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Today's Sports

  • Defense, altered offense lift...

    IDAHO SPRINGS — Comparatively speaking, Clear Creek’s Aug. 29 season opener against Byers at Golddiggers Stadium “felt really good” to Ty Judge, unlike the 2014 season as a whole.

  • O’Brien shines in debut at Holy...

    BROOMFIELD — Samantha O’Brien has a tendency to freak herself out, to overthink things. That can happen to a nervous sophomore running in her first-ever cross country meet and not knowing what to expect or how well she is or isn’t doing.

  • Diggers embark on youth movement

    It’s an undeniable fact that head coach Karin Thomsen and the Clear Creek volleyball program will miss Anna Schwecke, Kaela Kalabany, Shay Johnson and Katie Vieweg.
    The four recent graduates were the core of the Lady Golddiggers’ varsity squad the past two seasons. But as Thomsen also notes, they left an indelible mark in a positive way on the younger players coming up the ranks.

  • Arneson embraces game he once...

    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.
    He wanted to just play, not watch, football like his dad. Now, the 18-year-old Clear Creek High four-year starter couldn’t imagine his life without the game as a part of it.
    “I couldn’t picture my life any other way. If I got home before 7 o’clock, I wouldn’t know what to do with my life,” Arneson said.

  • A trash-talking, beer-drinking...

    By Matthew Van Deventer
    For the Courant
    IDAHO SPRINGS — 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.
    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.

  • Zabel leading the Golddiggers...

    Sydney Zabel has quite the bond with Clear Creek cross country coach Jeff Miller. To know Zabel, one wouldn’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.
    So a friendly wager was made.

  • Opening practice brings optimism...

    There may have been a little extra skip in Brian Inman’s step Aug. 17, but the Clear Creek football coach had his reasons for that. No, the Golddiggers haven’t won as much as he probably would have liked in his five previous seasons at the helm — they’re just 14-30. But that’s in the past. It’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’s bound to put a smile on one’s face.

  • Chu thrives in half marathon

    IDAHO SPRINGS — When life comes at you a mile a minute, it’s particularly helpful to be able to run a 5-minute mile like Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon winner Steve Chu.
    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.

  • ‘I still dream of flying’

    “I used to dream about flying when I was a kid,” said Evergreen resident and IT specialist for the National Park Services Allen “Sparky” Sparks as he feeds the poles that give his hang glider shape through their narrow Dacron fabric opening.

  • Krause repeats at Mt. Falcon 15K

    By Craig Harper, For the Courant

    MORRISON — Her 9-year-old daughter’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 — the third and middle leg of the Evergreen Trail Racing Series — and she’s made the most of both opportunities.