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Today's Sports

  • Chargers score at will vs. Angels

    DENVER — Hurry-up offenses are all the vogue in football, but Chatfield seemingly gets plays off at warp speed. And in Week 2, the Chargers scored in the wink of an eye, too.
    “It’s going really fast,’’ said senior receiver Jahrel Olson, one of the big benefactors of Chatfield’s move to a no-huddle, quick-snap offense with an increased emphasis on the forward pass. “We practice it so many times it’s becoming second nature.’’

  • Starr rises for Dakota Ridge

    LAKEWOOD — Austin Starr walked up to Bear Creek goalkeeper Derrick Kipp prior to Dakota Ridge’s game with the Bears and declared that he was going to score on him. It was all in fun, as Starr and Kipp have been club teammates on the U-17 Colorado United White for the past two years. But not even Starr could envision how true his statement was about to become.

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL
    Krantz-coached Littleton topples TJ in home opener

    Littleton High scored its first win in the Kurt Krantz era with a 40-20 victory over Thomas Jefferson on Aug. 29 at Littleton Public Schools Stadium.
    The win avenged a 35-14 loss at Thomas Jefferson a season ago. It also marked only the second home win for LHS dating back to Sept. 24, 2010.
    The Lions won their homecoming game against Golden last year.

    BOYS TENNIS
    Chatfield opens league play with win over Ralston Valley

  • Turnovers, offensive miscues...

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — As far as measuring sticks go, the Dakota Ridge football team probably couldn’t have asked for a tougher challenge than to face the third-ranked team in 5A to open the 2013 season. And, let it be known: ThunderRidge didn’t show much in the way of mercy on its 4A brethren.
    Grizzlies quarterback Brody Westmoreland was untouchable, going 10-for-10 for 209 yards and two touchdowns, both to Mark Hopper, and Westmoreland added a TD run in ThunderRidge’s 30-7 victory over the Eagles on Aug. 29 at Shea Stadium.

  • Chargers rally for win in opener

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
     There’s nothing the coach of a young team wants more in the season opener than to see how his players react to adversity.
    The Chatfield boys soccer team dominated ThunderRidge for the most part in the 2013 home debut Aug. 29, yet trailed 1-0 with just under 25 minutes remaining in second half.
    “That’s when you find out what your team’s about,’’ said Chargers head coach Brock Blume.

  • Level-headed Rebels show patience

    Galen Graham is one of three returning players for the Columbine Rebels. So he’s in a position to set an example for his more inexperienced teammates. The latest lesson was patience.
    Columbine’s No. 1 singles player found himself trailing 3-0 early before winning five consecutive games against Arvada West’s Anthony Partrick. Yet Graham still lost the opening set Aug. 29 at Marker Park in a tiebreaker before rallying for a 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-6 (3) victory in the Rebels’ 7-0 win.

  • Jeffco Open Space seeks clear...

    Jeffco Open Space wants its new master plan to do more than just collect dust.

    The plan, which gets an overhaul every five years, will include a set of benchmarks to help the Open Space Division see if it’s meeting stated goals. Previous master plans have lacked goals and objectives that could be measured, said Jeffco Parks and Open Space Director Tom Hoby.

  • 2013 volleyball capsule previews

    COLUMBINE REBELS
    Head coach: Melanie Watkins
    Assistant coach: Brett Terry
    Classification: 5A Jeffco League
    2012 record: 10-15 overall, 4-4 league
    2012 recap: The senior-laden Lady Rebels went 0-2 in the Region 8 tournament, losing to Highlands Ranch and Greeley West. Senior middle blocker Lauren Cole earned first-team All-Jeffco and was second in blocks and third in kills. Senior Verenice Chaparro also was first-team all-league.

  • Cutthroats tryout lets hopefuls...

    One played just a season of high school hockey and seven more in adult leagues. Another was born without a left hand. Forty-two players in all donned their hockey gear at The Edge Ice Arena hoping to catch the attention of head coach Derek Anderson and the Denver Cutthroats’ minor league hockey staff.
    For many, this could be their only shot. A three-day open tryout, limited to a select number of players per position, was held Aug. 23-25. As Anderson said, it’s about the spirit of the game, about giving guys an opportunity.

  • Long ball spoils opener for Lions

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    ARVADA — Encouraged.