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Today's Sports

  • Gritty Lady Rebels fend off late...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — The Columbine girls lacrosse team breathed rarified air on April 20, cracking the top 10 in the CHSAA poll for the first time on the strength of a seven-game winning streak. The No. 8-ranked Lady Rebels promptly extended the run to nine with a pair of routs before closing the week against Golden in a key Jeffco League matchup.

  • Calmer Garcia redeems self

    ARVADA — Santana Garcia peeked up at the scoreboard, shook his head in disgust and continued to swim in what was to have been a cool-down period after the 50-yard freestyle. It was more like cooling off time for the Chatfield Senior High junior.

    Already coping with the stress that comes this time of year with SAT testing, finishing second in a race that Garcia felt that he should’ve won didn’t help matters April 18 at the Jeffco Invite at George J. Meyers Pool.

  • Early deficit doesn’t faze...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — Chatfield’s boys lacrosse team felt a sense of déjà vu when it fell behind Wheat Ridge 2-0 early in its April 17 5A Front Range League game at Trailblazer Stadium. A week earlier on the same field, the Chargers spotted Columbine a 3-0 early lead and couldn’t quite recover, bowing 10-8 for its first league setback.

  • Football expansion plans to 6A...

    The following are results from CHSAA’s Legislative Council meeting, held April 16 in Aurora:

  • Sports briefs

    GIRLS SOCCER
    Columbine rallies, wins rematch with Ralston Valley
    LAKEWOOD — Tatum Barton and Chloe Chapman scored a pair of second-half goals as defending 5A state champion Columbine rallied to knock off Ralston Valley 2-1 in a rematch of last year’s state title game on April 14 at Lakewood Memorial Field.

    Sarah Luebking made five saves for Columbine.

    The win was the Lady Rebels’ fourth straight.

  • Rebels answer the challenge

    LAKEWOOD — From the ride to Trailblazer Stadium to the pregame warm-ups, there was a different vibe to this Columbine-Chatfield boys’ lacrosse game for the Rebels. 

    A clash of 5A top-10 teams with first place in the Front Range League on the line, the intensity was in the air. The last thing Columbine head coach Matt Plitnick wanted was his team to dig itself an early hole.

  • Dehaan’s late goal propels...

    Senior midfielder Jalissa Dehaan, just as her teammates did as well, realized how disconcerting the situation was with her third-ranked Front Range Christian Lady Falcons and top-ranked Denver Christian tied with time winding down in their April 9 girls soccer encounter.

    “It was the process of us gaining the momentum back,” Dehaan said. “Toward the end, we were controlling the ball a lot more, and we were having better touches. It was mostly on our side, and we were getting a lot more shots.”

  • Koza, Chatfield have their way...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Grace Koza’s mission as a freshman in 2014 was to qualify for the 5A state championships at No. 1 singles, a fait accompli despite losing in the first round of regional play.

    This year, the Chatfield sophomore, who lost in the first round at state to the only other No. 1 singles freshman qualifier, won’t be satisfied by merely making it that far.

  • PK saves Columbine from upset

    LAKEWOOD — Marin Olson just knew she was going to score. 

    The Columbine sophomore midfielder/defender looked into one corner and then stared down Bear Creek goalkeeper Hunter Worthley before depositing the game-winning penalty kick into the left corner in the 86th minute as the Lady Rebels escaped with a 2-1 victory April 10 at Lakewood Memorial Field.

  • A blooming interest

    The hikers had covered less than 50 yards along Two Brands Trail at Hildebrand Ranch Park before stopping to inspect a small patch of pinkish petals a few inches off the ground.

    Pam Little, a native plant master volunteer from Conifer with Jeffco Open Space, gathered the group around as she identified the delicate flora as red-stemmed filaree. A non-native plant, it was introduced by the Spanish via the feed they brought for their horses.