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Today's Sports

  • Evergreen routs Delta

    Every sports team knows, you never want to get caught looking ahead.

    That was the danger for Evergreen its Class 4A boys basketball state tournament opening round game Feb. 25 against visiting Delta.

    With the Panthers coming into the game as a 12th-seeded team and with a losing record in the Western Slope League, it would have been very easy for the Cougars to overlook them with an eye toward a potential match-up with the Thomas Jefferson Spartans on Feb. 28.

    It would have been easy to do, but that’s not what the No. 5 Cougars did.

  • EHS senior Knoll rallies after...

    DENVER — The Pepsi Center has the amazing ability to change people.

    Wrestlers, for one, despite all their tournament experience in a sport that is pure one-on-one and absent of any good excuses, can allow funny things to happen when they walk on the mats at the state wrestling tournament.

  • Swim team caps off season in...

    The Evergreen girls swim team finished off the 2008-09 campaign with a 19th-place finish at the Class 4A state swim meet. It’s the highest finish for an Evergreen team since 2003.

    “It was a little bit of a surprise,” said Evergreen junior, Carrie Latimer. “Everyone swam really hard at state and it was a good ending to our season.”

  • Cougars top Jaguars, win streak...

    The scene was set for an epic Class 4A Jefferson County League boys basketball battle between Evergreen and D’Evelyn on Feb. 20. The props were in place, the actors were prepared and the anticipation was palpable.

    In a game that featured two evenly matched teams that were equal in league record and both riding high on win streaks, everything was in place for a fight to the finish.

  • Rare wintering northern flicker...

    It was 8 degrees above freezing when I went out this morning, and Our Evergreen World was shimmering with hoarfrost. Every, twig, stem and pine needle was encrusted with diamonds. Our entire landscape shimmered like Tiffany’s window. Backlit by the rising sun, each tree and shrub was a scintillating piece of jewelry.

  • Cougars fire on all cylinders,...

    EVERGREEN — It probably won’t be the plot of the next X-Files movie, but Scott Haebe knows he saw something strange this season. And it happened again Feb. 11.

    “I have no answers for this,” the longtime Evergreen boys coach said after the Cougars trounced their rival Conifer Lobos. “We’ve played our two best games of the year against them. That’s unusual.”

  • Conifer girls sweep Evergreen

    EVERGREEN — Good teams are like art museums. They represent talent and inspire outsiders to dream of ways of finding a weakness to plunder.

    Against rival Evergreen, the Conifer Lobos got a long dose of physical, grinding girls basketball in a tournament-like atmosphere. And they passed with flying colors – even if those colors might be black and blue.

    The Lobos made their one run count in the second quarter as they built and maintained a comfortable lead Feb. 11 for a 46-34 Class 4A Jefferson County League victory before a packed house.

  • Saying a final goodbye to my...

    When I wake up this morning, I’ll be a new man.

    I won’t be a 20-something anymore. I will be 30.

    Admittedly, it’s still a little strange seeing that in print. I feel like I’ve been in my twenties forever, so, moving into a new chapter of my life will take a little time to adjust to.

    As I take time to look back, I can see that my twenties were filled with many big moments in my life.

    Here’s just a few:

  • Majestic eagles growing in...

    Aside from the usual nuthatches, chickadees, woodpeckers, siskins and juncos, there haven’t been many unusual birds around this winter. I have had several Townsend’s solitaries reported, crows and magpies, and a few red-winged blackbirds, but nothing really unusual or exciting. The red-winged blackbirds seem to be a remnant of birds that never left last fall. They have stayed on at the lake because there are plenty of feeders available in the area, and they return to the lake every evening to roost in the cattails overnight.

  • Nothing like a nutty nuthatch

    The warm, spring-like weather of last week melted enough ice along the road that I finally ventured out for a walk. Even though it is now winter again, it was delightful to have a “spring break” and the reassurance that spring really will be here soon.