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Today's Sports

  • Cherry Creek clips Dakota Ridge...

    LOVELAND – They played and played and played some more. Almost all night. Catch your breath, this might go on forever.

    It actually was six overtimes between Cherry Creek and Dakota Ridge in what is believed to be the longest game in Colorado High School state hockey history. Then it was over. Chris Nitchen’s game-winning goal 36 seconds into the sixth overtime helped Cherry Creek end Dakota Ridge’s season 3-2 in the state ice hockey semifinals on March 5 at the Budweiser Events Center.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Experience, free throws help...

    The fact that the game came down to the wire was of little surprise. It was Columbine and Chatfield after all. But there’s something to be said for senior leadership. It’s something the Rebels have and Chatfield doesn’t.
    Columbine broke a 54-all tie by hitting 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch for a 64-56 victory. It’s the Rebels’ first win over rival Chatfield since a 65-44 win on Feb. 17, 2012, snapping a four-game slide in the series. Keaton Matthies scored a game-high 21 points and Antonio Chavez added 15 for Columbine.

  • Improved website makes Jeffco...

    An enhanced website for Jeffco Open Space provides easier access to information about county parks and trails.

    Clicking on new drop-down boxes on the Jeffco Parks and Trails page brings users to a comprehensive list of parks and amenities they offer, as well as photos.

    “We’ve got more photographs and have added a horizontal navigational tool,” said Thea Rock, spokeswoman for Jeffco Open Space.

    The Web page also has information about activities and events at parks, trail rating guides and alerts about closures.

  • Pet owners warned about coyote...

    South Jeffco residents are being warned not to leave their pets alone, even in a fenced-in area, after coyotes killed three area dogs since the first of the year.

    Carla Zinanti, the sheriff’s animal control manager, said the increase in attacks has been centered near South Kipling Street and West Belleview Avenue, and also near Lilley Gulch Park. Zinanti said seven dogs had been attacked since Jan. 1, with three of them killed.

  • Jeffco Open Space supports $1...

    The Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee has recommended approval of a $1 million grant request from the Foothills Park and Recreation District for upgrades and improvements to 30-year-old Clement Park.

    “That park is a key part of Jefferson County,” board member Felicity Hannay said at the Jan. 8 OSAC meeting.

  • Dakota Ridge controls game’s flow

    In truth, it didn’t really matter whether the teams were at even strength or if Dakota Ridge was on the penalty kill because the host Eagles, on Jan. 8 at The Edge Ice Arena, were in control of visiting Pine Creek from start to finish.

    It took a while for sixth-ranked Dakota Ridge to get its feet underneath itself again after a nearly three-week layoff, but once it did, it showed who the better team was in a 4-0 blanking of the other Eagles.

  • Chatfield juggles lineup at...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Winning meets isn’t always a top priority for Chatfield girls swimming coach Ron Johns, who seemed to care less that Lakewood outscored his Lady Chargers by 114 points in a four-team Jeffco Mini Invite at The Ridge Rec Center on Jan. 9.

    Competing without diver Avery Hobbs and breaststroker Haley Kopec, both 2014 state qualifiers, Johns nonetheless juggled his lineup so that most of Chatfield’s top performers didn’t swim in their specialties.