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Today's Sports

  • Big snow made squirrel...

    With not much to do during the four-day power outage caused by the big snow, I had some time for squirrel watching.

    Under deep snow conditions, most of the tree squirrels stay in their treetop penthouses, sleeping away the time. However, when they become hungry, they are forced to venture out to obtain food. When the snow is light and fluffy, they sometimes just plow through it, but when it is heavy, wet snow and 3 to 4 feet deep, that is an impossibility.

  • Forbes, Spinzig qualify for state

    Second place would be OK with Chance Forbes.

    Finishing that high at next week’s Class 4A state golf championship in Colorado Springs would meet her goal of improving upon last year’s third-place finish.

    But second place sure isn’t first place. And second place isn’t what drives any talented senior.

    “I want it really bad,” Forbes said. “It is kind of something I’ve strived for and a goal I’ve had for so many years.”

  • Cougars booted by Farmers

    LAKEWOOD — The Wheat Ridge Farmers have been the soccer equivalent of a dump truck full of razor blades this season.

    Anything in their path has been run over and cut to shreds.

    Top-ranked and top-seeded in the Class 4A state soccer tournament, the Farmers were the kind of second-round opponents no one wanted to face. Seventeenth-seeded Evergreen, however, had to Saturday.

    The young Cougars fought hard but could do nothing to stem a ferocious start by the Farmers as Evergreen’s season ended with a 6-0 loss at Lakewood Memorial Field.

  • Breaks don't fall Evergreen...

    LONGMONT — Line scores sometimes communicate better than words.

    Right away you have the bluntness of the final score absent of any colorful details or drama. Then come the hits – good day or bad day at the plate? – and the errors.

    Then come the questions. Were the hits big? Were they timely? Was the error costly?

  • Lady Cougars have sights set on...

    Evergreen’s girls golf team has again been a dominating force - not only in Class 4A Jefferson County, but the entire state.

    The Cougars have won each of their five league tournaments by a combined total of 167 strokes.

    They won the Jeffco League title for the second time in three years, with Wheat Ridge a distant second.

    However, for senior Chance Forbes, juniors Christina Spinzig and Ali Schlichter and sophomore Lauren Jagels, their sights are now set even higher.

  • Finches bring springtime joy to...

    The big snow has come and gone. It was not quite as much as we had a few years ago, but it was more than we needed at one time. I measured 3½ feet at our house, but it was so warm that much of it melted as it fell, and it weighed so much that it compacted what had already fallen. So, measurements were less than accurate. I decided that the actual depth didn’t much matter. After you pass 2 feet of wet heavy snow, most of the roads are closed and the damage to power lines has been done.

  • Spring’s early...

    Thursday, April 9, brought one of the earlier spring arrivals to the area. A hermit thrush showed up in a friend’s backyard on Fleming Road. Actually, they have been seen earlier, sometimes showing up in late March at lower elevations such as Red Rocks Park.

  • Lobos run past Cougars

    LAKEWOOD — If you’ve watched the Conifer girls lacrosse team play, you know one thing clearly: No one can run with Kelly Vaggalis.

    Get the sophomore the ball and look out. She’ll run all the way from her defensive end into the offensive zone, rip a shot towards the goal, likely score and then prepares to do the same thing again and again.

    Evergreen saw Vaggalis routinely burn past them on April 23 in the teams’ game at Trailblazer Stadium. Vaggalis scored six goals and handed out two assists as the Lobos won going away, 17-4.

  • Lights out

    LAKEWOOD — Colleen Canty was on a mission early in Conifer’s grudge match against Evergreen.

    The junior was knifing between defenders and was pushing the pace, keeping the Lobos on the attack, which resulted in a quick shot on goal by Bronny Freitag.

    The scoring chance, which came in the opening two minutes, was one of the lone bright spots to come out of a 7-0 defeat at the hands of the Cougars on April 22 at Lakewood Memorial Field.

  • Pussy willows and mourning cloaks

    Spring returned again on Tuesday, April 7, with temperatures in Evergreen reaching the 60s. It was a lovely day sandwiched between two snowfalls, typical of “Springtime in the Rockies.” It was warm enough to be out with just a sweater and one of the first days that I wanted to work outside.