https://www.columbinecourier.com/sports/rss.xml en Joining the professional Boys of Summer ranks https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/joining-professional-boys-summer-ranks <img src="https://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-witherspoon-071118.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Growing up, many young athletes dream of the day their name gets called in a professional sports draft to play at the highest level.</p> <p> A few weeks ago, that dream became a reality for D&rsquo;Evelyn graduate Grant Witherspoon when the Tampa Bay Rays took a chance on him in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball draft with the No. 120 pick.</p> Deakin turns love of outdoors into a career https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/deakin-turns-love-outdoors-career <img src="https://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/postoffice2.lcni6__5.jpg" alt="Deakin latches an adventurer’s harness to the cable during a tour. " title="Deakin latches an adventurer’s harness to the cable during a tour. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Nathan Deakin practically lives in the outdoors.</p> <p> For the past five years, the 29-year-old Littleton resident took his love for nature and carried it over into his work life as a zip line guide at Denver Adventures in Conifer. The Colorado transplant, originally from Charleston, W.Va., has always had that wild side about him.</p> Chatfield’s Alex Malone is defying the odds https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/chatfield%E2%80%99s-alex-malone-defying-odds <img src="https://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-chatfieldstatetrack03-gc-052318_0.jpg" alt="Chatfield’s Alex Malone hands the baton off to Nick Machemer in the 5A boys 4x200 meter relay during the state track meet at Jeffco Stadium on May 18." title="Chatfield’s Alex Malone hands the baton off to Nick Machemer in the 5A boys 4x200 meter relay during the state track meet at Jeffco Stadium on May 18." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> When Chatfield&rsquo;s Kian &ldquo;Alex&rdquo; Malone was 12 years old, a serious heart condition almost took his life. Now, five years later, he&rsquo;s a premier multisport athlete with the Chargers.</p> <p> &ldquo;I decided that sports meant a lot to me and that no matter what, I was going to do what I could to keep playing,&rdquo; Malone said. &ldquo;Football has always been a passion of mine since I was 9 years old, and I started track because my mom would always tell me (when I was younger) how much fun she had running track.&rdquo;</p> ‘Don’t be surprised if this guy’s name gets called’ https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/%E2%80%98don%E2%80%99t-be-surprised-if-guy%E2%80%99s-name-gets-called%E2%80%99 <img src="https://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-stevenwilsoncutout.jpg" alt="Dakota Ridge graduate Steven Wilson winds up on the mound in a game with his collegiate team, Santa Clara." title="Dakota Ridge graduate Steven Wilson winds up on the mound in a game with his collegiate team, Santa Clara." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Six years ago, just after wrapping up his high school baseball career at Dakota Ridge, Steven Wilson was drafted by the Phillies. This past month, after deferring to college baseball instead, he was drafted by the Padres.</p> <p> Taken 231st overall in the eighth round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft, Wilson&rsquo;s dreams had come true again but more on his terms.</p> D’Evelyn grad elected to Jeffco Sports Hall of Fame https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/d%E2%80%99evelyn-grad-elected-jeffco-sports-hall-fame <img src="https://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-halloffameclass2018.jpg" alt="From left, Kent Waryan, Laura Probst, Chris Peterson and Liz Armbrustmacher, along with Kevin Williams (not pictured) were inducted into the Jeffco Athletic Hall of Fame on June 7." title="From left, Kent Waryan, Laura Probst, Chris Peterson and Liz Armbrustmacher, along with Kevin Williams (not pictured) were inducted into the Jeffco Athletic Hall of Fame on June 7." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> ARVADA &mdash; A D&rsquo;Evelyn graduate was immortalized and a Dakota Ridge baseball coach earned Assistant Coach of the Year at the Jeffco Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities on June 7.</p> <p> Kevin Williams, who attended D&rsquo;Evelyn from 2004-08, was inducted into the HOF for his success in cross country which, ironically, was just a side sport at the time he began running.</p> Local football players excel in All-State game https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/local-football-players-excel-all-state-game <img src="https://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_1623.jpg" alt="Columbine’s Kevin Singer shoves Arvada West’s Jack Boyer out of the way early in the Colorado High School Coaches Association all-state football game Thursday in Alamosa." title="Columbine’s Kevin Singer shoves Arvada West’s Jack Boyer out of the way early in the Colorado High School Coaches Association all-state football game Thursday in Alamosa." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> By Steve Smith</p> <p> ALAMOSA &mdash; It would be hard for anyone to remember the wild &mdash; and weird &mdash; finish to the 2018 version of the Colorado High School Coaches Association all-star football game on Friday in Alamosa.</p> <p> The team that won had to survive a tying touchdown with 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter and a dispute about whether it was OK to rush the place-kicker on a point-after touchdown attempt (it&rsquo;s not), only to get a score in the first overtime to win the game 27-21.</p> Change in routine doesn’t faze Lodice https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/change-routine-doesn%E2%80%99t-faze-lodice <p> Steve Smith</p> <p> ALAMOSA &mdash; From the looks of things, Dakota Ridge&rsquo;s Skylar Lodice was out for another run through the park on Saturday.</p> <p> In this case, it was the Colorado High School Coaches Association all-state cross country race at Cole Park in Alamosa.</p> <p> But it wasn&rsquo;t the same.</p> <p> &ldquo;It was different being able to run with the boys,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;It made me a lot more competitive and helped me finish the race strong, which I really loved. It was so competitive, and I just love the rush.&rdquo;</p> Surprises for Layman at All-State games https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/surprises-layman-all-state-games <p> Steve Smith</p> <p> ALAMOSA &mdash; Columbine senior Kerstin Layman was pleased after her first of two games in the Colorado High School Coaches Association&rsquo;s volleyball tournament at Adams State University on Saturday.</p> <p> But it&rsquo;s not for the reason you might think. Yes, her team won its first match. It only took three sets.</p> <p> She liked the girls on her team, so it wasn&rsquo;t that.</p>