Today's Sports

  • Cougars record four state...

    LITTLETON — The teams, like the bodies that make them up, were extremely lean at the Jeffco tri-meet April 3 at The Ridge Rec Center as Columbine, Evergreen and Lakewood high schools boys’ swim teams fought through missing swimmers to gain points and nab state qualifying times.

  • Holley, Evergreen show no rust...

    BROOMFIELD — Considering it had been two weeks between 4A Jeffco League golf tournaments, thanks to spring break, Evergreen sophomore Natalie Holley probably was happy to shoot an 86 on April 1 at Broadlands Golf Course. 

    Head coach Mike Kuzava had no qualms over her performance, especially after the returning 4A state qualifier made up eight strokes on the back nine.

  • Moens tosses gem at Coors Field

    DENVER — Alec Moens, technically, is the Evergreen Cougars’ closer, not a starter. But with first-year head coach Steve Jones electing to honor his seniors April 1 at Coors Field, the senior right-hander got the starting nod.

    Now, it’s not like Moens had never started before. He had, including a 7-3 win over 4A Jeffco rival and eventual state champion Green Mountain last season. 

  • Wildflowers peek out through...

    Once more, I awakened to a white world. Yesterday, the landscape was offering green lawns in Lakewood and the foothills were starting to show green, small leaves just beginning to be seen between the dry gray-brown grasses. Snow overnight had changed this all to white again.

  • Cougars show their will to win...

    Evergreen High School baseball coach Steve Jones preaches the name on the front of the jersey — Cougars — more so than the one on the back. 

    In his words, there are no individual stars, and it’s definitely not about any single player. His Cougars showed that and more in a three-game spring break trip to Phoenix, winning two of three games to return to Colorado with a 4-1 record.

  • Coming into its own

    Lacrosse is a fast-paced game. It’s also viewed as a blend of many sports. 

    It’s soccer, but a little faster. It’s hockey, primarily more so on the boys side than the girls because of its can-be physical nature. It’s basketball. It’s all rolled into one.

    And it’s coming into its own, especially the girls game.

  • Woodpeckers make appearance at...

    Today brought both a hairy and downy woodpecker to the feeder outside my window. Although it is not a suet feeder, the black-oil sunflower seeds that were in the mixed seeds at the feeder seemed to meet their needs. The hairy and downy woodpeckers are often confused because they are similarly patterned, black-and-white woodpeckers, but they are very different in size.

    Both birds are found widely spread across America, very much alike except in the Pacific Northwest, where the white on the birds are not a clean pure white but is instead more grayish-brownish white.

  • Sports briefs

    Cougars score a pair of road wins to open the 2015 season
    PARKER — Evergreen High has opened the Steve Jones era on a good note, winning its first two games of the 2015 season. The Cougars pounded out a 17-8 road win at Ponderosa on March 19.

    Evergreen opened the season with a 2-1 win in 10 innings over Erie three days earlier.

    Dylan Schmoker had two of the Cougars’ five hits in the win over Erie. Alec Moens, who had one of the other three hits, picked up the win.

  • EHS handles uniqueness of Jeffco...

    LAKEWOOD — Camille Morales called the 4x1,600-meter run a “good mental workout.” It is that indeed. It’s also a grind.

    The unique run — four consecutive runners tackling the track at Jeffco Stadium four times around — is not one of the more common events on the track and field slate. As a matter of fact, March 18 will probably be the only time this season that Morales, Caitlin Schmitt, Sydney Grob and Carolyn Graven will run it. But they ran it faster than anyone else at the 4A Jeffco League Relays.

  • Holley picks up where she left...

    GOLDEN — Applewood Golf Course is sort of a special place for Natalie Holley. Last year, as a freshman, the Evergreen golfer made her high school varsity debut here. 

    She didn’t play as well as she would March 18 in the 4A Jeffco League season opener, but it was a great learning experience.