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Today's Sports

  • Student-athletes sign up for...

    College is a big step for any student. Even more so for the student-athlete.

    Caleb Downey’s commitment, however, goes many steps further.

    The Evergreen senior was one of five Cougars to sign their national letters of intent on Feb. 3. The soccer standout has been nominated and will attend the Air Force Academy this fall.

    “It’s a commitment,” he said of the five to 10 years he will spend with the Air Force, depending on whether he goes into intelligence for tries to become a pilot.

  • Thunderhawks rain down 3&...

    It might take an architect, motivational speaker and psychologist to figure out the little things that have conspired against the Evergreen Cougars this season.

    The Cougars can build great leads on the court, but sometimes the blocks get pulled out one by one, they stop building and things start wobbling like Jenga on the coffee table.

    While their calmness is often an asset, call it a certain level-headedness amongst the sea of basketball emotions, the fire seems to dwindle and no one has the words to spark the fire.

  • Girls swimming: Cougars third in...

    The Evergreen swim and dive team placed third out of nine teams in the Class 4A Jeffco league meet.

    Carrie Latimer and Lexie Malazdrewicz split Evergreen’s four first-place finishes. Latimer won the 50 yard freestyle and 100 backstroke, while Malazdrewicz was tops in the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly.

    Evergreen scored 340 points, behind Golden and D’Evelyn.

  • Hardy dandelions are among...

    February has arrived, with more snow. If I can be patient for one short month, it will be March and hopefully more spring-like.

    People often ask what the first flower to bloom in the spring is. I have always answered with the three earliest blooming native wildflowers around our immediate area. They are the Easter daisy, which often blooms in late February and which is soon followed by mountain candytuft and spring beauty.

  • Farmers plow Cougars

    Perhaps it was the full moon Jan. 29 that turned the visiting 10th-ranked Wheat Ridge Farmers into a pack of snarling wolves.

    Perhaps it was really Conifer’s fault, as the rival Lobos had roughed up the Farmers three days prior, making them particularly focused when they arrived in town.

    Or just blame the basketball, which seemed to like Evergreen’s basket about as much as Jon loves Kate.

  • Spring buds will make an...

    Dreary cold January has just about dragged itself to an end. I hope February is a better month. Even though it is still winter, February usually has more sunshine, which always lifts everyone’s spirits and makes them feel like spring is coming someday.

  • Snore ... score ... score ......

    In arguably their biggest game of the season not involving rival Conifer, the Evergreen Cougars went with an unexpected game plan Jan. 22 against the Golden Demons.

    Competitive napping.

    And the Cougars were good at it. Far better than the Demons, as Golden strolled past Evergreen in the final minute for a key 49-45 Class 4A Jefferson County League victory.

  • Cougars scrub Demons clean

    Lexie Malazdrewicz has potential as long as her name.

    The Evergreen freshman already has enough low times to raise expectations, but she’s thinking more of the big picture. Winning a state title is a goal, but her current concerns are helping her team.

    “It’s a lot more different than club, for sure,” Malazdrewicz said of varsity swimming. “Everyone is so friendly. Everyone is so team oriented and wants to do everything for the team, which is nice.”

  • Yellow-bellied marmots act like...

    Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day, a day that doesn’t have much significance here, but it does in the Northeastern states, especially Pennsylvania, where it started.

    The myth is that if the groundhog comes out of his winter hibernation on Feb. 2 and sees his shadow, he is frightened and goes back to sleep for six more weeks. But if it is a cloudy day and he does not see his shadow, he will stay awake and spring will come early.

  • Small signs of spring appear...

    January is flying by with severely cold weather.

    January is the coldest month of the year, according to the National Weather Service, and it certainly has been this winter. Many nights have been well below zero, and the wind-chill factor has made some of them feel as cold as 20 below.