http://www.canyoncourier.com/sports/rss.xml en BRAINS AND BRAWN http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/brains-and-brawn <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-joeyfox01-cb-090215.jpg" alt="Senior linebacker/offensive lineman Joey Fox jumps over drill pads during football practice Aug. 25 at Evergreen High School. " title="Senior linebacker/offensive lineman Joey Fox jumps over drill pads during football practice Aug. 25 at Evergreen High School. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> As a student there&rsquo;s something within Joey Fox that makes him want to succeed. That mentality was built into him by his mother, Rebecca.<br /> &ldquo;I just have a natural ability to go out and do my best. My mom has always taught me that, to always do my best in everything I do. To give 100 percent. You can&rsquo;t ask for anything more, and you can&rsquo;t be disappointed with yourself,&rdquo; the Evergreen High School senior said.<br /> Lady Cougars looking to continue turnaround from 2014 http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/lady-cougars-looking-continue-turnaround-2014 <p> The Evergreen Lady Cougars hold nine state titles in volleyball, making them the fourth most titled team in Colorado, but there&rsquo;s a catch. Their most recent title was in 1985. Thirty years is a long time to wait to raise the victory banner, and the Lady Cougars are itching to feel that satisfaction again.<br /> Sports briefs http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/sports-briefs-70 <p> <strong>SOFTBALL<br /> Lady Cougars rout Boulder to give Mitchel her first win<br /> BOULDER </strong>&mdash; Kaylee Wardlow went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored, while three others players &mdash; Katie Solis, Maggie Tucker and Jessica Bellatti &mdash; scored twice in Evergreen&rsquo;s 15-5 rout of host Boulder on Aug. 29.<br /> The game was called after six innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.<br /> The win was the first in the Della Mitchel era as head coach. Evergreen opened the season four days earlier with a 6-4 loss at Thomas Jefferson.<br /> Gymnastics preview: EHS coping with youth, inexperience http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/gymnastics-preview-ehs-coping-youth-inexperience <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-evergreengymnastics06-cb-082615.jpg" alt="Evergreen gymnastics coach Chancey Hines, right, works with freshman Allie O’Connor on the uneven bars during practice on Aug. 19 at EHS. O’Connor is one of seven freshmen on this year’s squad." title="Evergreen gymnastics coach Chancey Hines, right, works with freshman Allie O’Connor on the uneven bars during practice on Aug. 19 at EHS. O’Connor is one of seven freshmen on this year’s squad." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Looking at the roster, it&rsquo;s not all that difficult to point out who the Evergreen High School gymnastics team will be leaning on in 2015 to lead the charge.<br /> That would be Callie Cohen, the team&rsquo;s lone senior. But head coach Chancey Hines isn&rsquo;t too concerned with that. She knows her team captain can handle it.<br /> Cross county: Cougars favorites again in 4A Jeffco http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/cross-county-cougars-favorites-again-4a-jeffco <p> Caitlin Schmitt, as she ran to a ninth-place finish at the 4A state cross country championships last October, pictured her teammates and her family, but she also ran for herself.<br /> &ldquo;That was one of the best races for me,&rdquo; Schmitt recalled. &ldquo;I was very, very happy with my finish.&rdquo;<br /> It&rsquo;s that excited, ecstatic feeling that the Evergreen High School senior hopes to feel again this year as the Cougars embark on the 2015 season.<br /> 5 questions with Brock Burke http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/5-questions-brock-burke <p> Last year, Evergreen High alum Brock Burke was a third-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Rays. A year later, the lanky left-hander is coming along with the Appalachian League&rsquo;s Princeton Rays. He&rsquo;s made 10 starts with a 3-2 record and 3.40 earned-run average. Sports editor Michael Hicks caught up with Burke last week.</p> 2015 softball preview: Mitchel totes new element to the table http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/2015-softball-preview-mitchel-totes-new-element-table <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-evergreensoftball04-cb-081915.jpg" alt="Ryen Dalvit, preparing to catch a toss during practice on Aug. 17, is one of two returning seniors for this year’s EHS softball team." title="Ryen Dalvit, preparing to catch a toss during practice on Aug. 17, is one of two returning seniors for this year’s EHS softball team." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The opportunity presented itself, and Della Mitchel jumped at it. Now, the first-year Evergreen Lady Cougars&rsquo; varsity softball coach hopes to bring an element to the high school game that&rsquo;s been missing, in her opinion.<br /> EHS boys golf coach placed on two-week leave http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/ehs-boys-golf-coach-placed-two-week-leave <p> Mike Kuzava, Evergreen High School&rsquo;s boys golf coach, has been placed on administrative leave for two weeks, according to an e-mail that athletic director Tony Barnett sent to parents and players on Aug. 19.</p> <p> Neither Kuzava nor Barnett would comment on the reasons behind the action.</p> <p> &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t agree with what happened, but I&rsquo;ll live with the decision,&rdquo; Kuzava said.</p> <p> Assistant coach Wes Short will coach the team in the interim, Barnett confirmed.</p>