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Today's Sports

  • Eagles stun Air Academy, Frozen...

    In the 2011-12 season, Dakota Ridge’s ice hockey team was 1-18, and any promise of a brighter future, at least from the outside looking in, was bleak. That was also Alec Hines’ first season as head coach. 

    Three years later, the Eagles are one win away from playing for a state championship.

    Zach Williams and Reed Hoogenboom scored first-period goals, and Graehm Konsella’s second-period tally proved to be the game-winner as Dakota Ridge upset host Air Academy, 3-2, on Feb. 28 at the Sertich Ice Arena in Colorado Springs.

  • Dakota Ridge finds its groove...

    Maybe it was postseason jitters, but Dakota Ridge didn’t play like a No. 2 seed, at least not early on, while Lincoln, most definitely, wasn’t a No. 7 seed. 

    Yet, the host Eagles found a way in their 5A boys basketball state tournament game thanks to some timely 3-point shooting and four clutch free throws down the stretch to pull out a 55-48 victory Feb. 28 at Dakota Ridge High School.

  • Spring Tree Program about to bud

    Littleton residents looking to green up their yards can once again take advantage of the city’s Spring Tree Program.

    For 20 years the city has been selling a variety of trees to residents to help create a diverse urban forest, said David Flaig, Littleton’s landscape manager. Since the program started, the city has sold more than 5,000 trees.

  • Lady Chargers rally with 3-...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    The Chatfield girls’ basketball team follows a simple proverb: If at first you don’t succeed, trey and trey again.

  • Chargers pull away, top Rebels

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    A three-peat in the 5A Jeffco League was out of the question, but the Chatfield boys basketball team had plenty of incentives for its next-to-last regular-season game against Columbine: a likely third-place finish and the avoidance of being swept by its primary rival.

    Missions accomplished.

  • Erickson’s appearance...

    DENVER — Wrestlers like Andrew Erickson are the reason why Chatfield Senior High wrestling coach Paul Peronard coaches. Seeing somebody such as Erickson, a senior who had never wrestled before he came to Chatfield, put the work in, despite injury after injury, and finally get to the 5A state tournament is fulfilling.

    “Andrew is a hard worker. He’s a kid who walked out and wrestled his first wrestling match as a ninth-grader. He had no youth experience, (but) he’s come a long way,” Peronard said.

  • Lions embrace 4A state wrestling...

    DENVER — Littleton High School wrestling coach Heath Burton can look at Poe Di and Aron Pino Valenzuela and be proud that the juniors represented the Lions at the 4A state championships. 

    He should be because, after all, it’s been more than two decades since the school produced a state qualifier and even longer since it had a state champion. For the record, the last — and only — state champion to come out of Littleton High School was Steve Smedley in 1966.

  • Jeffco school board member...

    Jeffco school board member Julie Williams cast the board’s only vote for a resolution supporting state legislation that would permit the carrying of concealed weapons in public schools.

    “Repealing the gun-free school zone act will empower our nation’s schoolteachers, faculty and law-abiding parents to ensure the safety and well-being of our children,” Williams said at the Feb. 5 school board meeting.

  • Jeffco Open Space working with...

    Jeffco Open Space is working with the city of Arvada in hopes of creating a county shooting range on property owned by the municipality.

    “What we’re saying is that we’d like to be at the table,” said Amy Ito, Jeffco Open Space’s manager of planning and development.

    “The timing seems ideal. This was our No. 1 site,” Ito said.

  • Sports briefs

    WRESTLING
    Chargers’ Erickson headed to 5A state championships
    BROOMFIELD — Chatfield’s Andrew Erickson is headed to the 5A state wrestling championships.

    Erickson (31-11) placed fourth at 160 pounds in the 5A Region 1 tournament, held Feb. 13-14 at Legacy High School.