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Today's Sports

  • Denver runner in Cruz control at...

    MORRISON — From the start, Lonnie Cruz was focused on what was directly in front of him. The stunning scenery of nearby Red Rocks Amphitheatre and its surroundings couldn’t faze the 30-year-old Denver runner. Neither could the building heat as the race wore on. Nothing slowed Cruz down during the Mount Falcon 15K.

  • Bob Cook Memorial/Mt. Evans Hill...

    BOB COOK MEMORIAL/MT. EVANS HILL CLIMB
    The following are partial results from the 48th annual Bob Cook Memorial/Mt. Evans Hill Climb on July 20:

    MT. EVANS GRAN FONDO: Erik Dorf, 2 hours, 9 minutes, 26.63 seconds; Gregory Dobbin, 2:10:01.64
    TANDEMS: Nico Toutenhoofd, 2:07:58.59; James Hickman, 2:59:00.04
    SW 55+: Lynne Anderson, 2:42:42.49; Ellen Wakeman, 2:46:32.54

  • Sports briefs

    GOLF
    Evergreen boys golf team set to hold tryouts Aug. 5-6

    The Evergreen High School boys golf team will hold tryouts Aug. 5 (2:30 p.m., at Indian Tree Golf Course) and Aug. 6 (10:12 a.m., at Deer Creek Golf Course).
    Players will play from the blue tees both days. Cost is $5 for Aug. 5 and $20 for Aug. 6. Groups will be set by head coach Mike Kuzava.
    All players must be dressed appropriately. All players must play 18 holes to qualify.

  • A rod, a cast and the thrill of...

    By Tim Donohoo
    For the Courier
    If one never knows why an older brother and father would sneak out of the house early on a Saturday morning to go fishing now they can find out. All it takes is spending three hours with instructor Gary Okizaki.
    Every Saturday, for two hours, from 10 a.m. until noon, the Blue Quill Angler fishing shop offers fishermen the opportunity to learn about the sport of fly fishing. Okizaki meticulously describes how to rig a fishing rod, cast, apply necessary knots and effective flies to fish dry flies, nymphs and streamers.

  • Large turkey vultures may hide...

    It is difficult to believe that you can live in a community where a big bird with a 5 ½- to 6-foot wingspan is considered to be relatively abundant in summer without ever seeing one. Yet, that is exactly what happened recently to a friend who told me he had seen one perched on a fence post near his home. He had never seen one before but knew what it was immediately.

  • Pine grosbeaks are difficult to...

    People frequently ask me why they never seen pine grosbeaks at their feeders and where they can see one. They are a very beautiful western bird living in the Rocky Mountains just a bit higher than most people do.

  • Column: Decker jacked up for...

    LITTLETON — Eric Decker is excited. That may not necessarily be the norm for an NFL player with training camp a little more than a week away, but the 26-year-old Denver Broncos wide receiver has plenty of reasons to be excited.
    He married country music singer Jessie James last month, he’s got a reality TV show set to debut later this summer on the E! network, and his team is pegged to be a Super Bowl contender by everyone. What’s there not to be excited about?

  • Celebration 5k exceeds...

    By Tim Donohoo
    For the Courier
    CONIFER — You knew it was going to be a good day for the Elevation Celebration 5k run and walk in Conifer on July 13. The sun appeared right before the runners approached the starting line. Then came the big boom, and the runners were off.
    That skin-crawling sound came from a 15-pound starting cannon rocketed south toward the Conifer sky by trails member Brooke Kerns.

  • Triple Bypass presents challenge...

    It’s 6:45 a.m., and Mike Hon, along with fellow Minnesotans Julie McDaniel and Shane Trapp, are about to embark on their first Triple Bypass bike ride. Their helmets are strapped on, the bike is ready to go and all the essentials — drinks, granola bars and so forth — are stowed.

  • Black-headed grosbeaks are...

    Many people’s first reaction on seeing an orange-and-black bird is that it must be an oriole; this, however, is not the case. We have another orange-and-black bird in the foothills that is not an oriole. It’s short thick finch bill and dull burnt orange color will immediately rule out an oriole.