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2012 - 13 SEASON


Sunday, April 7
Colorado all-state boys basketball 2013

The Denver Post - denverpost.com

 

Many assumed the loss of Josh Scott meant Lewis-Palmer would not be able to repeat as champion.

Well, Jordan Scott picked up right where his older brother left off — and, as the best player in Class 4A, led the Rangers to a repeat.

 

After the win, Jordan said of Josh while laughing, "I can rub it in his face a little bit. I got my own without him."

Scott, a senior, averaged 18.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.7 steals per game this season. His length made for a nightmare matchup defensively, and his tendency to come through in the clutch during the tournament earned the respect of opposing coaches along the way.

— Ryan Casey, The Denver Post

 

Honorees

Player of the year:

Jordan Scott, Lewis-Palmer

Coach of the year:

Damion Copeland, Wasson

 

First Team

Player

School

year

height

Chase Foster

Valor Christian

Jr.

6-5

DJ Hanes

Wasson

Sr.

6-1

Jordan Scott

Lewis-Palmer

Sr.

6-6

Justin Smith

Lewis-Palmer

Sr.

6-6

Luke Stratman

D'Evelyn

Sr.

6-0

 

Second Team

Player

School

year

height

Treyvon Andres

Thomas Jefferson

Jr.

6-7

Ghassan Nehme

Cheyenne Mountain

Jr.

6-3

Spenser Reeb

Broomfield

Sr.

6-5

Josh Smith

Sand Creek

Sr.

6-4

Ibrahim Sylla

Denver South

Jr.

6-6

 

Honorable Mention

Lucas Adams, Frederick, Sr.; Garrett Baggett, Valor Christian, Jr.; Alex Coleman, Kennedy, Sr.; Colton Dabney, Skyline, Sr.; Dominic Garcia, Wasson, Sr.; Jake Gavitt, Elizabeth, So.; Alan Herndon, Widefield, Sr.; Dezmond James, Ponderosa, Sr.; Logun Javernick, Canon City, Jr.; Austin Kemp, Longmont, Jr.; Evan Kihn, Broomfield, Sr.; Andre Lane, Evergreen, Sr.; Kyle Leahy, Erie, So.; Logen Letofsky, Pueblo West, Sr.; Ryan Lozinski, Mead, Sr.; Cain Martinez, Mesa Ridge, Jr.; Jevon Martinez, Greeley Central, Jr.; Michael Mitchell , Roosevelt , Sr.; Brandon Nachbar, Discovery Canyon, Sr.; Dylan Ochsner, Windsor, Sr.; Tyler Owens, Lewis-Palmer, Sr.; Richie Perea, Wasson, Sr.; Dan Perse, Broomfield, Sr.; Marnath Reat, Alameda, Jr.; Austin Rickard, Golden, Sr.; Collin Smith, Thompson Valley, Jr.; Jimmy Valdez, Pueblo East, Jr.; Tre Vaughn, Coronado, Sr.; Grant Witherspoon, D'Evelyn, So.; Isaiah Young, Vista PEAK, So.



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Thursday, April 4
Boys' basketball all-conference teams

 

4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference

 

Player of the Year: Jordan Scott, Lewis-Palmer

Coach of the Year: Joe Rausch, Sand Creek

 

First team

Jordan Scott, Lewis-Palmer, sr.; Josh Smith, Sand Creek, sr.; Justin Smith, Lewis-Palmer, sr.; Ghassan Nehme, Cheyenne Mountain, jr.; Brandon Nachbar, Discovery Canyon, sr.

 

Second team

Dylan Clark, Sand Creek, jr.; Andy Stauffer, Discovery Canyon, sr.; Chance Matlock, Falcon, jr.; Darrin Haynes, Cheyenne Mountain, sr.; Nick Lenhard, Falcon, sr.

 

Honorable mention

Bryan Jenkins, Sand Creek, sr.; David Louthan, Air Academy, so.; Chase Stone, Lewis-Palmer, jr.; Tyler Owens, Lewis-Palmer, sr.; Matt Cameron, Palmer Ridge, so.; Donivan Harville, Cheyenne Mountain, sr.; Pierre Copeland, Vista Ridge, sr.; Tim Clemens, Sand Creek, sr.; Recee Eddy, Cheyenne Mountain, jr.; Shaun Livecchi, Falcon, so.; John Sims, Air Academy, jr.; Michael DeCarmo, Sand Creek, jr.; Christian Nehme, Cheyenne Mountain, so.; Paul Fertig, Air Academy, jr.; Geo Fry, Discovery Canyon, sr.; Peter Call, Discovery Canyon, jr.; Dylan Tucker, Lewis-Palmer, sr.; Avante Nelms, Vista Ridge, so.



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Thursday, April 4
The Gazette's 5A-4A Peak Performer all-area teams.

First team

Anthony Davis- Fountain-Fort Carson

DJ Hanes- Wasson

Jordan Scott – Lewis-Palmer

Josh Smith – Sand Creek

Justin Smith – Lewis-Palmer

Coach of the year: Damion Copeland - Wasson

 

Second team

AJ Bohuslavsky — Liberty, junior

Alan Herndon — Widefield, senior

Ghassan Nehme — Cheyenne Mountain, junior

Brandon Nachbar — Discovery Canyon, senior

Richie Perea — Wasson, senior

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Dylan Clark, Sand Creek, jr.

Andy Stauffer, Discovery Canyon, sr.

Shane Fox, Doherty, jr.

Nick Lenhard, Falcon, sr.

Chances Matlock, Falcon, jr.

David Louthan, Air Academy, so.

Bryan Jenkins, Sand Creek, sr.

Titus Rice, Coronado, sr.

Dominic Garcia, Wasson, sr.

Nathan Raak, Palmer, so.

Matt Love, Liberty, sr.

Jase Hamstad, Pine Creek, sr.

Donivan Harville, Cheyenne Mountain, sr.

Tyler Owens, Lewis-Palmer, sr.

Sam Vieux, Liberty, sr.

Thomas Fife, Rampart, jr.



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Friday, March 22
Wasson's Perea wins basketball all-star game in waning seconds
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NEAL REID

THE GAZETTE

March Madness extended to the Doherty High School gym Thursday night.

Wasson senior Richie Perea hit a jumper from the free-throw line with 3.5 seconds left to give the 5A All-Stars a thrilling 107-105 win over the 4A All-Stars. Perea – who played with the 5A squad along with fellow Wasson senior D.J. Hanes to even out the rosters – finished with a game-high 23 points after getting the game-winner to roll in.

“It was a lot of fun,” Perea said. “It was a real intense game, and even though it’s an all-star game, both teams don’t want to lose.”

Hanes added 17 points, with Doherty junior Shane Fox chipping in 16 for the victorious 5A team. Fountain-Fort Carson senior Al Davis and Doherty junior Eli Peterson added 9 apiece.

The back-and-forth battle was a thriller from the start, with the teams headed to the locker room tied 60-60 after combining for 22 3-pointers in the first half. The 5A team used a 30-19 third to build a double-digit lead, but the 4A team roared back behind clutch 3-point shooting and physical rebounding.

Lewis-Palmer senior Jordan Scott tied the game at 105 with 32.6 seconds left with two of his 16 points.

Discovery Canyon senior Andy Stauffer led the 4A squad with 21 points, with Cheyenne Mountain junior Ghassan Nehme chipping in 16and Sand Creek senior Josh Smith adding 15.

“Any time you get the chance to coach the best players in the city and some of the best players in the state, you have to be excited about that,” said Discovery Canyon coach John Paul Geniesse, who coached the 4A team. “It was a great end to a tremendous high school basketball season here in Colorado Springs. The biggest thing is that you want these kids to be able to leave with some memories.”

The girls’ game was not as close, with the 5A All-Stars using five second-quarter 3-pointers to build a 47-30 halftime lead. Rampart senior Macy Meyers led the way with 18 points, while Palmer sophomore Jenn Urbaniak adding 15 and Palmer senior Chyna Hardy 13.

“We had a great time, and it was a great experience,” Meyers said. “This was a really great group of girls. To come out here and put a good beating on (the 4A team) was a lot of fun.”

Sand Creek junior Mikayla Reese led all scorers with 21 points and was the only 4A girl to finish in double figures.

The victory snapped a string of 4A dominance in the all-star game, which has been contested for more than 20 years.

“It was a good time had by all, and that’s what it’s all for,” said Palmer coach Dave Shackelford, who led the 5A team. “The 4A team has had a monopoly on this, so we decided to turn the tables. This was a great group of girls, and they were a fun bunch.”

All-Star game rosters

5A boys

A.J. Bohuslavsky, jr., Liberty; Al Davis, sr., Fountain-Fort Carson; Anthony Davis, sr., Fountain-Fort Carson; Shane Fox, jr., Doherty; Jase Hamstad, sr., Pine Creek; D.J. Hanes, sr., Wasson; Rhett Lopez, sr., Pine Creek; Matt Love, sr., Liberty; Donovan Oldham, soph., Rampart; Richie Perea, sr., Wasson; Eli Peterson, jr., Doherty; Nathan Raak, soph., Palmer.

4A boys

Matt Cameron, soph., Palmer Ridge; Geo Fry, sr., Discovery Canyon; Bryan Jenkins, sr., Sand Creek; Nick Lenhard, sr., Falcon; David Louthan, soph., Air Academy; Chances Matlock, jr., Falcon; Ghassan Neheme, jr., Cheyenne Mountain; Jordan Scott, sr., Lewis-Palmer; Josh Smith, sr., Sand Creek; Andy Stauffer, sr., Discovery Canyon.

BOYS' ALL-STAR GAME

5A All-Stars 107, 4A All-Stars 105

4A All-Stars—Cameron 5 0-0 10, Fry 2 0-0 6, Jenkins 5 2-5 14, Lenhard 1 0-0 3, Louthan 1 2-2 4, Matlock 1 2-2 4, Nehme 6 1-2 16, Scott 5 4-9 15, Stauffer 9 3-4 21.

5A All-Stars—Bohuslavsky 3 0-0 7, Al Davis 2 5-8 9, An. Davis 1 0-0 3, Fox 6 0-0 16, Hamstad 1 0-0 3, Hanes 7 0-0 17, Lopez 3 0-0 7, Love 2 0-0 5, Oldham 1 0-0 3, Perea 9 0-0 23, Peterson 4 1-1 9, Raak 2 0-0 5.

4A All-Stars 35 25 19 26 — 105

5A All-Stars 34 26 30 17 — 107



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Wednesday, March 20
Prep Notebook: Doherty, Harrison to host all-star basketball games
Ghassan Nehme Gazette

KEVIN CARMODY

THE GAZETTE

 

The area’s top high school basketball players have been chosen to compete in a pair of all-star games this week. On Thursday at Doherty, it’s the annual 4A-5A games, starting at 6 p.m. with the girls' game. The action is preceded by a 3-point shooting contest.

 

Discovery Canyon coach John Paul Geniesee leads the 4A boys’ team, highlighted by Jordan Scott of two-time defending state champion Lewis-Palmer, Ghassan Nehme of Cheyenne Mountain, Brandon Nachbar of Discovery Canyon and Josh Smith of Sand Creek. That squad will be opposed by such 5A players as twins Al and Anthony Davis of Fountain-Fort Carson, A.J. Bohuslavsky of Liberty, Eli Peterson of Doherty and Pine Creek’s Rhett Lopez and will be led by Wasson coach Damion Copeland.

 

On the girls’ side, Sand Creek’s Jamie Carey will lead a 4A team with players such as two of her own in sisters J’Nae and Oliana Squires, along with Palmer Ridge’s Ali Meyer and Madison Thomas, and Kassady Huffman of Air Academy. On the other side, Dave Shackelford of Palmer will coach the 5A girls, including the likes of Palmer’s Jenn Urbaniak and Shanna Leaf, Cassidy Budge and Macy Myers of Rampart, and Angela Vigil of Doherty.

 

On Friday, the best of the 4A Metro League boys face off against the South Central League at Harrison, first in a junior varsity game at 6:30 p.m., followed by a varsity game at 8.

The varsity girls play under the same format at Pueblo West at 7 Friday.



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Sunday, March 17
Colorado boys high school basketball's 4A state tournament bracket in 2013

4A state playoffs

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

#1 Lewis Palmer (24-3) 51 vs Valor Christian (21-4) 40

 

FINAL FOUR

Friday, March 15th – CU Events Center

#2 Broomfield (22-4) 74 vs Valor Christian (20-4) 75

#1 Lewis Palmer (23-3) 61 vs #1 Wasson (25-1) 54

 

GREAT EIGHT

#1 Wasson 60 vs #2 Thomas Jefferson 48

#1 Lewis Palmer 66 vs #3 Cheyenne Mountain 49

#1 D’Evelyn 65 vs #2 Broomfield 84

#1 Valor Christian 54 vs #2 Sand Creek 46

 

SWEET SIXTEEN

#1 Lewis Palmer beat #4 Evergreen 52-37

#3 Cheyenne Mountain beat #2 Pueblo East 46-37

#1 Wasson beat #5 Greeley Central 78-61

#1 Valor Christian beat #4 Widefield 58-55

#2 Sand Creek beat #3 Denver South 63-53

 

SECOND ROUND

Guy Gibbs Region

#1 Lewis Palmer (20-3) 93 vs #8 Roosevelt 48

#2 Pueblo East (19-2) 73 vs #7 Coronado 48

#3 Cheyenne Mountain (17-6) 50 vs #6 Durango 39

 

Jim Baggot Region

#1 Wasson (22-1) 67 vs #8 Pueblo West 50

#3 Thompson Valley (16-7) 52 vs #6 Sierra 49

Maceo Brodnax Jr. Region

#4 Longmont (18-5) 53 vs #5 Discovery Canyon 42

 

Bill Weimar Region

#1 Valor Christian (18-4) 76 vs #8 Falcon 42

#4 Widefield (17-6) 73 vs #12 Wheat Ridge 62

#2 Sand Creek (21-13) 66 vs #10 Mesa Ridge 41

 

FIRST ROUND - 48

Guy Gibbs Region

No. 1 Lewis-Palmer (20-13), bye

No. 10 Skyview (13-10) 44 at No. 7 Coronado (12-11) 46

No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain (17-6), bye

 

Jim Baggot Region

No. 1 Wasson (22-1), bye

No. 11 Denver North (8-15) 66 at No. 6 Sierra (14-9) 71

 

Maceo Brodnax Jr. Region

No. 12 Vista Peak (9-14) 46 at No. 5 Discovery Canyon (16-7) 65

 

Bill Weimar Region

No. 9 Green Mountain (12-11) 49 at No. 8 Falcon (13-10) 54

No. 4 Widefield (17-6), bye

No. 2 Sand Creek (21-3), bye

No. 10 Mesa Ridge (9-14) 51 at No. 7 Pueblo County (12-11) 45



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Friday, March 15
PPAC Rivals Clash in Great 8
Great 8 DJ Russell

By Daniel Russell

March 15, 2013

The Cheyenne Edition

 

Last Saturday the eight best teams remaining in 4A played at the Denver Coliseum to see who would advance to the Final 4 the next weekend at the Coors Event Center at CU Boulder in Boulder, Colo. The crowd was entertained by several close games including Valor Christian’s 54-46 victory over Sand Creek,

Broomfield’s 84-65 dismantling of #1 seed D’Evelyn, and the continuation of Wasson’s swan song with their 60-48 victory over Thomas Jefferson.

 

The key match-up Saturday was the rematch of Pikes Peak Athletic Association rivals Cheyenne Mountain and Lewis-Palmer. The two teams had played twice prior to Saturday night’s game, with the Rangers coming out on top both times winning by 16 and 13 respectively. The Indians came into the game ready to upset the defending state champs aware that the key to the game was controlling the boards and making the shots when they mattered. The Rangers had been the Indians kryptonite, holding them to 33 and 34 points in the two games, both the lowest scores that the Indians had scored all season.

 

The two teams exchanged shots and leads early in the game before the Rangers began to pull away just before the end of the first quarter. The Indians would not go quietly as junior Ghassan Nehme put up a shot and was fouled to give the Indians a three point swing to start the second quarter. The Indians Achilles heel for the first half was fouls.

 

The Indians committed seven shooting fouls in the first half, three by junior Reece Eddy who led both teams in scoring for the first half with eight points. Nehme also scored six points in the half, but the Rangers began to pull away again late in the half as seniors Dylan Tucker, Justin Smith and Tyler Owens scored seven, six and six points respectively in the half. “We would get within a few points and then they would go on a run and we would be back to where we were,” said second year Cheyenne head coach J’on St.Clair, “We forced a lot of shots.” The Indians shot just 26 percent in the first half, making just one of eight shots from beyond the three point arc.

