Creekside swept the District 4-3A cross country meet at Ponte Vedra High on Saturday morning.Creekside junior Matthew Ortiz took the boys title with a 5K time of 16:18.30, while Knights sophomore Claire Openshaw won the girls 5K race in 18:31.20. The individual titles helped Creekside win both team titles. The Knights edged Bartram Trail 49-51 to win the boys championship, and the Creekside girls took five of the top 11 spots to top Ponte Vedra 30-47.
The Lady Knights Basketball Team’s was proud to participate in a special, service project with St. Johns County Cares and St. Augustine Youth Services on October 7th.
Recently, Head Coach Wade Cashwell was contacted by Meg Balke at St. Johns County CARES with a great service project for the team to assist Chelsea Reppin of St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS) to revamp a boys bedroom for ages 13-17. Coach Cashwell said this project “was a great opportunity for us” and he enjoyed coaching the players through the projects planning and designing process. Naturally, the girls chose to custom design a boys room in a basketball theme. The girls gathered and supplied the following decorations: twin bed linens, window treatments, themed wall decorations, area rug, throw blankets, decorative pillows, shower curtain, bath mat and shelving. Then on Saturday October 7th, the girls went to work assembling the decorations in the room that had fresh paint, new carpeting and furniture already provided. The girls had a ball (pun intended) decorating the room and the boy whose room they revamped told his counselor “I love my room”.
SAYS, is a nonprofit organization that provides food, shelter, clothing, education, care and therapeutic treatment to children since 1989. All SAYS children need therapeutic treatment. For most of the boys, this is due to the trauma of abuse and/or severe neglect. Your support of SAYS, helps to build a new home where the children can live, learn, heal and grow in a safe, nonthreatening environment. For more information about says please visit their website at: http://sayskids.org/.
Group photo left to right: Anna Parsankso, Maddy Lippy, Hannah Manigot, Annemarie McLeod, Ellie Cowan, Elli Alderman, Taylor Gardener, Anna Rose Epting. Teammates not pictured that contributed to the project include: Kendall Gracie, Lauren Laughlin, Faith Horn, Allie Anderson and Coach Cashwell.
Photo credits: Coach Wade Cashwell, CHS Girls Head Basketball Coach
Senior QB Jake Forcier found senior WR and best friend J.T. Wood on a 10-yard fade route TD with 30 seconds remaining as Creekside (4-4, 1-2) upset Fleming Island (6-2, 2-2) in a Region 3-7A game at Creekside. Forcier passed for 368 yards and three TDs while Wood had 146 receiving yards and the winning score.
Margaret is the prime example of student-athlete and leader. She has led the volleyball team in digs all season, and has excelled in recent matches with 53 digs. She never stops working hard, is always positive excels in the classroom as a student. She is a great example for all student-athletes of how to be a leader both on and off the court.
Vance Bennett is a senior who has worked hard and done everything that has been asked of him. This past week in a game against Episcopal, Vance stepped in and played a different position than normal to fill the vacancy of an injured teammate. While doing so, Vance scored 3 touchdowns and rushed for 240 yards! We are proud of how he stepped in to lead!
Coach David Hudson is currently in his second season as the Head Boy’s Golf coach at Creekside High School. Coach Hudson has a wealth of experience as a teacher and coach. As a graduate of the University of Florida in 1987 in Exercise and Sport Sciences, he has taught physical education for 29 years, including being a part of the Creekside staff since its opening in 2008. His coaching experience includes assistant coach for girls’ basketball at Ribault high school for 16 years, head coach of volleyball at Ribault High School for 13 years, head coach girls’ basketball at St. Augustine High School for 5 years, head coach girls’ basketball at Creekside High School for 4 years.
Aside from coaching, he has lived in the Jacksonville area for 30 years with his wife, Kathy, of 29 years and their two children – Kayla (22) and Andrew (19).
“We have a very talented team. Our expectation is to win. Every time our student-athletes compete, their goal is to be successful as a team.” – Coach Hudson
Lauren Rachelle Cusick is a senior at Creekside High School who has swam for the Creekside Knights swim team for four years now. Swimming for the last ten years, Lauren has competed for both CKST and Loggerhead Aquatics. This breaststroker has made many memories from the high school swim team, her most memorable being Creekside’s victory at the Florida State Pool Association Invitational meet, in 2016. Winning both first place in swimming and team spirit, the team became very close – another reason Lauren loves swimming for Creekside. Since the team is about to enter it’s postseason, Lauren hopes to drop time and help CKST win back their title from Bartram Trail at the Districts meet this year.
