By the numbers

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By Michael Hicks

Sports and numbers are inseparable. They go together.
With the conclusion of the 2012-13 high school athletic
calendar, the Canyon Courier looks back at the
season that was through numbers. The following are 10 numbers that identify the latest prep campaign.

14 — Number of years between Evergreen’s last 4A Jeffco League boys golf title and its latest after the Cougars beat second-place D’Evelyn by 68 strokes last September. Leading the way was top medalist Kyle Peterson, who helped EHS to a second straight seventh-place finish at state. Sam Theil and Kyle Malazdrewicz joined Peterson on the all-conference team.

13 — Number of gymnasts Evergreen High graduated from its 2011 4A state championship team. The Lady Cougars overcame that to win the Region 3 championship and place second at the 4A state meet behind Elizabeth. The Lady Cougars scored a season-high 174.35 points at state. Callie Cohen placed third in the all-around competition.

17.3 — Average number of points senior Andre Lane scored during the boys basketball season as Evergreen went 17-8, including 11-3 and a second-place finish in the 4A Jeffco League. Lane was one of three players to average in double figures for Evergreen, which advanced to the Sweet 16 for a second consecutive season.

7 — Number of individual and team titles Evergreen’s cross country teams won at the 4A Jeffco League and Region 1 championships. Jackson Sayler won both the conference and regional individual titles, while helping the Cougars take first at regionals. Sam Skold won the girls individual title in each, and the Lady Cougars won the team title at both events.

1 minute, 31.28 seconds — Time that senior Jake Bender skied en route to a state slalom championship in February at Winter Park. Bender, who  placed second in the giant slalom, helped Evergreen to take first in both the slalom and giant slalom and second overall with 612 team points. Evergreen’s girls won the giant slalom competition behind Clara Hawthorne’s second-place finish.

173 — Combined two-round score for Evergreen junior Madison Tenney at the 4A state girls golf tournament last month at Englewood’s Broken Tee Golf Course. She shot 29-over-par to tie for 21st. Her rounds of 88 and 85 was 11 strokes better than her combined 184 score a year earlier at Boomerang Golf Links in Greeley.

1999 — Last year Evergreen’s girls swimming team won the 4A Jeffco League title before scoring 423 points and winning 10 of 12 events in 2013. The Lady Cougars, coached by Jeanne Godaire, placed third a week later at the 4A state meet. Leading the way was the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Lexie Malazdrewicz, Bailey Smith, Myriah Ariza-Balter and Kamryn Holland, who swam a state record time of 3 minutes, 29.02 seconds. It was one of three state titles won by Malazdrewicz in 2013.

43 feet, 5 inches — Length of Andre Lane’s only successful jump in the preliminary round as the Evergreen senior placed eighth in the triple jump at the 4A state track and field championships on May 16 at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood. It was one of only two qualifying jumps he made on the day. The other in the finals was only 42-9. Lane finished 16th in the event in 2011.

126 — Weight that Evergreen senior Jake Kay wrestled at during the 2012-13 season. Kay went 39-9 in his final season on the mat, repeating as a 4A Jeffco League champion and taking third at regionals. He finished off his career with a sixth-place finish at the 4A state wrestling championships at Denver’s Pepsi Center, going 3-3 at the state meet.

1 — Number of seniors — Brooke Phillips — on this year’s Evergreen girls soccer team that went 8-6-1 overall and 6-1 in the 4A Jeffco League. The Lady Cougars placed second in the league, finishing only behind Green Mountain. Evergreen advanced to the second round of the 4A state playoffs for a second consecutive season.