 

The Indians tried to make several runs in the third quarter, but the Rangers answered right back, preventing any momentum as they went on a run of ten points and increasing their lead to 14 points at one time in the third quarter. At the end of the third quarter the Rangers led again by ten points.

 

The teams exchanged baskets in the fourth quarter preventing the Indians from making a dent in the Rangers lead. In the end, the Indians rebounding proved to be the killer as they accounted for only 43 percent of the total rebounds and just 42 percent of the offensive rebounds.

 

When the final buzzer sounded the Rangers came out on top with the 66-49 victory as Smith led all scorers with 19 points, Nehme totaled 16 points of his own and Eddy added another 7 points in the half bringing him to a total of 15 points on the night. The Indians second half shooting percentage was again just 29 percent making just two shots all game from beyond the three point arc and making just 19 of 57 shots from inside the arc.

 

The Indians will graduate just four players this spring, but return eight players to next year’s squad as the Indians will again attempt to make school history and go even further into the playoffs. “I am excited that we made it here and to take these guys to somewhere that no other Cheyenne team has ever been to,” said St.Clair, “But I still believe that we could have done some other things better to get even further.”

Last year in St.Clair’s first season with the Indians they were eliminated in the first round by the Spartans of Thomas Jefferson. “We just need to keep developing our skills and we can’t be just one dimensional.

We have got to be able to advance our offensive skills a little bit more,” said St.Clair, “Defensively were pretty close, but offensively we’ve still got some work to do.”



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Sunday, March 10
4A boys hoops Great 8 roundup:
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The Denver Post

Justin Smith gathered the ball under the basket, went up with two hands and put down a powerful slam.

It was a punctuation mark late in Lewis-Palmer's 66-49 Class 4A boys basketball quarterfinal win over Cheyenne Mountain, which moved the Rangers to their fifth-consecutive final four.

"It never gets old," said Lewis-Palmer coach Russ McKinstry. "We knew we'd be in for a tough game today, and I thought our guys really responded."

The defending champions, a No. 1 seed this season, ended the second quarter on an 11-2 run to turn a 17-16 game into a 10-point margin.

"I think it was kind of sparked by our defense," McKinstry said. "We got some stops and some easy transition baskets. That's how we are successful. We really live off our defense and creating offense off our defense. After that (run), we just kind of maintained our lead."

Lewis-Palmer already owned 16- and 13-point wins over Cheyenne Mountain from earlier in the season.

Saturday, the Rangers (23-3) got 19 points and 12 rebounds from Justin Smith, while Jordan Scott had 11 and nine. Tyler Owens also scored 13.

"We're real fortunate to have players like that, and it just helps us be balanced offensively," McKinstry said.

No. 3-seeded Cheyenne Mountain (19-7) did close things to 33-29 early in the third quarter, but Lewis-Palmer answered with a 10-0 run. Cheyenne Mountain didn't get within ten points thereafter.

The Indians shot just 33 percent in the game. Lewis-Palmer, by contrast, shot 59.5 percent and was 5-of-10 from 3-point.

Ghassan Nehme led Cheyenne Mountain with 16 points.

Lewis-Palmer moves on to play Wasson in next Friday's semifinal.

"They're really good," McKinstry said of Wasson. "That's going to be a heck of a game Friday night. I really respect what they're doing. Their team quickness combined with (6-foot-10 Lorenz Stalcup), that's - we're going to have to come in and really play well."

— Ryan Casey, The Denver Post



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Sunday, March 10
Lewis-Palmer pulls away from Cheyenne Mountain, returns to 4A boys' semifinals
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KEVIN CARMODY

THE GAZETTE

DENVER • Jordan Scott didn’t mean to, but the Lewis-Palmer senior artfully found a way to weave Saturday’s snowstorm into describing what it took to keep league rival Cheyenne Mountain at bay and return to the 4A boys’ semifinals for the fifth year in a row.

“We believe that we just keep playing, weather the storm and eventually it’ll go our way,” said Scott, who scored 11 points and added nine rebounds in helping the Rangers hold off the pesky Indians, 66-49 Saturday at the Denver Coliseum. “It’s all about toughness. We were the tougher team today and came out with the W.”

Justin Smith led all scorers with 19 points and 12 rebounds, Tyler Owens added 13, and Lewis-Palmer (23-3) used a pair of runs, one in each half, to ward off a pair of Cheyenne Mountain comeback attempts.

Up next for the defending 4A state champions is Wasson in one of Friday’s semifinals at the Coors Events Center in Boulder.

The Indians (19-7), who lost two previous meetings to the Rangers during Pikes Peak Athletic Conference play — both without leading scorer Ghassan Nehme — hung around early. Reece Eddy’s follow of his missed shot cut the Lewis-Palmer lead to 17-16 with 5:15 left in the first half.

Lewis-Palmer then went on an 11-2 run to finish the half, taking a 10-point lead into intermission.

Two Nehme shots, plus a 3-pointer from younger brother Christian Nehme, brought the Indians to within 33-29 with 4:25 left in the third quarter.

Again, a well-balanced attack and ability to break the Indians’ press opened the floodgates for another Rangers run. By the time four different players scored during a 12-0 run, Lewis-Palmer had built a 45-29 pad and wasn’t challenged again.

“They’re very good, and they do everything right,” Indians coach J’on St. Clair said. “We’d get close, then they’d go on a run. We didn’t execute our defensive game plan, and they were more aggressive in getting after the ball.”

While Cheyenne Mountain grabbed 17 offensive rebounds and forced 15 turnovers, it had little to show for it after shooting just 33 percent (19 for 57) from the field. The Indians missed 18 of 20 shots from 3-point range.

The Rangers, on the other hand, put their accurate shooting on display. They took 20 fewer shots but made three more (22 of 37) then Cheyenne Mountain, and Smith hit three of his team’s five 3-pointers.

“They got Ghassan back, and he’s obviously a great player,” Owens said. “We had to prepare for him, and we had good stops. We play defense first and do our thing. Hopefully, we get good results after that.”

Ghassan Nehme and Eddy, both juniors, paced Cheyenne Mountain with 16 and 15 points, respectively.

“I’m very proud for what we accomplished,” said St. Clair, who guided the Indians to the quarterfinals for the first time in school history. “We’ve done a lot of good things, but I’m still disappointed. I still believe we could have done some other things better.”



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Friday, March 8
4A basketball quarterfinal capsules involving area teams

LEWIS-PALMER (22-3) vs. CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN (19-6)

Time: 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Denver Coliseum

Coaches: Lewis-Palmer, Russ McKinstry (fifth season). Cheyenne Mountain, J’on St. Clair (second season).

Last year: Lewis-Palmer won the 4A state championship. Cheyenne Mountain lost in the first round of the 4A playoffs.

Last meeting: Lewis-Palmer won 47-34 Feb. 8 at Cheyenne Mountain and has claimed six straight in the series.

Key players: Lewis-Palmer, Jordan Scott (18.2 points, 9.2 rebounds), Justin Smith (14.4 points, 6.6 rebounds), Chase Stone (10.4 points). Cheyenne Mountain, Ghassan Nehme (20.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists), Donivan Harville (9.6 points, 7.9 rebounds), Christian Nehme (6.9 points).

Notes: The Rangers are amazingly accurate, shooting 61 percent from inside the 3-point arc and 38 percent behind it. Meanwhile, the Indians pale in comparison at 45 and 26 percent, respectively. In two playoff games, Cheyenne Mountain has cranked up its defense, limiting Pueblo East to 28 percent shooting while keeping its first two opponents under 40 points. Even in two regular-season losses to Lewis-Palmer, the Indians kept the high-powered Rangers under 50 points. Ghassan Nehme missed both games against Lewis-Palmer, and senior Darrin Haynes, the team’s second-leading scorer at 11.1 points, could return after missing the past six games with a broken wrist suffered Feb. 9 at Valor Christian.



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Friday, March 8
Cheyenne Mountain's St. Clair relishes second chance, this time as an underdog
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KEVIN CARMODY

THE GAZETTE

He doesn’t feel the pressure as much this time. That’s perfectly fine with J’on St. Clair.

The second-year Cheyenne Mountain boys’ basketball coach has the Indians (19-6) in uncharted waters, appearing in the 4A quarterfinals for the first time as they take on defending 4A state champion Lewis-Palmer (22-3) at 1:15 p.m. Saturday at the Denver Coliseum.

Three years ago, he led a 23-2 Rampart squad into the 5A quarterfinals, also at the Denver Coliseum. Playing a Doherty squad the Rams had already beaten twice in the regular season and going up against his father-in-law in coach Dan McKiernan, St. Clair watched his Rams blow a 22-point lead. The Spartans won an overtime thriller 69-64 to advance to the state semifinals.

Time, and opportunity lost, perhaps helped shape St. Clair’s perspective heading into last week’s round of 16 tournament in Pueblo. Something must have worked. The No. 3 Indians defeated Durango, then took out second-seeded Pueblo East.

“I’m usually pretty stern, making sure we do things right in practice,” St. Clair said. “Last week, I was more laid back and did a lot more fun things, and that helped our kids just play. It goes back to my experience before. I need to change and learn from it.”

This time around, it’s St. Clair who is the prohibitive underdog since his Indians fell twice to Lewis-Palmer in league play last month.

“I think there’s definitely pressure on them to win,” St. Clair said. “They beat us two times already, and they’re the defending state champions. People say we’re not supposed to win this game.”

While Cheyenne Mountain is new to the pressure cooker of the quarterfinals, Lewis-Palmer has made a habit of deep playoff runs and learning how to stay composed in just about any situation. Rangers coach Russ McKinstry, in his fifth season, has led his teams to a staggering 20 playoff games, going 17-3 since he took the reins prior to the 2008-09 season.

The Rangers fell in the semifinals three consecutive years before finally breaking through last season, nipping Sierra by one point to win it all. If there’s an experience factor, Lewis-Palmer owns it.

“I think we can use that to our advantage to not make the moment bigger than it is,” McKinstry said. “I think we’ve taken a businesslike approach during practice. But when you take the enthusiasm and momentum they have, that can offset things. It’s still basketball, and the team that executes best and makes plays will be the team that comes out on top.”

McKiernan, a two-time state 5A champion coach at Palmer in 1993 and 2000, reflected on playing a team three times in the same season, and the psychology of coaching needed to counteract momentum swings in pressure-packed situations.

“You’ve got to feel that in a third meeting, they’re not going to change, because they beat you twice,” McKiernan said. “The advantage goes to the team that lost twice. They can manipulate and change and do different things that the other team hasn’t seen yet. By this point of the season, you’ve coached so much, now it’s time to manage them now, not letting them get too high or too low. I sure didn’t outcoach J’on in that game. His kids tightened up and we were able to execute.”

St. Clair thinks back to the plays he saw early as Rampart dominated early. Then, as McKinstry alluded to, the Rams got caught up in the moment and couldn’t recover. Saturday, he has a chance to do things differently.

“We were up big and kind of let down,” St. Clair recalled. “My halftime speech will be different this time.”



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Tuesday, March 5
As boys hoops tournaments got underway, madness took hold

Boys basketball week in review (Feb. 25-March 2), and the week ahead

By Thomas Trotman


Class 5A's lower seeds have stolen the headlines so far in our big-school tourney play.

The likes of Heritage, Cherry Creek, Legend and Arapahoe all went on the road and displayed the incredible balance and parity there is on our hoops scene right now.

 

We saw three of our most celebrated careers come to an end in Aurora Central's Carlton Hurst, Grandview's Eric Garcia and Columbine's Jon Snow. Take a look at the four-year varsity numbers of these three 2013 seniors and you will see they can be matched with other great Colorado prep careers.

 

We will see other strong careers come to an end, the nature of high school sports, but these three individuals have given our prep scene four strong years of varsity play. Well done, gentleman, and good luck on the next level.

 

Not much surprise on the 4A level early as all four No. 1 seeds are still alive and three No. 2 seeds advance to the Great 8. Cheyenne Mountain is the only No. 3 seed to crash the Coliseum party and that is not a real surprise based on its strong play all year.


4A preview.

• Lewis-Palmer and Cheyenne Mountain will get to battle for the third time this season. Defending champ Lewis-Palmer swept the season series, but it is always tough to beat a team for the third time.



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Tuesday, March 5
Other outstanding performances from this past week:

JUSTIN SHAW

THE GAZETTE

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Donivan Harville, Cheyenne Mountain

The senior led Cheyenne Mountain with 18 points and 14 rebounds, as the No. 3-seeded Indians won on the road against No. 2 Pueblo East 46-37 Saturday. Harville and his teammates will face Lewis-Palmer in a clash of area teams with the winner heading to the 4A state semifinals.



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Sunday, March 3
Eagles miss scheduled flight
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Cheyenne Mountain 46, East 37

After failing to make connection, East ends season at home

Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013

Eagles miss scheduled flightBy TRACY RENCK tracyr@chieftain.comThe Pueblo Chieftain

 

Their timing could not have been worse.

The East High School boys basketball team had its worst game of the season Saturday on the biggest stage.

The Eagles failed to rebound efficiently and shot a miserable 28 percent from the field.

Couple those together and East was upset by Cheyenne Mountain 46-37 in the Class 4A Sweet 16 at the Southwest Motors Events Center.

 

MIKE SWEENEY

East's Ty Gavin (22) denies Cheyenne Mountain's Donivan Harville a passing lane during the second half of their Class 4A basketball playoff game Saturday at the State Events Center. Cheyenne Mountain beat East, 46-37, ending the Eagles season. Photo by Mike Sweeney

 



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Saturday, March 2
Cheyenne Mountain reaches quarterfinals for first time in boys' basketball

KEVIN CARMODY

THE GAZETTE

 

PUEBLO – Cheyenne Mountain has claimed a whopping 77 state championships since 1958. None have come in boys’ basketball.

 

Behind a monster, 18-point, 14-rebound effort from Donivan Harville, the No. 3 seed Indians took another step toward the goal Saturday, smothering No. 2 Pueblo East, 46-37 at the State Fair Events Center to advance to the 4A boys quarterfinals for the first time in school history.

 

“Our game is to outwork the other team,” Harville said. “We feel confident that when we play harder, we’ll be on top.”

The Indians (19-6) held the Eagles (20-3) 23 points under their season average.

“We like to get out there and run, but they slowed us town and forced us out of our comfort zone,” said Eagles junior forward Jimmy Valdez, who scored 10 points but only one basket came from the field. “They dictated the tempo. We played their game, not ours.”

 

After a back-and-forth first quarter, Cheyenne Mountain took the lead for good when Harville hit three consecutive short jumpers to key a 9-0 run that gave the Indians a 19-12 advantage with 5:09 left in the second quarter. Harville scored 13 of his points by halftime.

 

“Donivan was outstanding,” Cheyenne coach J'on St. Clair said. “He was the MVP of this game. A performance like that was huge when others weren’t finding their shots.”

East appeared to take momentum into the locker room after a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Ty Gavin trimmed the deficit to 21-18. But the Indians never allowed the Eagles a momentum-changing run. Pueblo East scored four straight points only three times.

 

TJ Gradisar’s steal and layup closed the Indians' lead to 40-37 with 2:01 left, but the Eagles were shut out the rest of the way. Cheyenne Mountain hit all six free throws down the stretch.

“This is how we needed to win,” said St. Clair, who took Rampart's boys to the 5A quarterfinals in 2010. “We knew if we could keep them under 50, we’d have a shot. We had a good scouting report of how we wanted to defend them, and our kids just executed.”

 

Nathan Resty added nine points for the Indians, while junior guard Ghassan Nehme, sidelined the past four games with a dislocated kneecap, had only seven.

“It was one of those games when you’re not shooting well, but you have to do other things to help the team,” Nehme said. “I wasn’t making the shots I normally make, but I tried to play my best on defense and grab rebounds. I’m glad we all contributed and came out winners.”

 

The Indians knew prior to tipoff that Pikes Peak Athletic Conference rival Lewis-Palmer had already defeated Evergreen, and that the victor in Pueblo would meet the defending 4A state champions March 9 at the Denver Coliseum.

 

The Rangers swept the Indians in the regular-season series. Nehme missed both games.

“We’re coming in with fire,” Nehme said. “We’re done celebrating this one. Now, all of our focus in on LP.”



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Sunday, February 24
Lewis-Palmer, Wasson earn top seeds, F-FC No. 4 as CHSAA unveils 4A, 5A brackets

KEVIN CARMODY

THE GAZETTE

Lewis-Palmer is No. 1. No wait, Wasson is No. 1.

 

So who is the Pikes Peak region’s best boys’ basketball team?

