeffco rival Green Mountain at Lakewood Memorial Field.

  • Falcons hold on, top Tigers

    While Front Range Christian may have won its Class 3A girls soccer first-round game against Colorado Springs Christian by just a goal, the game didn’t feel that close – until the end.

    After racing out to a 3-0 the 14th-seeded Falcons continued to attack the Tigers, but, were unable to convert on any of their eight second-half shots. That gave Colorado Springs Christian a glimmer of hope and by the 80th minute, they had turned that glimmer into a blinding light.