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Clear Creek boys basketball wins senior night game

The Clear Creek boys basketball team squeaked out 60-58 win Feb. 18 over Longmont Christian.

The win puts the Golddiggers at 5-12 for the regular season, and 5-6 in league play.

Before the game, the Golddiggers recognized their six seniors — Jett Baker, MJ Kelly, Sean Maraucher, Jaylen McLemore, Zach Pitts and Christian Watts — during the team’s last home game of the regular season.

Clear Creek could host a first-round playoff game against Addenbrooke Feb. 21, however that’s yet to be finalized.

Clear Creek ski teams place 10th, 12th at state

The Clear Creek boys and girls skiing teams placed 10th and 12th, respectively, at the state competition Feb. 17-18 at Winter Park.

Clear Creek junior Parker Scott placed in the top 30 for slalom and giant slalom, Coach Brian Inman said, and several Golddiggers in cross-country events had personal records. Mason Loesch, for example, skied 5k in less than 40 minutes for the first time, according to Inman.

“All our cross-country skiers did really well,” Inman said. “ … It was great to see them step up their game and have a top performance at the state meet.”

While half of the 12-member skiing team have concluded their season, the other half have a final meet.

Six Golddiggers, including seniors Camden Fahnline and Maya Berber-Corriero, are competing at the March 1 Skimeister competition in Steamboat Springs.

For seniors Bridget Egan and Tara Guin, who’ve concluded their season, Inman reflected on how much they’ve progressed in four years.

Egan has always been a strong competitor, especially in giant slalom, and she had a great showing Feb. 17 in her last run as a Golddigger. Afterward, she stuck around and supported her teammates, which she’ll continue at Skimeister as team manager.

“She’s really been a team leader all season long,” he continued.

Taran, Inman described, was new to ski racing when he joined Clear Creek skiing, and he’s made significant progress since he started competing.

“Hopefully, he’s made this sport into a lifelong leisure activity,” Inman said.

While there’s still a final meet to go, Inman said the 2021-22 season was great overall and a lot of fun to coach.

“I saw improvement in their skiing week-in and week-out,” he continued. “It’s all due to their passion for skiing and wanting to get better.”

Golddigger competes at state wrestling

Clear Creek sophomore Isaiah Jenkins competed at the 2A state wrestling tournament on Feb. 18.

Jenkins, who competes in the 285-pound weight class, was the only Golddigger to advance out of the Feb. 11-12 2A regional wrestling tournament.

Jenkins lost his first two matches at Denver’s Ball Arena and didn’t advance farther in the 2A state bracket.

Coach Danion Baca commented on Feb. 19 that he was very proud of Jenkins’ effort.

“He’s only a sophomore, so he’s got a very bright future,” Baca stated via email.