Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Cyclists rush Littleton streets

    The 1850s “Pikes Peak” gold rush brought people from all over the world to Colorado and is credited with helping establish the city of Littleton.

    On Aug. 1 — 125 years after it was established — Littleton saw another gold rush, but this time it was professional cyclists chasing a gold medal in the Littleton Twilight Criterium, a 1.3 km closed-circuit bicycle race that winds through the downtown streets.

  • Up-and-comers take in Mammoth...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Alexis Tolbert, a sophomore-to-be who played on Chatfield's Level 3 girls lacrosse team last spring, admitted she didn't know how or why she wound up attending the inaugural Colorado Mammoth girls lacrosse camp last week.

    But , "I'm really glad I did,"  Tolbert said halfway through eight hours of the July 22-23 instructional camp at Cornerstone Park. "I just wanted to get better. It works me really hard and I got better just from one day."

  • Johnson bumped off pedestal at...

    MORRISON — Step aside, Allen Johnson. Larry Morgan finally bumped the king off the mountain.

    The long wait for another NHRA Pro Stock champion at Bandimere Speedway finally ended July 26 at the 36th annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals. 

    The wait was even longer than usual because of a 27-minute rain delay earlier in the day and a 1 minute, 45 second grind-to-a-halt hold-up at the start line prior to their final. 

  • 'It's what we do'

    MORRISON — As Steve Whitfield and younger son, Kameron, worked on Kris Whitfield’s Roadster, the 25-year-old was trekking down the straightaway at Bandimere Speedway in his brand-new dragster. 

    He quickly exited the vehicle — after an elimination-round defeat, hurried into the race truck briefly before getting ready to race again — this time in the Roadster.