Cherry Creek High School Head Coach Marc Johnson, Chuck Jared (long time fan and supporter), and former MLB Pitcher Brad Lidge – Keynote Speaker
Cherry Creek High School Coach Marc Johnson and the Cherry Creek Diamond Club invited the baseball family and the public to the 14th annual Cherry Creek Baseball Hall of Fame on Feb. 10 at the Hilton Inverness Hotel and Conference Center.
The entire Colorado baseball community joined the celebration at a sold-out event that has become a tradition for one of the most successful and respected high school baseball programs in the country.
The 2012 Cherry Creek AABC-17U World Series Championship Team was welcomed into the Cherry Creek Baseball Hall of Fame in addition to six new members. This year’s inductees were Alex Blackford, Mike Krach, Gordon Staab, Tim Hatfield, Josh Weisberg and Dr. Michael Keirns. A surprise Special Recognition Award induction was given to Peggy Johnson, from her children Kerry Moyer and Tyler Johnson, for her years of dedication and service to Cherry Creek baseball.
Opening remarks were made by Brent Moss, president of the Cherry Creek Diamond Club, who welcomed the families and talked about the history of the baseball program. Master of ceremonies Garth Jax and keynote speaker Brad Lidge, the 2008 World Series winning closer for the Philadelphia Phillies and alumni from Cherry Creek High School and Cherry Creek Baseball, were special guests. Chuck Jared brought down the house singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
2018 will be an exciting year for Johnson as he coaches his 46th year at Cherry Creek. In 2012, the Bruins won the state championship for the first time since 1999. The first state title was captured in 1983 and Cherry Creek has won a total of eight state titles and 30 league championships in the years that Johnson has led the Bruins. Johnson’s record at Cherry Creek High School is 769 -187.
In addition, more than 375 Cherry Creek players have gone on to play collegiate baseball, plus there have been six first-round draft picks and more than 75 players have played professionally. Johnson continues to inspire and teach players to compete and be the best they can be on and off the field.
The Hall of Fame was a semi-formal celebration, including dinner, local celebrities and a live and silent auction filled with a large array of items, from autographed memorabilia and cash prizes to luxury vacations. Live-auction items included two tickets and an inning in the press box with Drew Goodman, a Good Morning America studio-audience experience, Chicago Cubs tickets at Wrigley Field, six bottles of the Silver Oak Collector Edition, dinner party for eight at Bonefish Grill, and a Boston Red Sox tickets/Fenway tour experience.
There was a raffle ticket pull for two 2018 World Series tickets, a Nintendo Switch and two cash prizes.
M2 Fundraising Hall of Fame Chairs Jackie Mielnicki and Gaye Martin organized the gala. Proceeds benefited the Cherry Creek baseball program.
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