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Today's Sports

  • Lady Chargers returning to state

    It went without saying that 2013 was going to be a challenging season for the Chatfield Lady Chargers. Last year’s team rode Rebecka Mintz’s pitching and Carlie Sexton’s hitting to a 5A state tournament berth. But both of them graduated, and this year’s squad had to fill those spots through a handful of players. With the perseverance Chatfield showed Oct. 12 at the 5A Region 3 softball tournament, the spots have been filled quite nicely.

  • Eagles can’t catch Pomona, RV

    Dakota Ridge cross country runner Cameron Mattson put into perspective quite clearly what the Eagles had to do Oct. 11 at Clement Park if they wanted to reclaim their position as the top boys team in the 5A Jeffco League.

    “Sometimes you have to beat the other teams rather than each other,” Mattson said. “Our overall goal is to beat the other team.”

  • Making a statement at 5A boys...

    The 2013 5A state boys tennis championships saw a number of firsts. For Adam Rivera, he was the first Dakota Ridge player to qualify for state in eight years. For Columbine’s Andy Wright, he was in the field as a singles player instead of as a doubles player. And for Chatfield, it was time for the Chargers to score a pair of third-place finishes at No. 1 singles and doubles en route to a fifth-place team run. The following vignettes highlight this year’s tournament, held Oct. 10-12 at Denver’s Gates Tennis Center, for nine local players.

  • 5A softball regional pairings

    PLAYOFF PAIRINGS
    The following are regional softball pairings for Oct. 12. The top two teams advance to the state tournament at Aurora Sports Park on Oct. 18-19.
    5A REGION 3
    FIRST ROUND
    DAVE SANDERS FIELD, COLUMBINE HS
    #28 Fruita Monument (11-8) at #5 Dakota Ridge (16-3), 10 a.m.
    #21 Greeley West (12-7) at #12 Chatfield (11-8), 10 a.m.
    CONSOLATION
    Fruita-Dakota Ridge loser vs. Chatfield-Greeley West loser, 12:15 p.m.
    CHAMPIONSHIP
    Fruita-Dakota Ridge winner vs. Chatfield-Greeley West winner, 12:15 p.m.

  • Eagles pull out all the stops,...

    LAKEWOOD — The Dakota Ridge Eagles didn’t have to look far to get motivated for their Oct. 4 football game with Green Mountain. Recent history told the Eagles they needed only to look across the field.
    Two years in a row the Rams escaped with wins over Dakota Ridge, with last year’s game essentially costing the Eagles a 4A postseason berth. But the Eagles won’t have to concern themselves with that in 2013.

  • Rebel has Wright stuff to get...

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — The last time Andy Wright went to the 5A state boys tennis tournament he was playing No. 2 doubles. This year, the Columbine senior is going by his lonesome.
    Wright, Columbine’s No. 2 singles player, will be the Rebels’ only representative at state after he placed second at the 5A Region 5 tournament on Oct. 3 at the Lebsock Tennis Center at Redstone Park. He won three of four matches, including a playback match against Mitch McGregor of Heritage 6-4, 6-3.

  • Showing left lot to be desired...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    AURORA — Michael Tait and Columbine won’t lack motivation for the 2014 season.
    Tait’s junior season didn’t end quite as well as he had hoped with a tie for 17th place at the 5A state boys golf championships Oct. 1 at the par-72 Murphy Creek Golf Course. Tait shot 74-76 — 150 and improved both his place (tie for 20th) and score (157) from his sophomore year, but conceded, “I’m not too satisfied with this tournament. It’s kind of disappointing.”

  • REBELS TRICK CHARGERS

    LAKEWOOD — The play is called 437 hide-a-ball. It’s so rare that most of the Columbine Rebels players had never seen it before. But head coach Andy Lowry thought it would be a good week to incorporate it into the game plan just in case they would needed it.
    Not only did they need it against second-ranked Chatfield, but it worked to perfection.

  • Rebels’ Lowry chosen for USA...

    By Courier staff
    Columbine head coach Andy Lowry has been chosen as one of eight active high school football coaches in Colorado to be nominated by USA Today as the best high school football coach in the country.
    The news organization is conducting three rounds of voting, which started Sept. 30, to determine the best coach in the country. Voting in the state round concludes Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. mountain time.
    Lowry is 193-44 at Columbine, including 4-1 this season. To vote, visit http://contest.usatodayhss.com/vote/bestcoach2013/co.
     

  • Eagles shake early nerves

    If there’s one thing that Dakota Ridge head coach Marv Van Lingen has been working on with the Lady Eagles, it’s putting together a complete game. The way the Sept. 28 “Think Pink” game started for both Dakota Ridge and visiting Chatfield, it didn’t appear either team was likely to do that. But Dakota Ridge settled down, started focusing on its hitting, and executed.
    The end result was an 11-4 victory, thanks to an eight-run fourth inning,