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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Dakota Ridge trounced by...

    Dakota Ridge entered its game against two-time defending state champion Pine Creek looking to make a statement that it belonged with the elite teams in 4A.

    Instead, Pine Creek showed Dakota Ridge why it has won two straight state football titles by defeating Dakota Ridge 44-7. Dakota Ridge didn’t get on the scoreboard until the fourth quarter. The win was the 28th in a row for Pine Creek

  • Sports briefs

    RUGBY
    Westside searching for new, experienced players for 2015

    Westside girls rugby team is looking for high school players for the 2015 season. Athletes from any school are welcomed to join the club. Experience isn’t necessary.
    According to a report by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, rugby is the fastest growing youth sport in the country with an enrollment growth of 81 percent between 2008 and 2013.

  • Lady Falcons note improvement...

    Comparatively speaking, Front Range Christian saw measurable improvement from its season-opening volleyball match two nights earlier at Lyons and its Sept. 10 home opener with Heritage Christian.
    For starters, the Lady Falcons put up a more competitive battle this go-around compared to the 25-7, 25-11, 25-14 loss to the Lady Lions.
    And though the end result was the same — a straight-set defeat — the 25-12, 25-23, 26-24, the setback was more competitive.

  • Column: Thanks for the ride. I’...

    LITTLETON — It’s Thursday, Sept. 10, and, for the first time, I’m afraid to say, I’m sitting on the purple bleachers inside Front Range Christian School’s gymnasium. It’s not that I didn’t want to be there. I certainly did. It’s just that, until now, I had never covered a game in the building before.