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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Rebels propelled by depth, youth

    LAKEWOOD — New faces are aplenty for the Columbine Lady Rebels with a first-year head coach in Sonorah Vinyard and a combined 10 freshmen and sophomores on this year’s girls lacrosse team. 

    So there’s bound to be an adjustment period for all involved. But if the team’s 21-3 win over Conifer on April 2 at Trailblazer Stadium is any indication, there’s also a little team bonding going on.

  • Proposal on the table to add 6A...

    A proposal is on the table for the April 16 meeting of the Colorado High School Activities Association Legislative Council to expand classifications in high school football, adding 6A in time for the 2016 season.

    The proposal would alter enrollment numbers across the board from 6-man on up, adding an eighth — 6A — classification.

  • Spring break trip is about...

    Hotel rooms are blocked off. Players travel with parents via vehicle, though some will stay with family in the area to save on money, but they all will be supervised. And some may even squeeze in a junior college visit or two while they’re there.

    It’s spring break baseball in Arizona for the Columbine Rebels. It’s the way Chuck Gillman’s club has gone about it for more than a decade. Oh, and they’ll pay $275 each for tournament fees, transportation and coaches expense to play a week’s worth of games.

  • Eagles’ Hume shines through

    By Matthew Van Deventer
    For the Courier

    BROOMFIELD — A long-time injury couldn’t stop junior Cayli Hume from putting Dakota Ridge’s track & field team into the spotlight, at least for a moment, at the 2015 Broomfield Shootout on March 27.

  • Return of Hay, Gunkel has...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — It pained Ryan Hay and Lucas Gunkel that they could only watch as Chatfield missed last year’s 5A boys lacrosse state playoffs while rivals Columbine and Dakota Ridge both advanced. But the seniors are recovered from injuries and their return has helped propel the Chargers to a 3-0 start prior to this week’s spring break trip to Florida and the periphery of the CHSAA poll top 10.

  • Littleton’s 4x200 relay team...

    LAKEWOOD — Andrew Smith, Tre Blake, Eric Lyons and Noah McGhee were determined to top their personal-best time in the 4x200 relay, set just two weeks prior, at the 4A Jeffco Relays. 

    That’s what they did in running a winning time of 1 minute, 32.22 seconds on March 18 at Jeffco Stadium.

    “I just felt really good, and we just had the drive. We wanted to beat Valor,” Smith said.

  • Vance opens the season with a...

    GOLDEN — Dakota Ridge senior Gillian Vance is excited for the 2015 girls golf season and rightfully so. It’s the last of her high school career. 

    She also feels a little pressure to perform and, well, rightfully so again. Vance, after all, is a three-time state qualifier and wants to end the season with a bang. That’s yet to be decided, but there’s little doubt that she started it with one.

  • BMX-bicycle park on track to...

    A proposed BMX-bicycle track at Foothills Park and Recreation’s Schaefer Athletic Complex will move forward despite passionate objections from neighbors of the property.

    The Foothills board voted unanimously March 10 to let the project go forward after district staff was unable to find an alternative site or option.

    Board members had asked at their Feb. 24 meeting if an alternative location for the track existed or if the district could break a 2012 contract with Mile High BMX, which will build the park.