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Gazette Premium Content Prep notes: Sand Creek baseball tourney brings players back to school

By Kevin Carmody Published: March 26, 2014

Thanks to the 2nd annual Creek Classic, six Colorado baseball teams will get back to the diamond before returning to the classroom.

Sand Creek is playing host to the tournament, with area schools Sierra and Mesa Ridge also taking part, along with Kiowa, Kennedy and Pueblo County.

Action starts at 9 a.m. Thursday with the host Scorpions taking on Sierra.

Three games take place all three days, capped by the championship game at 2 p.m. Saturday.

For a complete schedule, go to gazette.com/sports/preps

 

Pine Creek's Miller selected for national workshop

Pine Creek football coach Todd Miller has been chosen to take a leading role within USA Football's Heads Up Football program, promoting a better and safer game on youth and high school levels nationwide.

USA Football will instruct Miller and 23 other football experts from 16 states - including high school coaches and former NFL and college players - as USA Football Master Trainers during a workshop Mar. 29-30 in Indianapolis.

Miller, a former Eastern Illinois linebacker, has been the head coach at Pine Creek for nine seasons, serving as the defensive line coach for three years before that. Miller led Pine Creek to the 4A state title in 2013, the first for the school.

Nearly 2,800 youth leagues across the United States registered for Heads Up Football in 2013, accounting for more than 25 percent of the youth football community. In addition, 35 high schools in 10 states piloted Heads Up Football during the 2013 season.

USA Football is offering its Heads Up Football program to all youth leagues and high schools in 2014.

 

Two Coronado grads earn all-American wrestling honors

Nick Burghardt and Nathan Burak, both Coronado graduates, recently earned all-American status by placing at their respective national wrestling tournaments.

Burghardt, a sophomore at Maryville (Mo.) University, finished fourth at 184 pounds at the Division II tournament, helping the Saints to a third-place team finish.

Burak, stopped short of the all-America stand as a freshman at Iowa last season, knocked through in 2014 by finishing eighth at 197 pounds.

Both were key players for Coronado when it claimed the 5A state championship in 2011.

 

Former Wasson wrestling coach earns HOF honors

Bill Bragg, a former longtime teacher and wrestling coach at Wasson, recently learned that he was among the next inductees to the Colorado Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Bragg will be honored in official ceremonies May 10 at the Colorado Springs Marriott.

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