 

The Rangers (20-3), the defending 4A state champion, along with the Thunderbirds (22-1), owners of 4A's longest winning streak (17 games) and down to one final playoff run before the school closes later this year, earned top seeds in their respective regions as area teams earned five first-round byes.

 

“It’s scary how balanced and strong our area is,” Lewis-Palmer coach Russ McKinstry said. “I’m glad the committee was wise enough and did a fair bracket. It’s the way it should have been with the balance throughout the state in 4A.”

 

Wasson, which played its final regular-season game Feb. 12 to hundreds of alumni, along with current and former coaches, teachers and students, will play host to a round of 16 tournament this weekend. The same holds true for Lewis-Palmer and all Nos. 1 and 2 seeds.

 

If the top seeding holds out, Lewis-Palmer and Wasson would meet in a state semifinal March 15 at the Coors Events Center in Boulder.

 

In addition to the two No. 1 seeds, Sand Creek (21-3) is ranked second and will host a round of 16 tournament Friday-Saturday. No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain (17-6) is at the bottom of the Lewis-Palmer bracket and will play at Pueblo East this weekend. The Indians and Rangers could meet in a round of eight game March 9 at the Denver Coliseum.

 

No. 4 Widefield (17-6), which finished a distant second to Wasson in the 4A Metro League, was placed in the same bracket with Sand Creek and will head to Highlands Ranch this weekend, where top-seeded Valor Christian (18-4) will host.

 

Discovery Canyon (16-7), Sierra (14-9) and Falcon (13-10) will host first-round games Wednesday, while Coronado (12-11) and Mesa Ridge (9-14) will open up on the road.

 

The 5A bracket was far less equitable to Colorado Springs area schools.

 

Colorado Springs Metro League champion Fountain-Fort Carson (15-7) earned a first-round bye but is ranked No. 4, on track with a possible round of 16 matchup with Denver East (21-2), widely considered the best team in the state.

 

Five schools from the Metro League earned playoff berths. Liberty (15-8), ranked No. 7, and No. 8 Pine Creek (11-12), will host first-round games on Wednesday.

 

Meanwhile, Doherty (13-10) and Rampart (11-12) open up on the road.

“I don’t think we get a lot of respect down here,” said Liberty coach Ivan Chambers, whose Lancers went 8-1 down the stretch. “Our league doesn’t have any signature wins against other teams up north. Regardless, you have to show up and play ball. Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to earn some respect this week.”




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Monday, February 25
Boys hoops' final week shaped the 4A, 5A state tournament seeding

Boys basketball week in review (Feb. 18-23), and the week ahead

By Thomas Trotman
Special to The Denver Postdenverpost.com


The Week Ahead

Here are just a few thoughts on the first two rounds of the tournament, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday should be action-packed! Here's a breakdown of the brackets:

Class 4A

 

• We will dive more into the individual regions as we advance in 4A. The top seeds are all deserving. The top seed D'Evelyn is ready to ride their star Luke Stratman. Valor Christian is hungry for a return to Boulder. A potential Denver South at Sand Creek Sweet 16 looks tempting.

 

No. 1 seed Wasson has senior leadership that can carry them a long way. Thomas Jefferson's 5A opponents through the season could be great prep for 4A tourney. Defending champ Lewis-Palmer is poised for a nice run, but looks like a potential Pueblo East or Cheyenne Mountain game could be on the horizon if things play out.

 

It's time to dance! "Lace 'em up"!

 



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Wednesday, February 20
Tuesday's roundup

JUSTIN SHAW

THE GAZETTE

 

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

 

Cheyenne Mountain 63, Discovery Canyon 43

At Discovery Canyon: Reece Eddy paced Cheyenne Mountain with 20 points and Nathan Resty, Ghassan Nehme and Troy Aguilar each added 12 points for the Indians (16-6, 8-5 4A Pikes Peak).

Andy Stauffer led Discovery Canyon (14-7, 5-7) with 16 points and Brandon Nachbar added 15.



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Monday, February 18
Boys high school basketball rankings: D'Evelyn back atop 4A

Denver Post coaches poll

By Ryan Casey
The Denver Postdenverpost.com

 

For the third time in four weeks, there's a change atop the Class 4A boys basketball rankings.

D'Evelyn (20-1) returned to the No. 1 spot this week, a place it previously occupied over the winter break. The Jaguars moved up because previous No. 1 Sand Creek dropped its first game of the season and fell to No. 4.

 

Lewis-Palmer is second, while Valor Christian is third. Wasson rounds out the top five.

Cheyenne Mountain, ranked in every poll since the preseason, dropped out following its fourth loss in a row. It was replaced by Longmont, which joined the ranking at tenth. The Trojans were last ranked Dec. 17.

 

Complete rankings for all classes are below.

 

Class 4A

RK

TEAM

REC

PTS

PVS

LW

1

D'Evelyn (5)

20-1

81

2

2-0

2

Lewis-Palmer (2)

18-3

77

3

2-0

3

Valor Christian (1)

18-4

72

4

1-0

4

Sand Creek

20-1

65

1

2-1

5

Wasson (1)

20-1

56

5

2-0

6

Pueblo East

17-2

44

6

1-0

7

Broomfield

17-4

27

8

2-0

8

Thomas Jefferson

14-7

25

9

1-0

9

Denver South

17-5

14

10

0-1

10

Longmont

17-4

13

-

2-0

Others receiving votes

Cheyenne Mountain 12, Windsor 5, Evergreen 1, Frederick 1.

 

Dropped from ranking

(7) Cheyenne Mountain.



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Monday, February 18
BOYS BASKETBALL: The Week Ahead

Monday, February 18, 2013 - 2:13pm

Because many conference championships have already been decided, we won’t go into as much depth as last week but we still wanted to provide a breakdown of the important games remaining in each classification.

 

CLASS 4A

Easily the most important remaining contest takes place on Tuesday as 2nd ranked Sand Creek ventures to 3rd ranked Lewis Palmer. The teams are combined 38-4 and share the Pikes Peak conference lead. Sand Creek won the first battle but lost their one game advantage due to a 51-50 upset loss to Discovery Canyon last Tuesday. That result likely means Tuesday’s winner will end up as the outright league champion. D’Evelyn is also in the mix but the survivor on Tuesday may earn the number one overall seed in the 4A state tournament bracket. Those pairings will be released on Sunday. Because of their upset of Sand Creek, Discovery Canyon can actually move into third by winning their final two games. They host Cheyenne Mountain on Tuesday and Vista Ridge on Wednesday before going to Air Academy in the finale on Friday. Wasson rolled to the CS Metro crown by downing Widefield 77-66 last Friday. The win gave them a three game lead on Sierra and Widefield with only two games remaining. Sierra hosts Widefield on Tuesday with the winner taking over second. Widefield can actually clinch the runner-up spot with a win since they beat Sierra 45-36 in game one. Sierra also meets Wasson on Friday so even with a win on Tuesday, they will have some work remaining before locking up second place.



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Sunday, February 17
BOYS BASKETBALL: New Rankings Announced (Feb 17th)
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A top ranked team and two number twos from last week all suffered last week in one of the more exciting weeks of the regular season. Those losses and several others caused many changes in the newest basketball rankings released by Colorado Preps. Also included in the rankings are six new members including two apiece in Classes 4A and 2A.

 

CLASS 4A

1. D’Evelyn (20-1)

2. Sand Creek (20-1)

3. Lewis Palmer (18-3)

4. Valor Christian (18-4)

5. Wasson (20-1)

6. Broomfield (17-4)

7. Pueblo East (17-2)

8. Thomas Jefferson (14-7)

9. Longmont (17-4)

10. Windsor (16-6)

 

NEW: Longmont, Windsor

DROPPED OUT: Cheyenne Mountain (15-6), Denver South (17-5)

TEAMS TO WATCH: Sierra (14-7), Widefield (15-6), Evergreen 914-7), Discovery Canyon (14-6), Frederick (16-6), Palisade (14-5), Elizabeth (14-7), Durango (14-5)

 

NOTES: For the first time in a couple of weeks, we have new members to the 4A rankings as Windsor and Longmont join the top ten replacing Cheyenne Mountain and Denver South. Cheyenne Mountain was seventh last week but suffered two losses and was dropped from the rankings for the first time this season. Denver South came out on the short end of a critical game with Montbello that knocked them out of the City League championship chase. They now face Denver East on Friday and face a must win situation or they could tumble to fourth in the conference heading into the playoffs. Longmont is tied with Thompson Valley for second in the Northern behind Broomfield. The Trojans actually lost to Thompson Valley head-to-head but we went with Longmont because they’ve been the hotter team down the stretch. They also own a win over Broomfield while Thompson Valley was swept by the conference champion Eagles. Longmont and Thompson Valley play a very important game on Tuesday. Windsor clinched the Tri Valley title by beating Berthoud on Friday and makes their first appearance in the rankings this season. Atop the rankings, Sand Creek stays put at number two despite suffering their first loss of the season to Discovery Canyon last Tuesday. We kept them in second because they own a win over Lewis Palmer in the previous week so we didn’t feel it fair to drop the Scorpions lower than the defending state champions. The rematch is set for Tuesday. D’Evelyn, Wasson, Broomfield and Pueblo East all clinched league championships in the past week and stayed put in their respective spot as well. Thomas Jefferson made the biggest move jumping two spots to eighth.



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Friday, February 15
Tough Week for Indians Athletics
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By Daniel russell

This last week was a rough one for Cheyenne Mountain athletics. With the winter season wrapping up in a few weeks the stress is starting to mount as each team attempts to make a push for playoffs.

 

Boys’ Basketball

Friday night the Indians hosted the defending 4A state champion Rangers of Lewis-Palmer (17-3, PPAC 10-1) in a varsity double-header game. The Indians started off well, holding the Rangers to only three points in the first quarter and keeping them close - tied 18-18 - at the end of the first half. The Rangers high-powered second half offense could not be matched by the Indians as they scored 17 points in the third and 12 in the fourth, while the Indians were only able to add eight points in each of the remaining quarters. The Indians fell to the Rangers by a final score of 34-47. The Indians were led by seniors Darrin Haynes, nine points and four rebounds, and Donivan Harville, eight points, five rebounds and two steals.

 

The next night the Indians traveled to Highlands Ranch to take on the Eagles of Valor Christian (17-4) in a non-league match. Again the Indians kept the Eagles within arms reach throughout the first half, trailing by one point at the end of the first quarter and then going into the half tied 31-31. The Indians continued to build on their second quarter momentum as they opened up a two-point lead by the end of the third quarter, but the Eagles made sure to rally at home outscoring the Indians 16-21 in the fourth quarter, giving the Eagles the 66-63 victory. Sophomore Christian Nehme took charge for the Indians, scoring 16 points, 3 rebounds, and two steals. Harville again was one of the top rebounders for the Indians, recording nine in the game.

 

Tuesday night the Indians hosted the Falcon Falcons (12-8, PPAC 5-6). The Indians came out strong, scoring 11 points in the first quarter and went into the half tied 23-23. The Falcons gained some momentum in the third as they outscored the Indians 11-8. The Indians tried to fight back from the deficit, but their comeback fell short as the Falcons came away with the 45-44 victory, putting the Indians on a three game slide with the co-leading Sand Creek Scorpions coming to Cheyenne tonight.



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Tuesday, February 12
CET Top 10 Polls
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4A Boys Basketball Top 10

 

NOTES FROM THE POLL:

*We vaulted Sand Creek up to our top spot after their signature win over Lewis-Palmer. The Scorpians proved their are a legit contender.

 

*D'Evelyn falls from #1 despite not losing last week. That has everything to do with Sand Creek as the Jags did nothing wrong.

 

*Wasson improved to 18-1 on the season. We will have the ThunderBirds on CET this Wednesday night vs. Harrison. Check them out for yourself.

 

*And Longmont is climbing the polls after a big win over Broomfield. The Northern Conference is shaping up to be a fun race.

 



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Monday, February 11
4A boys basketball due for shakeup after week of top-5 matchups

Boys basketball week in review (Feb. 4-9), and the week ahead

By Thomas Trotman


The Week That Was

Tuesday.

Cheyenne Mountain, No. 4 in 4A, got a 10-point win over Discovery Canyon and moved to 15-2 overall.

In another 4A top-5 matchup, Lewis-Palmer was able to bounce back from Tuesday's loss with a 47-34 road win at No. 4 Cheyenne Mountain. Jordan Scott scores 16 to lead the way.

Saturday.

The third 4A top-5 matchup of the week saw Valor Christian move to 17-4 overall after a 63-60 home win over Cheyenne Mountain. Certainly more shakeup in the 4A poll this week!

 

The Week Ahead

Friday.

• Big one down south as Sand Creek goes to Cheyenne Mountain.





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Monday, February 11
BOYS BASKETBALL: 4A Conference Breakdown
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If league leaders take care of business over the next two weeks, there will be little suspense in determining conference championships in Class 4A. Wasson and D’Evelyn already have two games leads in their respective leagues while Sand Creek, Windsor, Broomfield, Palisade and Elizabeth also control their own destiny. Of that bunch, Sand Creek has the most difficult road to a league title as they must beat defending state champion Lewis Palmer a second time before landing the Pikes Peak championship.

 

PIKES PEAK

With three teams ranked in the top seven, the Pikes Peak is the best league in Class 4A this year and Sand Creek took over sole possession of the lead with their 67-64 win over Lewis Palmer last Tuesday. That loss dropped the defending state champions into second but they’ll get a second shot at the Scorpions on February 19th. Until then, don’t be surprised if both teams hold their positions but if there is a chance for either the Scorpions or Rangers to stumble it will be this Friday when Sand Creek meets third place Cheyenne Mountain. Sand Creek beat Cheyenne Mountain 59-49 in the first meeting. The Indians are 13-4 overall but two of those losses are against Lewis Palmer and the fourth loss was suffered last Saturday against 4th ranked Valor Christian. Cheyenne Mountain though is resigned to the role of spoiler because even if they beat Sand Creek, the Indians will still be in third place and could not move any higher regardless of how the Sand Creek-Lewis Palmer rematch ends up.

 



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Monday, February 11
Boys high school basketball rankings: Sand Creek up to No. 1 in 4A

Denver Post Coaches Poll

By Ryan Casey
The Denver Post

 

Sand Creek is Class 4A boys basketball's lone unbeaten team. Now, the school has a No. 1 ranking to go along with an unblemished record.

 

The Scorpions (18-0) won a showdown with former No. 1 Lewis-Palmer last week, 67-64, then followed it with a 69-60 win over Air Academy to claim the top spot in the Denver Post coaches poll this week.

Sand Creek is the fourth team to hold 4A's top spot this season, following Lewis-Palmer (which was also the preseason No. 1), D'Evelyn and Valor Christian.

 

D'Evelyn remained at No. 2, while Lewis-Palmer dropped to third. Valor Christian bumped up a place to fourth, and Wasson jumped into the top five from No. 8 last week.

 

Complete rankings for all classes are below.

Class 4A

RK

TEAM

REC

PTS

PVS

LW

1

Sand Creek (5)

18-0

86

3

2-0

2

D'Evelyn (4)

18-1

79

2

2-0

3

Lewis-Palmer

16-3

71

1

1-1

4

Valor Christian

17-4

60

5

2-0

5

Wasson

18-1

47

8

2-0

6

Pueblo East

16-2

39

7

2-0

7

Cheyenne Mountain

15-4

29

4

1-2

8

Broomfield

15-4

25

6

1-1

9

Thomas Jefferson

13-7

20

9

2-0

10

Denver South

17-4

18

10

2-0

Others receiving votes

Longmont 11, Golden 1, Widefield 1, Windsor 1.

Dropped from ranking

None.




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Sunday, February 10
BOYS BASKETBALL: Rankings Announced (Feb 10th)
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CLASS 4A

1. D’Evelyn (18-1)

2. Sand Creek (18-0)

3. Lewis Palmer (16-3)

4. Valor Christian (17-4)

5. Wasson (18-1)

6. Broomfield (15-4)

7. Cheyenne Mountain (15-4)

8. Pueblo East (16-2)

9. Thomas Jefferson (13-7)

10. Denver South (17-4)

 

NEW: None

DROPPED OUT: None

TEAMS TO WATCH: Longmont (15-4), Widefield (14-5), Windsor (14-6), Frederick (14-6), Durango (12-4), Sierra (12-7), Golden (13-6), Evergreen (13-6), Thompson Valley (13-6)

 

NOTES: Sand Creek continues their climb up the 4A ladder as their critical win over Lewis Palmer moved them up to second this week. The victory helped the Scorpions also keep their overall perfect record intact and put them in sole possession of first place inside the rugged Pikes Peak. They have a rematch with the Rangers on February 19th in a game that will likely determine whether Sand Cree wins the title outright or if they share it with Lewis Palmer. Despite the loss, Lewis Palmer slipped just one spot to third as they rebounded to knock off Cheyenne Mountain later in the week. The Indians also lost to Valor Christian on Saturday but those two losses only cost them two spots to seventh. Cheyenne Mountain has four losses this year with two to Lewis Palmer and one apiece to Sand Creek and Lewis Palmer. All four of those teams are ranked in the top four this week. Broomfield was upset by Longmont in the Northern league but the Eagles remain alone in first. They dropped two spots to sixth because of the loss. Wasson continues to roll through the Colorado Springs Metro and as they keep winning their ranking also improves. They’re in the top five for the first time this week. Valor Christian’s win over Cheyenne Mountain also brought them back into the top five as well.



