Cochi: Silver Creek footballers, golfers showing out this summer

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    Jack Adolfson of Silver Creek High School hits from the fairway during the second round of the Colorado High School Activities Association's 4A State Golf Championship at The Links at Cobble Creek in Montrose, Colo., on Oct. 2, 2012.

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    Silver Creek's Steven Flores (17) tries to get past Niwot's Chiuthaya Xiong, right, and David Hathcock during the first half at Niwot High School Sept. 10, 2012.



Just as they did during the 2012-2013 school year, the soccer players and golfers at Silver Creek High School haven’t let up during the summer months as they prepare for similar runs in the upcoming prep and college seasons.

At the three-day Rocky Mountain State Games soccer tournament from July 19-21, the Raptors footballers took third place among a field of mostly 5A competition.

“We went 4-1 so we only had one loss. We were in the lead for a while in that game,” Raptors head coach Shane Smith said. “We were up 3-1 on Liberty and they got all three of their goals inside a five-minute time period when things went the wrong direction on us for a bit.”

Prior to falling 4-3 to Liberty in the semifinals, the Raptors won three straight. They beat Palmer 2-0, Manitou Springs 1-0 and Sand Creek 7-3.

In the consolation game for third place the Raptors took to Manitou Springs again, this time by a score of 3-0.

Senior-to-be Steven Flores had either a goal or an assist in all five of the Raptors’ games, including a 7-3 win over Sand Creek that avenged a come-from-behind loss at last year’s tournament in which the Raptors led 3-0 and lost 4-3. Smith said goalkeeper Caleb Foster also had several outstanding games.

Returning just six varsity starters from last year’s team — Manuel Steinbach, Cameron Guzman, Dare Marray, Ryan Aragon, Foster and Flores — the offseason experience against the tough competition was more valuable to the Raptors than the wins.

“We had a lot of players that weren’t varsity starters really step up at a bunch of positions,” Flores said. “It was really important to see the new people’s ability and we got to see some JV and C-Team players. I think there will be a lot of new varsity players next season.”

The Raptors were well-represented at the 63rd CGA Junior Match Play at King’s Deer Golf Club in Monument on July 15-19.

Former teammates at both Silver Creek and Fox Hill Country Club in Longmont, Adolfson and Howe faced off in the semifinals of the match play tournament. Adolfson shot 2 under par in 14 holes to beat Howe and advance to the finals.

Adolfson faced Valor Christian junior-to-be Jake Staiano in the finals.

Winning his first CGA Championship, Staiano shot 3 under par over the final 19 holes of the 36-hole match to overcome a two-hole deficit to beat the 2013 Silver Creek graduate, who was playing his final junior competition.

“I played well all week and the greens were pretty terrible,” Adolfson said. “Even though I finished second, I hit the ball really well. I just couldn’t make many putts. I was still happy with the way I played. I wanted to win that one and go out as a state champion my final year.”

Adolfson, who will play at Claremont McKenna College next season, also took third at the 31st Colorado Golf Association Western Chapter Championship at The Bridges Golf and Country Club in Montrose on July 21-22. The event, which included college players, was a preview of what’s to come for Adolfson in college.

“It just give me a little taste of the next few years,” he said. “It was a stroke-play event and I played well the first day even though I hit a seven iron into the water and bogeyed an easy par-5 on the last hole that kept me from shooting a 67 and having a shot at the lead after the first day.”

Taking third qualified Adolfson for the CGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship on Aug. 8-11 at Pinehurst Country Club in Denver.

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