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Today's Sports

  • Berg, Chargers take 8th at state

    Chatfield senior Eric Berg placed fourth in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.39 seconds and he took fifth in the 100 backstroke in 52.20 as the Chargers finished eighth with 115 points at the 5A boys state swimming championships on May 16 at the Air Force Academy.

    Chatfield’s 200 freestyle relay team of Cal Reynolds, Berg, Santana Garcia and Payton Sage came in fifth in 1 minute, 27.79 seconds. Garcia took sixth in the 100 butterfly in 52.40, while Chatfield’s 200 medley relay team of Reynolds, Berg, Garcia and Tucker Rivera was seventh in 1:37.16. 

  • Bond helps Chatfield tandem...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    DENVER — Being good friends and complementing each other on the court aren’t required components for success in tennis doubles. But it sure helps, as is the case with Chatfield’s Lauren Froning and Olivia Boyd. 

  • Cardiac Chargers to play for...

    By Matthew Van Deventer
    For the Courier

    DENVER — A pair of walk-off wins against Cherry Creek and Mountain Vista has sent the Chatfield Chargers parading into the 5A state championship game after starting the season 1-8.

    Maybe it was getting a new coach midseason or a revival in team spirit or both, but whatever the magic, Chatfield (14-10) will play for the state title after a trio of wins May 16-17.

  • Cohn beats the odds in the boys...

    LAKEWOOD — For Nick Cohn, the goal was simple. All the Dakota Ridge senior wanted to do in his preliminary heat of the 5A boys’ 100 meter at the state track & field championships was to qualify for the finals. Then he could worry about it once he got there.

    His qualifying run of 11.02 seconds on May 14 at Jefferson County Stadium barely got him into the championship race, seeding him ninth. His run two days later, while slower in 11.08, more than did the job as he placed fourth, despite running from the far outside lane. 

  • Sports briefs

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    Chargers rally again, win District 4 tournament
    FRUITA — The Chatfield Chargers are headed back to the eight-team 5A state tournament.

    Chatfield (11-10), which opened the season 2-9, rallied to win the 5A Jeffco League title for the first time in 25 years. It followed that up with back-to-back wins on May 9 in the 5A District 4 tournament to seal its bid to state.

    In the deciding game, the Chargers rolled past Smoky Hill 12-1.

  • Mullen closes out Lanuza’s,...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    DENVER — A May ending to their Chatfield girls lacrosse careers was inevitable for Kendra Lanuza, the school’s career scoring leader, and Adam Everett, the lone coach in program history. They just wish it had come later than the second round of the state playoffs. 

    But no farewell tears were shed or regrets uttered after second-seeded Mullen struck for two goals in the first overtime and held on for a 10-9 home victory on May 8.

  • Vance takes 2nd at regionals...

    By Matthew Van Deventer
    For the Courier

    AURORA — Dakota Ridge High School’s lead golfer Gillian Vance led the 5A Northern Regionals tournament beautifully until a hiccup at the end. She came in second overall May 4 at the Aurora Golf Club at Heather Ridge.

  • Front Range hits on all...

    The puddles on the north side of the field slowed down Front Range Christian’s pressing offense a little bit in the first half. Evangelical Christian’s defense, however, wasn’t quite as fortunate.

    The host Lady Falcons, the No. 2 seed in the inaugural 12-team 2A state girls soccer tournament, weren’t about to let their upstart opponents rain on their parade. Marcella Marquis scored the first of Front Range Christian’s three first-half goals, and Sophie Kern added a pair in the second half for a 5-0 victory May 8.

  • Garcia, Chargers feel the rhythm

    ARVADA — The music that Santana Garcia was jamming to suddenly turned off, so he started following the introduction music being played over the sound system at George J. Meyers Swimming Center. The rhythm just felt right. How did he know? The charismatic Chatfield Senior High swimmer flashed the No. 1 signal prior to the 50-yard freestyle finals on May 9.

    And, you know what, he was right.

  • Olson, Lady Rebels adjust to the...

    LAKEWOOD — Marin Olson and her Columbine Lady Rebels teammates have had to adjust. First, they lost leading goal scorer Tatum Barton to injury in the last week of the regular season, and then there was the weather. Rain pelted Lakewood Memorial Field on May 8 for the second round of the 5A state girls soccer tournament.

    But the sophomore midfielder/defender had an upbeat attitude about the conditions. You just have to go out and play, she said, and that’s what her team did, even though it was facing archrival and thorn-in-the-side Chatfield.