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Today's Sports

  • Dakota Ridge camp teaches basics...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Shane Fujita had no idea taking his son to a baseball camp at the College of Southern Nevada some 10 years ago and renting the school’s baseball field for his National Adult Baseball Association promotion would lead to the development of the same at Dakota Ridge High School.

  • Dakota Ridge girls have high...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    High expectations are a way of life for Dakota Ridge’s cross country teams, which have excelled for the past decade-plus under the head coaching of first Mike Callor and, since 2012, Mark Stenbeck, an assistant under Callor beginning in 2006.
    Stenbeck expects more of the same for 2015, especially from the girls team, whose top runner in 2014 missed qualifying for state as the Lady Eagles finished 16th.

  • Recreational closures lifted on...

    Officials have lifted the recreational restrictions that have been in place on the South Platte River and its North Fork since mid-June, according to a news release.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office closed the streams to recreational uses after rains and snowmelt created dangerously high water levels.

    The streams, which were closed to tubing, rafting, kayaking, fishing and swimming, were reopened as of Monday morning, according to the release from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

  • Effort to relocate prairie dogs...

    Work has begun to save part of the prairie dog population at the site of a future BMX bicycle track at the Schaefer Athletic Complex in South Jeffco.

    The Foothills Prairie Dog Task Force, a group of volunteers, was given the go-ahead by Colorado Parks and Wildlife to move 15 of the 45 prairie dogs that live on the site. The rodents will be relocated to 1.8 acres just south of where the track will be built at the complex.

  • Jeffco Open Space moves forward...

    Jeffco Open Space is moving forward with plans to acquire more than 1,000 acres on Douglas Mountain near Golden and another 37 acres adjacent to Meyer Ranch Park in Aspen Park. The Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee unanimously recommended the acquisitions, which were endorsed by members of Plan Jeffco and the Clear Creek Land Conservancy at the June 4 OSAC meeting. If approved by the county commissioners, Open Space would spend nearly $5 million to purchase the properties.

  • Co-coaches of the year: Alec...

    Alec Hines and Curi Yutzy can relate on the importance of taking a team approach. Dakota Ridge’s ice hockey and boys basketball coaches lived by that mantra during the 2014-15 season.

  • Male athlete of the year: Noah...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Noah McGhee almost quit football and considered leaving Littleton High School in the fall of 2013. And it wasn’t until last winter that he fully dedicated himself to track and field.

  • Female athlete of the year:...

    Averly Hobbs was a gymnast before she made the transition to diving. After all, she already knew how to flip. The hard part, as she puts it, was learning to land on her head — in the water, that is.
    Once the Chatfield High School diver figured that out, the sport came naturally to Hobbs, who has been named the 2014-15 Columbine Courier Female Athlete of the Year.
    She was a four-time top-four finisher at the 5A state championships, including a pair of runner-up finishes.

  • Spring sports all-conference...

    The following are all-conference selections for the 2015 spring sports season:

    GIRLS GOLF
    5A JEFFCO LEAGUE
    FIRST TEAM

    Gillian Vance, Dakota Ridge; Ashlyn Kirschner, Ralston Valley; Jordan Remley, Ralston Valley; Ali Peper, Arvada West; Zarena Brown, Pomona; Sydney Prey, Ralston Valley; Miranda Schiffbauer, Arvada West
    SECOND TEAM

  • Change in coaches, culture jump-...

    DENVER — When Matt Johnson took over as Chatfield’s varsity baseball coach in early April, the Chargers were 1-7 — all under first-year head coach Paul Grubesic.
    But after a loss to ThunderRidge, the Chargers rolled off 13 wins in the next 17 games. The result was not only the school’s first 5A Jeffco League championship since 1990, but a District 4 title and a berth in the state finals.