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Today's Sports

  • Eagle girls hold off improving...

    LITTLETON — Veteran experience was invaluable for Dakota Ridge’s girls basketball team Jan. 13.

    The Eagles held a minuscule one-point lead, 36-35, early in the fourth quarter against rival Columbine at Dakota Ridge High School. The young Rebels looked on the verge of a monumental upset. However, the senior-laden Eagles (9-4, 4-0 in the Class 5A Jeffco League) dominated the final six minutes outscoring Columbine 15-4 to close out the game and squelch the upset bid with a 51-39 victory for the Eagles.

  • Chatfield opens up 2-0 in league...

    LITTLETON — Don’t blink while attending a Chatfield boys basketball game this winter season; you could miss a Chargers’ trademark run.

    “I thought it was a great sign of what we can get through,” Chatfield senior Cameron Pearson said after the Chargers rallied down eight points in the third quarter Jan. 6 against Lakewood. “We just put our foot on the gas and never let off.”

  • Rebels step up their aggression

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    LITTLETON — Angelo Romero has a new practice partner in Columbine’s wrestling room this season thanks to Evan Tooley’s unanticipated growth spurt.

    The seniors hope the connection will lead to their first berths to the Class 5A state tournament in February.

  • Defending state hockey champs...

    LITTLETON — Dakota Ridge coach Alec Hines didn’t mince words telling his thoughts after a 6-4 loss Jan. 9 against defending state champion Cherry Creek.

     “We didn’t show up for the first two periods. That’s the worst two periods we’ve played this year,” Hines said after the loss on the Eagles’ home ice at The Edge Ice Arena. “Cherry Creek outplayed us. Hats off to their effort. They controlled the play.”

  • McFarland sinks game-winner for...

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    LITTLETON — Curi Yutzy needed just one word to describe Dakota Ridge’s come-from-behind 61-60 victory over Arvada West in a key early-season Class 5A Jeffco League boys basketball matchup: perseverance.

    The Eagles’ coach uttered the descriptive in one form or another nine times during his post-game interview.

    Improbable would have been apropos, too.

  • Changes on the horizon

    A new year always brings hope and change.

    Conifer High School’s athletics and Chatfield High School’s football program will experience huge changes coming up in the Colorado High School Activities Association’s next two-year cycle (2016-17 and 2017-18). By choice, the Lobos are leaving the Class 4A Jeffco League in most sports and joining 4A Colorado 7 League. The other big change is Chatfield moving down from 5A to 4A in football.

  • Chatfield looking for consistency

    LITTLETON — By the time the offense got clicking, it was simply too late for Chatfield’s girls basketball team.

    The Chargers (2-5 record) had just four field goals and went 5-for-13 from the free-throw line to net only 15 points in the first half against Boulder on Jan. 2 at Chatfield High School. The hole was just too deep to climb out of as Chatfield lost the non-league game 54-41 against Boulder.

  • Chargers stampede past Boulder

    LITTLETON — It might not have been a career night for Alex Beckley to open the New Year, but it sure was a key effort by the Chatfield junior Jan. 2.

    Beckley came off the bench for the Chargers (7-1 record) to score 10 points along with playing some tenacious defense, which did lead to the guard fouling out with 3 minutes, 29 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Chatfield won its fifth straight and stayed undefeated at home with a 58-44 victory over Boulder.

  • Top sports stories of 2015

    LITTLETON — Oh so close was the theme for South Jeffco prep sports teams in 2015.

    There were a number of deep postseason runs that came up just short on winning state championships. Of course there were some remarkable individual accomplishments by local student-athletes. Looking forward, there will be some definite change in the landscape of high school athletics in Colorado for 2016.

    Before looking ahead, here is a look back at the top sports stories of 2015 from the sports staff at the Columbine Courier.

  • Columbine boys drop to 2-6...

    LITTLETON — Practice might not equal perfection, but Columbine’s boys basketball team hopes to see improvement after winter break.

    “The break is coming at a good time. We have a lot to work on over break,” Columbine coach Clay Thielking said after a 51-42 loss to Liberty on Dec. 17. “I don’t know how much of a break it will be. It will be a break from games. We welcome that.”