- Cherry Creek School District No. 5
The week that was: A wrap-up of CCSD Athletics for the week of May 29
5A State Baseball: Cherokee Trail takes second at state
The Cherokee Trail High School baseball team had an amazing postseason run but fell short in the championship round. The 25th-seeded Cougars’ Cinderella season ended with a 4-0 loss to No. 15 and State Champion Valor Christian last Saturday at All-Star Park in Lakewood.
Head Coach Jon Digiorgio’s charges opened the tournament with a huge 5-4 win over top-seeded and defending state champion Broomfield on May 26 at All-Star Park. Poor weather moved CT’s next ballgame to Saturday morning, where they took their first loss in the double-elimination tournament to No. 5 Rock Canyon. The final score was 7-2. Then it was on to All-City Stadium where a lightning delay couldn’t deter the Cougars as they took down No. 6 Chaparral, 9-4, earning CT a Final Four spot on June 2.
On Friday, CT took on No. 3 Regis Jesuit, and great 2-hit pitching by sophomore Carter Wilcox and a solo home run by senior Charlie Boyd added up to a huge 1-0 win. which eliminated the Raiders.
The day’s second contest was a rematch with Rock Canyon. Things couldn’t have been more different. The Cougars prevailed in a 10-9 slugfest, which took 8 innings to decide. Senior Tommy Munch singled in the tying run with two outs in the seventh to make it 9-9. CT held the Jaguars in the home-half, and then junior Johnny Robledo tripled to the wall in the extra frame, driving in the winning run for the victory, and qualifying the Cougars for championship play on Saturday.
The task was considerable for Cherokee Trail on June 3, as they had to beat No. 15 Valor Christian twice to gain a championship. The Eagles gained a 4-0 lead by the 4th inning. Cherokee Trail stranded runners and couldn’t come up with any key hits, which led to a 4-0 final, ending the Cougars’ season at 18-13.
Congratulations to the Cougars on a great season!
5A Girls State Golf: Smoky Hill freshman places second at state
Smoky Hill golfer Sophia Stiwich made quite a debut at the 2023 Girls State Golf Championships last Tuesday and Wednesday at Black Bear Golf Club in Parker. The Buffs freshman had a two-day total of 143 for the tournament, tying her with Valor Christian sophomore Brenna Higgins. A playoff ensued, and Stiwich hit two drives out of bounds, then conceded the match to Higgins.
Stiwich had a blistering 5-under-par 67 on day 1 and shot a 77 on day 2.
Cherry Creek sophomore Caitlyn Chin finished 4th with a two-day total of 148. Cherokee Trail sophomore Kaleigh Babineaux took 8th overall, coming into the clubhouse at 155. Cougar senior Chunya Boonta finished 11th with a 159. Eaglecrest senior Savanna Becker shot a two-day total of 165, good for 19th place.
In team standings – in which the top three team members' scores are totaled – Valor Christian was the State Champion, followed by Castle View and Rock Canyon. The Cougar foursome of Babineaux, Boonta, sophomore Haylee Clark and senior Sofia Johancen-Walt took 4th with a two-day total 498. Cherry Creek’s team of Chin, juniors Kate Cowser and Cecelia Murray, and freshman Tatum Platt, came in 5th with a 498. Grandview (juniors Carolyn Ryan and Kate Anderson, seniors Courtney Ladymon and Allie Arritola) was 10th with 542.
Congratulations to all CCSD golfers!
5A Girls and Boys Lacrosse: All-State teams announced
The 5A Girls All-State teams were announced last Wednesday. Honorees were selected by the Colorado High School Girls Lacrosse Association.
Honorees from the Cherry Creek School District are:
Izzy Assini – senior Attack, Cherry Creek
Becca Zerr – senior, Defense, Cherry Creek
Sawyer Billings – senior Midfield, Cherry Creek
Charlotte Morton – junior Goalie, Cherry Creek
See the complete Girls Lacrosse All-State list here.
The 5A Boys All-State teams were also announced last Wednesday. Honorees were selected by the Colorado High School Boys Lacrosse Association.
