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Today's Sports

  • Dippers dip and dive along Bear...

    February has been very wintry, with colder-than-average temperatures, snow flurries and a lot of gray skies.

    Despite all this, if you walk along Bear Creek between the downtown parking lot and the Church of the Transfiguration, you can hear the beautiful canary-like song of the dipper. These fantastic little birds are permanent residents along our boisterous mountain streams and therefore one of the earliest birds to sing, mate and nest in the area.

  • First-round playoff basketball:...

    The Evergreen girls cruised into the second round of the Class 4A state basketball tournament Feb. 23 with a 60-31 victory over the Palisade Bulldogs.

    Four players scored in double figures and the Cougars’ zone defense gave the visitors fits, in what quickly became a rout.

    The Cougars led 23-4 in the first quarter, 36-17 at halftime and stretched their lead to 50-18 on a jump shot by Haley Stading in the third quarter.

  • 'I'm the happiest kid...

    DENVER — Nick Keitlen found nirvana.

    In the hardest sport offered to prep athletes, Keitlen had been dreaming of getting his hand raised in victory at the Class 4A state wrestling tournament at the Pepsi Center. The thought was bordering on an obsession.

    His moment of Zen came Feb. 18.

    Keitlen saw his 4-0 lead erased by Cheyenne Mountain’s A.J. Simon, then reversed an attempted shot in the third period for a takedown and nearfall points to clinch a 9-4 decision in their 160-pound match.

  • Heart and soul take poms to 9th

    It has been said that to be great at something you need to put your heart and soul into it. The Evergreen High School Pom squad put their hearts into their hip-hop dance routine Feb.6, at the Universal Dance Association National Competition in Florida.

    They placed ninth out of 65 teams in the hip-hop division — no small feet considering that the EHS poms were up against the best in the nation, which included performing art schools where dance is incorporated into the curriculum. The Evergreen pom squad has competed at nationals for the past 16 consecutive years.

  • Hot-shooting Jaguars drop...

    JEFFERSON COUNTY — The Evergreen boys now know how the Indianapolis Colts feel.

    OK, maybe this game wasn’t as big as the Super Bowl, but a league championship was on the line and all the Cougars needed to do to win it was beat D’Evelyn on the road.

    Unfortunately for the Cougars, they just didn’t have enough offense in this matchup as the Jaguars were hot from the field and hurt the Cougars at the free-throw line as they took home the league title, 65-52.

  • Cougars win as last-second shot...

    With Evergreen leading by one point and 4.3 seconds to play, D’Evelyn had to pass the ball in from under Evergreen’s basket and go the length of the court for a chance to score. Game over, right?

    Not exactly.

    The Jaguars got the ball to Kira Kalkus who raced down the court and got a good look at a 3-pointer that went halfway down before rattling out and falling harmlessly to the ground.

    Exhale. Game over.

  • Ski teams slide through state...

    The Evergreen ski teams competed in the state championship this past week. The boys scored 516 team points through four competitions, good enough for fifth place out of 15 schools. The Evergreen girls scored 505 points, good enough for seventh.

    Summit captured the boys team title, while Middle Park took the overall girls title with 658 points.

    David and Danny Graebel both placed in the giant slalom event. David was sixth with a combined time of 1 minute, 38.1 seconds. Danny was eighth with a time of 1:39.2. Zach Fretz of Summit won the event with a time of 1:34.6

  • Here’s the story of...

    If there is one species of bird that is a regular visitor at everyone’s winter feeder, it is the chickadee. They are often considered to be winter residents or permanent residents. However, some researchers now believe chickadees do have a migration when birds that have wintered in the southern part of their range move northward to nest.

  • Key 9-0 run leads Evergreen to...

    CONIFER — The blueprint for an Evergreen boys victory this season has been to put teams away in the third quarter and enjoy the cushion in the fourth.

    The blueprint for an Evergreen loss this season as been to appear to have put teams away in the third, only to go cold and lose in the fourth.

    The Cougars defeated rival Conifer 60-54 on Feb. 10 with a new twist - lose a lead late, then explode offensively, step up defensively and hit timely free throws.

  • Cougars hang tough, but Lobos...

    CONIFER — Variety is the spice of life. It goes pretty good with basketball, too.

    Faced with a dogged, revenge-bent rival Feb. 10, the Conifer Lobos concentrated on teamwork and getting everyone involved in a 52-50 victory over Evergreen.

    “I think a big part of it was we had a great crowd behind us,” Conifer guard Cara Walderman said. “We played as a team the entire time. We knew that we needed to pick up our defense ... that’s what we talked about at halftime.”