Today's Sports

  • Lobos ready for the postseason

    THORNTON — Matt Aceto and Abe Martin played a game of cat and mouse at the expense of host Skyview on Nov. 4 at George Ditirro Stadium.
    No matter how many times Aceto — Conifer’s senior quarterback — put the ball in the air to Martin, the Wolverines couldn’t chase down the speedy receiver.
    Three times the duo hooked up in the first quarter for 136 yards and a touchdown, and Conifer was well on its way to a 42-26 victory in the regular-season finale.

  • Cougars cap season with 5th-...

    THORNTON — There were no grand illusions. Evergreen didn’t come into the 4A state gymnastics meet expecting to win or even finishing too high. Simply put, on Nov. 4 at Thornton High School, the Lady Cougars were just happy to be at state.
    Just staying positive, having fun and maybe get somebody into the individual finals a day later would be a good step for a program working its way back under first-year head coach Tabor Cowden. They exceeded that.

  • EHS rolling going into the...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    Good luck trying to figure out Evergreen’s regular season. It had more ebbs than flows with the Cougars finishing with more than two losses for just the second time in seven years.
    But because the Colorado High School Activities Association’s computerized RPI standards deemed Evergreen played one of the toughest football schedules in 3A, the 6-4 Cougars are bound for a fourth straight playoff appearance.

  • Column: CHSAA’s flawed RPI ...

    I’ve got to get this off my chest, and I’m not going to mince my words: CHSAA’s RPI system is flawed. It’s broken. It needs to be tweaked, if not just outright fixed — and fast.
    The system with its calculated setup to account for a team’s winning percentage, its opponents’ winning percentage and that of the opponents’ opponents is noble, but too much weight is put on how well one’s opponents play and that of their own opponents and not nearly enough on how a team does in the win-loss column.

  • Sports briefs

    Pueblo West ends Cougars’ season in 4A quarterfinals
    — Cavan Sheehan’s goal late in the first half would be all that Pueblo West would need as the host and 12th-seeded Cyclones eliminated defending 4A state champion Evergreen 1-0 in the state quarterfinals on Nov. 5.
    It’s the first trip to the state semifinals in school history for Pueblo West (14-4).
    Michael Peters assisted on Sheehan’s goal.

  • SHOOTOUT VICTORY: Westgard saves...

    NIWOT — Logan Westgard had no doubt. The Evergreen senior goalkeeper, as confident as he could be, never wavered on the idea that his Cougars, the defending 4A state champions, would even come close to losing.

    Not even when the team’s Oct. 26 4A state playoff opener with host and 13th-seeded Niwot went to a penalty kick shootout, and his team’s fate rested very much in his hands.

  • Streaking Conifer ends on a high...

    LAKEWOOD — It’s unfortunate that the season is over for the Conifer volleyball program because the Lady Lobos were playing the best at the end. A four-match winning streak and six victories in the final nine matches, including Oct. 27 at Alameda International Junior/Senior High, proved as much.

  • Conifer rallies for a much-...

    By Craig Harper, For the Courier

    CONIFER — The Colorado High School Activities Association’s RPI standings? Conifer football coach Larry Fitzmaurice would like to see them RIP.

  • EHS boys place sixth at 4A state...

    COLORADO SPRINGS — The end results individually weren’t what Evergreen seniors Brandon Swenson and Weston Donati-Leach were hoping for.

    When they crossed the finish line at the 4A state cross country championships on Oct. 29 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center, Swenson was 11th and Donati-Leach 17th, just missing the top 10 and all-state honors.

  • Lobos embrace challenge of state...

    COLORADO SPRINGS — The realization starting to sit in on Conifer senior Julia Romero as she hit the third-mile mark Oct. 28 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center. For her, it would be the last mile she’d run in her high school career. It was a surreal feeling.