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Today's Sports

  • Cougars fall to rival

    CONIFER — “Perfect” was a word that treated the Cougars like a paper cut and lemon juice in their 6-5 loss to Conifer on Oct. 6.

    The Cougars saw their usually stellar defense look anything but perfect early on against the rival Lobos, which helped the home team grab the lead for good in the bottom of the first inning.

  • Whiff of garbage will bring...

    Snow and below-freezing temperatures tell us that winter is here, even though it’s still supposed to be fall. Shortening days are growing still shorter and will for three more months until the winter solstice is reached and the pendulum swings the other way and they begin to slowly grow longer. My husband, Bill, used to feel the same way, and we used to celebrate Dec. 22 as if it were the first day of spring and then celebrate again in March when it really was the first day of spring and the days began to get longer than the nights.

  • Lobos spoil homecoming

    EVERGREEN — Surrounded by a sea of people, the Conifer Lobos and Evergreen Cougars played the biggest football game these parts have seen since 1978.

    None of the current players were even alive the last time the Cougars hosted a varsity game. Heck, Conifer High wasn’t even built.

    But the Mountain Bowl, with its shiny new trophy, replaced the King of the Mountain, Backyard Brawl, or any other name this rivalry has picked up over the years.

  • Reminder why home games rule

    The first annual Mountain Bowl was a not-so-subtle reminder of many things worth applauding.

    You think community spirit is dying? Maybe, but not when it comes to the football programs at Evergreen and Conifer high schools.

    Longtime Conifer coach Larry Fitzmaurice has lobbied for years to try and get this rivalry game moved up to the schools and away from the sterile district environment at Trailblazer Stadium in Lakewood.

  • Cougars give Lobos the boot

    EVERGREEN — The crowd of girls waiting to grab the attention of Chris Roggow was both giggling and needy.

    Such is the life of an Evergreen senior after scoring two goals and setting up a third against an old rival.

    Roggow and the Cougars played like a car stuck in overdrive against the Conifer Lobos. They flew up and down and all around their home field, stretched the Lobos’ defense and cruised to a 4-2 Class 4A Jefferson County League victory on Sept. 30.

  • Cougars continue to dominate

    LITTLETON — Nothing, it seems, can slow down the Evergreen girls cross-country team.

    Battling through illness, the Cougars picked up a pair of wins last week, including one at the Dave Sanders Invitational at Clement Park on Oct. 2. The Cougars dominated the field — even with top runner Tayler Warren out of the lineup — placing four runners in the top-11.

  • Evergreen Lake too congested for...

    The first two days of fall brought quite a few migrating birds to Evergreen Lake. A cold front moving down out of Canada brought cold rain followed by the first snow. I am not ready for snow yet and hope we may still have some Indian summer weather.

  • Turnovers, penalties slow down...

    LAKEWOOD — When you’re a young team such as the Evergreen Cougars, you can’t afford to make mistakes.

    The Cougars repeatedly shot themselves in the foot Sept. 25 in their 42-14 loss to Valor Christian at Trailblazer Stadium, and that bothered the coaching staff.

    “At this point in the season, you’d like to not be still making rookie mistakes,” Evergreen coach Rob Molholm said. “Against a good football team like (Valor Christian), you have to play mistake-free football and we didn’t do that.”

  • Cougars spiked

    Ashley Phelps didn’t know exactly what she was getting into Sept. 23. Cara Walderman knew, and she didn’t want to miss it for the world.

    Not Conifer vs. Evergreen. Not the one game all year when the volleyball teams play before a packed house.

    Phelps, a junior who missed last year’s tilt because of injury, and Walderman, a senior who was cleared to play minutes before the game, combined with devastating efficiency as the Lobos swept the Cougars in their own house.

  • Autumn in the Colorado Rockies...

    The first day of autumn has arrived and with it came our first really cold day, which made it really feel like autumn. I’m not happy to see the cold weather come, but at least it gives me a good excuse to have a fire in the fireplace in the evening. The aspen have reached their peak in the high country; they were beautiful at Echo Lake this week, but those in our valley are still green.