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Today's News

  • Grandview halts Eagles in second playoff round

    LAKEWOOD — Throughout nearly its entire contest against No. 9 Grandview on Friday, the eighth-seeded Dakota Ridge girls lacrosse team was at the disadvantage.

    That didn’t stop the Eagles from fighting back all the way to an exciting finish, though it wasn’t enough in the end. Despite a valiant effort, the Eagles fell 10-9 to Grandview in the second round of the state playoffs.

  • Rebels lose to Denver East, ending tourney hopes

    By Devin Robb

    For the Courier

    A storybook season for the Columbine girls’ lacrosse team came to a disappointing end Tuesday at Trailblazer Stadium. On a 70-degree night, Denver East came out as warm as the weather and defeated Columbine 17-13 in a state quarterfinal game to eliminate Columbine from the tournament.

    The loss spoiled a valiant effort by Columbine senior Angela Naughton, who led all scorers with seven goals. Denver East senior Malia Ross and sophomore Julia Shelanski led the Angels with four goals apiece.

  • Rebels stun Cherry Creek in last-second thriller

    AURORA — With the clock winding down and a semifinal appearance on the line, the No. 4 Columbine boys lacrosse team was looking to avoid a repeat of its last matchup against No. 5 Cherry Creek.

    Tied at 5-5 with under a minute left, junior attacker Taylor Gustafson wasn’t about to let that happen. When the clock struck 29.1 seconds in the fourth quarter, thanks to an amped-up offensive push, Gustafson rocketed the ball into the back of the net to gain the 6-5 advantage.

    But the Bruins still had plenty of time to score. They almost did.

  • D’Evelyn takes second at state

    By Christopher Bolin

    For the Courier

    After the first set of her No. 3 singles semifinal match, things didn’t look great for D’Evelyn’s Elisa Dean.

    She had just dropped the first set 6-1, and her opponent — Peak to Peak’s Tiffany Tran — was broadly considered the favorite.

    Then a switch flipped.

    “We just chatted about the fact that she’s always calm, cool and collected, and she didn’t panic,” coach Woody Oliver said. “She took a deep breath, and she played her best.

  • Cap and gown bound: Columbine senior fights through surgeries, pain to finish on top

    Editor’s note: This is the third story in a series honoring impressive graduates across South Jeffco. Throughout May, we will profile one senior a week from Dakota Ridge High School, Chatfield Senior High School, D’Evelyn Jr/Sr High School and Columbine High School.

    Amanda Brown’s story is one of determination.

  • Falcon Bluffs entrepreneurship class lends a helping hand

    Stepping inside John Trujillo’s entrepreneurship class at Falcon Bluffs Middle School is akin to walking in the front door of a small business.

    There are students calculating costs; others woodworking in the classroom wood shop; and still more packaging products. The class, now in its fourth year at Falcon Bluffs, is a real lesson in business, philanthropy and entrepreneurship, and its impact is not overlooked by students.

  • Parks Briefs: Ongoing, upcoming trail projects and other news items

    Conservation Greenprint

    With the Denver metro area’s growth expected to continue growing at 2 percent a year, Jeffco Open Space has identified five big-picture key initiatives to continue addressing the challenges its parks have seen because of increasing growth. All of these initiatives are ongoing, and JCOS staff have already started on several of them.

  • Jeffco food drive a ‘godsend’ for local nonprofits

    Four tons, or 8,000 pounds of food.

    That’s enough to feed one person for four years, or 2,000 people for a day.

    And it’s the goal that the county’s staff members have set for themselves — to raise 8,000 pounds of food for nonprofits as part of their 24th annual Food and Cash Drive.

    The drive runs through May 25 and will benefit four nonprofits across Jeffco, including Evergreen Christian Outreach, or EChO, and the Holy Family Center Food Pantry at South Jeffco’s Light of the World Catholic Church.

  • Bill to prohibit teacher strikes pulled

    A bill that sought to prohibit teacher strikes in Colorado and punish participants with jail time and fines was lost in committee on April 30 after primary sponsor state Sen. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, withdrew the bill on grounds that there wasn’t enough time left in the session to debate the issue properly.

  • NEWS BRIEFS

    Outdoor Lab schools land thousands in donations

    Jeffco Public Schools’ Outdoor Education Lab Schools were recently the recipients of more than $400,000 in donations and building assistance from the Outdoor Lab Foundation for the construction and upkeep of permanent greenhouse-classrooms at both Windy Peak Outdoor Lab in Bailey and Mount Evans Outdoor Lab in Evergreen.