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Today's Sports

  • The art of birding requires...

    (Reprinted from Aug. 18, 2010)

    People often ask me how I happen to see so many more birds and animals than they do.

    They often say that they at least drive into downtown Evergreen every day, sometimes more than that, and they don’t see half as many things as I do.

  • 2016 softball preview: Lady...

    For some, coming off a 7-12 season — the worst season in recent history — might be a concern. For the Evergreen Lady Cougars, they’re approaching the second year of the Della Mitchel era with high hopes.

    “She a great coach. We’re really excited about this year,” senior pitcher Katie Solis said. “We have a lot of good girls. We just want to go farther than we did last year.”

  • 2016 boys tennis preview:...

    Looking back at his first season at No. 1 singles, Evergreen senior Ryan Lahr might tend to believe that nerves got in the way of his finishing off a competitive first run with a 4A state tournament appearances. 

    His coaches, however, don’t see it that way. They’re more inclined to believe that his game management at critical points in matches played a role in his success or lack thereof.

  • Evergreen tees off in Jeffco ...

    If the Evergreen Cougars are indeed going to challenge Valor Christian not just in the 4A Jeffco League but in the state in 2016, they certainly made a good first impression Aug. 15 at Deer Creek Golf Club.

    Led by top medalist Lenny Urbas’ round of 4-under-par 68, Evergreen shot a 4-over-par 292 total to cruise to victory in the regular season opener. It marked the first time the Cougars have ever outscored the defending 4A state champions.

  • Teen workers repair trails at...

    About 90 teenagers were working to repair trails at Elk Meadow Park throughout the day on Aug. 2.

    Jeffco Open Space’s Trail Stewardship Team, which is a paid summer job for 14- to 18-year-olds, works on trail maintenance projects Tuesdays through Thursdays for eight weeks in the summer.

  • Hiwan instructor Patterson named...

    Steve Patterson, a PGA instructor for Hiwan Golf Club, has been named the 2016 Teacher of the Year by the Colorado PGA. A golf professional for 23 years, Patterson became a certified professional in golf instruction and golf operations in 2008. He has worked at Hiwan since 2013.

  • Vogel conquers Meyer Ranch

    By Ashley Dumas
    For the Courier

    CONIFER — Chilly mountain air and cloud cover was a good change from the brutal summer temps, making all 42 runners who signed up for the hilly 5-mile race through Meyer Ranch happy. The terrain was far from flat, however, forcing athletes to climb for the better half of the course. 

  • Experienced Cougars have sights...

    If someone asked Evergreen senior Lenny Urbas what should be expected of the Cougars’ boys golf program in 2016, considering it’s coming off a 2015 season in which he won a regional title and the team placed third at the 4A state meet, the answer is obvious.

    “We go back and win state this year,” Urbas said.

  • Eastern fence lizards are...

    (Reprinted from Aug. 13, 2008)

    A few weeks ago a lady named Elizabeth phoned to tell me she had seen a lizard in her yard on Old Squaw Pass Road. She was delighted to have this new resident sharing her garden but wondered what kind it was and why she had never seen one before.

    The answer to what kind of lizard it is: It probably is an eastern fence lizard, since they are the only species likely to be seen here.

  • August brings late wildflowers,...

    (Reprinted from Aug. 5, 2009)

    July has been a great month. Most of the days have been blue and sunny, with cool mornings and warm afternoons with scattered showers. The summers of 1965 and 1969 were much like this, and I had very little need to water to have a bountiful garden. It seemed like we had moved to Camelot.