Today's Sports

  • ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Young Chargers...

    DENVER — When the Chatfield Chargers were good Sept. 3 at Mullen, they were very good.

    When the Chargers were young, they were very young.

    The junior-dominated Chargers veered through all phases against the Mustangs and ended up learning another of life’s lessons.

  • Chargers looking to improve...

    The Chatfield boys tennis team finished eighth at the state tournament last year and long-time coach Carey Brading is optimistic that his squad can improve on that result this season.

    Unlike last year, when all but three varsity players were lost to graduation, Brading has a large cast of talented returning players.

  • Eagles, Appel eager to defend

    The pitter patter of runners jogging up and down neighborhood streets is back. Yes, it is cross-country season again, and it should be an interesting year for both boys and girls at Dakota Ridge, Columbine and Chatfield high schools, as they seek to improve on last year’s achievements.

    Well, most of them anyway.

    For the Dakota Ridge girls, it is almost impossible to improve on its state championship season of a year ago, setting a record low with 28 points at the Class 5A state meet.

  • Pettigrew finds his sweet spot

    James Pettigrew never had dreams of being a football player.

    The soccer pitch is where Pettigrew literally grew up, and it’s on that plush grass that the Front Range Christian senior figured to carve out his athletic career.

    Then two years ago, a funny thing happened. A friend at school talked him into going out for the football team as a placekicker.

  • Wide open spaces

    Austin Rodriguez was always judged by his feet until the day someone finally noticed his hands.

    Always a running back, Rodriguez’s ability to catch the ball caught a coach’s attention one week before his first freshman game at Dakota Ridge.

    “It was probably the best move I’ve ever made,” Rodriguez said.

    It’s certainly hard to argue against a year after Rodriguez was a Class 4A first team all-state selection at wide receiver by The Denver Post.

  • Stratton, Chargers looking to...

    Sam Stratton can still recall the moment vividly.

    Midway through his freshman year, Stratton was thrust into the starting quarterback position at Chatfield Senior High School. It certainly was a move he wasn’t expecting.

    “I didn’t think I’d be starting until my junior year,” Stratton says now. “Luckily I got in and coach (Bret) McGatlin put me in to get experience.”

  • Chargers' defense could be...

    Football coaches typically don’t expect perfection in the season opener.

    They are well aware heading into that first game that mistakes are going to be made. They just hope those mistakes aren’t game-enders.

    After Chatfield’s 24-10 thumping of cross-town rival Dakota Ridge on Aug. 28 at Jefferson County Stadium in a nonleague game, Chargers coach Bret McGatlin was critical of his offense, which turned the ball over three times.

  • Spond breaking the mold

    Danny Spond doesn’t fit the mold of a Columbine quarterback. He’s much too big for that.

    At 6-feet-3, 218 pounds, Spond would be a prototype at just about any other school that doesn’t run on third-and-long and worship the beauty of the belly option.

    When asked the last time he had a quarterback that size, longtime Rebels coach Andy Lowry was blunt.


    But then again, the job description – lining up under center for the most dominant Class 5A football program over the past decade – has never been solely about size.

  • Chargers run over Eagles

    LAKEWOOD — The Chatfield and Dakota Ridge football rivalry needed five years to schedule a tiebreaker game.

    Dakota Ridge may want to wait another five years before playing the Chargers again.

    The Chargersdominated the line of scrimmage to break off big plays and disrupt anything the Eagles tried to muster as they cruised to a 24-10 nonleague season-opening, cross-classification victory Aug. 28.

  • ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Chargers...

    Three years ago when Tara Emily took over the Chatfield gymnastics program, things were in dire shape.