Alumni corner: Monarch’s Evans relishing final season at CSU-Pueblo

Monarch graduate Alex Evans has evolved into a steady floor leader at CSU-Pueblo (Photo courtesy of CSU-Pueblo athletics).

Alex Evans isn’t the emotional type.

The former Monarch athlete doesn’t plan to play basketball overseas when her senior year at CSU-Pueblo expires, nor does she ever envision herself becoming a coach.

So this season is it for Evans, who has started for the ThunderWolves since she was a sophomore.

“I’ll be done,” Evans said. “It’s taken such a toll on my body that it will be nice. Just aches and pains and small injuries.”

That’s not to say Evans isn’t relishing her time. She recently was named the MVP of the CSU-Pueblo Al Kaly Classic, helped by a 20-point game against McMurry in which she shot 8 for 9 from the floor, and is averaging double figures in points. It’s just that she’s not bracing for a tear-jerking exit from the sport.

“I guess I’ve just never really thought about it,” she said. “I’m just trying to have fun with it, and I really like this team this year.”

Evans is on track to graduate in May with a degree in mass communications with an emphasis in electronic media. She hopes to get into television production.

Her final season at Monarch was in 2009-10, when she averaged 12 points a game for a Coyotes squad that went 22-5 and advanced to the 5A state semifinals. Her final game was a 51-47 loss to Legacy in which she led the Coyotes in scoring with 12.

Evans’ half-sister, Peyton Carter, is a freshman point guard at Monarch, and Evans says she keeps tabs on the Coyotes as much as she can.

“I still talk to some of them, but just a select few,” Evans said. “I would go see games if I was home when they played, but I’m always down here for basketball.”

One of those she maintains contact with is Coyotes coach Gail Hook. When the ThunderWolves played at Metro State on Dec. 14 — a 57-50 victory that marked the fourth of six straight wins for CSU-Pueblo (9-3, 6-0) — Hook was in the audience.

“She’s a lot stronger and I think she’s become a leader,” Hook said. “She always was kind of a quiet kid, but I think she’s really had a successful college career. I think that program worked out well for her.”

Hook attempts to watch her former players whenever they return to area, taking advantage of the opportunity to see how they’ve developed at the college level. Hook got the hint when coaching Evans that she wasn’t going to be a player who played a season or two in college then abandoned the sport.

She figured it’d be a four-year thing for Evans.

“She’s always had a tremendous passion for the game, and with her half-sister at Monarch now, I think that plays a role in it too,” Hook said. “I think she wanted to be a role model for Peyton and, at the same time, give her the same dream she had about playing at the collegiate level.”

Evans has enjoyed every second of it. Just don’t expect her to be emotional about it when it’s done.

“It’s been a really good experience for me,” Evans said. “I love the team and the people I’ve met. I’m really glad that I chose to come here.”

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