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Today's Sports

  • Winter’s return plays havoc with...

    The grass is green, flowers are blooming, and the birds are chirping. Those are typically the signs of spring. But not here. Not this year.
    Old Man Winter’s unwelcome return in recent weeks has played havoc with the high school athletic sports schedule. Events have either been outright canceled or postponed multiple times. It’s causing a logistical nightmare for athletic directors to reschedule events for later in the season.

  • Chatfield's plan works...

    LAKEWOOD — The plan was a simple one, though the simple ones aren’t always easy to execute. Just take control of the game in the first half and, if you need to, work on making crisp passes in the second.
    In Chatfield’s case it was that simple in an 18-0 one-sided girls lacrosse victory over Conifer on April 18 at Trailblazer Stadium.
    Ali Peper led the Lady Chargers with four goals. Rachel Walker, Jessa Arne and Kendra Lanuza each added three goals, while four other players also scored.

  • Timing plays key role for...

    ARVADA — Time may be of the essence, with less than a month to go before the end of the spring sports season. The Chatfield Chargers’ 200 medley relay team showed as much at the Jeffco Invite on April 20.
    The foursome of Eric Berg, Santana Garcia, Zach Kugler and Kelly Huddleston swam a finals time of 1 minute, 43.23 seconds to place second only to D’Evelyn at Meyers Pool.
    “I feel like we just put it out there and swam as fast as we can,” Berg said.

  • Track meet raises funds for...
  • Sports briefs

    BASEBALL
    Dakota Ridge snaps slide, tops Highlands Ranch at Coors Field
    DENVER
    — Jack Kotarba tripled twice and scored a run as Dakota Ridge snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-3 win over Highlands Ranch at Coors Field on April 11.
    Kaylor Greenstreet and Nick Carland each drove in a pair of runs. The Eagles pounded out 10 hits.
    AJ Valerio and four relievers combined to hold Highlands Ranch to four hits. Valerio pitched the first three innings, facing the minimum number of batters. He walked one and struck out three.

  • Lady Eagles get on track with...

    LAKEWOOD – It looked early on like Jessica Tobey and Samantha Sherman were trying to one-up each other. In some ways, they were. That was a good thing for Dakota Ridge and not so much for Conifer.
    Tobey and Sherman traded goals back and forth in the game's first 9 minutes, 21 seconds as the Lady Eagles took an early lead in a lopsided 18-5 girls lacrosse victory over Conifer at Trailblazer Stadium on April 11.

  • Lisella, Rebels put up brick wall

    LAKEWOOD — Julia Lisella recognized what a tough team Ralston Valley is, so the Columbine girls lacrosse goaltender was doing, as she said, her best to contend with the Lady Mustangs. Boy, did she ever.
    The 5-foot-9 sophomore made 23 saves, and Columbine was never seriously challenged in a 9-4 victory over host Ralston Valley on April 11 at Trailblazer Stadium. Taylor Campman, Emma Von Feldt and Maggie Burns combined to score eight of the Lady Rebels’ nine goals.

  • Chargers’ Smyrnios finding his...

    LAKEWOOD — Panos Smyrnios came off the track with a frustrated look. The Chatfield 800-meter runner had hoped that his race April 13 at the Pomona Invitational at Jeffco Stadium would’ve gone better than it did. And this was after he finished second.
    In his first 800-meter run since missing 12 days due to inflammation in his right knee and just his second run overall, Smyrnios picked off most of the field to finish in 1 minute, 59.87 seconds. He finished more than three seconds back of Arapahoe’s Jonathan Johannsen.

  • Loss may pay off in the end for...

    By Will Petersen
    For the Courier
    BOULDER — The results haven’t been there, but the experience could prove to be invaluable.
    Columbine’s boys lacrosse team lost 13-8 to Torrey Pines (Calif.) on April 12 at Kittredge Field on the University of Colorado campus, dropping to 0-4 this year against opponents who don’t call Colorado home.

  • Nemechek out as Dakota Ridge...

    Traci Nemechek, who coached the Dakota Ridge girls basketball team to the 5A state tournament in each of her 11 seasons at the helm, was fired last month, athletic director Matt Heckel confirmed to the Columbine Courier.
    “There were a lot of factors that were involved with it that led us to that conclusion,” Heckel said.
    Nemechek, who teaches social studies at Dakota Ridge, was 177-92 during her tenure as head coach, including 106-32 in the 5A Jeffco League. The Lady Eagles were 7-17 overall last season.