http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sports/rss.xml en Kocol makes a strong showing at state tourney http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/kocol-makes-strong-showing-state-tourney <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-cchswre05-gc-022515.jpg" alt="Clear Creek senior Nate Kocol prepares to wrestle Elizabeth’s Kyle Prario in the opening round of the 3A state tournament on Feb. 19 at Denver’s Pepsi Center. " title="Clear Creek senior Nate Kocol prepares to wrestle Elizabeth’s Kyle Prario in the opening round of the 3A state tournament on Feb. 19 at Denver’s Pepsi Center. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>DENVER</strong> &mdash; Nate Kocol, as described by Clear Creek assistant wrestling coach Kyle Gould, is a lot of things. He&rsquo;s super mature. He&rsquo;s a role model, especially for the younger kids. He&rsquo;s a guy that coaches want to be a part of their program. He&rsquo;s a Clear Creek guy.</p> <p> The senior was all that and more during the winter sports season not only as a vital member of the boys basketball team, but also as the school&rsquo;s lone state qualifier at the 3A state wrestling championships Feb. 19-21.</p> Skladanowski places second in Ski Meister http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/skladanowski-places-second-ski-meister <p> Michael Skladanowski may have finished a distant second to Battle Mountain&rsquo;s Quintin Cook in the season-long Ski Meister competition, but don&rsquo;t be fooled: the Clear Creek junior is moving up the ranks fast.</p> <p> &ldquo;He pretty much beats me pretty handily. It&rsquo;s pretty much a race for second place, but I&rsquo;m hoping to change that,&rdquo; Skladanowski said.</p> Sports briefs http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/sports-briefs-6 <p> <strong>GIRLS BASKETBALL<br /> </strong><strong>Schwecke, Clear Creek win 10th straight going into the playoffs<br /> </strong>Anna Schwecke scored 24 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as Clear Creek rolled to a 54-23 regular-season closing win over Middle Park on Feb. 17.</p> <p> Katie Vieweg added nine points and Kaela Kalabany scored eight for CCHS. Mallory Milstead led Middle Park with six points.</p> <p> The Lady Golddiggers (16-3 overall, 11-1 3A/2A Frontier League) have won 10 straight.</p> Kocol punches ticket to state http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/kocol-punches-ticket-state <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-cchswre01-gc-021815.jpg" alt="Clear Creek High School’s Nate Kocol wrestles Valley’s Brendan Gonzales on Feb. 14 at Jefferson High School in the semifinals at 160 pounds in the 3A Region 3 tournament. Kocol was pinned in 1 minute, 28 seconds, but he bounced back to win a pair of consolation-bracket matches to place third and qualify for this week’s 3A state tournament at the Pepsi Center in Denver." title="Clear Creek High School’s Nate Kocol wrestles Valley’s Brendan Gonzales on Feb. 14 at Jefferson High School in the semifinals at 160 pounds in the 3A Region 3 tournament. Kocol was pinned in 1 minute, 28 seconds, but he bounced back to win a pair of consolation-bracket matches to place third and qualify for this week’s 3A state tournament at the Pepsi Center in Denver." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>EDGEWATER</strong> &mdash; Though Clear Creek senior Nate Kocol had been pinned in 1 minute, 28 seconds of his semifinal-round bout against Valley&rsquo;s Brendan Gonzales, he was confident that things were going the way they were expected to. After all, he wasn&rsquo;t projected to beat the top seed at 160 pounds in the 3A Region 3 tournament Feb. 14 at Jefferson High School.</p> <p> &ldquo;I believe this is exactly where I thought I was going to end up,&rdquo; Kocol said.</p> Diggers almost prevail in spite of foul troubles http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/diggers-almost-prevail-spite-foul-troubles <p> Noah Sarria, one of Clear Creek&rsquo;s leading scorers, could barely stand after he landed hard, bruising his tailbone on a charge call with 6 minutes, 45 seconds left in the first half of the Golddiggers&rsquo; home game with Arrupe Jesuit on Feb. 13 at Clear Creek High School.</p> Clear Creek’s defense stifles Arrupe Jesuit http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/clear-creek%E2%80%99s-defense-stifles-arrupe-jesuit <p> It was two baskets &mdash; one early and one late in the second quarter for Arrupe Jesuit. That was a lot, all things considered, because the Clear Creek&rsquo;s girls basketball team played tenacious defense throughout in stifling the Lady Generals on Feb. 13 at Clear Creek High School.</p> <p> Anna Schwecke scored a game-high 20 points to carry Clear Creek (15-3 overall, 10-1 3A/2A Frontier League) to a 48-7 victory that was every bit as lopsided as the final score would indicate.</p> Schwecke, tenacious defense lift Diggers http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/schwecke-tenacious-defense-lift-diggers <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-cchsbkw01-gc-021115.jpg" alt="Clear Creek High School’s Anna Schwecke takes a shot against Pinnacle on Feb. 6 at Pinnacle Charter School. Schwecke scored a career-high 43 points as the Lady Golddiggers kept pace in the 3A/2A Frontier League with a 60-46 victory." title="Clear Creek High School’s Anna Schwecke takes a shot against Pinnacle on Feb. 6 at Pinnacle Charter School. Schwecke scored a career-high 43 points as the Lady Golddiggers kept pace in the 3A/2A Frontier League with a 60-46 victory." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>By Craig Harper<br /> </strong><strong><em>For the Courant</em></strong></p> <p> <strong>FEDERAL HEIGHTS </strong>&mdash; It won&rsquo;t show up in the scorebook and it won&rsquo;t stand out like Anna Schwecke&rsquo;s career-high 43 points, but credit assistant coach John Onago with a big assist in Clear Creek&rsquo;s come-from-behind victory at The Pinnacle on Feb. 6.</p> Inconsistencies continue for Diggers http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/inconsistencies-continue-diggers <p> <strong>By Craig Harper<br /> </strong><strong><em>For the Courant</em></strong></p> <p> <strong>FEDERAL HEIGHTS</strong> &mdash; The inconsistencies of an inexperienced basketball team were evident again last week for the Clear Creek boys.</p>