http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sports/rss.xml en Upper classmen, freshmen bring a diverse mix http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/upper-classmen-freshmen-bring-diverse-mix <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-cchsvb02-gc-092513_0.jpg" alt="Clear Creek returns four seniors to the 2014 volleyball squad including Anna Schwecke, who was the team’s leader in kills in 2013 with 237." title="Clear Creek returns four seniors to the 2014 volleyball squad including Anna Schwecke, who was the team’s leader in kills in 2013 with 237." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> As Karin Thomsen looks at the 2014 Clear Creek Lady Golddiggers, she is appreciative of the four seniors and the role models they are for this year&rsquo;s volleyball team. That&rsquo;s because she&rsquo;s got a young squad beyond that.</p> <p> But with the likes of libero Shay Johnson, setter Kaela Kalabany, middle hitter Anna Schwecke and outside hitter Katie Vieweg, CCHS has not only a nucleus in place to contend with in the 3A Frontier League but to also get back to the playoffs, albeit this year in 2A.</p> Slow start offensively, defensively hampers CCHS http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/slow-start-offensively-defensively-hampers-cchs <p> <strong>BYERS</strong> &mdash; Zero week coupled with some inexperience added up to a bad combination, at least in the first half for Clear Creek. But by the time the Golddiggers fine-tuned their offense and put the clamps on Byers, it was too little too late.</p> <p> First-half touchdown runs by burly fullback Roger Hamacher and tailback Raul Hurtado proved to be enough as Byers, playing on its home field after turf was installed, shut out Clear Creek 13-0 in the season opener for both schools on Aug. 23.</p> Clear Creek Co-Ed Recreation Softball standings, playoffs http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/clear-creek-co-ed-recreation-softball-standings-playoffs <p> <strong>CLEAR CREEK RECREATION<br /> </strong><strong>2014 CO-ED SOFTBALL LEAGUE<br /> </strong><strong>(FINAL SEASON STANDINGS)<br /> </strong>Bad Influence 7-0, 1.000<br /> Buffalo 4-3, .571<br /> Jackalopes 3-4, .429<br /> Alpine Mountain 3-4, .429<br /> Destroia&rsquo;s 2-5, .286<br /> Tommy Knocker 2-5, .286</p> Depth is a concern for Clear Creek in 2014 http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/depth-concern-clear-creek-2014 <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-cchscx01-gc-100913_0.jpg" alt="Claire Werlin, left, and Hayden Hutcherson hold hands as they approach the finish line Oct. 5, at Englewood High School. Werlin and Hutcherson will be Clear Creek’s top two female runners in 2014. " title="Claire Werlin, left, and Hayden Hutcherson hold hands as they approach the finish line Oct. 5, at Englewood High School. Werlin and Hutcherson will be Clear Creek’s top two female runners in 2014. " align="left" hspace="6" width="116" height="85" /><p> The tears literally flowed from Jeff Miller when the Clear Creek cross country coach learned that Katie Sullivan was relocating to Summit. It wasn&rsquo;t just because she was expected to be the Lady Golddiggers&rsquo; third best returning runner, but because she is a great kid in general.</p> <p> But Sullivan isn&rsquo;t back and neither is Grace Diekman, a 2014 graduate who was the team&rsquo;s No. 3 runner in 2013, leaving some uncertainty in Clear Creek&rsquo;s pecking order with the cross country season around the corner.</p> Evergreen’s Urbas finds redemption in first meet of the season http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/evergreen%E2%80%99s-urbas-finds-redemption-first-meet-season <p> <strong>By Craig Harper<br /> </strong><strong><em>For the Courant</em></strong></p> <p> <strong>DENVER</strong> &mdash; Motivation matters in a sport&rsquo;s offseason, as golfers Lenny Urbas of Evergreen and Scott Robb of Littleton can attest.</p> <p> Neither player was satisfied with his 2013 high school season and both put in the time and effort to improve for 2014. Based on the opening 4A Jeffco tournament on Aug. 13 at Foothills Golf Course, it was a fait accompli.</p> Hafer makes lasting impression in first GTIS http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/hafer-makes-lasting-impression-first-gtis <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-gtishalfmarathon03-gc-081314.jpg" alt="Runners take off from the start line near the lake in Georgetown on Aug. 9 during the Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon. A total of 2,159 competitors finished the 13.1-mile race." title="Runners take off from the start line near the lake in Georgetown on Aug. 9 during the Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon. A total of 2,159 competitors finished the 13.1-mile race." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>IDAHO SPRINGS</strong> &mdash; His shaggy blond mane flowed in the air, reminiscent of a 1980s heavy metal band. He credits his girlfriend, Michelle, for that. But there&rsquo;s little doubt that it was Ryan Hafer&rsquo;s running that had him flying from start to finish at the 36th annual Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon on Aug. 9.</p> Breathtaking scenery, climbs are the real prizes of the Red Rocks Century http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/breathtaking-scenery-climbs-are-real-prizes-red-rocks-century <p> <strong>By Craig Harper<br /> </strong><strong><em>For the Courant</em></strong></p> <p> There are no champions, but everyone is a winner in the Red Rocks Century cycling event.</p> <p> The 307 riders who participated in four rides in the foothills west of Morrison ranging from 33 to 100 miles on Aug. 9 were rewarded with spectacular scenery and challenging climbs.</p> <p> The real winners were Hope Communities and Can Do Multiple Sclerosis, the event&rsquo;s two primary beneficiaries.</p> Nelson’s return is a successful one http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/nelson%E2%80%99s-return-successful-one <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-evergreentownrace02-gc-080614.jpg" alt="A Flight for Life helicopter hovers overhead as runners break from the starting line at the Evergreen Town Race on Aug. 3." title="A Flight for Life helicopter hovers overhead as runners break from the starting line at the Evergreen Town Race on Aug. 3." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>By Tim Donohoo<br /> </strong><strong><em>For the Courant</em></strong></p> <p> Not even the distraction of a stray dog could keep Brianne Nelson from winning the 10K portion of the Evergreen Town Race on Upper Bear Creek on Aug. 3.</p> <p> Nelson, a Golden resident and stay-at-home mother of two, defeated Kristen Zaitz by 17 seconds, winning the female title in a time of 33 minutes, 38 seconds. Andy Wacker won the top male award with a time of 30:21 down the fast downhill course.</p>