http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sports/rss.xml/sports/rss.xml en Lady Diggers get off to a fast start http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/lady-diggers-get-fast-start <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-bbcchgirlssvs.bruce05-pp-011817.jpg" alt="Clear Creek junior Grace Werlin (11) successfully steals a pass from junior Anastasia Pierre (23) during a 3A/2A Frontier League regular-season game Jan. 14 at Bruce Randolph High School. The Lady Golddiggers won their seventh straight game." title="Clear Creek junior Grace Werlin (11) successfully steals a pass from junior Anastasia Pierre (23) during a 3A/2A Frontier League regular-season game Jan. 14 at Bruce Randolph High School. The Lady Golddiggers won their seventh straight game." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">DENVER</strong><span style="line-height: 20.4px;"> &mdash; Rachel Lucas couldn&rsquo;t recall it ever happening prior, and it&rsquo;s probably a good bet that it never has. Starting out a game with a 34-0 lead?</span></p> <p> &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think so, but it definitely shows how far we&rsquo;ve come from even last year,&rdquo; Lucas said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re starting off strong. We&rsquo;re not starting stagnant. We&rsquo;re just getting things down early.&rdquo;</p> Diggers get back on track, top Grizz http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/diggers-get-back-track-top-grizz <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-bbcchboysvs.bruce03-pp-011817.jpg" alt="CCHS junior Noah Sarria drives the baseline toward the basket in the second quarter Jan. 14 at Bruce Randolph." title="CCHS junior Noah Sarria drives the baseline toward the basket in the second quarter Jan. 14 at Bruce Randolph." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">DENVER</strong><span style="line-height: 20.4px;"> &mdash; It should come as no surprise that most teams who play against Clear Creek will key in on stopping junior Noah Sarria and rightfully so.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> After all, he was averaging 33.1 points per game. So host Bruce Randolph probably didn&rsquo;t mind that the high-scoring shooting guard didn&rsquo;t start the Jan. 14 game for disciplinary reasons. That, however, may have been more problematic than actually having Sarria on the court.</p> Underwater hockey is true passion for Debrunners http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/underwater-hockey-true-passion-debrunners <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-underwaterhockey01-cb-011117.jpg" alt="Conifer High School senior Ianna Debrunner, left, and her younger sister freshman Elsa Debrunner have been playing underwater hockey longer than they’ve been competitive swimmers. They picked up the game from their parents Agnus and Chris Debrunner. " title="Conifer High School senior Ianna Debrunner, left, and her younger sister freshman Elsa Debrunner have been playing underwater hockey longer than they’ve been competitive swimmers. They picked up the game from their parents Agnus and Chris Debrunner. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Seventeen-year-old Ianna Debrunner and her 14-year-old sister, Elsa, swim for the Conifer Lobos&rsquo; girls swim team. But it&rsquo;s no secret that competitive swimming isn&rsquo;t their first love &mdash; it&rsquo;s actually underwater hockey.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> When Ianna and Elsa, both petite and unassuming with their blond curls and big blue eyes, tell people that underwater hockey in their favorite sport they get laughs or people insisting it&rsquo;s a joke.</p> The year in review http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/year-review-4 <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-tyjudge01-cb-010416.jpg" alt="Junior quarterback Ty Judge threw for 1,973 yards in 2016 in helping the Clear Creek Golddiggers go 7-2, the team’s best record since reaching the 2A state playoffs in 1999. Unfortunately, the team was snubbed of a 1A playoff berth. " title="Junior quarterback Ty Judge threw for 1,973 yards in 2016 in helping the Clear Creek Golddiggers go 7-2, the team’s best record since reaching the 2A state playoffs in 1999. Unfortunately, the team was snubbed of a 1A playoff berth. " align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p> <em style="line-height: 20.4px;">From the first on-the-field winning season in football since 1999 to an individual league title in cross country to continued success on the hardwood for the girls&rsquo; basketball program, Clear Creek had its fair share of sports moments in 2016. The following are 10 stories that highlighted the Clear Creek Courant sports scene during 2016.</em></p> 1A Foothills Conference football team http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/1a-foothills-conference-football-team <p> <strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">1A FOOTHILLS FOOTBALL<br /> </strong><strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">ALL-CONFERENCE<br /> FIRST TEAM<br /> Sarria hitting on all cylinders http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/sarria-hitting-all-cylinders <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-bbboyscchvs.westgrand01-cb-122116.jpg" alt="CCHS junior Noah Sarria is averaging 35.0 points per game this season for the Diggers." title="CCHS junior Noah Sarria is averaging 35.0 points per game this season for the Diggers." align="left" hspace="6" width="60" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">It was Feb. 13, 2015, and Noah Sarria, by his own admission, was super nervous. He also was trying to get the crowd hyped up as his Clear Creek Golddiggers played host to Arrupe Jesuit.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> The then-freshman attacked the basket, only to be called for a charge. The foul, however, was the least of his problems.</p> Werlin’s passion is displayed on the hardwood http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/werlin%E2%80%99s%C2%A0passion%C2%A0is%C2%A0displayed%C2%A0on%C2%A0the%C2%A0hardwood <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-bbgirlscchvs.westgrand02-cb-122116.jpg" alt="CCHS’ Grace Werlin leads the Lady Diggers in points (15.3 per game) and steals (2.5) and is second in rebounding (70)." title="CCHS’ Grace Werlin leads the Lady Diggers in points (15.3 per game) and steals (2.5) and is second in rebounding (70)." align="left" hspace="6" width="114" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Grace Werlin has an obvious passion for basketball.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> It&rsquo;s not all that uncommon for the Clear Creek High junior to be shooting hoops outside at her Georgetown home during the summer or staying after practice, almost forcing head coach Marc Gorenstein to kick her out so he can turn out the lights.</p> <p> But it is that dedication to the game that has made her Clear Creek&rsquo;s top offensive threat the past two seasons.</p> Diggers feeling all right after fourth straight win http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/diggers-feeling-all-right-after-fourth-straight-win <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-bbboyscchvs.westgrand03-cb-122116.jpg" alt="Clear Creek sophomore Lucas Gerding shoots and scores during the Golddiggers’ 73-63 non-conference victory over West Grand High School at CCHS on Dec. 16." title="Clear Creek sophomore Lucas Gerding shoots and scores during the Golddiggers’ 73-63 non-conference victory over West Grand High School at CCHS on Dec. 16." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> <strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">By Tyler Jordan<br /> </strong><strong style="line-height: 20.4px;"><em>For the Courant</em></strong></p> <p> Despite both Clear Creek and West Grand coming into their Dec. 16 game with identical 3-2 records, the Golddiggers had to feel good about their chances behind a sizable turnout at CCHS, a three-game winning streak and with WGHS having dropped its previous game a day earlier to Middle Park.</p> <p> That feeling would be proven true following a 73-63 Clear Creek victory.</p>