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Notebook: Barry to keep commitment despite Cremins' retirement

By: NEAL REID
March 21, 2012 Updated: July 3, 2013 at 9:33 am
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photo - Cheyenne Mountain senior Canyon Barry is not wavering on his commitment to College of Charleston despite the retirement of coach Bobby Cremins.  Photo by JERILEE BENNETT,  THE GAZETTE
Cheyenne Mountain senior Canyon Barry is not wavering on his commitment to College of Charleston despite the retirement of coach Bobby Cremins. Photo by JERILEE BENNETT, THE GAZETTE 

Cheyenne Mountain senior Canyon Barry said Tuesday that he is “definitely” still attending the College of Charleston on a basketball scholarship despite the news that Bobby Cremins is retiring as coach.

Cremins, a two-time national Coach of the Year who coached Barry’s half-brothers Jon and Drew at Georgia Tech, announced his retirement Monday. Cremins took medical leave from College of Charleston in January during the Cougars’ 19-12 season.

“I’m sad that he’s leaving, because he’s a great coach,” said Barry, the youngest son of NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry. “My parents, from the start, told me not to pick a school just for a coach, and it’s a great school. I have a great relationship with the assistant coaches and really like the school. It’s a great fit for me, and I’m very excited to be going there.”

Barry’s senior season was cut short when he tore ligaments in his left ankle against Lewis-Palmer on Feb. 7. Barry said his rehab is going well and that he plans to begin running and practicing soon.

 

Foster’s lacrosse career over at Cheyenne Mountain

Barry’s classmate, Austin Foster, has also had his final season end too soon for his liking.

The senior lacrosse star tore his left ACL in an 8-4 win over Douglas County on March 13 and will undergo surgery on April 5. Foster was the heart of the Indians’ 10-5 squad last year, scoring 37 goals and tallying 11 assists, and was second on the team this season with six goals.

“It is pretty disappointing, and this is not the way I wanted my last season to end,” said Foster, who has been accepted to Cornell, Denver and Colorado-Boulder. “I had the ball, just twisted on it, heard the pop and felt the pop. I knew that there was something wrong.”

Foster said he has no plans to play lacrosse in college, but knows he will major in economics and Spanish.

 

No track and field for ECA this spring

Evangelical Christian Academy has scrapped its boys’ and girls’ track and field teams this spring after a lack of available athletes at the 2A school.

Track and field coach Roxanne Skinner said Tuesday that the school – which has an enrollment of 115 – does not have enough athletes to go around with baseball and soccer seasons in full swing.

“Track didn’t have any full-time athletes, so we just decided not to have a team this year,” Skinner said. “It’s hard with a small school with three spring sports to compete. We’ll try again next year though.”

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