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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Evergreen sweeps tri-meet

    Dan Downs rarely goes down.

    The Evergreen wrestler might give up some points and look as if he’s in a spot of trouble, but he’s not the same wrestler he was this time last year.

    No, Downs thinks things are looking up with a 9-3 record this season..

    “I’m looking to make it to state,” he said. “That’s my goal. Always has been.”

  • Winter solstice heralds the...

    Looking out the window, I still see snow on the ground, and we will have snow for at least three more months. However, this past Monday, Dec. 20, was the changing point, and yesterday was the beginning of the change, the winter solstice, or the first day of winter.

    That’s the day my husband, Bill, used to call the best day of the year because it meant that from that day forward every day became a bit longer, and this meant spring was on its way. The best time of the year.

  • Flickers a nice addition to...

    During the bitter cold spell we had in early December, my friend Amy, who helps me with things I can no longer do myself, looked out the window and said excitedly, “What’s that big bird on the feeder?”

    From the way she said “big” and her excitement, I thought it must be a hawk or an eagle, something really big. So I grabbed my binoculars and found myself looking at a northern flicker. Of course they are big, 12 to 15 inches long, compared with the chickadees and juncos that were also there. Flickers are truly beautiful.

  • Evergreen stumbles

    LAKEWOOD — After shooting out to a 2-0 start to the season, the Evergreen Cougars experienced their first growing pains this past weekend, going 0-3 in the Paul Davis Classic at Green Mountain High School.

    Scrappy to the end, the Cougars (3-3) slowly lost their shine from an overtime loss against Thomas Jefferson, to a close loss to Class 5A Green Mountain, to getting pounded on at times by a talented Lewis-Palmer.

  • Cougars top Eagles in dual

    If you spend your time in the testosterone world long enough, you’re bound to see something like this: An unsuspecting guy gets caught in a brawl he never intended and it’s nothing but a flurry of punches before he realizes what he stumbled into.

    That was kind of like what Evergreen heavyweight Josh Karnath found himself in Dec. 10, minus, of course, the punches.

    Karnath had Valor Christian freshman Stanley Gilbert on him like a hornet to start their match and he staggered out of the first salvo with a little wobble and bit of worry.