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Today's Sports

  • Bucking the fear and insecurity

    EVERGREEN — To Casey Colletti, family and rodeo has been everything. Five years ago, it was almost taken away from him.

    A bareback rider out of Pueblo, 33-year-old Colletti had seen his fair share of injuries when, in 2014, he suffered partial paralysis in his left arm due to a spinal cord injury. His doctor told him he would never ride again. If he stepped off a curb wrong, it could result in much more widespread paralysis.

    Miraculously, a year and a half later, he found himself back on the bucking horse, his arm fully and inexplicably healed.

  • Husky boaters wow on water

    Throughout its 17-plus-hour race along the coastline of Washington state at the start of June, the Platte Canyon High School yacht club searched for a light in the darkness.

    The Huskies got a little help from the ocean wildlife to guide them to a 23rd-place finish in the 70-mile Seventy48 boat race that hosted 109 teams.

    With every stroke of their paddles, they stirred up bioluminescent algae that lit their path overnight.

  • Rodeo is all about family

    EVERGREEN — When it comes to rodeo, there’s no place like a cowboy’s home grounds.

    For 23-year-old Brandon Olson out of Franktown, the Evergreen rodeo gave him his start in what’s become a family affair.

    “It’s a good local rodeo to go to. Shoot, it’s only like an hour and a half from my house. It’s one we’ve always gone to. I actually filled my permit on this rodeo about four years ago,” Olson said.

  • Athletes, coaches rake in awards

    After an illustrious athletic year for many of the south Jeffco schools, three earned impressive awards to end the school year — both individual and as athletic programs.

    Evergreen, Columbine and Dakota Ridge represented their student bodies well.

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  • Winding down their prep careers

    By Steve Smith

    For the Courier

    ALAMOSA — Evergreen’s Parker Leek had the same reaction as others did to four days with some of the state’s best football players.

    He called it “enlightening.”

    “Getting to play with all the best kids in Colorado,” he said, “you think you’re the top dog, and (then) you come out here. It’s fairly humbling. You’re definitely not. There are some really good kids out here.”

  • Evergreen High hosts young...

    EVERGREEN — 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.

    Last week at Evergreen High School, he and his coaches mentored nearly 170 kids, a number that tripled from the camp’s first year last summer.

    Fletcher Paden, 11, returned to the camp after participating last year.

  • Evergreen resident wins title in...

    Evergreen has a mountain bike national champion.

    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.

    After 50 miles and four hours of racing, she won by an astonishing three seconds.

    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.

  • Boulder man wins North Fork 50-...

    BUFFALO CREEK — Every year, the Buffalo Park Improvement Association welcomes some of the world’s most intense running athletes, the ultramarathoners.

    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.

  • Heartbreaker: Evergreen soccer...

    COMMERCE CITY — Evergreen girls soccer had all the right weapons in its arsenal.

    Throughout a storied season, the Cougars’ artillery on the pitch earned them a spot in the 4A state title game on May 22 at Dick’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.

    Evergreen finished its 14-4-2 season just short.

  • Evergreen, Conifer golfers give...

    WINDSOR — The weather was anything but picture perfect on the golf course May 20 for the 4A girls state golf tournament.

    Evergreen’s three golfers and Conifer’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’t snow the following day to cancel their scheduled second rounds.