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Today's Sports

  • Conifer boys hope to add on to...

    Conifer High School is looking forward to what could be the best season in boys’ basketball coach Eric Valerio’s tenure.

    Although he’s only been around for five years, Valerio helped take the team to its first state tournament berth last year, before the Lobos lost in the first round to Glenwood Springs. It was something that hadn’t been done in the nine years before he took over as head coach.

    With seven seniors returning this year, they’re hoping they can take that accomplishment to another level.

  • Hibernate, migrate or circulate?

    Wildlife has evolved astonishing tactics to cope with extreme weather. Like retired New Jersey snowbirds descending to West Palm Beach in the fall, hummingbirds spurn winter, turning their iridescent feathered backs on Colorado and heading south to friendlier habitat.
    Bears vanish into dens to hibernate, slowing their metabolism enough to survive the winter without eating or drinking.

  • To tree or not to tree

    While hiking near Edwards last week, my friend and I spotted a curious pattern of a broad object that seemed to have swept down the snowy path not long before we arrived.
    As we reflected on the beauty of our frosty surroundings, the thickets of evergreen trees with diverse shapes and sizes reminded us that ‘tis the season for folks to head for the woods with a saw and, permit in hand, choose the perfect tree to drag along the path (in this case, for a painfully long distance), and tie to the roof of the car for the trip home.

  • Highway overpasses successful at...

    The sun was warm as we gathered on Vail Pass last July. Paige Singer, a biologist for Rocky Mountain Wild, and Lisi Lohre, Citizen Science intern for the Denver Zoo, handed out hardhats and bright orange vests to the three volunteers before we piled into an SUV. We drove to a spot between Copper Mountain and Vail Pass, and parked on the shoulder along westbound Interstate 70, near where a number of motion-triggered cameras had been placed in the spring.

  • Be wary of animals in high-...

    Sunday marked the end of daylight saving time, and with the shifting hours of our daily routines, wildlife can be caught off guard. Bewilderingly, the human world around them has been altered overnight. The result of this confusion is often car accidents.

  • Cougars fall in first round of...

    By Levi Waddell

    LAKEWOOD — Despite being the higher seed headed into Saturday’s first-round playoff matchup at Trailblazer Stadium, the Evergreen Cougars (9-2) were unable to stop the Rifle Bears’ (9-2) potent rushing attack as they fell 37-10. This marks the second year in a row the Cougars were unable to reach the second round of the playoffs.

    It was evident from Rifle’s first drive that the Cougar defense was going to struggle with the Bears’ Wing T offense.

  • Five Cougars will continue...

    Five Evergreen High School athletes signed their letters of intent to continue their sporting careers in college for soccer, cross country, baseball and swimming on National Signing Day on Wednesday.

    Lauryn Jeans, soccer

    Lauryn Jeans, the daughter of girls soccer coach Peter Jeans, will head to Claremont McKenna College in California next year to play soccer.

  • Evergreen All-Conference Lists

    With fall sports wrapping up, many of the Jeffco All-Conference lists are being released, with the exception of football. For Evergreen High School, kids from six sports made the All-Conference lists this fall.

    Evergreen’s football season ended Saturday in the playoff loss to Rifle, but Jeffco will not release the All-Conference list until all Jeffco teams have exited the playoffs. Volleyball lists have not yet been released.

    Boys golf

    • Bridger Tenney

    • Xan Anderson

    • Nolan Miller

  • Evergreen overcomes injuries,...

    THORNTON — While the 4A state gymnastics championship offered encouragement for Evergreen’s young and injury/illness-riddled team, it also presented second-year coach Tabor Cowden with a point of emphasis for next season.

    Finishing.

    The Cougars, and junior standout Jackie Fritsche in particular, couldn’t close the deal on Nov. 3, the first day of competition at Thornton High School.

  • Cougars lose to Mullen in upset...

    EVERGREEN — All year long, the Evergreen volleyball team has been rolling through one of its most successful seasons in the past few years, but it all came to an end in the high school’s gym on Saturday afternoon as the Cougars fell to Mullen in a huge upset in the regional tournament.

    In the round-robin style tourney, the ninth-seeded Cougars hosted Thompson Valley (No. 16) and Mullen (No. 28). Everybody played each other, and the team who won both of its matches would advance to the state tournament on Friday and Saturday at the Denver Coliseum.