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Today's Sports

  • Key 9-0 run leads Evergreen to...

    CONIFER — The blueprint for an Evergreen boys victory this season has been to put teams away in the third quarter and enjoy the cushion in the fourth.

    The blueprint for an Evergreen loss this season as been to appear to have put teams away in the third, only to go cold and lose in the fourth.

    The Cougars defeated rival Conifer 60-54 on Feb. 10 with a new twist - lose a lead late, then explode offensively, step up defensively and hit timely free throws.

  • Cougars hang tough, but Lobos...

    CONIFER — Variety is the spice of life. It goes pretty good with basketball, too.

    Faced with a dogged, revenge-bent rival Feb. 10, the Conifer Lobos concentrated on teamwork and getting everyone involved in a 52-50 victory over Evergreen.

    “I think a big part of it was we had a great crowd behind us,” Conifer guard Cara Walderman said. “We played as a team the entire time. We knew that we needed to pick up our defense ... that’s what we talked about at halftime.”

  • Lexie grabs gold, leads Cougars...

    The Evergreen girls swim team ended the season by making quite a splash this past weekend. Competing in the Class 4A state swimming and diving championships at Mountain View Aquatics Center in Loveland, the Cougars notched an impressive ninth-place finish.

    Making the performance even more impressive was the championship won by freshman Lexie Malazdrewicz, which included five school records broken by her and her teammates.

  • Steller’s jays a...

    The big bold, sassy, ubiquitous Steller’s jay in an index bird of the ponderosa pine forest. It is probably the best-known bird that comes to local feeders.

    It was the first bird I saw when we moved to Evergreen 45 years ago. As we were moving in, it was bouncing across our patio swearing at us for moving into its territory.

  • Lobos reclaim the Power Cup

    Fate snuck up on Conifer freshman Sam Delmonico like a polar bear in a blizzard.

    As the annual Power Cup wrestling dual against rival Evergreen began Feb. 4 at the 135-pound weight class, Delmonico knew he would be wrestling last. But the 130-pounder never thought and never allowed himself to entertain the notion that the decisive match would come down to the wire.

    Delmonico pinned Evergreen’s Brandon Maxey in 1 minute, 38 seconds to break a deadlocked team race and give the Lobos a 40-34 victory, winning back the traveling Power Cup for the first time since 2008.

  • 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.