http://www.canyoncourier.com/sports/rss.xml en Small but enthusiastic group develops skill set http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/small-enthusiastic-group-develops-skill-set <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-altitude05-cb-070115.jpg" alt="Coco Freeman, 8, right, scores during a scrimmage as Chris Kozel, 7, looks on at Evergreen Middle School." title="Coco Freeman, 8, right, scores during a scrimmage as Chris Kozel, 7, looks on at Evergreen Middle School." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> On one hand, Andrew Stafford&rsquo;s role as director of development for Altitude FC is to introduce the game of soccer to younger, novice players.&nbsp;</p> <p> But it&rsquo;s more than just that he was teaching to the quaint group of participants at Evergreen Middle School from June 22-26 at the first of two developmental camps this summer. Stafford worked with the small, but enthusiastic group on developing a lifelong love for the game, teamwork and social networking skills.</p> 2015 spring sports all-conference track & field http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/2015-spring-sports-all-conference-track-field <p> The following are all-conference selections for the 2015 spring sports season in track &amp; field:</p> Snider takes in the Evergreen Rodeo http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/snider-takes-evergreen-rodeo <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-evergreenrodeo03-fc-062415_0.jpg" alt="Evergreen resident and Texas native Felesha Snider rounds the second barrel during the barrel racing competition at the 49th annual Evergreen Rodeo on Saturday. This was Snider’s first time racing in Evergreen." title="Evergreen resident and Texas native Felesha Snider rounds the second barrel during the barrel racing competition at the 49th annual Evergreen Rodeo on Saturday. This was Snider’s first time racing in Evergreen." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Felesha Snider moved to Evergreen three years ago, but the on-again, off-again barrel racer had never competed in the Evergreen Rodeo until June 20. It was well worth the wait.</p> <p> &ldquo;It was great. It was awesome. I wish my run would&rsquo;ve been a little faster, but I&rsquo;m proud of my horse. He hasn&rsquo;t been running barrels very long. He&rsquo;s kind of new at it. It felt good,&rdquo; the Granbury, Texas, native said.</p> EHS finding a rhythm through summer program http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/ehs-finding-rhythm-through-summer-program <p> <strong>LAKEWOOD</strong> &mdash; It started May 29 with a three-day team camp at Metro State, then a summer series at Gold Crown, a camp at the University of Northern Colorado and now a final camp at Gold Crown Field House.&nbsp;</p> <p> It&rsquo;s just a little more than three weeks, but the Evergreen Cougars&rsquo; boys basketball team gets a small sampling of what kind of squad it has when it goes into the 2015-16 season later this year.</p> 2015 spring sports all-conference teams http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/2015-spring-sports-all-conference-teams <p> The following are all-conference selections for the 2015 spring sports season:</p> Hitz finds his way again in the nick of time http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/hitz-finds-his-way-again-nick-time <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-everrgeenraceseries15k02-cb-061715_1.jpg" alt="Kevin Correale competes in the Evergreen Mountain 15K, the first event in the five-race Evergreen Trail Racing Series at Alderfer Three Sisters Park on June 14. " title="Kevin Correale competes in the Evergreen Mountain 15K, the first event in the five-race Evergreen Trail Racing Series at Alderfer Three Sisters Park on June 14. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>By Craig Harper<br /> </strong><strong><em>For the Courier</em></strong></p> <p> In trail racing, course knowledge can be a curse or a blessing, as was the case for the men&rsquo;s and women&rsquo;s winners of the Evergreen Mountain 15K.</p> <p> CJ Hitz, a Colorado Springs resident running the course for the first time, literally lost his way at the top of Evergreen Mountain when he held a substantial lead in the June 13 opener of the five-race Evergreen Trail Racing Series, whose title sponsor is The Wild Game.</p> This time, EHS trio closes out with a win at the All-State Games http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/time-ehs-trio-closes-out-win-all-state-games <p> <strong>ALAMOSA</strong> &mdash; It was mere minutes into the game, yet the vociferous crowd voiced its approval when recent Evergreen graduate Greysen Lincoln, like he was prone to do his entire high school career, made a bone-crunching tackle.</p> Male athlete of the year: Marcus Cassin, Evergreen http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/male-athlete-year-marcus-cassin-evergreen <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-marcuscassin-cb-061015.jpg" alt="Evergreen High School&#039;s Marcus Cassin has been named the 2014-15 male athlete of the year by the Canyon Courier." title="Evergreen High School&#039;s Marcus Cassin has been named the 2014-15 male athlete of the year by the Canyon Courier." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> By Craig Harper<br /> For the Courier<br /> The opportunities and desire were there for Evergreen standout Marcus Cassin to play college football at the NCAA Division II or III level following his graduation last month. But his body was sending mixed messages.<br /> So, after enduring the wear-and-tear of the year-round requirements of playing three high school sports for four years, the Canyon Courier&rsquo;s Male Athlete of the Year turned down offers to play football for Redlands and Chapman, a pair of private California schools that competed in Division III.<br />