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  • Dakota Ridge girls soars in...

    LITTLETON — It was a complete team effort by Dakota Ridge’s girls basketball team in its Class 5A postseason opener Feb. 23.

    The No. 5-seeded Eagles blitzed No. 12 seed Boulder for a 68-35 victory at Dakota Ridge High School. Nine different Dakota Ridge players scored in the first half as the Eagles grabbed a 39-13 lead at halftime.

  • Eagles enter state playoffs on...

    LITTLETON — The brutal truth came from the mouths of Dakota Ridge hockey players last Saturday night.

     “We played bad from start to finish,” Dakota Ridge senior defenseman Zach Ross said after a 6-1 loss to Regis Jesuit at The Edge Ice Arena. “The second period we had five minutes of OK hockey, but nowhere near our caliber. It really gets you when you know you are better than that.”

  • Undefeated league champions

    LITTLETON — Before turning the page, along with its attention, to the Class 5A boys basketball state tournament, Chatfield had a little cleaning up to take care of Feb. 19.

    The Chargers (21-2, 14-0 in 5A Jeffco League) completed their sweep of the conference with a dominating 90-46 home victory over Pomona (5-18, 0-14). Chatfield also ran its winning streak to 12 games entering the state tournament that begins this week.

  • Wins hard to come by at Pepsi...

    DENVER — Earl C. Manzanares started the state wrestling tournament with a bang Feb. 18 at Pepsi Center.

    The Chatfield sophomore pulled off one of the biggest first-round upsets in the Class 5A tournament. Manzanares faced Cherry Creek senior Terrell Wooley, a regional champion, in the opening round and held on to take a 12-10 victory to advance into the 160-pound quarterfinals.

  • Eagles positioned for playoff run

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    ARVADA — With Lakewood and Ralston Valley combining for an impressive 26-2 Class 5A Jeffco League record this season, Dakota Ridge needn’t hang its head after going winless — 0-4 — against the conference juggernauts.

    “I was hoping to sneak one of those wins in,” Eagles’ coach Diane Thompson said after a 64-57 loss to Ralston Valley on Feb. 19 in Dakota Ridge’s regular-season finale.

  • D'Evelyn girls to open...

    EVERGREEN — “Textbook” wouldn’t be a good description for Evergreen senior Hannah Orr’s 3-point shooting form.

    “Effective” would be a better word choice to depict Orr’s 3-pointers that came in bunches Feb. 17 in the Cougars’ 58-46 victory against D’Evelyn. Orr, with her long-distance launch from the side of her head instead of over her head, drained four 3-pointers to help Evergreen (20-3 record) to the Class 4A Jeffco League crossover divisional game against the Jaguars (14-9).

  • Chargers break out the confetti

    LITTLETON — This type of game was the reason why Riley Welch wanted to return to Chatfield High School to finish out his prep basketball career.

    The Chargers all but officially clinched the Class 5A Jeffco League boys basketball title Feb. 10 with a 68-58 home victory over rival Dakota Ridge. Chatfield (19-2, 12-0 in league) took a two-game lead over the Eagles (14-7, 10-2) with three games remaining.

  • Manzanares off to state tourney

    ARVADA — As a kid living in Monte Vista — historically a hotbed for wrestling on the Western Slope — Earl C. Manzanares would travel with his father and uncle to the state wrestling tournament in Denver.

    On the night of Thursday, Feb. 18, Manzanares will get his chance to step on the mats at Pepsi Center as a state qualifier. The sophomore was the lone Chatfield wrestler to finish in the top four of their weight class Feb. 13 at the Class 5A Region 1 tournament at Arvada West High School.

  • Dakota Ridge clipped by Lakewood

    LAKEWOOD — There was nothing wrong with how Dakota Ridge’s girls basketball team played in the second half Feb. 12 at Lakewood High School.

    The Eagles posted 40 points in the final half against the defending Class 5A Jeffco League champion Tigers. Dakota Ridge (14-6, 9-3 in league) actually outscored Lakewood (17-4, 11-1) by eight points after halftime. However, the first half was a struggle for the Eagles.

  • Jags struggle in Evergreen

    EVERGREEN — There are few guarantees is sports.

    Take Evergreen’s boys basketball as an example. The Cougars (15-6, 9-4 in Class 4A Jeffco League) aren’t even locked into a spot in the 32-team 4A state tournament. Evergreen finished third behind Valor Christian (20-1, 12-1) and Golden (16-5, 12-1) in one of the two divisions in 4A Jeffco.