https://www.canyoncourier.com/sports/rss.xml en Evergreen volleyball achieves goal with return trip to the state tournament https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/evergreen-volleyball-achieves-goal-return-trip-state-tournament <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-vbstateevergreen02.jpg" alt="Evergreen senior Claudia Dillon (15) hammers down a spike during the Cougars’ first-round match at the Class 4A volleyball state tournament." title="Evergreen senior Claudia Dillon (15) hammers down a spike during the Cougars’ first-round match at the Class 4A volleyball state tournament." align="left" hspace="6" width="87" height="85" /><p> <strong>DENVER &mdash;</strong> Win a state championship? Well, sure, that would&rsquo;ve been nice.</p> <p> After all, Evergreen was the cream of the crop back in the days when Lo Hunter was coaching in the 1970s and &lsquo;80s, winning 4A state titles nine times between 1976 and &rsquo;85. Those banners adorn EHS&rsquo; gymnasium, which, by the way, is named after Hunter.</p> Cougars football ends playoff season in tough loss to Mead https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/cougars-football-ends-playoff-season-tough-loss-mead <p> By Michael Kelly</p> <p> For the Courier</p> <p> LONGMONT &mdash; David Leek stood in the middle of a crowd as players, parents and coaches came over to hug and thank him. One of them was his son, Parker, and the senior embraced his dad as they both shed a few tears.</p> <p> They were tears of sadness but also of pride. The Evergreen Cougars lost 56-14 to Mead on Saturday, but reaching the first round of the Class 3A playoffs was something to smile about, even in defeat.</p> Preview: Conifer boys basketball gearing up for new season https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/preview-conifer-boys-basketball-gearing-new-season <p> Bouncing back from losing seven key players is never easy, but the Conifer boys basketball players think they can get the job done.</p> <p> Included in those seven players was the school&rsquo;s first conference player of the year in Mark Studer. The Lobos will have their work cut out for them when the season rolls around, but head coach Eric Valerio said there&rsquo;s plenty to look forward to this year.</p> Preview: Evergreen boys hoops adjusting to new leadership https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/preview-evergreen-boys-hoops-adjusting-new-leadership <p> After graduating seven seniors last year and losing its head coach, Evergreen boys basketball is going to look a lot different this year.</p> <p> For many of the players, that&rsquo;s not necessarily a bad thing. Now the former underclassmen will get their shot at the spotlight.</p> Fritsche shines for EHS gymnastics at state https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/fritsche-shines-ehs-gymnastics-state <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-stategymnastics04-rb-110718.jpg" alt="Evergreen’s Marlee Osborn dismounts at the end of her balance beam routine at the state gymnastics championships at Thornton High School on Friday. Osborn competed in the floor (8.475), balance beam (8.150) and uneven bars (8.475) for the Cougars." title="Evergreen’s Marlee Osborn dismounts at the end of her balance beam routine at the state gymnastics championships at Thornton High School on Friday. Osborn competed in the floor (8.475), balance beam (8.150) and uneven bars (8.475) for the Cougars." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> THORNTON &mdash; Going into her final gymnastics meet with the Evergreen High program, senior Jackie Fritsche feared she would finish her high school career flat.</p> <p> After all, she could barely talk with the cold that had plagued her for the few days leading up to and including the 4A state gymnastics meet at Thornton High School.</p> <p> But on Friday and Saturday, she didn&rsquo;t act like she was sick.</p> Cougars show claws in volleyball regionals https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/cougars-show-claws-volleyball-regionals <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-vbevergreenvstca01-sh-110718.jpg" alt="Evergreen seniors Claudia Dillon and Skylar Gale jump to block a pass from The Classical Academy on Saturday. Evergreen won 3-0." title="Evergreen seniors Claudia Dillon and Skylar Gale jump to block a pass from The Classical Academy on Saturday. Evergreen won 3-0." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> By Alex Purcell</p> <p> For the Courier</p> <p> EVERGREEN &mdash; There is almost no greater feeling than finishing the regional volleyball season with a win. Just ask the Evergreen Cougars.&nbsp;</p> <p> The Cougars emerged victorious after going to battle against the Thompson Valley Eagles and the Titans of The Classical Academy in the postseason volleyball tournament.</p> <p> The Cougars went undefeated in their two matches, winning three sets in a row to best the Titans (25-19, 25-14, 25-21) and later repeating the feat to put down the Eagles (25-14, 25-22, 25-14).</p> EHS football cruises past Kennedy and into playoffs https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/ehs-football-cruises-past-kennedy-and-playoffs <p> By Levi Waddell</p> <p> For the Courier</p> <p> On a night that saw the Evergreen football team potentially playing its last game of the season, the Cougars were firing on all cylinders. With a strong effort from start to finish, they easily put away the Kennedy Commanders, 46-6.</p> <p> After a tough loss to Green Mountain three weeks back, the Cougars weren&rsquo;t in the best position to secure a playoff spot. The Cougars knew they&rsquo;d have to bring the intensity the final two games to have a chance at the playoffs.</p> Husky football brings the heat in loss to Peyton https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/husky-football-brings-heat-loss-peyton <p> By Kevin Carmody</p> <p> For the Courier</p> <p> PEYTON &mdash; Except for only a few plays and possessions, Platte Canyon went toe-to-toe with state power Peyton in Saturday&rsquo;s 1A first-round playoff game, a matchup that earlier this season produced a 36-point blowout.</p> <p> Although the No. 15-seeded Huskies held the No. 2 Panthers to a season-low in points and limited leading rusher J.D. Hart to nearly 100 yards below his average, the final outcome was still the same in a 22-8 loss on a blustery afternoon on the eastern plains.</p>