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Today's Sports

  • Erickson’s appearance...

    DENVER — Wrestlers like Andrew Erickson are the reason why Chatfield Senior High wrestling coach Paul Peronard coaches. Seeing somebody such as Erickson, a senior who had never wrestled before he came to Chatfield, put the work in, despite injury after injury, and finally get to the 5A state tournament is fulfilling.

    “Andrew is a hard worker. He’s a kid who walked out and wrestled his first wrestling match as a ninth-grader. He had no youth experience, (but) he’s come a long way,” Peronard said.

  • Lions embrace 4A state wrestling...

    DENVER — Littleton High School wrestling coach Heath Burton can look at Poe Di and Aron Pino Valenzuela and be proud that the juniors represented the Lions at the 4A state championships. 

    He should be because, after all, it’s been more than two decades since the school produced a state qualifier and even longer since it had a state champion. For the record, the last — and only — state champion to come out of Littleton High School was Steve Smedley in 1966.

  • Jeffco school board member...

    Jeffco school board member Julie Williams cast the board’s only vote for a resolution supporting state legislation that would permit the carrying of concealed weapons in public schools.

    “Repealing the gun-free school zone act will empower our nation’s schoolteachers, faculty and law-abiding parents to ensure the safety and well-being of our children,” Williams said at the Feb. 5 school board meeting.

  • Jeffco Open Space working with...

    Jeffco Open Space is working with the city of Arvada in hopes of creating a county shooting range on property owned by the municipality.

    “What we’re saying is that we’d like to be at the table,” said Amy Ito, Jeffco Open Space’s manager of planning and development.

    “The timing seems ideal. This was our No. 1 site,” Ito said.

  • Sports briefs

    WRESTLING
    Chargers’ Erickson headed to 5A state championships
    BROOMFIELD — Chatfield’s Andrew Erickson is headed to the 5A state wrestling championships.

    Erickson (31-11) placed fourth at 160 pounds in the 5A Region 1 tournament, held Feb. 13-14 at Legacy High School.

  • Littleton qualifies two for 4A...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    GOLDEN — After coming oh-so-close to qualifying for recent 5A state wrestling tournaments, Poe Di and Aron Pino Valenzuela were poised to take advantage of Littleton’s drop to 4A this season.

    They did so to near-perfection by advancing to the finals of the 4A Region 4 tournament Feb. 13-14 at Golden High School. They’ll head to their first state meet as the region’s No. 2 seeds after bowing to top seeds in the 132- and 285-pound divisions.

  • Eagles avenge earlier loss to...

    LAKEWOOD — The Dakota Ridge Eagles’ boys basketball team defeated the Lakewood Tigers, 65-44, on Feb. 13 at Lakewood High School.

    The sixth-ranked Eagles knew they would have to bring their ‘A’ game after losing to Lakewood at home on Jan. 26. Dakota Ridge, which also was coming off a loss to Chatfield two days prior, was focused on maintaining a strong defensive game.

  • Hobbs leaves her mark at state

    Averly Hobbs wasn’t feeling her best heading into the 5A state girls swimming and diving championships on Feb. 13-14 at Fort Collins’ Edora Pool Ice Center. The Chatfield senior battled the flu all week leading up to the meet. But by the end, she had plenty to be appreciative about.

  • Student-athletes relish, cherish...

    Eager faces sat behind long tables covered with high school banners. In front of them sat name placards embossed with colorful college logos, sheets of white paper and a pen.

    Twenty-five students from Chatfield, Columbine and Dakota Ridge high schools participated in National Signing Day on Feb. 4, joining athletes from across the nation as they signed letters of intent to play collegiate sports.

  • Lady Eagles pull away down the...

    Ah, rush hour traffic on a Friday afternoon. It’s what held up Dakota Ridge head coach Rich Gavelda, who missed the start of his team’s Feb. 6 home game against Columbine. 

    Thus, he missed his team’s game-opening 15-0 run behind the coaching of assistant Melissa Ward. But he didn’t miss the game-closing 12-4 surge, which resulted in a 59-50 victory.