Today's Sports

  • Outmanned Columbine can’t hold...

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — The Columbine Rebels boys basketball team was in uncharted waters. Not only had it not won a playoff game since 2005-2006, it hadn’t had a winning season since then, either.

    But even though the Rebels, under first-year head coach Clay Thielking, rectified all that this season, their 54-49 loss to host Mountain Vista on Feb. 26 in the second round of the 5A boys state tournament hurt just the same.

  • Roundup: Front Range Christian...

    DENVER — Jennifer Vigil scored a season-high 27 points as Front Range Christian toppled rival Lutheran-Parker, 53-45, on Feb. 26 in the championship game of the 3A District 4 tournament at Hamilton Gym on the campus of the University of Denver.

    The Lady Falcons (20-1) went on a 22-11 run in the second quarter to avenge its only loss of the season earlier in the month to Lutheran-Parker.

  • Spring sports preview: Girls golf

    Head coach: Steve Schimpeler
    Classification: 5A, Jeffco
    Top players: Shannon Lubar, Jr.; Marina Beach, Sr.; Rachel Reiling, Sr.
    Season opener: Mar. 22, Applewood Golf Course, Golden, 8:30 a.m.
    Outlook: “I think we should have a really good season. We have some really good golfers this year,” Schimpeler said.
    State finals: May 23-24, Patty Jewett Golf Course, Colorado Springs

  • State tourney roundup: Dakota...

    Derek Vander Velde scored a team-high 17 points and, despite blowing a 10-point halftime lead and 12-point advantage in the third quarter, host Dakota Ridge toppled Pine Creek, 57-48, on Thursday, Feb. 23 to advance to the second round of the 5A state boys basketball tournament.

    The Eagles (13-11), seeded eighth in the Glenn Wilson Region, got 12 points from Brent Terrell. Dakota Ridge advances to play top-seeded Regis Jesuit (18-5) in the second round on Saturday, Feb. 26.

    Devin Kastrup scored 17 points to lead Pine Creek (13-11).

  • State tourney roundup: Chatfield...

    Cassandra Hanna scored a game-high 12 points and eighth-seeded Chatfield rallied in the fourth quarter to hold off ninth-seeded Fountain-Fort Carson, 35-33, on Tuesday night, Feb. 22 in the first round of the 5A state girls basketball tournament.

    The Lady Chargers (10-14) trailed 25-24 entering the game’s final eight minutes before advancing to play Monarch (20-3), the top seed in the Kaye Garms Region, in Friday’s second round.

    Kate Kurtenbach added eight points for Chatfield. The loss ended Fountain-Fort Carson’s season with a 10-14 mark.

  • Big men lead the way at state...

    DENVER — Aaron Norris, for at least two matches, certainly looked the part of a 215-pound state champion at last week’s 5A state wrestling championships at the Pepsi Center  He was pinning his opponents left and right. And not even a third-place finish at regionals could keep him from dreaming even bigger.

    But despite the Chatfield senior’s best efforts it wasn’t to be.

  • Chargers advance to semis

    Things were not looking good for the Chatfield Chargers midway through their state quarterfinal against Summit on Feb. 19 at the Edge Ice Arena.

    The Chargers trailed 3-1 and had pulled starting goaltender Ryan Seltenreich in favor of Matt Smith. They were letting the Tigers dictate play and seemed a bit tired after a tough 4-3 overtime win over Bishop Machebeuf the night before.

    But with 4 minutes, 34 seconds left in the second period, senior defenseman Carson Allen breathed life back into his team. 

  • Chatfield wrestlers still have...

    DENVER — Every match, every tournament Michael Vigil and Justin Hambleton made a conscious decision to honor their Dakota Ridge pride. The Chatfield wrestlers, who transferred to the team after the Eagles program was shut down for the season due to a lack of numbers, made it a point to wear a Dakota Ridge sock match in and match out. They weren’t about to forget where they came from.

  • Carpinello, bench help Rebels...

    Alex Koop said that he tried to step up. But the 6-foot-3 Columbine junior did more than just try. He stepped up when the Rebels needed him most.

    Koop came off the bench to score all eight of his points in the second half when leading scorer Jon Snow was knocked out of the game because of a head injury and Columbine ended an eight-year drought to Chatfield with a 60-55 road victory on Feb. 18.

    “This is the best win of the season. It’s Chatfield, it’s a rivalry,” Koop said. “I had to step up with Jon Snow out.”

  • Clutch foul shooting clinches...

    Kate Kurtenbach, make no bones about it, relishes the opportunity. The senior guard wouldn’t have it any other way, being put in the position to close out a Chatfield victory. That’s where she was on Feb. 18 in the host Lady Chargers’ regular-season finale with rival Columbine.

    With the Lady Rebels nipping away at what had been a Chatfield lead for most of the second half it was up to Kurtenbach to finish off the eventual 40-35 victory and she did.