http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sports/rss.xml/todaysnews/rss.xml en Rich back in the game for Diggers http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/rich-back-game-diggers <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-jonahrich01-mh-082416.jpg" alt="Clear Creek High senior Jonah Rich didn’t play football the past two seasons, partially because of concussions. But he’s back in 2016 and ready to make an impact on both sides of the ball." title="Clear Creek High senior Jonah Rich didn’t play football the past two seasons, partially because of concussions. But he’s back in 2016 and ready to make an impact on both sides of the ball." align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Jonah Rich doesn&rsquo;t have much recollection of the game itself. It may have been against Jefferson High, but that&rsquo;s not for certain. It was a JV football game. He recalls that.</span></p> <p> He was just a freshman and a quarterback, at the time, for Clear Creek High. Then he got his bell rung &mdash; a midseason concussion that did more than just knock him out of this game. It temporarily, at least to his coaches, sidetracked his high school football career.</p> Lady Diggers look to rebound from year of seasoning http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/lady-diggers-look-rebound-year-seasoning <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/lillieabrahamson.jpg" alt="Lillie Abrahamson" title="Lillie Abrahamson" align="left" hspace="6" width="62" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">It would be easy to look back on the 2015 volleyball season as a rebuilding one for Clear Creek High School.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> After all, the Lady Golddiggers not only had their first losing season in more than a decade but also the first in the four-year tenure of head coach Karin Thomsen.</p> Diggers' cross country team continues to build off of youth movement http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/diggers-cross-country-team%C2%A0continues%C2%A0-build%C2%A0off%C2%A0of%C2%A0youth%C2%A0movement <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sawyerkitting.jpg" alt="Sawyer Kitting" title="Sawyer Kitting" align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Coach Jeff Miller could&rsquo;ve looked at how the tank was somewhat depleted in 2015, and it was.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> After all, Brandon Swenson, the favorite to be Clear Creek&rsquo;s top male cross country runner a season ago, transferred to nearby Evergreen High and finished seventh in the 4A state meet.</p> <p> But the tank &ldquo;didn&rsquo;t go dry by any stretch of the imagination,&rdquo; Miller noted. That is evident by who the Golddiggers have coming back in 2016.</p> Jimenez’s first GTIS race worth the wait http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/jimenez%E2%80%99s%C2%A0first%C2%A0gtis%C2%A0race%C2%A0worth%C2%A0the%C2%A0wait <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-georgetownmarathon01-cb-081716.jpg" alt="Runners take off at the start line during the Georgetown to Idaho Springs half marathon on Aug. 13." title="Runners take off at the start line during the Georgetown to Idaho Springs half marathon on Aug. 13." align="left" hspace="6" width="129" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Alejandro Jimenez first heard about the Georgetown to Idaho Springs half marathon about two years ago, and he&rsquo;s been wanting to run it ever since. But, for whatever reason, his work schedule as part of the after-school program at Denver North High didn&rsquo;t allow it to fit into his schedule.</span></p> <p> &ldquo;Usually I&rsquo;m trying to get everything ready for work at school,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;This year, I&rsquo;m coming to work a little bit later. This is my last weekend before work.&rdquo;</p> Redshirt year could pay dividends for Schwecke http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/redshirt%C2%A0year%C2%A0could%C2%A0pay%C2%A0dividends-for%C2%A0schwecke <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-annaschwhecke02-gc-081016.jpg" alt="Anna Schwecke led Clear Creek’s girls basketball team in her senior season with 21.6 points per game in helping the Lady Diggers reach the Sweet 16 of the 2A tournament." title="Anna Schwecke led Clear Creek’s girls basketball team in her senior season with 21.6 points per game in helping the Lady Diggers reach the Sweet 16 of the 2A tournament." align="left" hspace="6" width="55" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The way that Anna Schwecke saw it, redshirting her first year with the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs women&rsquo;s basketball team wasn&rsquo;t a bad option. If anything, it was a good idea just to get used to the pace of the college game.</span></p> <p> &ldquo;I thought it was beneficial to me,&rdquo; the 2015 Clear Creek High School graduate said.</p> A functional, versatile way to train http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/functional-versatile-way-train <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-cchweightroom01-cb-081016.jpg" alt="CCHS football coach Brian Inman demonstrates techniques in the weight room at Clear Creek High School on Aug. 5." title="CCHS football coach Brian Inman demonstrates techniques in the weight room at Clear Creek High School on Aug. 5." align="left" hspace="6" width="130" height="85" /><p> <strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">By Craig Harper<br /> </strong><strong style="line-height: 20.4px;"><em>For the Courant</em></strong></p> <p> As he demonstrated the versatility of the upgraded weight room at Clear Creek High School, football coach and alumnus Brian Inman couldn&rsquo;t help but marvel at the improvements over the last year and a half.</p> <p> The size of the room has remained the same, but that&rsquo;s about all. Functionally and versatility best describe the renovations, which were funded by the Clear Creek Booster Club.</p> Rocky Mountain Warrior offers healthy, fun time http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/rocky-mountain-warrior-offers-healthy-fun-time <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-rockymountainwarrior01-cb-080316.jpg" alt="Jason Brown leaps from a 10 1/2-foot wall onto pads below, demonstrating proper dismount on the Rocky Mountain Warrior obstacle course set up at Nick’s Pro Fitness on July 29. " title="Jason Brown leaps from a 10 1/2-foot wall onto pads below, demonstrating proper dismount on the Rocky Mountain Warrior obstacle course set up at Nick’s Pro Fitness on July 29. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Jason Brown examined the steep climb up the 10 &frac12;-foot wall, but this time it was different. This time, he had 8-year-old Sylvie Guerrant on his back.</span></p> <p> It wasn&rsquo;t as if Brown was out to prove anything to himself. He&rsquo;s done the climb time and again. After all he&rsquo;s been a two-time American Ninja Warrior series competitor &shy;&mdash; in 2012 in Dallas and this year in Oklahoma City.</p> CCHS grad working toward a degree http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/cchs-grad-working-toward-degree <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-natekocal01-cb-072716.jpg" alt="When 2015 CCHS graduate Nate Kocol isn’t studying at Colorado State University, he is playing lacrosse for ULax Denver." title="When 2015 CCHS graduate Nate Kocol isn’t studying at Colorado State University, he is playing lacrosse for ULax Denver." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">By Michael Hicks<br /> </strong><strong style="line-height: 20.4px;"><em>Sports Editor</em></strong></p> <p> For Nate Kocol, the first year of college life at Colorado State University has been about three things &mdash; &ldquo;Good grades, working hard and having fun.&rdquo;</p>