Today's Sports

  • Freedom run draws friendly local...

    By Alexandra Purcell

    For the Courier

    EVERGREEN — Fourth of July festivities got an early start on Thursday as participants from all walks of life took part in the annual Freedom Run to benefit Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice.

    Passionate runners and casual walkers took to Interlocken Drive for the race, which promptly began at 8 a.m. The course was staffed by a plethora of volunteers tasked with keeping the road clear of dangerous debris, directing the participants and rerouting vehicle traffic when needed. 

  • Local gym offers programs for...

    For the past year and a half, Pack Fitness has served a growing community in the arts of jiu-jitsu and boxing, among others. The program, which operates out of Nick’s Pro Fitness, has made all the difference in improving the talent and strength of a young Evergreen girl.

    Since January, 11-year-old Jayda Bell has worked with Dave Roberts and his wife Melissa, the pioneers of the program. In that time, she’s become much more adept at jiu-jitsu and can spar more successfully with her father, who used to fight mixed martial arts locally.

  • Local hoopsters get combine...

    AURORA — When it comes to reaching college athletics, sometimes a high school athlete only needs one shot.

    Boys basketball players from around the country hoped their shot came last weekend when they convened at Cherokee Trail High School for the Centennial State Grandstand.

    The combine showcased the best 174 players from Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Maryland, Wyoming, Nebraska, Florida, California, Missouri, Kansas and South Dakota.

  • Conifer HS fields getting...

    After years of wear and tear from the sometimes harsh mountain weather patterns, the Conifer High School athletic fields are finally getting a makeover.

    For the past few months, construction crews hired by Jeffco Public Schools have been ripping up the old grass fields. Soon, those lumps of dirt will be beautiful turf fields with all-weather tennis courts.

    Conifer High School’s location also has been creating a headache that school officials would rather not deal with anymore.

  • EPRD gymnasts continue to grow,...

    Gymnastics is an art form not easily achieved. At the Evergreen Parks & Rec District, the athletes make it look easy.

    At the state championships at the beginning of the month, the gymnasts competed for a spot at regionals, and many made the cut; some took home top-three finishes.

  • Fans travel through time...

    By Alex Purcell
    For the Courier

    When Coloradans think baseball they think Rockies, but the sport’s history in the state is much more colorful than silver and purple. Just ask sports historian and author Roger Hadix.

    Baseball fans and curious onlookers alike traveled through time as Hadix gave a crash-course in the game’s Coloradan history at Conifer’s Little White Schoolhouse on Sunday.

  • 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.