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Cherry Creek boys basketball coach ready for new chapter

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It will be strange to visit Cherry Creek and not see Mike Brookhart either coaching on the sidelines or visiting with someone while watching a Bruins athletic team compete.

I can remember covering games decades ago while writing for the Rocky Mountain News and Brookhart was playing for the Bruins.

Brookhart, a 1979 Cherry Creek graduate and three-sport letterman who went on to play baseball at Northern Colorado, has resigned after 14 seasons as the Cherry Creek boys basketball coach.

He said he would like to continue coaching.

“I just won’t be coaching at Cherry Creek,” he said.

Brookhart was a teacher and dean at Creek but retired before this school year. He stayed on as basketball coach, and the Bruins advanced to the state quarterfinals, where they lost in overtime to Chatfield earlier this month.

He also doubled as the Bruins’ head football coach for four seasons, stepping down after the 2011 campaign.

Now, he’s made a tough decision to move on to another school.

“I’m going to coach,” Brookhart said. “I told our principal that this was going to be my last year at Cherry Creek. I need a change. It is not only good for the individual but the program too.

“I’ll be OK with that. I’ll miss it and it’s been nothing but a great career. I’ll always be a Bruin and I wish them success in everything they do. I’ve been really happy.”

So what’s the next coaching job for the 55-year-old Brookhart?

“Nothing that I can talk about this second,” he said.

Back on the pitch

Area teams ranked in the preseason CHSAANow.com girls soccer poll are off to a hot start, going 10-2-2 after the first week of the season.

In Class 5A, Mountain Vista (2-0-0) was ranked third, Cherry Creek (1-1-0) fourth, ThunderRidge (2-0-0) seventh, Ralston Valley (2-0-0) eighth and Rock Canyon (1-0-0) 10th.

Preseason rankings in Class 4A had Ponderosa (1-0-1) seventh, Standley Lake (1-1-0) eighth and Wheat Ridge ninth (0-0-1) ninth.

Mountain Vista and Cherry Creek squared off, with the Golden Eagles earning a 3-1 win. And, Ponderosa and Wheat Ridge tied 1-1 in another top 10 matchup.

Lutheran football coach moves on

Blair Hubbard’s tenure as Lutheran’s football coach was two seasons.

Hubbard has been named the new football coach at Class 4A Broomfield and the Lions are now searching for a replacement.

In his first season as Lions coach in 2014, Lutheran was undefeated until a loss in the first round of the playoffs. Hubbard’s two-year record was 16-5 at the Parker school.

Hubbard coached for 15 seasons at Faith Christian before coming to Lutheran.

Rugby player goes 10-for-10

Sophomore Duncan Swanson, who was the kicker last season for the Douglas County football team, accomplished an amazing feat by converting 10-of-10 conversions on a windy day March 5 for the Castle Rock Pirates rugby team in a win over Summit County.

“I’ve been around rugby for a long time and I’ve never witnessed that before, and what made it even more unbelievable is the wind running at about 20 mph,” said Pirates coach Robbie Winter.

A rugby conversion is like kicking the extra point in football. But in rugby, the conversion kick is taken from a perpendicular line making the conversions much harder.

Swanson scored two tries and had 30 points during the game.

Vista wins Western Slope Open

Mountain Vista opened the girls tennis season March 12 by winning the Western Slope Open in Grand Junction.

The Golden Eagles amassed 197 points to win the tournament with Heritage coming in third and Ralston Valley was fifth.

Vista had champions in five different categories of competition.

Casey Zhong won the No. 1 singles championship for Vista and Madi Allen was the No. 3 singles winner. Ashlen Grote and Alex Begler won at No. 1 doubles for Vista, while Amy Zhong and Sami Bheemreddy were first at No. 3 doubles. Hannah Smith and Hunter Ernest were the No. 4 doubles winners.

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