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Today's Sports

  • Wildcats rally, end Cougars’...

    ARVADA — It wasn’t that Jake Englehart wasn’t denying Arvada West its just due. It’s just that the Evergreen pitcher shouldered most of the blame for his team’s 7-5 loss on July 23 at Pomona High School’s Bart Mapps Field.

    The loss ended the Cougars’ run in the double-elimination, season-ending Central Colorado Baseball League tournament. Evergreen lost a day earlier to Bear Creek in the opening round 15-2.

  • Force back on top at Bandimere

    MORRISON — It’s been a while, but John Force is back on top at the mountain.

    The 62-year-old legendary NHRA Funny Car driver scored the last of his five previous wins at Bandimere Speedway in 2003. But in the finals on July 24 against Matt Hagan at the 32nd annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals Force didn’t have to do anything special. 

    He just needed Hagan to make one mistake for Force to get his first win of the season.

    Hagan red-lighted at the start giving Force his sixth win at Bandimere and 133rd overall. 

  • NHRA notebook: Berry shifting...

    MORRISON — The last time Littleton resident Mike Berry ran with the NHRA at Bandimere Speedway — last year’s Mopar Mile-High Nationals — it wasn’t his Pro Stock Motorcycle he was riding. It was fellow competitor Matt Smith’s bike, but with Berry’s motor.

    The 2009 Buell XB9R didn’t work out too well for the 45-year-old. On his first run he couldn’t disengage the clutch and ended up burning out. But, oh, how things have changed.

  • Usual summer birds flock to...

    The next few weeks of late July and early August are not the most exciting time in the bird world. Although a few early fall migrants will drift through, there is no big movement of birds.

    I still have red crossbills coming to the feeder with young, so I have had a good chance to study all their various plumage. They are truly beautiful birds that vary in color, especially the adult males that range from yellow to orange to light red to dark red.

  • Adversity can’t slow Cougars

    When calls go against a team it can be deflating. But not for the Evergreen Cougars.

    Evergreen led Golden by two runs in the top of the fifth inning at Evergreen High School on July 17 when Demons shortstop Jordan Johnson stole second base and headed for third when the throw trickled into short center field. The throw to third beat Johnson to the bag, but he was called safe anyway.

    After a strikeout, which would have ended the inning, Cougars pitcher Sean Imes gave up a walk and a double, tying the game.

  • Pushing soccer’s growth forward

    Growing up in North St. Louis, Mo., soccer was always a part of Vince Ventimiglia’s life. He started playing when he was 5 and, modestly he’ll tell you, he had some successful years playing. Like when he was on the U-19 National Cup championship team.

    But when the now-73-year-old moved to Colorado in 1960 with an engineering degree from Missouri School of Mines and jobs lining up for him the sport was virtually non-existent.

    Nil. None. No soccer to be found. 

  • Pushing soccer’s growth forward

    Growing up in North St. Louis, Mo., soccer was always a part of Vince Ventimiglia’s life. He started playing when he was 5 and, modestly he’ll tell you, he had some successful years playing. Like when he was on the U-19 National Cup championship team.

    But when the now-73-year-old moved to Colorado in 1960 with an engineering degree from Missouri School of Mines and jobs lining up for him the sport was virtually non-existent.

    Nil. None. No soccer to be found. 

  • Hoidal ready to tackle world

    It’s not like Sam Hoidal isn’t athletic. He played basketball in middle school, but he didn’t find his sport until he walked on at the University of Wisconsin four years ago.

    “It’s something you can be competitive in,” the 20-year-old said of rowing. “Wisconsin is a great football, basketball school, but rowing is something I found that I can do well. People have their clubs, have their study groups, their teams. It’s nice being a varsity athlete at a Division I school.”

  • Summer rains bring colorful...

    Late June and early July are probably the most beautiful time of year in the mountains. Rain has finally come in enough quantity to restore life to the foothills and everything is lush green.

    It is so green that you might think you are in Ireland. The grasses are green, the trees are green, kinnikinnick is green, our whole immediate world is green with blue sky overhead, and around every twist of a road or trail you are greeted by a splash of color from wildflowers.

  • Mountain ride takes on twice the...

    Shortly after 7 a.m. on July 9, 53-year-old Dan Oracion felt like he was ready for the challenge he was about to embark on. The Casper, Wyo., cyclist was about to begin his journey in the 23rd annual Triple Bypass. Only this time, he was going to do it twice, both ways, in the same weekend.

    “I’ll have to make sure to recover real well tonight, get a good meal and get to bed early so my battery is recharged, my legs are recharged to do it again tomorrow,” he said.