https://www.canyoncourier.com/sports/rss.xml en Winding down their prep careers https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/winding-down-their-prep-careers <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-leek.jpg" alt="EHS’s Parker Leek (88) lines up in the trenches during the All-State football game in Alamosa." title="EHS’s Parker Leek (88) lines up in the trenches during the All-State football game in Alamosa." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> By Steve Smith</p> <p> For the Courier</p> <p> ALAMOSA &mdash; Evergreen&rsquo;s Parker Leek had the same reaction as others did to four days with some of the state&rsquo;s best football players.</p> <p> He called it &ldquo;enlightening.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;Getting to play with all the best kids in Colorado,&rdquo; he said, &ldquo;you think you&rsquo;re the top dog, and (then) you come out here. It&rsquo;s fairly humbling. You&rsquo;re definitely not. There are some really good kids out here.&rdquo;</p> Evergreen High hosts young basketball campers https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/evergreen-high-hosts-young-basketball-campers <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/weeksposter.jpg" alt="Two campers battle in a dribble knockout to the last one standing as the rest of the campers watch on June 5 in the Evergreen High School gym. " title="Two campers battle in a dribble knockout to the last one standing as the rest of the campers watch on June 5 in the Evergreen High School gym. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> EVERGREEN &mdash; Annually, Evergreen basketball coach Jeff Dolan hosts a basketball camp and invites local kids, from kindergarteners to eighth-graders, to learn the basics of the beautiful game.</p> <p> Last week at Evergreen High School, he and his coaches mentored nearly 170 kids, a number that tripled from the camp&rsquo;s first year last summer.</p> <p> Fletcher Paden, 11, returned to the camp after participating last year.</p> Evergreen resident wins title in mountain bike championships https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/evergreen-resident-wins-title-mountain-bike-championships <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-raborn.jpg" alt="Evergreen resident Natalie Raborn rides through the underbrush at the 2019 Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships in Texas on May 11." title="Evergreen resident Natalie Raborn rides through the underbrush at the 2019 Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships in Texas on May 11." align="left" hspace="6" width="66" height="85" /><p> Evergreen has a mountain bike national champion.</p> <p> Natalie Raborn, 41, traveled to Texas in May to compete in the 2019 Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships, and she won in the 40+ age category.</p> <p> After 50 miles and four hours of racing, she won by an astonishing three seconds.</p> <p> The significant elevation loss, of course, helped her maintain her endurance along the Palo Duro Canyon Trail, on which she led from the beginning. Toward the end, though, someone threatened to upstage her.</p> Boulder man wins North Fork 50-mile race https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/boulder-man-wins-north-fork-50-mile-race <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-northfork50k05-sh-052919.jpg" alt="Dianne Repasky makes it down the trail toward the second aid station of the North Fork 50 on Saturday along the Buffalo Park hiking trails." title="Dianne Repasky makes it down the trail toward the second aid station of the North Fork 50 on Saturday along the Buffalo Park hiking trails." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> BUFFALO CREEK &mdash; Every year, the Buffalo Park Improvement Association welcomes some of the world&rsquo;s most intense running athletes, the ultramarathoners.</p> <p> On Saturday, 216 athletes competed in the North Fork 50 in one of two distances, either a 50K or a 50-mile. While Gabe Joyes blew the 50K (or 32-mile) record out of the water by 17 minutes with a time of 4:01:05, the 50-mile winner barely missed the record mark by two minutes.</p> Heartbreaker: Evergreen soccer falls just short in state title game https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/heartbreaker-evergreen-soccer-falls-just-short-state-title-game <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-ehsvscmhsstatechamps02-sh-052919.jpg" alt="Evergreen freshman Catherine Rapp falls to the ground as the team tries to score a goal against Cheyenne Mountain at the state championship game on May 22 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park." title="Evergreen freshman Catherine Rapp falls to the ground as the team tries to score a goal against Cheyenne Mountain at the state championship game on May 22 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">COMMERCE CITY &mdash; Evergreen girls soccer had all the right weapons in its arsenal.</span></p> <p> Throughout a storied season, the Cougars&rsquo; artillery on the pitch earned them a spot in the 4A state title game on May 22 at Dick&rsquo;s Sporting Goods Park, their second appearance in just three years. But on that chilly Wednesday night, Cheyenne Mountain outgunned them in a heartbreaker, 2-1.</p> <p> Evergreen finished its 14-4-2 season just short.</p> Evergreen, Conifer golfers give it their all at state https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/evergreen-conifer-golfers-give-it-their-all-state <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-stategolf01-an-052919.jpg" alt="Evergreen’s Lainey Urbas tees off on hole 1 at the Pelican Lakes Golf Club on May 20 during the 4A state golf tournament." title="Evergreen’s Lainey Urbas tees off on hole 1 at the Pelican Lakes Golf Club on May 20 during the 4A state golf tournament." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> WINDSOR &mdash; The weather was anything but picture perfect on the golf course May 20 for the 4A girls state golf tournament.</p> <p> Evergreen&rsquo;s three golfers and Conifer&rsquo;s lone ambassador made the best of what little course time they had and represented their schools well in spite of the rainy, 38 degree weather at the Pelican Lakes Golf Club. They just wish it didn&rsquo;t snow the following day to cancel their scheduled second rounds.</p> Evergreen soccer going back to state title game https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/evergreen-soccer-going-back-state-title-game <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-soccerehsvssandcreek01-gz-052219.jpg" alt="EHS’s Rachel Stup (left) fights for the ball against Sand Creek’s Madeline Schumann." title="EHS’s Rachel Stup (left) fights for the ball against Sand Creek’s Madeline Schumann." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> AURORA &mdash; Knowing that a team has scored a lot of goals coming into the game and actually having a game plan to thwart that offensive attack are two different things. However, in the case of the Evergreen Cougars&rsquo; girls soccer team, it kind of fell right into its lap.</p> <p> High-scoring Sand Creek was stymied at most every turn by Evergreen&rsquo;s ball-control attack on Saturday at Legacy Stadium, while the Cougars got goals from the usual players &mdash; Elizabeth Rapp, Catherine Rapp and Myla Stewart &mdash; for a 3-1 victory in the semifinals.</p> Bracknell stuns state track competition https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/bracknell-stuns-state-track-competition <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-pchstatetrack02-sh-052219.jpg" alt="Platte Canyon’s Emma Dikken finishes the 2A girls 400m dash during the state championships at Jeffco Stadium." title="Platte Canyon’s Emma Dikken finishes the 2A girls 400m dash during the state championships at Jeffco Stadium." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> LAKEWOOD &mdash; Just a few years ago, nobody would pay attention to Platte Canyon&rsquo;s Matthew Bracknell when he asked to take a stab at hurdles.</p> <p> On Saturday at Jeffco Stadium for the 2A state track championships, the junior not only proved his doubters wrong; he placed third in the 110-meter hurdles.</p> <p> &ldquo;It feels really good,&rdquo; Bracknell said. &ldquo;It makes me feel really proud of myself because back in Texas, where I came from, the coaches didn&rsquo;t give me the time of day, so I had to go to my algebra teacher for help on hurdles.&rdquo;</p>