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Today's Sports

  • Evergreen spiked by rival Conifer

    CONIFER — Those that thought the Conifer volleyball team was going to disappear for a while in the wake of Emily Greenhalgh’s graduation got an update Sept. 17.

    “We lost a big player last year, we all know it, and I don’t think our crowd was expecting us to be this great and we knew that we could be and we proved it out here,” said Conifer junior setter Cara Walderman after the Lobos defeated the Evergreen Cougars 25-21, 25-18, 16-25, 26-24.

  • Softball team surging

    The Cougars opened the Jefferson County League portion of their softball schedule with a bang, sweeping three games last week.

    Evergreen edged Golden 8-6 on Sept. 9, and followed up by trouncing Alameda 12-2 Sept. 11 and Jefferson 19-1 two days later. The Cougars are now at 6-5 overall and tied with Wheat Ridge for the league lead at 3-0.

  • Tennis team edges rival

    When he first picked up a raquet, Stephen Hardy didn’t envision himself as the next Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal.

    While he enjoyed the game of tennis, it wasn’t something he initially took seriously until a couple of years ago. It was when he began taking private lessons under Adrian Games that Hardy started to see his game, and potential, flourish.

  • Evergreen falls to 0-3

    LAKEWOOD — Playing football with a hole in your foot is never recommended.

    Yet that’s what the Cougars seem to be doing early in the season by giving up big plays and taking big penalties to shoot themselves in the foot.

    “I think we got to get some leaders step up,” senior captain Drake Brown said Sept. 11 after the Cougars were defeated 26-10 by the Centaurus Warriors (3-0) at Trailblazer Stadium.

  • Cougars put it all together

    While soccer will always be a game between two teams, Evergreen’s 4-1 cross-classification victory over Columbine on Sept. 12 does have a third side.

    Blame it all on the Alameda Pirates.

    See, the Pirates pulled off a surprising 1-0 victory over Evergreen on Sept. 10 and that got the Cougars’ attention and anger. Columbine coach Brian Todd noticed the score and couldn’t help but start thinking the game was there for the taking.

  • How sweep it is

    The Evergreen boys tennis squad could have behaved in a variety of ways Sept. 4 in its match against an overmatched Arvada Reds team.

    The Cougars could have cut up, goofed off, taken mental breaks and still probably won.

    Instead, they were professional, from the introductions to the handshakes that ended every game in a comfortable 7-0 sweep on Evergreen’s home courts.

  • Tigers tame Cougars in three...

    The Cougars battled hard on their home court but were unable to overcome Lakewood on Sept. 4 in a nonleague volleyball game.

    Evergreen slipped to 1-6 on the young season, falling in three games 25-21, 21-16, 21-19.

    Evergreen played a spirited match but ultimately were unable to overcome Lakewood’s tall and talented front line. Lauren Lind, Rachel Gilchrist, Shayne Brown and Katie Rosa led the hit brigade as the Class 5A Tigers notched the win over their 4A opponents.

  • Mistakes costly

    LAKEWOOD — The Evergreen Cougars lamented a lack of fundamentals and missed opportunities after their season-opening defeat to Frederick on Aug. 30.

    They may have been a little hard on themselves.

    Evergreen lost 22-13 to the Warriors by virtue of two heave-ho touchdown passes that were both a half-step from never happening, and a fluky fumble turned touchdown return on the opening kickoff of the second half.

  • Size matters

    The principles of the four-man defensive line are pretty simple.

    The two defensive ends contain and move to the quarterback in pincer-like fashion. The two defensive tackles batter the interior, disrupting blocking schemes, eating up running backs and allowing the linebackers behind them to flow to the ball.

  • Motivated and mature, Cougars...

    Coaches can talk about great players and great chemistry until their Under Armour rots off their bodies, but it doesn’t make it real or true.

    Proof, however, can come in unusual ways.

    Take the Evergreen volleyball team. Second-year coach Katie Evans recently had her team perform its conditioning drills outside her watchful gaze as she was pulled into a meeting.

    Rather than slack, there was a yack. Yes, the girls pushed each other hard enough that someone lost their lunch.