http://www.canyoncourier.com/sports/rss.xml en Cougars go to camp to prep for 2014 http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/cougars-go-camp-prep-2014 <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-ehsfootball01-gc-072314.jpg" alt="Jake Ronder, right, picks up Tanner Cassin as the Evergreen Cougars work on tackling drills July 17 during a two-week preseason camp at Evergreen Middle School." title="Jake Ronder, right, picks up Tanner Cassin as the Evergreen Cougars work on tackling drills July 17 during a two-week preseason camp at Evergreen Middle School." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Midsummer&rsquo;s 90-degree heat had eased&nbsp;&mdash; if only for a day &mdash; on July 17, and the grass at Evergreen Middle School was a little thicker than what the Evergreen Cougars are accustomed to. Consistent rain does that, not to mention that EHS&rsquo; home facility and the playing surface at familiar Trailblazer Stadium is turf, not grass.</p> <p> Yet, heat or no heat, grass or turf, it was all relative for Evergreen&rsquo;s football team, which was in the first of a two-week camp just weeks before officially starting practice Aug. 11.</p> Fowler has big shoes to fill http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/fowler-has-big-shoes-fill <p> 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.</p> <p> Earlier this summer, Fowler was named the head coach for Evergreen High School&rsquo;s boys soccer program, replacing Peter Jeans, who resigned for personal reasons.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a good program. It&rsquo;s an exciting opportunity to try to build on,&rdquo; Fowler said.</p> EHS alum Burke perfect in pro debut http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/ehs-alum-burke-perfect-pro-debut <p> Brock Burke made his professional debut for the Gulf Coast Rays on July 18 against the Baltimore Orioles&rsquo; rookie-level team at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla.&nbsp;</p> <p> 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.</p> <p> The 17-year-old Evergreen High graduate tossed a one-two-three inning, striking out the Orioles&rsquo; Henry Urrutia to end the frame.&nbsp;</p> Evergreen High alum Spinzig named All-American Scholar http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/evergreen-high-alum-spinzig-named-all-american-scholar <p> Christina Spinzig, a 2010 Evergreen High graduate, was named an All-American Scholar for the second consecutive year by the Women&rsquo;s Golf Coaches Association.</p> <p> Spinzig was joined on the list by Colorado State University teammate Betsy Kelly. To qualify, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.50 cumulative grade-point average.</p> <p> The 22-year-old Spinzig played in 10 tournaments this past season for Colorado State, recording one top-20 finish and an average round of 77.7.&nbsp;</p> <p> She graduated with a degree in business administration.</p> Ride holds special meaning for San Fran cyclist http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/ride-holds-special-meaning-san-fran-cyclist <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-triple04-gc-071614.jpg" alt="Whitney Ellison cheers for riders in the Triple Bypass as they ride through Idaho Springs on July 12. Ellison was waiting for her father to ride by." title="Whitney Ellison cheers for riders in the Triple Bypass as they ride through Idaho Springs on July 12. Ellison was waiting for her father to ride by." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> This year&rsquo;s Triple Bypass was a special one for Travis Retzer. It not only was the 40-year-old San Francisco-area rider&rsquo;s first Triple, but it also holds a meaning closer to his heart.</p> <p> 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.</p> Column: Early risers embrace Triple Bypass challenge http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/column-early-risers-embrace-triple-bypass-challenge <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-triple01-gc-071614.jpg" alt="Cyclists ride their bikes up Stanley Road near Idaho Springs during the Triple Bypass." title="Cyclists ride their bikes up Stanley Road near Idaho Springs during the Triple Bypass." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;It&rsquo;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&rsquo;ve already been on the road for nearly two hours for the first of two days of the Triple Bypass.</p> Weiner repeats at Freedom Run http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/weiner-repeats-freedom-run <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-freedomrun04-gc-070914.jpg" alt="Runners stretch before starting the Freedom Run 5K on July 4 near Evergreen Middle School." title="Runners stretch before starting the Freedom Run 5K on July 4 near Evergreen Middle School." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <em>By Craig Harper<br /> For the Courier</em><br /> Bob Weiner is someone you don&rsquo;t want to run into if you&rsquo;re on the wrong side of the law in Jefferson County and someone you don&rsquo;t want to run against in the Freedom Run 5K.</p> Burke ready to make debut http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/burke-ready-make-debut <p> Seventeen-year-olds rarely have life-altering decisions to make like the one Brock Burke faced last month. The University of Oregon signee, who won&rsquo;t turn 18 until Aug. 4, was drafted in the third round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft by the Tampa Bay Rays.<br /> Does one go to college and get that degree or go straight to work as a professional baseball player? Tampa Bay made the decision easy for him.<br />