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Thursday, February 7
List of student-athletes who signed national letters of intent
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THE GAZETTE

A list of student-athletes who signed national letters of intent on Wednesday or will do so on Thursday. List of athletes was provided by schools or parents.

Cheyenne Mountain

Donivan Harville, football, CSU-Pueblo (D-II)



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Wednesday, February 6
Tuesday's roundup:

Doug Fitzgerald

The Gazette

 

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Cheyenne Mountain 61, Discovery Canyon 51

 

At Cheyenne Mountain: Darrin Haynes scored a season-high 28 to lead Cheyenne Mountain (15-2, 7-2 PPAC) past Discovery Canyon (12-6, 3-6).

 

Haynes’ previous high this season was 18 in the season opener against Ponderosa. The senior is averaging 11.4 points per game.

 

Christian Nehme led the Indians with 10 assists while Reece Eddy had seven rebounds.



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Monday, February 4
Boys high school basketball rankings:

Denver Post coaches poll


In 4A, Lewis-Palmer extended its stay at No. 1, while Sand Creek moved up to No. 3 following a big win over Valor Christian.

Complete rankings for all classes are below.

 

Class 4A

RK

TEAM

REC

PTS

PVS

LW

1

Lewis-Palmer (6)

15-2

87

1

2-0

2

D'Evelyn (3)

16-1

76

2

2-0

3

Sand Creek

16-0

75

4

3-0

4

Cheyenne Mountain

14-2

53

6

2-0

5

Valor Christian

15-4

46

3

0-1

6

Broomfield

14-3

42

8

3-0

7

Pueblo East

14-2

31

5

2-1

8

Wasson

16-1

29

9

2-0

9

Thomas Jefferson

11-7

27

10

1-1

10

Denver South

15-4

24

7

1-1

 

Others receiving votes

Thompson Valley 3, Evergreen 1, Palisade 1.

Dropped from ranking

None.



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Sunday, February 3
BOYS BASKETBALL: New Rankings Released (Feb 3rd)
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The first weekend in February brought basketball fans several great conference matchups between top teams in each classification. Because there were so many head-to-head matchups, the results created quite a few changes in the new Colorado Preps rankings released on this Super Bowl Sunday. Below are the new polls which includes two new number one teams and several new members to the top five.

 

CLASS 4A

1. D’Evelyn (16-1)

2. Lewis Palmer (15-2)

3. Sand Creek (16-0)

4. Broomfield (14-3)

5. Cheyenne Mountain (14-2)

6. Valor Christian (15-4)

7. Wasson (16-1)

8. Pueblo East (14-2)

9. Thomas Jefferson (11-7)

10. Denver South (15-4)

 

NEW: None

DROPPED OUT: None

TEAMS TO WATCH: Widefield (12-5), Evergreen (12-5), Golden (11-6), Thompson Valley (12-4), Windsor (12-6), Longmont (12-4), Frederick (12-6), Palisade (11-4), Delta (10-5), Durango (10-4)

 

NOTES: Sand Creek and Broomfield both scored impressive wins on Saturday to climb into the top four this week. The Scorpions remained unbeaten on the season and stayed that way thanks to a come-from-behind win over Valor Christian. Broomfield pulled away from Pueblo East early and then held on for a six point win in another top six clash. Sand Creek moved up one spot to third with the win and Broomfield jumped two spots to fourth. Sand Creek has another important date on Tuesday as they challenge Lewis Palmer for first place in the Pikes Peak. Both are 8-0 in the conference heading into the first of two meetings between the rivals. Valor and Pueblo East both slid three spots with their losses. Wasson also bumped three spots to seventh. With a two game lead in the CS Metro, the T-Birds have rolled past every league opponent including a 31 point win over second place Widefield. Their schedule though does not stack up against another top ten teams and could hurt them a bit once the post-season opens. Thomas Jefferson scored a nice 56-50 win over Denver South to avenge a non-league loss to the Rebels from earlier in the season. The Spartans moved one position to ninth while Denver South lost three spots to tenth. The loss also dropped them out of a first place tie with Denver East in the City League.



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Tuesday, January 29
SUPER MASCOT ROCKY COMES TO CMHS!
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Tuesday, January 29
CET Top 10 Polls
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4A Boys Basketball Top 10

 

NOTES FROM THE POLL:

*We have a new number one in Class 4A as D'Evelyn is back atop our latest poll. This is the second time the Jags have been ranked number one.

 

*Valor Christian, last week's number one team, dropped to fifth after a stunning 31-point loss to a very good Rangeview team.

 

*Wasson improved to 14-1 on the season as the the ThunderBirds continue their domination of the 4A Colorado Springs Metro League.

 

*And Broomfield continues to climb back up the poll. The Eagles have won six straight and have not lost since December 22, 2012.



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Monday, January 28
Boys high school basketball rankings: Lewis-Palmer takes over 4A

Denver Post coaches poll

By Ryan Casey
The Denver Postdenverpost.com

 

Lewis-Palmer took over the No. 1 spot in 4A following Valor Christian's loss to Rangeview last week. Lewis-Palmer was 4A's preseason No. 1 team and stayed there through Dec. 17. Valor dropped to third. D'Evelyn is second.

Complete rankings for all classes are below.

 

Class 4A

RK

TEAM

REC

PTS

PVS

LW

1

Lewis-Palmer (4)

13-2

81

2

2-0

2

D'Evelyn (4)

14-1

73

3

2-0

3

Valor Christian (1)

15-3

71

1

0-1

4

Sand Creek

13-0

66

5

2-0

5

Pueblo East

12-1

56

4

1-0

6

Cheyenne Mountain

12-2

39

7

2-0

7

Denver South

14-3

34

6

2-0

8

Broomfield

11-3

27

9

2-0

9

Wasson

14-1

26

10

2-0

10

Thomas Jefferson

10-6

18

8

0-1

 

Others receiving votes

Golden 2, Windsor 2, Thompson Valley 1.

Dropped from ranking

None.



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Sunday, January 27
BOYS BASKETBALL: New Rankings Announced (Jan. 27th)
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The newest set of rankings released by Colorado Preps is a bit mixed this week. A few classes experienced only a few changes while the remaining divisions underwent wholesale changes. The new poll also features a new number one team for the first time in several weeks but features only four new teams across the five divisions. Below are the new polls in each class and your comments are welcome at the end of the article.

 

CLASS 4A

1. D’Evelyn (14-1)

2. Lewis Palmer (13-2)

3. Valor Christian (15-3)

4. Sand Creek (13-0)

5. Pueblo East (12-1)

6. Broomfield (11-3)

7. Denver South (14-3)

8. Cheyenne Mountain (12-2)

9. Wasson (14-1)

10. Thomas Jefferson (10-6)

 

NEW: None

DROPPED OUT: None

TEAMS TO WATCH: Evergreen (10-5), Golden (9-5), Thompson Valley (10-5), Discovery Canyon (12-3), Windsor (11-5), Sierra (10-5), Eagle Valley (10-2), Palisade (9-4), Delta (8-5), Roosevelt (9-7)

 

NOTES: Valor Christian and Thomas Jefferson are among the most difficult teams to rank in any class because the Eagles and Spartans play in Class 4A but play a predominantly 5A schedule. Both teams suffered losses to 5A opponents in the past week but the damage was minimal because of the competition level. Valor Christian though dropped two spots because their loss to Rangeview was by 31 points. That dropped the Eagles to third despite a head-to-head win over D’Evelyn earlier this month. The Jaguars take over the top spot for the first time this season as they’ve not lost since the Valor game and sit alone in first atop the Jeffco. Thomas Jefferson fell one spot to tenth but stayed in the rankings because their loss came against top ranked Denver East (5A) which is widely considered the best team in the state this year. There’s also shuffling in the top five due to strength of conference. Lewis Palmer and Sand Creek both jump ahead of Pueblo East because at this point, the Pikes Peak league seems to be stronger than the South Central. Pueblo East is alone in first but they’re the only team in the conference above five hundred for the season. Lewis Palmer and Sand Creek meantime are just two of three teams from the Pikes Peak ranked again this week plus fourth place Discovery Canyon has posted 12 wins. Spots six through eight remain unchanged and Wasson bumped to 9th with the loss by Thomas Jefferson. The T-Birds have won nine a row including a very impressive 31 point win over Widefield last week.



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Saturday, January 26
Friday's roundup:

Brent W. New

THE GAZETTE


BOYS' BASKETBALL

Cheyenne Mountain 77, Palmer Ridge 46

 

At Cheyenne Mountain: After two tough losses last week, Cheyenne Mountain (12-2 overall, 4-2 PPAC) regrouped with two wins this week.

 

The Indians led comfortably throughout, as Ghassan Nehme and Reece Eddy each scored 14.

Palmer Ridge (7-8, 1-5) has lost three in a row.



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Wednesday, January 23
Tuesday's roundup:

DOUG FITZGERALD

THE GAZETTE

BOYS' BASKETBALL

 

Cheyenne Mountain 69, Falcon 61

At Falcon: Ghassan Nehme scored 25 points to lead Cheyenne Mountain (11-2, 3-2 4A Pikes Peak) over Falcon (7-7, 0-5).

 

Nehme, a junior, is averaging 21.3 points per game this season.

Chances Matlock led Falcon with 14 points.



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Tuesday, January 22
MLK National Volunteer Day 2013
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The men’s basketball team spent 2 hours at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore yesterday volunteering our time. We took apart steel fixtures, moved them to other locations around the store and put them back together. We also had some player’s clean windows and price items. I am very proud of our young men for giving back to our community. We saved the store $1,000 dollars in man power hours.

Great job Indians!



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Tuesday, January 22
Pikes Peak area rankings: 5A top spots up for grabs in league openers

THE GAZETTE

PIKES PEAK AREA RANKINGS

BOYS' BASKETBALL

 

4A

1. Sand Creek (11-0), No. 1
2. Lewis-Palmer (11-2), No. 2
3. Wasson (12-1), No. 3

 

NOTES: Finally, 5A Metro League plays begins Tuesday with two intriguing matchups right off the bat. Fountain-Fort Carson, which has lost three straight, hosts Liberty, in the midst of a three-game winning streak. The Trojans scored a 60-48 victory at Liberty on Dec. 14 in a tournament game. Rampart travels to Doherty, off to a 9-4 start and owners of a four-game winning streak. … Sand Creek remained undefeated with wins over Cheyenne Mountain and Air Academy. Next up is 12-1 Discovery Canyon on Tuesday. Don’t look now, but Lewis-Palmer travels to Sand Creek on Feb. 5. Wasson has third place to itself after Cheyenne Mountain dropped off. The one-loss Thunderbirds could get a test from Widefield (9-4) Tuesday. …



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Monday, January 21
Boys high school basketball rankings:

Post Preps: Boys Basketball

By Ryan Casey

Valor Christian remained atop the 4A poll, though Lewis-Palmer jumped in to the No. 2 spot in that ranking. D'Evelyn is a close No. 3.

Class 4A

RK

TEAM

REC

PTS

PVS

LW

1

Valor Christian (5)

15-2

71

1

3-0

2

Lewis-Palmer (2)

11-2

67

4

2-0

3

D'Evelyn (1)

12-1

65

2

2-0

4

Pueblo East

11-1

56

5

2-0

5

Sand Creek

11-0

53

6

2-0

6

Denver South

12-3

31

8

2-0

7

Cheyenne Mountain

10-2

24

3

0-2

8

Thomas Jefferson

10-5

23

7

2-1

9

Broomfield

9-3

20

9

2-0

10

Wasson

12-1

19

10

2-0

Others receiving votes

Discovery Canyon 9, Kennedy 2, Frederick 1.

Dropped from ranking

None.



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Monday, January 21
Balance on display in 4A, 5A boys basketball

Post Preps: Ball Fever

Boys basketball week in review (Jan. 14-19), and the week ahead

By Thomas Trotman
Special to The Denver Postdenverpost.com


Week 8 in boys hoops put the balance in the 4A and 5A divisions on display as league play creates some fun home and away matchups. This week also brought us two young men ready to join the party up north, Jay MacIntyre and Austin Sparks, who have the ability to change the 4A and 5A landscapes.

 

The Week That Was

Tuesday.

• This night brought us a 4A top-10 matchup of undefeated southern squads when Cheyenne Mountain traveled to Sand Creek. Sand Creek's scoring balance on its home floor proved to be too much as Dylan Clark's 17 points led three in double figures and a 59-49 home court win.

Friday.

• In a 4A top-5 matchup, Lewis-Palmer showed they are not quite ready to hand anything over south of the city. They flexed their defensive muscle in a 49-33 win over Cheyenne Mountain. Lewis-Palmer held the visitor to six points or less in the second and third quarters. Justin Smith scored 16, followed by Tyler Owens 12.



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Sunday, January 20
BOYS BASKETBALL: Rankings Announced (Jan. 20th)
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Another week of exciting basketball is in the books and with it comes another set of rankings from Colorado Preps. A new poll is released each Sunday through the regular season and below is a breakdown of the top ten teams in each division.

 

CLASS 4A

1. Valor Christian (15-2)

2. D’Evelyn (12-1)

3. Pueblo East (11-1)

4. Lewis Palmer (11-2)

5. Sand Creek (11-0)

6. Broomfield (9-3)

7. Denver South (12-3)

8. Cheyenne Mountain (10-2)

9. Thomas Jefferson (10-5)

10. Wasson (12-1)

 

DROPPED OUT: Evergreen (8-5)

NEW: Wasson

TEAMS TO WATCH: Durango (9-2), Sierra (9-4), Widefield (9-4), Golden (7-5), Thompson Valley (8-5), Discovery Canyon (12-1), Frederick (9-4), Mead (9-4), Windsor (9-5), Roosevelt (7-7), Pueblo West (6-8), Palisade (8-3), Eagle Valley (9-2), Elizabeth (7-6)

 

NOTES: The top four teams in the rankings again remain solid as Valor Christian, D’Evelyn, Pueblo East and Lewis Palmer combined for nine wins without a loss over the past seven days. Pueblo East had the closest call surviving for a one point win over Pueblo West last Tuesday in the South Central League opener. D’Evelyn also downed a solid Evergreen team 68-54 last Friday that put them alone in first in the Jeffco. Lewis Palmer also had a solid week as they downed Cheyenne Mountain 49-33 on Friday to stay part of a first place tie with Sand Creek in the Pikes Peak. Evergreen fell from the rankings with the loss to D’Evelyn. They were ranked 9thlast week. Cheyenne Mountain also tumbled three spots to eighth as the loss to Lewis Palmer was their second of the week after also losing to unbeaten Sand Creek three nights before. Sand Creek used the win to join the top five for the first time in the history of Colorado Preps. Broomfield and Denver South also moved up closer to the top five. The Eagles moved up two spots to sixth while South climbed three spots to seventh. They used a non-conference win over Thomas Jefferson to climb up the rankings. Wasson is the only newcomer. The Thunderbirds have won 12 of their first 13 games and have won seven in a row since a loss to Poudre. The ThunderRidge are tied with Sierra (both 4-0) atop the Colorado Springs Metro.



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Saturday, January 19
Friday's roundup: Lewis-Palmer uses strong second half to rally past Cheyenne Mountain

JUSTIN FELISKO

THE GAZETTE

Highlights from Friday’s high school sports scene in the Pikes Peak Region:


Boys' Basketball

Lewis-Palmer 49, Cheyenne Mountain 33

 

At Cheyenne Mountain: Seniors Justin Smith (16 points) and Tyler Owens led 4A No. 1 Lewis-Palmer past No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain in a 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference showdown.

 

Lewis-Palmer (11-2, 4-0 4A Pikes Peak) has won four straight while Cheyenne Mountain (10-2, 2-2) has now lost two straight.



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Wednesday, January 16
Scorpions hand Indians first loss
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January 16, 2013

JUSTIN SHAW

THE GAZETTE



It’s official: Sand Creek has become a basketball power.

