Creek field hockey makes most of COVID delay

Modified season means extra prep time, so girls fine-tune trust and teamwork


Senior captain Ella Pratt and her Cherry Creek field hockey teammates had extra time to prepare for this spring’s season.

Field hockey is usually a fall sport, but COVID altered a lot, and the sport is now playing in Season C, which started its modified season in March. The postseason semifinals will be April 26 and the state finals are set for April 27.

Pushing back the season allowed players extra time to prepare.

“A lot the girls on the team played for Denver Field Hockey Club or Club Lewy,” Pratt said. “Honestly, after it would be like Creek vs. everybody else. It was always like that every session. We did go to some tournaments.

“We all did club hockey, which was really helpful for us because we all did we a bunch of sessions in February before we started in March. That helped us to start trusting more even earlier though we were already so close. I have not felt much different this season because we play together all the time.”

Pratt has signed to play next season for the University of New Hampshire, and so far her senior high school season has been good.

She has six goals in seven games thru April 14 plus five assists for 17 points.

”Ella is a phenomenal player,” Creek coach Clara Detrick-Yee said. “She is a captain this year. She  typically plays center back or center mid for us. She is just a powerhouse. She has a really strong, consistent head for the game and is really selfless and cares about the team. She is a fantastic leader.”

Cherry Creek was 7-0 and ranked second in the state according to the April 12 poll.

“I feel real good about the season,” Pratt said. “I’ve been putting in a bunch of work outside of the season and obviously in the season. I’m excited about this last stretch of the season. It will be real fun and competitive.”


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