Sand Creek boys basketball in search of a new coach

Sand Creek Falcon boys basketball

Mark Bowers was 33-16 in his two years as the Sand Creek boys basketball coach. (Dan Mohrmann/CHSAANow.com)

After a disappointing 15-9 season that ended with a first round exit in the Class 4A boys basketball tournament, the Sand Creek Scorpions are in search of a new basketball coach.

CHSAANow.com has learned that Mark Bowers has been informed that the school intends to have the basketball program move on without him.

"It is time to take our boys basketball program to the next level," athletic director Jared Felice said via text message. "We are grateful for Coach Bowers' service to Sand Creek High School athletics."

Coming into the 2015-16 season, there were high hopes for the Scorpions. They came in at No. 6 in the CHSAANow.com preseason rankings and many believed they would contend with Lewis-Palmer for the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference title.

The talent on the court, which included standouts D'Shawn Schwartz and Jordan Phillips, only helped to bolster those expectations.

After a couple of losses to 5A opponents, it appeared that Sand Creek was having difficulty on the defensive end of the floor.

A 93-54 loss to the Rangers on Jan. 6 showed just how outmatched the Scorpions were at that point of the season. They were able to bounce back and win their final six games of the season, avenging earlier losses to both Palmer Ridge and Vista Ridge in the process.

But the 54-52 overtime loss to the Jaguars ended a season that had been filled with such promise.

In his two years at Sand Creek, Bowers went 33-16. Felice said he hopes to name a new coach by May 1 at the latest.