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Today's Sports

  • Lodden returns to old stomping...

    Jeff Lodden knows all about Columbine girls basketball. He should. He was only an assistant coach for 10 years. Now, he’s taking the next step as the 45-year-old was named the team’s head coach last week by school athletic director Ed Woytek. This is Lodden’s first head coaching position.
    He replaces Sam Murillo, who resigned for personal reasons after two years at the helm. Murillo led the Lady Rebels to a 23-26 record, including back-to-back 5A state tournament appearances.

  • Roundup: Bassett’s late goal...

    LAKEWOOD — Kaitlyn Bassett scored in the 75th minute off the left side and Chatfield nipped Arvada West, 2-1, on April 22 at Lakewood Memorial Field.
    “I felt like it was very back and forth a lot of the game. They were very phsyical on us. One mistake from one of the teams and a goal was going to happen whether it was on us or whether it was on them,” Bassett said. “We managed to put one away and we got away with the win.”

  • Chargers’ Carter rules freestyle

    ARVADA — It was hard for Bryce Carter not to get excited about the 50-yard freestyle on April 16 at Meyers Pool. On one side he had Green Mountain’s Micah Blackwell and on the other Jeff Garnier of D’Evelyn -- his two best friends from his club swimming team.

    “I was really pumped about the race. It was a great race, a fun race,” Carter said.

  • Lady Eagles escape Arvada West’s...

    LAKEWOOD — To say Damon Smerchek wasn’t happy would be an understatement. That point was exemplified more so when the Dakota Ridge girls soccer coach conducted a post-game drills session after the team’s game with Arvada West on April 15 at Lakewood Memorial Field.

    Oh, yeah, his team won. Barely.

  • Rebels share load in rout of...

    LAKEWOOD — Things have been going well lately for the Columbine Lady Rebels’ girls lacrosse team. In a 20-2 win over Wheat Ridge on April 12, 14 players scored goals and going into their game with Evergreen on April 14 at Trailblazer Stadium, they sought to better that mark.

    And when Molly Secora scored late in the second half of the Lady Rebels’ 21-3 blowout of the Lady Cougars, she became the 15th Rebel to tally a goal.

  • Chatfield escapes scare from...

    LAKEWOOD — For the Chatfield Lady Chargers, the score just may have been a little too close for comfort. Then again, they were playing rival Dakota Ridge and rivalry games do that.

    Nevertheless, Rachel Walker made sure the Lady Chargers didn’t suffer a letdown. But just barely. Her fourth goal of the game, on a 1-on-1 challenge of Dakota Ridge keeper Rebecca Smith, with 6.4 seconds remaining allowed Chatfield to escape Trailblazer Stadium with a 12-11 victory on April 16.

  • Baseball roundup: Rodgers’...

    Tommy Rodgers threw a complete-game two-hitter as host Chatfield stunned Abraham Lincoln, 100-0, on April 15.

    Jordan Crites and Rand Good each had two hits for Chatfield (6-4). The Chargers broke open the game with six runs in the third inning and scored four more in the fifth to end the game on the mercy rule.

  • Roup focused on 2nd-place finish...

    LAKEWOOD — Austin Roup didn’t waste much time. He didn’t have much to waste anyway. It was prom night after all. 

    But the Dakota Ridge discus thrower wasn’t thinking about that until after he left Jefferson County Stadium on April 9 near the end of the 14th annual Mullen Runners Roost Invitational. Instead, he was just focused on placing as high as he could. For him, on this day, it was second place with a toss of 159 feet, 3.5 inches. 

  • Speed, defense propels Rebels

    LAKEWOOD — Speed kills, and the Columbine Lady Rebels have speed.

    Never was that more evident than on April 7 at Trailblazer Stadium when the Columbine girls lacrosse team used its speed to trounce the Golden Lady Demons, 16-6.

    Junior Paige Amme and senior Lauren Snow used their blazing speed to gut Golden’s defense, scoring five and four goals, respectively.

  • Chargers rally, tie state 4A...

    It should be no surprise that the Chatfield Lady Chargers came out a little flat against Wheat Ridge. After all they were playing their third game in four days.

    But Lady Chargers regrouped after allowing an early goal and evened the game to finish with a 1-1 tie against the Lady Farmers on April 8 at Chatfield High School.

    Wheat Ridge scored in just the fourth minute off of a corner kick as Brooke Livingston got a shot past Chatfield goalie Sarah Schnetzler.