24-karat chemistry

Golddiggers assembling 'strong-looking' basketball team

Corinne Westeman
cwesteman@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 11/29/21

Winter truly is a magical time of year. Snow falling from a quiet sky, holiday cheer and basketball season tipping off. The Clear Creek basketball teams were scheduled to host a season opener Nov. 30 …

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24-karat chemistry

Golddiggers assembling 'strong-looking' basketball team

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Winter truly is a magical time of year.

Snow falling from a quiet sky, holiday cheer and basketball season tipping off.

The Clear Creek basketball teams are scheduled to host a season opener Dec. 1 at home against Platte Canyon.

The Clear Creek boys were looking forward to a full 2021-22 season, as they played a condensed season last year. Seniors Zach Pitts and Jett Baker said the 2020-21 season could've gone a lot better, but ultimately became a time of growth.

This winter, the Golddiggers will have 18 players across the varsity and JV teams. The two seniors felt that Clear Creek has "a strong-looking team," as Pitts described, with lots of promising young players.

Coach Scott Haebe likewise believed that, while the Golddiggers' handful of freshmen players won't get a lot of varsity playing time, the group "bodes well for the future."

During the team's Nov. 23 practice, Baker and Pitts described how the Golddiggers' greatest strength was their chemistry. Most of the six seniors have been playing together since they were freshmen, and they're all ready to lead the team, Baker described.

"The chemistry is definitely there," he said.

Pitts added that the team has been making good passes and communicating well in practice, and hoped that would translate to the games.

"There's a lot of trust (among the players)," Pitts continued.

There's still plenty for the team to work on, though, with the seniors describing how the Golddiggers need to work on their in-game knowledge and defensive awareness.

Because Clear Creek graduated five seniors last year and three players are out with injuries until early January, Haebe said, "We will be trying to find ourselves before Christmas. ... We'll be counting on the seniors to bring the young guys along."

League play looks competitive this year, Haebe said, adding that Clear Creek will have to mentally show up for each game. Along with Platte Canyon, he and the seniors were most looking forward to the Gilpin and Denver Christian games.

Baker and Pitts noted that Clear Creek hasn't beat Denver Christian in the past three years, although last year's game was fairly close. For the Feb. 1 game at Denver Christian, the two hoped to stick with the Thunder and finally beat them.

For Clear Creek home games, spectators will be limited, Haebe clarified. Players are allowed a certain number of guests and some students will be admitted as well. So, the Golddiggers will have a few fans in the stands this season.

Baker encouraged those who can't attend the games to watch online. Golddigger fans can sign up to stream all the games for $11/month at NFHS.org, he said.

Clear Creek, boys basketball, Zach Pitts, Jett Baker, Corinne Westeman

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