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Today's Sports

  • Columbine boys lacrosse falls in...

    AURORA — This was supposed to be Columbine boys lacrosse’s year.

    At the beginning of the season, it had the big guns. It had the talent. It had the depth.

    But it just wasn’t meant to be.

    On May 16, the Rebel boys fell to No. 1-overall seeded Regis Jesuit 8-2 in the semifinals of the 5A state lacrosse playoffs in the same stadium where the football team’s state run ended last fall, also in the semis. Legacy Stadium has not been kind to them.

    Sophomore attacker Tanner Hollens was part of both teams.

  • Olson, Moranetz win state titles...

    Columbine junior Gavin Olson took first place in the 100-yard backstroke, and D’Evelyn swimmer Jack Moranetz took home the title in the 100-yard breaststroke during the state swimming championships last weekend.

    The two swimmers were among area athletes who competed at state. Following is a look at how Southwest Jeffco teams did.

    Columbine

    Olson had a target on his back going into the 5A state swim meet at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton.

  • Rebels stun Cherry Creek in last...

    AURORA — With the clock winding down and a semifinal appearance on the line, the No. 4 Columbine boys lacrosse team was looking to avoid a repeat of its last matchup against No. 5 Cherry Creek.

    Tied at 5-5 with under a minute left, junior attacker Taylor Gustafson wasn’t about to let that happen. When the clock struck 29.1 seconds in the fourth quarter, thanks to an amped-up offensive push, Gustafson rocketed the ball into the back of the net to gain the 6-5 advantage.

    But the Bruins still had plenty of time to score. They almost did.

  • D’Evelyn takes second at state

    By Christopher Bolin

    For the Courier

    After the first set of her No. 3 singles semifinal match, things didn’t look great for D’Evelyn’s Elisa Dean.

    She had just dropped the first set 6-1, and her opponent — Peak to Peak’s Tiffany Tran — was broadly considered the favorite.

    Then a switch flipped.

    “We just chatted about the fact that she’s always calm, cool and collected, and she didn’t panic,” coach Woody Oliver said. “She took a deep breath, and she played her best.

  • Rebels lose to Denver East,...

    By Devin Robb

    For the Courier

    A storybook season for the Columbine girls’ lacrosse team came to a disappointing end Tuesday at Trailblazer Stadium. On a 70-degree night, Denver East came out as warm as the weather and defeated Columbine 17-13 in a state quarterfinal game to eliminate Columbine from the tournament.

    The loss spoiled a valiant effort by Columbine senior Angela Naughton, who led all scorers with seven goals. Denver East senior Malia Ross and sophomore Julia Shelanski led the Angels with four goals apiece.

  • Rebel girls lacrosse defeats...

    By Devin Robb

    For the Courier

    After losing in the second round of the 2017 playoffs to Arapahoe in overtime, the Columbine girls lacrosse team had a chance to atone for that disappointment in this year’s second round against Chatfield on Friday night at Trailblazer Stadium.

    The Rebels made sure there would be no such heartbreak this time, defeating Chatfield 17-7 to advance to the state quarterfinals against Denver East.

  • Grandview halts Eagles in second...

    LAKEWOOD — Throughout nearly its entire contest against No. 9 Grandview on Friday, the eighth-seeded Dakota Ridge girls lacrosse team was at the disadvantage.

    That didn’t stop the Eagles from fighting back all the way to an exciting finish, though it wasn’t enough in the end. Despite a valiant effort, the Eagles fell 10-9 to Grandview in the second round of the state playoffs.

  • Chatfield exceeds expectations...

    DENVER — Coming off winning league and regionals, the Chatfield girls tennis team had its sights set on the state tournament at the Gates Tennis Center downtown.

    Finishing 10th overall with the eighth highest score of 26 teams, the Chargers performed better than head coach Robert Campbell expected.

  • Chatfield girls fight valiantly...

    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.

  • Falcons prevail against Clear...

    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.