Today's Sports

  • Gentians, bugling elk signal the...

    The full rich days of August bring the flowering of fringed gentians, the departure of some summer birds and gambling teenage elk enjoying their first taste of independence. The incredibly beautiful fringed gentians are the dominant wildflower in South Park in August.


    It wasn’t that big of a deal to Tom Cencich. The 50-year-old 1978 Evergreen High School graduate has been to a number of international competitions. So last month’s North American Powerlifting Championships in Miami, Fla., wasn’t all that much different than the rest.

    But, in truth, it was.

    The 5-foot-6, 182-pounder entered the competition for one reason — to shatter a world record. 

  • Tip helps California teen topple...

    EVERGREEN — As should be expected, 15-year-old Jonas Texeira struggled with his breathing that comes with the altitude of playing at Hiwan Golf Club. After all, he is from Sun Valley, Calif.

  • Sports brief

    Stingers’ U-7 Reds team looking for sponsors
    The Evergreen Stingers’ U-7 Reds 3v3 soccer team is looking for sponsors so the team can play in the 2012 World Championships at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 14-16, 2012.

    The team qualified after taking second place last month at a regional tournament in Commerce City. 

    If anyone is interested in sponsoring the team, contact Dauma Venta at dauma@venta.ws or by calling 303-523-0097. 

  • Wildflower or weed: Enjoy the...

    It is a fine summer evening. I am sitting on the patio, trying to write this article and cool off after another hot day and a rain shower. The cooler air is refreshing, and I can see many wildflowers in bloom in the yard. I really miss being able to get out for walks in the woods but can’t tote my oxygen tank, and the woodland way is too uneven, tilted and rough, for me to traverse safely. So, I try to be content with what I can see from the patio and car port.

  • Wildcats rally, end Cougars’...

    ARVADA — It wasn’t that Jake Englehart wasn’t denying Arvada West its just due. It’s just that the Evergreen pitcher shouldered most of the blame for his team’s 7-5 loss on July 23 at Pomona High School’s Bart Mapps Field.

    The loss ended the Cougars’ run in the double-elimination, season-ending Central Colorado Baseball League tournament. Evergreen lost a day earlier to Bear Creek in the opening round 15-2.

  • Force back on top at Bandimere

    MORRISON — It’s been a while, but John Force is back on top at the mountain.

    The 62-year-old legendary NHRA Funny Car driver scored the last of his five previous wins at Bandimere Speedway in 2003. But in the finals on July 24 against Matt Hagan at the 32nd annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals Force didn’t have to do anything special. 

    He just needed Hagan to make one mistake for Force to get his first win of the season.

    Hagan red-lighted at the start giving Force his sixth win at Bandimere and 133rd overall. 

  • NHRA notebook: Berry shifting...

    MORRISON — The last time Littleton resident Mike Berry ran with the NHRA at Bandimere Speedway — last year’s Mopar Mile-High Nationals — it wasn’t his Pro Stock Motorcycle he was riding. It was fellow competitor Matt Smith’s bike, but with Berry’s motor.

    The 2009 Buell XB9R didn’t work out too well for the 45-year-old. On his first run he couldn’t disengage the clutch and ended up burning out. But, oh, how things have changed.

  • Usual summer birds flock to...

    The next few weeks of late July and early August are not the most exciting time in the bird world. Although a few early fall migrants will drift through, there is no big movement of birds.

    I still have red crossbills coming to the feeder with young, so I have had a good chance to study all their various plumage. They are truly beautiful birds that vary in color, especially the adult males that range from yellow to orange to light red to dark red.

  • 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.