Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Mustangs sweep Chargers

    DENVER – Taylor Rogers didn’t plead the fifth when asked how Chatfield got swept by Mullen in a doubleheader June 9.

    Rogers, instead, used the Bull Durham defense.

    "It was just one of those days where everybody was kind of lollygagging," Rogers said after the Chargers’ 14-game winning streak was halted and a losing streak began at Bill Swift Field.

    Coaches Skip and Larry would be proud of the honest assessment.

  • One last hurrah

    DENVER — While leads can disappear in a flash at Coors Field, the memories of playing there will not.

    Three local prep players got one last game at the Colorado Rockies ballpark Sunday, June 8, as a part of the annual Top 50 baseball game.

    The Silver team, with Dakota Ridge standouts Eric Cain and J.C. Ochoa, saw its lead evaporate in the bottom of the seventh as the Purple squad, which included Chatfield catcher Jake Davis, scored four runs to win 8-7.

  • Jefferson County Class 5A all-...

    Boys lacrosse

    First team attack

    Dallin Hall, Chatfield

    Ryan Ripperton, Columbine

    Erik Gustafson, Golden

    Braxton Campbell, Summit

    Second team attack

    Mike Philbin, Evergreen

    Will Kaley, Wheat Ridge

    First team midfield

    Max Erickson, Chatfield

    Greg Kelsic, Chatfield

    Chase Kovari, Columbine

    Taylor Wells, Columbine

    Lucas Noble, Golden

    Matthew Bradley, Wheat Ridge

    Second team midfield

    Mitch Erickson, Chatfield

    Sam Dekoven, Evergreen

    Kellen Quackenbush, Golden

  • Cunningham preparing for the...

    Curtis Cunningham is just a little guy again.

    Yes, it seems almost impossible to imagine that the Columbine graduate – a standout defensive lineman and hard-swinging first baseman – could ever be small in any situation, but he is. Figuratively speaking, of course.

    Cunningham started classes this week at the University of Colorado and began running and lifting weights last week with his new Buffaloes teammates in hopes of making coach Dan Hawkins’ squad this fall as a true freshman.