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Today's Sports

  • Sports briefs

    BASEBALL
    Cougars thwart host Durango to win district title
    DURANGO — Dane Kapande had a two-run double and Evergreen blew open the game with a three-run sixth inning as the ninth-seeded Cougars upended No. 8 and host Durango 8-3 on May 10 to win the weather-delayed 4A District 2 tournament.

    Play was delayed a day due to inclement weather.

    Alec Moens’ RBI single in the first inning scored Ryker Eagen and the Cougars continued to add to their led from there.

  • Cougars adjust to coaching change

    ARVADA — Midseason changes are never easy, especially when a team loses its head coach. Such was the case for the Evergreen Cougars’ boys swimming team in 2015. 

    Marc Rios was EHS’ first-year head coach when the season began, but he left midseason for a club coaching position with the Greenwood Tiger Sharks.

    Christian Bachrodt took over, and the adjustment in coaching styles was substantial. While Rios’ focus was more on individuals, Bachrodt focuses more on the team being one, Cooper O’Hearn said.

  • Evergreen back in state...

    Kylee Petrik couldn’t put a finger on how her shot found the back of the net early in Evergreen’s 3-0 win over Pueblo Centennial on May 9, but all she knows is that it did. That’s all that mattered.

    It was the first of three goals for the top-seeded Lady Cougars, who got second-half tallies from Sophia Weiner and Brianna Curtis, as Evergreen looked the part of the team to beat in the second round of the 4A state girls soccer tournament.

  • Boating season opens at...

    Boating season at Evergreen Lake has opened with limited hours of operation on weekends until Memorial Day weekend, when the summer schedule begins.

    Paddle boats, kayaks, fishing boats and sailboats are available for renting at hourly rates.

    Stand-up paddle boarding also will be offered to visitors again this season. Evergreen Park and Recreation District staff are overseeing this popular activity this year, rather than using the services of a vendor as in previous years, said Ellen O’Connor, EPRD executive director.

  • White-breasted nuthatches begin...

    Almost everyone who has a bird feeder in a wooded area has a pair or two of white-breasted nuthatches coming to it. Although some books refer to them as being entirely insectivorous, I have watched them eat sunflower seeds at my feeders.

  • Sports briefs

    GIRLS SOCCER
    Evergreen preps for the playoffs with a shutout of Battle Mtn.
    EDWARDS — Freshman Cassidy Formanek scored her third goal of the season and Sophia Weiner assisted on the score as Evergreen toppled host Battle Mountain 1-0 on May 2.

    The Lady Cougars were coming off back-to-back wins over D’Evelyn (4-1) and Standley Lake (1-0) to lock up the 4A Jeffco League championship.

    Natalie Ulfig and Allie Seracuse combined to make five saves in net for EHS.

  • No-hitter continues Cougars’...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — As gauntlets go, Evergreen’s run through the upper echelon of the state’s best 4A baseball teams didn’t quite rival in peril the one Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke endured in the 1977 same-named flick.

  • EHS’ Holley returning to 4A...

    LITTLETON — Natalie Holley can pinpoint her success on the golf course to two factors: continuous practice and her coaches, particularly Hiwan Golf Club’s Kevin Hanley. 

    It is those reasons why the Evergreen sophomore will be making a second straight trip to the 4A state tournament after carding a 9-over-par 81 at the 4A Metro West Regional on May 4. She finished sixth at Raccoon Creek Golf Course.

  • Strategy works as Keegan earns...

    DENVER — Kelli Keegan may be Evergreen’s No. 1 singles player, but the senior has said that she’s felt like an underdog all season. 

    She doesn’t have to feel that way anymore.

  • Boulder raspberry a good shrub...

    Many readers of this column have asked for suggestions on the best trees and shrubs to plant in landscaping their homes in this area. If you need large trees, there is nothing better than the native ponderosa pine, blue spruce and Douglas fir.

    However, the blue spruce and Douglas fir need a bit more water and do their best in a ravine on a north slope, while a ponderosa pine will grow on a south slope. All of these or any other trees will need extra water for the first two to three years until they become established.