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Today's Sports

  • Waiting for the stars to fall

    The Geminids meteor shower is about to make its annual appearance, and Jeffco Open Space will host a watch party Saturday at Hildebrand Ranch Park.

    The event will feature activities for both adults and kids as they experience the meteor shower and the rest of the night sky, said Mike Dempsey, an Open Space naturalist.

    “The Geminids meteor shower happens every year in the middle of December, and what we do is ask folks to come out, bring some … chairs or blankets, and watch the shower,” Dempsey said.

  • 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.

  • Homecoming disappoint for...

    Dennis Pleuss - Sports Editor

     

    LAKEWOOD — It was good to be a junior tailback Sept. 25 at Jeffco Stadium.

    In a Class 5A Jeffco League football battle between Bear Creek and Chatfield, a pair of junior running backs put up some monster numbers on a night when the Chargers were celebrating their homecoming. The Bears, led by junior running back Andre Renteria, outlasted Chatfield (1-3, 0-2 in league) for a 35-21 victory.

  • Tait to take swing at state

    Craig Harper - For the Courier

    LITTLETON — Confidence won’t be lacking for Columbine’s Marcus Tait and Evergreen as they head to the Oct. 5 and 6 state golf championships.

     “I think I have a great chance of winning,” said Tait, the Rebels’ lone qualifier for the 5A tournament at Fort Collins Country Club.

  • Hume has top-5 finish

    Dennis Pleuss - Sports Editor

    LITTLETON — Fall has arrived on the calendar, but temperatures in the mid-80s faced the 48 cross country teams from across the state that took part in the 16th annual Dave Sanders Invitational.

    “It was really hot,” Evergreen senior Matt Kline said after finishing as the runner-up in the D2 boys varsity race Sept. 25 at Clement Park. “I was a little worried about it, but I didn’t want it to get me down. I just went out and ran my race.”

  • Eagles get bounce-back win

    Dennis Pleuss - Sports Editor

    LAKEWOOD — Dakota Ridge senior Connor Neyen looked like he was trying to hail a cab while streaking down the middle of the field Sept. 24 at Jeffco Stadium.

     “Hopefully he (Eagles’ quarterback Adam Clary) saw me,” Neyen said about waving his arm on the eventual 49-yard touchdown catch midway through the second quarter. “He threw it up, and I just had to make a play on it.”

  • 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.

  • Columbine bounces back, rips...

    Jenni Romero knew the importance of Columbine’s Sept. 19 game with rival Chatfield at Dave Sanders Memorial Field. The Lady Rebels, who had won five of six games, were coming off back-to-back 5A Jeffco League losses to Arvada West and Pomona. A third straight conference loss to open league play could’ve been disastrous.

    A seven-run first inning, however, has a way of helping to alleviate any of those worries.

  • Columbine faces tough regional...

    The World Cup has its “group of death.” Well, the Columbine Rebels’ boys golf team just may have drawn a similar fate for this year’s regional tournament.

    “We’re in the regional of death,” Columbine boys golf coach Tim Capra said, noting that the Rebels faced the likes of Rock Canyon, Regis Jesuit and Legacy at the 5A Central Regional at Lone Tree Golf Club. Regis tied for second at state in 2014, while Rock Canyon finished 13th.