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Today's Sports

  • Johnson continues Bandimere...

    MORRISON — Allen Johnson is still the king of the mountain.

    The 35th annual NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals ended just like the previous two and five others since 2007 — with a Johnson victory in the Pro Stock division. The Greeneville, Tenn., driver toppled teammate Jed Coughlin Jr. in the rain-delayed final July 20 at Bandimere Speedway after Coughlin red-lighted the start. Even if Coughlin hadn’t red-lighted, it would’ve been a tough task to beat Johnson in what has become his race to lose.

  • Drag racer making a name for...

    MORRISON — Kevin Moore’s 1934 Super Gas Chevrolet is emblazoned with national event stickers. The 44-year-old Littleton resident might be a local, but he has carved out a national reputation since starting a Super Gas racing career in 1991.

    Rows and rows of stickers adorn his race car. Some have been covered by newer ones as he runs out of room. But that’s just a sign of how successful Moore has been on the drag racing circuit, which included a stop at this year’s Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway from July 18-20.

  • Ken-Caryl 10-11 All-Stars fall...

    By Tim Donohoo
    For the Courier

    AURORA — Resilience. Despite trailing 8-0 approaching its final at-bat in the District 5 Little League 10-11  tournament at Arapahoe Little League field, the Ken-Caryl squad never wavered from its objective: Play hard to the end. That it did.

    The first four hitters in the inning reached base, but it was not enough as Ken-Caryl lost to Academy of Colorado Springs in the double-elimination game 8-3 on July 10.

  • Cherry Creek’s sizzling start...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    AURORA — The Ken-Caryl Little League 9-10 all-stars learned the hard way that momentum can be capricious. One day it’s there, the next it’s vanished.

  • Rain, location change does KCLL...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    AURORA — Mother Nature did the Ken-Caryl Little League Majors no favors in the District 5 tournament. In fact, she literally helped the defending champions get washed out with a pair of losses on July 13.

    And coach Brian Berland was none too happy about how a July 12 rainout in Colorado Springs resulted in KCLL playing its second game the next day against a Cherry Creek team making its only appearance.

  • Spotlight shines on linemen at...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Talk about hog heaven: five-man teams competing in a truck push, tug-o-war, tire-flip relay, tire toss, 150-pound bench press repetitions and a dummy-carry relay.

    It doesn’t get any better for offensive and defensive linemen. The guys who often toil in anonymity had their day in the scorching sun at the Hog Olympics on July 11 at Heritage High School.

    Unlike their skill-player counterparts, summer competitions are few and far between for the grunts.

  • KCLL finds a winning combo

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    Winning isn’t everything for the Ken-Caryl Little League, but it’s become a nice bonus.
    “Our focus is on teaching life lessons,” said former KCLL president Andy Florence, who retired last month after three years at the helm. “We strive to win. But if you’re a better person or team at the end, you’ve achieved your goals.”

  • Lacrosse coach is breaking down...

    Mike Thumim is a kid of the 1980s. The Columbine High School graduate and Dakota Ridge boys lacrosse coach grew up during the Cold War. And while his friends were taking French, German and Spanish classes, he was taking Russian as his foreign language requirement. He even studied Russian as a minor at Ohio University.

  • Bike to Work Day rolls smoothly

    The pressure just wasn’t enough for Jani Flaig. One of the tires on her bicycle was starting to get low. 

    Luckily for her, more than a few people were available to offer assistance along the Mary Carter Greenway Trail on June 25. 

    Thousands of people across the metro area eschewed their cars in favor of bicycles last Wednesday on Colorado’s Bike to Work Day. The event, organized by the Denver Regional Council of Governments, encourages commuters to forsake their typical trip to work and try biking to the office. 

  • Dietz fitness challenge tests...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    U.S. Navy SEALs are renowned for their physical training regimen. It’s a big part of achieving their ethos, which includes “expect discipline, demand innovation,” “expect to lead and be led” and “forged by adversity.”