Today's Sports

  • Cougars put on clinic

    CONIFER — Defense, defense, defense.

    It’s the mantra Evergreen boys basketball coach Scott Haebe has preached to his team all year long.

    They appear to be buying in.

    Conceding the size battle to the bigger and more physical Lobos of Conifer, the Cougars did an admirable job of keeping the Lobos out of the paint, particularly in the second quarter, where the Cougars forced 13 turnovers.

  • Late run paces Lobos

    CONIFER — Alison Gorrell is Conifer’s best player, but the argument can certainly be made for Cara Walderman being the team’s most valuable.

    As the Lobos tangled with cross-town rival Evergreen on Jan. 9, Gorrell was held relatively in check by the Cougars, who managed to hold the super sophomore to just two field goals thanks to a highly effective box-in-one defense.

    With all the extra attention focused on Gorrell, the No. 9 Lobos needed someone else to step up in the scoring department.

  • Swimmers lap Class 5A Eagles

    LITTLETON — Breathing isn’t all that necessary. In fact, it’s downright detrimental.

    This is something Evergreen swimmer Lindsay Johnson must contemplate as she tries to whittle he time down in the 50-meter freestyle. Johnson was comfortably ahead Jan. 9 but finished a little slower than coach Jeanne Godaire liked.

    The result: A first-place finish and the recommendation that breathing in the final 15 meters is not a good idea.

    Michael Phelps would probably agree.

  • Cougars lose another close one

    It’s easy to see the glass as half full this season for the Cougars.

    Of course, when are youth and optimism not joined at the hip?

    Evergreen’s youthful bunch chased and harassed D’Evelyn for 36 minutes Jan. 13 before they were finally put to rest with 13 seconds remaining. But plenty of glimpses of what could have been and what could be were apparent in the 56-51 Class 4A Jefferson County League defeat.

  • Sugar, carbohydrates are a plant...

    Down the hill from our house there are several giant mullein plants in various stages of growth. The most obvious are the old, dead stalks that bore flowers last summer. These stalks are hard, dry, dead. They have completed their mission in life. They have produced seeds to perpetuate the species.

  • Cougars open new year in style

    LAKEWOOD — Following a mandatory two-week hiatus due to the holidays, Evergreen boys basketball coach Scott Haebe was nervous about how his team would open 2009.

    While the Cougars weren’t perfect Jan. 3, they were awfully good.

    Hot shooting from the perimeter (eight 3-pointers) and a tenacious defense that forced 16 turnovers carried Evergreen to a painless 70-42 cross-classification victory over Lakewood that exceeded their coach’s expectations.

  • Mountain rivals split games

    CONIFER – With the stands at the Conifer High School gymnasium pushed past capacity, the fans that were willing to sit on top of one another were treated to a pair of competitive basketball games between two rival schools.

  • Ladies fall to Lakewood

    LAKEWOOD — Young teams are prone to mental lapses on the basketball court.

    Evergreen girls basketball coach Ali Johnston is well aware of that fact, which is why she wasn’t shocked by how the Cougars performed following a two-week break Jan. 3 against Class 5A Lakewood.

    For three quarters, Evergreen struggled to find its range from the field and had a difficult time just keeping possession of the ball, committing 20 turnovers. As a result, they trailed the Tigers by 18 points entering the fourth quarter.

  • What I want for 2009

    How’s this for a resolution?

    I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions.

    Now, I have nothing against anyone that sets out to do something personally rewarding come Jan. 1, but for me, I’ve never subscribed to the belief that I’m going to radically alter the way I live my life by the turn of a calendar page.

  • The final fate of Frances the...

    Several readers of this column have inquired recently if I knew what had become of “Frances” the Canada goose that lingered at Evergreen Lake into winter. Since I had suggested that the people who were concerned about Frances should call Carol Wade, I called her last week to find out what had transpired.