http://www.canyoncourier.com/sports/rss.xml en Schmitt, Lady Cougars feel it at state http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/schmitt-lady-cougars-feel-it-state <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-evergreenstatexc03-gc-102914.jpg" alt="Caitlin Schmitt finished ninth at the 4A state cross country championships, running a time of 20 minutes, 21.1 seconds in Colorado Springs on Oct. 25." title="Caitlin Schmitt finished ninth at the 4A state cross country championships, running a time of 20 minutes, 21.1 seconds in Colorado Springs on Oct. 25." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>COLORADO SPRINGS</strong> &mdash; Evergreen girls cross country coach Angie Harrington and her boys coaching counterpart Rob Wright don&rsquo;t pay much attention to rankings.&nbsp;</p> <p> They tend to rely on how their runners are feeling pre-race. Considering how well the Lady Cougars ran Oct. 25 in the 4A state cross country championships, they were feeling pretty good.</p> Cycling team climbing the mountain http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/cycling-team-climbing-mountain <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-evergreencyc-gc-102914.jpg" alt="Evergreen High School’s mountain biking team wrapped up its fifth fall season at the state championships on Oct. 19. " title="Evergreen High School’s mountain biking team wrapped up its fifth fall season at the state championships on Oct. 19. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> It&rsquo;s 3 p.m. on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon. A group of mountain cyclists, maybe 10 or 20 of them, meet near the flagpole outside Evergreen High School, ready to embark on a training ride up Evergreen Mountain. Assistant coaches Andrew Speers and Colin Booth just stand back and watch as a line of kids makes its way up the trail. It&rsquo;s an impressive sight.</p> <p> Mountain biking is a popular sport as evidenced by the growth of Evergreen High&rsquo;s program since its inception five years ago. It is now under the leadership of head coach Rob Quinn.</p> Column: EHS’ JV team has a varsity feel to it http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/column-ehs%E2%80%99-jv-team-has-varsity-feel-it <p> Tim Janes doesn&rsquo;t have to look too hard to see just exactly what makes his Evergreen Cougars&rsquo; junior varsity boys tennis team different than most other JV squads. The proof lies on the court.</p> <p> The Cougars, unlike most JV squads, are not a ragtag group of beginners just getting their feet wet. No, this Evergreen team is made up of intermediate players who, in some cases, may be just as good as some varsity players.</p> Paulus’ hat trick sends EHS into the 2nd round http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/paulus%E2%80%99-hat-trick-sends-ehs-2nd-round <p> To say that Ryan Paulus was ready for the playoffs would be an understatement. The Evergreen senior posted his first career hat trick as the 11th-seeded Cougars thwarted No. 22 Denver West 3-1 in the first round of the 4A state boys soccer tournament Oct. 22 at Evergreen High School.</p> <p> Paulus scored goals in the 20th, 50th and 59th minute &mdash; the final after Denver West&rsquo;s Alex Herbert cut Evergreen&rsquo;s lead to 2-1 on a penalty kick.&nbsp;</p> Lady Cougars sweep Conifer http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/lady-cougars-sweep-conifer <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-coniferevergreenvb04-gc-102214.jpg" alt="Evergreen High’s Giselle DeGrandchamp, left, tries to block a ball hit by Conifer’s Kenna Ulfig on Oct. 17 at the newly-named Lo Hunter Gymnasium at Evergreen High School." title="Evergreen High’s Giselle DeGrandchamp, left, tries to block a ball hit by Conifer’s Kenna Ulfig on Oct. 17 at the newly-named Lo Hunter Gymnasium at Evergreen High School." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> As if playing rival Conifer wasn&rsquo;t enough motivation, the Evergreen Lady Cougars honored the legacy of their program, particularly Hall of Fame coach Laurice &ldquo;Lo&rdquo; Hunter, on Oct. 17 at Evergreen High School.</p> <p> And what a way to celebrate Hunter&rsquo;s legacy. After naming the court at EHS in her name, the Lady Cougars overcame a back-and-forth start to score a 25-23, 25-18, 25-19 victory in front of a raucous crowd at Lo Hunter Gymnasium.</p> Column: Hunter was the right, and only, choice for dedication http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/column-hunter-was-right-and-only-choice-dedication <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-coniferevergreenvb13-gc-102214.jpg" alt="Evergreen High’s athletic director Tony Barnett hugs Lo Hunter on Oct. 17 during a dedication celebration in her honor, naming the school’s gym after her." title="Evergreen High’s athletic director Tony Barnett hugs Lo Hunter on Oct. 17 during a dedication celebration in her honor, naming the school’s gym after her." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Laurice &ldquo;Lo&rdquo; Hunter is a pioneer. Though her name, officially, wasn&rsquo;t anywhere to be found inside the gymnasium at Evergreen High School prior to Oct. 17, her legacy most certainly was present. All one had to do was to look into the rafters to see the nine volleyball state championships Evergreen won between 1976 and 1985.</p> <p> But now, a banner resides on the far wall of Evergreen High School proclaiming the school&rsquo;s court as Lo Hunter Gymnasium, and nobody is more deserving of the honor.</p> Sports briefs http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/sports-briefs-57 <p> <strong>FOOTBALL<br /> </strong><strong>Evergreen blanks Arvada,&nbsp;</strong><strong>closes in on league title<br /> </strong><strong>LAKEWOOD</strong> &mdash; The Evergreen Cougars inched closer to a third 3A Metro North conference title in four years with a 40-0 shutout of Arvada on Oct. 18 at Trailblazer Stadium.</p> <p> The shutout was the third this season for Evergreen, which improved to 8-0 overall, 3-0 in league play.</p> Breaking down the Mountain Bowl http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/breaking-down-mountain-bowl <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-mtnbowl34-gc-101514_0.jpg" alt="CHS’ Vaughn Brasseaux (22) scored the Lobos’ lone TD." title="CHS’ Vaughn Brasseaux (22) scored the Lobos’ lone TD." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>FIRST QUARTER: EVERGREEN 7, CONIFER 6<br /> </strong>Vaughn Brasseaux took advantage of the first of two first-quarter turnovers by Evergreen to score on a 17-yard TD run to give Conifer an early six-point lead, but the Cougars retaliated late in the quarter when Dylan Reifeis hit a wide-open Seth Ausman for a 47-yard strike.</p>