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Today's Sports

  • Garcia, Chargers feel the rhythm

    ARVADA — The music that Santana Garcia was jamming to suddenly turned off, so he started following the introduction music being played over the sound system at George J. Meyers Swimming Center. The rhythm just felt right. How did he know? The charismatic Chatfield Senior High swimmer flashed the No. 1 signal prior to the 50-yard freestyle finals on May 9.

    And, you know what, he was right.

  • Front Range hits on all...

    The puddles on the north side of the field slowed down Front Range Christian’s pressing offense a little bit in the first half. Evangelical Christian’s defense, however, wasn’t quite as fortunate.

    The host Lady Falcons, the No. 2 seed in the inaugural 12-team 2A state girls soccer tournament, weren’t about to let their upstart opponents rain on their parade. Marcella Marquis scored the first of Front Range Christian’s three first-half goals, and Sophie Kern added a pair in the second half for a 5-0 victory May 8.

  • Vance takes 2nd at regionals...

    By Matthew Van Deventer
    For the Courier

    AURORA — Dakota Ridge High School’s lead golfer Gillian Vance led the 5A Northern Regionals tournament beautifully until a hiccup at the end. She came in second overall May 4 at the Aurora Golf Club at Heather Ridge.

  • Mullen closes out Lanuza’s,...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    DENVER — A May ending to their Chatfield girls lacrosse careers was inevitable for Kendra Lanuza, the school’s career scoring leader, and Adam Everett, the lone coach in program history. They just wish it had come later than the second round of the state playoffs. 

    But no farewell tears were shed or regrets uttered after second-seeded Mullen struck for two goals in the first overtime and held on for a 10-9 home victory on May 8.

  • Sports briefs

    BASEBALL
    Chargers rally again, win District 4 tournament
    FRUITA — The Chatfield Chargers are headed back to the eight-team 5A state tournament.

    Chatfield (11-10), which opened the season 2-9, rallied to win the 5A Jeffco League title for the first time in 25 years. It followed that up with back-to-back wins on May 9 in the 5A District 4 tournament to seal its bid to state.

    In the deciding game, the Chargers rolled past Smoky Hill 12-1.

  • Big-thinking Rebels take title

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine girls lacrosse coach Sonorah Vinyard thinks big.

    After watching from the outside as her alma mater went through four head coaches in recent years, Vinyard accepted the position prior to the 2015 season and promised longevity. She also set high performance standards.

  • Chargers complete rally, wins 5A...

    Matt Johnson started the 2015 baseball season as Chatfield’s Level III coach. He was in Mexico when Paul Grubesic was relieved of his duties as the Chargers’ varsity head coach after a 1-7 start. 

    Eleven games later, Chatfield celebrated its first 5A Jeffco League baseball title in 25 years.

  • Littleton enjoys successful...

    ENGLEWOOD — First-year head coach Jennah Hughes had plenty of reasons to be pleased with her Littleton Lady Lions’ girls tennis team. 

    In its first year in the 4A Jeffco League, Littleton finished second only to powerhouse Valor Christian, and it followed that up with a fourth-place finish in the 4A Region 2 tournament April 30 at Kent Denver.

    The Lady Lions, behind four third-place finishes, scored 49 points. Kent Denver won with 86 points, followed by Valor Christian (76) and Discovery Canyon (52).

  • Second-half goal helps Chatfield...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — Chatfield had time to adjust. Columbine didn’t.

  • Sports briefs

    VOLLEYBALL
    Youth camp set for June 15-18 at Chatfield
    Chatfield Senior High will be hosting a youth volleyball camp June 15-18 for incoming students in grades 5-7. The camp will run from 10 a.m. to noon daily for 5th-6th graders and 1-3 p.m. for 6th-7th graders. Cost is $50.

    For more information, visit www.chatfieldvolleyball.com or e-mail head coach Stephanie Schick at ssschick@jeffco.k12.co.us.