Girls finished golf tourneys before weather went subpar

Column by Jim Benton
Posted 5/14/19

Girl golfers haven’t had much time to fine-tune their games because of damp spring weather but all the state qualifying regional tournaments were able to be played before the rain and snow started …

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Girls finished golf tourneys before weather went subpar


Girl golfers haven’t had much time to fine-tune their games because of damp spring weather but all the state qualifying regional tournaments were able to be played before the rain and snow started falling last week.

Katie Berrian captured medalist honors at the 5A Western Regional and will be one of the players to watch at the 5A State Tournament that will be held May 20-21 at Harmony Golf Club in Timnath.

Berrian, a Regis Jesuit junior who lives in Castle Rock and tied for third in last season’s 5A state meet, was 4-under-par over the last six holes she played and fashioned a 4-under-par 67 at the Tiara Rado Golf Course in Grand Junction on May 7.

Loveland won the Western regional title and Regis also qualified its team.

Defending 5A state champion Emma Bryant of Eaglecrest carded a 2-over-par 74 to take medalist honors at the 5A South Regionals at Foothills Golf Club on May 6. Haena Kim of Highlands Ranch was second with a 75.

Defending state champion Cherry Creek won the Southern team title and Highlands Ranch also qualified its team.

Arapahoe, led by Ella Chism who tied for second in the individual standings with a 3-over-par 75 along with ThunderRidge’s Lauren Tucker, won the 5A Central Regional team title held at Kennedy Golf Course on May 6.

Grandview’s Morgan Ryan, the state runner-up last season, and teammate Amy Chitkoksoong, the 2017 state champion, tied for medalist honors in the 5A Northern Regionals at Aurora Hills with 2-over-par 74s.

Rock Canyon won the Northern team championship and Grandview was the other team qualifier in the May 6 regional.

Holy Family junior Hailey Schalk, the two-time defending Class 3A state champion, won medalist honors in the Region 3, Class 4A qualifying tournament at Fox Hill Golf Club on May 6 with a 78.

The 4A state tourney is set for May 20-21 at Pelican Lakes in Greeley.

Rising triathlon star

Cassidy Hickey, a junior at Chaparral, is a rising star in a physically challenging sport.

Considering most triathletes hit their stride post-college, Hickey seems to be few strides ahead of many other competitors.

Hickey finished ninth in the junior women’s division on April 28 at the ITU Duathlon World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain, with a time of 1:03:16 and was the top American finisher. She ran the 5K in :19:02 and was timed in :32:03 in the 20K bike race and clocked in at :10:43 in the 2.5K run.

“She wasn’t 100 percent satisfied with the results but from our perspective that’s an awesome showing for her first international event,” said USA Triathlon communications manager Caryn Maconi.

Hickey has collected a handful of national titles in the past 12 months in the sports of triathlon (swim-bike-run) and duathlon (run-bike-run).

She was the 2018 overall champion in the Triathlon Non-Drafting Sprint Duathlon National Championships and was the overall champ in the 2018 Triathlon Youth Elite National Championships. She captured the title in the 15-19 age group at the 2018 USA Triathlon Age Group Spring National Championships.

This year Hickey was the overall winner at the 2019 USA Triathlon High School National Championships and at the 2019 USA Triathlon Non-Drafting Sprint Duathlon National Championships.

There are obviously many different categories in these premier national events and Hickey also has three runner-up and a third-place finish in four other United States meets.

Local flavor on World Cup team

Former Mountain Vista soccer player and Highlands Ranch resident Mallory Pugh and Golden High School graduate Lindsey Horan were named to the 23-player United States women’s national soccer team that will compete in the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament that begins June 7 in France.

White Basketball Academy

Former Legend High School, University of Colorado and UCCS standout basketball player Derrick White, who now plays for the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association, has become an associate with a local youth basketball development program.

The inaugural Derrick White Basketball Academy will be held June 24-27 at the Parker Fieldhouse with boys and girls aged 6-10 playing between 9 a.m. and noon and players aged 11-17 participating between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Interested players can register at parkerrec.com and for further information contact Marcus Mason at 303-921-5302.

New basketball coaches at Valor, Arapahoe

There was some movement in the ranks of head basketball coaches in the past week.

A.J. Kuhle, the former team captain and Most Valuable Player on the Air Force Academy’s 2003-04 Mountain West Conference championship team, is the new head boys basketball coach at Valor Christian.

Kuhle served 13 seasons as an Air Force and University of Denver assistant basketball coach and spent one season as head coach at De La Salle (Calif.) high school.

His wife, Lindsay (Hulwick) is a graduate of Heritage High School and is the women’s golf coach at DU.

Kuhle replaces Troy Pachner, who compiled a 77-29 record in four seasons as Valor’s head coach.

Pachner, who was the head coach for 17 seasons at D’Evelyn, was named the head boys basketball coach at Arapahoe. He take over for Brad Jansen who was 40-82 in five seasons as the Warriors’ head mentor.

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 jbenton@coloradocommunitymedia.com or at 303-566-4083.

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