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Difficult Year Laced With Sports Glory

Perhaps hidden by the chaos this school year entailed, it was a unique year for East Athletics. The Angels battled through the adversity, giving us much to celebrate with two state championships and multiple league and district titles.

The Boy's Soccer team brought home the first title of the year, far from home at Weidner Field in Colorado Springs. The team led by top goalscorer Gus Sundstrom, and Senior captains Charlie Scott and Ezekiel Lubin boasted an impressive 18-1-1 record, highlighted by an impressive victory over Valor Christian in the semifinals. The Angels capped off the season with a 1-0 win over Fairview to claim the school's 4th state championship.

On March 11th the Boy's Basketball team provided the second state championship of the year in a thrilling 82-61 victory over Fossil Ridge. Following a 0-2 start to the season, the Angels led by Gatorade player of the year D’Aundre Samuels went on a 26-0 win streak to close out the season. The victory was nothing short of historic as the Angels captured a record-tying 12th state championship, and hoisted Coach Rudy Cary to legendary status with the most wins (897) and state championships (10).

Hockey looked to build on last year's fairytale success with a respectable 74% win rate. Despite knowing the season would be one of immense difficulty, the boys left their all on the ice. The Angels captured the second seed with an overtime victory over Regis and would make it to the Semifinals before bowing out to Ralston Valley.

Girl's Soccer made a great bid for the state championship with a 10-3-1 record, highlighted by a victory over Denver South to bring home the 5A Denver League championship. Despite falling short in the playoffs with a 2-0 defeat against Arapahoe, the team led by Coach Ryan Short left their all on the field during their impressive season.

On February 4th at Hinkley high school, the girl's swim team defended their league title. Winning eight of the twelve events swam at the City “A” League Championships was enough to bring the title back to the halls of East.

Despite the difficult circumstances the year had to offer, the athletes gave their all representing East to the best of their ability. They gave the Angels much to cheer about and brought the East community together in a time of need.

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