- Cherry Creek School District No. 5
The week that was: A wrap-up of CCSD Athletics for the week of Sept. 19
5A Boys Regional Golf: Eaglecrest makes history
It was 30-plus years coming, but Eaglecrest High School is sending its boys golf team to the 2022 Colorado High School State Championships for the first time in program history. EHS came in second, just four strokes off the pace set by Highlands Ranch High School, at the Western Regional in Fruita on Sept. 19. The top two teams are automatic qualifiers for the state event.
Head Coach Stan Adams is the team’s first and only coach since the school opened in 1990.
“It’s a great accomplishment,” said Adams. “We’ve been really, really close to having a full team qualify over the years. We’ve had multiple state qualifiers, but we’ve never had a complete team. It’s a tribute to the kids for all the hard work and their dedication that it happened this year.”
Senior Andrew White took home top honors in the individual standings, coming in with a 2-under-par 71 at Adobe National Golf Course. Andrew’s younger brother, freshman Gregory White, also played well, finishing three strokes behind to tie for fourth overall. Junior Noah Bennett shot a 79, and senior Preston Unrein rounded out the foursome, shooting an 82. Smoky Hill finished 10th in the team standings.
Eaglecrest Athletic Director Vince Orlando said the elder White is a four-year state qualifier. The only other Raptor to do that was Davis Bryant, who won the individual State Championship in 2017.
“To have the type of kid who came in as a freshman and became a four-time state qualifier, being consistent year-after-year, is really special,” Orlando said.
Also on Monday, Cherokee Trail had two players advance out of the Northern Regional at Flatirons Golf Course in Boulder. Freshman Brayden Forte and sophomore Christopher O’Donnell shot 72 and 74 respectively to go to state. As a team, the Cougars finished 7th.
On Tuesday, the Cherry Creek High School boys team qualified for state at the Central Regional tournament, held at Overland Park Golf Course in Denver. The Bruins were second to Castle View High School by three strokes and tied with Monarch High School. In the individual standings, senior Charlie Flaxbeard and junior Pratham Parmar shot even-par 72s on the way to a 6-way tie for fourth. Sophomores Andre Dumonteil and Wyatt Isgrig both came in at 73. All four are headed to state.
Finally, on Thursday, Grandview finished 7th overall in the team standings at the Southern Regional at South Suburban Golf Course in Centennial.
The 5A State Championships will take place on Oct. 3 and 4 at City Park Golf Course in Denver.
Congratulations to all CCSD state qualifiers!
Football: District clubs go 5-1 in week 5
District football teams are playing well at the halfway point of the season. Eaglecrest remains unbeaten and Overland got a big road win on the Western Slope, all in preparation for conference play, which begins this coming week.
Eaglecrest 47, Lakewood 14 – At Jefferson County Stadium
The Raptors stayed perfect on the season with an emphatic win over the Tigers. Eaglecrest was paced by three touchdown passes thrown by senior quarterback Jacob Schmitt, while senior Diego Cearns ran for three scores. Sophomore Ramadje Owens also had a pick-six in the victory. Next up, a huge conference meeting with Grandview at 6 p.m. on Oct. 1 at Legacy Stadium. The game is part of the Cherry Creek School District’s annual Veterans and Military Appreciation Celebration, which begins with a Military Block Party from 12:30-3:30 p.m. and includes a complimentary dine-in for veterans, military members and their families at 4 p.m.
Cherry Creek 47, Regis Jesuit 14 – At the Stutler Bowl
The Bruins improved to 4-1 with a big win last Friday over the No. 4 Raiders. The Creek attack was led by junior Jordan Herron who rushed for two scores, and senior Bubba Tann and freshman Jayden Fox, who each ran for touchdowns. The defense held the Regis offense to only one score per half in the win. Up next, conference play begins as the Bruins face Cherokee Trail at 7 p.m. on Sept. 29 at Legacy Stadium.
Grandview 42, Pomona 14 – At Legacy Stadium
Finally, last Thursday, Grandview got to 4-1 on the season with a victory over the Panthers. The Wolves’ rushing attack was on display as sophomore Donavon Vernon ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns on the evening. Junior Liam Szarka also passed for two scores. GHS took a 35-7 lead after one half of play on the way to the win. Up next, league play begins with a showdown with unbeaten Eaglecrest at the Veterans and Military Appreciation Celebration game at 6 p.m. on Oct. 1 at Legacy Stadium.
Cherokee Trail 21, Castle View 14 – At Legacy Stadium
The Cougars got over the .500 mark with a win over the Sabercats in their Homecoming game last Friday night. Sophomore QB Eliot Ming provided all the scoring with three touchdown passes, two to senior Noah Greer and one to sophomore Peyton Sommers. Next, the 3-2 Cougars host Cherry Creek at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Legacy Stadium. That will be the first Centennial League game for both squads.
Highlands Ranch 17, Smoky Hill 8 – At the Stutler Bowl
The Buffaloes lost their Homecoming game to the Falcons last Friday. Senior quarterback Tyliq Bowers called his own number for a rushing touchdown, taking the Buffs to the locker room trailing 10-8 at the half. But Highlands Ranch was the lone scorer in the second half to take the victory. The Buffs fall to 2-3 and are on the road to take on Arapahoe in a League 4 matchup at 7 p.m. on Sept. 29 at Littleton Public Schools stadium.
Overland 20, Grand Junction 13 – At Stocker Stadium
The final game of the weekend took place in Grand Junction as the Trailblazers got their second win of the year over the host Tigers. Sophomore Andre Veasley tossed three touchdowns, two to junior wideout Talil Seals-Fisher and another to senior Curtis Bunton IV. The Blazers took a 13-0 shutout into the locker room and held off Junction in the second half for the victory. Up next, a 5A League 7 Conference matchup as Overland hosts Westminster for Homecoming at 7 p.m. on Sept. 30 at the Stutler Bowl.
CCHS vs. Regis photo courtesy Theodore Stark