- Cherry Creek School District No. 5
The week that was: A wrap-up of CCSD Athletics for the week of Jan. 16
Girls and Boys Basketball: District teams battling in the Centennial League
Girls and boys hoops squads started conference play last week, despite openers being postponed by a major snow event last Wednesday. The cancelled schedule for all 12 CCSD basketball teams will be made up on Jan. 30.
The 11-2 Smoky Hill boys got a tough 71-66 win over Cherokee Trail to open league play. The Cougars (4-9) kept things close and in the 4th quarter got the differential down to a basket, but the Buffs pulled away in the closing minute for the win. Next, Smoky hosts Chaparral in a non-conference tilt on Monday, Jan. 23, and the Cougars are out of conference at Golden, also on Monday evening.
Eaglecrest started their league schedule with a 59-53 win at the Nest over Overland. Next, the Raptors (8-6) will host CTHS on Jan. 25, and Overland (5-9) is on the road at Cherry Creek.
The 7-7 Bruins opened their conference play last Friday with a 74-69 loss at Mullen. The Bruins will host the Trailblazers on Wednesday evening.
Grandview also fell in their Centennial opener last Friday, 51-41 to Arapahoe on the road. The Wolves came back on Saturday with a home win over Doherty. The final score was 69-64. Next, the Wolves (7-6) will host Columbine in a non-league contest on Jan. 23.
For the girls, league-leading Cherokee Trail got a big win over Smoky Hill in the conference opener for both clubs on Jan. 20. The 13-1 Cougars will take on Eaglecrest on the road on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Smoky (2-11) is at Arapahoe on Jan. 26.
Eaglecrest got a win over Overland in the Centennial opener. The 11-3 Raptors will host CTHS in an early league showdown on Jan. 25. The 10-4 Trailblazers are on the road at Cherry Creek this Wednesday.
Cherry Creek (11-3) won at Mullen on Jan. 20. Up next, the Bruins will host Overland on Jan. 25.
The 8-5 Grandview Wolves squeaked out a close 32-20 home win over Arapahoe last Friday. GHS will host Mullen on Jan. 26.
Ice Hockey: Cherry Creek gets a split
The Cherry Creek ice hockey club got back to work last weekend, going 1-1. Last Friday, the Bruins were shut out by Ralston Valley, 7-0, at the Apex Center. The Bruins bounced back on Saturday afternoon with a 4-3 win over Fort Collins at Family Sports Ice Arena to get the split. CCHS (7-3) will host Regis Jesuit on Friday, Jan. 27 at Family Sports, and are on the road to play Mountain Vista on Jan. 28 at the Ice Ranch in Littleton.
Unified Basketball: Cherry Creek Jamboree a big hit
Unified basketball clubs from across the Centennial League converged on Kurby Lyle Gymnasium on the campus of Cherry Creek High School for a Unified Basketball Invite last Saturday. The host Bruins and clubs from Arapahoe, Cherokee Trail, Eaglecrest, Grandview, and Smoky Hill all participated. A great time was had by all during the side-by-side game setup where four teams played with two teams idle during each session.
Unified Sports joins students with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. The concept was pioneered by Special Olympics as a way to promote inclusion, break down stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities, and empower people with and without intellectual disabilities to engage through the power of sports. Those ideas align perfectly with the Cherry Creek School District’s Core Values of Growth Mindset, Equity, Whole Wellbeing, Engagement, and Relationships.