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  • Cougars’ defense sends team to...

    The layups weren’t falling. Neither were the free throws. It must’ve been a Monday game. But as Evergreen head coach Ali Meyers said, at least her team played defense.

    That was the Lady Cougars’ saving grace in a 38-30 home win over Green Mountain in the quarterfinals of the 4A Jeffco League tournament on Feb. 14. 

    “Thank God we played defense. We played defense really, really well,” Meyers said.

  • Malazdrewicz wins state

    LOVELAND — Lexie Malazdrewicz, although she felt pretty good, was a little tired. But you couldn’t tell that on Feb. 12 at the Mountain View Aquatics Center.

  • Cougars’ little man comes up big

    ELIZABETH — The excited look of a first-time state qualifier is hard to forget. Evergreen’s Jake Kay had that look.

    After a shoulder injury sidelined Kay for the last part of his freshman year, the sophomore was determined to make a run at state and trounced his 103-pound bracket at the 4A Region 1 wrestling tournament on Feb. 11-12 at Elizabeth High School to head to state in style.

  • Evergreen student-athletes sign...

    National Signing Day was Feb. 2, but inclement weather delayed Evergreen High School from holding its signing ceremony until Feb. 9. But it couldn’t keep four student-athletes from making their future a reality. The following is a list of those four student-athletes and why they chose the school that they did. Stephen Swofford contributed to this report.
    — Michael Hicks, Sports Editor

  • Unusual winter birds abundant in...

    There have been many unusual birds reported on the Denver Field Ornithologists Rare Bird Alert this winter. My problem is that the gentleman who makes the recording for this service speaks so rapidly that I found it difficult to understand where they were seen.

    Of most interested to me were reports of two winter wrens, one northern cardinal, some trumpeter swans and barrow’s goldeneyes. I have seen all of these birds but still consider them worth a trip to see again.

  • Evergreen’s Kay cream of the crop

    Jake Kay had a simple goal. He just wanted to beat the, well, you know what, out of his opponents. The Evergreen sophomore left little doubt of that on Feb. 5 at the 4A Jeffco League wrestling championships at Evergreen High School.

    Kay scored decisive decisions over Wheat Ridge’s Stephanie Goens and Elizabeth’s Josh Lee en route to a dominating performance at 103 pounds. First, he scored a 20-7 major decision over Goens. Then, in the finals, Kay’s varsity experience paid off against the freshman Lee in a 19-3 tech fall victory.

  • Cougars swimmer wins pair of...

    ARVADA — Meyers Pool was packed to capacity on Feb. 5 as female swimmers from both the 4A and 5A divisions gave it their all to set state qualifying times, league records and increase their team’s points before next weeks state finals.

    Spectators cheered, clapped and whistled as they watched the girls compete. Coaches waved their hands in a wave-push motion, so as to move their swimmers along. Teammates yelled out, “Come on,” “Go! Go! Go!” And parents jumped up and down in the stands toward the end of a race.

  • Cougars pummel Arvada

    Jordan Florschuetz scored a game-high 19 points and Evergreen was never challenged en route to a 66-11 thumping of visiting Arvada on Feb. 7 at Evergreen High School.

    The Lady Cougars (9-10, 6-4 4A Jeffco) led 17-4 after one quarter and 27-8 at halftime before holding Arvada (2-16, 0-9) to just three points over the game’s final 16 minutes.

    Erin Dobey also scored in double figures for Evergreen with 11 points. Emily Elmgreen added nine, Haley Newhall and Jesse Wormer scored eight each, and Haley Stading scored four.

  • Roundup: Lane propels Cougars to...

    Andre Lane scored 18 points and Evergreen pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 53-44 win over Wheat Ridge on Feb. 4.

    Konnor Propst added 11 points and Braden Olson scored 10 for Evergreen (9-10, 5-5 4A Jeffco).

    Aaron Rubbleke and Ryan Wyser led Wheat Ridge (3-15, 1-8) with 10 points each. Evergreen capped its regular season with a 62-27 win on Feb. 7 at Arvada.

  • Grosbeaks, syrup lovers...

    One of the few deciduous trees native to this area is the box elder, Acer negundo, also known as the ash-leaved maple. It is an interesting tree that has made its way all across the Great Plains with a little help from mankind.

    People brought this tree to their early homesteads and planted it in yards as windbreaks around their homes. It is still found in many yards and along many plains water courses.