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Today's Sports

  • Rebels run over Ralston

    Dennis Pleuss - Sports Editor

    LAKEWOOD — Nearing the midway point of the regular season, Columbine’s defense looks like a well-oiled machine.

    The Rebels (4-0, 2-0 in Class 5A Jeffco League) nearly pulled off a third straight shutout Sept. 24 against Ralston Valley (3-1, 1-1) in what was one of the most anticipated prep football games on the docket last week.

    “With our defense, it’s assignments, keys and execute,” Columbine senior linebacker Nick Stout said after a 21-7 victory at Jeffco Stadium.

  • Proposed 2016 budget for Jeffco...

    The Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee has recommended approval of the proposed 2016 budget, which reflects increases in both revenue and expenses in the coming year.

    Jeffco Open Space is projecting a 3 percent increase in sales-tax revenue in 2016, which is expected to generate additional revenue of $16.7 million for the agency, said Hugh Wilson, Open Space business manager. Operational costs also are anticipated to increase by 3 percent in the coming year, Wilson said during a presentation of the budget draft on Sept. 10.

  • Columbine bounces back, rips...

    Jenni Romero knew the importance of Columbine’s Sept. 19 game with rival Chatfield at Dave Sanders Memorial Field. The Lady Rebels, who had won five of six games, were coming off back-to-back 5A Jeffco League losses to Arvada West and Pomona. A third straight conference loss to open league play could’ve been disastrous.

    A seven-run first inning, however, has a way of helping to alleviate any of those worries.

  • Columbine faces tough regional...

    The World Cup has its “group of death.” Well, the Columbine Rebels’ boys golf team just may have drawn a similar fate for this year’s regional tournament.

    “We’re in the regional of death,” Columbine boys golf coach Tim Capra said, noting that the Rebels faced the likes of Rock Canyon, Regis Jesuit and Legacy at the 5A Central Regional at Lone Tree Golf Club. Regis tied for second at state in 2014, while Rock Canyon finished 13th.

  • Dakota Ridge trounced by...

    Dakota Ridge entered its game against two-time defending state champion Pine Creek looking to make a statement that it belonged with the elite teams in 4A.

    Instead, Pine Creek showed Dakota Ridge why it has won two straight state football titles by defeating Dakota Ridge 44-7. Dakota Ridge didn’t get on the scoreboard until the fourth quarter. The win was the 28th in a row for Pine Creek

  • Sports briefs

    RUGBY
    Westside searching for new, experienced players for 2015

    Westside girls rugby team is looking for high school players for the 2015 season. Athletes from any school are welcomed to join the club. Experience isn’t necessary.
    According to a report by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, rugby is the fastest growing youth sport in the country with an enrollment growth of 81 percent between 2008 and 2013.

  • Lady Falcons note improvement...

    Comparatively speaking, Front Range Christian saw measurable improvement from its season-opening volleyball match two nights earlier at Lyons and its Sept. 10 home opener with Heritage Christian.
    For starters, the Lady Falcons put up a more competitive battle this go-around compared to the 25-7, 25-11, 25-14 loss to the Lady Lions.
    And though the end result was the same — a straight-set defeat — the 25-12, 25-23, 26-24, the setback was more competitive.

  • Column: Thanks for the ride. I’...

    LITTLETON — It’s Thursday, Sept. 10, and, for the first time, I’m afraid to say, I’m sitting on the purple bleachers inside Front Range Christian School’s gymnasium. It’s not that I didn’t want to be there. I certainly did. It’s just that, until now, I had never covered a game in the building before.

  • Lady Eagles pass measuring stick...

    ERIE —The mound at Erie High School was something that Dakota Ridge junior pitcher Carlye Levy said she had to adjust to. It was lower than she expected. But once she got comfortable, she was in a rhythm that not even the host Lady Tigers could get her out of.
    Levy retired 12 of 13 batters at one point and struck out 12, while Sara Meyer hit a two-run homer as 5A Dakota Ridge doubled up 4A Erie 6-3 on Sept. 12 at Erie High School.

  • Lions roar loudly at Liberty Bell

    Heading into the 38th annual Liberty Bell Invitational, Littleton sophomore Addi Iken peeked at last year’s Division 3 results to get a feel for what it would be like this go-around. After all, in 2014, the Lions ran in Division 2.