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  • Top sports stories of 2015

    EVERGREEN — It will likely go down in history as the most successful year athletically for Evergreen High School.

    The Cougars put on a show in 2015, winning two team state titles. Boys soccer claimed Evergreen’s first boys team championship since 1989. Then, of course, there was the Cougars’ girls swim and dive team that repeated as Class 4A state champs.

  • Swimming into historic territory

    By Chelsy Woods Klein — For the Courier

    EVERGREEN —Evergreen High School might appear as an unassuming mountain school better suited to churn out skiers than swimmers.

    However, the Cougars entered the 2015-16 girls swim season as two-time defending Class 4A state champions. To fully appreciate just how good Evergreen has been in the water, one must look back at the team’s history.

  • Kisiel reaches 1,000th career...

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    EVERGREEN — Since her freshman year at Evergreen, Samantha Kisiel set her sights on two primary basketball accomplishments: help the Cougars win a state championship and reach 1,000 points in scoring.

    Put a check by the latter.

    The senior center attained the individual milestone in the first quarter of Evergreen’s 57-31 victory over Silver Creek on Dec. 16.

  • Cougars rally to edge Denver West

    LAKEWOOD — Evergreen senior Brady Bokelman knows when to give up an uncontested layup.

    Denver West sophomore Nahum Berhe drove past Bokelman to put in the final shot at the buzzer. The problem Berhe and the Cowboys had was the Cougars had a three-point lead. All the layup did was give Evergreen a 54-53 victory Dec. 10 in the opening round of the Paul Davis Classic at Green Mountain High School.

  • Williams weighs in for Evergreen

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    EVERGREEN — For the past two years, Connor Williams wrestled in the lowest weight classification at a severe disadvantage.

    The Evergreen junior regularly conceded about 20 pounds to opponents in the 106-pound division as a freshman and sophomore, but somehow held his own and posted a winning record in 2014-15.

    This season the scales are balanced. Williams remains at 106 but has added about 20 pounds to reach the limit.

  • Senior group eyeing strong last...

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    EVERGREEN — Samantha Kisiel, Logan Newhall, Hannah Orr, Lauren Troeger and Avery Moers haven’t been basketball teammates forever. It only seems that way for the Evergreen seniors.

    It began in third grade for Newhall and Orr. Troeger joined them in fifth grade, Kisiel and Moers completing the “team’’ as seventh-graders. After middle school, it was on to Evergreen where as freshmen they became paired with first-year coach Amy Bahl.

  • Cougars win in Fort Lupton

    By Steve Smith — For the Courier

    FORT LUPTON — The consensus from Evergreen’s boys basketball team was that its 20-point road win against Fort Lupton Dec. 3 was a big help to a young team.

  • Evergreen hoops building on good...

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    EVERGREEN — Replacing graduated players is an accepted annual rite for high school coaches.

    However, with 20-plus years at the helm of Evergreen’s boys basketball program, Scott Haebe is hard-pressed to recall a bigger hit to his squad between seasons.

    “It’s been a while since we’ve had so few returning players,” Haebe said of the 2015-16 edition of the Cougars.

  • Robins have made their way back...

    (Reprinted from April 28, 2010)

    As I was coming home from a late trip to the library and grocery store, it was almost dark as I came up the hill when an American robin flew across the road right in front of me. I braked and he landed in a ponderosa pine in the yard, the same tree that a pair of robins has nested in for the past several years.

    This made me feel it was my old friend. Of course, this is impossible to prove unless the bird had been banded, but it is more than likely, for robins are known to nest in the same area year after year.

  • Bill’s Bench coming in time for...

    (Reprinted from April 8, 2009)

    The ice went out of Evergreen Lake faster this year than I have ever seen before. One day it was honeycombed, with a few openings along the north and west shore, and the next day it was all open. The long spell of warm weather had weakened the ice, and a windy morning set up water movement, and the ice began to break up fast.