Arapahoe • The girls softball team lost 10-1 to ThunderRidge on Aug. 23, but it was a game to remember. It was the first varsity game to be played at the school in 15 seasons. Arapahoe had been …
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• The girls softball team lost 10-1 to ThunderRidge on Aug. 23, but it was a game to remember. It was the first varsity game to be played at the school in 15 seasons. Arapahoe had been playing its home games at deKoevend Park but thanks to three years of fundraising to amass $30,000, help from the booster club, school and Littleton Public Schools, the junior varsity/varsity practice diamond was renovated and available for varsity games. The infield dirt was replaced with 350 tons of new dirt. An outfield fence was installed and a scoreboard is on order. New dugouts and bleachers are in the plans, along with a press box and concession stand.
• It didn’t take long for Rod Sherman to make an impression as the new football coach. Jalen Thomas hauled in a 67-yard halfback pass for a touchdown on the first play of the season and the Warriors went on to a 52-6 season-opening victory over Adams City on Aug. 24.
• Senior Cameron Gail scored five goals on seven shots as the boys soccer team opened the season with a 6-2 win over Aurora Central on Aug. 23.
• Parker Wolfe and the girls cross country team were winners Aug. 25 in the Cherry Creek Steve Lohman Invitational cross country meet at Cherry Creek State Park. Wolfe, a sophomore, won the boys race with a time of 15:54.00. The Bruins girls team won the team title with 51 points and had four individuals finish among the top 11 runners. Junior Erin Smith was fourth (19:46.00), sophomore Maggie Goeglein sixth (20:03.00), junior Lauren Lapporte eighth (20:07.00) and junior Elizabeth Lapporte 11th (20:54.00)
• Football coach Dave Logan, who guided Mullen to four state championships in his tenure as Mustangs coach, will lead the Bruins against his former team on Sept. 7 at the Stutler Bowl. Creek, which played Santa Margarita in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, on Aug. 31, opened the season with a 56-7 win Aug. 23 against Doherty in Colorado Springs. Quarterback Alex Padilla completed 10-of-16 passes for 206 yards and four touchdowns in the victory.
• Carter Kovarik fashioned an even-par 72 for a runner-up finish at the second Centennial League golf tournament Aug. 22 at South Suburban Golf Course.
• Senior softball player Maggie Swank went 2-for-4 on Aug. 28 in an 8-3 loss to Denver South, which extended her three-season hitting streak to 35 games. The hitting streak started on Sept. 15, 2016, when the pitcher/outfielder collected two hits in two at-bats against Arvada. During her hitting streak Swank has 64 hits in 107 at-bats for a .598 batting average.
• Coach Mike Campbell made his Englewood football coaching debut on Aug. 31 in a game against a Weld Central team that has a 4-0 record over the Pirates in the past four seasons.
• The football team will be out to gain some bragging rights when the Eagles challenge rival Arapahoe in the Brookridge Trophy game on Sept. 7 at Littleton Public Schools Stadium. This game is played for the traveling silver milk can trophy that represents the Brookridge Dairy that used to occupy the land on which the stadium now sits. Heritage lost, 28-13, last season and has dropped eight of the last nine games against Arapahoe. The last Eagles win was a 23-14 triumph on Sept. 26, 2014.
• The boys cross country team won the team title on Aug. 25 at the Cherry Creek Steve Lohman Invitational held at the Cherry Creek State Park. Senior Max Tenbraak was the top Eagles runner, finishing in eighth place, with a time of 16:41.00. Junior Cory Kennedy crossed the finish line in 11th place in 16:55.00.
• The Liberty Bell Invitational cross country meet will be held Sept. 8 at Heritage. It claims to be the largest cross country race west of the Mississippi.
• Senior boys cross country runner Christian Sapakoff set a personal record with a time of 17:08.80 and finished 14th on Aug. 24 at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede. Senior Christian Olsen also set a PR with a time of 17:33.20 and senior Henry Jackson rounded out the top three Lions runners. Two freshmen, Emily Caldwell and Grace Valentine, were the leading finishers for the girls. Caldwell ran a 21:59.90 to come in 48th and Valentine a 22:37.90. Hailey Lockhart was seventh overall in the 4A girls open race.
• Seniors Kevin Guiterez and Ruben Cervantes each scored a goal on Aug. 23 as the boys soccer team launched the season with a 2-0 victory over Dakota Ridge.
• The boys tennis team defeated Alameda, 7-0, on Aug. 28 and lost only six games. Two singles players and all four doubles teams notched 6-0, 6-0 wins.
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