Written By Max Brown
The spring sports season in Colorado has officially been cancelled, with great disappointment to players and fans, and most teams were unable to play even one game. The spring sports season was a time for students to sharpen their athletic abilities with their teammates and friends. Students were looking towards an exciting season full of high-scoring games and the creation of new memories.
This year’s seniors were dealt an unbelievable hand this year when CHSAA decided to postpone spring sporting activities for the foreseeable future. Not only are they denied opportunities to play with their friends and teammates, but some miss out on vital opportunities to be awarded athletic scholarships. In honor of this year’s seniors, here is what we could have looked forward to in the spring season.
Baseball: The Angels baseball team looked to redeem themselves after a disappointing 2019 season where they finished below .500. With a core group of nine seniors led by pitcher and third baseman Marcos Palacios, the team looked forward to strong pitching led by Palacios and returning senior Christian Rodgers, who looked to rebound in his senior season after an arm injury.
Girls Golf: A strong contender in the Denver Metro League, the girls golf team looked to have another season at the top of 5A. Junior Kaylee Snow, who had already qualified for the state tournament in 2018 looked to return to the tee in her third year on the varsity roster. Snow was favored by most to take first place in league play and repeat her past success.
Boys Lacrosse: This year, the Angels lacrosse team had some hard work ahead of them. After losing two of their top players to nationally ranked Division-1 schools, the Angels looked to make their way back on the leaderboard with a younger and more driven roster. At the top of the list for the boy’s lacrosse team is junior Andrew Tan and sophomore Jackie Freeman. Both have experience as varsity athletes and look to cause damage for an up-and-coming Denver East lacrosse team that is looking to reestablish their dominance in Colorado high school lacrosse.
Girls Lacrosse: Finishing with an 11-6 record in the 2019 season, the girls lacrosse team was full of explosive athletes that looked to make a difference in the 2020 season. During the 2019 season, now-senior Ella Squibb scored 39 times and Lucy McHugh 50. With a challenging schedule ahead including powerhouse schools like Regis Jesuit and Colorado Academy, the Angels had their work cut out for them.
Girls Soccer: The Angels girls soccer team would have had a stellar season with a strong and young roster that dominated the Denver Metro League in 2019. Would-be sophomore Shane O’boyle led the team with ten goals in her freshman season, above and beyond her teammates. Junior midfielder Adin Barnes led the team with assists during the 2019 season as well. A second year member of the varsity squad, she looks to change the culture of soccer at East and establish a winning trend far into the future.
Boys Swimming: East is a dominant presence in the pool and 2020 looked to be no exception for the Angles swimming squad. After a dominant performance last season that resulted in a league title, hopes were high for the aquatic Angels. Outfitted with a new practice facility in Carla Madison Recreation Center bordering East, the Angels were headed for another prosperous season.
Girls Tennis: The tennis team will have back a strong core of seniors who will look to dominate on the court. Nina Lubechenco, Sydney Protass, and Caroline Elstrom look to continue their tenure on varsity as experienced athletes who are no strangers to varsity athletics.
Track and Field Boys/Girls: It’s hard to live up to the expectations of the 2019 season when two of your athletes signed to Division-1 schools to run track. Traditionally a school with lots of history in the sport, the Angels’ very own Aria Minor was considered to be one of the fastest track athletes the state had ever seen and now looks to continue her career at Georgia. Helen Maley made bounds as well in the 2019 class and will continue to run at Oklahoma State.
Boys Rugby: It’s no secret that the Angels rugby team is one of the best in the state. With a rich history of athletes that have continued their careers at larger schools across the country. One of these athletes was Liam Peck, who was invited to the 2019 All American Winter Rugby Camp in Chula Vista, California. Peck had a strong cast of characters on his side, all of whom share a goal. Win a state championship. And more importantly, beat Regis.