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The week that was: A wrap-up of CCSD athletics for the week of Oct. 11
5A Boys Tennis – Cherry Creek takes state
For the 44th time in program history, the Cherry Creek High School boys tennis team has won the State Tennis Championship held Oct. 16 at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver. The Bruins edged out a very tough Valor Christian squad 85 points to 79 points to take the 5A boys team title. Fossil Ridge was third and Regis Jesuit came in fourth.
“It’s great. It’s a wonderful feeling. It was a wonderful set of people to be associated with,” said Bruins Head Coach Art Quinn. “Valor presented a formidable challenge, as they have for some years. This year’s challenge and threat was very real, as evidenced by their play on the court. Our players and coaches met the challenge, and rose to the occasion, so I’m proud of them all.”
Cherry Creek took state titles in four of the seven categories including No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 singles, and No. 4 doubles.
In No. 1 Singles, Bruins junior Aram Izmirian defeated Regis Jesuit senior Conor Kaczmarczyk 6-3 7-6 (7-5).
“I feel awesome. It’s amazing,” said Izmirian. “I’ve lost to him (Regis’ Kaczmarczyk) twice before this year, and I knew that I had to come out swinging because he’s an amazing player. I followed my gameplan and it worked.”
Izmirian’s road was not without setbacks. “Last year losing in the finals of No. 3 Singles was not a great feeling, so I wanted to progress as much as I could. My coaches knew that and helped me out. I can’t thank them enough,” Izmirian said.
Cherry Creek senior Matt Batmunkh took the No. 2 Singles title over Valor, and teammate Kiril Kostadinov, a junior, took the crown in No. 3 Singles, also defeating Valor Christian. In No. 4 Doubles, the team of freshman Charlie Stern and junior Jack Eikelberner took championship honors, also defeating Valor.
Congratulations to the Bruins!
Softball – Cherokee Trail and Smoky Hill advance to state
Regional play in 5A Softball was held Oct. 16 and Cherokee Trail and Smoky Hill have advanced to the 2021 5A State Softball Tournament to be held October 22-23 at Aurora Sports Park.
In Region 3, held at Legacy High School, the Cougars had to defeat Rocky Mountain Twice (10-7 and 8-7) to advance. 13th-seeded CT will face No. 4 Legend in Round 1 at 10 a.m. next Friday.
In Region 5 held at Triple Crown in Fort Collins, Eaglecrest defeated Castle View 8-2 in the opener, then lost to Fossil Ridge 7-5, and lost to Castle View 5-3 in the elimination game.
In Region 6, held at Aurora Sports Complex, host Smoky Hill shut out Fort Collins 8-0, lost to Chatfield 7-1, but came back to beat Fruita Monument 10-3 to advance to the state tournament. The 11th-seeded Buffaloes will play No. 6 Mountain Vista at 10 a.m. on Friday.
Football – Week 8 has ups and downs
District football teams went 3-3 last week, as league play continued.
On Thursday, Smoky Hill went to Legacy Stadium to tussle with host Cherokee Trail. The Cougars racked up 24 points in the first quarter and held on to defeat the Buffaloes 36-28. Smoky got things going in the 2nd quarter with two touchdowns to cut the lead to 10 at the half. But the Cougars did just enough in the 2nd half to get the win. Both teams racked up over 800 yards of total offense in the contest. CT improves to 5-3 and Smoky falls to 4-4. Next up, the Cougars host Grandview at 7 p.m. on Oct. 22 at Legacy Stadium and the Buffs host Arapahoe at 4 p.m. on Oct. 22 at the Stutler Bowl.
On Oct. 15, No.2 Cherry Creek went into Littleton Public Stadium and fell to Arapahoe 13-10 in a tough defensive battle. The visiting Bruins (6-2) traded field goals with the Warriors in the first half and went to the break tied at 3. Arapahoe added a field goal in the third quarter, and the teams traded touchdown scores in the fourth. The Bruins had a chance to get the ball back late, but a penalty returned the ball to the Warriors (7-1) who ran the clock out to seal the upset. Up next, Creek hosts Eaglecrest at 7 p.m. on Oct. 22 at the Stutler Bowl.
Also on Oct. 15, Grandview improved to 6-2 by defeating Eaglecrest (1-7). Final score 38-17. Up next, the Wolves will visit CT at 7 p.m. on Friday at Legacy Stadium.
Overland hosted Prairie View and improved to 3-5 with a 42-29 win over the Thunderhawks. The Trailblazers next take on A-Town rival Rangeview at 1 p.m. on Oct. 23 at Aurora Public Schools Stadium.
Boys Golf – All-State teams announced
The 2021 All-State boys golf teams were announced last Wednesday. The list is based on the results of the State Championships held on Oct. 4-5.
Grandview senior Lukas Beisner made First Team honors and Cherry Creek senior Jonathan Trigg was named to the Second Team.
Honorable Mentions went to Cherry Creek freshman Andre Dumonteil, junior Charlie Flaxbeard and sophomore Pratham Parmer; Grandview senior Kenny VanWormer and Eaglecrest junior Andrew White also gained Honorable Mention.
Congratulations to all of our CCSD golfers!