Overtime

Time keeps moving as another season comes around

Column by Jim Benton
Posted 8/7/18

Time doesn't stop for anybody. This is a subject that most of the time I would prefer to overlook but it is impossible. Time flies and there is nothing to do about it except take advantage of each …

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Overtime

Time keeps moving as another season comes around

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Time doesn't stop for anybody.

This is a subject that most of the time I would prefer to overlook but it is impossible.

Time flies and there is nothing to do about it except take advantage of each day and look forward.

Seems like it was just a few days ago that the baseball championships at All-City Field wrapped up action for the 2017-18 sports seasons.

Well, the 2018-19 season is already here as fall sports teams began practice Aug. 6.

According to CHSAANow.com the first scrimmages and contests can be held Aug. 9 in boys golf, softball and boys tennis.

Cross country, field hockey, gymnastics, boys soccer, spirit and volleyball can start competition on Aug. 16.

Football season opens on Aug. 23 and fans, players and coaches are actually looking forward to the campaign.

Football games should definitely be more entertaining with the return for the next two seasons of league alignments that follow traditional groupings from years ago .

Tied for third

Parker golfer Shane Bertsch was 18-under-par but finished in a third place tie in the CoBank Colorado Open golf tournament held July 27-29 at the Green Valley Ranch golf course.

Bertsch was the 36-hole leader in the tournament, which was reduced to 54 holes because heavy rain made the course unplayable for the first round. He finished with rounds of 65, 64 and 69 for a 198 total, which was one stroke shy of a playoff for the title. He earned $9,500.

Former Douglas County state high school champion Kyler Dunkle, now a senior at the University of Utah, was the low amateur in the tournament as he tied for ninth place with a 12-under-par 204. He carded rounds of 66, 70 and 68.

Super coaching staff

It is easy to rattle off or at least find the names of high school head football coaches around the area but the assistant coaches are important to any program yet they often go unnoticed.

However, it is hard to overlook the assistant coaches that Valor Christian head coach Ed McCaffrey has assembled for his first season at the helm of the Eagles.

The 15 assistants on McCaffrey staff are loaded with National Football League and college playing experience and many are well-schooled as high school football coaches.

Six coaches, including McCaffrey, have won a combined 10 Super Bowl rings and Richard Harvey was on two teams that played but lost in Super Bowls. The assistant coaches that have won Super Bowl rings are Ben Hamilton, Tyler Polumbus, Jeff Thomason, Brandon Stokley and John Howell.

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.

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