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Today's News

  • Golddiggers relish run at state

    COLORADO SPRINGS — A year ago, Brandon Swenson ran a faster time, yet finished further back in the pack at the 3A state cross country championships. This year, in 2A at the Norris-Penrose Event Center, the Clear Creek sophomore was presented with all sorts of new challenges.

    “This year was harder because my hip was hurting, and I was really dehydrated with the heat,” Swenson said.

  • Elect pragmatic leaders to office

    If you’ve been reading my columns over the past several weeks, you might’ve noted one consistent refrain or mantra: “principled, pragmatic, problem-solving leadership.” One might call it the 3PRs.
    3PR is a philosophical approach to dealing with our societal great issues: economic, environmental, social justice, et al.

  • Udall works tirelessly for Colorado

    The 2014 election is shaping up as a referendum on the Colorado electorate: Do we mean what we say when we claim we want pragmatic, principled, problem-solving leadership or are we just paying lip-service to that notion?

  • Front Range Christian rolls past Golddiggers in home finale

    By Matt Van Deventer
    For the Courant

    IDAHO SPRINGS — Front Range Christian did not help Clear Creek’s unfortunate 2014 football season on Oct. 17 as the Falcons chalked up another victory, 48-6, at Golddigger Stadium.

  • CCHS embraces moment as boys head to state

    LYONS — Clear Creek cross country coach Jeff Miller looked at his boys team just moments before the start of its 2A Region 1 race Oct. 16 at Lyons High School, and everyone knew the situation at hand.

    He told Brandon Swenson that Brandon knew what he needed to do. He looked at Liam McDonough and said that this very well could be his last race. He looked at Jimmy Conway and told him to just run and let the chips fall where they may. 

  • A winning approach

    The ball was kicked away from Ben Sanchez, but it didn’t matter. The Clear Creek Middle School eighth-grader scooped it up, trekked back to his right, followed his blockers and before he knew it – just 18 seconds later – he was in the end zone.

    It may have just been the opening kickoff of what turned out to be a 52-16 victory for the Gold Dusters in their season finale against Sheridan on Oct. 15, but it was also a statement play for what this team really is.

  • Reifeis, Cougars dominate Conifer

    CONIFER — As an ominous cloud hovered overhead Saturday afternoon, a light sprinkle fell on Lobo Field. But by game’s end, the sun had peeked through, shining brightly on the visiting Evergreen Cougars.

    The Mountain Bowl has, at least in recent years, been a nip-and-tuck battle waged until the closing seconds. Not this time. Not for Conifer’s homecoming. Evergreen, ranked No. 5 in the 3A state poll, stole the spotlight in a 44-6 demolition of the ninth-ranked Lobos that was every bit as lopsided as the final score suggests.

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS LACROSSE
    Connell named Clear Creek head coach for 2015 season
    Rob Connell has been named the new boys lacrosse coach at Clear Creek High School, athletic director David Schuessler announced. Connell replaces Jake Buescher, who resigned the position to return to college to pursue his degree full-time, Schuessler said.

    Clear Creek was 2-10 during the 2014 spring season.

    “Rob will bring a lot of experience to our staff,” Schuessler said.

  • The Fastest of the Bunch

    Brandon Swenson may only be a 15-year-old sophomore, but he’s been running competitively since he was a seventh-grader at Clear Creek Middle School. He started running with the advice of his dad, Bradley. And, as it has turned out so far, Swenson is pretty good at it.

    “He’s the fastest runner that I’ve had in 18 years at this school,” Clear Creek cross country coach Jeff Miller said.

  • High school helps family in need

    By Deb Hurley Brobst
    Staff Writer
    Clear Creek High School has donated $1,000 to a Clear Creek family in dire financial circumstances as dad Walter Lucas battles a debilitating lung disease.
    Lucas is next on the waiting list for a double lung transplant and double heart-bypass surgery in California, which would give him a new lease on life, according to his wife, Kathy. The cost for surgery and his recovery will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, and Kathy says the family is at the end of its financial rope.