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Today's Sports

  • 5 questions with Brock Burke

    Last year, Evergreen High alum Brock Burke was a third-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Rays. A year later, the lanky left-hander is coming along with the Appalachian League’s Princeton Rays. He’s made 10 starts with a 3-2 record and 3.40 earned-run average. Sports editor Michael Hicks caught up with Burke last week.

  • Cross county: Cougars favorites...

    Caitlin Schmitt, as she ran to a ninth-place finish at the 4A state cross country championships last October, pictured her teammates and her family, but she also ran for herself.
    “That was one of the best races for me,” Schmitt recalled. “I was very, very happy with my finish.”
    It’s that excited, ecstatic feeling that the Evergreen High School senior hopes to feel again this year as the Cougars embark on the 2015 season.

  • Gymnastics preview: EHS coping...

    Looking at the roster, it’s not all that difficult to point out who the Evergreen High School gymnastics team will be leaning on in 2015 to lead the charge.
    That would be Callie Cohen, the team’s lone senior. But head coach Chancey Hines isn’t too concerned with that. She knows her team captain can handle it.

  • Eagle sighted at Evergreen Lake...

    Many people have reported the sighting of an adult bald eagle that has visited Evergreen Lake several times this summer. I even saw it myself when a friend was driving me down Highway 74 one day last week.

    The eagle was too high and it was poorly lighted, so I could not actually see its white head and tail, but I knew it was an eagle by the soaring bird’s very flat appearance. They look like they were cut out of a piece of cardboard. Red-tailed hawks and other large birds that you might confuse it with have must more bend in their wings.

  • EHS boys golf coach placed on...

    Mike Kuzava, Evergreen High School’s boys golf coach, has been placed on administrative leave for two weeks, according to an e-mail that athletic director Tony Barnett sent to parents and players on Aug. 19.

    Neither Kuzava nor Barnett would comment on the reasons behind the action.

    “I don’t agree with what happened, but I’ll live with the decision,” Kuzava said.

    Assistant coach Wes Short will coach the team in the interim, Barnett confirmed.

  • Ivy, sumac and some poisons to...

    The first bit of fall color to appear in the Bear Creek Valley is the lovely orange-red of poison ivy, Toxicodendron rydbergii. Its unique color often appears to be in small clumps along the canyon walls, announcing the end of summer and the beginning of fall. One can hardly call the color red, for it is almost orange, an unusual color in the changing fall panorama.

  • 2015 boys soccer preview: A year...

    In 2014, the transfer of coaching power from Peter Jeans to Ross Fowler as the head varsity boys soccer coach at Evergreen High School was a smooth one.
    “It was a fairly easy transition for me. Our style of play and philosophy are fairly similar,” Fowler said. “There were some little changes, but we always want to be a possession-based team.”

  • 2015 boys tennis preview: EHS...

    Bob Greenman, Evergreen’s co-head boys tennis coach, has preached year in and year out that his players should go down the hill — meaning into Denver — to play in competitive tournaments during the off season. He sees that as a way for the Cougars to get better come time for the regular season.
    This year, those players listened, and the hope is that the experience will pay off.

  • 2015 softball preview: Mitchel...

    The opportunity presented itself, and Della Mitchel jumped at it. Now, the first-year Evergreen Lady Cougars’ varsity softball coach hopes to bring an element to the high school game that’s been missing, in her opinion.

  • Cougars return loaded talent...

    In 2014, three sophomores — Liam Short, Lenny Urbas and Mark Champine — and a freshman — Bridger Tenney — brought a sense of relief to the Evergreen Cougars’ boys golf program. Now it’s not like EHS hasn’t had its share of success in the past; it has. But last year was the first time in four years that the Cougars had qualified for the 4A state tournament as a team.