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The week that was: A wrap-up of CCSD Athletics for the week of Jan. 10

5A Boys Basketball: SHHS at CCHS5A Boys Basketball – District squads battle for top spot in the Centennial

CCSD boys hoops teams had a busy schedule in league play last week.

Eaglecrest, Smoky Hill and Cherry Creek are all tied atop the 5A Centennial League with 3-1 conference records after competition during the week.

The Raptors went 2-0 getting road wins over Cherokee Trail on Jan. 13 and Grandview on Jan. 15. Overall, Eaglecrest improved to 9-4 on the season, and will host Arapahoe this Wednesday.

Smoky Hill is now 8-5 after going 1-1 in league play last week. The Buffs defeated Mullen on Thursday, and lost a thriller at Cherry Creek this past Saturday. Smoky was down by 10 points entering the 4th quarter of play, and staged a dramatic 15-7 comeback to tie the host Bruins in the last minute, but Creek held on for the big 67-65 win. The Buffs are on the road at Grandview on Wednesday.

With the victory, Cherry Creek finished the week going 2-0. The Bruins got a road victory on Jan. 13 at Grandview, completing the week with the tough win over Smoky Hill. Up next, Creek visits Overland on Wednesday night.

5A Girls Basketball: EHS at GHS5A Girls Basketball – Grandview is finding its winning ways

After losing their conference opener to Mullen on Jan. 5, the Grandview Wolves have gone 3-0, including a huge home win over No. 1 Valor Christian on Jan. 8. Last week the GHS girls got league wins over Cherry Creek and Eaglecrest, to improve their record to 5-7 on the season. Up next the Wolves will travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota to compete with three elite teams in the Girls Basketball Invitational on Jan. 21 and 22. The Wolves will play national number 2-ranked DeSoto of Texas on Friday night. Tournament play will finish on Saturday.

Eaglecrest, after a stellar 8-2 non-conference schedule to begin the season, dropped two games in league play last week. Losses at Cherokee Trail and Grandview dropped the Raptors to 8-4 overall. Up next, EHS is on the road to Centennial leader Arapahoe on Jan. 19.

Cherry Creek at 7-5, and Cherokee Trail at 7-7 both went 1-1 in conference play last week.  The Cougars host Mullen on Wednesday, while the Bruins host CT on Friday, Jan. 21.

And Smoky Hill sports an 8-4 record overall, going 1-1 last week. The Buffs will host Westminster on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

CTHS Wrestling TeamBoys Wrestling – Grandview and Cherokee Trail maintain the pace

The Grandview boys wrestling team got a win over district rival Eaglecrest 47-24 last Thursday, and on Jan. 15, came in third overall at the Arvada West Invitational. The Wolves had athletes in five finals at the competition.

Cherokee Trail began last week with a big win over Overland on Monday, and then went on the road to the Rockwell Rumble Wrestling Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah on Jan. 14 and 15. The Cougars acquitted themselves well, coming in 21st out of 68 teams participating. Freshman Chance Mathews was sixth overall at 113 lbs. and senior Derek Glenn, Jr. placed third overall at 120 lbs.

Eaglecrest won first overall at the Armando Rodriguez Memorial Tournament – hosted by the Raptors last Saturday. EHS finished well-ahead of second place Fort Lupton and third place Pine Creek. EHS senior Mike Witt took top honors at 285 lbs. Overland finished 11th.

5A Girls Swimming: SHHS Invitational5A Girls Swimming – District teams compete at Smoky Hill

The Smoky Hill Invitational Girls Swim Meet took place on Friday and Saturday last week, and Cherry Creek took second place overall, edged out by first place Columbine. Host Smoky Hill finished fifth, and Eaglecrest took sixth.

Individual Event Champions:

200 Yard Medley Relay: Cherry Creek, 1:48.78

200 Yard Freestyle: Emme Metzmaker, sophomore, Cherokee Trail, 1:58.00

200 Yard Individual Medley: Annelise Thomas, senior, Smoky Hill, 2:08.71

1-Meter Diving: Brooke Bennett, senior, Cherry Creek, 371.05 points

100 Yard Butterfly: Skylar Brgoch, senior, Cherokee Trail, 55.90

200 Yard Freestyle Relay: Cherry Creek 1:40.71

100 Yard Breaststroke: Katie Cohen, junior, Cherry Creek, 1:04.32

5A Girls Volleyball – Cherry Creek Athlete accorded big honor

Cherry Creek senior and middle blocker Carter Booth was named the Gatorade Colorado Volleyball Player of the Year on Jan. 11. The University of Minnesota commit was named Class 5A Player of the Year in girls volleyball back in November.

Get more on the award here.

Congratulations to Carter!

5A Girls Cross-Country – Cherry Creek’s Riley Stewart gains another honor

Cherry Creek senior cross country runner Riley Stewart was named the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame High School Athlete of the Year on Jan. 12. Stewart, who has won the last three individual 5A State Championships will attend Stanford in the fall. From the CSHOF press release:

“Stewart won four 5A state track & field titles as a Cherry Creek junior last spring — individually in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200, and as part of the 3,200 relay team. She was subsequently selected the state’s top female track athlete by Gatorade after earning the same award for cross country for two straight seasons. She followed that up by capturing her third consecutive 5A state cross country title in the fall, as well as an Eastbay Midwest Regional championship. The Stanford-bound runner placed fifth in the Eastbay national cross country championships in December.”

Congratulations Riley!