Today's News

  • Kapande thankful, especially this year on Mother’s Day

    Heather Kapande feels lucky, especially this Mother’s Day, because she has two wonderful sons.

    Both of them — Dane, 20, and Troy, 15 — have escaped dangerous situations in their young lives. Kapande wishes she were a superhero who had ways to keep them safe.

    Troy is a student at STEM School in Highlands Ranch. Luckily for the family, Troy was home on May 7 when two shooters entered the school, killing one and injuring eight.

  • Win or lose, Lobo girls lacrosse makes history

    By James Burky

    For the Courier

    DENVER — Traditionally, a 19-0 loss in a state playoff game implies disappointment.

    Not so for the Conifer girls lacrosse players. They ended their post-loss huddle by shouting, “Family!” in unison after falling to No. 1 Colorado Academy at Slater Turf Field on Friday.

    The scoreboard doesn’t tell the story.

  • EHS tennis sends 7 to state

    PUEBLO — This season may not have been kind to Evergreen girls tennis, but the Cougars made the best of what little court time they were awarded. On Friday at Pueblo City Park, seven girls competed in the 4A state tournament.

    When everything was said and done, the Cougars won the Vicky Matarazzo Sportsmanship Award as a team.

    Although none of them won a match, their presence at the tournament bodes well for the future of the program.

  • EHS girls lacrosse falls to Knights in tourney

    EVERGREEN — Amid a stellar season that made some program history, the Evergreen girls lacrosse team’s run ended in dramatic fashion in the second round of the 4A state tournament on Saturday morning.

    On their own home turf, the eighth-seeded Cougars fell to No. 9 Fairview after a valiant comeback effort just fell short, 7-6. And, although the Knights squashed its tournament run in its infancy, Evergreen still made history as the first girls lacrosse team in school history to make it to the postseason.

    Both teams earned byes in the first round.

  • Cougar boys lacrosse falls to defending state champs

    COLORADO SPRINGS — Since the dawn of head coach Jay Eggar’s tenure at Evergreen High School, the boys lacrosse team has been a case study in how to build up a program from the ashes.

    On Friday at Cheyenne Mountain High School, the ninth-seeded Cougars ended their 2019 run with a 13-6 loss to the No. 1 Indians in the second round of the 4A state tournament. They had defeated No. 9 Aspen on the road a few days before to seal their comeback story.

  • Soccer’s cool cats beat out the dogs

    LAKEWOOD — Alaina Avery got a little roughed up in her final game of the 2019 Conifer soccer season, but she wasn’t going to let that stop her from protecting the net with everything she had.

    On May 8 as Lakewood Memorial Field amid rainy and snowy conditions, the Conifer junior keeper and the Lobos ended their season with a 3-0 loss to No. 1 D’Evelyn in the 4A state playoffs. Conifer was seeded No. 32.

  • Rohrer: Community building builds America

    We won the second World War as all Americans pitched in. Those who couldn’t serve in the military built tanks and airplanes, bought war bonds and gladly gave up comfort items whose raw materials were needed for the war effort. Our unity propelled a Herculean effort that won the war.

    President Kennedy brought us together, asking us to sign up for the moon mission. He asked for funding that tripled the space budget and put aside other goals. He told us it would be hard. We united behind his challenge, and we met it.

  • Conifer baseball poised for postseason run with recent win

    CONIFER — When it comes to the Colorado 4A baseball playoff standings, Conifer is sitting pretty as the regular season winds down. On Saturday on their home field, the Lobos boosted their resume with a 5-4 walk-off thriller over visiting Woodland Park.

    After that victory — their sixth straight — the Lobos moved up to No. 22 in the CHSAANow.com ratings percentage index (RPI) poll. The top 32 teams make it into the postseason.

  • Evergreen baseball barely hanging on to regional playoff spot

    WESTMINSTER — The Evergreen baseball team may not have gotten the outcome it wanted at Standley Lake on Thursday, but the Cougars’ performance moved them up a couple valuable spots in the 4A RPI (ratings percentage index) ratings as the regular season comes to a close.

    Per CHSAA postseason rules, only the top 32 RPI teams in the state can make it to regionals in each classification. Prior to Thursday’s game, the Cougars barely made the mark at No. 31. With an eight-inning 3-2 loss to the Gators followed by two victories, they moved up to No. 29.

  • Evergreen track preps for season’s last few meets

    LAKEWOOD — The spring sports season hasn’t been kind to the Evergreen track team, but the Cougars have made the most of what little outside time they’ve been awarded.

    On Saturday at Jeffco Stadium, the Cougar ladies finished middle of the pack in fourth place at the 4A Jeffco League meet with 124.5 points. The boys finished seventh at 76.5 points.