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Today's Sports

  • Errors, Fruita’s timely hitting...

    By Ryan Ward
    For the Courier
    THORNTON — The Ken-Caryl Little League baseball team was defeated 10-0 by Fruita Monument during the first round of the Colorado state playoffs at Northern Lights Little League fields on July 21.
    Fruita Monument, the defending state champions, jumped on the scoreboard by hitting back-to-back doubles to start the bottom half of the second inning. With just one out, another double stretched the lead to 2-0.

  • Littleton’s Berry right at home...

    MORRISON — Mike Berry didn’t have high expectations coming into the weekend. The 47-year-old Littleton resident has struggled in 2013. But Berry had reason to be optimistic with his 2010 Buell XB9R Pro Stock motorcycle.
    “(It was) better than we almost expected,” Berry said between qualifying sessions at the NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway on July 20. Berry qualified third for the elimination round in 7.281 seconds.

  • Life is such a drag

    MORRISON — Randy Cruickshank has a need for speed, but sometimes, even for him, it can be a little too much.
    Case in point: the 1970 Camaro he was racing a few years ago. It was just too fast. So now his wife, Brandy, races it. But Cruickshank still lives life in the fast lane with his 2011 Dragster and 1963 McAmis Top Sportsman cars.

  • Sports briefs

    LITTLE LEAGUE
    Ken-Caryl boys win district title,  advance to state tournament
    AURORA
    — Ken-Caryl Little League’s U-12 major league baseball team won its first District 5 championship with a 13-2 victory over The Academy Little League on July 13 at Mission Viejo Park.

  • Column: Decker jacked up for...

    LITTLETON — Eric Decker is excited. That may not necessarily be the norm for an NFL player with training camp a little more than a week away, but the 26-year-old Denver Broncos wide receiver has plenty of reasons to be excited.
    He married country music singer Jessie James last month, he’s got a reality TV show set to debut later this summer on the E! network, and his team is pegged to be a Super Bowl contender by everyone. What’s there not to be excited about?

  • Summer 7-on-7 offers learning...

    The sweltering heat beats down on the players. For the 12 teams at Dakota Ridge High School’s annual 7-on-7 football tournament July 11 it was another day in the dog days of summer. It was also another chance for those teams, such as Columbine, to work on team building with the regular season a mere six weeks away.
    “We’re just working hard. That’s what we came out to do. Work hard, run routes, do all the things you’re supposed to and win,” Columbine senior Zack Smith said.

  • Decker, Thomas give back to kids

    One look at 7-year-old Paolo Tafoya and you can tell that the Fox Creek Elementary School student loves football. On one side of his Mohawk-shaved head is the number 87. On the other, the number 88. One number is orange, the other is blue to represent Denver Broncos wide receivers Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas.

  • Sports briefs

    VOLLEYBALL
    Lady Chargers hosting preseason camps

    Chatfield Senior High’s volleyball team will be holding a camp for incoming 5th-8th graders from July 31-Aug. 2 in the school gym. The annual camp for incoming 9th-12th graders will be held Aug. 5-8 in the school’s gymnasium.
    Cost is $50, which includes a T-shirt.
    Forms and more information for both camps will be available soon on the team’s website www.chatfieldvolleyball.com.

    Tryouts for the 2013 Lady Chargers set

  • Former Eagles pitcher Farnum...

    Matt Farnum knew he had to prepare for life after baseball, but he didn’t know what that would involve. Still, the 2000 Dakota Ridge High School graduate knew he had a solid support system and a solid foundation beneath him.
    The 6-foot-2, 195-pound right-handed pitcher also knew that his immediate future after graduation was going to be in college and, in all likelihood, a stint in professional baseball.

  • Ken-Caryl Little Leaguers...

    AURORA — It’s 5:30 p.m. on July 6 at Mission Viejo Park. One by one, players from the Ken-Caryl Little League walk up to their counterparts and exchange pins as their names are called over the PA system.
    Their parents, family and friends sit outside the fence that encloses Field No. 3, cheering them on against 11- and 12-year-olds from The Academy Little League in Colorado Springs. As the banner hanging from the announcer’s tent behind home plate says, this is the only way to Williamsport.