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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.

  • Avs alumni hockey game set for...

    WHAT: 2nd annual Avalanche Alumni Game

    WHEN: Wednesday, March 11, 5-8 p.m.

    WHERE: The Edge Ice Arena, East rink

    TICKETS: Individuals: $15 advance, $20 at door; Family of 4: $50. Seating limited to the first 1,000 people. Special tickets offers are also available at center ice, glass viewing and penalty box attendants. To purchase tickets online, visit http://leagueathletics.com/Store/Store.asp?id=8571&n=&org=foothillshocke...

  • Legend holds off underdog...

    Second-seeded Legend held off a furious rally by Columbine for a 59-57 win in the second round of the Ray Ball Region of the 5A state tournament on Feb. 28.

    The loss ended the Rebels’ season with a 15-10 record.

    Columbine advanced out of the first round three days earlier with a 71-57 home victory over Hinkley.

  • Lady Falcons, despite loss,...

    Front Range Christian may have dropped the third-place game of the 2A District 4 tournament 32-17 to Denver Christian on Feb. 28 at Vista Peak High School, but it gained so much more four days earlier.

    The Lady Falcons (3-19) scored a 34-30 win over Limon in the pigtail game Feb. 24 to lock up a regional tournament berth. The Lady Falcons lost to top-seeded Byers, 53-25, in the semifinals two days later. Front Range Christian will play Peyton on March 6 at Mullen High School in the Central Regional. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.

  • Burlington uses late free throws...

    AURORA — From an outsider’s view, according to Front Range Christian boys basketball coach Brad Folk, the Falcons’ Feb. 28 game against Burlington was a loss. Well, it was. 

    The Cougars won the 2A District 4 championship game 45-39 at Vista Peak High School. But to the Falcons, it was a program builder.

  • Eagles stun Air Academy, Frozen...

    In the 2011-12 season, Dakota Ridge’s ice hockey team was 1-18, and any promise of a brighter future, at least from the outside looking in, was bleak. That was also Alec Hines’ first season as head coach. 

    Three years later, the Eagles are one win away from playing for a state championship.

    Zach Williams and Reed Hoogenboom scored first-period goals, and Graehm Konsella’s second-period tally proved to be the game-winner as Dakota Ridge upset host Air Academy, 3-2, on Feb. 28 at the Sertich Ice Arena in Colorado Springs.

  • Dakota Ridge finds its groove...

    Maybe it was postseason jitters, but Dakota Ridge didn’t play like a No. 2 seed, at least not early on, while Lincoln, most definitely, wasn’t a No. 7 seed. 

    Yet, the host Eagles found a way in their 5A boys basketball state tournament game thanks to some timely 3-point shooting and four clutch free throws down the stretch to pull out a 55-48 victory Feb. 28 at Dakota Ridge High School.

  • 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.