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The week that was: A wrap-up of CCSD Athletics for the week of May 9
5A Girls State Tennis – Cherry Creek is 2022 State Champion
The Cherry Creek High School Bruins won their 38th state championship on May 14 at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver. The Bruins bested runner-up Fairview with 90 points to the Knights’ 69. Ralston Valley came in third overall.
The state title was certainly in doubt after the first two days of competition. Cherry Creek had a slim 73-66 lead over Fairview going into Saturday’s play.
“Our whole thing this year has been ‘proud – but not satisfied,’” said Bruins Head Coach Chris Jacob. “I am so proud of what they accomplished. They just worked hard at practice every day.”
Cherry Creek got to the finals in six of seven events on the final day, and were head to head with the Knights in four of the matches. The Bruins got wins over Fairview in No. 2 Singles, No. 3 Singles and No. 1 Doubles. Creek also prevailed in No. 3 Doubles over Ralston Valley and No. 4 Doubles over Mountain Vista.
Creek Junior Lorena Cedeño had the shortest match of the day defeating Fairview’s Stella Laird 6-3, 6-1.
“I’m so happy. It’s a great experience,” Cedeño said. “It was a close first set, but I think I was more consistent and that was the difference in the match.”
The No. 1 Doubles team of seniors Victoria Moldovan and Vivienne Bersin had a very tough match against the Fairview duo of Lizzy Roth and Virginia Gomulka that went three sets, with the last settled by tiebreaker. The Bruin seniors prevailed 6-3, 2-6, 7-6, (7-5). Moldovan was emotional afterwards.
“I’m so proud of us and all the work we’ve done all these four years,” she said.
Bersin was more succinct.
“So fun,” she said. “It was a tough match, but we got it. We did it.”
A pair of Cherry Creek sophomores were victorious in No. 3 Doubles, defeating Ralston Valley 7-5, 7-6. Sabrina Shama and Riley Loehr were ecstatic.
“I feel amazing. We worked so hard and it paid off at the end,” Shama said. “Good job Riley – I’m so proud of my partner.”
“It was just hard mentally, because it’s the last match of the season, and we just wanted to finish out strong,” Loehr said. “So many people watching, the heat and trying not to let each other down.”
Coach Jacob summed up the day this way: “We pushed ourselves at every practice no matter the weather, and good things came of it.”
Congratulations to the Cherry Creek girls tennis team!
5A Boys Swimming - Cherry Creek take second overall in State
The Cherry Creek High School boys swimming and diving team took home some hardware on May 14 at the 2022 5A State Championships at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center (VMAC) in Thornton. The Bruins came in runners-up to state champion Regis Jesuit, while Legacy finished third.
Cherry Creek’s point total was helped by the performance of the four team divers in the 1-Meter Diving event. emerged as state champion in the event and teammates senior Caleb Liban (4th), freshman Luke Ogren (6th) and senior Jackson Whitehead (12th) all had finishes that contributed valuable points to the team effort.
“All four of our divers scored in the top 12, so it was a huge point swing and helped our momentum into the swim session,” said Bruins Head Coach Chris Loftis.
For his part, Eck’s 596 total points put him over the top. He said it was a long time coming.
“It feels great,” he said. “Especially coming in fifth freshman year, not having a season sophomore year (due to COVID) and getting third junior year. I just wanted to move on up. Creek divers got 69 points, between myself and my three teammates who placed today, so it does help.”
Cherry Creek started the swimming events on a high note, taking the state crown in the 200-Yard Medley Relay with seniors Martin Cade and Liam Bekerman, and juniors Carson Morris and Jason Fan coming in at 1:30.77.
Congratulations to the Bruins boys swim and dive team!
Girls State Lacrosse – Ups and downs for district teams
CCSD girls lacrosse teams started state tournament play last week.
In 4A, 10th-seeded Cherokee Trail started out on an emphatic note, defeating No. 23 Rampart 20-1 on May 10 at Legacy Stadium. On May 12, the Cougars had to journey to the Western Slope and Aspen High School to take on the No. 7 Skiers. Cherokee Trail stayed close during the very tough match, but fell 7-6. The Cougars finish the season at 10-7.
In 5A, No. 4 Cherry Creek defeated No. 13 Dakota Ridge on May 11 at the Stutler Bowl. On Friday, 5th-seeded Regis Jesuit came calling and the Bruins mounted a game-winning comeback after trailing at halftime. Final score, 11-10 Creek. Up next, Bruins take on No. 1 Colorado Academy at 5:30 p.m. on May 17 at Englewood High School.
Boys State Lacrosse – Cherry Creek is last district team still standing
Cherry Creek, Cherokee Trail and Grandview were part of the bracket.
Cherry Creek, Cherokee Trail and Grandview boys lacrosse teams all made it to the state tournament, which began on May 11. The 11th-seeded Cougars hosted No. 22 Mullen at Legacy and came away with a 15-4 win over the Mustangs. Then on May 14, CT faced 6th-seeded Arapahoe at Littleton Public Schools Stadium. The Cougars led at the half but couldn’t overcome a six-goal third quarter by the Warriors. The final score was 12-9. Cherokee Trail finishes the 2022 campaign at 10-7.
No. 15 Grandview started out on the right foot at Legacy on Wednesday night, with an 18-10 victory over No. 18 Columbine. Up next came 2nd-seeded Cherry Creek in a conference rematch on May 14 at the Stutler Bowl. The Wolves were eliminated by the Bruins 16-5 and finish the season at 8-9.
With the win, Cherry Creek will advance to the quarterfinal round, hosting the 7th-seeded Poudre School District on May 18 at the Stutler Bowl.
5A Girls State Soccer – Grandview and Cherry Creek survive rounds 1 and 2
District girls soccer clubs began state tournament play on May 10, with mixed results.
No. 4 Grandview defeated No. 29 Denver East 2-0 at Legacy Stadium. After a tight, scoreless first half, the Wolves found the net twice in the second frame to advance. The Wolves then defeated No. 20 Rocky Mountain 2-1 on a dramatic corner kick strike that found its way into the net in overtime to get the win. Up next, 5th-seeded Legacy visits Grandview in a quarterfinal match on May 16.
8th-seeded Cherry Creek shutout No. 25 Monarch 6-0 at the Stutler Bowl in round 1 last Tuesday, and then defeated No. 9 Fossil Ridge 3-2 on Friday to advance to quarterfinal play. The Bruins face No. 1 Valor Christian at the school on Monday night.
Elsewhere, No. 23 Cherokee Trail lost a tight match to No. 10 Legend on Tuesday at Echo Park Stadium. Final score, Titans 2, Cougars 1. CT finishes the 2022 campaign at 7-8-1.
No. 27 Eaglecrest was shutout by No. 6 Columbine, 6-0. The Raptors end the season at 8-7-1.