Today's Sports

  • Cougars take No. 1 Farmers the...

    WHEAT RIDGE — Sometimes, teams call losses “moral victories” because they really don’t have much else to say. These are often the same people that want to give everyone a gold star for trying, then guzzle down milk and cookies while grinning like the Cheshire Cat.

    Other times, such as Evergreen’s 7-2 loss to top-ranked Wheat Ridge, a moral victory is exactly what happened.

  • Spinzig-led Evergreen seals...

    GOLDEN — The only thing moving with any consistent speed May 3 at Rolling Hills County Club was the insufferable wind.

    It roared, it tip-toed, it wicked every drop of moisture from the greens and made it like putting on pool tables at the 16th annual Ashley Forey Invitational tournament, which doubles as the last Jefferson County League meet of the regular season.

    All that bluster turned out beautiful for the Evergreen Cougars, who, behind Christina Spinzig, wrapped up their third consecutive league title.

  • Cougars roll Lobos

    The Evergreen Cougars seem to get a rush from living dangerously.

    They play to win, no doubt, but they seem to get a little something extra in the tank after a team scores or almost scores on them.

    “We’re really good at refocusing and finding the counterattack,” Evergreen senior forward Anya Kaufmann said. “We tend to not get down on ourselves. If there’s a good opportunity, we just pick ourselves up and say, ‘OK, now we got to score because that was too close.’”

  • Robins have made their way back...

    As I was coming home from a late trip to the library and grocery store, it was almost dark as I came up the hill when an American robin flew across the road right in front of me. I braked and he landed in a ponderosa pine in the yard, the same tree that a pair of robins has nested in for the past several years.

  • Farmers start fast, finish...

    LAKEWOOD — Evergreen goalie Matt Hoff got to play the role of Audie Murphy outside Holtzwihr, France.

    The Cougars were under siege for 48 minutes April 26, yet Hoff fought the Wheat Ridge Farmers valiantly despite odd-man rushes, point-blank shots and swarming opponents.

    “Matt is one of the best goalies in the state and he did play well today,” Evergreen coach Toby Plank said at Trailblazer Stadium after the Cougars were defeated 10-1 by perennial power Wheat Ridge.

  • Rally comes Jess in time

    ENGLEWOOD ee" Cody Jess doesn’t think of himself as hitting at the bottom of the Evergreen batting order.

    The reality, however, is that the No. 9 hitter propped up an Evergreen lineup April 14 that was in danger of falling over on itself at Harry Wise Field.

    Jess, a sophomore center fielder, was 4-for-4 at the plate and delivered a one-out, game-tying single in the top of the seventh inning and would score later as the Cougars rallied for a 10-8 Class 4A Jefferson County League victory over the Englewood Pirates.

  • Demons live up to their name

    ARVADA — The Evergreen Cougars expected to get hit at least once by the talented Golden Demons.

    That, the Cougars hoped, was something they could handle.

    What Evergreen coach Whitney Walker didn’t expect April 16 was the referees to take a few of their own shots.

    Although the No.5-ranked Demons were the better side in terms of talent on the pitch, they defeated the Cougars 5-2 thanks to two penalty kicks, two free kicks right outside the penalty area and a corner kick.

  • Evergreen drops mighty Arapahoe

    LITTLETON — Seeing that the Evergreen Cougars beat the Arapahoe Warriors in lacrosse would cause most fans to do a double take.

    After all, the Warriors are the No. 1-ranked team in the state in class 5A and the Cougars were 3-5 in class 4A heading into Monday’s game.

    But the Cougars didn’t get the top Warriors squad as they traveled to Littleton. Instead they battled Arapahoe’s Varsity II squad and beat them soundly 8-2 on April 19 at Powell Middle School.

  • Cassin’s finches...

    Oh, how good it is to see green again. Today was a beautiful clear day. With a flow of warm air from the southwest, it was the first really warm day here in the mountains. Yesterday was clear and sunny, but the cold wind did not make it feel like spring.

  • Five-star Kaufmann leads Cougars...

    LAKEWOOD — Anya Kaufmann had never scored more than four goals in a game before.

    Well, she took care of that in the first half in Evergreen’s game against Englewood on April 9. The only question was if she would she get her fifth.

    It wasn’t looking like she would, but with less than 10 minutes remaining in the second half, Kaufmann fired a shot past the Englewood goalie to tally that fifth goal and set a new personal record as she helped lead the Cougars past the Pirates in an 8-0 laugher at Lakewood Memorial Field.