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The Union St. Journal: Cherry Creek High School's official news source

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Girls’ Basketball Dominates Until the End

Quinn Rudnick
Junior small forward and shooting guard A’neya Chambers (#25) celebrates after a penalty shot during the Sweet 16 game on Feb. 23, where Creek won 44-28.

Varsity girls’ basketball had been dominating all season. The team stood at 13-2 in the league, and 15-3 overall. The team had multiple incredibly successful games, beating old rivals and making their way towards a championship run.

Creek went on to play Arapahoe in the Sweet 16 on Feb. 23. The team won 44-28, and grabbed the No. 2 ranking before the next playoff game.

“We had some challenging games this year but the Arapahoe Sweet 16 game was a key game for us to come together and believe in ourselves. Our strategy moving forward postseason is just to take each day as it comes and tackle one game at a time,” junior guard Molly Dorighi said.

After heading into the Great 8 State Playoffs ranked No. 2, Creek played No. 7 Regis on Thursday Feb. 29. Creek lost the game 44-50, ending their state championship bid.

The game against Regis proved difficult for the team, and a large amount of points in the game ended up being penalty shots as players became more immersed in the game.

Next year, the team will look to the championship again, and continue their work to improve their play as a team and individually. “Our goal will always be to win the State Championship,” Dorighi said.

Despite constant changes in coaching staff across the season, the players upheld a strong bond that led them to a strong season.

“I think what we have gone through which has brought us closer and [helped us] trust each other more, on and off the court,” junior forward Braelynn Barnett said.

Even though players value the team’s success, many agree that the highlight of the game has been playing together. “The best point of the season so far has been playing with some of my closest friends,” Dorighi said.

See moments from the season below.






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Quinn Rudnick
Quinn Rudnick, Junior Editor-in-Chief & Sports Editor
Hello, my name is Quinn Rudnick, and I am a junior at CCHS - and this is my third year on staff at the USJ. This year, I am the Junior Editor-in-Chief and Sports Editor. I hold a strong passion for both journalism and photojournalism, and intend to pursue a career in political journalism. As a journalist, I strive to present information to the student body and beyond in a factual and digestible fashion. I write a lot about local and global politics, as well as local theatre and events around the school. You can find me at a lot of Creek sports games, fueling my passion for sports photography and reporting. Outside of the USJ, I follow Formula One racing, the Nuggets and the Avs, and I love snowboarding.
Peter Philpott
Peter Philpott, Managing Editor & Assistant News Editor
Hey there! My name's Peter, I'm a sophomore, and I'm the USJ's managing editor and assistant news editor. I believe that the first amendment is incredibly important, and as journalists we have the right and the duty to uphold it. I am very passionate for news reporting, from small, local issues, to major politics or systemic change topics. This is why I love political/breaking news reporting, and one day I hope to be an investigative journalist. I also enjoy artistic photography in my free time. I play trumpet and mellophone and I am part of Creek's Marching Band. I'm enthusiastic to inform this school on the happenings of our community, from Capitol Hill to the quad. Also, check out my column, Peanuts and Cracker Jack, where I talk about in-depth baseball!

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Kellen Ringland
Kellen Ringland, Staff Writer
I am Kellen Ringland, I am a sophomore at CCHS and this is my first year as a part of the USJ. I was actually recommended to join the USJ during my freshman year because of my strengths in  writing and being passionate about listening and learning about the world around us. I play baseball for Creek and will be playing during the fall and spring season. I grew up with the passion of learning and playing sports. I enjoy reading any article about baseball, football, basketball, etc. I hope for this year to be a journalist mostly for Creek sports and writing about hard fought victors and even the heartbreaking losses for the USJ. I dream of one day playing in the MLB, because you can find me outside of school always trying to improve the way I play the game my heart desires.

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