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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • 'I'm the happiest kid...

    DENVER — Nick Keitlen found nirvana.

    In the hardest sport offered to prep athletes, Keitlen had been dreaming of getting his hand raised in victory at the Class 4A state wrestling tournament at the Pepsi Center. The thought was bordering on an obsession.

    His moment of Zen came Feb. 18.

    Keitlen saw his 4-0 lead erased by Cheyenne Mountain’s A.J. Simon, then reversed an attempted shot in the third period for a takedown and nearfall points to clinch a 9-4 decision in their 160-pound match.

  • Heart and soul take poms to 9th

    It has been said that to be great at something you need to put your heart and soul into it. The Evergreen High School Pom squad put their hearts into their hip-hop dance routine Feb.6, at the Universal Dance Association National Competition in Florida.

    They placed ninth out of 65 teams in the hip-hop division — no small feet considering that the EHS poms were up against the best in the nation, which included performing art schools where dance is incorporated into the curriculum. The Evergreen pom squad has competed at nationals for the past 16 consecutive years.

  • Hot-shooting Jaguars drop...

    JEFFERSON COUNTY — The Evergreen boys now know how the Indianapolis Colts feel.

    OK, maybe this game wasn’t as big as the Super Bowl, but a league championship was on the line and all the Cougars needed to do to win it was beat D’Evelyn on the road.

    Unfortunately for the Cougars, they just didn’t have enough offense in this matchup as the Jaguars were hot from the field and hurt the Cougars at the free-throw line as they took home the league title, 65-52.

  • Cougars win as last-second shot...

    With Evergreen leading by one point and 4.3 seconds to play, D’Evelyn had to pass the ball in from under Evergreen’s basket and go the length of the court for a chance to score. Game over, right?

    Not exactly.

    The Jaguars got the ball to Kira Kalkus who raced down the court and got a good look at a 3-pointer that went halfway down before rattling out and falling harmlessly to the ground.

    Exhale. Game over.