http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sports/rss.xml en Catching the eye of the opposition http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/catching-eye-opposition <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-adamklemstein01-cb-092816.jpg" alt="Clear Creek High senior Adam Klemstein, in his second year playing on the varsity team, leads the Diggers in receptions with 18 catches for 199 yards." title="Clear Creek High senior Adam Klemstein, in his second year playing on the varsity team, leads the Diggers in receptions with 18 catches for 199 yards." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The Clear Creek Golddiggers tried to implement tight end Adam Klemstein into the offensive attack in 2015.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> The ball was thrown in his general direction a few times. Catching it, however, was the problem.</p> <p> It was the case of butterfingers, as head coach Brian Inman noted. Klemstein, for his efforts, had just one catch. That changed in 2016.</p> CCHS can’t capitalize on early lead, height http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/cchs-can%E2%80%99t-capitalize-early-lead-height <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> <strong>DENVER</strong> &mdash; The luxury of having a pair of 6-footers at her disposal is a thing of the past for Clear Creek volleyball coach Karin Thomsen. For two years, she had the tandem of Anna Schwecke and Becca Abrahamson, followed last season by Becca and Lillie Abrahamson.</p> ‘She’s just like one of the rest’ http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/%E2%80%98she%E2%80%99s-just-one-rest%E2%80%99 <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-jillianlupinacci01-cb-092116.jpg" alt="Seventh-grader Jillian Lupinacci, 11, is a defensive tackle for the Clear Creek Gold Dusters’ middle school football team." title="Seventh-grader Jillian Lupinacci, 11, is a defensive tackle for the Clear Creek Gold Dusters’ middle school football team." align="left" hspace="6" width="124" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Jillian Lupinacci&rsquo;s fascination with football started in front of a television set. Her dad, Joe, was watching a New York Jets game when it caught Jillian&rsquo;s attention.</span></p> <p> &ldquo;I just really enjoyed watching them play. I really wanted to do that,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p> Her interest, however, wasn&rsquo;t solely piqued just because football is one of the few sports that girls don&rsquo;t generally participate in. No, there was a genuine passion for the game.</p> O’Brien climbs to the top http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/o%E2%80%99brien-climbs-top <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-xccch01-bs-092116.jpg" alt="Clear Creek sophomore runner Wes Davies placed fifth at the Golddigger Invitational at Clear Creek High School on Sept. 13." title="Clear Creek sophomore runner Wes Davies placed fifth at the Golddigger Invitational at Clear Creek High School on Sept. 13." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Literally, the Golddigger Invitational may be the highest point of the season for Clear Creek junior Samantha O&rsquo;Brien. No, really it is.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> The course at Clear Creek High School, with its steep hills, is just one continuous climb after another.</p> <p> So, yes, the season will be downhill &mdash; of sort &mdash; from here on out.</p> <p> &ldquo;It gets kind of easier,&rdquo; O&rsquo;Brien said.</p> Sports briefs http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/sports-briefs-12 <p> <strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">FOOTBALL<br /> </strong><strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">Golddiggers improve&nbsp;</strong><strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">to 3-0 with rout of Byers<br /> </strong><strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">BYERS</strong><span style="line-height: 20.4px;"> &mdash; Junior quarterback Ty Judge completed 11 of 16 passes for 261 yards and a pair of touchdowns &mdash; both to fellow junior Noah Sarria &mdash; and Isaiah Mercer rushed for three scores as Clear Creek improved to 3-0 with a 48-8 road win at Byers on Sept. 16.</span></p> Lady Diggers can’t keep up with Kent Denver http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/lady-diggers-can%E2%80%99t-keep-kent-denver <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-vbchhvs.kentdenver01-cb-091416.jpg" alt="Clear Creek junior Merlinda Dixon dives to dig out the ball during the Lady Golddiggers’ varsity volleyball match against Kent Denver on Sept. 8 at Clear Creek High School. " title="Clear Creek junior Merlinda Dixon dives to dig out the ball during the Lady Golddiggers’ varsity volleyball match against Kent Denver on Sept. 8 at Clear Creek High School. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The Clear Creek Lady Golddiggers lost to visiting Kent Denver 25-21, 25-22, 21-25, 25-17 in a non-conference home match on Sept. 8.</span></p> <p> The Lady Diggers (1-5) fought through each set, never letting the 5-1 Lady Sun Devils get more than a four-point lead until the final set. But in the end Kent Denver&rsquo;s ability to capitalize on Clear Creek&rsquo;s lack of offensive cohesion proved to be the difference.</p> <p> Kent Denver managed 44 kills from 143 attacks, while Clear Creek had 152 attacks but only 34 kills.</p> Gerding has coming-out party in Diggers’ win http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/gerding-has-coming-out-party-diggers%E2%80%99-win <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> <strong>IDAHO SPRINGS</strong> &mdash; On a Homecoming night where Clear Creek couldn&rsquo;t hold on to the ball, couldn&rsquo;t finish numerous drives it started in Estes Park territory and was playing without two key suspended starters, a sophomore newcomer came to the rescue.</p> <p> Welcome to Golddigger football, Lucas Gerding.</p> Diggers come out swinging http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/diggers-come-out-swinging <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-cchfbvs.lakecounty01-cb-090416.jpg" alt="CCHS senior Isaiah Mercer scores one of his three touchdowns in the Diggers’ season-opening win." title="CCHS senior Isaiah Mercer scores one of his three touchdowns in the Diggers’ season-opening win." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <b style="line-height: 20.4px;">IDAHO SPRINGS </b><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">&mdash; Isaiah Mercer could describe his first football game with the Clear Creek Golddiggers in many ways. It was special. It was great. It was also something else.</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s1">&ldquo;Tiring,&rdquo;&nbsp;Mercer&nbsp;matter-of-factly&nbsp;said.</span></p>