- Cherry Creek School District No. 5
The week that was: A wrap-up of CCSD Athletics for the week of Jan. 17
5A Boys Basketball – Smoky Hill and Eaglecrest battle
Another week of tough, competitive boys basketball last week, and Smoky Hill and Eaglecrest stay tied atop the 5A Centennial Conference.
The Smoky Hill Buffaloes, ranked 7th in the state, went 2-0 with wins over Grandview and Overland to improve to 5-1 in the league and 10-5 overall. Coach Anthony Hardin’s charges will take on Cherokee Trail on Jan. 27, and will have the big showdown with A-Town rival Eaglecrest on Jan. 29.
The Raptors, who sit at No. 9, are also 5-1 in the Centennial after going 2-0 for the week. Wins over Arapahoe and Mullen improved Coach Jarris Krapcha’s squad to 11-4 overall. Up next, Cherry Creek visits the Nest on Jan. 27, then the Raptors host Smoky Hill in that huge game on Saturday afternoon.
Cherry Creek went 1-1 last week losing at Overland and besting Cherokee Trail at home, improving their conference record to 4-2. The Bruins are at Eaglecrest and host Arapahoe this week. Overland also went 1-1 with that win over the Bruins and a tight, tough road loss to Smoky Hill.
5A Girls Basketball – Grandview and Cherry Creek stay in the running
The Grandview Wolves stayed at 3-1 in the 5A/4A Centennial conference, tied for second place, while the Cherry Creek Bruins are in fourth place following last week’s competition.
The No. 2 Wolves went 0-2 against nationally ranked opponents at the ESPN Showcase held in Minnesota last weekend. On Friday they fell to national No. 2 DeSoto (TX) after taking a halftime lead. On Saturday they lost to nationally third-ranked Hopkins (MN) in the third place game. Next up, the Wolves are on the road this week at Regis Jesuit and Mullen.
The Bruins went 1-0 last week winning at home over Cherokee Trail. Up next, a visit to Denver East on Jan. 24, and then back to conference play on the road at Eaglecrest on Jan. 27.
The Smoky Hill girls went 2-0 last week with wins over Westminster and at Overland to improve their record to 10-4 on the year. Up next, the Trailblazers-again, as they visit on Jan. 27 and it’s on the road to Eaglecrest on Jan. 29.
Girls Wrestling – Eaglecrest girls show well in the south metro
The Eaglecrest girls wrestling team participated in the Tiara Challenge on Jan. 22 at Douglas County High School. The Raptors placed second overall with 118 points behind first-place Pomona, which had 132 points. Eaglecrest junior Blythe Cayko took top honors at 185 pounds.
Individual results: Savannah Smith, senior – 3rd place, and Caici Mitchell, senior – 6th place at 111 lbs.
Katrina Cervantes, senior (Cherokee Trail) – 5th place at 127 lbs.
Madison Patterson, sophomore (Smoky Hill) – 6th place at 136 lbs.
Gianna Falise, sophomore (Grandview) – 3rd place at 147 lbs.
Scarlett Williams, freshman - 6th place at 161 lbs.
Blythe Cayko, junior – Champion at 185 lbs.
Congratulations to the Raptors!
In a related note, Ms. Cayko was named the Centennial League Athlete of the Month for December last week. Congratulations to Blythe!
5A Boys Wrestling – Cherokee Trail, Grandview, Eaglecrest and Cherry Creek compete at big tourneys
The Cherokee Trail, Grandview Eaglecrest and Cherry Creek boys wrestling teams participated in local tournaments this past weekend.
The Cougars took top honors at the War Horse Wrestling Invitational hosted by Chatfield High School. Eaglecrest took second overall. In total, 16 teams participated.
Individual results: Jay Everhart, Cherokee Trail sophomore – Champion at 106 lbs.
Chance Mathews, Cherokee Trail sophomore – Champion at 113 lbs.
Derek Glenn, Cherokee Trail senior – Champion at 120 lbs.
John Pohl, Eaglecrest senior – Champion at 132 lbs.
Brayden Smith, Cherokee Trail junior – Champion at 138 lbs.
Aaron Frimpong, Eaglecrest senior – Champion at 145 lbs.
Zack Fish, Cherokee Trail senior – Champion at 170 lbs.
Grandview and Cherry Creek traveled to Lafayette to the Top of the Rockies Tournament on Jan. 21 and 22 hosted by Centaurus High School. The Wolves finished tied for ninth overall in the 30 team field, and the Bruins finished 14th.
Congratulations to all CCSD boys wrestlers!
5A Cross Country – Stewart keeps piling up the accolades
Cherry Creek senior and Stanford commit Riley Stewart was named the Colorado Gatorade girls cross country Runner of the Year on Monday. Stewart gets the award for the third straight year in her dominant career.