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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Lady Eagles unleash offensive...

    EVERGREEN — Both Dakota Ridge and Evergreen have new coaches in 2013. That, however, is where the similarities ended, at least on Aug. 22.
    One team — Evergreen — was coming off a commanding victory over Thornton in its opener. The other — Dakota Ridge — just squeezed out a win over Legend. But, in this one, it was Dakota Ridge from the start.

  • 2013 Dakota Ridge softball...

    DAKOTA RIDGE EAGLES
    Head coach: Marv Van Lingen
    Assistant coach: Anthony Arneach
    Classification: 5A Jeffco
    2012 record: 21-2, lost to Loveland 3-1 in the 2012 5A state championship game.
    Players to watch: Rachelle Foos, Sr., P; Megan Sansburne, Soph., P/SS; Dani Valerio, Jr., Ath; Bailey Brooks, Jr., 3B/C
    Season opener: Aug. 20, vs. Legend. Results were not available at press time.
    State finals: Oct. 18-19, Aurora Sports Park

  • 2013 boys soccer previews

    CHATFIELD CHARGERS
    Head coach: Brock Blume
    Assistant coaches: Chris Olson, David Palik, Nick Ringstrand
    Classification: 5A Jeffco
    2012 record: 12-4-1, second round of the 5A state tournament
    2012 recap: Thirteen seniors led Chatfield to a second-place league finish and the second round of the state playoffs. The Chargers season was ended by Boulder, the eventual 5A state champions. Chatfield tied Boulder at 2-all with 90 seconds left in regulation only to concede the game-winning goal with 40 seconds left.

  • 2013 cross country previews

    CHATFIELD CHARGERS
    Head coaches: Don Daniels, Jeff Mages
    Assistant coach: Angie Erb
    Classification: 5A Jeffco
    2012 recap: The Chatfield boys finished sixth and the girls eighth at regionals, with senior Kelsi Lawrence the lone qualifier for state. Lawrence was 12th in the regional and 99th at state.
    Runners to watch: Tyler Hale, Sr.; Nate Oglesby, Sr.; Dylan Thompson, Jr.; Laura Miller, Sr.; Emily Pung, Soph.
    Season opener: Aug. 30, at Arapahoe Invitational, 4 p.m.
    State finals: Oct. 26, Norris Penrose Center, Colorado Springs

  • 2013 boys tennis previews

    CHATFIELD CHARGERS
    Head coach: Mark Koza
    Assistant coaches: Matt Raml, Miles Flesche
    Classification: 5A Jeffco
    2012 recap: Chatfield finished second in the 5A Jeffco League and at regionals, while qualifying six of seven spots for the state tournament. The Chargers received the boys tennis sportsmanship award for the state of Colorado in 2012.
    Players to watch: John Koza, Brian Ross, John Simpson
    Season opener: Aug. 23, vs. Denver East
    State tournament: Oct. 10-12, Gates Tennis Center, Denver

  • Rebels’ Tait off to fast start

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    LAKEWOOD — You’d be hard-pressed to find a better all-around high school athlete in Colorado than Michael Tait. The Columbine junior likely will earn four letters this school year and start at arguably three of the most important positions in team sports — quarterback (football), point guard (basketball) and center field (baseball).

  • Sports briefs

    BASKETBALL
    Front Range Christian duo break free-throw record
    Former Front Range Christian girls basketball player Katherine Oosthuizen and her coach, Mike Anderson, combined to make 33 free throws in one minute to break the world record by a mixed pair.
    The duo set the mark on Aug. 2 at West Bowles Community Church. Witnesses, a referee, scoreboard operator, scorekeepers, a camera operator, rebounding staff and line judges were on hand to witness the feat.

  • 2013 boys golf capsule previews

    COLUMBINE REBELS
    Head coach: Tim Capra
    Classification: 5A Jeffco
    2012 recap: Columbine placed third at regionals with a 236 team total and sent four to the 5A state tournament. Two of those players return in 2013, while the Rebels graduated long-time golfers Billy Ramsey and Logan Smith. Columbine placed eighth at state with a 480 total.
    Players to watch: Greg Shelton, Sr.; Michael Tait, Jr.; Ashton Opperman, Sr.; Evan Tooley, Soph.