http://www.canyoncourier.com/sports/rss.xml en 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> 2015 boys tennis preview: EHS hoping summer play will pay off http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/2015-boys-tennis-preview-ehs-hoping-summer-play-will-pay <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-evergreenbten03-gc-081915.jpg" alt="Ryan Lahr played at No. 2 singles in 2014 for Evergreen. The junior is back this season, along with last year’s No. 3 player Henry Raeder." title="Ryan Lahr played at No. 2 singles in 2014 for Evergreen. The junior is back this season, along with last year’s No. 3 player Henry Raeder." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Bob Greenman, Evergreen&rsquo;s co-head boys tennis coach, has preached year in and year out that his players should go down the hill &mdash; meaning into Denver &mdash; to play in competitive tournaments during the off season. He sees that as a way for the Cougars to get better come time for the regular season.<br /> This year, those players listened, and the hope is that the experience will pay off.<br /> 2015 boys soccer preview: A year wiser, Cougars eye the next step http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/2015-boys-soccer-preview-year-wiser-cougars-eye-next-step <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-evergreenbsoc01-gc-081915.jpg" alt="EHS’ Adam Babb chases the ball vs. Silver Creek on Sept. 5, 2014. The Cougars reached the second round of the 4A playoffs last year. " title="EHS’ Adam Babb chases the ball vs. Silver Creek on Sept. 5, 2014. The Cougars reached the second round of the 4A playoffs last year. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> In 2014, the transfer of coaching power from Peter Jeans to Ross Fowler as the head varsity boys soccer coach at Evergreen High School was a smooth one.<br /> &ldquo;It was a fairly easy transition for me. Our style of play and philosophy are fairly similar,&rdquo; Fowler said. &ldquo;There were some little changes, but we always want to be a possession-based team.&rdquo;<br /> ‘I still dream of flying’ http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/%E2%80%98i-still-dream-flying%E2%80%99 <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-hanggliding25-cb-080515_0.jpg" alt="Pilot James Yocom, from Golden, rides underneath the sun on his hang glider near Lookout Mountain on July 30." title="Pilot James Yocom, from Golden, rides underneath the sun on his hang glider near Lookout Mountain on July 30." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &ldquo;I used to dream about flying when I was a kid,&rdquo; said Evergreen resident and IT specialist for the National Park Services Allen &ldquo;Sparky&rdquo; Sparks as he feeds the poles that give his hang glider shape through their narrow Dacron fabric opening.<br />