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Supporting the Cougars

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Students, parents and fans cheer EHS on at the state basketball championships

By Deb Hurley Brobst

DENVER ­­­­­­— There’s nothing like the bountiful energy among the fans at a state playoff game.

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The Evergreen High School girls basketball semifinal game on Thursday at the Denver Coliseum was no exception. Students, parents and fans cheered as the Lady Cougars won 45-29 on their way to winning Saturday’s state championship game.

Students yelled “Ever what?” “Evergreen!” and other chants to help support the team on its way to victory.

Maren Schreiber, the mom of junior guard Kristina Schreiber, was happy the EHS girls were winning at halftime, but she wished the six-point spread was wider.

“I’m just really excited for them,” Maren said. “At the beginning of the year, no one thought they would go this far. They are rockin’ it.”

EHS’s cheerleaders — Amber Phipps, Jadie Yeatts, Destiny Vickery, Ann Krauklis and Lindsay VanderSchee — were happy with the energy in the stands.

“It’s more fun when there’s interaction,” Destiny said. “At state, you never know what to expect. It’s more of an adventure than cheering in our gymnasium.”

Becky Reece of Evergreen brought her daughter, Bella, an Evergreen Middle School sixth-grader, to the game.

“It’s a great thing to do as a family,” Becky said. “It’s always nice when we can support the girls’ sports programs. The boys’ programs always have such a following.”

Sitting toward the back of the coliseum was Amber Reynolds of Evergreen and her daughter Blakeley, an EMS student. Amanda brings her daughter to EHS girls basketball games because it reminds her of her years in high school.

“We want to support our local team,” Amanda said, adding that the real reason she comes is because her dad took her to a high school girls basketball game when she was in elementary school. She decided she wanted to play, but she was small and a dancer with no basketball skills. So she started practicing, and she played on the Holton High School team in Kansas — winning state her senior year.

While she doesn’t want to push Blakeley into playing basketball, Amanda wants her to understand that hard work pays off.

“They work so hard,” Amanda said of the EHS Lady Cougars. “It’s good to have kids watch them work so hard.”

Contact Deb Hurley Brobst at deb@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1041. Check www.CanyonCourier.com for updates.