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Today's Sports

  • Conifer boys cross country team ...

    THORNTON — Maybe it wasn’t to be the year, just like in 2012 when the Conifer boys cross country team won a 4A Jeffco League championship. 

    But the Lobos didn’t get the message then and not now, either, because they’re going back to state. This time in 3A.

  • Lobos end streak, win Mountain...

    CONIFER — Seven years. Seven long years. Now, it’s a big relief.

    Not since 2009 — the first Mountain Bowl — has Conifer been on the winning side. Year in and year out, it was Evergreen. Always Evergreen.

    Not this year. Not this time.

  • 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.

  • Turnovers prove to be costly...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Evergreen football fans hoping the 2016 opener would be a barometer for their team’s passing offense have been sadly disappointed. Instead of progressing, or even maintaining, from an 18-of-30, 238-yard, three-touchdown effort, the Cougars have regressed.

  • Romero, Ley approve of altitude...

    By Steve Smith
    For the Courier

    FORT LUPTON — Conifer’s Julia Romero and Jacob Ley particularly liked the results of the Colorado 7 League cross country race at Fort Lupton High School on Oct. 13.

    The Lobos took first in both the boys and girls divisions.

  • Evergreen packs it in, wins 4A ...

    LITTLETON — Angie Harrington is, by her own admission, a superstitious person. So the Evergreen Lady Cougars girls cross country coach didn’t want to know the official final score until she saw it for herself. She wasn’t expecting what she saw.

    The Evergreen girls had won the 4A Jeffco League cross country title on Oct. 14 at Clement Park.

  • Young Lobos on the rise

    ARVADA — If anyone had told coach Carrie Oletski at the beginning of the season that her Conifer Lady Lobos would go 16-6, win a 4A/3A Colorado 7 and earn a regional tournament berth, would she have believed it?

    You bet.

    “I would’ve taken that in a heartbeat,” Oletski said. “I thought we would be good. I didn’t know how good we were until we played the first couple of games.”

  • Kuzava, Cuntz capture state title

    It had already been two days, but the reality of the situation hadn’t really sunk in for Blake Kuzava that he and Jack Cuntz had won a 4A state doubles championship until he got to school on Monday morning. 

    When classmates started coming up and offering their congratulations — just the fact that they knew what the senior duo had accomplished on Oct. 15 in Pueblo — that’s when it hit home.

  • 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.

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL
    Evergreen wins league opener to stretch winning streak to three
    THORNTON — Evergreen is back on track.

    The Cougars opened conference play with a 33-7 road win at Skyview on Oct. 7. The win was Evergreen’s third straight after tough back-to-back road losses earlier in the year at Lewis-Palmer and Harrison.