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  • Overholt, Chargers prep for...

    By Will Petersen
    For the Courier
    LAKEWOOD — It was like a movie that took a little too long to get going. But, boy, once it did, there were fireworks. Chatfield and Dakota Ridge played a thrilling final 25 minutes in the regular-season finale, won 2-1 by the Chargers on Oct. 17 at Lakewood Memorial Field.
    The two squads combined for three goals in a five-minute span late in the second half, including two from Chatfield sophomore Ben Overholt that ultimately proved to be too much for a pesky Dakota Ridge team to overcome.

  • Eagles girls, boys qualify for...

    McKenna Spillar and Vanessa Gonzalez got to experience the feeling of going to the 5A state cross country championships last season, but it wasn’t a completely fulfilling trip. That’s because their teammates weren’t with them. That won’t be a problem in 2012.
    Led by Spillar’s third-place finish in 18 minutes, 35 seconds, Dakota Ridge placed second as a team — one of five teams eligible to qualify for state — with 65 points at the 5A Region 1 cross country championships at Clement Park on Oct. 18.

  • Falcons take advantage of...

    IDAHO SPRINGS — Whether it was Clear Creek’s miscommunication on offense or the injuries adding up or just the smash-mouth brand of football Front Range Christian played, it all added up to the same result.
    Clear Creek turned the ball over six times — five times in the first half — and Front Range Christian’s Tanner Matoaba rushed for two touchdowns in the Falcons’ 27-7 victory Oct. 19 at Golddigger Stadium.

  • Loss can’t take away from...

    AURORA — A year earlier, Chatfield’s season, which included a 5A Jeffco League title, ended a week earlier than it thought it might at regionals. And though the Lady Chargers won the same number of games in 2012 as it did in 2011, but didn’t repeat as conference champions they arguably had a better season. A berth in the 5A state tournament, for all intents and purposes, proved that.
    And though Chatfield left Aurora Sports Park with a 4-2 defeat to Rock Canyon in the state quarterfinals on Oct. 19, the Lady Chargers proved that they belonged.

  • Sports briefs

    VOLLEYBALL
    Lecker, Lady Chargers post straight-set victory over Rebels

    Sydney Lecker had a team-high 10 kills as Chatfield scored a 25-20, 25-22, 25-23 victory over rival Columbine on Oct. 19 at Columbine High School.
    The win was Chatfield’s fourth straight and 10th in 11 games.
    Megan Bohn added eight kills for the Lady Chargers (14-4, 7-1 5A Jeffco). Rachel Flores had 25 assists and 10 digs, while sophomore Tori Passarelli had a team-best 19 digs.

  • Loveland denies Dakota Ridge 5A...

    AURORA – The Dakota Ridge Lady Eagles – the 5A Jeffco League and Region 8 champions, fell to fourth-seeded Loveland, 3-1, in the 5A state softball championship game on Oct. 20 at Aurora Sports Complex.
    Addie Coldiron had a two-run double in the fourth and pitcher Cassidy Smith added an insurance run with a solo homer in the top of the seventh for Loveland (22-2), which upended top-seed and five-time defending state champion Legacy in the semifinals earlier in the day.

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL
    Brady, Mullen upset Columbine, force tie atop league standings
    DENVER
    — Conor Brady rushed for one touchdown and caught another one as Mullen upset Columbine, 28-18, on Oct. 12, tightening up the 5A Super 6 Conference championship race with two weeks to go.
    Brady rushed 28 times for 170 yards, while catching three passes for 41 more yards.

  • Spillar runs down crown

    McKenna Spillar could see Pomona’s Alaina Anderson up ahead of her on the 3.1-mile course that is Clement Park, but the Dakota Ridge senior couldn’t be so certain she would catch her. After all, Anderson is widely considered the best cross country runner in the 5A Jeffco League, and rightfully so.
    But with each step Spillar took she could see herself getting closer to Anderson. Before long she passed  the struggling Pomona runner and found herself leading the pack. Then she saw the finish line. That’s the last little bit of motivation Spillar needed.

  • Dakota Ridge brings out bats,...

    By Will Petersen
    For the Courier
    When the hits come, the runs come. And when the runs come, they come in bunches for the Dakota Ridge softball team.
    The Lady Eagles advanced to the 5A state tournament with three big innings in an 18-0 win over Northglenn and an 8-1 win over Grandview on Oct. 13 in the Region 8 tournament at Columbine High School.

  • Delay worth wait for Chatfield

    ARVADA — Five outs. That’s all the Chatfield Lady Chargers needed Oct. 14 at Youth Memorial Sports Complex to completely erase a 2011 meltdown in the 5A regionals.
    But just like last year is a distant memory of the past, Chatfield moved on from a rain delay one day earlier that suspended the finish of its 5A Region 5 championship game with Grand Junction. The Lady Chargers’ focus was solely on finishing a job that they had started 24 hours earlier.