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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • The air we breathe

    Last week, air quality was in the good range for Jefferson County and the Denver region, according to data on the state website. Driving down the hill from Evergreen and Conifer, motorists saw a bright blue sky on the eastern horizon rather than a band of brown haze.

    However, air quality in the region — and its health effects — fluctuates with changing seasons and shifting air currents.

    “Weather is the driver of all of this,” says Christopher Dann, spokesman for the Air Pollution Control Division of the state health department.

  • Sports briefs

    GIRLS SOCCER 
    Rocky Mountain rallies to stun top-ranked Columbine
    Madison Williams scored two goals and Rocky Mountain rallied from a 2-1 halftime deficit to upset top-ranked and defending 5A state champion Columbine, 3-2, on March 14 at Columbine High School.

    Morgan Abbitt also scored for Rocky Mountain.

    The Lady Rebels (2-1) got first-half goals from Skylar Alward and Tatum Barton. Kelcey Cavarra assisted on both goals.

  • Seasoned Huskies turn the tables...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Here’s a recommendation: Front Range Christian-Platte Canyon III in 2016, a baseball rubber game that would feature a more level playing field.

  • Regis rallies, tops Chargers in...

    AURORA — Between innings, first-year Chatfield Senior baseball coach Paul Grubesic joked with Regis Jesuit head coach Matt Darr that it was too early in the season to be playing games like this. 

    He was referring to a top-10 showdown between 5A schools that saw infallible starting pitching early and see-saw hitting late.

  • Lady Chargers’ comeback falls...

    LAKEWOOD — Kendra Lanuza does the bulk of the scoring for the Chatfield Lady Chargers, but the University of Denver-bound lacrosse player can’t do it all. She needs a little help, and that’s exactly what her team is searching for early in the season.

    Though Eliza Radochonski and Holly Sutherland scored four goals apiece as fourth-ranked Cherry Creek held off a spirited rally from Chatfield for a 15-13 victory March 14 at Trailblazer Stadium, the Lady Chargers didn’t wilt even when the Lady Bruins tried to pull away time and again.

  • 2014-15 5A Jeffco League all-...

    GIRLS SWIMMING
    The following is the 2014-15 5A Jeffco League all-conference girls swimming team: