Today's Sports

  • Sports briefs

    Evergreen, Valor Christian tie for first at Indian Tree
    ARVADA — The Evergreen  Cougars maintained their 34-stroke lead in the 4A Jeffco League after the Sept. 2 tournament at Indian Tree where both teams shot a 299 score.

  • 2016 prep football preview: It...

    The long, straggly dirty blond hair waves as Cameron Hays walks off the practice field.

    “It started getting a bit long. I might as well keep it,” Hays said of his flowing mane. “I started growing it out, and I started liking it more and more. My dad hates it, but he’s kind of gotten used to it. We’ll see how long it lasts. It looks all right with the helmet.”

  • 2016 cross country preview:...

    Brandon Swenson doesn’t like to lose, according to Evergreen boys cross country coach Rob Wright. And that’s probably so. 

    But can the Evergreen High senior win it all in 2016? After all, he placed seventh last year at the 4A state meet in his first year with the Cougars after transferring over from Clear Creek High.

  • Sports briefs

    Tenney, Urbas lead EHS to Jeffco win at Bear Creek
    DENVER — Evergreen’s boys’ golf team not only was the best team in 4A Jeffco it was the best in all of Jeffco on Aug. 29 during the 5A/4A Jeffco League tournament at Bear Creek Golf Club.

  • Witches and bats and bears — oh...

    (Reprinted from Oct. 28, 2009)

    I am sorry to say that I made an error in my article of two weeks ago. In the article of Oct. 7, I wrote that grizzly bears “had been all but eliminated in the contiguous 48 states.” This is not true, and I apologize. I checked this information in the book “Bears of the World” by Lance Craighead, and assumed it to be up to date, for he is an authority on bears and it is a fairly recent publication.

  • There’s more to turtles than...

    (Reprinted from Oct. 21, 2009)

    A reader of this column recently phoned to ask me if there were any turtles in Evergreen Lake.

    Yes, indeed, I have seen turtles in Evergreen Lake. However, turtles are far more common in the rivers and ponds on the plains, mostly below 5,500 feet.

  • Bike path opens from Genesee to...

    While CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt was in the midst of his speech, a cyclist zipped up the trail behind him to join his fellow bikers in the crowd. It was hard to blame the eager cyclist; after all, the trail he'd just biked had been almost 11 years in the making.

    The Colorado Department of Transportation and other organizations commemorated the official opening of the Interstate 70 bike path from the Genesee buffalo overlook to El Rancho on Sept. 28.

  • Evergreen Lake is too congested...

    (Reprinted from Oct. 7, 2009)

    The first two days of fall brought quite a few migrating birds to Evergreen Lake. A cold front moving down out of Canada brought cold rain followed by the first snow. I am not ready for snow yet and hope we may still have some Indian summer weather.

    The strong cold front also brought a flurry of late migrants at the lake. On the first day of autumn, a large flock of 200 or more mallards was on the lake. They were certainly not the local yokels that nested here but a big flock of migrants.

  • The sound of elk bugling buffets...

    (Reprinted from Sept. 7, 2006)

    Once more it is time for the “bugling” of the bull elk to flow down the mountains. This eerie, wailing sound is part of the rutting season and as much a part of the Rocky Mountain autumn as the turning of the aspen leaves.

    The first call reported to me this year was on Saturday, Aug. 26. A bit early but not too unusual. The calling will continue through September and dwindle in October, with still a few last calls heard in November.

  • New trails opened at Staunton...

    Hikers at Staunton State Park now have two new trails to explore after more than three years of planning, and both ultimately provide up-close of Elk Falls.

    Launched in mid-September with a ribbon cutting, the Chimney Rock and Elk Falls trails both begin about 5 miles from Staunton’s main parking lot, with the latter trail being an offshoot of the first. According to park manager Zach Taylor, both trails have been envisioned since the 1990s but were not formalized until 2010.