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Today's Sports

  • Small signs of spring appear...

    January is flying by with severely cold weather.

    January is the coldest month of the year, according to the National Weather Service, and it certainly has been this winter. Many nights have been well below zero, and the wind-chill factor has made some of them feel as cold as 20 below.

  • Cougars don’t make...

    The Evergreen Invitational was back in its former glory Jan. 16.

    Podium glory, however, eluded the home team.

    Due in part to the cancellation of Conifer’s tournament, the annual Evergreen Invitational grew to 21 teams as coach Lane Williams welcomed in some of the teams that were left without a place to wrestle.

    More teams meant more wrestlers for the first time in several years. But it also meant more competition and deeper brackets that almost all had multiple state placers lurking.

  • Cougars get defensive in win...

    Nothing helps a team get over a tough loss to a division rival better than beating up on another division rival in their home gym.

    For the Evergreen Cougars, it was nice to get the bitter taste of defeat out of their system as the beat up on Jeffco 4A League foe D’Evelyn 54-43 on Jan. 12.

    The Cougars (9-3), coming off a tough loss at home to Conifer, used their defense to shut down the unconventional Jaguar offense and also used their size to gain an advantage on offense and on the boards.

  • Evergreen swimmers dunked by...

    LITTLETON - In football, they call it “hearing footsteps.”

    That’s when a player feels the other player closing in and is faced with the prospect of either being outdone or making the necessary play.

    Evergreen senior Carrie Latimer heard footsteps Jan. 8, albeit from feet flapping underwater at the Edge rec center.

  • Cougars impressive in 'huge...

    The Evergreen Cougars are out to prove that they are going to be a force in the Jeffco 4A League this year.

    They took one step closer to proving that on Jan. 8 as they drubbed the visiting Conifer Lobos 70-51 to move to 2-0 in league play and 7-3 overall.

  • Lobos' defense clamps down...

    Conifer girls basketball head coach Jon Marston knows that you need to play good defense to win at any level and he has preached that to his team.

    The Lobos certainly showed they were listening on Jan. 8 as they improved to 11-0 on the season by beating bitter rival Evergreen 54-43 on the Cougars’ home court.

    “That’s our main focus, defense, especially man-to-man,” Marston said. “I told the girls before the game, it comes down to defense. Who plays the best defense is whose going to win the game, and that’s any game.”

  • Two gray birds dominate during...

    It is the beginning of a new year. I keep falling behind in things I must do, and one of them is this article. With the long holiday period, I am completely confused, and now I realize this article is late. I apologize, but it is difficult to keep the days straight. So, my New Year’s resolution is to try to get each article in on time. If some week it doesn’t appear, just realize I haven’t met my deadline and the newspaper has, quite rightfully, gone to press without it. I shall try to do better.

  • Weather was a gift during...

    Last Sunday, Dec. 20, was the annual Christmas Bird Count. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. It was clear, sunny, warm (34 degrees when we started), and it warmed more as the day progressed.

    There was no wind at ground level, which made it seem even warmer, but the two lenticular clouds in the north told us there were very high winds aloft. I expected the weather to change, but except for a thin overcast in the late afternoon, it remained much the same all day.

  • The best sports stories of 2009

    What did you want for the holidays?

    World peace? An Xbox? Snowboard? How about yet another year-end list?

    Since we’re fresh out of the first three items, you’ll get the last. And you’ll like it.

    The world doesn’t revolve around sports, but it sure makes things a lot more fun. And sports has always played a big part in the lives of Evergreen student-athletes.

    Since you asked for it, here it is, folks. The top six sports stories of 2009 in the order they happened.

    Oh, and peace on Earth and goodwill to (wo)men.

  • Small change could prove big for...

    It’s kind of fitting that the “Get Back” was the top song the last time Evergreen made the playoffs in football.

    For the record, it was November of 2004, rapper Ludacris was top of the charts and the Cougars had extended their season by one week before getting pasted 47-2 by Niwot.

    Getting back to the playoffs in 2010 might have gotten a little easier thanks to a reshuffled leauge, know for the next two years as the Class 3A Metro South League.