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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Chargers had a flair for the...

    DENVER — It would’ve been easy for the Chatfield Chargers to hang up their cleats, put their bats and gloves away, and continue to let the season slip away.
    After all, in the midst of a 1-8 start to the 2015 season and having undergone a midseason coaching change, it was going to be a steep, uphill climb — if that ­ to get back up.

  • 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.

  • Chargers come up short in state...

    DENVER — Lightning flashed in the distance, and the rain inexorably approached All-City Field. It was a fitting way for the 5A state baseball championship game to wrap up, considering how the weather had already impacted the postseason, even delaying the finals by four days.

    The near hour-long delay on May 27 also allowed time for reflection on what the Chatfield Chargers had accomplished. Though they were on their way to a 9-2 defeat to Rock Canyon, the simple fact that this team, which eight weeks earlier was 1-8, was in the game spoke volumes.

  • Column: Aggressive approach paid...

    Gillian Vance’s passion for the game of golf is so great that she had a putting mat and a hitting net for irons and wedges put up in her house between a ping pong table, a couch and a TV so she could practice during the winter months.

    And, no, before you ask, she hasn’t broken a single window with any of her practice shots. Well, at least not yet.

    But that’s how serious the Dakota Ridge senior was about her game entering her final high school season, a year that culminated May 19 with a 5A state girls golf championship.

  • By the Numbers: Columbine-area...

    8
    The number of sets Chatfield’s volleyball team won after falling behind two sets to none in the second of its two pool-play matches at the 5A state championships last November. The result was the Lady Chargers, the No. 12 seed, making it to an improbable state final before falling to four-time and defending champion Grandview.