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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Imes, Cougars end slide with...

    The last out is a lot of times the hardest to get, even despite when one is pitching as well as Mike Imes was on July 9. The Evergreen starter baffled Bear Creek’s batters, scattering just four hits. But with his team leading 3-0 with one out to go in Game 1 of a doubleheader five straight balls threatened the win.

    However, Imes didn’t flinch.

  • Great blue herons are not...

    A reader of this column sent me a message via the Canyon Courier this past week, saying she had seen a great blue heron along North Turkey Creek and was wondering if that was unusual. Yes, it is a bit unusual this early in the season.

  • Conifer sticks it to host...

    Steven Stick is only going to be a junior next school year, but it’s hard to imagine he’s going to be any better than he was on June 28 at Evergreen High School. He was plenty good, and he could get even better. 

    The 6-foot-4 Lobo did it with his pitching, where other than one five-run inning he held the Cougars in check with 10 strikeouts, and his stick, going 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs in a 8-5 victory. 

  • Chase finds her calling on the...

    Kendall Chase looks like the typical high school athlete. And she’s tried many sports — soccer, golf, basketball and volleyball. Yet, it wasn’t until the Evergreen resident and the soon-to-be Mullen High School senior found rowing that she found her true calling. 

    A natural athlete, Chase’s height — she’s 5-foot-11 — likely pigeon-holed any success she may have had at the next level, especially in basketball. But it hasn’t stopped her in rowing where she’s a natural fit.