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Today's Sports

  • Finches, sparrows abound as...

    After a hard rain during the night, the morning of Aug. 30 was damp, misty, humid, partly cloudy, partly sunny, foggy, hazy and warm, with a slight breeze that would sway the tall grasses and flowers occasionally just enough to send a raindrop rolling off.

    There was a definite feeling of autumn in the air that Sunday morning and an unusual number of birds in the yard and at the feeders. I was only getting quick flashes of them from the window, so I finally went out on the carport where I could see over a larger area and follow them from place to place.

  • Tough loss for Cougars

    LAKEWOOD — Evergreen coach Rob Molholm is a Farmer at heart.

    So when Molholm stood in the shadow of the scoreboard at Trailblazer Stadium on Friday that showed his Cougars losing 14-10 to Elizabeth, he thought back to his gridiron roots. And for a guy from Wheat Ridge, a program with shelf full of state titles and a tough-guy reputation, moral victories don’t get you very far.

    “We got a lot of things to work on, but one thing we don’t have to work on is heart,” Molholm said.

  • Evergreen smashes Conifer

    In between the comedy and yelling, Zach Fuller and Nate Chart played some entertaining tennis Sept. 10.

    In a No. 1 singles match that headlined the Conifer and Evergreen Class 4A Jefferson County League dual match, Fuller and Chart - two friends who are very familiar with each other’s games - went at each other for every point.

    “I was playing for the moment because I’m good friends with Nate,” Fuller said.

    Chart captured the moment, however, as the top Evergreen player won 6-3, 6-4. Behind Charter, the Cougars rolled to a 5-2 team victory.

  • Tigers top timid Cougars

    LAKEWOOD — On one side of the net Oct. 10 stood the Lakewood Tigers, a Class 5A team that put itself on the map last season by winning the Jefferson County League and advancing to the state tournament.

    In the stands, near the disclaimer “Welcome to the Jungle,” was a sizeable Tigers’ student section that bounced, cheered and taunted.

    Watching all of this in wide-eyed wonder were the Evergreen Cougars.

  • Cowbirds find sanctuary in other...

    Every year in late August, I receive phone calls from readers who want to know about a large brown baby bird that is being fed by a much smaller parent. This is usually a chipping sparrow or a gray-headed junco locally, but it may be almost any smaller bird. Brown-headed cowbirds arrive in the spring about March 1 and are the only bird in America that does not build its own nest. They come to feeders regularly because they prefer millet to all other grain. They watch the other birds to see where they are building nests, and when the rightful owner of the nest is away, they deposit an egg.

  • Young Cougars fall in opener

    FREDERICK — For most of the first quarter and into the second, then third, the Frederick Warriors and Evergreen Cougars tried to wear out the grass in the middle of the field. Trading defensive powers for punts, the two teams, manned by inexperienced underclassmen, tried to find momentum to keep a drive moving.

    With the exception of a muffed punt reception, Frederick kept Evergreen far from the end zone and finished the opening weekend with a 14-6 nonleague victory.

  • Evergreen rallies for tie

    The turf field behind Evergreen High School won’t ever be confused with Azteca Stadium, Old Trafford or San Siro, but the Cougars sure treat the place like a fortress.

    And pity the team that has to face them.

    The Cougars swarmed like angry bees Sept. 4, dominating Ralston Valley in all aspects of the game before a jubilant crowd. But unlike last year’s lone home game against Columbine (a 4-1 drubbing dished out by the Cougars), Evergreen could not get its dominance to show on the scoreboard.

  • Crawford happy to be with...

    Zac Crawford can’t stop smiling.

    After working at the US Olympic Center in Colorado Springs, Crawford, who was living in Alabama at the time, fell in love with the Rocky Mountains and vowed that if an opportunity presented itself for him to move to the state, he would.

    That opportunity, in form of being the Stingers Soccer Club’s Developmental Director of Coaching, arose and Crawford literally jumped at the chance.

  • Maximum effort: Stout defense,...

    Some first games pack more intrigue than others.

    Consider the Cougars, who were young and inexperienced at the Class 4A varsity level, facing off against an experienced group from perennial 3A power Platte Canyon.

    You gotta love being young.

    “I was kind of expecting some first-game jitters, but I thought defensively we just played lights out,” Evergreen coach Scott Haebe said after the Cougars scored a well earned 7-2 nonleague season-opening victory Aug. 26.

  • Wet summer has brought new weeds...

    On Friday evening, Aug.14, the Weed Awareness Committee met for its last summer weed pulling at Evergreen Lake.