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Today's Sports

  • Chatfield’s Jarecki becomes a...

    During the 2018 Major League Baseball draft, Chatfield graduate Matthew Jarecki achieved a feat that many young diamond players dream of. He heard his name called by the Detroit Tigers in the 37th round (1,095th overall).

    For the 22-year-old outfielder, however, that dream never really surfaced until just a couple years ago, three years into his career at Benedictine College in Kansas.

  • Joining the professional Boys of...

    Growing up, many young athletes dream of the day their name gets called in a professional sports draft to play at the highest level.

    A few weeks ago, that dream became a reality for D’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.

  • Deakin turns love of outdoors...

    Nathan Deakin practically lives in the outdoors.

    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.

  • Chatfield’s Alex Malone is...

    When Chatfield’s Kian “Alex” Malone was 12 years old, a serious heart condition almost took his life. Now, five years later, he’s a premier multisport athlete with the Chargers.

    “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,” Malone said. “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.”

  • ‘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.