http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sports/rss.xml en Cook ready to take flight http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/cook-ready-take-flight <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-jaredcook01-gc-072016.jpg" alt="In his senior year at Clear Creek High, Jared Cook averaged 20.9 points per game, while pulling down 115 rebounds and nabbing 51 steals for the Golddiggers." title="In his senior year at Clear Creek High, Jared Cook averaged 20.9 points per game, while pulling down 115 rebounds and nabbing 51 steals for the Golddiggers." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Jared Cook had all the makings of a college athlete when he graduated from Clear Creek High School in 2014. Not only was he a three-sport athlete, but the 2014 Clear Creek Courant Male Athlete of the Year was a leader.</span></p> <p> When he was asked to step away from his receiver role to play quarterback for the Golddiggers, he did. Yet, he still led the team in receiving touchdowns, rushing yards and interceptions en route to being named the conference defensive player of the year.</p> Golddiggers utilizing summer as tune-up for fall practice http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/golddiggers%C2%A0utilizing%C2%A0summer%C2%A0as%C2%A0tune-up%C2%A0for%C2%A0fall%C2%A0practice <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Rain sprinkled over the practice field, but it didn&rsquo;t slow what&rsquo;s already been an active summer for the Clear Creek football program.</span></p> <p> July 18 represented the opening of a five-day voluntary workout for the Golddiggers prior to a four-day camp at CSU-Pueblo starting July 24. But Clear Creek&rsquo;s football team, with 11 players more or less, has voluntarily been working out all summer in preparation for the Sept. 2 opener against Lake County.</p> Huff making grand designs http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/huff-making-grand-designs <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-allyhuff-gc-071316.jpg" alt="Ally Huff, as a junior at Clear Creek High in 2012, scored a school-record 28 goals in leading the Lady Golddiggers to their first 3A state tournament playoff appearance." title="Ally Huff, as a junior at Clear Creek High in 2012, scored a school-record 28 goals in leading the Lady Golddiggers to their first 3A state tournament playoff appearance." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">When Ally Huff was a student-athlete at Clear Creek High School, there were plays designed solely for her. Now, the rising senior at Colorado State University is making designs of her own &shy;&mdash; graphic designs, that is.</span></p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve always been interested in art. I love drawing and painting,&rdquo; said Huff, who works as a graphic designer for the school newspaper, the Rocky Mountain Collegian. She&rsquo;s also wrapping up an internship soon at Icelantic Skis based in Golden.&nbsp;</p> Maine senior Palken wins 15K http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/maine-senior-palken-wins-15k <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Greg Palken approached the Evergreen Mountain 15K as his one big race of the summer. The 21-year-old rising senior, in Colorado visiting family, plans to try out for the University of Maine cross country team this fall.</span></p> <p> He thought the race would be a nice one to train with. Boy was it ever. Palken won the July 9 event in 1 hour, 8 minutes and 22 seconds.</p> Triple Bypass offers challenges for ride veterans, newcomers http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/triple-bypass-offers-challenges-ride-veterans-newcomers <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-triplebypassride01-cb-071316.jpg" alt="Cyclists ride up Squaw Pass Road during the first day of the Triple Bypass on July 9. The ride, in its 28th year, is a 120-mile jaunt one way over three passes — Vail, Loveland and Juniper. " title="Cyclists ride up Squaw Pass Road during the first day of the Triple Bypass on July 9. The ride, in its 28th year, is a 120-mile jaunt one way over three passes — Vail, Loveland and Juniper. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">When Tom Rieber rode in his first Triple Bypass two years ago, he did so because he hadn&rsquo;t done it before. Then a resident of Denver &mdash; he&rsquo;s since moved to Salt Lake City &mdash; Rieber was looking to try a different course after riding a number of century rides.</span></p> <p> It was a little more convenient in 2014, but that didn&rsquo;t stop Rieber from coming back in 2016 to ride July 9 from Bergen Park to Aspen.</p> Former Digger Lucas sharing his testimony http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/former-digger-lucas-sharing-his-testimony <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-tevinlucas01-070616.jpg" alt="Tevin Lucas will soon be sharing his testimony around the country." title="Tevin Lucas will soon be sharing his testimony around the country." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Growing up, Tevin Lucas dreamed of a career in professional football. The former Clear Creek High three-sport standout and 2014 Lakewood High graduate certainly had the makings of being a successful athlete.</span></p> <p> He was a state track and field qualifier in the long jump, led both the CCHS and Lakewood football teams in touchdown receptions in three consecutive seasons and was a key catalyst in the Golddiggers ending a 51-year drought as 3A Frontier League champions in 2012.</p> Tradition reigns again as Weiner dominates annual holiday 5K http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/tradition%C2%A0reigns-again%C2%A0as%C2%A0weiner%C2%A0dominates%C2%A0annual%C2%A0holiday-5k <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-freedomrun01-cb-070616.jpg" alt="Bob Weiner, far right, runs with a pack early on during the Freedom Run 5K on July 4." title="Bob Weiner, far right, runs with a pack early on during the Freedom Run 5K on July 4." align="left" hspace="6" width="116" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">There are traditions that are just second nature when it comes to the Fourth of July: cookouts, parades, fireworks, and even Joey Chestnut seemingly always winning the Nathan&rsquo;s Famous Hot Dog eating contest.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> Add another one: Bob Weiner winning the Mount Evans Freedom Run 5K.</p> Watson beats clock, field in his first Slacker http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/watson%C2%A0beats%C2%A0clock%C2%A0field%C2%A0in%C2%A0his-first%C2%A0slacker <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-slacker02-cb-062916.jpg" alt="Runners head down from Loveland Ski Area to Georgetown during the Slacker Half Marathon on June 25." title="Runners head down from Loveland Ski Area to Georgetown during the Slacker Half Marathon on June 25." align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">GEORGETOWN &mdash; Six years ago, after becoming a father and by necessity due to time restraints, Zach Watson gave up cycling to become a runner. Utilizing his wife, Erin, who is a running coach for LoCo Fit, based in Louisville, Watson made the transition, but it wasn&rsquo;t a smooth one.</span></p>