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CCSD Athletics: Highlights from the week of April 15, 2024

Snow at the Stutler Bowl

A classic Colorado spring snowstorm took its toll on outdoor sporting events across the district late last week. Many contests were postponed and are being rescheduled. Get schedule updates and other helpful information on the Centennial League Athletic Schedule.

5A Boys Swimming - John Strain Invite 5A Boys Swimming & Diving: John Strain Memorial Invite

Cherry Creek High School held its annual John Strain Memorial Invitational on April 19 and 20. The Bruins hosted Cherokee Trail, Grandview, Overland and five other schools for the event.

Creek took home the overall team championship, winning the top spots in 8 of 12 events. Regis Jesuit was second overall, Highlands Ranch third, and Grandview finished fourth. Cherokee Trail came in eighth, with Overland finishing tenth.

Cherry Creek Head Coach Chris Loftis said the event was good preparation for the upcoming postseason.

“We think it’s a fast meet because of the teams we invite, and they like coming back,” he said. “It’s a good kick-off to the championship run. Our guys swam inspired. They were challenged yesterday (in Friday’s preliminary rounds) and they responded.”

Grandview took the top podium spot in the 100-yard backstroke, while Overland had the highest finisher in the 1-meter diving completion, coming in ninth.

See all the results from Sentinel Preps here.

The 5A State Championships will take place on May 10 and 11 at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center (VMAC) in Thornton.

EHS girls at the Oregon RelaysEHS boys at the Oregon Relays5A Boys Track and Field: Eaglecrest travels to the Oregon Relays

The Eaglecrest track and field team sent athletes to Eugene, Oregon for the prestigious Oregon Relays held at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon Campus on April 19 and 20.

The Raptors were up against some of the toughest competition from the west, and participated in a limited number of events. EHS student athletes acquitted themselves well and got valuable experience at a big stage event.

See girls’ results here.

See boys’ results here.

National Letter of Intent: Signing ceremonies across the district

CCSD high school athletic departments held signing ceremonies on April 17 and 18. Proud parents, coaches, teachers, and friends all gathered as student athletes made their intentions to continue education and athletic endeavors at the next level official. (Overland will have a ceremony in the coming weeks.)

CTHS National Signing Day ceremonyCherokee Trail:

Braylon Bagby – Soccer – Rose Hulman Institute of Technology (IN)

Meghan Bird – Field Hockey – Stockton University – (NJ)

Nathan Granadino – Football - Briar Cliff University (IA)

Carson Pierce – Football – Concordia College (MN)

Jack Sieve – Football – Concordia College (MN)

Jaden Smith – Football – Ottawa (OUAZ) (AZ)

Kiana Sparrow – Soccer – University of Texas at San Antonio

Kahari Wilbon – Track and Field – University of New Mexico

CCHS National Signing Day ceremonyCherry Creek: 

Maya Ambardekar – Swimming – Swarthmore College (PA)

Margo Barclay – Swimming – Chapman University (CA)

Cael Clancy – Baseball - Southeast Community College (NE)

Miles DeBolt –Basketball – Nebraska Wesleyan University

Samantha Edwards – Soccer – University of Nebraska Omaha

Sophie Hamm – Cross Country/Track – Fort Lewis College (CO)

Jordan Herron – Football – Portland State University (OR)

Jake Howell – Wrestling – University of Iowa

William Huettner – Volleyball – Harding University (AR)

Sarah Lloyd – Soccer – Harvard University (MA)

Alana Maxey – Swimming – Carnegie Melon University (PA)

Casey Tadlock – Soccer – University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Will Taylor – Baseball – Trinity College (TX)

Baylor Wolfe – Cross Country/Track – University of Kentucky

EHS National Signing Day ceremonyEaglecrest:

Joseph Cookes Campbell – Football – Concordia College (MN)

Adonias Cantu – Wrestling – Colorado Mesa University

Braden Conroy – Football – Cornell College (IA)

Ethan Diaz – Wrestling – Cornell College (IA)

Jacob Dymond – Track – Colorado Christian

Isabel Ervin – Softball – Drury University (MO)

Gianna Falise – Wrestling – Colorado Mesa University

Kian Farrell – Soccer – Cornell College (IA)

McKenna George – Softball – Stockton University (NJ)

Milar Little – Track/Cross Country/Wrestling – Cornell College (IA)

Ryan Novak – Baseball – Eastern Nazarene College (MA)

Maria Fernanda Sanchez –Volleyball – Colorado Mesa University

Adelaide Schmitt – Track and Field/Volleyball – Beloit College (WI)

Brayden Stufft – Baseball – Northeastern Junior College (CO)

GHS National Signing Day ceremonyGrandview: 

Benjamin Crandall – Baseball – Colorado Christian University

Leah McGrath – Volleyball – Webster University (MO)

SHHS National Signing Day ceremonySmoky Hill: 

Danica Azumah – Track – Indiana Tech

Ben Brewer – Swimming – Adams State (CO)

Landon Brewer – Swimming – Adams State (CO)

Morgan Cameron – Softball – Gateway Community College (AZ)

Gracie Dennis – Soccer – Casper College (WY)

RJ Hines – Football – Western Colorado University

Michael Keegan – Football - University of Minnesota Morris

Alicia Lopez – Soccer – Cornell College (IA)

Ene Niusulu – Football – Colorado State University Pueblo

Jasmine Robles – Softball – Hastings College (NE)

Danika Wood – Softball – Doane University (NE)

Congratulations to all these student athletes. Good luck on the next part of your journey.

6A Boys Basketball: Michael Rogers steps down as GHS basketball coach

Grandview boys basketball Head Coach Michael Rogers is stepping down. The announcement was made on April 15. Rogers coached the Wolves for nine seasons, winning a state title in 2017-18, compiling a 132-92 mark during that stretch. Rogers will still coach ninth grade football at Grandview.

See more on the story from Sentinel Preps here.

Posted 4/22/2024.