Hurricanes return to Evergreen roots; Evergreen basketball camp; Evergreen softball expecting solid season
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Hurricanes return to Evergreen roots
The Evergreen Hurricanes swim team is now literally just that: The Evergreen Hurricanes.
The team, which years ago joined with the Jeffco Hurricanes to provide more competitive opportunities for Evergreen swimmers, has split to become its own team. Actually, lead coach Brian Pursley said, the split was pretty easy since Evergreen Hurricanes always has operated with its own board and finances, and he called the split a friendly decision.
Pursley, a new lead coach for the team, said bringing the Evergreen Hurricanes back to its roots is bringing a new attitude to the team for swimmers from 7 to 22.
He is planning two tracks: swimmers wanting to reach the elite competitive level and those wanting to achieve their personal swimming best no matter where that level is.
Pursley explained that bringing the Hurricanes solely back to Evergreen was good for the team and for the town.
“We will be smaller as a team in a smaller town, particularly in a town with the type of unique identity that Evergreen has as a mountain community,” Pursley explained. “Tying ourselves to the community is a huge advantage. I’d like to be (a team) that Evergreen is proud of, and we’re proud to represent Evergreen.”
Pursley says he’s bringing a new attitude to the team, redesigning training groups and coaching responsibilities. Swimming, he noted, is a sport that teaches many values: resilience, respect and gratitude.
“Swimming is a place where we use the process of getting faster to develop character traits that will stick the rest of their lives,” Pursley said. “Swimming is an avenue for learning a lot of life lessons. Whether the elite level or a casual sport, there’s still a lot to be learned.”
For more information on the Hurricanes swim team, visit evergreenswimteam.org.
Evergreen basketball camp
The Evergreen boys basketball team conducted camps in late July for 55 players in third through eighth grade.
Sasha Kaun, NBA veteran and Evergreen resident, along with Evergreen head coach Hal Farmwald, his staff and current Cougar basketball players, led the young players in drills to improve fundamentals and gave them a chance to play against each other. Lucas Park received the best work ethic award.
Evergreen softball expecting solid season
The Evergreen softball team is returning seven seniors to the roster this season, making new head softball coach Steve Nuccio happy.
He expects a solid 2022 season especially with strong pitching, though he is hoping he can find more freshmen and sophomores to join the team.
“We’re trying to raise some awareness that we have a good softball program at Evergreen,” Nuccio said. “It’s a pretty competitive program. I hope we will find some younger athletes to make the transition to softball.”
In the meantime, Nuccio, who previously was the team’s assistant coach, is fired up about how good the team will be this year.
“We’ve got a lot of talent,” he said.
The softball varsity tournament will be Aug. 26-27 at Broomfield County Commons Park.
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