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The week that was: A weekly wrap-up of CCSD athletics

CCHS Swim and Dive Team - 5A State Champions Girls Swimming & Diving – CCHS Bruins are 5A State Champions

The Cherry Creek Girls Swim and Diving team took first overall in the 5A Girls Swimming and Diving Championships held last Thursday at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center (VMAC). Coach Eric Craven’s charges won their first state crown since 2010 and the program’s 27th title overall.

“It feels great, this is a real special one,” Craven said. “It’s been a long, long, long time since we’ve been in this position, and I’m just thrilled for the girls, and the seniors, that they’re state champs."

Fairview placed second overall and Regis Jesuit third.

In the diving finals, Eaglecrest’s Catherine Rodocker placed third overall.

“I feel really good about how I dove today,” she said. “I felt like I was really solid.”

Congratulations to all CCSD girls swimming and diving competitors.

Girls Wrestling Girls & Boys Wrestling – District student athletes perform well

The 2021 State Wrestling Championships took place last Thursday through Saturday at Southwest Motors Event Center in Pueblo. The Eaglecrest district consortium team sent three grapplers to the first-ever Girls Wrestling State Championships. Blythe Cayko (Eaglecrest) placed third overall at 185 lbs., Katelyn Czerpak (Overland) placed fifth overall at 105 lbs. and Amaya Green (Cherokee Trail) did not place. Congratulation to these student athletes that helped make history.

On the boys side, seven student athletes competed at the 5A level on Saturday. Cherokee Trail’s Derek Glenn, Jr. (113 lbs.) and Cherry Creek’s Matthew Soderborg (195 lbs.) both got to the podium placing second overall in the state. Glenn lost a heartbreaker 1-0 in his final match, while Soderborg lost to Columbine’s undefeated Jack Forbes. Grandview’s Frankie Sanchez, Jr. (106 lbs.) battled back in the consolation rounds, pinning his opponent in the final match to place third. Overland’s Ryan Hensley (160 lbs.) placed fifth and Eaglecrest’s Kory Anderson (132 lbs.) placed sixth. Cherry Creek’s Austin Luhring (152 lbs.) and CT’s Gabe Johnson (195 lbs.) did not place. Congratulations to all.

Boys Basketball - Ralston Valley at Eaglecrest Girls & Boys Basketball – District top teams stay the course

The 5A State Basketball Tournament opened on March 9 and the Cherry Creek, Smoky Hill and Eaglecrest boys squads all advanced to the Sweet 16 on March 11. No. 22 Overland lost to No. 11 Rock Canyon in the first round. On Thursday, No. 1 Creek and No. 16 Smoky played each other and in a nail-biter, Cherry Creek prevailed 80-75, heading to the Great 8 on March 16. No. 9 Eaglecrest defeated No. 8 Mountain Vista last Thursday 80-70 and will travel to play their conference rival, the Cherry Creek Bruins on March 16.  

For the girls, No. 3-seeded Grandview had few problems with their first opponents, defeating No. 30 Pine Creek and No. 14 Columbine to advance to the Great 8. Cherry Creek, the 29th seed gave No. 4 Highlands Ranch all they could handle, but succumbed 42-37. No. 31 Eaglecrest lost their first round opener to No. 2 Regis Jesuit. Grandview will entertain No. 6 Chaparral on March 16.

CHSAA amends state basketball schedule due to weather

The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) made changes to the State Basketball Tournament due to the spring blizzard. Great 8 games have been moved to Monday or Tuesday March 15 or 16. Final 4/semifinal games have been moved to Thursday, March 18. The 5A girls final will be moved from Friday, March 19 to Sunday March 21. Game time will stay at 8 p.m. The boys 5A final remains scheduled for Saturday, March 20, at 8 p.m. All championship contests will take place at the World Arena in Colorado Springs.

Posted 3/15/21.