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Today's Sports

  • Open Space chief discusses...

    Jeffco Open Space director Tom Hoby acknowledged the need to address the increased use of county parks at a forum last week in Golden: “We’re trying to enhance the visitor experience.”

    Hoby said Open Space is developing webcams that would allow visitors to check availability at parking lots before driving to parks.

    With more and more nature lovers visiting Open Space parks, many of them are becoming crowded — especially on weekends, he noted.

  • Citizen group urges humane...

    A group of prairie dog lovers wants the Foothills Park and Recreation District to always consider a humane option when controlling the rodents on its properties.

    Tina Gurdikian and Gina Writz, members of the Foothills Prairie Dog Task Force, urged the rec district board April 28 to move a colony of prairie dogs from the future home of a BMX track at the Schaefer Athletic Complex to another section of that property. The citizen-created group also suggested passive relocation be employed throughout Foothills’ park system.

  • On the trail of cleaner parks

    Volunteers hit the trails with trash bags in hand on April 25 in Littleton as part of the BIG Day Trails Cleanup.

    The South Suburban Park Foundation hosted volunteers at the event, aimed at cleaning up the trail system of the South Suburban Parks and Rec District. Last year, the event drew more than 150 people to pick up trash and debris.

  • Website provides information on...

    The group behind the plan to expand Chatfield Reservoir has launched a website to serve as a central location for information on the upcoming project.

    The Chatfield Reservoir Reallocation Project received final approval from the Army Corps of Engineers last October. The plan will increase water storage at the state’s most popular park by 20,600 acre-feet and boost water levels by up to 12 feet.

  • Commissioners learn about Open...

    “We’re the closest foothills-and-mountain experience to the largest metro area in the state,” said Tom Hoby, Jeffco Open Space and Parks director.

    To help park visitors make decisions about which Open Space trails to use, they are rated according to difficulty, Hoby told the county commissioners on April 14.

  • 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.

  • Winter sports: 5A Jeffco all-...

    The following are all-conference selections for the 5A Jeffco League for the 2014-15 boys and girls basketball seasons:

    5A JEFFCO BOYS BASKETBALL
    FIRST TEAM
    Thomas Neff, Arvada West; Luke Neff, Arvada West; Trevaun Arnold, Bear Creek; Colin Downs, Chatfield; Keaton Matthies, Columbine; Cody Pittman, Dakota Ridge; Mason Grothuesmann, Dakota Ridge; Kolton Peterson, Lakewood; Jacob Storey, Lakewood; Antonio Capley, Ralston Valley

  • Short-handed Rebels struggle to...

    The teams, like the bodies that make them up, were extremely lean at the Jeffco tri-meet April 3 at The Ridge Rec Center as Columbine, Evergreen and Lakewood high schools boys’ swim teams fought through missing swimmers to gain points and nab state qualifying times.

    Lakewood, with the fullest team, won the meet with 287 points total, bagging nine first-place finishes and four state qualifying times. But it was Columbine who struggled the most having only nine of its 25 swimmers competing. It took almost half of their total team just to make a relay.

  • Mountain Vista jumps on Dakota...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Every year, Jeff Legault stacks Dakota Ridge’s non-league baseball schedule with top-flight in-state competition. The night before the Eagles’ first post-spring break game against mighty Mountain Vista, he admitted experiencing a case of buyer’s remorse.

    But not even a 14-3 home loss to the Golden Eagles on April 1, which dropped Dakota Ridge to 0-4 against Colorado teams, could convince Legault to change his philosophy.

  • Vance’s approach is paying off

    BROOMFIELD — The goal for Gillian Vance in 2015, according to Dakota Ridge head coach Levi Bartholomew, is to win a 5A state girls golf championship, and she’s going to do what she can to push for it. 

    That included having a hitting and putting mat in her home so that she could train during the winter months.

    It’s helped because Vance won a second straight 5A Jeffco League tournament to open the 2015 season, posting a 2-under-par 70 on April 1 at Broadlands Golf Course. She won by four strokes over Zarena Brown of Pomona.