http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sports/rss.xml en Reserve pitchers pick up Diggers http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/reserve-pitchers-pick-diggers <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-cchsbb01-gc-041614.jpg" alt="Clear Creek’s Chris Clemmer (21) reacts as Bob Allen slides safely into home plate as KIPP Denver’s catcher missed a pitch in the second game of a doubleheader on April 12 at Sheridan High School." title="Clear Creek’s Chris Clemmer (21) reacts as Bob Allen slides safely into home plate as KIPP Denver’s catcher missed a pitch in the second game of a doubleheader on April 12 at Sheridan High School." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> By Craig Harper<br /> For the Courant<br /> SHERIDAN &mdash; Wrapping up a stretch of five games in as many days and with the heart of the 3A Frontier League schedule looming, Clear Creek coach Shane Ball turned to seldom-used members of his pitching staff for the April 12 doubleheader against winless KIPP Denver Collegiate.<br /> And, for the most part, they responded well.<br /> Diggers struggle in loss at Golden http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/diggers-struggle-loss-golden <p> By Craig Harper<br /> For the Courant<br /> GOLDEN &mdash; It&rsquo;s tough enough trying to establish a program in its second year of varsity boys lacrosse when all but one other school is a classification higher in enrollment. The problem is compounded when you&rsquo;re playing short-handed, as was the case for Clear Creek in its April 11 game at Golden.<br /> Game ppd. for lack of 2nd referee http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/game-ppd-lack-2nd-referee <p> By Tim Donohoo<br /> For the Courant<br /> SHERIDAN &mdash; Clear&nbsp; Creek girls soccer coach Ben Potter sees his team on the verge of greatness. But just one thing was missing from their scheduled road game with Sheridan on April 12 &mdash; another referee.<br /> The Golddiggers and the Rams were warming up for the contest on April 12 when the decision came down that a second official would not be arriving in order for the game to take place. It was rescheduled for April 28.<br /> Hanssen, Fahnline place in top-10 at Weld Central meet http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/hanssen-fahnline-place-top-10-weld-central-meet <p> KEENESBURG &mdash; Clear Creek&rsquo;s Bailey Hanssen placed seventh in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 5 1/4 inches and Maddie Fahnline was eighth in the 200 meters in a time of 29.62 seconds at the sixth-annual Rebel Round-Up at Weld Central High School on April 11.<br /> Grace Diekman had a pair of top-15 finishes for the Lady Golddiggers. She took ninth in the 1,600 in 6:24.28 and 15th in the 800 in 2:52.76. Hayden Hutcherson was 13th in the 400 in 1:09.76.<br /> Ultimate Warriors http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/ultimate-warriors <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-skiers-gc-040214.jpg" alt="Brandy Erholtz, left, and Travis Macy are not just teachers at Jeffco Virtual Academy, parents and neighbors, but they’re ultra-competitive endurace athletes. Last month, they won their respective races in the America’s Uphill race at Aspen Mountain. Then this past weekend they finished first and second, respectively, at the Gorge Waterfalls 50k ultramarathon." title="Brandy Erholtz, left, and Travis Macy are not just teachers at Jeffco Virtual Academy, parents and neighbors, but they’re ultra-competitive endurace athletes. Last month, they won their respective races in the America’s Uphill race at Aspen Mountain. Then this past weekend they finished first and second, respectively, at the Gorge Waterfalls 50k ultramarathon." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;It&rsquo;s barely 8 a.m. on a Monday morning and Travis Macy and Brandy Erholtz have already gotten a workout in with barely 24 hours before jumping on a flight to Oregon to compete in the Gorge Waterfalls 50k ultra marathon. It&rsquo;s the lifestyle for these endurance runners.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re definitely not weekend warriors. Like a lot of people in endurance sports we&rsquo;re competing at a very high level,&rdquo; Macy said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re both parents, we&rsquo;re teachers. We do many different things. It&rsquo;s a balancing act.&rdquo;</p> Diggers continue learning curve http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/diggers-continue-learning-curve-0 <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-cchslax01-gc-040214.jpg" alt="Clear Creek’s Zachary Schell, right, and Thompson Valley’s Fred Jacobs battle for a loose ball on March 29 at Clear Creek High School. Below, Thompson Valley’s Justin Curtiss, right, knocks the ball out of Adam Hawkins’ stick." title="Clear Creek’s Zachary Schell, right, and Thompson Valley’s Fred Jacobs battle for a loose ball on March 29 at Clear Creek High School. Below, Thompson Valley’s Justin Curtiss, right, knocks the ball out of Adam Hawkins’ stick." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold; ">By Craig Harper</span></p> <p> <strong><em>For the Courant</em></strong></p> <p> Yes, the budding Clear Creek boys lacrosse program remains a work in progress. But four games into its second season of varsity play, progress is visible.</p> <p> Golddiggers coach Jake Buescher is convinced his team is on the right track, though he conceded it might not have been evident in a 15-1 home loss in 4A Frontier League play to fourth-ranked Thompson Valley on March 29.</p> Diggers rusty in return from spring break http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/diggers-rusty-return-spring-break <p> Dalton Dziedzic jokingly said that he hopes that Clear Creek ace Eric Castillo does so well once the Golddiggers get back to league play that the team won&rsquo;t have to rely on their No. 2 pitcher too much. But it&rsquo;s games like the non-conference tilt with Estes Park on March 29 where Dziedzic gets a chance to work on his pitching, so when his name is called against league foes, he&rsquo;ll be ready.</p> <p> There&rsquo;s still some fine-tuning to do.</p> Castillo, Diggers handle Jefferson http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/castillo-diggers-handle-jefferson <p> &nbsp;<strong>By Craig Harper</strong></p> <p> <strong><em>For the Courant</em></strong></p> <p> It&rsquo;s not a coincidence that Eric Castillo was Clear Creek&rsquo;s starting pitcher in its first two 3A Frontier League games.</p> <p> &ldquo;He&rsquo;s our ace,&rdquo; head coach Shane Ball said of the junior right-hander. &ldquo;We try to use him in the league games as much as we can.&rdquo;</p>