http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sports/rss.xml en Judge hopes to provide senior leadership http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/judge-hopes-provide-senior-leadership <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-clearcreekbkc-gc-112614.jpg" alt="Clear Creek senior John Judge is one of only two players — Tommy Wann is the other — back from a six-man rotation that the Golddiggers used during the 2013-14 season. CCHS went 14-10 last season and reached the first round of the state playoffs." title="Clear Creek senior John Judge is one of only two players — Tommy Wann is the other — back from a six-man rotation that the Golddiggers used during the 2013-14 season. CCHS went 14-10 last season and reached the first round of the state playoffs." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> John Judge doesn&rsquo;t have to look far to see just how valuable the playing experience he gained last season &mdash; his first as a starter &mdash; was. All he needs to do is look around at practice.</p> <p> Jared Cook is gone. So is Jordan Howard. As are Chandler Morgan and Niclas Schoenhof. Those are four players in a six-man rotation that not only worked hard, but the rotation worked quite well. But with just Judge and fellow starter Tommy Wann back in the fold for the 2014-15 season, that experience is unbelievably invaluable.</p> Upgraded weight room worth the wait at Clear Creek High http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/upgraded-weight-room-worth-wait-clear-creek-high <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-gym-gc-112614.jpg" alt="Clear Creek athletes load old gym equipment onto a truck on Nov. 20 at CCHS to make room for new equipment, which is expected to be installed next week." title="Clear Creek athletes load old gym equipment onto a truck on Nov. 20 at CCHS to make room for new equipment, which is expected to be installed next week." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> When Brian Inman, a Clear Creek High graduate, returned in 2010 to teach physical education and coach the varsity football program, the school weight room&rsquo;s need for an upgrade was a priority.</p> <p> &ldquo;It was apparent early on that we had a good weight room. We just had a lot of of older equipment,&rdquo; said Inman, who also coaches the track team and is an assistant ski coach. &ldquo;We weren&rsquo;t utilizing the space appropriately. The way that you train athletes and kids today is different than you did 20 years ago, 15 years ago.&rdquo;</p> An inspiration for all http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/inspiration-all <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-codymarshall01-gc-111914.jpg" alt="Clear Creek senior Cody Marshall is in his fourth season wrestling for the Golddiggers. He’ll wrestle at 126 pounds." title="Clear Creek senior Cody Marshall is in his fourth season wrestling for the Golddiggers. He’ll wrestle at 126 pounds." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Cody Marshall isn&rsquo;t your typical high school athlete. The 126-pound senior is a full-time special needs student. The development of his brain that allows for cognitive thinking past the age of 5 or 6 is non-existent, wrestling coach Stan Gould said.</p> <p> Marshall, 18, is also part of an individualized education program that will allow him to stay in school until he&rsquo;s 21 to achieve the job skills necessary so he can be self-sufficient in the real world. But don&rsquo;t be fooled. He&rsquo;s a wrestler at heart, maybe more so than anybody truly realizes.</p> 2014 fall sports all-conference teams http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/2014-fall-sports-all-conference-teams <p> The following are 2014 all-conference selections for the fall sports season:</p> A commitment to excellence http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/commitment-excellence <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-clearcreekcx-gc-111214.jpg" alt="Former Clear Creek cross country runner Becca Warmack, left, and current head coach Jeff Miller stand in front of the trophy case, which holds the school’s six girls state cross country trophies, at Clear Creek High School." title="Former Clear Creek cross country runner Becca Warmack, left, and current head coach Jeff Miller stand in front of the trophy case, which holds the school’s six girls state cross country trophies, at Clear Creek High School." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> It&rsquo;s 5 a.m., and Sara Kruger Johnson, then known just as Sara Kruger, remembers clearly her Clear Creek cross country teammate Mindy Gilbert waking her up to go swimming before school. It&rsquo;s not something she expected to be doing at that time of day, but that&rsquo;s the kind of commitment the Lady Golddiggers had in the 1990s.</p> <p> It&rsquo;s the kind of display that then coach Bill Wyckoff expected from his runners if they wanted to be the best. And for six out of seven years, they were the best.</p> Family bonding http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/family-bonding <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-schuessler-gc-110514.jpg" alt="David Schuessler, right, resigned from his position as Clear Creek High’s boys basketball coach two years ago so that he could spend more time with his young children, Seattle, 11, and Zephyr, 6. He’s now coaching Seattle’s Clear Creek Middle School B team." title="David Schuessler, right, resigned from his position as Clear Creek High’s boys basketball coach two years ago so that he could spend more time with his young children, Seattle, 11, and Zephyr, 6. He’s now coaching Seattle’s Clear Creek Middle School B team." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> It&rsquo;s rare for David Schuessler to ask either of his two young sons, Seattle, 11, or Zephyr, 6, to shoot baskets or to play catch when they&rsquo;re at home. Usually, it&rsquo;s the other way around. But for the 49-year-old athletic director at Clear Creek High School and Middle School and long-time basketball coach, that&rsquo;s what makes it so much more enjoyable.</p> Cougars struggle, place 5th at state http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/cougars-struggle-place-5th-state <p> <strong>By Craig Harper<br /> </strong><strong><em>For the Courant</em></strong></p> <p> <strong>THORNTON</strong> &mdash; Evergreen became this year&rsquo;s Murphy&rsquo;s Law poster child for high school gymnastics in Colorado.</p> <p> &ldquo;We just had a rough season,&rdquo; second-year coach Chancey Hines said after the Lady Cougars, who won the 2011 title in 4A, finished fifth out of six teams at the Oct. 31-Nov. 1 state meet at Thornton High School.</p> Cougars rally past D’Evelyn, win league title http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/cougars-rally-past-d%E2%80%99evelyn-win-league-title <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-evergreenvs.develyn03-cb-110514.jpg" alt="Evergreen’s Greysen Lincoln, who recorded five sacks, celebrates the Cougars’ third conference championship in the past four years after a 44-22 victory over D’Evelyn on Oct. 31 at Trailblazer Stadium in Lakewood." title="Evergreen’s Greysen Lincoln, who recorded five sacks, celebrates the Cougars’ third conference championship in the past four years after a 44-22 victory over D’Evelyn on Oct. 31 at Trailblazer Stadium in Lakewood." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong>By Michael Hicks<br /> </strong><strong><em>Sports Editor</em></strong></p> <p> <strong>LAKEWOOD</strong> &mdash; After the regular season that the Evergreen Cougars just had, it would be easy to be content. But this team, this year, is not satisfied. In Evergreen&rsquo;s mind, the season is just starting. More importantly, it&rsquo;s a new season &mdash; playoff season. The past 10 weeks have been just a warm-up.</p>