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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Giants fan takes loss in stride

    As soon as the 2009 NFL schedule was released, I knew I had to find my way to Invesco Field this season.

    The New York Giants come to town only so often, and I understood that if I didn’t seize the opportunity to see my favorite team play in my own backyard, I probably would have to wait a long time for them to return.

    My initial Internet search for tickets proved disappointing but thankfully, a co-worker at the Courier has season tickets and offered me a golden opportunity to use them to see the Giants take on the Broncos on Thanksgiving night.

  • The tale of the turkey is a wild...

    Gobble, gobble, gobble — it is once more Turkey Day. This huge bird was common over much of the Eastern states and came west along the shrubby area of the Plains watercourses. The adult males make the gobbling sound. The females call in a single yelp, and they both make a soft (“quit, quit”) call when feeding.

  • Industry loses one of the good...

    The name Steve Ellis doesn't resonate in this part of the country.

    However, mention the name in the south, particularly Florida, and Ellis's name was synonymous with two things: hard work and Florida State athletics.

    Ellis passed away far too soon at the age of 54 on Nov. 19, nine days after suffering a heart attack. According to reports, the longtime Florida State University beat writer was in the middle of writing a story when the heart attack happened and he made sure his wife e-mailed in his copy before calling 911.

    A true bulldog till the end.

  • Where have all the evening...

    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.

  • Evergreen athletes commit to...

    Sam Jones knew for a while where he was going to attend college.

    The Evergreen senior had to wait until Nov. 11 to make it official, though, as that was the first day athletes could sign national letters of intent with the school of their choice.

    Jones will attend Colorado Christian University, an NCAA Division II school, where he will continue his baseball career.