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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • A blooming interest

    The hikers had covered less than 50 yards along Two Brands Trail at Hildebrand Ranch Park before stopping to inspect a small patch of pinkish petals a few inches off the ground.

    Pam Little, a native plant master volunteer from Conifer with Jeffco Open Space, gathered the group around as she identified the delicate flora as red-stemmed filaree. A non-native plant, it was introduced by the Spanish via the feed they brought for their horses.

  • Open Space chief discusses...

    Jeffco Open Space director Tom Hoby acknowledged the need to address the increased use of county parks at a forum last week in Golden: “We’re trying to enhance the visitor experience.”

    Hoby said Open Space is developing webcams that would allow visitors to check availability at parking lots before driving to parks.

    With more and more nature lovers visiting Open Space parks, many of them are becoming crowded — especially on weekends, he noted.

  • Citizen group urges humane...

    A group of prairie dog lovers wants the Foothills Park and Recreation District to always consider a humane option when controlling the rodents on its properties.

    Tina Gurdikian and Gina Writz, members of the Foothills Prairie Dog Task Force, urged the rec district board April 28 to move a colony of prairie dogs from the future home of a BMX track at the Schaefer Athletic Complex to another section of that property. The citizen-created group also suggested passive relocation be employed throughout Foothills’ park system.

  • Sports briefs

    VOLLEYBALL
    Youth camp set for June 15-18 at Chatfield
    Chatfield Senior High will be hosting a youth volleyball camp June 15-18 for incoming students in grades 5-7. The camp will run from 10 a.m. to noon daily for 5th-6th graders and 1-3 p.m. for 6th-7th graders. Cost is $50.

    For more information, visit www.chatfieldvolleyball.com or e-mail head coach Stephanie Schick at ssschick@jeffco.k12.co.us.

  • Second-half goal helps Chatfield...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — Chatfield had time to adjust. Columbine didn’t.

  • Littleton enjoys successful...

    ENGLEWOOD — First-year head coach Jennah Hughes had plenty of reasons to be pleased with her Littleton Lady Lions’ girls tennis team. 

    In its first year in the 4A Jeffco League, Littleton finished second only to powerhouse Valor Christian, and it followed that up with a fourth-place finish in the 4A Region 2 tournament April 30 at Kent Denver.

    The Lady Lions, behind four third-place finishes, scored 49 points. Kent Denver won with 86 points, followed by Valor Christian (76) and Discovery Canyon (52).

  • Chargers complete rally, wins 5A...

    Matt Johnson started the 2015 baseball season as Chatfield’s Level III coach. He was in Mexico when Paul Grubesic was relieved of his duties as the Chargers’ varsity head coach after a 1-7 start. 

    Eleven games later, Chatfield celebrated its first 5A Jeffco League baseball title in 25 years.

  • Big-thinking Rebels take title

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine girls lacrosse coach Sonorah Vinyard thinks big.

    After watching from the outside as her alma mater went through four head coaches in recent years, Vinyard accepted the position prior to the 2015 season and promised longevity. She also set high performance standards.

  • On the trail of cleaner parks

    Volunteers hit the trails with trash bags in hand on April 25 in Littleton as part of the BIG Day Trails Cleanup.

    The South Suburban Park Foundation hosted volunteers at the event, aimed at cleaning up the trail system of the South Suburban Parks and Rec District. Last year, the event drew more than 150 people to pick up trash and debris.