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Today's Sports

  • Snow not a surprise

    You had to have seen this coming, right?

    “It” of course, refers to the more than a foot of snow dumped on us March 26.

    Every year around this time, just as we’re entering the thick of the spring sports season, Mother Nature not-so-kindly reminds us that while the calendar may say its spring, she’s not through with us just yet.

    Granted, the snowfall was much-needed as we had a very mild winter. But, typically when it snows, it is bad news for area sports teams.

    Not so, this year.

  • Flesche enjoying the ride

    When she started out in gymnastics, Mandy Flesche didn’t like the beam.

    To be more specific, she hated it.

    Despite her aversion to it, Flesche continued to practice on the discipline, and her time on the apparatus only increased when her father built a beam for herself and older sister, Marnie, to practice on in their own home.

    “My dad used to spot me on it all the time,” Mandy Flesche said.

    Soon, Flesche’s most-hated event became her most-cherished.

  • Cougars fall in three OT's

    Evergreen’s Christian Harriman lay on his stick, five feet from the goal, with just over two minutes to play in a tied lacrosse game against the Castle View Sabercats on March 25 – the victim of a devastating blow by a Sabercats defender.

    But Harriman had one very important thing going for him: he had the ball.

    “I was on the ground and I went to get up and leaned forward, and the stick came out from under me and the ball rolled in,” Harriman said.

  • Birds celebrate spring; plants...

    Tuesday, March 17, was St. Patrick’s Day, of course, but it was also the first day of spring in Evergreen. The day started with a meadowlark on the lawn at Evergreen Lake, reported very early by Deb Calahan and not seen after by any others. It probably had continued on northward.

  • Coors Field special place for...

    Terry Hensley has been coaching baseball a long time.

    Twenty-seven years, in fact.

    Safe to say, he’s seen a lot of games. Some good, some bad.

    Evergreen’s game against Castle View on March 19 at Coors Field has vaulted close to the top of his favorites list.

    In that game, the Cougars were down 3-0 in the sixth inning but rallied to win 4-3 on a sun-soaked March afternoon.

  • Big day for Cougars

    When he stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning, Evergreen’s Ethan Murphy nearly came out of his shoes on his first swing.

    It certainly looked like he was swinging for the fences.

    Turns out, that’s exactly what he was doing.

  • Goshawks again brooding over...

    While I was visiting Bosque del Apache, an exceptionally fine photograph of a northern goshawk was printed in the Community Eye feature of the Canyon Courier. It was taken by Richard Gristak on Bear Mountain. I was pleased to see this beautiful bird’s photo for two reasons: one, because I have not seen a goshawk in the area for some time, and secondly, because I had been wondering what hawk was making the birds at my feeder so antsy.

  • Bosque del Apache Wildlife...

    I am just back from a brief trip to Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge. Three friends and I drove down together and a fifth drove over from Arizona to join us, so we made five musketeers. We took one day to drive down and one to drive back with a few stops along the way and had two full days on the refuge. Bosque del Apache is one of the gems of the National Wildlife Refuges. It is managed largely for the sand hill cranes and snow geese which winter there in great numbers but it is also very people friendly.

  • Optimism's the word

    Though everyone knows that soccer is played on grass, on a chilly, early spring night in Evergreen, the Lady Lions of Littleton put the Evergreen Cougars’ soccer team on ice.

    After scoring a pair of goals just days earlier against St. Mary’s Academy, the Cougars were held scoreless against the Class 5A Continental League Lions, who managed just one goal of their own to nab the 1-0 victory.

  • Cougars have success against...

    ARVADA — The Evergreen Cougars did some unusual things March 14 against Faith Christian ace Pierce Johnson.

    Travis Coe ripped a single off the right-handed hurler to start the game and the Cougars would load the bases with no outs. Connor Hoagland came up with a RBI single later in the first inning as the Cougars took a 3-0 lead.