Yes, it seems like the fall 2018-19 Colorado High School Sports Association sports season started just a couple weeks ago, but the spring campaign is now over. Some teams and individuals were left with unforgettable experiences, others with disappointments, and some hold onto hope for next season.
So I figured it was time to come up with some type of overall success ranking for the teams in the Colorado Community Media circulation area.
State championships are the goal of most teams and should be rewarded. So we’ll give those teams 10 points, but getting there is a challenge and should be credited, as opposed to teams that don’t make the playoffs or get bounced in the first round.
So a runner-up finished will earn seven points and a final four appearance gets five points in the tabulations that include all sports ranging from field hockey to ice hockey.
There wasn’t time to wait for the finish of the baseball playoffs, so I gave semifinal teams Regis Jesuit, Mountain Vista, Cherry Creek, Grandview and Lutheran five points.
Just give the team that wins the state championships five additional points and the runner-up three points, but it won’t make a difference.
Cherry Creek garnered 52 points this spring thanks in part thanks to girls state tennis, boys lacrosse, and boys swimming state titles, plus second-place finishes in girls lacrosse and a fourth place in girls track, golf and a Final Four baseball appearance.
The Bruins, who also won the girls 5A state basketball title, finished with 95 points to outdistance Regis Jesuit with 62 points. Regis garnered maximum points for state titles in field hockey, boys tennis and ice hockey.
Valor Christian was third with 55 points. The Eagles won state championships in football, volleyball, and boys and girls track. Grandview wound up with 44 points, Lutheran 39, Arapahoe 32 and Mountain Vista 27.
Getting up to date on some news that might have been overlooked:
• Allan Dyer, coach at Cherokee Trail from 2003-2017 who led the Cougars to a 5A state championship, is the new baseball coach at Rock Canyon. He replaces Garrett Duman, who compiled a 26-21 record in two seasons.
• Highlands Ranch junior quarterback Jake Rubley has been named to the National Quarterback Club 2019 Watch List. That means he will be in the running for the High School Quarterback of the Year Award. Rubley’s dad, T.J., was recently appointed as the interim football coach at Highlands Ranch.
• Jayne McHugh, an Arvada West graduate who was inducted into the CHSAA Hall of Fame in 1991, has been named the new head girls volleyball coach at Valor Christian, McHugh, who has been coaching at St. Mary’s High School in Stockton, California, replaces Kaitlyn Hastings who stepped down after last season to spend more time with her family. She guided the Eagles to the 2018 5A state title. It was also announced that Brian Bonn is the new Valor athletic director.
● Eric Mingus, a former Grandview player, enrolled at New Mexico State for the 2018 baseball season and saw limited action in 13 games but he developed into the Aggies’ every-day third baseman for the 2019 season. He hit .332 with 53 runs batted in and was a first team All-Western Athletic Conference selection. “I came back and put a lot of work into baseball,” said Mingus. “We worked on my swing and a lot of it was having confidence in myself.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 303-566-4083.
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