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Today's Sports

  • There's oil in the Jeffco...

    Oil seeping from an outcrop of the Dakota Hogback formation and at another site north of U.S. 285 in Morrison suggests the oil and gas industry could one day get a toehold in Jefferson County

    “The Turkey Creek outcrop is oil-saturated,” said Dr. Steve Sonnenberg, professor of petroleum geology at the Colorado School of Mines.

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL
    Winkler, Chargers come out firing in season opener
    ORLANDO, Fla. — Kyle Winkler completed 11 of 12 passes for 72 yards, including a TD pass to Taylor Lammers, as the Chatfield Chargers opened the 2014 season with a weather-shortened 24-14 victory over Everglades (Fla.) on Aug. 21.
    Sean O’Dell and Jake Carstensen combined to rush for 75 yards with Carstensen adding a TD run. Dalton Keene had 12 tackles, including 10 assists.

  • 2014 cross country capsule...

    BOYS
    COLUMBINE REBELS
    Head coach: Dirk Visser
    Classification: 5A Jeffco League
    Runners to watch: David Blair, Soph.; Jerod Kuhn, Soph.; Daniel Lupo, Sr.; Bryce Rombach, Soph.; Max Sagrillo, Jr.; Justin Hinckley, Sr.
    Season opener: Aug. 29, Arapahoe Warrior Invite, DeKoevend Park, 4 p.m.

  • 2014 volleyball capsule previews

    COLUMBINE LADY REBELS
    Head coach: Melanie Watkins
    Assistant coaches: Aimee Thomas, Marni Bilbrey, Nicole Lopez, Katrina Peterson, Paige Lopez
    Conference: 5A Jeffco League
    2013 record: 6-17 overall, 3-5 league
    Players to watch: Erin Singer, Jr., right-side hitter; Piper Wehrli, Jr., outside/right-side hitter
    Season opener: Aug. 26, vs. Smokey Hill. Results from the match weren’t available at press time.

  • Rebels fail to finish in...

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine entered its season-opening football game against Fountain-Fort Carson trying to cope with the losses of speedy running back Bernard McDondle to graduation and quarterback Michael Tait, who is focusing on golf this season. The losses showed, as the Rebels’ struggled to finish drives in a 12-7 defeat on Aug. 22 at Jefferson County Stadium.

    “We were our own worst enemy,” Columbine head coach Andy Lowry said. “We had some decent drives in the first half, we just couldn’t finish them.”

  • Lions strike quick in opening win

    ARVADA — It took just 44 seconds off the clock, though it felt a lot longer. But that’s all the time that quarterback Joey Drennan, running back turned receiver Tre Blake and the Littleton Lions needed to erase five year of season-opening doldrums.

  • Open Space plan suggests using...

    Expanding the use of social media is a key strategy of the communications and community plan for Jeffco Open Space, which Thea Rock presented to the Open Space Advisory Committee on Aug. 7.

    “We have 3,000 people who follow us on Facebook. We would like to increase that to 7,000,” Rock said.
    Expanding Twitter followers from 1,300 to 5,000 also is in the plan, she said.

    “They reach a different demographic,” Rock remarked.

    A recent study showed that 26 percent of the community would like to receive information about parks through e-mail, and 23 percent use the Internet, said Rock.

  • 2014 boys soccer capsule previews

    CHATFIELD CHARGERS
    Head coach: Brock Blume
    Assistant coaches: Chris Olson, Billy Presson, David Palik
    Classification: 5A Jeffco
    2013 record: 12-4-1, 6-1-1 5A Jeffco
    Players to watch: Ben Overholt, Sr., Striker; Jamey McGrath, Sr., Midfielder; Jared Reiss, Sr., Midfielder
    Season opener: Aug. 28, at ThunderRidge, 4:30 p.m.

  • Lions’ Robb bounces back

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    DENVER — Motivation matters in a sport’s offseason, as golfers Lenny Urbas of Evergreen and Scott Robb of Littleton can attest.

    Neither player was satisfied with his 2013 high school season and both put in the time and effort to improve for 2014. Based on the opening 4A Jeffco tournament on Aug. 13 at Foothills Golf Course, it was a fait accompli.

  • Jarecki, Lady Chargers rally to...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Chatfield returns six starters from last year’s 5A state-qualifying team. But it’s a misleading number, as four of those began the 2014 season in different positions.

    “We just lost some key positions,” coach Nicole Janssen explained of a revamped lineup for the Aug. 15 opener at D’Evelyn. “We had kids all over the place; it was really awkward for some of them.”