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Today's Sports

  • Rebels answer the challenge

    LAKEWOOD — From the ride to Trailblazer Stadium to the pregame warm-ups, there was a different vibe to this Columbine-Chatfield boys’ lacrosse game for the Rebels. 

    A clash of 5A top-10 teams with first place in the Front Range League on the line, the intensity was in the air. The last thing Columbine head coach Matt Plitnick wanted was his team to dig itself an early hole.

  • Winter sports: 5A Jeffco all-...

    The following are all-conference selections for the 5A Jeffco League for the 2014-15 boys and girls basketball seasons:

    5A JEFFCO BOYS BASKETBALL
    FIRST TEAM
    Thomas Neff, Arvada West; Luke Neff, Arvada West; Trevaun Arnold, Bear Creek; Colin Downs, Chatfield; Keaton Matthies, Columbine; Cody Pittman, Dakota Ridge; Mason Grothuesmann, Dakota Ridge; Kolton Peterson, Lakewood; Jacob Storey, Lakewood; Antonio Capley, Ralston Valley

  • Short-handed Rebels struggle to...

    The teams, like the bodies that make them up, were extremely lean at the Jeffco tri-meet April 3 at The Ridge Rec Center as Columbine, Evergreen and Lakewood high schools boys’ swim teams fought through missing swimmers to gain points and nab state qualifying times.

    Lakewood, with the fullest team, won the meet with 287 points total, bagging nine first-place finishes and four state qualifying times. But it was Columbine who struggled the most having only nine of its 25 swimmers competing. It took almost half of their total team just to make a relay.

  • Mountain Vista jumps on Dakota...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Every year, Jeff Legault stacks Dakota Ridge’s non-league baseball schedule with top-flight in-state competition. The night before the Eagles’ first post-spring break game against mighty Mountain Vista, he admitted experiencing a case of buyer’s remorse.

    But not even a 14-3 home loss to the Golden Eagles on April 1, which dropped Dakota Ridge to 0-4 against Colorado teams, could convince Legault to change his philosophy.

  • Vance’s approach is paying off

    BROOMFIELD — The goal for Gillian Vance in 2015, according to Dakota Ridge head coach Levi Bartholomew, is to win a 5A state girls golf championship, and she’s going to do what she can to push for it. 

    That included having a hitting and putting mat in her home so that she could train during the winter months.

    It’s helped because Vance won a second straight 5A Jeffco League tournament to open the 2015 season, posting a 2-under-par 70 on April 1 at Broadlands Golf Course. She won by four strokes over Zarena Brown of Pomona.

  • Rebels propelled by depth, youth

    LAKEWOOD — New faces are aplenty for the Columbine Lady Rebels with a first-year head coach in Sonorah Vinyard and a combined 10 freshmen and sophomores on this year’s girls lacrosse team. 

    So there’s bound to be an adjustment period for all involved. But if the team’s 21-3 win over Conifer on April 2 at Trailblazer Stadium is any indication, there’s also a little team bonding going on.

  • Proposal on the table to add 6A...

    A proposal is on the table for the April 16 meeting of the Colorado High School Activities Association Legislative Council to expand classifications in high school football, adding 6A in time for the 2016 season.

    The proposal would alter enrollment numbers across the board from 6-man on up, adding an eighth — 6A — classification.

  • Spring break trip is about...

    Hotel rooms are blocked off. Players travel with parents via vehicle, though some will stay with family in the area to save on money, but they all will be supervised. And some may even squeeze in a junior college visit or two while they’re there.

    It’s spring break baseball in Arizona for the Columbine Rebels. It’s the way Chuck Gillman’s club has gone about it for more than a decade. Oh, and they’ll pay $275 each for tournament fees, transportation and coaches expense to play a week’s worth of games.

  • Eagles’ Hume shines through

    By Matthew Van Deventer
    For the Courier

    BROOMFIELD — A long-time injury couldn’t stop junior Cayli Hume from putting Dakota Ridge’s track & field team into the spotlight, at least for a moment, at the 2015 Broomfield Shootout on March 27.

  • Return of Hay, Gunkel has...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — It pained Ryan Hay and Lucas Gunkel that they could only watch as Chatfield missed last year’s 5A boys lacrosse state playoffs while rivals Columbine and Dakota Ridge both advanced. But the seniors are recovered from injuries and their return has helped propel the Chargers to a 3-0 start prior to this week’s spring break trip to Florida and the periphery of the CHSAA poll top 10.