 

Already sporting a girls’ team that’s one of the best in the city, the boys flexed their muscles on Tuesday night against an undefeated Cheyenne Mountain team in a 59-49 victory.

 

The Scorpions (10-0, 3-0 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) did enough to gain a lead in the fourth quarter and closed the show with solid free-throw shooting.

 

“It feels nice to be able to make free throws because it gives our team an option down the stretch when we have the lead,” said Sand Creek point guard Dylan Clark, who scored 17 points and went 10-for-12 from the line. “During the first half we rushed things on offense, but in the third quarter we had patience and executed better.”

 

The third quarter was the key to the game, as the Scorpions – who trailed 23-22 at the break – got their offense going, scoring more points in the quarter than they did in the entire first half.

 

As hot as Sand Creek was in the eight minutes, the Indians were that cold. The Scorpions outscored Cheyenne Mountain 23-13 in the quarter, taking a nine-point lead into the fourth.

 

“I’d like to take credit for giving them a great halftime pep talk, but that’s not what it was,” Sand Creek coach Joe Rausch said. “We missed some easy shots in the first half against a team that played good defense. We got hot and made some shots and that was the difference in the game.”

 

The lead would increase to double digits in the fourth quarter and Cheyenne Mountain had to play catch-up. The Indians began to foul to stop the clock, but it didn't help, as Clark and the rest of Sand Creek made the majority of their free throws.

 

“In the third quarter our offense was terrible; we didn’t run good sets and they are one of the better defensive teams in our league,” Cheyenne Mountain coach J’on St. Clair said. “We need to play more as a team, and we have to get more guys better shots.”

 

The game looked like it might be a laugher midway through the first quarter. Sand Creek took a 14-2 lead out of the gate, but then went cold, allowing Cheyenne Mountain (10-1, 2-1) to go on a 21-4 run of its own to take a 23-18 lead at one point in the second quarter.

 

However, the Indians couldn’t capitalize and took their first loss of the year. The road doesn’t get any easier for Cheyenne Mountain, as it travels to defending 4A state champion Lewis-Palmer on Friday night.

 

“We had 17 turnovers tonight and most of them were unforced, so we’ve got to start taking better care of the ball,” said Indians guard Ghassan Nehme, who led all scorers with 21 points. “We also didn’t knock down shots we usually knock down, so we need to take care of that too.”

 

Sand Creek had a balanced effort in the scoring column, with Josh Smith scoring 14 points and adding six rebounds and three blocks, and Bryan Jenkins scoring 12 points.

 

Nehme was the only Indian in double figures. Darrin Haynes was the second-highest scorer with nine.



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Tuesday, January 15
BOYS BASKETBALL:
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Colorado Preps

 

Five games pitting ranked teams against one another highlights an extremely attractive Tuesday night schedule. Record wise, the best matchup takes place in Class 4A where unbeaten Cheyenne Mountain and Sand Creek put a combined 17-0 record on the line. The winner keeps a share of first place in the very deep Pikes Peak Conference.

 

CLASS 4A

#1 Valor Christian vs Palmer

#3 Pueblo East at Pueblo West

#4 Lewis Palmer at Falcon

#5 Cheyenne Mountain at #6 Sand Creek

 

It’s a big week for Cheyenne Mountain. The Indians not only face fellow unbeaten Sand Creek tonight but they also tangle with defending state champion Lewis Palmer on Friday. Both are league encounters and serve as the first of two meetings with their in-city rivals. Two wins though will give the Indians a leg up in the first half of the conference schedule. The Indians defense has been solid this year. They’ve given up more than 51 points only once all season (beat Poudre 73-71). They’re also coming off a solid win over Air Academy last Friday. Cheyenne Mountain’s defense could be the difference tonight. They’ve allowed more than 51 points in a game only once all season (beat Poudre 73-71) and they’re coming off a nice win over Air Academy last Friday. With an average of 67 points a game, Sand Creek will look to push the tempo a bit behind the shooting of senior Josh Smith who leads the team with nearly 17 points a game. He’s knocked in 22 three pointers on the season including five in the 84-47 win over Fruita Monument. Lewis Palmer has been dominant in league play beating Discovery Canyon and Palmer Ridge by a combined 77 points last week. Falcon dropped conference openers to Air Academy and Discovery Canyon over the same time frame but has seven wins overall. Top ranked Valor Christian should roll past winless Palmer and 2nd ranked Pueblo East is heavily favored to land the South Central crown as league play opens tonight. The Eagles are the only league member above 500 for the season. Broomfield and Thompson Valley share the Northern League with identical 2-0 record. They face off Friday in Loveland and each team wants a win to gain momentum for that showdown. Windsor needs a win over Mead to maintain sole possession of the Tri Valley lead and Wasson seeks an 11th win in 12 games when they tip against Coronado. The Cougars are coming off a nice home win over Widefield for their first league victory.



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Tuesday, January 15
Pikes Peak area rankings:

January 15, 2013

THE GAZETTE

 

PIKES PEAK AREA RANKINGS

BOYS' BASKETBALL

 

5A

1. Fountain-Fort Carson (6-6), No. 1 last week

2. Liberty (6-5), No. 2

3. Rampart (8-4), No. 3

 

4A

1. Sand Creek (9-0), No. 1

2. Lewis-Palmer (9-2), No. 2

3. (tie) Wasson (10-1), No. 3

Cheyenne Mountain (10-0), No. 3

 

NOTES: Liberty returned to its spot at No. 2 following wins over Ponderosa and Pueblo South last week, while Rampart had its three-game winning streak ended with a tough loss at Aurora Central. The Lancers won’t play again until the Metro League opener at Fountain-Fort Carson on Jan. 21, both teams’ first game since Jan. 11. … It’s “Judgment Week” for undefeated Cheyenne Mountain. On Tuesday, the Indians travel to Sand Creek, then head north to defending 4A state champion Lewis-Palmer on Friday. … They’re tied with the same record and both are undefeated in the 4A PPAC standings, but not for long.

 



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Monday, January 14
Boys high school basketball rankings:

Denver Post coaches poll

By Ryan Casey
The Denver Postdenverpost.com



In 4A, Valor Christian retained its No. 1 ranking by the narrowest of margins. The Eagles (12-2) are just one point ahead of No. 2 D'Evelyn. Cheyenne Mountain is third. Broomfield rejoined the 4A poll at ninth, marking the Eagles' first spot in the ranking since Dec. 10.

 

Complete rankings for all classes are below.

Class 4A

RK

TEAM

REC

PTS

PVS

LW

1

Valor Christian (3)

12-2

69

1

2-0

2

D'Evelyn (2)

10-1

68

2

2-0

3

Cheyenne Mountain (2)

10-0

62

3

2-0

4

Lewis-Palmer

9-2

57

4

2-0

5

Pueblo East (1)

9-1

51

8

1-0

6

Sand Creek

9-0

40

6

2-0

7

Thomas Jefferson

8-4

30

5

0-2

8

Denver South

10-3

19

7

2-1

9

Broomfield

7-3

14

-

2-0

10

Wasson

10-1

13

10

2-0

Others receiving votes

Discovery Canyon 11, Windsor 3, Evergreen 2, Longmont 1.

Dropped from ranking

(9) Discovery Canyon.



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Monday, January 14
Boys basketball week in review (Jan. 7-12), and the week ahead

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By Thomas Trotman
Special to The Denver Postdenverpost.com



The Week That Was

Friday.

Cheyenne Mountain, quietly sitting at No. 3 in 4A and undefeated, got a 15-point win over Air Academy. Balanced scoring with Geno Bigelow and John Sims leading the way.

 

The Week Ahead

Tuesday.

• Cheyenne Mountain at Sand Creek in a 4A top 10 matchup.

 

Friday.

• Cheyenne Mountain at Lewis-Palmer in a big one down south.



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Sunday, January 13
BOYS BASKETBALL: State Rankings Released (Jan 13th)
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Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 6:32pm

All five number one teams were able to maintain their hold on the top spots this week but there is plenty of shuffling behind them in the latest Colorado Preps rankings. Four teams also joined the rankings for the first time this week. Below are the new rankings in each division with notes on results from last week and a breakdown of the top games for the coming week.

 

CLASS 4A

Valor Christian (12-2)

D’Evelyn (10-1)

Pueblo East (9-1)

Lewis Palmer (9-2)

Cheyenne Mountain (10-0)

Sand Creek (9-0)

Thomas Jefferson (8-4)

Broomfield (7-3)

Evergreen (7-4)

Denver South (10-3)

 

NEW: Evergreen

DROPPED OUT: Longmont (6-2)

TEAMS TO WATCH: Wasson (9-1), Sierra (7-4), Widefield (7-4), Thompson Valley (7-4), Silver Creek (7-3), Discovery Canyon (10-1), Windsor (8-4), Frederick (7-4), Mead (7-4), Weld Central (8-2)

 

NOTES: No changes inside the top four as Valor Christian, D’Evelyn, Pueblo East and Lewis Palmer all worked through the week without a loss. Pueblo East scored maybe the most impressive win of the bunch as they downed Denver South (57-44). Despite that loss, Denver South maintained their 10th position as they rebounded with a 61-48 decision over Longmont three nights later. Thomas Jefferson lost twice and lost two spots in the rankings, dropping to seventh. The Spartans are 8-4 overall but have already played ten games against 5A opponents compiling a 7-3 record in those games. Losses last week occurred to a pair of big school opponents in Highlands Ranch and Aurora Central. Those losses enabled Cheyenne Mountain and Sand Creek to each bump up one position. Those two teams share the early lead with Lewis Palmer in the Pikes Peak league and they square off on Tuesday. Cheyenne Mountain also visits Lewis Palmer on Friday so it’s a very difficult but important week for the Indians. The only newcomer in the rankings is Evergreen. The Cougars toppled Wheat Ridge and Green Mountain stretching their winning streak to three games. They’re tied with D’Evelyn for the early Jeffco lead (both 2-0) and they collide on Friday. Evergreen earned the ranking ahead of one loss teams in Wasson and Discovery Canyon because of their more difficult schedule. The Cougars have losses to Valor Christian, Heritage, Mountain Vista and Elizabeth.



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Saturday, January 12
Friday's roundup:

JUSTIN SHAW

THE GAZETTE

Highlights from Friday night's high school sports action.


BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Cheyenne Mountain 62, Air Academy 47

 

At Cheyenne Mountain: The Pikes Peak 4A No. 3 Indians (10-0, 2-0 4A Pikes Peak) remained perfect with a late spurt in the fourth quarter to pull away and set up a huge showdown Tuesday night at Sand Creek in a battle of unbeatens.

 

The Kadets fell to 6-5, 1-1 in conference.



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Friday, January 11
The Cheyenne Edition

January 11, 2013

By Joe PaiSley

 

Basketball

Boys’ Hoops Improves to 9-0 Junior Ghassan Nehme pumped in 20 points and the CMHS defense shone during a 46-33 road win over Vista Ridge to open PPAC play for the Indian boys. CMHS scored its fewest points so far this season but held its opponent to the lowest points total, surpassing an earlier 55 -34 win over Sterling on Dec. 11.

 

Against the Wolves (3-7, 0-1), CMHS led 24-18 at halftime and steadily pulled away. The Indians (9-0, 1-0 PPAC) host Air Academy for a boys/ girls doubleheader starting at 6p.m. on Friday with the girls’ game followed by the boys at about 7:30. The Kadet boys are 6-4, 1-0 after a league win over Falcon on Tuesday while the AA girls are 4-5, 1-0.



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Wednesday, January 9
Tuesday's roundup:

BRENT W. NEW

THE GAZETTE

Highlights from Tuesday's high school sports scene.


BOYS' BASKETBALL

 

Cheyenne Mountain 46, Vista Ridge 33

At Vista Ridge: Cheyenne Mountain’s Christian Nehme scored eight points as the 4A No. 3 Indians remained undefeated (9-0 overall, 1-0 Pikes Peak).

 

The Indians stretched their lead over Vista Ridge (3-7, 0-1) when they outscored the Wolves 15-6 in the third quarter.

 

Jerrell Bellot scored 10 points to lead all Wolves players.

 



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Monday, January 7
Pikes Peak area rankings:

THE GAZETTE

PIKES PEAK AREA BASKETBALL RANKINGS

 

BOYS

4A

1. Sand Creek (7-0), No. 1
2. Lewis-Palmer (7-2), No. 2
3. (tie) Wasson (8-1), No. 3
Cheyenne Mountain (8-0), No. 3

 

NOTES: 4A league play in the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference starts Tuesday. Discovery Canyon puts its 8-0 record on the line against a Lewis-Palmer squad that not only lost its 34-game winning streak Dec. 20 against D’Evelyn, but suffered another loss two days later at Chaparral. It marked the Rangers’ first consecutive losses since dropping three straight to start the 2009-10 season. The 4A Metro League season commences Thursday.…



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Monday, January 7
Boys high school basketball rankings: Valor Christian new No. 1 in 4A

Denver Post coaches poll

By Ryan Casey
The Denver Postdenverpost.com



Valor Christian won
a showdown with No. 1 D'Evelyn on Friday, then captured the top spot for itself on Monday.

 

The Eagles (10-2) moved up to the No. 1 spot from No. 5 in the Class 4A boys basketball coaches poll this week. Valor Christian has played a mostly-5A schedule in the early part of the year, but is unbeaten (3-0) against 4A foes.

 

D'Evelyn dropped to No. 2, while Cheyenne Mountain fell a place to No. 3. Lewis-Palmer remained at No. 4.

 

Complete rankings for all classes are below.

 

Class 4A

RK

TEAM

REC

PTS

PVS

LW

1

Valor Christian (5)

10-2

75

5

1-0

2

D'Evelyn (1)

8-1

67

1

0-1

3

Cheyenne Mountain (2)

8-0

53

2

0-0

4

Lewis-Palmer

7-2

47

4

0-0

5

Thomas Jefferson

8-2

41

6

0-0

6

Sand Creek

7-0

34

3

0-0

7

Denver South

8-2

24

8

1-0

8

Pueblo East

8-1

22

7

0-0

9

Discovery Canyon

8-0

18

10

0-0

10

Wasson

8-1

12

9

1-0

Others receiving votes

Broomfield 11, Longmont 7, Sierra 7, Evergreen 3, Windsor 1.

Dropped from ranking

None.

 



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Sunday, January 6
BOYS BASKETBALL: State Rankings Released
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With the second half of the basketball schedule hitting full stride this week, Colorado Preps has released their first boys basketball rankings of the season. Even though the schedule was limited last week, there were several important games that affected the rankings in the upper three classifications.

 

CLASS 4A

1. Valor Christian (10-2)

2. D’Evelyn (8-1)

3. Pueblo East (8-1)

4. Lewis Palmer (7-2)

5. Thomas Jefferson (8-2)

6. Cheyenne Mountain (8-0)

7. Sand Creek (7-0)

8. Longmont (5-0)

9. Broomfield (5-3)

10. Denver South (7-2)

 

TEAMS TO WATCH: Discovery Canyon (8-0), Wasson (7-1), Falcon (7-2), Eagle Valley (7-2), Windsor (6-4)

 

NOTES: With so many quality teams in Class 4A, the separation between numbers one and ten is not that much. Valor Christian is unbeaten against 4A opponents and based on their exciting win over D’Evelyn, the Eagles take hold of the top spot in our first rankings. The Eagles have dropped games against Doherty and Columbine by a total of 15 points. Against Valor, D’Evelyn was seeking a third consecutive high quality win. They knocked off both Lewis Palmer and Thomas Jefferson to close December so despite the loss to the Eagles, the Jaguars claim the second spot. Pueblo East earned a slight edge over Lewis Palmer in the battle between third and fourth. Pueblo East is unbeaten against in-state competition and also has a win over Chaparral while the Rangers lost to the Wolverines last month. Thomas Jefferson dropped the one point decision to D’Evelyn and also lost to Legend but the Spartans have quality wins over Cherry Creek, Pine Creek, Montbello, Cherokee Trial and Rampart to finish out the top five. Cheyenne Mountain, Sand Creek and Longmont are a combined 20-0 but they have not face the same level of competition as the top five. Discovery Canyon is another unbeaten left out of the rankings because of scheduling. They were bypassed in favor of Broomfield which has four wins against 5A opponents and Denver South which is unbeaten against in-state competition including a 35 point win over 3A five time defending state champion Faith Christian.

 



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Thursday, January 3
CET Top 10 Polls - 4A Basketball Top 10
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*D'Evelyn is a clear-cut number one. The Jaguars are led by Luke Stratman, who averages near 29 points per game.

*Along with D'Evelyn, Cheyenne Mtn, Discovery Canyon, Sand Creek and Longmont are all without a blemish on their resume.

*Denver South and TJ give the DPL strong representation. Those two teams will meet up on January 16th.

