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Today's Sports

  • Cougars finish fifth at 4A state

    Winning a 4A state boys’ golf championship was going to be an uphill battle no matter how the Evergreen Cougars sliced it. With just three state qualifiers as opposed to four for most of the other contenders, there was no room for error for Evergreen.

  • EHS nets shutout victory

    CONIFER — A calm and composed demeanor, already a trademark of Dylan Stump’s character, came in quite handy in his No. 2 singles match against Sean Crosby on Sept. 28 at Conifer High School. 

    That’s because the Evergreen High senior, already down a set, was a game away from a straight-set defeat. Then, with a simple bit of self-advice, he turned the match around.

    “I just started putting more balls (in play),” Stump matter-of-factly said.

  • 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.

  • Volunteer poop patrol cleans up...

    Volunteers cleaned up 430 pounds of dog waste at the Elk Meadow off-leash park on Saturday as part of Jeffco Open Space’s National Public Lands Day event.

    The park, which Open Space employees said is “being loved to death,” has seen a lot of traffic in recent months, with many visitors not monitoring where their dogs go or what they do — or doo — while off-leash.

  • Approach propels Swenson to...

    LITTLETON ­— For Brandon Swenson, it was a mental adjustment. The Evergreen High School senior usually takes the start of every cross country race at a break-neck pace. 

    That’s typically not something conducive to winning. So he tried a more conservative approach at the Dave Sanders Invitational.

  • EHS serves up a victory

    Claudia Dillon, in all likelihood, isn’t going to be known for her service game. It’s not because the middle hitter can’t do it, but it’s not the Evergreen High School sophomore’s specialty, either.

  • Cougars return home, get back on...

    Nothing will do a struggling team good like coming home. Just ask the Evergreen Cougars.

    Back-to-back shutout losses on the road — at Lewis-Palmer and Harrison by a combined score of 70-0 — dropped the three-time defending conference champions out of the CHSAANow.com 3A poll. But homecoming week in front of a lively crowd and with a defense unwilling to wilt, the Cougars took advantage of their home-field advantage with a 10-0 blanking of Eagle Valley on Sept. 23.

  • Wood rats are interesting...

    (Reprinted from Sept. 17, 2008)

    A friend who volunteers at the Evergreen Nature Center stopped by last week to show us photographs of a wood rat taken by a couple who live on Upper Bear Creek. These folks had seen and heard some little critter in their house and wanted to be sure to live trap it and remove it before they left on a vacation.