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Today's Sports

  • Out to change its perception

    Little reminders still seep in on the club’s website, but change — big change — is under way with the Altitude Football Club, formerly Evergreen Stingers.

    Altitude FC became official on June 1, but maybe the first real glimpse of the new staff and curriculum-changing atmosphere around the club, founded in 1979, came July 21-25 with a pair of camps at the Marshdale Fields.

  • Evergreen High alum Spinzig...

    Christina Spinzig, a 2010 Evergreen High graduate, was named an All-American Scholar for the second consecutive year by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association.

    Spinzig was joined on the list by Colorado State University teammate Betsy Kelly. To qualify, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.50 cumulative grade-point average.

    The 22-year-old Spinzig played in 10 tournaments this past season for Colorado State, recording one top-20 finish and an average round of 77.7. 

    She graduated with a degree in business administration.

  • EHS alum Burke perfect in pro...

    Brock Burke made his professional debut for the Gulf Coast Rays on July 18 against the Baltimore Orioles’ rookie-level team at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla. 

    The 6-foot-2 left-hander started and pitched just the first inning as the team slowly works him into the rotation after a heavy pitch count during the high school season.

    The 17-year-old Evergreen High graduate tossed a one-two-three inning, striking out the Orioles’ Henry Urrutia to end the frame. 

  • Fowler has big shoes to fill

    Ross Fowler has plenty of soccer coaching experience from his time with the Colorado Rush and Altitude FC, where he has been the director of coaching for both. Now the Manchester, England native has his first head coaching position at the high school level.

    Earlier this summer, Fowler was named the head coach for Evergreen High School’s boys soccer program, replacing Peter Jeans, who resigned for personal reasons.

    “It’s a good program. It’s an exciting opportunity to try to build on,” Fowler said.

  • Cougars go to camp to prep for...

    Midsummer’s 90-degree heat had eased — if only for a day — on July 17, and the grass at Evergreen Middle School was a little thicker than what the Evergreen Cougars are accustomed to. Consistent rain does that, not to mention that EHS’ home facility and the playing surface at familiar Trailblazer Stadium is turf, not grass.

    Yet, heat or no heat, grass or turf, it was all relative for Evergreen’s football team, which was in the first of a two-week camp just weeks before officially starting practice Aug. 11.

  • Black-headed grosbeak makes...

    I looked out at the bird feeder yesterday to see what might be there, getting a last meal just before dark. Much to my surprise, there was a colorful male black-headed grosbeak there, enjoying the black sunflower seeds. This is the 15th bird species I have seen from the windows here at Elk Run.

    Actually, this was the first black-headed grosbeak I have seen this year. I have them every year at my feeder at home, but I have already left there by the time they returned this year.

  • A really cool hike around an...

    Heading up the mountain to Echo Lake Park, the temperature begins dropping and the scenery becomes magnificent. Sweeping views of snow-capped mountains come into view as you travel along Highway 103 from Bergen Park to your hiking destination around a natural alpine lake.

  • Column: Early risers embrace...

     It’s 5:45 a.m. on Saturday morning as I struggle to get up, get dressed and meander my way up to Bergen Park to catch a few last-minute riders and event officials. Who would think that there would be a scattering of cars working their way up into the mountains so early for a weekend getaway, much less cyclists who’ve already been on the road for nearly two hours for the first of two days of the Triple Bypass.

  • Ride holds special meaning for...

    This year’s Triple Bypass was a special one for Travis Retzer. It not only was the 40-year-old San Francisco-area rider’s first Triple, but it also holds a meaning closer to his heart.

    He was going to ride it with his dad, Jim, who got him started in cycling more than 10 years ago. It was his father who started him out riding century (100 mile) rides. But last Oct. 29, at the age of 65, Jim unexpectedly passed away. A planned family vacation, including a visit to Yellowstone National Park, was now a memorial ride in honor of his late father.

  • Early wildflowers, tall grass a...

    On a brief ride around the Evergreen area last week, I was surprised to see so many wildflowers blooming. Many seemed a bit earlier than usual. I believe this is due to the exceptionally warm weather and rain in early June.

    Late June had very little rain, but the Fourth of July brought a late-afternoon torrential shower, so it is once more hot and humid. This is not my favorite weather as it leaves me feeling hot, sticky and short of breath.