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Today's Sports

  • ‘Don’t be surprised if this guy’...

    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.

    Taken 231st overall in the eighth round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft, Wilson’s dreams had come true again but more on his terms.

  • D’Evelyn grad elected to Jeffco...

    ARVADA — A D’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.

    Kevin Williams, who attended D’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.

  • Local football players excel in...

    By Steve Smith

    ALAMOSA — It would be hard for anyone to remember the wild — and weird — finish to the 2018 version of the Colorado High School Coaches Association all-star football game on Friday in Alamosa.

    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’s not), only to get a score in the first overtime to win the game 27-21.

  • Change in routine doesn’t faze...

    Steve Smith

    ALAMOSA — From the looks of things, Dakota Ridge’s Skylar Lodice was out for another run through the park on Saturday.

    In this case, it was the Colorado High School Coaches Association all-state cross country race at Cole Park in Alamosa.

    But it wasn’t the same.

    “It was different being able to run with the boys,” she said. “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.”

  • Surprises for Layman at All-...

    Steve Smith

    ALAMOSA — Columbine senior Kerstin Layman was pleased after her first of two games in the Colorado High School Coaches Association’s volleyball tournament at Adams State University on Saturday.

    But it’s not for the reason you might think. Yes, her team won its first match. It only took three sets.

    She liked the girls on her team, so it wasn’t that.

  • Littleton resident wins...

    GEORGETOWN — The beautiful Memorial Day weekend weather just added to the fun and excitement of the annual burro race in Georgetown on May 26 — the first of two burro races that weekend in Clear Creek County.

    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.

  • Columbine athletics wins out the...

    In my short tenure as the sports editor for Evergreen Newspapers, which covers nine high schools, I’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.

  • For the first time, Rebel golf...

    BOULDER — Going into this season, the Columbine girls golf team had never qualified the full team for the 5A state tournament.

    Thanks to a stellar season led by Tess Mitchell and Annika Schooler, the Rebels can’t say that anymore.

  • D’Evelyn swimmer finishes career...

    Going into his senior year, D’Evelyn’s Jack Moranetz was shooting for the stars, hoping to break at least one state record in the final meet of his high school career.

    Although he fell just short of that goal, Moranetz did walk away from the 5A state swim meet at Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs on May 19 with some serious hardware after winning the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 56.39 and placing second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:42.93.

  • Diza-Mbelolo wins 1st-ever state...

    LAKEWOOD — Going into last weekend’s state track and field meet at Jeffco Stadium, D’Evelyn’s Esther Diza-Mbelolo was a favorite among the 3A girls hurdlers and sprinters.

    Although she made the podium in all of her four events with one eighth-place and two ninth-place marks, she won the crown in her first finals event on a rainy Saturday morning.

    In the 100-meter hurdles, competition remained close until near the midway point of the race, when Diza-Mbelolo pulled ahead to secure the narrow victory at 15.03 seconds.