http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sports/rss.xml en 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> Reifeis, Cougars dominate Conifer http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/reifeis-cougars-dominate-conifer <p> <strong>CONIFER</strong> &mdash; As an ominous cloud hovered overhead Saturday afternoon, a light sprinkle fell on Lobo Field. But by game&rsquo;s end, the sun had peeked through, shining brightly on the visiting Evergreen Cougars.</p> <p> The Mountain Bowl has, at least in recent years, been a nip-and-tuck battle waged until the closing seconds. Not this time. Not for Conifer&rsquo;s homecoming. Evergreen, ranked No. 5 in the 3A state poll, stole the spotlight in a 44-6 demolition of the ninth-ranked Lobos that was every bit as lopsided as the final score suggests.</p> Homecoming anything but joyous for CCHS http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/homecoming-anything-joyous-cchs <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-clearcreekfb02-gc-100814.jpg" alt="Clear Creek High running back Jake Hillman, right, carries the ball against Resurrection Christian during the Golddiggers’ homecoming game on Oct. 2 in Idaho Springs. CCHS was to have played against Denver Christian for homecoming, but Denver Christian suspended its football program for the 2014 season due to a lack of players." title="Clear Creek High running back Jake Hillman, right, carries the ball against Resurrection Christian during the Golddiggers’ homecoming game on Oct. 2 in Idaho Springs. CCHS was to have played against Denver Christian for homecoming, but Denver Christian suspended its football program for the 2014 season due to a lack of players." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>By Craig Harper<br /> </strong><strong><em>For the Courant</em></strong></p> <p> <strong>IDAHO SPRINGS </strong>&mdash; Clear Creek&rsquo;s football season couldn&rsquo;t get any stranger or more frustrating, but head coach Brian Inman isn&rsquo;t giving up on the final three weeks.</p> Lady Diggers scrambling after home loss to Middle Park http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/lady-diggers-scrambling-after-home-loss-middle-park <p> <strong>By Craig Harper<br /> </strong><strong><em>For the Courant</em></strong></p> <p> Clear Creek was no match for the best volleyball team in the Frontier League. On the surface, that wouldn&rsquo;t necessarily seem to be a bad thing for the conference&rsquo;s lone 2A member. But head coach Karin Thomsen warned the Lady Golddiggers after a home-court rout in straight sets 25-18, 25-14, 25-16 to Middle Park on Oct. 1 that they will face &ldquo;bigger and stronger&rdquo; opponents in the upcoming playoffs.</p>