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Today's Sports

  • ‘She’s just like one of the rest’

    Jillian Lupinacci’s fascination with football started in front of a television set. Her dad, Joe, was watching a New York Jets game when it caught Jillian’s attention.

    “I just really enjoyed watching them play. I really wanted to do that,” she said.

    Her interest, however, wasn’t solely piqued just because football is one of the few sports that girls don’t generally participate in. No, there was a genuine passion for the game.

  • O’Brien climbs to the top

    Literally, the Golddigger Invitational may be the highest point of the season for Clear Creek junior Samantha O’Brien. No, really it is. 

    The course at Clear Creek High School, with its steep hills, is just one continuous climb after another.

    So, yes, the season will be downhill — of sort — from here on out.

    “It gets kind of easier,” O’Brien said.

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL
    Golddiggers improve to 3-0 with rout of Byers
    BYERS — Junior quarterback Ty Judge completed 11 of 16 passes for 261 yards and a pair of touchdowns — both to fellow junior Noah Sarria — and Isaiah Mercer rushed for three scores as Clear Creek improved to 3-0 with a 48-8 road win at Byers on Sept. 16.

  • Lady Diggers can’t keep up with...

    The Clear Creek Lady Golddiggers lost to visiting Kent Denver 25-21, 25-22, 21-25, 25-17 in a non-conference home match on Sept. 8.

    The Lady Diggers (1-5) fought through each set, never letting the 5-1 Lady Sun Devils get more than a four-point lead until the final set. But in the end Kent Denver’s ability to capitalize on Clear Creek’s lack of offensive cohesion proved to be the difference.

    Kent Denver managed 44 kills from 143 attacks, while Clear Creek had 152 attacks but only 34 kills.

  • Gerding has coming-out party in...

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    IDAHO SPRINGS — On a Homecoming night where Clear Creek couldn’t hold on to the ball, couldn’t finish numerous drives it started in Estes Park territory and was playing without two key suspended starters, a sophomore newcomer came to the rescue.

    Welcome to Golddigger football, Lucas Gerding.

  • Diggers come out swinging

    IDAHO SPRINGS — Isaiah Mercer could describe his first football game with the Clear Creek Golddiggers in many ways. It was special. It was great. It was also something else.

    “Tiring,” Mercer matter-of-factly said.

  • CCHS coach Thomsen displays her ...

    It’s not all that uncommon really. Karin Thomsen, Clear Creek’s head volleyball coach, occasionally gets the request from the Lady Golddiggers to play with them during practices. 

    On one hand that can be beneficial, especially being their coach.

  • 2016 prep football preview:...

    The drive from Mount Vernon, Ky., to Clear Creek County is more than 18 hours and 1,260 miles. It wasn’t particularly a venture that Isaiah Mercer wanted to make going into his senior year, but logistics — both of his parents landed jobs in Colorado — dictated the relocation.

    “Yeah, it was hard for me. I didn’t really want to move at first, but then we came out here and we made some new friends,” Mercer said.

  • O’Brien, Davies better selves in...

    BROOMFIELD — For Clear Creek junior Samantha O’Brien, the Holy Family Invitational holds special meaning. After all, last year, it was the first race she ever ran in her high school cross country career. This year was even better.

    O’Brien didn’t reminiscence too much about the race on her way to a 14th-place finish in a field loaded with runners from 5A down to 2A. She placed in a time of 22 minutes, 26.7 seconds.

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS GOLF
    Tenney, Urbas lead EHS to Jeffco win at Bear Creek
    DENVER — Evergreen’s boys’ golf team not only was the best team in 4A Jeffco it was the best in all of Jeffco on Aug. 29 during the 5A/4A Jeffco League tournament at Bear Creek Golf Club.