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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • BMX-bicycle park on track to...

    A proposed BMX-bicycle track at Foothills Park and Recreation’s Schaefer Athletic Complex will move forward despite passionate objections from neighbors of the property.

    The Foothills board voted unanimously March 10 to let the project go forward after district staff was unable to find an alternative site or option.

    Board members had asked at their Feb. 24 meeting if an alternative location for the track existed or if the district could break a 2012 contract with Mile High BMX, which will build the park.

  • The air we breathe

    Last week, air quality was in the good range for Jefferson County and the Denver region, according to data on the state website. Driving down the hill from Evergreen and Conifer, motorists saw a bright blue sky on the eastern horizon rather than a band of brown haze.

    However, air quality in the region — and its health effects — fluctuates with changing seasons and shifting air currents.

    “Weather is the driver of all of this,” says Christopher Dann, spokesman for the Air Pollution Control Division of the state health department.

  • Spring Tree Program about to bud

    Littleton residents looking to green up their yards can once again take advantage of the city’s Spring Tree Program.

    For 20 years the city has been selling a variety of trees to residents to help create a diverse urban forest, said David Flaig, Littleton’s landscape manager. Since the program started, the city has sold more than 5,000 trees.

  • Lady Chargers rally with 3-...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    The Chatfield girls’ basketball team follows a simple proverb: If at first you don’t succeed, trey and trey again.

  • Chargers pull away, top Rebels

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    A three-peat in the 5A Jeffco League was out of the question, but the Chatfield boys basketball team had plenty of incentives for its next-to-last regular-season game against Columbine: a likely third-place finish and the avoidance of being swept by its primary rival.

    Missions accomplished.

  • Erickson’s appearance...

    DENVER — Wrestlers like Andrew Erickson are the reason why Chatfield Senior High wrestling coach Paul Peronard coaches. Seeing somebody such as Erickson, a senior who had never wrestled before he came to Chatfield, put the work in, despite injury after injury, and finally get to the 5A state tournament is fulfilling.

    “Andrew is a hard worker. He’s a kid who walked out and wrestled his first wrestling match as a ninth-grader. He had no youth experience, (but) he’s come a long way,” Peronard said.

  • Lions embrace 4A state wrestling...

    DENVER — Littleton High School wrestling coach Heath Burton can look at Poe Di and Aron Pino Valenzuela and be proud that the juniors represented the Lions at the 4A state championships. 

    He should be because, after all, it’s been more than two decades since the school produced a state qualifier and even longer since it had a state champion. For the record, the last — and only — state champion to come out of Littleton High School was Steve Smedley in 1966.

  • Jeffco school board member...

    Jeffco school board member Julie Williams cast the board’s only vote for a resolution supporting state legislation that would permit the carrying of concealed weapons in public schools.

    “Repealing the gun-free school zone act will empower our nation’s schoolteachers, faculty and law-abiding parents to ensure the safety and well-being of our children,” Williams said at the Feb. 5 school board meeting.

  • Jeffco Open Space working with...

    Jeffco Open Space is working with the city of Arvada in hopes of creating a county shooting range on property owned by the municipality.

    “What we’re saying is that we’d like to be at the table,” said Amy Ito, Jeffco Open Space’s manager of planning and development.

    “The timing seems ideal. This was our No. 1 site,” Ito said.