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Today's Sports

  • Overcoming obstacles

    Shannon Kittelsen was trying not to make mountains out of molehills.

    However, the Evergreen High School sophomore’s mind just wouldn’t stop racing. She tried to tell herself she had a race to prepare for, and she needed to focus her attention on the technicalities of the trail she was attempting to navigate on her mountain bike. The voices of self-doubt in her head grew louder, and the aches in her body joined in the chorus.

  • Evergreen football has set the...

    JOHNSTOWN — It wasn’t the start the visiting Evergreen Cougars wanted or expected facing Roosevelt on a sunny, but freezing Peterson Field on Nov. 21.

  • Cougars nearly perfect in...

    LAKEWOOD — For the second consecutive season Evergreen is headed to the Class 3A football state quarterfinals.

    “I want the kids to enjoy this. Playoff wins are very hard to get,” Evergreen coach Rob Molholm said after the Cougars rolled to a 40-8 victory Nov. 14 against Holy Family at Trailblazer Stadium in Lakewood. “I thought we played the way you have to play to win playoff games. We played ball control and field position.”

  • Remarkable run ends

    DENVER — Evergreen wasn’t just satisfied to make the state volleyball tournament for the first time in two decades.

    The No. 9-seeded Cougars scored back-to-back early-morning victories Nov. 13 and 14 at the Denver Coliseum over higher seeded Holy Family and Montrose to advance into the Class 4A state semifinals Nov. 14.

  • Evergreen stakes claim to soccer...

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier 

    COMMERCE CITY — Members of Evergreen’s 2015 boys soccer team have no direct recollection of the last time the program won a state championship for an obvious reason: They weren’t even a gleam in their parents’ eyes in 1989.

  • New playground equipment...

    Kids are enjoying shiny new playground equipment with special features at Kittredge Park. The recently completed project of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District includes sliding boards, swings and rotating rides for youngsters ages 2 to 12.

    A rock climber and other creative elements such as a raindrop activity panel are included in the design of Evergreen landscape architect Dianne Schade of Made in the Schade.

  • Tree, chipping sparrows visit...

    On her way to visit me last week, my friend Loie Evans saw a tree sparrow in the yard here at Elk Run Assisted Living. Tree sparrows are interesting birds because they do not breed here; they breed much further north. They breed in the low shrub growth just above timberline. They are most frequently seen here in winter in the middle states.

    They are not tree birds as you think of big, high trees. They are birds of the scrub land, nesting in the Hudsonian Zone all across northern Canada, where such trees as birch and alder are more shrub-like, only four to six feet high.

  • Evergreen soccer advances to...

    AURORA — Evergreen’s boys soccer program is one win away from its first state championship since 1989.

    The Cougars upset top-seeded Cheyenne Mountain 4-3 in a thrilling Class 4A semifinal Nov. 11 at Legacy Stadium in Aurora. Evergreen freshman Ryan Gutberlet scored a pair of goals, including the eventual game-winner in the 78th minute, to propel the No. 4 Cougars to their first trip to the title game since 2011.

  • Jeffco Open Space revises...

    To better manage events in its parks, Jeffco Open Space is establishing new guidelines, which the Open Space Advisory Committee reviewed on Nov. 5.

    Events attended by more than 200 people will be limited to five per year, with a maximum of one for each user type, said Dave Davenport, Open Space’s outdoor recreation coordinator.

    Also, events that fall on holidays or holiday weekends will not be considered, according to the revised park-permit guidelines.

  • Two types of cattails found in...

    There is a small drainage pond below my window that has become a miniature cattail marsh. Last week, the green fronds were waving in the breeze, but the snow that came midweek also brought some very cold temperatures.

    When I awoke Thursday morning, the snow had turned Our Evergreen World to white and the cattails were stiff and brown, rattling in the wind. Summer has left the little marsh, and it now serves as a wintering place for a few birds.