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Today's Sports

  • Fresher legs help Schmitt, Kline

    LITTLETON — Running in the Liberty Bell Invitational — the 38th annual cross country race put on by Heritage High School — is really nice for the Evergreen Cougars, according to senior Caitlin Schmitt.
    That’s because the course is about a mile and a half of downhill running before the finish. That’s unlike the uphill training Evergreen High is used to in the foothills.
    Their legs, she said, are definitely conditioned for that finish, and it showed on Sept. 11.

  • Understanding the differences...

    “What’s that big black bird sitting on that post?” is a question I am frequently asked. Also, “Is it a crow or a raven?” is also asked.

    Those questions sometimes can be difficult to answer. According to “The Sibley Guide to Birds,” there are two species of ravens and four species of crows found in the United States. The common raven and the American crow can both be seen in Colorado.

  • Cougars squander huge lead, fall...

    Make no bones about it, the 2015 Evergreen Cougars’ football team can be special. Literally.
    That was obvious the moment James Hardy returned Lewis-Palmer’s first punt 25 yards to set up Evergreen’s first touchdown and 2 minutes later when he returned the next one 60 yards for a score Sept. 4 at Don Breese Stadium.

  • Cougars come up big in 2015...

    Ryan Gutberlet didn’t exactly come out of nowhere: He has previous soccer experience. That said, the Evergreen High freshman certainly made his presence felt early in the Cougars’ Sept. 3 boys soccer season opener against preseason No. 1 and defending 4A state champion Air Academy.
    He narrowly missed scoring in the 12th minute, punching the ball over the crossbar. Two minutes later, with a second breakaway opportunity, he didn’t miss. His first varsity goal ignited the eighth-ranked Cougars to a 3-1 victory at Evergreen High School.

  • Many varieties of wildflowers...

    We have seen many wildflowers in a variety of colors all season. However, one of the earliest spring flowers are those of Mahonia repens. Also known as Oregon grape for its clusters of blue berries in fall. This species is a low-growing shrub that bears yellow flowers both early and prolifically.

    Other flowers come and go all season, usually with a big splash of blue gentians in July or August. Late August and early September, however, bring a vivid display of yellow flowers that are the last hurrah before snowflakes remove all color.

  • Deterring hungry bears with...

    For many residents, it’s no teddy bears’ picnic.

    Hungry bears are foraging for food in increasing numbers at mountain area homes. Last week a bear came through a partially opened window at a home in Conifer and helped itself to the contents of the refrigerator and other food in the kitchen.

    Hard freezes and heavy spring rains have created a shortage of berries on shrubs that bears typically eat, prompting them to seek food from human sources this year, says Jennifer Churchill of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

  • Sports briefs

    SOFTBALL
    Lady Cougars rout Boulder to give Mitchel her first win
    BOULDER
    — Kaylee Wardlow went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored, while three others players — Katie Solis, Maggie Tucker and Jessica Bellatti — scored twice in Evergreen’s 15-5 rout of host Boulder on Aug. 29.
    The game was called after six innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
    The win was the first in the Della Mitchel era as head coach. Evergreen opened the season four days earlier with a 6-4 loss at Thomas Jefferson.

  • Lady Cougars looking to continue...

    The Evergreen Lady Cougars hold nine state titles in volleyball, making them the fourth most titled team in Colorado, but there’s a catch. Their most recent title was in 1985. Thirty years is a long time to wait to raise the victory banner, and the Lady Cougars are itching to feel that satisfaction again.

  • BRAINS AND BRAWN

    As a student there’s something within Joey Fox that makes him want to succeed. That mentality was built into him by his mother, Rebecca.
    “I just have a natural ability to go out and do my best. My mom has always taught me that, to always do my best in everything I do. To give 100 percent. You can’t ask for anything more, and you can’t be disappointed with yourself,” the Evergreen High School senior said.

  • Goldfinches shy away from...

    Many years ago, I saw my first lesser goldfinch in a yard in Idledale. When I first saw this little yellow-and-black bird, it was acting like a new warbler. That’s what I thought it was.

    I could not find any warbler that looked like it, and then noticed its thick finch-like beak. This sent me to the yellow finches, and there it was among the many goldfinches that occur here: the lesser black-backed goldfinch.