KURTZ BLOG: Southern Colorado Claims 19 State Championships in 2008-'09

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Wow! The high school athletic season has come to a close and what a year it has been in Southern Colorado. Area teams won a total of 19 State Championships in 2008-2009!

I have covered local high school sports for seven years now in Colorado (and three years in Iowa prior to that) and I can honestly say I have never had more fun than the '08-'09 campaign.

Congratulations to all the champions. With that said, I have to share the two highlights of the season for me as an objective (I truly do NOT have a "dog in the fight... I just love watching the competition) journalist.

First, Sierra's run to a boy's basketball championship in Boulder. I have never seen a team play so hard and with as much passion as the 2008-2009 Stallions. Their tenacity and effort was unmatched all season. I knew in mid-January that these boys had the focus that it takes to win a State Championship. They did so by taking down previously unbeaten and #1 Pueblo South (who was equally impressive this season). They were a fun team to watch. The all-Southern Colorado championship was special too!

The other highlight for me was witnessing the remarkable comeback in the 4A State Baseball Title Game. Cheyenne Mountain proved that when you "believe", anything is possible. Down 7-2 in the 6th inning (and getting dominated by Mountain View), the Indians went to work... Loading he bases, then doing yard work! Mitch Magrini knocking a Grand Slam out of the park to help tie the game at seven. The Indians proceeded to surrender the lead, only to ultimately win the game in walk-off fashion with a single by Scott Bowen. The 9-8 victory proves that giving up should never be an option, no matter how bleak things look late in a game! The Indians won the first baseball title by a Colorado Springs-based team in 20 years!

Other highlights from this banner year that come to mind include:

-Southern Colorado winning three of the possible five state baseball titles in 2009.

-St. Mary's becoming the first 3A team not from the Metro League to win State since 1998

-TCA sweeping the boys and girls Cross Country and Track titles

-Air Academy becoming the first non-Denver team to win a state lacrosse title

-Cheyenne Mountain regaining its supremacy in state tennis with its 14th state title

Those are some of the highlights for me... What caught your attention? Leave your comments in the comment box!

Winning championships is the goal for every team. But it truly was the journey, win or lose, that makes everybody who took the field, court or ice this season, that makes you all champions in my book. Congratulations on a great year! Look forward to next season.

Until next time, keep living the dream... Jesse Kurtz, KKTV Sports Anchor/Reporter

Boys Cross Country - Falcon (4A), TCA (3A), Rocky Ford (2A)
Girls Cross Country - TCA (3A)
Volleyball - Cheyenne Mtn. (4A), CSCS (3A), Fowler (2A),

Boys Basketball - Sierra (4A), Colorado Springs School (2A)
Girls Basketball - McClave (1A)

Baseball - Cheyenne Mtn. (4A), Custer County (2A), Granada (1A)
Girls Lacrosse - Air Academy
Girls Soccer - St Mary's (3A)
Boys Swimming - Lewis-Palmer (4A)
Girls Tennis - Cheyenne Mtn. (4A)
Boys Track - TCA (3A)
Girls Track - TCA (3A)