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  • 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.

  • Roundup: Cryder, Dakota Ridge...

    Kourtney Cryder scored a game-high 17 points to lead three Dakota Ridge players in double figures as the host Eagles rolled to a 63-28 win over Columbine on Feb. 17.

    Brooke Orcutt added 15 points and Courtney Rehl scored 12 for the Lady Eagles (17-6).

    Kerin Genthe led Columbine with 10 points.

    Dakota Ridge led 14-9 after one quarter and 33-17 at the break.

    The win was the Lady Eagles’ fifth in six games to close out the regular season. 

    Dakota Ridge also won earlier this season at Columbine, 53-19, on Jan. 5.

  • Repeat feels sweet for Rebels’...

    WESTMINSTER — Tony Campton knows what it feels like to be a regional wrestling champion. The Columbine 285-pounder did it a year ago. But this season, his senior year, winning it again would be something special. So, he made sure he went out a winner.

    Campton, who recently signed his letter of intent to play football at CSU-Pueblo, used a methodical game plan to take down Kyle Jamison of Central-Grand Junction, pinning his foe in 5 minutes, 7 seconds of the 5A Region 2 finals at Westminster High School on Feb. 12.

  • Chatfield’s Vigil, three others...

    COLORADO SPRINGS — Michael Vigil, who transferred to Chatfield’s wrestling team this season after Dakota Ridge’s program was cut for the 2010-11 season, took second place at the 5A Region 1 tournament at Coronado High School on Feb. 12.

    The 119-pounder reached the finals before being pinned by Fountain-Fort Carson’s Jacob Mondragon in 5 minutes, 31 seconds.

  • Eagles chasing league crown

    After winning its past three games by eight points or less, Dakota Ridge allowed its fans to breathe a little easier on Feb. 11 at Dakota Ridge High School. 

    The Lady Eagles picked up an easy 61-44 victory over visiting Lakewood to stay alive in the race for the 5A Jeffco League Title. Wins in their final two regular season games, including one at Ralston Valley on Feb. 15 — results from that game weren’t available at press time — would give the Eagles (16-5, 11-3 5A Jeffco) at least a share of the league crown. 

  • Rebels’ defense slows down RV

    ARVADA — A change in defensive scheme may be what leads Columbine to a 5A Jeffco league championship.

    Playing man-to-man defense early in the Rebels’ Feb. 11 matchup with host Ralston Valley, Columbine fell behind by seven points early before switching to a zone defense.

    The plan worked almost to perfection as the Rebels held the Mustangs scoreless for nearly an entire quarter and allowed only three points in the second quarter en route to a 50-45 win.

  • Roundup: Chatfield earns top-...

    The Chatfield Chargers were announced as the No. 2 seed out of the Foothills Conference by the Colorado High School Activities Association for the upcoming 16-team high school state ice hockey playoffs on Feb. 13.

    The Chargers (16-3) will play seventh-seeded Bishop Machebeuf (10-9), out of the Peak Conference, in the opening round on Feb. 18. The quarterfinals will be Feb. 19 with the victor playing the winner of the Air Academy (12-6-1) vs. Summit (12-7) game.

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