Today's Sports

  • 2015 boys soccer preview:...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

  • Jeffco Open Space revises...

    To better manage events in its parks, Jeffco Open Space is establishing new guidelines, which the Open Space Advisory Committee reviewed on Nov. 5.

    Events attended by more than 200 people will be limited to five per year, with a maximum of one for each user type, said Dave Davenport, Open Space’s outdoor recreation coordinator.

    Also, events that fall on holidays or holiday weekends will not be considered, according to the revised park-permit guidelines.

  • Jeffo Open Space lands grant for...

    The Be Wild, Jeffco coalition of Jeffco Open Space has received a $75,000 grant to encourage youths to experience the outdoors.

    The funding from Great Outdoors Colorado is aimed at creating programs and expanding parks to improve access for young people, said Open Space spokeswoman Thea Rock.

    Many Jeffco youngsters live in areas with gaps in nature connections, Rock said — similar to people who live in “food deserts” that lack readily accessible grocery stores.

    “Maybe there is no park in their neighborhood,” she said.

  • Proposed 2016 budget for Jeffco...

    The Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee has recommended approval of the proposed 2016 budget, which reflects increases in both revenue and expenses in the coming year.

    Jeffco Open Space is projecting a 3 percent increase in sales-tax revenue in 2016, which is expected to generate additional revenue of $16.7 million for the agency, said Hugh Wilson, Open Space business manager. Operational costs also are anticipated to increase by 3 percent in the coming year, Wilson said during a presentation of the budget draft on Sept. 10.

  • Dakota Ridge girls have high...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    High expectations are a way of life for Dakota Ridge’s cross country teams, which have excelled for the past decade-plus under the head coaching of first Mike Callor and, since 2012, Mark Stenbeck, an assistant under Callor beginning in 2006.
    Stenbeck expects more of the same for 2015, especially from the girls team, whose top runner in 2014 missed qualifying for state as the Lady Eagles finished 16th.

  • Nine West Metro firefighters...

    Nine firefighters from West Metro Fire Rescue are in California as part of a national effort to battle several massive wildfires in that state.

    The firefighters have been in California for about two weeks and are stationed at several major wildfires. The group includes a five-man strike team and a fire engine from West Metro Fire Station 9, located at C-470 and Morrison Road, that are working the Mad River Complex Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest west of Redding.

  • Summer records reinvigorate...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    It’s almost as if Santana Garcia has a fixation with water. From about the age of 8, he has envisioned attending the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., with the help of his special talent: swimming.
    The gift in the pool has been there for the Chatfield senior-to-be, along with a demanding course load. In the past two 5A boys swimming championships, Garcia placed in the top six in the 100-yard butterfly and twice finished ninth in the 50 freestyle, winning the ‘B’ heat.

  • Column: It’s that time of the...

    Boy, summer sure does fly by.
    By now, I’ll guess that you’ve peeked at the calendar and noticed that we’re nearly halfway through the month of August. Go ahead, take a look. OK, it’s Aug. 12, to be exact. Close enough.

  • Boys golf preview: Swinging into...

    The 2015 high school boys golf season is ready to get under way. Some teams, such as Columbine, return standouts like Marcus Tait, while Dakota Ridge and Chatfield will turn to returning players
    to fill leadership roles.

    The last time we saw Columbine’s boys golf team, it was finishing 10th at the 5A state championships last September in Colorado Springs. But it was the drama in how the Rebels qualified for state two weeks prior at regionals that identified this team.

  • Wages working his way back after...

    Trevor Wages was breaking backboards two years ago. Now, it’s his basketball career that is needing repairing.

    A year ago, the 2010 Chatfield Senior High graduate and former Colorado School of Mines standout was working out with the Denver Nuggets and signing a contract to play for the Vienna Timberwolves, a member of Europe’s Division II basketball league. His professional career, however, lasted all of a month.