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Today's Sports

  • Lady Cougars searching for right...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    HIGHLANDS RANCH — One of first-year Evergreen volleyball coach Andrea Wood’s main objectives in the first two weeks of matches is to find the most effective rotations in time for the start of 4A Jeffco League play.
    She’d be well-advised to recall who was on the court in the third set of the Lady Cougars’ Sept. 12 test at Valor Christian. After falling behind 2-0 and looking lost and hapless in the second set, the Lady Cougars played one of their best sets of the season, winning it 25-17.

  • Host Cougars force Lobos into...

    Dennis Von Kuczkowski says that his English isn’t all that. He’s a German exchange student, after all. But don’t be fooled. The Evergreen High junior speaks pretty good English, and his tennis game is quite good in its own right.
    Von Kuczkowski, who mixes a steady baseline game with attacking the net, broke serve five times en route to a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Conifer’s Sam Kassman on Sept. 16 at Hiwan Golf Club. That was one of five wins for the host Cougars in a 5-1 victory over Conifer.

  • Earthworm population takes a...

    The damp, downright wet weather continues. All weekend, it has been wet and miserable. As I write, more rain is falling. Another gray day makes me wonder what happened to the sunshine that brought my late husband Bill and me to Colorado.

    Both of us, having grown up in western New York, were tired of damp gray days that were brought to us by Lake Erie. On our first trip west, we attended a birders’ convention in Colorado and were impressed by a full week of sunshine. We vowed we would return, and we did 49 years ago next April.

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS GOLF
    D’Evelyn edges Evergreen for 4A Jeffco League title
    LITTLETON
    — D’Evelyn High edged defending conference champion Evergreen 304-311 to capture the 4A Jeffco League boys golf championship Sept. 9 at Raccoon Creek Golf Course. D’Evelyn ended up beating the Cougars by 12 strokes during the regular season.
    EHS senior Kyle Peterson, however, repeated as the league’s Most Valuable Player. He carded a 74 at Raccoon Creek. Fellow senior Kyle Malazdrewicz shot a 77 and freshman Liam Short scored a 78.

  • Arvada West runs away with tri-...

    ARVADA — Juggling academics and athletics is a challenge for any high school athlete, especially early in the school year. The Chatfield Chargers’ gymnastics team knows that.
    Their tri-meet Sept. 5 at Arvada West High School, which included 4A Evergreen, was pretty much a one-sided affair, as the host Lady Wildcats were dominant in all four events. Arvada West had the top two scorers in every event, including the top five in the balance beam, to score 178.55 points. Chatfield was second with 162.025, and Evergreen was third at 148.575.

  • Cougars’ youth, speed pays off

    LAKEWOOD — The first half was classic Evergreen boys soccer. Peter Jeans’ squad lulled Green Mountain with its brand of ball-control offense, though the scoring opportunities were few and far between.
    The second half, especially midway through the game’s final 40 minutes, was more like a fast break in basketball. The Cougars offensively played at a breakneck speed that Green Mountain struggled to keep up with.

  • Several wildflowers continue to...

    Most of our late summer flowers are yellow, and many of them belong to the composite family. In the common vernacular of many botanists, the flowers are referred to as DYCs. DYC stands for damn yellow composites, which refers to the fact that they are a big family; most of them are yellow and difficult to identify.

  • It’s the right time of year for...

    Although the greatest number of wildflowers bloom in spring or early summer, there are some that do not grow as quickly, so they don’t bloom until late summer or early fall. One of these is the common milkweed.

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS SOCCER
    Air Academy holds off Evergreen with OT victory
    COLORADO SPRINGS
    — Alex Granados scored the game’s only goal in overtime as host Air Academy held off a stern challenge from Evergreen for a 1-0 victory on Aug. 29.
    Matt Pipan made three saves in net for the Kadets.
    Senior goalkeeper Matt Hornbecker had 11 saves for the Cougars, who took six shots. Senior Collin Molleur had two of those shots.

    CROSS COUNTRY
    Evergreen girls take seventh in season-opening run

  • Cougars struggle to stay with CA

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    Opening a rebuilding season against perennial Class 4A boys tennis power Colorado Academy, Evergreen co-coach Bob Greenman wasn’t expecting a victory.