Cherry Creek Head Coach Matt Bocklet was named Coach of the Year. The Bruins sported a mark of 16-2 overall and made the Final Four in 2023.
Honorees from the Cherry Creek School District:
Owen Burke – junior Attack, Cherry Creek
Ollie Noltin – sophomore Midfield, Cherry Creek
Jack Kiefer – senior Defense, Cherry Creek
Matt Kirton – senior Defense, Cherry Creek
Logan Lee – senior Long Stick Middle, Cherry Creek
Jack Moxcey – junior Defensive Midfield, Cherry Creek
Joe Alie – junior Attack, Grandview
Nate Gilmore – junior Attack, Cherokee Trail
Zander Diecidue – senior Midfield, Cherry Creek
Will Stewart – senior Goalie, Cherry Creek
5A Girls and Boys Track and Field: All-State teams announced
The All-State Girls and Boys Track and Field teams were announced on June 1. Teams were presented by CHSAANow.com and MaxPreps. Honorees were selected based on the results of the 2023 5A State Championships. The Grandview girls earned second place at the state meet.
Gabriella Cunningham – junior, Grandview - 100 Meter Hurdles, 400 Meter Hurdles & 4x100 Meter Relay
McKenzie Droughns – senior, Grandview – 4x100 Meter Relay
Addison Edwards – junior, Cherry Creek – Discus
Kiara Garcia – senior, Eaglecrest – 4x200 Meter Relay
Bianca Gleim –senior, Eaglecrest – 4x100 Meter Relay
Leiava Holliman – sophomore, Grandview - 4x100 Meter Relay
Makiya Singleton – junior, Grandview - 4x100 Meter Relay
Maya Walters – senior, Eaglecrest – 4x200 Meter Relay
Jaylyn Wilson – sophomore, Eaglecrest – 4x200 Meter Relay
On the boys’ side, Cherokee Trail won the state team title at the 5A State Championships. Cougar sophomore Peyton Sommers was named Co-Athlete of the Year, and CTHS Head Coach Chris Faust was named 5A Coach of the Year.
Kaelan Kombo – sophomore, Cherokee Trail - 4x200 Meter Relay
Jaylon Moore – senior, Cherokee Trail - 4x200 Meter Relay
Peyton Sommers – sophomore, Cherokee Trail – 200 Meter Dash, 400 Meter Dash & 4x200 Meter Relay
Kahari Wilbon – junior, Cherokee Trail - 4x200 Meter Relay
5A Girls Soccer: All-State teams announced
The 2023 5A Girls All-State teams were announced on June 2. The honorees were selected by the Colorado High School Soccer Coaches Association.
Cherry Creek Schools’ honorees are:
Naomi Clark – senior, Grandview
Tianna Chambers – sophomore, Cherry Creek
Micala Boex - senior, Eaglecrest
Sammie Edwards - junior, Cherry Creek
Marin Stamper - senior, Cherry Creek
Casey Tadlock – senior, Cherry Creek
Kiana Sparrow - junior, Cherokee Trail
Andi Hiatt - junior, Cherokee Trail
Isabel Dillehay - senior, Grandview
Madalynn Hopkins - junior, Grandview
5A Girls Golf: All-State teams announced
The All-State teams for 5A Girls Golf were announced on June 2 by CHSAANow.com and MaxPreps. Members were selected based on results from the 2023 State Championships.
Honorees from Cherry Creek Schools:
Kalieigh Babineaux – sophomore, Cherokee Trail
Caitlyn Chin – sophomore, Cherry Creek
Sophia Stiwich – freshman, Smoky Hill
Savanna Becker – senior, Eaglecrest
Bead Boonta – senior, Cherokee Trail
Caroline Ryan – junior, Grandview
Congratulations to the CCSD student athletes who gave it their all during 2022-23 athletic seasons. You make the Cherry Creek School District proud!
Girls Lacrosse Photo Courtesy Theodore A. Stark. Boys lacrosse photo courtesy Marie Webster.