*Pueblo East checks in at #10. The Eagles only loss this season has come to 5A's Cherokee Trail.

 



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Thursday, December 27
Boys high school basketball rankings:

post preps: boys basketball

By Ryan Casey

Mountain Vista, 9-0 to start this season, is now the No. 2 team in Class 5A boys basketball.

The Golden Eagles beat then-No. 5 Columbine last week and moved from sixth to second in the Denver Post coaches poll as a result. Mountain Vista also beat Liberty last week. The first game following the break will be a daunting test: No. 3 Arapahoe, which is also unbeaten at 8-0, waits on Jan. 4.

Grandview went from seventh to fourth in this week's poll, while ThunderRidge dropped a spot to fifth. Rangeview lost to unranked Chaparral last week and fell from second to sixth as a result. Fossil Ridge is seventh and is followed by Overland (No. 8) and Columbine (No. 9). The 5A poll added Eaglecrest, at tenth.

In 4A, D'Evelyn took over the top spot following its win over then-No. 1 Lewis-Palmer last week. Lewis-Palmer fell to fourth, as Cheyenne Mountain moved up to second and Sand Creek to third. Denver South is the lone newcomer to the 4A poll, debuting this week at No. 8.

Complete rankings for all classes are below.


Class 4A

RK TEAM REC PTS PVS LW

1 D'Evelyn (5) 8-0 66 2 1-0

2 Cheyenne Mountain (2) 8-0 63 4 1-0

3 Sand Creek 7-0 46 5 1-0

4 Lewis-Palmer 7-2 43 1 1-2

5 Valor Christian 9-2 41 3 1-1

6 Thomas Jefferson 8-2 38 6 4-1

7 Pueblo East 8-1 36 8 4-0

8 Denver South 7-2 19 - 2-0

9 Wasson 7-1 15 7 1-0

10 Discovery Canyon 8-0 11 10 3-0

Others receiving votes Longmont 5, Broomfield 1, Widefield 1.

Dropped from ranking (9) Longmont.


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Wednesday, December 26
Pikes Peak Area rankings: Lewis-Palmer boys' drop out of No. 1 spot

THE GAZETTE

BOYS BASKETBALL

 

5A

1. Fountain-Fort Carson (6-3), No. 1 last week

2. Liberty (3-5), No. 2

3. Rampart (5-3), No. 3

 

4A

1. Sand Creek (7-0), No. 2

2. Lewis-Palmer (7-2), No. 1

3. (tie) Wasson (7-1), No. 3

Cheyenne Mountain (8-0), No. 3

 

NOTES: Don’t look too closely at Liberty’s 3-5 record and four-game losing streak heading into 2013. The Lancers’ five losses belong to teams with a combined 32-8 record, including 7-2 Lewis-Palmer (the Rangers were still undefeated at the time) and 9-0 Mountain Vista last week. … And speaking of Rangers, they dropped two games in the span of three days. Granted it was to 4A No. 2 state-ranked D'Evelyn and 5A Chaparral on the road, but back-to-back losses will get you if you're in the driver's seat. ... Sand Creek and Cheyenne Mountain both remained undefeated last week, as did Discovery Canyon (8-0), which started PPAC league play early with a win over Palmer Ridge. … CSCS had its four-game winning streak abruptly ended by Widefield on Thursday. … With the weather-shortened Mountain Lion High School Holiday Shootout last week at UCCS, Peyton and Calhan face an extended break, neither playing again until the second week of January.




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Bowling 1
Friday, December 21
BOWLING PARTY PICTURES
Bowling 2

Highest Individual Score: Tristan Strickland 163

Coaches destroy the Seniors in the team competition!



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Friday, December 21
‘Hungry and humble’ Indians Unbeaten Headed into Holiday Break
CMHS boys hoops vs Pine Creek 020

By Joe paisley

The Cheyenne Edition

 

The unbeaten Cheyenne Mountain boys’ basketball team pledged to “stay hungry and humble” over the holiday break.

It may prove more difficult than it sounds for the home fans after the Indians shredded Class 5A Pine Creek 80-45 on Tuesday night to close out the nonconference portion of their schedule.

Junior guard Ghassan Nehme, who looked every bit the NCAA Division I prospect with a combined 52 points over the past two contests, took the postgame message to the team from head coach J’on St. Clair to heart.

“Without my teammates, we wouldn’t be 8-0,” Nehme said. “Four out of the top five teams in our league are ranked in the state top 10 so we know we have to stay hungry and humble and be ready to play after the break.”

Pine Creek (2-4) entered the game on a two-game winning streak with victories over Niwot (51-48) and Denver North (62-32). But they had no answer for Nehme (game-high 21 points), senior guard Darrin Haynes (16 points), sophomore guard Christian Nehme (13 points, team-high five assists) and junior center Reece Eddy (12 points, nine rebounds).

 

“We struggled on defense,” said Pine Creek head coach Duke Stewart. “Nos. 1-11, we have to work to get better on defense. We knew coming in that Gus (Ghassan) was going to get his points. One guy cannot stop him; two probably won’t either. We were looking to slow down the others and give ourselves a chance to pull out a road win.”

 

Ghassan Nehme’s contribution goes beyond the points evident on the stat sheet, St.Clair said. ‘What most people don’t realize is that he makes everyone else around him better,” he said. “He forces other teams to adjust to him.”

 

The defense of the Indians disrupted Pine Creek for the entirety of the nonleague game. The turnovers generated by the near constant pressure led to an unofficial 18 Cheyenne Mountain fastbreak baskets when fleetfooted Haynes and the Nehme brothers could attack the rim. Eddy worked best in the halfcourt, using his 6-foot-7 frame to control the glass and record a couple offensive putbacks. His height also forced a number of altered shots with some Eagles unwilling to attack the rim. More importantly, Eddy hit 4-of-5 free throws to hurt Pine Creek when they fouled.

“Haynes and Reece Eddy both played well today,” St. Clair said. “Reece made his free throws with is big.”

The cliché about team defense proved true with players such as senior Donivan Harville (eight points) and sophomore Nathan Resty (four points) contributing a team-high five steals to make life difficult for the Pine Creek ballhandlers. “When we defend well, I feel like we are a steam train just rolling along,” Eddy said.

 

Pine Creek scored most of its points with good passes to the opposite side where players like senior Rhett Lopez found room to attack the basket. The 6-foot-4 guard finished with a team-high 15 points and was PCHS’ only consistent answer to the Indians’ offensive balance. Seniors Grant Morin and Max Roberson added six points apiece and junior guard Austin Meachum chipped in five. “When I really need a basket, he is my go-to guy,” Stewart said. “The problem is when he is not hitting his shots, we struggle to get a bucket.”

 

With the defense playing well, CMHS steadily pulled away for a 17-10 lead after Ghassan Nehme scored seven points in the first quarter. Haynes scored eight in the second for a 35-21 halftime lead before the Indians slammed the door shut by hitting three 3-pointers on consecutive possessions by Haynes and the Nehme brothers for a 51-29 lead with 3:21 left in the third. An offensive putback by Harville at the buzzer made it 61-35 after three and it was time for the reserves to log some playing time.

 

The Indians defeated Poudre in the championship game of the Fort Collins-Poudre Shootout tournament last Saturday night in a 73-72 2OT thriller behind 31 points from Ghassan Nehme, who scored the winning basket.

“It was a lot more points than we like to allow but their guy (senior Lake Reed, 40 points) hit some shots,” Nehme said. “Fifty is our goal and we held (Pine Creek) to 40 tonight which is good.”

CMHS outscored host Fort Collins by seven points in the fourth quarter to down the Lambkins 56-48 in last Friday’s tournament semifinal.

 

The Pine Creek junior varsity rallied from down six at halftime earlier Tuesday to record a 77-69 win over the Indians. The CMHS varsity next plays at Vista Ridge (3-5) to open the 4A Pikes Peak Conference schedule on Jan. 8.



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Tuesday, December 18
Tuesday's roundup:
THE GAZETTE

Cheyenne Mountain 80, Pine Creek 45

At Pine Creek: Four players scored in double digits for 4A No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain (8-0), led by Ghassan Nehme’s 21.

Darrin Haynes scored 16, Christian Nehme 13 and Reece Eddy 12 to keep the Indians unbeaten. Cheyenne Mountain returns to action after the winter break.

Pine Creek falls to 2-4.




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Tuesday, December 18
PIKES PEAK AREA BASKETBALL RANKINGS

KEVIN CARMODY

THE GAZETTE

 

BOYS' BASKETBALL

5A

1. Fountain-Fort Carson (5-2), No. 2 last week

2. Liberty (3-3), No. 1

3. Rampart (3-2), No. 3

4A

1. Lewis-Palmer (6-0), No. 1

2. Sand Creek (6-0), No. 2

3. (tie) Wasson (6-1), No. 3

Cheyenne Mountain (7-0), NR

 

NOTES: The top two 5A teams changed places after Fountain-Fort Carson’s 60-48 win at Liberty on Friday in the Fairview Festival’s third-place game. … Defending 4A state champion Lewis-Palmer hosts Liberty on Tuesday in a battle of the area’s best. Liberty’s week concludes with another stiff test, this one at home against 7-0 Mountain Vista. ... Cheyenne Mountain stayed undefeated at the Collins-Poudre Shootout in Fort Collins with comebacks against Fort Collins and in a double-overtime thriller against Poudre. ... Wasson’s DJ Hanes is fourth in the state among 4A scorers, averaging 23.2 points. …



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Monday, December 17
Boys high school basketball rankings:

By Ryan Casey
The Denver Postdenverpost.com



In 4A, Lewis-Palmer continues to lead the ranking. D'Evelyn swapped places with Valor Christian and is No. 2 this week. D'Evelyn plays at Lewis-Palmer on Thursday.

Longmont (No. 9) is the lone new team to the 4A poll.

 

Class 4A

RK

TEAM

REC

PTS

PVS

LW

1

Lewis-Palmer (7)

6-0

79

1

1-0

2

D'Evelyn

7-0

69

3

1-0

3

Valor Christian (1)

8-1

65

2

3-1

4

Cheyenne Mountain

7-0

48

5

3-0

5

Sand Creek

6-0

45

10

3-0

6

Thomas Jefferson

4-1

27

4

1-1

7

Wasson

6-1

23

8

2-1

8

Pueblo East

4-1

21

7

1-0

9

Longmont

5-0

19

-

4-0

10

Discovery Canyon

5-0

16

9

0-0

Others receiving votes

Denver South 13, Broomfield 6, Eagle Valley 5, Durango 4.

Dropped from ranking

(6) Broomfield.



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Monday, December 17
Wild week could lead to shakeup in boys basketball rankings

post preps: ball fever

Boys basketball week in review (Dec. 10-15), and the week ahead

By Thomas Trotman



The Week That Was

Tuesday

Cheyenne Mountain, which came in as 4A's No. 5 in the coaches poll this week, moved to 5-0 with a 21-point win over Sterling.

Friday

Fort Collins played tough once again but a 17-10 fourth quarter advantage kept Cheyenne Mountain undefeated at 7-0 in the 54-48 win.

Saturday

Mr. Jon E Yunt covered this tourney title game between Cheyenne Mountain and Poudre in his Saturday wrapup. Some big time performances in this one-point win for Cheyenne Mountain.

The Week Ahead

Pine Creek tries to cool off unbeaten Cheyenne Mountain down south.


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Sunday, December 16
Saturday wrapup of a busy week in preps …

BOYS BASKETBALL

Tournament game of the day was in Fort Collins at the Fort Collins/Poudre tournament. The championship game between Cheyenne Mountain and Poudre turned into a double overtime thriller.

 

The Indians prevailed 73-72 in double overtime to improve to 7-0. Poudre dropped to 4-3.

Cheyenne Mountain sophomore Christian Nehme finished with 31 points, but was one-upped in the points category by the Impalas Lake Reed who finished with 40. Read all about it in Jeff Bersch’s story in The Coloradoan.



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Sunday, December 16
Cheyenne Mountain downs Poudre at Collins-Poudre Shootout

Written by

Jeff Bersch

Coloradoan.com

 

It’s games like this when you look back and think what could have been. One more made basket, another made free throw or one less turnover could have made all the difference.

Poudre and Cheyenne Mountain’s high school boys basketball teams took turns Saturday trying to steal the game from one another.

In the end, the Indians ended up just a point better in two overtimes in what was a 73-72 victory in the championship game of the Collins-Poudre Shootout at Fort Collins High School.

“It’s tough, but we gave the effort and literally we’re two free throws away, a bucket away or a layup away from winning,” Poudre senior Lake Reed said. “You have to look at it positively. They’re a good team and we put up a good fight.”

It was more than a good fight. The Impalas led all but one possession the first three quarters until Cheyenne Mountain built a five-point lead in the fourth.

Poudre and Reed, however, wouldn’t go away. Reed, in fact, scored all 14 of his team’s points in the fourth quarter. His three-point play with 47 left in regulation gave the Impalas a 56-53 lead.

Indians sophomore Christian Nehme tied it on the next possession with a 3-pointer and Reed missed shots with 10 and four seconds left trying to win it for Poudre.

It was the Impalas who somehow forced the second overtime despite trailing by two points and Cheyenne Mountain in possession. The Indians turned it over and Reed had a 3-pointer blocked. It fell into the hands of Lukas Lindquist, whose layup sent the game into the second overtime.

“It felt like they stole it, we stole it and they stole it again,” said Poudre coach Steve Hawes, whose team fell to 4-3. “To be down two with eight seconds and we don’t have the ball and we tie the game, what a play!

“That second half they turned up their defensive pressure. I think there’s a stretch we could have reeled it in, but I couldn’t be more proud of the way this team fought. We found a way. There was total belief.”

Reed, who finished with a career-best 40 points, scored the first two baskets of the second overtime for a 68-64 lead. After five unanswered points by the Indians (8-0), Reed made 1 of 2 free throws to tie it 69-69.

A layup by Lindquist gave Poudre a 71-69 lead, but Cheyenne Mountain tied it 18 seconds later. Reed then made 1 of 2 free throws once again for a 72-71 lead before a layup by Ghassan Nehme put the Indians back on top, 73-72.

Poudre turned it over the next possession, its 22nd turnover, of the game and the Indians were able to celebrate. Ghassan Nehme finished with 31 points for Cheyenne Mountain.

“It’s just perseverance,” Indians coach J’on St. Clair said. “We have a young team and we’re not sure how to win. We did some good things.”

Reed’s 40 points came after scoring 34 in Friday’s semifinal win over Wasson. He also had 34 against Erie on Dec. 7. Lindquist finished with 10 points and Zach Casey with nine.



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Saturday, December 15
CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN 54, FORT COLLINS 48
Written by
Jeff Bersch
Cheyenne Mountain erased a 12-point first quarter deficit and came back to beat the Lambkins to reach the title game.

Collins led 20-8 after the first quarter and again at 38-37 entering the fourth quarter. The Indians took the lead for good at 44-43 and held on from there.

Ryan French led Collins with 18 points, while Will Duggan added 16. Ghassan Nehme led Cheyenne Mountain with 13 points.



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Friday, December 14
Haynes: One Reason CMHS Boys’ Hoops is off to Strong Start
Cheyenne Edition Darrin Haynes

By Joe Paisley

The Cheyenne Edition

Senior guard Darrin Haynes is one of the main reasons why Cheyenne Mountain boys’ basketball is off to a 5-0 start through the first two weeks of the season.

 

“He’s doing good things,” said head coach J’on St. Clair. “He has always been a defensive guy and I am excited to see him contributing offensively.”

 

The defensive standout worked hard over the summer to add to his offensive abilities and it has paid off with an 11.5 points scoring average as of Monday, including a high of 18 points against Ponderosa standout Dezmond James, after posting 8.3 points as a junior last season.

 

“My work over the summer is a big reason why I have started off well (on offense) this season, Haynes said. “I have a good first step. ’My speed has helped me on defense in the past and now it is helping me contribute more on offense this year.” That offensive work has paid off as he has worked to use his natural footspeed that serves him so well on the defensive end in the past and none on offense.

 

“Darrin is the best defender on the team” said senior Cuyler Dewar. “He did a great job against the Ponderosa star. He’s really good defensively and at using his speed to attack the basket. He can change his pace really quickly. He can go from slowly defending to blowing right by you.” Haynes is using his experience defending the area’s top players to his advantage. He contained Ponderosa’s 6-foot-4 guard James, who is averaging 17.3 points, which was a key to the season opening 53-51 road victory. “I have played against him for four years,” Haynes said. “There are no surprises.”

