Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Offense shows up too little, too...

    LAKEWOOD — By the time the Chatfield Lady Chargers found their offensive attack, it was too late; Arvada West had scored.
    A relative rarity of late, Chatfield found itself playing from behind after Breanna Devita punched home the first goal against the Lady Chargers in five games in the 53rd minute on April 12 at Lakewood Memorial Field. That’s all the Lady Wildcats would need in posting a 1-0 victory, which snapped Chatfield’s four-game winning streak.

  • Sports briefs

    Columbine’s Snow scores 19 in losing effort at The Show
    — Columbine senior Jon Snow scored a team-high 19 points, but his team ­— the White team — lost 93-77 to the Blue team at The Show all-star game on April 6 at the Pepsi Center.
    Aurora Central’s Carlton Hurst paced the Blue team with a game-high 22 points.
    Denver East’s Dom Collier added 14 points for the White squad.


  • Rally never develops for Eagles

    By Will Petersen
    For the Courier
    In each of the final three innings it looked as if the rally could happen. Each time Dakota Ridge just couldn’t get the big hit.
    The Eagles stranded seven runners between the fifth, sixth and seventh innings against Mountain Vista in a 7-1 loss on April 3 at Dakota Ridge High School.
    “We just aren’t believing in ourselves offensively. They don’t believe in how good they can be. It’s a confidence thing right now,”  Dakota Ridge head coach Jeff Legault said.

  • Roundy, Chatfield hold off...

    It’s Travis Roundy’s senior year, and that’s a big motivation factor for the Chatfield swimmer. That and keeping up his kick throughout a race, so he can finish strong.
    His finish in the 200-yard freestyle on April 5 at the Ridge Rec Center wasn’t quite up to what he would’ve liked, but it didn’t matter, considering the way he started the race. He swam a meet-winning time of 1 minute, 55.06 seconds as the Chargers won 10 of 12 events for a 194-100 victory over Conifer.

  • Potts, Chargers rally past Eagles

    By Will Petersen
    For the Courier
    LAKEWOOD — Eric Potts had a bag of ice firmly planted on his left cheek, and for most of the post-game it stayed there.
    “That’s just from all the hits to the face after scoring. I’m just icing it up,” Potts said.
    Score, he did. Potts buried four goals, teammate Jacob Larsen added three and Chatfield rallied from a mini-deficit to beat Dakota Ridge 13-8 on April 5 at Trailblazer Stadium.

  • Staunton State Park gets...

    The finishing touches are being put on Staunton State Park before its long-awaited debut on May 18.

    “There’s still so much to do,” park manager Jennifer Anderson said of the five weeks leading up to the opening. “Planting trees, hanging signs, (painting) the roads and parking lots — but all the hard work is worth it.”