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Today's Sports

  • Increased numbers give Evergreen...

    Mike Pucherelli has a goal. The second-year Evergreen Lady Cougars softball head coach wants to build up the numbers in the program for both the varsity and the junior varsity. That would include a better relationship with the West Jeffco youth program. With 28 players out for the 2014 season, he’s headed in the right direction.

  • Gentians, bugling elk signal end...

    Reprinted from Aug. 3, 2011

    The full rich days of August bring the flowering of fringed gentians, the departure of some summer birds and gangly teenage elk enjoying their first taste of independence. The incredibly beautiful fringed gentians are the dominant wildflower in South Park in August.

  • Indiana runner embraces trail...

    By Tim Donohoo
    For the Courier

    Brady Smith just wanted a taste of the trails. The 16-year old from Crown Point, Ind., had been in the Denver area for three days and the aspiring runner longed to run the Mt. Falcon 15K before he returned home to the Midwest. He got his wish.

  • Youth movement in full swing for...

    Kyle Peterson is no longer around. Evergreen’s best golfer in recent years graduated in May. So did Kyle Malazdrewicz. They, arguably, were the face of the Cougars program.

    Both were multiple-time 4A state qualifiers, finishing 13th and 30th, respectively, last October at Hiwan Golf Club. But, such is the case in high school athletics, turnover is ongoing. 

    In 2014, Evergreen is a squad that is staring at the realistic probability of its top three players being sophomores.

  • Nelson’s return is a successful...

    By Tim Donohoo
    For the Courier

    Not even the distraction of a stray dog could keep Brianne Nelson from winning the 10K portion of the Evergreen Town Race on Upper Bear Creek on Aug. 3.

    Nelson, a Golden resident and stay-at-home mother of two, defeated Kristen Zaitz by 17 seconds, winning the female title in a time of 33 minutes, 38 seconds. Andy Wacker won the top male award with a time of 30:21 down the fast downhill course.

  • Haying operation under way at...

    Elk Meadow Open Space is getting a trim — a contractor is mowing and baling the hay to help keep native plants growing strong, according to a Jeffco Open Space spokesperson.

    It’s the first time such an operation has been done in at least 15 years, said Alicia Doran, Jefferson County weed and pest management specialist. Open Space administrators previously held controlled burns to manage plant life on the meadow, Doran said.

  • Blue mist penstemons are...

    Just a week ago, a dear friend of mine took me for an outing to Echo Lake. What a real treat it was for me to get out and see the blooms along the way and to have brunch at the Echo Lake Lodge.

    Wildflowers were in bloom along the road, especially the brilliant blue of the blue mist penstemon.

  • Sports briefs

    MOUNTAIN BIKING
    Evergreen Composite biking team to host open house
    The Evergreen Composite Mountain Biking Team will host a parent-student Open House on Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. at Buchanan Rec Center. The team will be registering riders for the 2014 fall season.
    The team consists of riders from Evergreen and Conifer high schools.

  • Costa Rican native Zumbado tops...

    Traveling 15 1/4 miles is A little more than a drop in the bucket when you are almost 2,500 miles from home like Costa Rican native Gabriel Zumbado was. 

    The 22-year-old Olympic hopeful and member of the Newton Running team took first place at the Evergreen Sprint Triathlon on July 27. Finishing with a time of 1 hour, 2 minutes and 52 seconds, he was almost 2 minutes faster than second-place finisher Brian Fots. Zumbado said he wasn’t racing to beat anyone, he simply wanted to go as fast as his legs would take him. 

  • Jones wants to develop chances...

    The erosion of the identity of summer baseball hasn’t gone unnoticed by newly named Evergreen varsity head coach Steve Jones. A former assistant coach under Terry Hensley years ago and a former pitching coach at Colorado Christian University, Jones understands the importance of players getting scouted to better their future.