http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sports/rss.xml en Golddiggers relish run at state http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/golddiggers-relish-run-state <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-clearceekstatexc02-gc-102914.jpg" alt="Clear Creek sophomore Brandon Swenson ran a time of 18 minutes, 58.1 seconds to place 20th at the 2A state cross country championships on Oct. 25 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs." title="Clear Creek sophomore Brandon Swenson ran a time of 18 minutes, 58.1 seconds to place 20th at the 2A state cross country championships on Oct. 25 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>COLORADO SPRINGS</strong> &mdash; A year ago, Brandon Swenson ran a faster time, yet finished further back in the pack at the 3A state cross country championships. This year, in 2A at the Norris-Penrose Event Center, the Clear Creek sophomore was presented with all sorts of new challenges.</p> <p> &ldquo;This year was harder because my hip was hurting, and I was really dehydrated with the heat,&rdquo; Swenson said.</p> Diggers can’t keep up at Lyons http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/diggers-can%E2%80%99t-keep-lyons <p> <strong>By Matt Van Deventer<br /> </strong><strong><em>For the Courant</em></strong></p> <p> <strong>LYONS</strong> &mdash; There were no miracles for Clear Creek in its season finale Oct. 24 against host Lyons High School, which won 46-40.&nbsp;</p> <p> The Golddiggers were leading in the second half, giving themselves hope of a win, improving the team&rsquo;s worst season in the past five years. Unfortunately, Clear Creek had two turnovers on downs, including one with 3 minutes remaining.</p> Column: EHS’ JV team has a varsity feel to it http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/column-ehs%E2%80%99-jv-team-has-varsity-feel-it <p> Tim Janes doesn&rsquo;t have to look too hard to see just exactly what makes his Evergreen Cougars&rsquo; junior varsity boys tennis team different than most other JV squads. The proof lies on the court.</p> <p> The Cougars, unlike most JV squads, are not a ragtag group of beginners just getting their feet wet. No, this Evergreen team is made up of intermediate players who, in some cases, may be just as good as some varsity players.</p> A winning approach http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/winning-approach <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-ccmsfb05-gc-102214.jpg" alt="Clear Creek Middle School’s Dusty Standley (31) pressures Sheridan’s quarterback during a 52-14 win at Clear Creek High School on Oct. 15. " title="Clear Creek Middle School’s Dusty Standley (31) pressures Sheridan’s quarterback during a 52-14 win at Clear Creek High School on Oct. 15. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The ball was kicked away from Ben Sanchez, but it didn&rsquo;t matter. The Clear Creek Middle School eighth-grader scooped it up, trekked back to his right, followed his blockers and before he knew it &ndash; just 18 seconds later &ndash; he was in the end zone.</p> <p> It may have just been the opening kickoff of what turned out to be a 52-16 victory for the Gold Dusters in their season finale against Sheridan on Oct. 15, but it was also a statement play for what this team really is.</p> CCHS embraces moment as boys head to state http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/cchs-embraces-moment-boys-head-state <p> <strong>LYONS</strong> &mdash; Clear Creek cross country coach Jeff Miller looked at his boys team just moments before the start of its 2A Region 1 race Oct. 16 at Lyons High School, and everyone knew the situation at hand.</p> <p> He told Brandon Swenson that Brandon knew what he needed to do. He looked at Liam McDonough and said that this very well could be his last race. He looked at Jimmy Conway and told him to just run and let the chips fall where they may.&nbsp;</p> Front Range Christian rolls past Golddiggers in home finale http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/front-range-christian-rolls-past-golddiggers-home-finale <p> <strong>By Matt Van Deventer<br /> </strong><strong><em>For the Courant</em></strong></p> <p> <strong>IDAHO SPRINGS </strong>&mdash; Front Range Christian did not help Clear Creek&rsquo;s unfortunate 2014 football season on Oct. 17 as the Falcons&nbsp;chalked&nbsp;up another victory, 48-6, at Golddigger Stadium.</p> The Fastest of the Bunch http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/fastest-bunch <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-cchsstatexc02-gc-103013_1.jpg" alt="Brandon Swenson, running at last year’s 3A state cross country championships in Colorado Springs, has gotten even faster in 2014. He set the fourth fastest time in school history at the Wiggins Invitational on Oct. 11." title="Brandon Swenson, running at last year’s 3A state cross country championships in Colorado Springs, has gotten even faster in 2014. He set the fourth fastest time in school history at the Wiggins Invitational on Oct. 11." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Brandon Swenson may only be a 15-year-old sophomore, but he&rsquo;s been running competitively since he was a seventh-grader at Clear Creek Middle School. He started running with the advice of his dad, Bradley. And, as it has turned out so far, Swenson is pretty good at it.</p> <p> &ldquo;He&rsquo;s the fastest runner that I&rsquo;ve had in 18 years at this school,&rdquo; Clear Creek cross country coach Jeff Miller said.</p> Sports briefs http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/sports-briefs-4 <p> <strong>BOYS LACROSSE<br /> </strong><strong>Connell named Clear Creek&nbsp;</strong><strong>head coach for 2015 season<br /> </strong>Rob Connell has been named the new boys lacrosse coach at Clear Creek High School, athletic director David Schuessler announced. Connell replaces Jake Buescher, who resigned the position to return to college to pursue his degree full-time, Schuessler said.</p> <p> Clear Creek was 2-10 during the 2014 spring season.</p> <p> &ldquo;Rob will bring a lot of experience to our staff,&rdquo; Schuessler said.</p>