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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Numbers up, expectations on the...

    If you’ve been seeing some clouds of dust around Evergreen High School lately, it’s because the boys and girls track team is back in action and could be as good as ever.

    Both boys and girls teams look to be strong in the middle distance areas as the boys return three out four runners that won a state championship in the 4x400 relay last season, and the girls return all four runners that set a school record in the 4x800.

  • Clear Creek lacrosse adds...

    Jamey Kittelberger was raised a little differently than most folks around here.

    Being from the East Coast is part of it, but what defined him even more were the lacrosse sticks in his car. Those sticks, and that sport, had been a part of his life since seventh grade, something few people in Colorado — especially these mountains — can relate to.

  • Tent caterpillars help more than...

    If you are one of the many people who find tent caterpillars objectionable in your backyard, now is the time to control them.

    I know they do little harm in our forests, but I find it difficult to be tolerant of them. Their favorite food is the new leaves of apple trees, so they were very common and considered destructive pests in the apple-growing sections of New York state where I grew up.

  • Dippers dip and dive along Bear...

    February has been very wintry, with colder-than-average temperatures, snow flurries and a lot of gray skies.

    Despite all this, if you walk along Bear Creek between the downtown parking lot and the Church of the Transfiguration, you can hear the beautiful canary-like song of the dipper. These fantastic little birds are permanent residents along our boisterous mountain streams and therefore one of the earliest birds to sing, mate and nest in the area.

  • First-round playoff basketball:...

    The Evergreen girls cruised into the second round of the Class 4A state basketball tournament Feb. 23 with a 60-31 victory over the Palisade Bulldogs.

    Four players scored in double figures and the Cougars’ zone defense gave the visitors fits, in what quickly became a rout.

    The Cougars led 23-4 in the first quarter, 36-17 at halftime and stretched their lead to 50-18 on a jump shot by Haley Stading in the third quarter.