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Today's Sports

  • Cougars headed to state softball...

    Evergreen softball coach Scott Haebe isn’t sure if he likes the new regional format that teams must get through to qualify for state. Namely, he’s not sure how to feel when a team clobbers a team once, but then loses to that team in the rematch and fails to qualify for state.

    Not that Haebe or the Cougars are complaining.

    Evergreen punched its ticket to the Class 4A state tournament this weekend after surviving Region 7 and a rematch with the 10th-seeded Widefield Gladiators.

  • Cougars blank Warriors, 5-0

    LAKEWOOD – Like the Blues Brothers ravaging Chicago, the Evergreen soccer team got the proverbial band back together Oct. 13 at Lakewood Memorial Field.

    And the Cougars sure seemed to be on a mission from a higher power.

    With no injuries or absences to speak of for the first time this season, the Cougars jumped on the Centaurus Warriors from the onset and rarely let up in an impressive 5-0 Class 4A Jefferson County League victory that saw senior Caleb Downey bag a hat-trick.

  • There’s more to...

    A reader of this column recently phoned to ask me if there were any turtles in Evergreen Lake.

    Yes, indeed, I have seen turtles in Evergreen Lake. However, turtles are far more common in the rivers and ponds on the plains, mostly below 5,500 feet.

  • Champs on the rebound

    The Evergreen gymnastics team hosted an invitational meet on Oct. 10. The Cougars competed against Denver East, Denver South and Summit.

    With 50 gymnasts competing, it was an exciting and spirited day. Evergreen’s “A” team took home first-place honors with a score of 165.075, Summit placed second, Evergreen’s “B” team placed third, South was fourth, and East was fifth in the team competition.

  • 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.