Today's Sports

  • Angling for a niche

    It’s no wonder Jay Nolly loves fishing almost as much as he does soccer.

    Nolly, a 2000 graduate of Chatfield Senior High School and two-time national champion goalkeeper at Indiana University, has done all the right things during his young professional career, yet he has still watched potentially bigger and better opportunities swim agonizingly by, just out of reach.

  • Sports games slumping

    Last week was a big week for those who enjoy their sports video games (raising hand now).

    Electronic Arts released its latest version of college football delight, “NCAA ‘09,” for all the various consoles (sorry, DS owners, you’ll have to wait for Madden).

    Traditionally, the release of a new virtual football game brings smiles to the masses who gladly fork over $60 for the right to say they were among the first to own — and play — the game.

  • Adventures in biking

    A few short weeks ago I wrote in this very space of my recent travels to work on my mountain bike.

    Fear not, I’m still pedaling my way to the office several days a week. But honestly, how much fun is it to just ride to work?

    So, in addition to my required travels, I’ve stretched my legs (literally) and have been exploring different routes on my rides.

  • Preparing for battle

    Even if you haven’t seen the movie, you’re no doubt familiar with the answer to this question: What’s the first rule of Fight Club?

    Answer: The first rule of Fight Club is you do not talk about Fight Club.

    Conner Cordova broke the first rule.

    The way he saw it, he had no reason not to.

  • Deutsch new girls b-ball coach...

    Like any coach, Mike Deutsch knows winning is important.

    Through wisdom and experience, however, Deutsch realizes just how important it is to teach his players how to win.

    “Sometimes you get so caught up that you don’t always do things the right way,” Deutsch said.

  • Dakota boys hope to return to...

    At Dakota Ridge High School, basketball is ruled by the girls.

    Coach Traci Nemechek has transformed the Eagles into perennial state title contenders, in addition to dominating Class 5A Jefferson County.

    What about the boys?

    Well, there was a time that the Dakota Ridge boys basketball team was one of the state’s best. Recently, though, the Eagles have fallen on hard times.

  • Eagles bow out earlier than...

    Young arms and quiet bats put Dakota Ridge in an unusual spot.

    Hosting its wooden bat tournament for the 11th season under coach Jeff Legault, the Eagles failed to reach the final for the first time in 10 years after suffering narrow losses to Ralston Valley and Green Mountain.

    Dakota Ridge notched victories over Columbine’s lower-level squad and Centaurus, but the defeats kept the Eagles out of the semifinals and saw them wrap up play June 29 with an 11-3 victory over Silver Creek.

  • Chargers win Wood Bat Tourney

    WHEAT RIDGE — The Rogers made Everitt Middle School their neighborhood Sunday, June 29.

    And no, they weren’t playing well with others.

    Mr. Tyler Rogers gave up one run in the semifinal match of the annual Dakota Ridge Dave Schmidt Wood Bat Tournament and Mr. Taylor Rogers tossed a one-hitter in the championship game as the Chargers defeated Wheat Ridge 3-0 on a postcard afternoon.

  • Angling your way to summer fun

    Comedian Steven Wright once said, "There’s a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore like an idiot."

    With summertime in full swing and the water levels of local creeks and rivers running at volumes rarely seen, the desire to get on shore with a rod and a reel is probably nibbling at every angler.

    Here’s how – hopefully – not to be an idiot.

    Where to go?

  • Hot spring for Dakota grad

    When it comes to baseball, Chad Jacobsen is on the path back to home.

    The 2004 Dakota Ridge graduate parlayed his selection as Division II player of the year at the University of South Carolina-Aiken into getting selected June 6 by the Colorado Rockies in the 18th round of the MLB draft.

    Jacobsen’s diamond days began in Littleton, then went to Sterling’s Northeastern Junior College before he made his mark in the Peach Belt Conference.