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Today's Sports

  • Winter solstice heralds the...

    Looking out the window, I still see snow on the ground, and we will have snow for at least three more months. However, this past Monday, Dec. 20, was the changing point, and yesterday was the beginning of the change, the winter solstice, or the first day of winter.

    That’s the day my husband, Bill, used to call the best day of the year because it meant that from that day forward every day became a bit longer, and this meant spring was on its way. The best time of the year.

  • Flickers a nice addition to...

    During the bitter cold spell we had in early December, my friend Amy, who helps me with things I can no longer do myself, looked out the window and said excitedly, “What’s that big bird on the feeder?”

    From the way she said “big” and her excitement, I thought it must be a hawk or an eagle, something really big. So I grabbed my binoculars and found myself looking at a northern flicker. Of course they are big, 12 to 15 inches long, compared with the chickadees and juncos that were also there. Flickers are truly beautiful.

  • Evergreen stumbles

    LAKEWOOD — After shooting out to a 2-0 start to the season, the Evergreen Cougars experienced their first growing pains this past weekend, going 0-3 in the Paul Davis Classic at Green Mountain High School.

    Scrappy to the end, the Cougars (3-3) slowly lost their shine from an overtime loss against Thomas Jefferson, to a close loss to Class 5A Green Mountain, to getting pounded on at times by a talented Lewis-Palmer.

  • Cougars top Eagles in dual

    If you spend your time in the testosterone world long enough, you’re bound to see something like this: An unsuspecting guy gets caught in a brawl he never intended and it’s nothing but a flurry of punches before he realizes what he stumbled into.

    That was kind of like what Evergreen heavyweight Josh Karnath found himself in Dec. 10, minus, of course, the punches.

    Karnath had Valor Christian freshman Stanley Gilbert on him like a hornet to start their match and he staggered out of the first salvo with a little wobble and bit of worry.

  • Eagle sightings not so rare in...

    A few weeks ago I received a phone call from a lady who lived in the Genesee area who said she had just gone outside for a short break, and looking up at the beautiful blue sky, she saw a majestic bald eagle flying over.

    I was so pleased that she had called to share her excitement with me for it is so much more interesting if you have someone to share your sightings with, and I, too, have seen bald eagles flying over near Genesee.

  • Cougars dominate

    Nine is arguably the loneliest number on the scoreboard.

    Sure, nine gets to be on the right side of the scoreboard all the time — 19, 39, 49 — but rarely do the lights on the left get to burn a proud 9 in the presence of a crowd.

    The number nine got a big hug Dec. 2 from Evergreen.

    The 10th-ranked Lady Cougars scored like they were sugared up on Pop Rocks and Monster energy drinks en route to a season-opening 92-32 Class 4A nonleague victory over Battle Mountain.

    “We got really good shots,” Cougars coach Ali Meyers said.

  • Lady Cougars ready to make a...

    Evergreen is known for many things, but the high school’s girls swim team is not normally one of them.

    Well, those girls are out to change that this year, and they may just be good enough to make some serious noise in Class 4A Jefferson County.

    Fresh off a fourth-place finish in the league last year and a top-20 finish in the state, coach Jeanne Godaire is looking to not only equal those achievements, but better them in this, her third year at the school.

    “We’re hoping to get to where we place in the top-10 at state,” Godaire said.

  • Where have all the grosbeaks...

    Probably the question I am most frequently asked by people who have been feeding birds in the area for many years is, “Where have all the grosbeaks gone?” I wish I could give them a good answer, and I also wish I could bring them back.

    First, I try to ascertain that they are referring to the evening grosbeaks because we have other grosbeaks in the area. Usually they describe them as the fairly big birds that are yellow, white and black, and used to come to feeders in droves.

  • Girls ready to take next step

    About the only thing that’s changed for the Evergreen girls basketball team is the last name of its head coach.

    Ali Johnston is now Ali Meyers after getting married over the summer. With almost her entire roster back from last season, Meyers is excited about the team’s chances.

  • It's all new for Cougars

    With a coach like Scott Haebe and proven systems on offense and defense, the proverbial cupboard will never be bare for the Evergreen Cougars.

    It was pretty cleaned out, however.

    The Cougars lost six seniors to graduation and senior Maciah Herbert moved to California, leaving Evergreen with just Cam Tucker remaining from their top-eight players in terms of minutes played last season.

    Under construction? Haebe might need a hard hat and some blinking orange safety lights around the gymnasium at the start of the season.