 

Coming into the season, expected NCAA Division I prospect and junior Ghassan Nehme (23.0 points, as of Monday. including 30 against Harrison) to score but it was a matter of which players could excel in their new, larger roles. Others, besides Haynes, have stepped up as well and are key contributors to the team’s strong start. Senior 6-3 forward Donvian Harville gives CMHS an inside presence on both ends of the court. Harville is averaging 8.5 points and a team-high 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game, as of Monday, while sophomore guard Christian Nehme, Ghassan’s younger brother, is chipping in 7.8 points. Sophomore 6-3 forward Nathan Resty adds 4.8 points and 2.3 rebounds. Dewar takes pride in his effort and adds six points and 3.3 rebounds. “All I try to do is work as hard as I can every time I am on the floor,” Dewar said. “Our whole team has bought into that. The team chemistry has been real good.” The team’s focus on defense has been critical with CMHS beating Doherty 64-40 and Harrison 69-39 last weekend. Much of the Indians offense, aided by some good shooting, especially against the 5A Spartans, came off turnovers sparked by a scrambling team defense.

 

CMHS opened the Fort Collins/Poudre Tipoff Invitational on Tuesday with a 55-34 win over previously unbeaten Sterling. Further details were not available by Wednesday’s deadline.

 

The Indians continue play in the tournament Friday against the Fort Collins Lambkins (3-2) and on Saturday against an opponent to be determined. “We are playing really good defense right now,” St. Clair said. “That is what I am most proud of.” It is something a senior leader like Haynes takes in pride in as well. “It is just a matter of who executes on game day,” he said. ”It all comes down to will and heart.”



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Wednesday, December 12
Tuesday's roundup:

THE GAZETTE

 

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Cheyenne Mountain 55, Sterling 34

At Fort Collins: Cheyenne Mountain (5-0) used a 21-6 first quarter to pull ahead for good in the Fort Collins Tip Off and stay unbeaten.



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Monday, December 10
Boys high school basketball rankings:

Denver Post coaches poll

By Ryan Casey
The Denver Post

 

The 4A poll added four new teams: Wasson (No. 8), Discovery Canyon (No. 9) and Sand Creek (No. 10). Lewis-Palmer retained the No. 1 spot following a win over then-No. 2 Broomfield.

 

Class 4A

RK

TEAM

REC

PTS

PVS

LW

1

Lewis-Palmer (8)

5-0

80

1

5-0

2

Valor Christian

5-0

69

3

5-0

3

D'Evelyn

6-0

66

4

6-0

4

Thomas Jefferson

3-0

43

8

3-0

5

Cheyenne Mountain

4-0

33

9

4-0

6

Broomfield

2-2

30

2

2-2

7

Pueblo East

3-1

25

5

3-1

8

Wasson

4-0

22

-

4-0

9

Discovery Canyon

5-0

18

-

5-0

10

Sand Creek

3-0

15

-

3-0

Others receiving votes

Denver South 11, Frederick 7, Thompson Valley 6, Green Mountain 4, Windsor 4, Sierra 3, Evergreen 2, Golden 2, Air Academy 1.

Dropped from ranking

(6) Sierra, (7) Kennedy, (10) Windsor.



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Tuesday, December 11
Pikes Peak Area rankings:

PIKES PEAK AREA RANKINGS

BOYS' BASKETBALL

5A

1. Liberty (2-1), No. 1 last week

2. Fountain-Fort Carson (3-1), No. 2

3. Rampart (3-2), No. 3

4A

1. Lewis-Palmer (5-0), No. 1

2. Sand Creek (3-0), No. 2

3. Wasson (4-0), No. 3

NOTES: The top two 5A teams held serve last week but could meet up at this week’s Fairview Festival in Boulder. Action started Monday and continues with games Wednesday and Friday. … Defending 4A state champion Lewis-Palmer is allowing an average of just 42.5 points a game in starting 5-0. The Rangers play at Pueblo Central on Tuesday, the same team they knocked out of the 4A playoffs last March in the round of 8. Also in 4A, Discovery Canyon (5-0) and Cheyenne Mountain (4-0) are knocking on the door … CSCS hosts defending 3A state champion Faith Christian on Wednesday. Don’t be deceived by the Eagles’ 2-4 record; they’ve played 4A competition in five games and two of their losses were by a combined five points. … Peyton started a three-win week against 3A James Irwin and will look to extend that Saturday at 3A Manitou Springs.



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Tuesday, December 11
OTHER STANDOUT PERFORMANCES FROM THE PAST WEEK :
Ghassan Nehme Gazette

KEVIN CARMODY

THE GAZETTE

 

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Ghassan Nehme, Cheyenne Mountain

Nehme averaged 26 points in three games last week, helping keep the Indians undefeated. The junior scored 33 points Dec. 4 at Thompson Valley, added 15 against Doherty on Friday and had 30 more against Harrison. For the week, he was 23-for-29 from the free-throw line.



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Monday, December 10
Boys basketball week in review (Dec. 3-8), and the week ahead

post preps: ball fever

By Thomas Trotman


The Week That Was

Tuesday.

• Cheyenne Mountain ruined Thompson Valley's season opener 65-50.

Friday.
• Cheyenne Mountain had three players in double figures as they won big over Doherty 64-40.

Saturday.

• Ghassan Nheme drops 30 points in Cheyenne Mountain's 30-point victory over Harrison.



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Sunday, December 9
Saturday's roundup:

KEVIN CARMODY

THE GAZETTE

Highlights from Saturday's high school sports action in the Pikes Peak region:


BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Cheyenne Mountain 69, Harrison 39

At Cheyenne Mountain: Cheyenne Mountain (4-0) raced to a 14-point lead at halftime to remain undefeated.

Quincy Harding paced Harrison (2-1) with 13 points, while Thomas Jackson added 11.



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Saturday, December 8
Hot shooting from many helps Cheyenne Mountain boys rout Doherty

Indians hit eight 3s, force 21 turnovers

BY KEVIN CARMODY

THE GAZETTE

Cheyenne Mountain alternated hot hands throughout its home opener against Doherty on Friday. The Spartans had a hard enough time finding one.

Ghassan Nehme scored 10 of his 15 points in the first quarter, then Darrin Haynes nailed three 3-pointers in the second as the Indians (3-0) built a big lead early and cruised to a 64-40 victory.

Later, Nathan Resty scored seven of his 13 points in the third quarter as the Indians poured it on, leading by as many as 38.

“We have a lot of guys who can do a lot of things,” said Indians senior Cuyler Dewar, who scored six of his nine points in the second quarter. “Ghassan is a superstar player. He’s amazing. But having other threats around him is very nice.”

Haynes joined Nehme with 15 points, and the Indians shot better than 60 percent from the field and hit 8-of-14 3-pointers, including seven in the first half.

“It’s always good to feel your shot at the beginning,” Nehme said. “My team was creating and getting me the ball, and things were falling in place and we came out strong.”

Meanwhile, Doherty (3-2) shot just 31 percent from the field, missed 12 free throws and committed 21 turnovers. A miserable first half in which it managed just six baskets – the Spartans trailed 36-16 – was followed by a third quarter that saw the Spartans hit their only outside shot in the closing seconds.

“We’ve known since the beginning of the summer that it was going to be tough at times to score,” Spartans second-year coach James Lane said. “But at the same time, our strength is making stuff happen off the glass and playing defense, and we’re not playing to our strengths right now. We’ve got to get better.”

Both teams struggled to get settled, and Doherty led 6-5 halfway through the first quarter. Then Nehme hit a long jumper from the right wing, a 3-pointer from the top of the key and another 3-pointer from the left side, all part of an 11-3 run to end the quarter.

Then Haynes heated up for Cheyenne Mountain, hitting consecutive 3-pointers from the right side in a 10-0 run to start the second quarter, extending the advantage to 26-9 with 4:23 left before halftime.

Resty added to a near-perfect third quarter for the Indians as they went 8 for 10 from the field and made all four free throws as the lead swelled to 57-22.

Doherty finally got going in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Indians 18-7. Spartans sophomore Shane Fox scored a team-high 11 points to go with four rebounds, two steals and two assists.

“In the end, we had intensity, but we didn’t start with it,” Fox said. “It’s tough when they’re knocking down shots, but we have to do a better job contesting them and playing better defense.”




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Tuesday, December 4
Thompson Valley boys too cold on opening night
reporterherald 12-4-12

Cheyenne Mountain's Nehme goes for 31

By Adam Dunivan Sports Writerreporterherald.com

 

There were spurts, and runs, and even the occasional precision play from the Thompson Valley High School boy's basketball team on Tuesday night at TVHS.

There were also sputters typical of the first game of the season, and as the Eagles were busy trying to contain Cheyenne Mountain's Ghassan Nehme, their focus on their own end became a little blurry. For Collin Smith, just things to work on right away.

"It was a game of runs, and that's basketball sometimes, back and forth," said Smith after the Indians pulled away to a 65-50 victory behind Nehme's 31 point, nine-rebound evening. "We just have to play better defense, get better on our rotations."

Opening a little later than coach Josh Robinson truly would've wanted, the Eagles were cut down by a team that had already played a game against another opponent, and one that appeared a little more in tune with what it wanted to do in key moments. Particularly in the third quarter, after Thompson Valley had made a significant dent in what was a big halftime lead.

Down by as much as 12 points at 41-29, the Eagles cut the Indians' advantage all the way to 43-40 before a couple of turnovers and a bout of cold shooting -- the latter of which TVHS really dealt with the entire game -- gave the visitors another long push that extended until the game's end.

"We got back into it, and they came back with a little more urgency," Robinson said. "We had a little trouble responding to that adversity."

Nehme was tough to stop, and he figured into the equation from the get-go. He hit a couple of 3-point attempts among his 12 first-quarter points, causing the Eagles to push out on him defensively. That just opened up the ability to drive, and when he wasn't hitting a teardrop runner or a layup, he was finding the right pass after the help came to stop him.

The junior had 21 points by the end of three quarters, and helped close out the game by hitting 6 of 8 free throws.

"He did a nice job setting up his game. He came out and shot the ball decent from the perimeter which opened up his inside penetration game," Robinson said. "We needed to do a better job trying to check him out front and keep him from getting into the lane."

Three players scored in double digits for Thompson Valley, led by Smith's 15. He was able to show some nice range and added 10 rebounds and a block. Mike Olivas and Grant Rohrbouck scored 13 and 12, respectively.

But the Eagles shot consistently bad throughout the game, going 20-for-59 (33.9 percent) and even worse from beyond the perimeter (6-for-25, 24 percent). Often, they weren't forced shots; however, Robinson conceded that they were shots for which they settled.

"Our shot selection was okay, but I think we could have been a lot more patient," he said. "We've got guys that can shoot them, but sometimes we fall in love with shooting 3-pointers."

There was a run where the 3-ball got the team back in the contest. Rohrbouck and Olivas hit 3's at 5:37 and 3:32 while Cheyenne Mountain was in a dry spell, and Smith's lone 3-pointer was a big one, as it came after a stuff on the other end by Jonny Pomerleau at the 2:17 mark to make the score 43-40. An 8-0 run from CMHS to end the quarter turned into a 12-0 run spilling over into the fourth frame, and that was too much for the Eagles to overcome.

"We can't let our guard down. (Nehme) was a good offensive player, I'll give him that. We have to be better on rotations, and as a team, that's on all of us, not just one guy," Smith said. "We'll get that going."

Adam Dunivan can be reached at 669-5050 ext. 511, at adunivan@reporter-herald.com or on Twitter @RHpreps.

INDIANS 65, EAGLES 50

At TVHS

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN (2-0)

Christian Nehme 1 0-0 3, Darrin Haynes 5 0-1 11, Ryan Ruppert 1 0-0 2, Donivan Harville 4 0-1 8, Cuyler Dewar 4 0-0 10, Ghassan Nehme 9 11-13 31. Totals 24 11-15 65.

THOMPSON VALLEY (0-1)

Garrett Smith 1 0-0 2, Grant Rohrbouck 4 2-2 12, Mike Olivas 5 0-0 13, Jonny Pomerleau 2 0-3 4, Collin Smith 7 0-1 15, Austin Dyer 1 2-2 4. Totals 20 4-8 50.

Score by quarters:

Cheyenne Mountain 17 18 16 14 -- 65

Thompson Valley 15 12 13 10 -- 50

3-point field goals -- CMHS (6): C. Nehme, Haynes, Dewar, G. Nehme; TVHS (6): Olivas 3, Rohrbouck 2, Smith. Total fouls -- Cheyenne Mountain 8, Thompson Valley 17. Fouled out -- None. Technical fouls -- None.



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Friday, November 30
Sports Preview
Cheyenne Edition Darrin Haynes

The Cheyenne Edition

By Joe Paisley

November 30, 2012

 

Undersized boys’ basketball team will rely on hustle to succeed A few key pieces from last year’s 19-7 squad return but predicting how that undersized group will fare in the new Pikes Peak Athletic Conference, where all eight schools reached the 4A state playoffs, is a challenge for Cheyenne Mountain High School.

 

“It’s hard to say how we will do in a league that is so tough,” said head coach J’on St. Clair. “”I think we will be very competitive. We had a pretty decent summer when we were really good and then really bad. It may take some time for us to find our footing.”

 

The returning pieces are good ones. Junior Ghassan Nehme, last year’s second-leading scorer (8.9 points), is

garnering attention from Division I scouts this season after he stepped up last season when Canyon Barry was out with an injury. “I just have to keep working hard every day,” Nehme said. Nehme knows the PPAC will be a tough challenge but expects the Indians to contend. “It will be a battle between Air Academy, Sand Creek,

Lewis-Palmer and us,” he said. ”We are very young and we lost a lot but we are working hard every day.”

 

That effort could pay dividends. Other contributors include his younger brother, sophomore guard Christian Nehme, 6-foot-4 sophomore forward Nathan Rusty, senior guard Cuyler Dewar, junior 6-7 post Reece Eddy (4.5 points, 3.4 rebounds) and senior guard Darrin Haynes (8.3 points).

 

“I think we will surprise some people,” Dewar said.“We have a good core varsity group,” Haynes added. “We

play with a lot of effort. Hopefully we can outwork the other guys.”



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Wednesday, November 28
Boys high school basketball rankings: Denver East leads 5A's preseason poll

By Ryan Casey
The Denver Post

Is Denver East the team to beat in boys basketball this season? Class 5A coaches unanimously say yes.

The Angels, who return nearly every major piece from a Sweet 16 team from last season, sit atop the preseason Denver Post coaches poll.

Leading the team is junior Dominique Collier, who averaged 19.1 points and 4.5 assists as a sophomore. Fellow junior Tyre Robinson (8.8 points, 6.2 rebounds) is also back.

Grandview, led by senior guard Eric Garcia, a Wofford commit, is No. 2 in the poll. Aurora Central and CSU commit Carlton Hurst are third, while Regis Jesuit and Josh Perkins are fourth. Cherokee Trail rounds out the top five.

Rangeview is sixth, followed by Mountain Vista, Fossil Ridge and Highlands Ranch. Arapahoe, the runner-up a year ago, is tenth, while defending champion Chaparral isn't ranked.

In 4A, defending champion Lewis-Palmer leads the field. Broomfield is second and Valor Christian is third. D'Evelyn (No. 4) and Valor Christian round out the top five.

Faith Christian, the five-time reigning champion in 3A, heads that class's preseason poll.

Limon is the preseason favorite in 2A, while defending champion Denver Christian is fourth.

Caliche is the preseason No. 1 in 1A. The school has won four straight titles.

Complete rankings for all classes are below.

Class 4A

RK TEAM REC PTS PVS LW

1 Lewis-Palmer (6) 0-0 70 - -

2 Broomfield (2) 0-0 63 - -

3 Valor Christian 0-0 59 - -

4 D'Evelyn 0-0 50 - -

5 Pueblo East 0-0 36 - -

6 Sierra 0-0 32 - -

7 Kennedy 0-0 25 - -

8 Thomas Jefferson 0-0 24 - -

9 Cheyenne Mountain 0-0 18 - -

10 Windsor 0-0 15 - -

 

Others receiving votes Thompson Valley 9, Pueblo Central 8, Sand Creek 8, Frederick 5, Falcon 4, Golden 4, Pueblo West 3, Wasson 3, Longmont 2, Elizabeth 1, Evergreen 1.




