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Today's Sports

  • A winning approach

    The ball was kicked away from Ben Sanchez, but it didn’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 – just 18 seconds later – he was in the end zone.

    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.

  • CCHS embraces moment as boys...

    LYONS — 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.

    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. 

  • Front Range Christian rolls past...

    By Matt Van Deventer
    For the Courant

    IDAHO SPRINGS — Front Range Christian did not help Clear Creek’s unfortunate 2014 football season on Oct. 17 as the Falcons chalked up another victory, 48-6, at Golddigger Stadium.

  • The Fastest of the Bunch

    Brandon Swenson may only be a 15-year-old sophomore, but he’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.

    “He’s the fastest runner that I’ve had in 18 years at this school,” Clear Creek cross country coach Jeff Miller said.

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS LACROSSE
    Connell named Clear Creek head coach for 2015 season
    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.

    Clear Creek was 2-10 during the 2014 spring season.

    “Rob will bring a lot of experience to our staff,” Schuessler said.

  • Reifeis, Cougars dominate Conifer

    CONIFER — As an ominous cloud hovered overhead Saturday afternoon, a light sprinkle fell on Lobo Field. But by game’s end, the sun had peeked through, shining brightly on the visiting Evergreen Cougars.

    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’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.

  • Homecoming anything but joyous...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    IDAHO SPRINGS — Clear Creek’s football season couldn’t get any stranger or more frustrating, but head coach Brian Inman isn’t giving up on the final three weeks.

  • Lady Diggers scrambling after...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    Clear Creek was no match for the best volleyball team in the Frontier League. On the surface, that wouldn’t necessarily seem to be a bad thing for the conference’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 “bigger and stronger” opponents in the upcoming playoffs.

  • Huskies jump on Diggers early,...

    BAILEY — The ball rolled in front of Platte Canyon senior Gary Rhoads. He picked it up, and listening to his coaches, he took off straight. But then he saw a cutback opening down the right sideline, and he was off to the races.

  • Sports briefs

    CROSS COUNTRY
    Diggers’ Swenson places third at Middle Park Invite
    TABERNASH — Clear Creek sophomore Brandon Swenson finished in a time of 20 minutes, 21.9 seconds to place third at the Middle Park Invitational on Sept. 20 at Snow Mountain Ranch.

    He was one of three Golddiggers to finish in the top 15 of the 60-runner boys race. Senior teammate Liam McDonough was ninth in 21:34.8, while junior Jimmy Conway took 15th in 22:40.1.