http://www.canyoncourier.com/sports/rss.xml en Packs lead Cougars at Liberty Bell http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/packs-lead-cougars-liberty-bell <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-evergreenxc05-gc-091714.jpg" alt="Evergreen’s Caitlin Schmitt finished in seventh place in 19 minutes, 10 seconds at the Liberty Bell on Sept. 12." title="Evergreen’s Caitlin Schmitt finished in seventh place in 19 minutes, 10 seconds at the Liberty Bell on Sept. 12." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>By Michael Hicks<br /> </strong><strong><em>Sports Editor</em></strong></p> <p> <strong>LITTLETON</strong> &mdash; Evergreen&rsquo;s cross country team isn&rsquo;t likely to see too many individual victories, but that&rsquo;s not the motive anyway. The Cougars are all about what they can do as a team.</p> <p> That&rsquo;s been proven over the years, especially in 2013 when the boys and girls each won 4A Jeffco League and regional titles. Well, 2014, is looking like much the same with a state championship very much in sight.</p> Frosh middle Hicken sparks Eagles past EHS http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/frosh-middle-hicken-sparks-eagles-past-ehs <p> <strong>LITTLETON</strong> &mdash; Taylor Hicken may only be a freshman but already she&rsquo;s proving to be a spark plug for the Dakota Ridge Lady Eagles&rsquo; volleyball team.</p> Hines preaches patience as EHS takes 4th at quad http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/hines-preaches-patience-ehs-takes-4th-quad <p> <strong>By Craig Harper<br /> </strong><strong><em>For the Courier</em></strong></p> <p> Evergreen&rsquo;s best gymnast and lone junior is trying to regain her form after an offseason layoff from the sport and an illness that has forced her to miss meets this year. Its promising freshman is battling a sore ankle while adjusting to the high school version of the sport. Its lone senior also has battled illness. The remainder of the squad is sophomores and freshmen. Its assistant coach is new.</p> <p> No wonder second-year coach Chancey Hines is asking for patience.</p> Sports briefs http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/sports-briefs-54 <p> <strong>SOFTBALL<br /> </strong><strong>Lady Cougars win 7th straight, take Mile High Invitational<br /> </strong><strong>DENVER</strong> &mdash; Lauren Hawes went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs and Emily Lauder, making her first start in right field, threw a Thomas Jefferson runner out at the plate as Evergreen won the Mile High Invitational on Sept. 13 with a 6-5 victory.</p> <p> The Lady Cougars broke a 5-all tie in the top of the seventh.</p> <p> Freshman Ashley Johnson picked up the victory, striking out five and walking three. Jessica Bellatti scored two runs.</p> Cougars find the right touch in the 2nd half http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/cougars-find-right-touch-2nd-half <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-evergreenbsoc02-gc-091014.jpg" alt="Evergreen’s Adam Babb (14) and Silver Creek’s Zack Jagerson fight for possession of the ball on Sept. 5 at Evergreen High School. Babb’s goal in the 63rd minute was the first of two in the second half for the Cougars, who beat the Raptors 2-0." title="Evergreen’s Adam Babb (14) and Silver Creek’s Zack Jagerson fight for possession of the ball on Sept. 5 at Evergreen High School. Babb’s goal in the 63rd minute was the first of two in the second half for the Cougars, who beat the Raptors 2-0." align="left" hspace="6" width="80" height="85" /><p> First-year Evergreen boys soccer coach Ross Fowler, like his predecessor Peter Jeans, preaches that his team should have greater possession of the ball than the opposition. He finds that the teams who are able to do that consistently score a lot more goals later in the game.</p> Murphy, Wall spark Evergreen past Lutheran http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/murphy-wall-spark-evergreen-past-lutheran <p> <strong>PARKER</strong> &mdash; The Evergreen Lady Cougars volleyball team played a shoelace game against the Lutheran Lady Lions, winning 25-13, 25-15, 24-26, 25-21 at Lutheran High School on Sept. 4.</p> <p> For the first two games, every ball the Lady Cougars lobbed over the net seemed to sink right at the Lions&rsquo; feet, forcing Lutheran to dig time and again. But then the Lady Cougars lost their momentum in the third game.</p> Sports briefs http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/sports-briefs-53 <p> <strong>FOOTBALL<br /> </strong><strong>Reifeis, Cougars improve&nbsp;</strong><strong>to 2-0, top Northridge<br /> </strong><strong>GREELEY</strong> &mdash; Evergreen junior quarterback Dylan Reifeis completed 22 of 26 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns as the Cougars, ranked fifth in this week&rsquo;s CHSAA poll, toppled host Northridge 39-22 on Sept. 6 at District 6 Stadium.</p> <p> Marcus Cassin caught nine passes for 112 yards and one touchdown. Connor Solawetz also caught a TD pass.</p> Cougars dominant on defense, offense http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/cougars-dominant-defense-offense <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-evergreenfb06-gc-090314.jpg" alt="Evergreen High School’s Greysen Lincoln runs the ball in for a touchdown after recovering a fumble against Lewis-Palmer on Aug. 29 at Evergreen High School. " title="Evergreen High School’s Greysen Lincoln runs the ball in for a touchdown after recovering a fumble against Lewis-Palmer on Aug. 29 at Evergreen High School. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Greysen Lincoln was hoping for something like the 21-yard fumble return the senior defensive lineman scored in the first quarter of Evergreen&rsquo;s 2014 season opener, but he didn&rsquo;t really think it was going to happen.&nbsp;</p> <p> But that&rsquo;s the kind of night it was for the Cougars in a Top-10 showdown that was anything but a marquee match-up.</p> <p> Evergreen, ranked No. 6 in CHSAA&rsquo;s 3A preseason poll, dominated from start to finish in routing No. 9 Lewis-Palmer 38-0 on a cloud-covered Aug. 29 night at Evergreen High School.</p>