PREP NOTEBOOK: Cheyenne Mountain's Burke changes commitment to Arizona

January 8, 2014 Updated: January 8, 2014 at 8:41 pm
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Cheyenne Mountain defender Amanda Burke, center, celebrates with her teammates Hannah Gerdin, left, and Aspen Peifer after she scored the Indians' third goal against Pine Creek during the first half Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Cheyenne Mountain High School. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

After previously verbally committing to Iowa State, Cheyenne Mountain senior soccer player Amanda Burke recently changed her mind and instead is headed to Arizona.

Burke, a center back on last season's 4A girls' state champion, reportedly changed her commitment after a coaching change at Iowa State.

"She's very eager to start a new chapter in her life," Indians coach Tomas Martinez said. "She's going to be a senior captain for us this year, and now she doesn't have to worry about getting injured or impressing scouts."

Burke scored an insurance goal in the Indians' 2-0 win last May over Broomfield in the 4A state championship game.


Sand Creek's Reese among nominees to McDonald's All-American Games

Sand Creek senior guard Mikayla Reese, who recently signed to play and attend SMU, is among nearly 1,000 boys and girls recently nominated for the McDonald's All-American Games, scheduled for April 2 in Chicago.

Each was nominated by high school coaches, athletic directors, principals or members of the McDonald's All-American Games selection committee.

Final selections (24 boys and 24 girls) will be announced Jan.?29 on ESPNU.


Hornet Invite gives girls' swimmers extra chance at state-qualifying times

For the 28th time, the region's top female high school swimmers and divers will converge on Pueblo County High School's natatorium for one of the rare two-day events. The Hornet Invite starts with preliminaries at 4 p.m. Friday and concludes with finals at 4?p.m. Saturday. Divers holds their competition at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The six-lane pool is known for recording state-qualifying times as the season starts to wind down. The 4A state meet takes place Feb. 14-15 in Fort Collins.

Last year, Cheyenne Mountain won the team title for a fourth straight time and broke meet records in the 200 medley and 400 free relays.

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