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Looking back at strong showings in fall season

Column by Jim Benton
Posted 12/11/18

Snow and cold weather was around for the kickoffs during the last few games of the football season, but the winter sports season has started and all games/matches are inside. So let it snow, let it …

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Overtime

Looking back at strong showings in fall season

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Snow and cold weather was around for the kickoffs during the last few games of the football season, but the winter sports season has started and all games/matches are inside.

So let it snow, let it snow.

The fall season was successful for teams and individuals from schools in the Colorado Community Media circulation area as many did well in state playoff competition.

So for anybody who might have forgotten, here is a review of the fall season in no particular order

Mountain Vista’s girls captured their second consecutive Class 5A team title and junior Jenna Fitzsimmons won her second straight individual championship. Cherry Creek’s girls were second.

Mountain Vista’s boys were also runners-up in the 5A race and Valor Christian’s Cole Sprout was the individual state winner for the second year in a row.

Lakewood, led by Ryan Liao, was the first-round leader and wound up second in the 5A boys state golf tournament, while Arapahoe came in third.

Cherry Creek was second in the field hockey championships, losing 2-1 in overtime to Regis Jesuit, and the Bruins’ boys team was second behind Regis in the state tennis tournament.

Pomona continued its gymnastics dominance and won the 5A state team championship for the fourth straight season. Lakewood senior Amber Boll swept all individual events and won the vault with a perfect 10.0 score.

In boys soccer, No. 8 Arapahoe won five playoff games by a combined score of 7-1. The Warriors edged top-seeded Fairview, 1-0, in the quarterfinals, won a scoreless semifinal shootout against Broomfield and then beat Grandview 2-1 for state title.

Defending champion Legend, seeded sixth, beat top-seeded Cherokee Trail 8-4 to secure the 5A softball title. Holy Family was the 3A winner with a 10-3 win over Mountain View. The Tigers allowed just six runs in four games.

In the 2A tourney, Faith Christian dropped a 6-2 semifinal tiff to eventual state champ Strasburg.

The volleyball tournament, with the new Olympic double-elimination format, produced two state area state champions, a runner-up and a final four team.

Valor Christian defeated Chaparral, 3-1, to win 5A championship. Lutheran, after winning a tough semifinal match over five-time state champion Eaton, beat Colorado Springs Christian, 3-1, in 2A title match. Holy Family was a semifinal loser to eventual state champion Lewis Palmer.

It was cold and sometimes snow was falling late in the football season.

The 5A semifinals were close and entertaining with Cherry Creek edging Columbine, 10-7, and Valor Christian outlasting Grandview, 31-19. Valor went on to win the state championship with a 24-14 triumph over Creek.

Ponderosa advanced to the 4A semifinals before being eliminated.

And no, I have not overlooked the state spirit championships. State competition was just concluding on Dec. 7-8.

Jim Benton is a sports writer for Colorado Community Media. He has been covering sports in the Denver area since 1968. He can be reached at jbenton@coloradocommunitymedia.com or at 303-566-4083.

Jim Benton

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