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Today's Sports

  • Cougars dominate homecoming...

    Playing against a team such as Weld Central, one that has a first-year head coach in James Canaday and hasn’t had a winning season since 2009, can be tricky, especially for a squad like Evergreen.

    While the Cougars have had their fair share of success over the years, the Rebels easily could’ve been a trap game if Evergreen wasn’t careful.

  • Barn swallows at Elk Run working...

    I have had so many people ask about the barn swallows nesting under the porte-cochere at the entrance to Elk Run that I feel I must write about them again.

    Barn swallows built this nest sometime in July and have successfully raised one brood of four young. As their name implies, they usually nest on an open beam in a barn. I believe this was the first nesting in this nest.

  • Closure of Mount Evans Wildlife...

    The Mount Evans State Wildlife Area is open to hunters and closed to all other recreational users through the end of October.

    Peter Jacobson, a nearby resident, is one recreational user who is unhappy about the seasonal closure. Jacobson says not much public notice was given before the popular area 10 miles west of Evergreen was closed the day after Labor Day. Signs were posted saying it will be closed until November.

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS TENNIS
    Evergreen shuts out 4A Jeffco foe Wheat Ridge
    WHEAT RIDGE
    — Evergreen bounced back from a shutout loss at Colorado Academy to topple 4A Jeffco foe Wheat Ridge 7-0 on Sept. 9 at Everitt Middle School.
    Winning in singles play were junior Ryan Lahr (No. 1), Henry Raeder (No. 2) and Nick Johnson (No. 3). Victors in doubles matches were Max Shaulis and Jack Cuntz (No. 1), Teddy Evans and Tyler Weiand (No. 2), Jack Torgler and Gus Bosch (No. 3) and Dylan Stump and John Woodward (No. 4).

    SOFTBALL

  • Column: Thanks for the ride. I’...

    LITTLETON — It’s Thursday, Sept. 10, and, for the first time, I’m afraid to say, I’m sitting on the purple bleachers inside Front Range Christian School’s gymnasium. It’s not that I didn’t want to be there. I certainly did. It’s just that, until now, I had never covered a game in the building before.

  • Lady Cougars benefiting from...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    The freshman. The transfer. The star. The somewhat-new head coach.
    Which of those factors accounted for the most in Evergreen’s 25-20, 25-23, 25-20 victory over former 2A power Lutheran and a 3-0 start to the 2015 volleyball season?
    All of the above.
    Lady Lions coach Alicia Oates, whose senior-dominated second-year 3A team lost 3-1 to Evergreen a year ago, came away from the Sept. 10 match convinced that the 2015 Lady Cougars are a better team.

  • 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.