http://www.canyoncourier.com/sports/rss.xml en Cougars’ 4x800 relay fourth at state meet http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/cougars%E2%80%99-4x800-relay-fourth-state-meet <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-statetrack_evergreen05-cb-052516.jpg" alt="Evergreen junior Weston Donati-Leach (3) sprints to the finish line during the Class 4A boys 4x800 relay final May 19 at Jeffco Stadium. Montrose junior Ian Meek (6) was able to edge Donati-Leach by .04 seconds to put the Cougars in fourth." title="Evergreen junior Weston Donati-Leach (3) sprints to the finish line during the Class 4A boys 4x800 relay final May 19 at Jeffco Stadium. Montrose junior Ian Meek (6) was able to edge Donati-Leach by .04 seconds to put the Cougars in fourth." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">LAKEWOOD &mdash; Despite breaking the school record in the boys 4x800 relay for the second time in as many weeks, Evergreen&rsquo;s top relay team wasn&rsquo;t all smiles leaving the track May 19 at Jeffco Stadium.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;&ldquo;We were a little bummed out,&rdquo; said Evergreen junior Brandon Swenson, who ran the third leg of the relay. &ldquo;This is the one we wanted.&rdquo;</p> Evergreen sophomore finds the podium at state http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/evergreen-sophomore-finds-podium-state <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-4aboystateswimming_evergreen01-cb-052516.jpg" alt="Evergreen sophomore Joshua Gauvain competes in the 200-yard freestyle final during the Class 4A boys state swim meet May 21 at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center." title="Evergreen sophomore Joshua Gauvain competes in the 200-yard freestyle final during the Class 4A boys state swim meet May 21 at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">By Craig Harper &mdash;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">For the Courier</span></strong></p> <p> THORNTON &mdash; The pool part of swimming meets seems to be coming naturally to Joshua Gauvain.&nbsp;</p> <p> It&rsquo;s the post-race acknowledgement that is taking some getting used to.</p> Quick Hits http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/quick-hits-15 <p> <strong>Holley tied for 31st after Day 1</strong></p> <p> Evergreen junior Natalie Holley shot a round of 92 at the opening round of the Class 4A girls golf state tournament May 23 at Pueblo Country Club. The round placed her tied for 31st heading into Day 2 on Tuesday, May 24. Holley finished her second round after press deadline. Coverage of the 4A Jeffco League runner-up at the state tournament will publish in next week&rsquo;s Canyon Courier.</p> <p> <strong>Girls basketball camp</strong></p> Gauvain a lean machine in the pool http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/gauvain-lean-machine-pool <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-swimleague_evergreen03-cb-051816.jpg" alt="Evergreen sophomore Joshua Gauvain swims the 100-yard butterfly during the Jeffco League Championship finals May 14 at Meyers Pool in Arvada. Gauvain will likely compete in the butterfly and 50 freestyle at the state meet this week." title="Evergreen sophomore Joshua Gauvain swims the 100-yard butterfly during the Jeffco League Championship finals May 14 at Meyers Pool in Arvada. Gauvain will likely compete in the butterfly and 50 freestyle at the state meet this week." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>By Craig Harper &mdash;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">For the Courier</span></strong></p> <p> ARVADA &mdash; At 6-foot-2 and maybe 140 pounds, Joshua Gauvain looks like he&rsquo;d be more at home shooting a basketball than diving into a swimming pool.</p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m a pretty scrawny guy,&rdquo; the Evergreen sophomore said during a break at the Jeffco League Boys Swimming Championships on May 14.</p> RPI needs tweaking http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/rpi-needs-tweaking <p> Life just isn&rsquo;t fair sometimes. The same can be said about sports.</p> <p> Evergreen&rsquo;s baseball team finished with a 12-6 record, a second-place finish in the Class 4A Jeffco League with a 7-2 mark. Still, somehow, the Cougars didn&rsquo;t make the 32-team district field for the postseason.</p> <p> Six teams with sub-.500 records did make the 4A postseason field. Say what? How could this happen?</p> Gutsy effort comes up short in state playoffs http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/gutsy-effort-comes-short-state-playoffs <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cc-evergreengsoccer01_dp_051816.jpg" alt="Evergreen girls soccer players have some fun during introductions May 14 at Valor Stadium in Highlands Ranch. The Cougars came up just short in the second round of the Class 4A state tournament, losing to Valor 2-1." title="Evergreen girls soccer players have some fun during introductions May 14 at Valor Stadium in Highlands Ranch. The Cougars came up just short in the second round of the Class 4A state tournament, losing to Valor 2-1." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">HIGHLANDS RANCH &mdash; To beat a great team twice is always a tall task, let alone on the road both times.</span></p> <p> However, Evergreen&rsquo;s girls soccer team did everything in its power to pull off that mission May 14 at Valor Stadium in Highlands Ranch. The Cougars defeated Valor 3-2 on the Eagles&rsquo; home turf April 28 to propel Evergreen during an impressive home stretch of the regular season that included a tie against Class 4A Jeffco League champion Wheat Ridge.</p> Quick Hits http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/quick-hits-14 <p> <strong>League track championships</strong></p> Tie comes with a loss http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/tie-comes-loss <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-gsocevergreenvs.wheatridge15-cb-051116_1.jpg" alt="Evergreen juniors Kate Athenour (9) and Elise Adreon (27) help junior Sophia Weiner (20) walk off the field after the Cougars&#039; scorelss tie against Wheat Ridge on May 4 at Lakewood Memorial Field." title="Evergreen juniors Kate Athenour (9) and Elise Adreon (27) help junior Sophia Weiner (20) walk off the field after the Cougars&#039; scorelss tie against Wheat Ridge on May 4 at Lakewood Memorial Field." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>By Craig Harper &mdash;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">For the Courier</span></strong></p> <p> LAKEWOOD &mdash; No other Class 4A Jeffco girls soccer team matched Evergreen&rsquo;s accomplishments against conference champion Wheat Ridge.</p> <p> During the Cougars&rsquo; regular-season finale May 4 at Lakewood Memorial Field, Evergreen (9-5-1 record, 6-2-1 in league) held the Farmers scoreless and managed a 0-0 tie in the process. On top of that, Evergreen clinched third place and one of the league&rsquo;s four automatic berths in the 32-team state tournament.</p>