http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sports/rss.xml en Diggers’ McNeil wastes little time http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/diggers%E2%80%99-mcneil-wastes-little-time <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-mountainwre21-gc-121714.jpg" alt="Clear Creek’s Matt McNeil locks down on Evergreen’s Kaleb Masco during their match as part of the triangular meet with Platte Canyon on Dec. 9 at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey. McNeil won the bout in 48 seconds." title="Clear Creek’s Matt McNeil locks down on Evergreen’s Kaleb Masco during their match as part of the triangular meet with Platte Canyon on Dec. 9 at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey. McNeil won the bout in 48 seconds." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>BAILEY</strong> &mdash; There&rsquo;s something to be said for experience, and luckily for Clear Creek wrestling coach Stan Gould, he has that this season. Instead of dedicating the early part of the 2014-15 season to the sport&rsquo;s fundamentals, Gould can work with his wrestlers on getting them better than they already were.</p> Outside shot opens up for Lady Diggers http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/outside-shot-opens-lady-diggers <p> <strong>LYONS</strong> &mdash; With the height that Clear Creek&rsquo;s girls basketball team has, particularly with Anna Schwecke and Rebecca Abrahamson controlling the paint, the Lady Golddiggers know that teams are going to focus on them down low and force CCHS to shoot from the outside. Lyons did just that Dec. 12, but Clear Creek had an answer, namely Katie Vieweg.</p> Slow beginning, turnovers keep Diggers in check http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/slow-beginning-turnovers-keep-diggers-check <p> <strong>LYONS</strong> &mdash; Lyons&rsquo; defense, or at least what Clear Creek allowed it to do, played as much a factor as anything else in the Golddiggers&rsquo; 68-46 setback Dec. 13 at Lyons High School. Turnovers &mdash; lots of them &mdash; didn&rsquo;t help Clear Creek, either.</p> <p> Zach Christiansen scored a game-high 22 points and Justin Gorman added 14 as Lyons, and behind a full-court pressure defense, pulled away for its second victory in a week over CCHS. The Lions (3-3) beat Clear Creek 44-36 at Highland High School on Dec. 6.</p> CCHS poms compete with a confident attitude http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/cchs-poms-compete-confident-attitude <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-clearcreekpom03-cb-121014.jpg" alt="Clear Creek pom squad dancer Renee Barnes leaps into the air during the 2A state spirit championships at the Denver Coliseum on Dec. 6." title="Clear Creek pom squad dancer Renee Barnes leaps into the air during the 2A state spirit championships at the Denver Coliseum on Dec. 6." align="left" hspace="6" width="145" height="85" /><p> <strong>DENVER</strong> &mdash; A la seconds &ndash; it sounds like something one might partake in during Thanksgiving, but actually it&rsquo;s the technical term for the leg-extended turns that the Clear Creek Lady Golddiggers poms squad executed beautifully, although not perfectly, during their bid for a third consecutive state title on Dec. 6 at the Denver Coliseum.</p> <p> The Lady Diggers&rsquo; a la seconds and kick line were both on-point, but, ultimately, it wasn&rsquo;t enough and Vail Christian, relegating them to third place, dethroned them.</p> Lady Diggers stand tall, slam Pawnee http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/lady-diggers-stand-tall-slam-pawnee <p> <strong>AULT</strong> &mdash; Mentally, games like the one Clear Creek had against Pawnee in the opening round of the 2014 Canine Classic on Dec. 5 can be hard. But like senior center Anna Schwecke said, more than anything they are fun. The Lady Golddiggers had their fair share of fun for sure.</p> Youth, mental slipups stop CCHS in its track http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/youth-mental-slipups-stop-cchs-its-track <p> <strong>AULT</strong> &mdash; When you graduate three of your top six players, lose another because he went home after a year serving as a foreign-exchange student and only have two players back with regular varsity experience, growing pains are to be expected. Clear Creek is most definitely undergoing that right now.</p> Clear Creek's fantastic four http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/clear-creeks-fantastic-four <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-clearcreekbkw-gc-112614.jpg" alt="From left, Claire Werlin, Kaela Kalabany, Anna Schwecke and Katie Vieweg represent four of the five seniors on this year’s Clear Creek girls basketball team. They’ve been playing together since they started middle school." title="From left, Claire Werlin, Kaela Kalabany, Anna Schwecke and Katie Vieweg represent four of the five seniors on this year’s Clear Creek girls basketball team. They’ve been playing together since they started middle school." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The familiarity that Kaela Kalabany, Katie Vieweg, Anna Schwecke and Claire Werlin show on the basketball court shouldn&rsquo;t be all that unusual. After all, they&rsquo;ve been playing together forever. OK, actually since middle school. But four of Clear Creek&rsquo;s five seniors know how each other plays almost as clearly as they know the back of their own hands.</p> Judge hopes to provide senior leadership http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/judge-hopes-provide-senior-leadership <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-clearcreekbkc-gc-112614.jpg" alt="Clear Creek senior John Judge is one of only two players — Tommy Wann is the other — back from a six-man rotation that the Golddiggers used during the 2013-14 season. CCHS went 14-10 last season and reached the first round of the state playoffs." title="Clear Creek senior John Judge is one of only two players — Tommy Wann is the other — back from a six-man rotation that the Golddiggers used during the 2013-14 season. CCHS went 14-10 last season and reached the first round of the state playoffs." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> John Judge doesn&rsquo;t have to look far to see just how valuable the playing experience he gained last season &mdash; his first as a starter &mdash; was. All he needs to do is look around at practice.</p> <p> Jared Cook is gone. So is Jordan Howard. As are Chandler Morgan and Niclas Schoenhof. Those are four players in a six-man rotation that not only worked hard, but the rotation worked quite well. But with just Judge and fellow starter Tommy Wann back in the fold for the 2014-15 season, that experience is unbelievably invaluable.</p>