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Creek Softball recaps the season

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Cherry Creek High School prepares to take the field against Castle View High School in Varsity Softball.

Cherry Creek High School prepares to take the field against Castle View High School in Varsity Softball.

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Cherry Creek High School prepares to take the field against Castle View High School in Varsity Softball.

Caitlin Gleason, Assistant to the Editor in Chief

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As the 2015 season came to a close, softball had time to reflect on the season.  The most considerable change this year was welcoming the new head coach, James Heflin, who has coached softball at the 18 Gold level for many years and thought that since his job was transferring he might “try his hand” coaching at the high school level.  “When I looked up Cherry Creek High School via Wikipedia, there was no other reason to look elsewhere. The athletic and academic stats were a telling sign that these were the student athletes I would like to be associated with,” Heflin said.  

Although finishing 6-13 overall, the team had some remarkable statistics on the season.  With an impressive .357 batting average and astonishing nine home runs, the varsity team dominated offensively this season.  Christine Felling, a second-year varsity player, explained some of the things on which the team needs to work.  “Although we pride ourselves on our overall persistence, we need to finish every game and start every game the same way, intensely and making our opponent feel pressured. At no point in our game can we ‘lighten up’.  Once we become more consistent with that we’ll be a force to be reckoned with.  As a senior next year I aspire to be a strong leader for the team. There’s talent in everyone and I hope we can harmoniously find our ‘blend’ early on in the season,” said Felling.  

Alli Harris, a four-year varsity player who played her final season this year, had some positive things to say about the team and their new coach.  “Coach Heflin has changed the softball program because he has passion for every single one of his players.  One thing Creek softball excels at is never giving up. We battled in a lot of our games when we were down and made good improvements with the team’s chemistry,” Harris said.  “I hope what others learned from me, as a leader on varsity, is that this is a game, we’re going to make mistakes, and we have to move on from each mistake and do better the next at-bat, ground ball, or pop-fly. Have passion for the game, and play with heart and give it your all. The game is more enjoyable if we’re having fun and winning, so push yourself, get to the next level and win some games!” said Harris.  

Creek’s Junior Varsity Softball Team finished the season 13-5.  Maggie McSpadden, a first-year JV player who moved to Colorado from Arizona this past summer said, “This season was amazing for everyone, and I’ll never forget the amazing plays we all made. But one of my highest moments as an outfielder was a catch I made when we were playing one of the toughest teams in our division. It was certainly a movie moment when my teammates and everyone started cheering loudly about it. That game was unforgettable for everyone. We gave it our best and didn’t give up at all”.  

“Although I wasn’t here last year, I’ve heard from the other girls how big of an improvement our team has made since last year (When the JV team lost more than half of their games).  It’s something to be proud of when you’ve got such a great team going like this year’s.   This year was probably the best year of softball I’ve gotten to take part in. I met so many of the close friends that I now have from playing softball for Creek and I’m never going to forget all the hilarious moments I had with them. I absolutely loved it” said McSpadden.  Of course the team has work to do but once Creek softball gets in the groove, they will be unstoppable.   

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