https://www.columbinecourier.com/sports/rss.xml en ‘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> Littleton resident wins Georgetown burro race https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/littleton-resident-wins-georgetown-burro-race <img src="https://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-georgetownburroracebw-060618.jpg" alt="Littleton resident Joe Malander, left, and Broomfield resident George Zack make the final push toward the finish line during the Georgetown burro race on Memorial Day weekend. Malander and his partner Buckwheat narrowly won the race." title="Littleton resident Joe Malander, left, and Broomfield resident George Zack make the final push toward the finish line during the Georgetown burro race on Memorial Day weekend. Malander and his partner Buckwheat narrowly won the race." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> GEORGETOWN &mdash; The beautiful Memorial Day weekend weather just added to the fun and excitement of the annual burro race in Georgetown on May 26 &mdash;&nbsp;the first of two burro races that weekend in Clear Creek County.</p> <p> In the end, after an organizing headache forced coordinators to reroute the race, Littleton resident Joe Malander, 39, came out on top, but just barely.</p> Columbine athletics wins out the school year https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/columbine-athletics-wins-out-school-year <p> In my short tenure as the sports editor for Evergreen Newspapers, which covers nine high schools, I&rsquo;ve seen my fair share of exceptional tournament runs and amazing stories come out of the past year. But as far as success on the field/court/course goes, one school sticks out among the rest: Columbine.</p> For the first time, Rebel golf brings four to state https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/first-time-rebel-golf-brings-four-state <img src="https://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/postoffice2.lcni6__4.jpg" alt="Columbine phenom Annika Schooler looks on after driving the ball up the green at the 5A state tournament on May 22 at the Boulder Country Club. Schooler shot a 170 for 28th place." title="Columbine phenom Annika Schooler looks on after driving the ball up the green at the 5A state tournament on May 22 at the Boulder Country Club. Schooler shot a 170 for 28th place." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> BOULDER &mdash; Going into this season, the Columbine girls golf team had never qualified the full team for the 5A state tournament.</p> <p> Thanks to a stellar season led by Tess Mitchell and Annika Schooler, the Rebels can&rsquo;t say that anymore.</p>