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Today's Sports

  • Sandhill crane migration is a...

    Actually it was not bitter cold or the storm could have been much worse than it actually was. This is the week that I always call crane week for almost every year my husband Bill and I used to go to Nebraska at this time to see the sandhill crane migration.

    I had planned to go again this year and be a co-leader with Kathanne Lynch for an Evergreen Audubon trip, but apparently few Auduboners realized what a very special trip this is, and no one signed up to go. Or maybe they were just afraid of spring blizzards on the plains. My loss, I’m sorry to say.

  • Cougars upbeat despite tough...

    Evergreen head coach Whitney Walker knew her girls soccer team had a tough schedule to start the season.

    Coming out of the first four games with a 2-2 record isn’t too bad considering they had to play perennial Jeffco league power D’Evelyn, not mention a tough Littleton squad as well as St. Mary’s and the always well-coached Faith Christian Academy.

  • Springtime brings a variety of...

    It is just about dark on Thursday, March 18, and I have been standing out by the carport listening for the evening song of a robin.

    It has been a warm, hazy, partially cloudy spring-like day. Oddly enough, it has not dropped below freezing yet, but I expect it soon will. The weathermen on all the TV stations have been forecasting snow tonight. So, it looks like the first day of spring, March 20, will once more be snowy, which will probably be long gone by the time you receive this paper.

  • Cougars come up empty in trip to...

    DENVER — For the past few years, the Evergreen Cougars have been privileged to play at Coors Field against Castle View High School.

    Unfortunately for the Cougars this year, this positive experience had a little bit of negative sprinkled in, as they dropped their second straight game of the young season 5-2 on March 17.

    Once again the Cougar bats remained silent as they came away with only five hits and got only one hit with runners in scoring position.

  • Rock squirrels are rarely...

    It was shortly after we moved to Colorado that my late husband and I were birding one morning in Red Rocks Park, and we saw our first rock squirrel.

    Rock squirrels are the biggest of all the many ground-squirrel clan, and despite the fact that they are ground squirrels, they are quite capable of climbing over rocks and boulders and even well into trees as if they thought they were tree squirrels.

  • Cougars rally, then get rallied...

    The Evergreen Cougars’ fortunes shifted like a career politician March 12.

    Facing an experienced and salty Boulder Panthers squad, the Cougars started out like cones that the visitors danced around before scoring. In the second quarter, the Cougars came out like wild dogs, hitting and grinding and scoring fluid goals seemingly at will.

    But the back-and-forth eventually ended with the visitors getting more votes as the Cougars suffered a 7-6 defeat on their home field.

  • Perfect start slips away in...

    ARVADA — Tom Aramovich threw a complete game, gave up no unearned runs, struck out eight and hit a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning March 13.

    And yet the Cougars walked away unhappy after they were dropped 4-1 by Faith Christian at Ralph Nance Field, where Evergreen was the home team after the nonleague game was moved from Lakewood’s All-Star Park.

  • Put out boxes so birds can build...

    Spring is here, even if March, as usual, is producing snowstorms. However, the snow has delayed the arrival of the first bluebird.

    Or perhaps they have arrived and my network of reporters hasn’t informed me about it. If no one has seen a bluebird yet, it is most unusual. They often arrive in late February and usually are here in good numbers by the first week of March. These early birds are followed by the laggards, and by the end of March the main migration is finished and our nesting birds are here.

  • Conifer girls eliminated from...

    BOULDER — The most beautiful season in Conifer girls basketball history ended with an ugly loss March 10 at the University of Colorado’s Coors Events Center.

    The No. 2-seeded Lobos (25-2), in the Class 4A final four for the first time, seemingly couldn’t buy a basket and were methodically dismantled 59-32 by three-time defending state champion Broomfield (26-1).

  • Cougars to play to their strength

    Spring is almost here and that means it’s time for America’s pastime to re-enter the fold.

    The Evergreen Cougars’ baseball team has been in hibernation and is ready to be a force in the Jeffco 4A league this upcoming season and improve upon last year’s 16-5 record and third-place league finish.

    Even though the Cougars lost some strong contributors, including two starting pitchers from last year’s team, head coach Terry Hensley hopes changes in philosophy and in the offseason conditioning program can duplicate last year’s success.