All swimmers know that to get better, they don’t only practice in the water. The high school swim team has dry land once a week, and although some swimmers don’t enjoy being on land, Lauren finds that it definitely helps her performance in the water, “I can feel myself progressively getting stronger each race.” All CKST swimmers look forward to the sunrise each morning, because it means practice is close to being finished! Waking up at 5AM everyday can make staying awake challenging to some, but Lauren says it actually keeps her more alert in the mornings. “[it’s] good because all of my AP classes are in the morning, but I slowly start to feel tired throughout the day, and once I’m finally home, [the tiredness] just hits me.” Between early daily practices, weekly dry land workouts, school, friends, and family, Lauren has learned a lot about responsibility and time management. When she isn’t swimming or at school, Lauren loves to stay involved with her church, spending time with her friends, and going to the beach. Although she isn’t planning on swimming at college next year, Lauren hopes to be attending Louisiana State University.
Now a senior, Lauren wants to try new things. Contrary to the popular belief, some swimmers enjoy, and are good at, running. Lauren is thinking about trying track during her last year, as it’s something she has wanted to do for a while. Speaking of last chances, her favorite thing about being a senior at CHS is “since it’s your last time for everything, each little moment is bittersweet.” We wish all the best to Lauren in her last few weeks of Creekside swim, and throughout her last year at Creekside high school.
Senior Spotlight written by Student Journalist, Veronica Czajkowski
Creekside Sport Management is proud to welcome guest speaker, Mr. Ward Clayton, this Thursday at 8:30am!
Ward Clayton is an accomplished and respected Communications Professional, author and editor with 20-plus years’ experience and a broad understanding of the media, communications and public relations. He serves as the Communications Director for Signature Group, owner of Clayton Communications and the Content Director for Masters.com, overseeing editorial and photography areas, along with key oversight on the site’s look and direction. He is formerly the sports editor of The Augusta Chronicle and Director of Editorial Services for the PGA Tour. He is the author of Men on the Bag: The Caddies of Augusta National, the 2004 book that gave a first-ever glimpse at the life and impact of the famed caddies at the world’s most famous golf course, home of the Masters Tournament, and is serving as a Producer for the soon to be released documentary Loopers: A Caddie’s Life. He and his family live in Julington Creek, with a daughter who attends FSU and a son who is a senior at Creekside.
All who are interested in hearing Mr. Clayton speak, please contact Mr. Carn at [email protected]
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Stars of the game: Seniors Vance Bennett and Jake Forcier stepped in for injured teammates with three touchdowns apiece and more than 500 yards of offense as Creekside (3-3) rolled to a home victory over Episcopal (2-3). Forcier passed for 256 yards and three first-half TDs and Bennett scored the game’s first two TDs en route to 240 yards rushing.
Turning point: With junior QB Tai Lavatai and senior WR/RB J.T. Wood out with injuries, Bennett — normally a starting cornerback — started at RB for the first time since junior varsity. He scored on a 61-yard run on Creekside’s third play and added a 4-yard TD run midway through the first quarter for a 14-0 lead.
Senior Keisha Phillip is in her 3rd year of Cheer. Keisha always goes above and beyond what is required of her at practice and the games. She performs with a smile, while exuding energy and spirit. She is also an outstanding student and citizen in the classroom and around Creekside High School.
Building a very successful Freshman year, Claire Openshaw has continued to lead the Creekside Girls Cross Country Team. At the Alligator Lake Invitational last weekend, she was the overall, individual champion with a time of 18:51. There is more opportunity in the near future for Claire and the girls cross country team as they head to Tallahassee for the Pre-State Invitational t
EPISCOPAL AT CREEKSIDE
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Radio: 1010 AM
Records: Episcopal 2-2, Creekside 2-3
Last Year: Did not play
Last Week: Episcopal beat Hilliard 42-0; Creekside lost to Bartram Trail 49-0.
Players to Watch: Episcopal – RB Cameron Rawls scored a pair of touchdowns in last week’s filleting of the Red Flashes. Creekside — DB Vance Bennett is one of the senior leaders on a defense that has will need to rise to the challenge of a run-oriented attack.
Game Info: Episcopal has won two straight since returning to the field after Hurricane Irma. Though Eagle’s View and Hilliard are both .500 programs at the midway point of the season, the Knights have far more depth than any team Episcopal has faced this season. Creekside has been gashed on the ground in recent weeks — but that was by a pair of large public schools with college prospects toting the football. More than 60 percent of Episcopal’s yardage has come on the ground this year. Rawls leads the way with 404 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, but the Eagles can throw the football as evidenced by Jackson Westberry completing 11 of 16 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns last week. The last time the two schools played was on Sept. 28, 2012, when Creekside won 48-14.