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Today's Sports

  • Chatfield finds a rhythm, sweeps...

    It’s not all that uncommon for John Simpson to talk to himself in the third person during a boys tennis match. The Chatfield junior and No. 3 singles player will say things to get himself in the right mindset to win, even if his friends and colleagues find that to be a little awkward.

    “I guess sometimes they find it a little funny, a little weird. I don’t really mind that. If it helps that’s the only thing that matters,” Simpson said.

  • There's oil in the Jeffco...

    Oil seeping from an outcrop of the Dakota Hogback formation and at another site north of U.S. 285 in Morrison suggests the oil and gas industry could one day get a toehold in Jefferson County

    “The Turkey Creek outcrop is oil-saturated,” said Dr. Steve Sonnenberg, professor of petroleum geology at the Colorado School of Mines.

  • Lions turning program around

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Margaret Mangum has plenty of reasons to exude giddiness. The long-time Littleton volleyball coach got married in July, and she has a senior-laden team she believes is worthy of returning the Lady Lions to the state tournament for the first time since 2005.

  • Sansburn’s arm, bat propels...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    PARKER — Megan Sansburn knows all eyes will be focused squarely on her right arm for her junior softball season at Dakota Ridge. An all-5A Jeffco League shortstop in 2013, Sansburn drew the unenviable task or replacing standout pitcher Rachelle Foos and her 17-4 record and 1.53 earned run average.

    Pressure?

  • Ali Abid comes up clutch for...

    No, Hamadi Ali Abid doesn’t have a fan club, but maybe he should. The small, but vociferous crowd at Littleton Public Schools Stadium certainly voiced their approval of the junior forward during and after Littleton’s 2-1 victory over Cherokee Trail on Aug. 28, especially after Ali Abid scored the game-winning goal eight minutes into sudden-death overtime.

    The speedy Ali Abid beat the defender before punching the game-winning goal into the lower right corner past Cherokee Trail goalkeeper Kamden Weis in the 88th minute.

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL
    Winkler, Chargers come out firing in season opener
    ORLANDO, Fla. — Kyle Winkler completed 11 of 12 passes for 72 yards, including a TD pass to Taylor Lammers, as the Chatfield Chargers opened the 2014 season with a weather-shortened 24-14 victory over Everglades (Fla.) on Aug. 21.
    Sean O’Dell and Jake Carstensen combined to rush for 75 yards with Carstensen adding a TD run. Dalton Keene had 12 tackles, including 10 assists.

  • 2014 cross country capsule...

    BOYS
    COLUMBINE REBELS
    Head coach: Dirk Visser
    Classification: 5A Jeffco League
    Runners to watch: David Blair, Soph.; Jerod Kuhn, Soph.; Daniel Lupo, Sr.; Bryce Rombach, Soph.; Max Sagrillo, Jr.; Justin Hinckley, Sr.
    Season opener: Aug. 29, Arapahoe Warrior Invite, DeKoevend Park, 4 p.m.

  • 2014 volleyball capsule previews

    COLUMBINE LADY REBELS
    Head coach: Melanie Watkins
    Assistant coaches: Aimee Thomas, Marni Bilbrey, Nicole Lopez, Katrina Peterson, Paige Lopez
    Conference: 5A Jeffco League
    2013 record: 6-17 overall, 3-5 league
    Players to watch: Erin Singer, Jr., right-side hitter; Piper Wehrli, Jr., outside/right-side hitter
    Season opener: Aug. 26, vs. Smokey Hill. Results from the match weren’t available at press time.

  • Rebels fail to finish in...

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine entered its season-opening football game against Fountain-Fort Carson trying to cope with the losses of speedy running back Bernard McDondle to graduation and quarterback Michael Tait, who is focusing on golf this season. The losses showed, as the Rebels’ struggled to finish drives in a 12-7 defeat on Aug. 22 at Jefferson County Stadium.

    “We were our own worst enemy,” Columbine head coach Andy Lowry said. “We had some decent drives in the first half, we just couldn’t finish them.”

  • Lions strike quick in opening win

    ARVADA — It took just 44 seconds off the clock, though it felt a lot longer. But that’s all the time that quarterback Joey Drennan, running back turned receiver Tre Blake and the Littleton Lions needed to erase five year of season-opening doldrums.