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Today's News

  • Area schools have strong showing at Jeffco track meet

    LAKEWOOD — It seems as though local track teams are peaking at just the right time.

    With the state track meet just around the corner, D’Evelyn, Chatfield, Columbine and Dakota Ridge all showed their strengths at the Jeffco League meet this weekend at Jeffco Stadium.

  • Falcons prevail against Clear Creek

    LITTLETON — The chances came in waves for the Clear Creek girls soccer team.

    Down 1-0 in the second half, the Golddiggers battled the weather as well as Front Range Christian, but neither deterred them as the clock ticked.

    The Falcons survived every challenge — including rain and lightning. Backed by two goals from junior Cami Chisholm, Front Range Christian continued its strong finish to the season with a 2-0 win on May 2.

  • Chatfield girls fight valiantly, lose to No. 6 Cherokee Trail

    AURORA — As the No. 27 seed of the 5A state playoffs, the Chatfield girls soccer team was supposed to be the underdog against No. 6 Cherokee Trail.

    But on Tuesday night at Legacy Stadium, the Chargers left it all out on the field.

    After a contentious first half, in which the score was tied 1-1, the Chargers outplayed the Cougars and forced overtime.

    Cue the drama.

    Less than five minutes into the 15-minute overtime, the ref called a deflected pass-back a negative pass back into the box: Cougar indirect free kick.

  • The daily circus

    Sometimes the apparent absurdities of our national politics simply defy explanation. In an attempt to impart some sanity, it appears to me that the best analogy may well be that of a circus.
    Traditionally, our most popular circuses have featured compelling ringmasters directing the audience’s attention to the ever-changing entertainment in one of three rings. Today we have the national media as self-serving ringmasters directing the public’s attention to what they deem as the story of the moment, the issue or issues that best serve their anti-Trump agenda.

  • Gratitude for family, friends, life

    On the day before Easter, my daughters Alex and Bekah and I had stopped on the hill above Mid-Vail to discuss our final run of the day. The next thing I remember was emergency room personnel in the Vail hospital discussing whether I should be taken to Denver Health by ambulance or by helicopter.
    My daughters later told me that I had hit a patch of ice and taken a fall that had broken my helmet (which, thankfully, I was wearing) and my bindings and left me bleeding profusely from my face.

  • Educators, parents rally for more funding at the Capitol

    The teachers are not all right — they’re mad as hell about education funding, and they want legislators to do something about it.

    On Thursday and Friday, thousands of educators and other supporters from more than a dozen school districts across the state — including Jeffco and Clear Creek — descended upon the state Capitol in hopes of sending a clear message to lawmakers about how they feel about teacher compensation and school funding in Colorado.

  • D’Evelyn beats Evergreen in clash of titans

    LAKEWOOD — As then-No. 4 Evergreen and No. 8 D’Evelyn faced off April 25 at Lakewood Memorial Field, it felt very much like a showdown in an old Western movie — who would shoot first and whose shot would hit?

    After 80 minutes of regulation and 2:46 of overtime, the answer was D’Evelyn’s freshman forward Lauren Cook.

    On a breakaway possession, teammate Anna Pampalone found Cook near the top of the 18-yard perimeter, and Cook’s shot soared into the net. D’Evelyn won 1-0.

  • Rebels’ 2OT goal completes sweep of 5A Jeffco

    By Dennis Pleuss

    Jeffco Public Schools

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine’s girls soccer team had already wrapped up its fifth straight Class 5A Jeffco League title.

    “You want to win your Jeffco League games. You want to dominate our league,” Columbine coach Brian Todd said. “We have had a lot of success in Jeffco over the last couple of years. It means a lot.”

  • Columbine offense buries the Chargers

    LAKEWOOD — This season, everything is starting to come together for the Columbine girls lacrosse team.

    On Saturday morning at Trailblazer Stadium, the Rebels followed suit with the rest of their successful season when they downed rival Chatfield easily, 21-10.

    Led by senior midfielder Maeve Hungerford, who netted four goals and assisted four for eight total points, the fourth-ranked Rebels (per CHSAANow.com) relied on their high-powered offense to douse the Chargers with a barrage of goals. In all, eight Columbine players found the back of the net.

  • Dakota Ridge girls lacrosse defeats Evergreen

    By Dennis Pleuss 

    Jeffco Public School

    LAKEWOOD — The Dakota Ridge girls lacrosse team’s appearance in the quarterfinals of the state tournament a year ago set a precedent for the future.

    Dakota Ridge lost to three-time defending state champion Colorado Academy in the quarterfinals last season to put a close on the most successful season for its girls lacrosse program with a 15-2 record.