http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sports/rss.xml en Watson beats clock, field in his first Slacker http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/watson%C2%A0beats%C2%A0clock%C2%A0field%C2%A0in%C2%A0his-first%C2%A0slacker <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-slacker02-cb-062916.jpg" alt="Runners head down from Loveland Ski Area to Georgetown during the Slacker Half Marathon on June 25." title="Runners head down from Loveland Ski Area to Georgetown during the Slacker Half Marathon on June 25." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">GEORGETOWN &mdash; Six years ago, after becoming a father and by necessity due to time restraints, Zach Watson gave up cycling to become a runner. Utilizing his wife, Erin, who is a running coach for LoCo Fit, based in Louisville, Watson made the transition, but it wasn&rsquo;t a smooth one.</span></p> Leifheit three-peats in saddle bronc http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/leifheit%C2%A0three-peats%C2%A0in%C2%A0saddle%C2%A0bronc <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-ohmygawdrodeo18-cb-062916_0.jpg" alt="Tyler Boxlieter leaps off his horse during the tiedown roping event on the final night of the Oh My Gawd Rodeo in Dumont on June 24." title="Tyler Boxlieter leaps off his horse during the tiedown roping event on the final night of the Oh My Gawd Rodeo in Dumont on June 24." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">DUMONT &mdash; If anything, Bryce Leifheit had luck on his side. That could be said for both during and after his saddle bronc ride on June 24 at the Gene Kiefer Memorial Fairgrounds, a ride that saw him propelled over the railings and into the stalls where horses and bulls are stationed prior to the competition.</span></p> Column: Return lets me know what I’ve been missing http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/column-return-lets-me-know-what-i%E2%80%99ve-been-missing <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Hi&nbsp;again.&nbsp;I&rsquo;m&nbsp;back.</span></p> <p> Nine months ago, I didn&rsquo;t envision a return to Evergreen Newspapers and Landmark Community Newspapers, Inc. Working in Boulder had given me a more regular work schedule, not as far of a drive from my Arvada home and a sense of being back in the operations of a daily newspaper. It also, however, reminded me of what I was missing.</p> Hill Climb participants rise to steep challenge http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/hill-climb-participants-rise-steep-challenge <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-guanellhillclimb08-cb-061516_0.jpg" alt="Racers make their way up Guanella Pass above Georgetown during the Guanella Pass Hill Climb. The race has a total elevation gain of 3,050 feet." title="Racers make their way up Guanella Pass above Georgetown during the Guanella Pass Hill Climb. The race has a total elevation gain of 3,050 feet." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong><em>By Craig Harper,&nbsp;<span>For the Courant</span></em></strong></p> <p> As an annual participant and two-time winner of the Guanella Pass Hill Climb bicycle race, LeRoy Popowski should have had a distinct advantage over first-timer Johnathan Freter in the July 11 fifth edition.</p> <p> Indeed, Freter mistimed the final sprint. But so did Popowski, and younger legs prevailed &mdash; though by the slimmest of margins.</p> Holley impressive from tee to green http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/holley-impressive-tee-green <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-natalieholley01-cb-060116.jpg" alt="Evergreen golfer Natalie Holley poses at Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen on May 26. Holley finished up her junior year competing in her third straight Class 4A girls state golf tournament. She tied for 26th at Pueblo Country Club. Holley was the runner-up individual medalist in 4A Jeffco this spring." title="Evergreen golfer Natalie Holley poses at Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen on May 26. Holley finished up her junior year competing in her third straight Class 4A girls state golf tournament. She tied for 26th at Pueblo Country Club. Holley was the runner-up individual medalist in 4A Jeffco this spring." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">EVERGREEN &mdash; Natalie Holley has a full slate scheduled this summer between her junior and senior year at Evergreen High School.</span></p> <p> Between working, spending time at Hiwan Golf Club perfecting her golf game and playing in some tournaments, the senior-to-be heads to Annapolis, Md., and Colorado Springs for a pair of camps for those interested in the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy.</p> Golddiggers’ youth brightens future prospects http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/golddiggers%E2%80%99-youth-brightens-future-prospects <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cu-clearcreekpatton02_dp_052516.jpg" alt="Clear Creek junior Luka Patton, left, races toward the finish line during the Class 2A boys 200-meter prelim May 19 at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood. Patton&#039;s time of 23.95 seconds wasn&#039;t good enough to make the event finals at the state track and field championships." title="Clear Creek junior Luka Patton, left, races toward the finish line during the Class 2A boys 200-meter prelim May 19 at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood. Patton&#039;s time of 23.95 seconds wasn&#039;t good enough to make the event finals at the state track and field championships." align="left" hspace="6" width="56" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">LAKEWOOD &mdash; Clear Creek junior Luka Patton didn&rsquo;t hang his head despite finishing last in the Class 2A boys 200 meters preliminary race May 19 at Jeffco Stadium.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;&ldquo;It was an awesome experience just being here,&rdquo; Patton said after running a time of 24.25 seconds to place 18th. &ldquo;It was a great experience. It&rsquo;s an electric experience.&rdquo;</p> Quick playoff exit for Golddiggers http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/quick-playoff-exit-golddiggers <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-gsocclearcreekvs.cornerstone01-cb-051816.jpg" alt="Clear Creek sophomore Samantha O’Brien (22) heads the ball against Cornerstone Christian Academy on May 10. O’Brien finished the spring with 31 goals. She had a career total of 52 goals after just two seasons." title="Clear Creek sophomore Samantha O’Brien (22) heads the ball against Cornerstone Christian Academy on May 10. O’Brien finished the spring with 31 goals. She had a career total of 52 goals after just two seasons." align="left" hspace="6" width="76" height="85" /><p> <strong>By Craig Harper &mdash;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">For the Courant</span></strong></p> <p> BROOMFIELD &mdash; Rather than dwell on a pair of season-ending blowout losses &mdash; capped by a 10-0 struggle against Cornerstone Christian Academy in the first round of the Class 2A girls soccer state tournament May 10 &mdash; a young Clear Creek team and its first-year coach Dan Winkler chose to accentuate the positive.</p> Playoff bound Golddiggers http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/playoff-bound-golddiggers <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-gsocclearcreekvs.academy01-cb-051116.jpg" alt="Clear Creek senior goalie Rebecca Abrahamson dives for the ball against The Academy on May 5 at Clear Creek High School. The Golddiggers lost 8-0 in their final regular-season game before the start of the Class 2A state tournament." title="Clear Creek senior goalie Rebecca Abrahamson dives for the ball against The Academy on May 5 at Clear Creek High School. The Golddiggers lost 8-0 in their final regular-season game before the start of the Class 2A state tournament." align="left" hspace="6" width="123" height="85" /><p> <strong>By Craig Harper &mdash;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">For the Courant</span></strong></p> <p> EVERGREEN &mdash; The final score was about the last thing on Dan Winkler&rsquo;s mind as Clear Creek&rsquo;s girls soccer team took the pitch for its regular-season home finale against The Academy on May 5.</p>