Today's Sports

  • Remarkable run ends

    DENVER — Evergreen wasn’t just satisfied to make the state volleyball tournament for the first time in two decades.

    The No. 9-seeded Cougars scored back-to-back early-morning victories Nov. 13 and 14 at the Denver Coliseum over higher seeded Holy Family and Montrose to advance into the Class 4A state semifinals Nov. 14.

  • Evergreen stakes claim to soccer...

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier 

    COMMERCE CITY — Members of Evergreen’s 2015 boys soccer team have no direct recollection of the last time the program won a state championship for an obvious reason: They weren’t even a gleam in their parents’ eyes in 1989.

  • New playground equipment...

    Kids are enjoying shiny new playground equipment with special features at Kittredge Park. The recently completed project of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District includes sliding boards, swings and rotating rides for youngsters ages 2 to 12.

    A rock climber and other creative elements such as a raindrop activity panel are included in the design of Evergreen landscape architect Dianne Schade of Made in the Schade.

  • Tree, chipping sparrows visit...

    On her way to visit me last week, my friend Loie Evans saw a tree sparrow in the yard here at Elk Run Assisted Living. Tree sparrows are interesting birds because they do not breed here; they breed much further north. They breed in the low shrub growth just above timberline. They are most frequently seen here in winter in the middle states.

    They are not tree birds as you think of big, high trees. They are birds of the scrub land, nesting in the Hudsonian Zone all across northern Canada, where such trees as birch and alder are more shrub-like, only four to six feet high.

  • Evergreen soccer advances to...

    AURORA — Evergreen’s boys soccer program is one win away from its first state championship since 1989.

    The Cougars upset top-seeded Cheyenne Mountain 4-3 in a thrilling Class 4A semifinal Nov. 11 at Legacy Stadium in Aurora. Evergreen freshman Ryan Gutberlet scored a pair of goals, including the eventual game-winner in the 78th minute, to propel the No. 4 Cougars to their first trip to the title game since 2011.

  • Jeffco Open Space revises...

    To better manage events in its parks, Jeffco Open Space is establishing new guidelines, which the Open Space Advisory Committee reviewed on Nov. 5.

    Events attended by more than 200 people will be limited to five per year, with a maximum of one for each user type, said Dave Davenport, Open Space’s outdoor recreation coordinator.

    Also, events that fall on holidays or holiday weekends will not be considered, according to the revised park-permit guidelines.

  • Two types of cattails found in...

    There is a small drainage pond below my window that has become a miniature cattail marsh. Last week, the green fronds were waving in the breeze, but the snow that came midweek also brought some very cold temperatures.

    When I awoke Thursday morning, the snow had turned Our Evergreen World to white and the cattails were stiff and brown, rattling in the wind. Summer has left the little marsh, and it now serves as a wintering place for a few birds.

  • Quick Hits

    Locals compete at state

    Evergreen placed sixth in the Class 4A state gymnastics team standings Nov. 6 at Thornton High School. Grace Kishimoto had the best finish in the individual all-around, taking 13th. Teammate Alexa Endsley placed 17th and Sadie Rhoades-Barnes took 21st. Margaret Streett and Mira Zizic closed out the all-around placers for the Cougars, finishing 24th and 25th. On Nov. 7, Kishimoto placed 11th in the bars and Rhoades-Barnes placed eighth in the beam individual event finals.

  • Back to state

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    EVERGREEN — Facing a 2-0 deficit in a match that would determine a berth in the state Class 4A volleyball tournament, Evergreen’s Liz Hudd followed standard coaching procedure by tinkering with her lineup.

    But during the break prior to the third set, Hudd took an unconventional tack: yoga.

  • Cougars maul Jaguars to claim...

    LAKEWOOD — Evergreen coach Rob Molholm had plenty of restless nights preparing for D’Evelyn senior quarterback Owen Burke.

    “Owen is a heck of a quarterback,” Molholm said “He gave me nightmares all week long. Boy, did he have me stressed.”

    Molholm’s defense was the ultimate cure for his anxiety heading into the showdown against D’Evelyn on Nov. 6 that determined the Class 3A Metro North League champion.