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Today's Sports

  • Evergreen serves up conference...

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — Before the season, Liz Hudd and Andrea Eddy had a hunch Evergreen might have a pretty good volleyball team, certainly better than the one that went 15-10 and finished fifth in Class 4A Jeffco League in 2014.

    But capturing the program’s first league title since 1998 by handing defending champion Valor Christian its only conference loss in its first two years of Jeffco play in the league finale?

  • Swenson in 7th heaven

    COLORADO SPRINGS — Evergreen junior Brandon Swenson made a leap up the ranks of the elite cross country runners in the state this season.

    Not only did Swenson move up from the Class 2A ranks where he ran for Clear Creek High School as a sophomore. He also made a significant jump on his finish at the state cross country meet held Oct. 31 at Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.

  • The molten gold of autumn in the...

    A few weeks ago, the aspen were spectacular in the high country. We could see great rivers of molten gold flowing down every valley. Aspen seem to require a bit of extra moisture, so they tend to follow river valleys.

    Just as it appeared that we were settling in to a long golden fall, we had a rainy day with high gusty winds that stripped the aspen trees of their crop of gold. Then we settled into nearly a week of rainy weather. The additional weight of water-soaked leaves and a few gusts of wind brought most of the remaining leaves down.

  • Quick Hits

    Cougars sweep regionals

    Evergreen boys and girls cross country teams won regional titles Oct. 23 at Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch. Brandon Swenson, Matt Kline, Weston Donati-Leach, Paul Rice and Will Michener all finished in the top 30 to easily take the team title over Class 4A Jeffco League rivals Green Mountain and Golden.

    Swenson’s time of 16 minutes, 3 seconds was a personal best and good enough for second individually. Kline also finished under the 17-minute mark to take fifth.

  • Cougars net win over rival

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    CONIFER — Evergreen is far above an average volleyball team.

    The Cougars’ two C’s — confidence and consistency — graded out higher than Conifer’s when the rivals squared off Oct. 22 on the Lobos’ home court.

  • Evergreen earns No. 4 seed for...

    ARVADA — Evergreen’s boys soccer team was likely a little on edge over the weekend waiting for the 32-team Class 4A boys soccer state bracket to be released Oct. 25.

    A 2-1 loss to 5A Jeffco’s conference runner-up Ralston Valley on Oct. 23 in a final tune-up for the postseason could have very well bumped the Cougars (12-2-1, 8-0-1 in 4A Jeffco) from a top-four seed and potential home games through the state quarterfinals.

  • Evergreen boys claim 4A Jeffco...

    LITTLETON — D’Evelyn senior Lexi Reed is healthy, and it showed at the Jeffco League cross country championships Oct. 16 at Clement Park.

    Reed’s time of 18 minutes, 25 seconds was 40 seconds faster than runner-up Valor Christian’s Reagan Hausmann’s time of 19:05. Reed’s time was well over a minute faster than Ralston Valley’s Katherine Bearup’s 19:42 that won the 5A girls race.

  • Quick Hits

    Climbing the mountain

  • Evergreen hangs on against rival...

    By Craig Harper -- For the Courier

    EVERGREEN — The seventh annual Mountain Bowl worked out in the Cougars’ favor, even though it didn’t end exactly the way the Cougars wanted. Evergreen won 30-20 after the Lobos scored all of its 20 points in the final 8 minutes of the game.

  • Distinctive song of sparrows is...

    Whenever I hear the call note or the song of a song sparrow, I think of my childhood. There was a small blue spruce tree on the north side of our house that my father had planted to mark the border between the fields and the lawn.

    The mowed area was hardly a lawn as it was uneven and bumpy, just mowed. The small spruce marked the edge and had mowed grass on one side and had clumps of tall unmowed grass on the other.