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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Share the Trail event promotes...

    Littleton residents who celebrated Saturday’s warm, sunny weather with a morning bike ride at Hudson Gardens got free water and safety advice along the way.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Olson, Lady Rebels adjust to the...

    LAKEWOOD — Marin Olson and her Columbine Lady Rebels teammates have had to adjust. First, they lost leading goal scorer Tatum Barton to injury in the last week of the regular season, and then there was the weather. Rain pelted Lakewood Memorial Field on May 8 for the second round of the 5A state girls soccer tournament.

    But the sophomore midfielder/defender had an upbeat attitude about the conditions. You just have to go out and play, she said, and that’s what her team did, even though it was facing archrival and thorn-in-the-side Chatfield.

  • 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.