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Creek athlete made mark as lacrosse team leader

Asher Nolting named South Metro Boys Player of Year

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Senior Asher Nolting was more than a goal scorer for the state champion Cherry Creek boys lacrosse team.

He was a playmaker and a leader who just happened to score a lot of goals.

Nolting was picked as the 2017 Colorado Community Media South Metro Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year.

“He's an unbelievable player,” said Creek coach Bryan Peery. “I've been doing this 21 years and a varsity coach for 18 years and he's the best player I've ever coached, no doubt about it.”

Nolting led the Centennial League in goals, assists and points. He finished with 48 goals, 66 assists and 114 points.

He topped all 5A players in assists and points but finished eight behind Douglas County's Mike Blais for the state goal scoring lead.

Asher, who will play at High Point University next season in High Point, North Carolina, had three goals and three assists in the Bruins' 17-8 win over Regis Jesuit in the state championship game.

“We all did our jobs,” said Nolting. “It showed on the field.”

One reason for Creek's success was Nolting's ability to deal out assists to open teammates.

“He did a great job of being a team player,” admitted Perry. “He made everybody around him better. He's a great leader, does a heck of a job with balls, ground balls and a great job of assisting on goals and hustle. That just doesn't happen. He was a great quarterback of the offense.”

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