http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sports/rss.xml/sports/rss.xml en Arneson embraces game he once despised http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/arneson-embraces-game-he-once-despised <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-reedarnesonfootball02-cb-082615.jpg" alt="Reed Arneson, right, practices blocking drills." title="Reed Arneson, right, practices blocking drills." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Reed Arneson used to say that he would never touch a football. All he wanted when he was younger was more time with his dad, R.G., a former offensive guard at the University of Nebraska.<br /> He wanted to just play, not watch, football like his dad. Now, the 18-year-old Clear Creek High four-year starter couldn&rsquo;t imagine his life without the game as a part of it.<br /> &ldquo;I couldn&rsquo;t picture my life any other way. If I got home before 7 o&rsquo;clock, I wouldn&rsquo;t know what to do with my life,&rdquo; Arneson said.<br /> A trash-talking, beer-drinking good time on the field http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/trash-talking-beer-drinking-good-time-field <p> By Matthew Van Deventer<br /> For the Courant<br /> IDAHO SPRINGS &mdash; If you try too hard playing co-ed slow-pitch softball, your team might not do so well. Instead, it may behoove you to focus on a little friendly trash talk, drinking beer, having fun and playing ball.<br /> On Aug. 20 at the Idaho Springs Ball Fields, it was the final night of regular-season play in the Clear Creek Metropolitan Rec District co-ed league before the postseason tournament where one of five teams will try and snatch the title from three-time defending champion Bad Influence.<br /> Zabel leading the Golddiggers' pack http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/zabel-leading-golddiggers-pack <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-ccsydneyzabel01-cb-081915.jpg" alt="Clear Creek sophomore Sydney Zabel, running a warmup lap around the track before practice on Aug. 17, is expected to lead the girls cross country team in 2015 after the graduation of two of last year’s top runners Claire Werlin and Hayden Hutcherson. " title="Clear Creek sophomore Sydney Zabel, running a warmup lap around the track before practice on Aug. 17, is expected to lead the girls cross country team in 2015 after the graduation of two of last year’s top runners Claire Werlin and Hayden Hutcherson. " align="left" hspace="6" width="124" height="85" /><p> Sydney Zabel has quite the bond with Clear Creek cross country coach Jeff Miller. To know Zabel, one wouldn&rsquo;t think the sanguine sophomore would need all that much motivation. She believes in herself. But when she told Miller that she would eventually run a sub-21-minute cross country race, he expressed some doubt.<br /> So a friendly wager was made.<br /> Opening practice brings optimism to Diggers http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/opening-practice-brings-optimism-diggers <p> There may have been a little extra skip in Brian Inman&rsquo;s step Aug. 17, but the Clear Creek football coach had his reasons for that. No, the Golddiggers haven&rsquo;t won as much as he probably would have liked in his five previous seasons at the helm &mdash; they&rsquo;re just 14-30. But that&rsquo;s in the past. It&rsquo;s 2015 now, and when you get the kind of effort and turnout that CCHS had leading up to the official opening day of practice, it&rsquo;s bound to put a smile on one&rsquo;s face.<br /> Chu thrives in half marathon http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/chu-thrives-half-marathon <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-georgetownhalfmarathon01-cb-081215_0.jpg" alt="Steve Chu, 33, from Colorado Springs, sprints out to the lead during the Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon on Aug. 8. He won in 1 hour, 9 minutes and 41 seconds." title="Steve Chu, 33, from Colorado Springs, sprints out to the lead during the Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon on Aug. 8. He won in 1 hour, 9 minutes and 41 seconds." align="left" hspace="6" width="131" height="85" /><p> <strong>IDAHO SPRINGS </strong>&mdash; When life comes at you a mile a minute, it&rsquo;s particularly helpful to be able to run a 5-minute mile like Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon winner Steve Chu.<br /> The 33-year-old Colorado Springs resident and running enthusiast took the laurels by finishing the race with a time of 1 hour, 9 minutes and 41 seconds.<br /> ‘I still dream of flying’ http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/%E2%80%98i-still-dream-flying%E2%80%99 <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-hanggliding25-cb-080515.jpg" alt="Pilot James Yocom, from Golden, rides underneath the sun on his hang glider near Lookout Mountain on July 30." title="Pilot James Yocom, from Golden, rides underneath the sun on his hang glider near Lookout Mountain on July 30." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &ldquo;I used to dream about flying when I was a kid,&rdquo; said Evergreen resident and IT specialist for the National Park Services Allen &ldquo;Sparky&rdquo; Sparks as he feeds the poles that give his hang glider shape through their narrow Dacron fabric opening.<br /> Krause repeats at Mt. Falcon 15K http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/krause-repeats-mt-falcon-15k <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-mt.falcon15k04-cb-080515.jpg" alt="Lindsay Krause nears the finish line during the Mt. Falcon 15K on Saturday." title="Lindsay Krause nears the finish line during the Mt. Falcon 15K on Saturday." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong><em>By Craig Harper,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">For the Courant</span></em></strong></p> <p> MORRISON &mdash; Her 9-year-old daughter&rsquo;s soccer schedule prevents Lindsay Krause from fulfilling a full schedule of races. But Krause has managed to squeeze in the last two Mt. Falcon 15K runs &mdash; the third and middle leg of the Evergreen Trail Racing Series &mdash; and she&rsquo;s made the most of both opportunities.</p> Revitalized Morton conquers Mt. Evans http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/revitalized-morton-conquers-mt-evans <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-hillclimb03-cb-072915.jpg" alt="Cyclists biked up Colorado 5 to the top of Mt. Evans during the Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb on July 25." title="Cyclists biked up Colorado 5 to the top of Mt. Evans during the Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb on July 25." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong>By Craig Harper<br /> </strong><strong><em>For the Courant</em></strong></p> <p> Life on the fast track isn&rsquo;t always what it&rsquo;s cracked up to be. Just ask Lachlan Morton, who from 2012-14 was a rising star on the prestigious Garmin-Sharp cycling development team based in Boulder.</p>