Spring prep sports still in play

Baseball, soccer, lacrosse and track results

Jim Benton
Posted 6/7/21

It is early June and in a normal season most spring sports would be concluded but not this year with COVID figuring into all the schedules. Season D sports are wrapping up their seasons. The state …

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Spring prep sports still in play

Baseball, soccer, lacrosse and track results


It is early June and in a normal season most spring sports would be concluded but not this year with COVID figuring into all the schedules.

Season D sports are wrapping up their seasons. The state girls tennis tournament is set for June 11-12, and the other sports will be finished by June 25.

Ponderosa, a Class 4A team playing in the Continental League, won the regular season league baseball championship prior to the June 14regional playoffs.


Ponderosa 8, Rock Canyon 4 – Kolton Miller went 3-for-4, scored twice and had two runs batted in during a win over Rock Canyon on May 31 which secured the Continental League title. Chase Jaworsky, Riley Goings, Zac Chapman and Adam Smith each had two hits for the Jaguars. Pondo, second ranked in the CHSAANow.com Class 4A poll, pounded Mountain Range, 13-1, on June 5 in a non-league encounter as Dom Lopez went 4-for-4 with three RBI.

Cherry Creek 7, Overland 2 – The Bruins, ranked second in the 5A poll, scored five runs in the fifth inning to secure a June 1 win. Senior Carter Dorighi went 2-for-2, scored twice and had an RBI to pace Creek. The Bruins had an 8-1 lead after two innings on June 3 against Arapahoe and held on for a 12-11 victory. Jack Alley and Tommy Mardi had three hits each for Creek while Troon Eakin got three hits for the Warriors.

Mountain Vista 16, ThunderRidge 9 – The Golden Eagles, ranked fourth in the state, jumped to an 11-1 advantage after two innings in a triumph on June 3 as Sean Marlow’s three hits paced a 13-hit attack for Vista.

Cherokee Trail 10, Arapahoe 9 – The Warriors rallied to tie the game in the top of the seventh but allowed a run in the bottom of the inning in a June 1 setback. Easton Marks had three hits and three RBI for Arapahoe. The Warriors grabbed a 9-0 lead over Cherry Creek on June 5 and held on for a 9-5 win. Eakin and Cody Booth both went 3-for-4 for Arapahoe.

Valor Christian 19, Lakewood 2 – The fifth-ranked Eagles plated 13 runs in the top of the first inning in an easy, four-inning victory on June 1. Blake Wilson and Radek Birkholz each had two homers for Valor and Keenan Procter added one. Those three players combined to drive in 11 runs. Birkholz struck out 12 batters in six innings of work on June 3 in a 3-1 victory over top-ranked Chatfield.

Legend 8, Douglas County 7 – Aaron Kidd had five RBIs and Grant Dale pitched 1.1 innings of relief to get the win in a May 31 contest.

Lutheran 21, Peak to Peak 1 – The Lions, ranked ninth in the Class 3A poll, collected 15 hits in a mercy-shortened win on June 2. Josh Greiving had three hits and combined with Teagan Rae and Aaron Morgan to have seven RBI. Unbeaten Lutheran raced to a 15-0 win on June 3 over Manual as Rae and Preston Robinson each had three runs batted in,

Castle View 9, Highlands Ranch 8 – The Sabercats pushed home a run in the bottom of the eighth inning on June 3 to pull out a win. Caleb Cancino, Blake Windham, Daniel Whisman, Oliver Bolduc and Phillip Carter each had two hits for Castle View and those five players combined for 10 of the 12 Sabercats’ hits.

Heritage 12, Douglas County 0 – Alex Champagne got two hits, scored three times and collected three RBI in a June 1 victory for the Eagles who were ranked seventh in the state. The Eagles downed Mountain Vista 10-8 on June 4 as Luke Meyers had two hits and earned the save.

Chaparral 15, Arvada West 5 – Senior James Harbeson went 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBI in a win on June 5.

Littleton 11, Alameda 1 – Red Fritz and Christian Calonder each drove in three runs in the Lions win on June 3.

Girls soccer

Cherry Creek 2, Cherokee Trail 0 – The Bruins second-ranked team in the Class 5A poll posted a shutout victory on June 1.

Mountain Vista 3, ThunderRidge 2 – Natalie Vatter assisted on all three goals in the overtime victory June 1 over the rival Grizzlies.

Chaparral 2, Ponderosa 1 – Lia Nguyen had the game-winning goal in a June 1 win.

Rock Canyon 5, Legend 1 – The Jaguars, No. 8 in the June 1 girls soccer rankings, got a pair of goals from Cate Sheahan and Addison Vali in a June 1 win.

Valor Christian 5, Arvada West 0 – Five players scored for the third-ranked Eagles in a win on June 2.

Lutheran 5, Peak to Peak 2 – Caley Swierenga notched two goals and an assist in a victory on June 2. The Lions, ranked ninth in the 3A poll, edged Colorado Academy 4-3 on June 4 with Carli Haney collecting three goals.

Legend 1, Douglas County 1 – The Titans’ Taylor Preston, off an assist from Peyton Evans, got the goal for Legend in a June 4 tie.

ThunderRidge 2,Castle View 0 – The ninth ranked Grizzlies got two first half goals in a June 4 win.

Littleton 6, Bear Creek 0 – Six players scored foe the Lions’ in a win over the Bears on June 1.

Boys lacrosse

Valor Christian 21, Chaparral 6 – The Eagles, the No. 1 team in the boys lacrosse rankings, rolled to win on June 3. Junior Gunnar Fellows had seven goals and three assists for 10 points in the game and senior Caleb Pallo added five goals and four assists.

Cherry Creek 14, Kent Denver 11- The third-ranked Bruins got three goals and two assists from Dakota Johnson in a June 1 win.

Arapahoe 13, Grandview 12 – Reece Loucks scored three times in June 1 win and the No. 8 Warriors came back with another close win on June 4 with a 10-9 triumph over Kent Denver. Tommy Leonard had three goals in win over Kent.

Girls lacrosse

Colorado Academy 18, Cherry Creek 7 – In a June 2 game between the top-ranked Mustangs and the No. 3 Bruins, Colorado Academy grabbed a 14-4 halftime lead in the win. Lily Assini had three goals and an assist for Creek.

Thunder Ridge 22, Pine Creek 6 – Madison Riley contributed five goals and two assists in a June 3 win for the Grizzlies who were sixth ranked.

Valor Christian 17, Chatfield 2 – The fourth ranked Eagles breezed to a victory on June 3. Reagan Digby scored five goals and Tess Osborn four for the Eagles.

Record performances

Harrison Witt and Parker Wolfe established Colorado distance track records earlier this season.

Wolfe, a Cherry Creek senior who set a record in winning the state Class 5A cross country meet last fall and was named the Gatorade national boys cross country Runner of the Year, set a new state record for 1600 meters of 4:06. But, that mark lasted only a week before Witt, a Mountain Vista senior headed to Princeton, ran a 4:05.18 on May 15.

That was the same day that Wolfe, a North Carolina recruit, ran an all-time state best of 8:55.04 in the 3,200 event.

Player of the Year

Cherry Creek’s Julian Hammond III was named Colorado’s Gatorade boys basketball Player of the Year. Hammond averaged 22.4 points and 5.5 rebounds a game last season.


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