Today's Sports

  • Wildflowers abundant in late...

    One of the most common roadside flowers of the late summer and early autumn is the yellow sweet-clover, Melilotus officinale. The common roadside plant, oddly enough, is not a native.

    According to the books that I have, the white sweet clover is a native, but the yellow was introduced from Europe because it was known to be both a good honey and forage plant. It is also known as honey clover and yellow melilot.

  • The dawn of a fitness class

    It was a chilly 46 degrees at 6 a.m. last Thursday when a half-dozen hardy souls appeared on the Evergreen High School football field to exercise — just as the sun was rising.

    They jogged, did pushups, stretched and lunged, all while breathing the fresh air, viewing outdoor Evergreen and hearing music from a small sound system. About halfway through the 60-minute class, the sun became visible above the treetops.

  • Searching for nocturnal animals...

    One of the more common frogs in this area is the northern chorus frog. These little frogs are very small – only about an inch and a half high when sitting – and prefer temporary spring ponds that are very shallow.

    They are sometimes referred to as spring peepers, but this is a misnomer. The spring peeper is a different kind of frog that is a tree frog and usually peeps singly up in a tree.

    The chorus frog is well named for there is usually a large chorus of them all singing together “cre-ee-k, cre-ee-k, cre-ee-k in a shallow grassy puddle.

  • EHS boys golf tryouts on tap

    Evergreen High School boys golf team will hold tryouts Aug. 10 and 11 — the 10th at Indian Tree Golf Course in Arvada and 11th at Fox Hollow in Lakewood. Tee time is noon on the 10th and 2:15 p.m. on the 11th.

    Players from Evergreen and Clear Creek High School are encouraged to participate. In order to tryout players must have completed and turned in paperwork to athletic secretary Ruth Warren.

  • Positive vibes escape Cougars

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    The Legion A district baseball tournament hosted by Evergreen evolved into a Cougar version of Jekyll and Hyde, a conundrum of epic proportions.

    Good (but not good enough) Evergreen gave Eaton, the defending 3A champion and the eight-team district’s No. 1 seed, a scare in the July 23 opening round. Boosted by the pitching of sophomore Jack Messler, the Cougars led the Reds 3-2 after four innings before bowing 5-3 to the eventual champion.

  • Column: From Alberta to New...

    Chances are you didn’t spend a portion of your summer like Charles Lynch did. I certainly didn’t.

    The 2013 Evergreen High School graduate and now a recreation major at Western Washington University only went on a 2,768-mile bike ride from Banff, Alberta, to the New Mexico-Mexico border, passing through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado in the process. That’s all.

  • Bleeding blue and gold

    Jesse Orlans bleeds Evergreen blue and gold. The 2000 EHS graduate spent three years on the football field for the Cougars as a varsity player. He bled, sweated and shed some tears on the field.

    He’s also very prideful. So when the 33-year-old returned to Evergreen five years ago to be an assistant coach, not to mention head up the program’s JV and Level III squads, he did so with a chip on his shoulder.

  • Four more hummingbirds...

    Last week I wrote about the two most common hummingbirds seen locally, the broad-tailed and the rufous.

    Broad-tailed hummingbirds usually arrive in April and nest here. Rufous hummingbirds, which have gone north along the Pacific coast in early spring, have nested as far north as southern Alaska and return south along the mountains where there are still wildflowers.

  • Lights to brighten Conifer’s...

    The light poles are up; three team rooms, including one that will serve as a storage area/officials room, are in place at the end of the south end zone; and new asphalt will be laid to replace the worn-out track surrounding Lobo Field. 

    Get ready Conifer High School, Lobo Field is almost ready to play under the lights.

    Construction on the improved facilities began in early June. Great Outdoors Colorado provided a grant for $280,000 last year, which allowed Conifer High to reach its $500,000 goal to install lights and team rooms at Lobo Field.

  • Press box adds new element to EHS

    Sitting just off the track at Evergreen High School, the blue and gold-colored press box is a welcomed sight. It’s been a long time coming, but it was a necessity if the school wants to host more varsity football game up in the foothills.

    “It’s very nice. I really like the way it looks,” Evergreen varsity football coach Rob Molholm said. “It’s been a long time coming. We’re excited to have it.”