Today's Sports

  • Diggers return to the gridiron...

    Underneath the helmet and shoulder pads, Clear Creek High School senior linebacker/tight end AJ Parrish looked around and saw a lot of familiar faces.

    “It feels great. I’m back out with my guys that I’ve played with since my seventh-grade year,” Parrish said. “We’re going back at it one more time.”

  • New Evergreen High boys soccer...

    Ross Fowler has plenty of soccer coaching experience from his time with the Colorado Rush and Altitude FC, where he has been the director of coaching for both. Now the Manchester, England native has his first head coaching position at the high school level.

    Earlier this summer, Fowler was named the head coach for Evergreen High School’s boys soccer program, replacing Peter Jeans, who resigned for personal reasons.

    “It’s a good program. It’s an exciting opportunity to try to build on,” Fowler said.

  • Evergreen High alum Burke...

    Brock Burke made his professional debut for the Gulf Coast Rays on July 18 against the Baltimore Orioles’ rookie-level team at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla. 

    The 6-foot-2 left-hander started and pitched just the first inning as the team slowly works him into the rotation after a heavy pitch count during the high school season.

    The 17-year-old Evergreen High graduate tossed a one-two-three inning, striking out the Orioles’ Henry Urrutia to end the frame. 

  • Ride holds special meaning for...

    This year’s Triple Bypass was a special one for Travis Retzer. It not only was the 40-year-old San Francisco-area rider’s first Triple, but it also holds a meaning closer to his heart.

    He was going to ride it with his dad, Jim, who got him started in cycling more than 10 years ago. It was his father who started him out riding century (100 mile) rides. But last Oct. 29, at the age of 65, Jim unexpectedly passed away. A planned family vacation, including a visit to Yellowstone National Park, was now a memorial ride in honor of his late father.

  • Column: Early risers embrace...

     It’s 5:45 a.m. on Saturday morning as I struggle to get up, get dressed and meander my way up to Bergen Park to catch a few last-minute riders and event officials. Who would think that there would be a scattering of cars working their way up into the mountains so early for a weekend getaway, much less cyclists who’ve already been on the road for nearly two hours for the first of two days of the Triple Bypass.

  • Partially blind brothers see...

    GEORGETOWN — J.J. Ricket cherry-picks which courses he runs. The 20-year-old Bakerville resident sort of has to because he’s partially blind. But the Georgetown Fourth of July 5K is a tradition, and Ricket’s vision for success in this race is almost a foregone conclusion.
    The 2012 Broomfield High School graduate won the race again, finishing in a time of 17 minutes, 55 seconds. He didn’t quite match last year’s pace of 17:44, but it will do.

  • Evergreen resident Weiner...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant
    Bob Weiner is someone you don’t want to run into if you’re on the wrong side of the law in Jefferson County and someone you don’t want to run against in the Freedom Run 5K.

  • Crespin gets monkey off his back

    GEORGETOWN — Lucas Crespin wasn’t going to be denied any longer.
    The 29-year-old Lone Tree resident has been painstakingly close to winning the Slacker Half Marathon three times before, finishing fourth in 2008 and ’09 — the first time after a detour cost him some precious minutes — and he was the runner-up in 2012. But each time, he got a little bit faster.

  • Stairs finishes his climb back up

    DUMONT — Warren Stairs took a year off from rodeo to get himself right both mentally and physically. He also didn’t have much time for it anyway with work taking priority. But the 24-year-old Elizabeth resident was in-tuned when it came to the 2014 Oh My Gawd Rodeo.
    Despite not competing in the first week of the four-week series, Stairs won the bareback buckling championship June 27 at the Gene Kiefer Memorial Fairgrounds, and he did so with a re-ride at that.

  • Perez hangs on by a thread for...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant
    DUMONT —When Lion King rejoined his fellow bulls after being ridden by Jonathan Perez, there was penance to be paid. For Perez, there was a big payoff — $3,100 — after he became the only cowboy to complete a ride in the first three rounds of the Oh My Gawd Rodeo at the Gene Kiefer Memorial Fairgrounds.