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Wednesday, November 28
PIKES PEAK AREA PRESEASON RANKINGS:

BRENT BRIGGEMAN

THE GAZETTE

Here's a look heading into the 2012-13 season:

5A

1. Liberty
2. Fountain-Ft. Carson
3. Doherty

4A

1. Lewis-Palmer
2. Sand Creek
3. Wasson

3A

1. CSCS
2. TCA
3. St. Mary’s

2A & below

1. Peyton
2. Calhan
3. ECA



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Wednesday, November 28
Boys' basketball season preview: Team-by-team capsules

November 27, 2012

A team-by-team glance at the upcoming boys' basketball season:

4A METRO

4A PIKES PEAK ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Air Academy

Coach: Barry Clark (fifth season)

Last season: 10-15

Key players: Geno Bigelow, sr., G; Tory Belveal, sr., G; Bobby Davis, jr., G; Devon Tang, jr., G

Outlook: Last year’s 10-15 record marked a seven-game improvement over the previous season and also included a postseason victory. Clark will look to continue that trend behind Bigelow, who averaged 10.2 points in his first year. Belveal is a transfer from Cheyenne Mountain and Tang averaged 6.1 ppg as a sophomore, including a 9-of-18 performance from 3-point range.

Cheyenne Mountain

Coach: J’on St.Clair (second season)

Last season: 19-7

Key players: Darrin Haynes, sr., G; Gus Nehme, jr., G; Reece Eddy, jr., C; Donivan Harville, sr., F; Cuyler Dewar, sr., F

Outlook: Junior guard Turray Hughes transferred from Harrison and Harville is back out for basketball after using last winter to bolster his football prospects – they join four returning lettermen on a team that will be able to shoot the 3 and is loaded with depth at guard and forward. Nehme averaged 12 points last season and is a Division I prospect. Haynes, who averaged 10 points and six assists, is perhaps the area’s best defender. This team will contend in a deep league.

 

Discovery Canyon

Coach: John Paul Geniesse (sixth season)

Last season: 8-16

Key players: Andy Stauffer, sr., F; Jack Trask, sr., G; Brandon Nachbar, sr., G; Jon Parker, sr., F

Outlook: This could be a breakout team, though putting together such a season in the deep PPAC will be difficult. The Thunder lost in the first round of the state tournament by two points last season and lost six games by five points or less. Nine players from that squad return, the notable exception being Stone Hood (19.8 ppg). Hood’s production will be replaced by a balanced attack and plenty of height (Stauffer, Trask, Nachbar and Parker are each listed at 6-3 or taller). Stauffer averaged 11 points and eight rebounds last season and Parker, who played just three games last year as a junior, scored 12 ppg as a sophomore.

 

Falcon

Coach: Greg Cox (third season)

Last season: 11-13

Key players: Nick Lenhard, sr., G; Chances Matlock, jr., G; Shaun LiVecchi, soph., F

Outlook: Lenhard (13.4 ppg), LiVecchi (12.0 ppg) and Matlock (11.0 ppg) were the team’s top three scorers last year. Cox hopes the added experience will help the Falcons stay competitive in what figures to be one of the state’s top leagues.

Lewis-Palmer

Coach: Russ McKinstry (eighth season)

Last season: 27-1 (4A champions)

Key players: Jordan Scott, sr.; Justin Smith, sr.; Tyler Owns, sr.; Dylan Tucker, sr.; Chase Stone, jr.

Outlook: Replacing the state’s leading scorer (Josh Scott, who is already emerging as a force at Colorado) will be no small task for the Rangers, but Jordan Scott and Smith are a nice start. Both players are 6-6, and together they figure to be the best combo in 4A. Add to that mix three-year starter Tyler Owens at point guard and some depth provided by Tucker and Stone (the junior varsity’s leading scorer last year), and a fifth consecutive semifinal appearance seems reasonable.

Palmer Ridge

Coach: Nick Mayer (fifth season)

Last season: 8-16

Key players: Kenny Suder, sr., G; Matt Cameron, soph., G; Cole Hurford, soph., G; Nick Vitwar, jr., C

Outlook: The Bears lose 80 percent of their scoring from last year and hope to make up for it on the defensive end. Vitwar figures to be the defensive leader, and the goal is to play some of the stingiest basketball in the state. Suder and Cameron figure to carry much of the offensive burden.

Sand Creek

Coach: Joe Rausch (third season)

Last season: 16-8

Key players: Josh Smith, sr., G/F; Dylan Clark, jr., G; Nick Pasley, jr., G; Micheal DeCarmo, jr., G/F; Bryan Jenkins, sr., G; Tim Clemens, sr., F; Tyler Patterson, sr., F

Outlook: The Scorpions return eight of their nine top players – including all five starters – and add two seniors who transferred in as juniors. Smith (20.5 ppg, 7.3 rpb, 2.6 apg, 2.3 spg) is among the area’s top players, and Clark (15.5 ppg) isn’t far behind. Sand Creek’s nonleague schedule includes Pine Creek, Pueblo West, Valor Christian and Widefield. That, plus the two-game, round-robin format of the PPAC should leave this team well-prepared for a deep postseason run.

Vista Ridge

Coach: Joe Hites (first season)

Last season: 12-12

Key players: Tyler Jackson, sr.; Pierre Copeland, sr.; Aaron Johnson, sr., Jerrell Bellot, sr.; Anthony Haley, sr.

Outlook: Hites returns to Colorado, where he coached Cheyenne Mountain from 2002-2008. He has piled up 300 wins in 26-year career, which is about 20 longer than Vista Ridge has existed. He comes into a program loaded with five key seniors who “have bought into a new program in a very short time.” A tough preseason schedule and an even tougher league will require maturity to navigate, and he’s looking forward to seeing how his group can handle it.



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CMHS FALL LEAGUE CHAMPS!!
2012 CMHS Fall League Champs

You’re Indians defeated Pueblo West 43-32 to earn the Fall league championship!

High-Fives to all of the coaches, parents and players that made this league a huge success.

I hope this small championship is a sign of great things to come.



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Monday, November 5
2012-13 CMHS MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
CMHS NEW LOGO

Athletic Director Kris Roberts announced Cheyenne Mountain 2012-13 men's basketball schedule today. The slate is highlighted by the new league Pikes Peak Athletic Conference (PPAC) conference schedule.

Following two scrimmage games on Wednesday Nov. 21, and Saturday Nov. 24 the Indians will open the regular season on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Ponderosa High School in Parker, CO.

The nonconference schedule includes local 5a powers Doherty High School Dec. 7, and Pine Creek High School Dec, 18. This year the Varsity team will travel to Fort Collins to participate in the Fort Collins / Poudre Tip-Off Invitational we’re they will open up against power house Sterling Tigers.

Cheyenne Mountain opens up league play Jan. 8 on the road against former CM head coach Joe Hites at Vista Ridge. Home games against rivals Air Academy Jan. 11 and Lewis-Palmer Jan. 18 will be double headers with the girls.

The Indians' final home regular season game will come against Sand Creek Feb. 15. At the start of the Varsity game we will honor our Senior players and parents for their hard work and dedication to CM Men’s Basketball.

Please download the attachment with the complete schedule, including game times.


Handout: 2012-13 CMHS Men's Basketball Schedule

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2011 - 12 SEASON


2011-12 Cheyenne Mountain Men's Basketball Team





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Thursday, April 12
Signing Day: Full list of area athletes inking National Letters of Intent
Gazette 4-12-12

April 12, 2012

THE GAZETTE

Here's the full list of athletes who are signing National Letters of Intent today or celebrating recent signings in ceremonies around the city.

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN Kai Belveal, Basketball (boys), Rhodes College (D3) Connor Cassidy, Basketball (boys), Fontbonne University (D3) Taylor Cobb, Softball, Chadron State College (D2) Shelby Gilles, Tennis (girls), Asbury University (NAIA) Shea Graham, Softball, Chadron State College (D2) Jerry Lacayo, Baseball, Dodge City CC (JUCO) Jonathan Littles, Swimming (boys), George Mason (D1) Jack Stimple, Golf (boys), Creighton (D1) Amanda Weber, Basketball (girls), Johnson & Wales-Denver (NAIA)



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Wednesday, March 21
The Pikes Peak region's best from the 2011-12 season.
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Boys' basketball (5A/4A): All-area first-team selections

Canyon Barry, sr., Cheyenne Mountain:

A Division I signee with College of Charleston, Barry scored 16.2 ppg, with averages of 4.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.5 steals.

HONORABLE MENTION

Kai Belveal, Cheyenne Mountain

Bret Helton, Cheyenne Mountain



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Wednesday, March 21
Boys' basketball all-league lists

THE GAZETTE

BOYS’ BASKETBALL POSTSEASON HONORS

4A METRO

First team – Josh Scott, sr., Lewis-Palmer; Wesley Gordon, sr., Sierra; Eric Rayer, sr., Coronado; Josh Smith, jr., Coronado; Canyon Barry, sr., Cheyenne Mountain; Stone Hood, sr., Discovery Canyon; Jordan Scott, jr., Lewis-Palmer.

Second Team – Richie Perea, Wasson; DJ Haynes, Wasson; Calvin Brown, Sierra; Jamin Abeyta, Coronado; Jalen Little, Sierra; Dylan Clark, Sand Creek; Justin Smith, Lewis-Palmer; Hakeem Stewart, Wasson; Titus Rice, Coronado; Deon Wilson, Sierra.

Honorable Mention – Air Academy: Geno Bigelow; Cheyenne Mountain: Bret Helton, Derrin Haynes, Kai Belveal, Ghassan Nehme; Coronado: Jason Schmidt; Discovery Canyon: Andy Stauffer; Falcon: Nick Lenhard, Brodie Hicks, Shawn LeVicci; Harrison: Thomas Jackson, Jonah Gordon, RJ Carter; Lewis-Palmer: Tim Helwege, Tyler Owens; Mesa Ridge: Cody Groff, Morris Gilbert; Mitchell: Larry McLin, Aaron Cooley; Palmer Ridge: Eric Marty, Kenny Suder, Ian Miller; Sierra: Sherron Wilson; Vista Ridge: Pierre Copeland, Josh McKenzie; Wasson: Angel Lingao, Markel Borges; Widefield: Charles Evans, Alan Herndon; Woodland Park: Gus Bromme, Jake Sells.

Player of the Year: Josh Scott, Lewis-Palmer

Coach of the Year: Russ McKinstry, Lewis-Palmer

Academic All-League (3.5 and higher) – Air Academy: Tim Agee, Mike Fertig, Paul Fertig, Austin McCarthy, Jeremy Reitinger, John Sims; Cheyenne Mountain: Canyon Barry, Kai Belveal, Bret Hlton, Ian Murphy; Discovery Canyon: Michael Speer, Andy Stauffer, Alec Wirtjes, John Howlette, Peter Call, Nate Todtenhagen; Coronado: Jason Schmidt, Eric Rayer; Falcon: Nick Lenhard, Brodie Hicks, Tyler Burley, Tyler Stover, Jamal Maddox, Shaun LiVecchi; Harrison: Darius Graves, Jalen Almodover; Lewis-Palmer: Ethan Hollenbach, Justin Smith; Palmer Ridge: Eric Marty, Garrett Fritzsche, Ben Rippley; Sand Creek: Nick Pasley, Josh Smith, Tyler Gilson; Vista Ridge: Pierra Copeland, Matt Gleeson; Woodland Park: Ben Magnuson. (3.0-3.49) Air Academy: Nick Ambuul, Geno Bigelow, Ryan Davis; Cheyenne Mountain: Connor Cassidy, Darrin Haynes; Discovery Canyon: Geo Fry, Stone Hood; Falcon: Brian Wood, Stevie Vigil, Cody Curtis, Chances Matlock; Harrison: Anthony DeShazor, Ron Welles; Lewis-Palmer: Jordan Scott, Tim Helwege; Mesa Ridge: JJ Cates, Cody Groff; Palmer Ridge: Drew Tatman; Sand Creek: Dylan Clark, Tyler Patterson; Wasson: Richie Perea, Hakeem Stewart, DJ Hanes; Widefield: Damian Chatman, Jordan Guyette, Alan Herndon; Woodland Park: Jake Sells, Evan Lays.




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Friday, March 2
22 Seconds
Playoff game

By Daniel Russell

The Cheyenne Edition

 

Friday, teams all over Colorado faced off in attempts to keep their state title hopes alive. From the Wyoming border down to the New Mexico state line and from the western slope to the eastern plains the excitement and anticipation of playoff basketball filled the air.

Pueblo was no different, as twelve boys’ and girls’ teams from all across the state clashed all day in high school gymnasiums and events centers.

The Indians of Cheyenne Mountain High School teams both played Friday in back to- back games as they tried to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The Indians’ boys played Friday afternoon at the Pueblo Events Center on the State Fair Grounds. The transportable court was set up in the middle of the concrete arena floor with the baskets positioned at either end, and gated off to keep fans from entering the court. The Indians faced off against the tall and defensive Spartans of Thomas Jefferson High School. With the Indians leading rebounder and scorer on the bench, the rest of the Indians knew what they had to do in order to come out with a win and move on.

The two teams battled back and forth from the beginning of the game and the defense shone up and down the court, as neither team was able to score until two and a half minutes had expired off the game clock. The end of the first quarter lit up with points as both teams began to get into their groove. At the end of the first quarter the Indians had a 14-6 lead.

At the beginning of the second quarter the Spartans scored six unanswered points aided by several bad calls by the referees, both teams pursued on though as they added a combined 24 points before the halftime buzzer sounded. The half ended with the Indians leading the Spartans 27-17.

As the second half began though, it was clearly a tale of two halves for the Indians. In the first half the referees

allowed the boys’ to play physical and establish what they could and could not do as far as physicality. During the second half the referees changed their whole game plan and it was clear that what was deemed playable in the first half would not be allowed in the second.

The Indians were on the losing end of most of the second half calls and the Indians were only able to add six points in the quarter where the Spartans thrived and were able to score 14 and bring the game to within two points.

The final quarter of play was close and featured constant lead changes as the two teams went nearly shot for shot. It seemed as though the Indians had the advantage late when after a missed layup senior Bret Helton attacked the rebound strong and dunked the ball over several Thomas Jefferson and Cheyenne Mountain players. Everybody in the arena was on their feet in the final 22 seconds of play as the Indians trailed 45-46. The Indians were able to get the ball after a charge call on Thomas Jefferson turned the ball over.

The Indians were only able to draw a foul on the possession and move to the free throw line where they only were able to convert one of the two shots. The Spartans were able to make a shot with nine seconds remaining to give them a two-point lead. The Indians felt the pressure though on the in-bound pass as they tried to force the pass and ended up turning the ball over to the Spartans who scored as time expired giving them a 50-46 victory and drove the final nail into the Indians season. “We told our guys to take care of the ball and make free throws and we would win the game, and we just didn’t do that,” said Head Coach J’on St.Clair, “The season was good, we had a good year. It’s disappointing when your season ends in 25 seconds.”

“We shouldn’t have been there in the first place,” said sophomore Ghassan Nehme, “We should have just kept up the intensity we had in the first half and just kept the game at our pace.” The loss was hard for the Indians, but the younger guys’ we’re positive about how to use this as far as going into the next season. “We were playing good, but things just fell apart in the second half,” said junior Darrin Haynes, “We just didn’t play our best when it counted. We are gonna use this as motivation and play with a chip on our shoulder, and remember to never take any half easy. We’ll be back next year playing hard.”



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THANK YOU CLASS OF 2012
Senior 2012

Senior2 2012

Seniors thank you for your hard work and commitment to Cheyenne Mountain Men’s Basketball.

#3 Connor Cassidy

#10 Bret Helton

#40 Ian Murphy

#24 Canyon Barry

#13 Kai Belveal

We wish you the best of luck in the future!



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2012 CHSAA BOYS STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

COLORADO SPRINGS METRO 4A

First round

No. 5 Wasson 63, No. 12 Denver South 60

No. 10 Canon City 54, No. 7 Falcon 46
No. 9 Widefield 54, No. 8 Pueblo County 34
No. 9 Air Academy 58, No. 8 Skyview 54
No. 7 Niwot 71 , No. 10 Vista Ridge 60

No. 7 Palisade 68, No. 10 Palmer Ridge 52
No. 5 Greeley Central 80, No. 12 Harrison 71 (OT)
No. 5 Kennedy 49, No. 12 Discovery Canyon 47

 

Second round

No. 1 Sierra 51, No. 8 Durango 30

No. 1 Lewis Palmer 78, No. 8 Thompson Valley 49

No. 2 Coronado 56, No. 7 Evergreen 57

No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain 46, No. 6 Thomas Jefferson 50

No. 3 Sand Creek 58, No. 6 Pueblo West 70

No. 5 Wasson 69, No. 4 Eagle Valley 59

No. 9 Widefield 41, No. 1 Broomfield 51
No. 9 Air Academy 34, No. 1 Sterling 55

Sweet 16

No. 1 Sierra 60, No. 4 Pueblo East 37

No. 1 Lewis Palmer 77, No. 5 Greeley Central 41

No. 5 Wasson 59, No. 1 Broomfield 74

Great 8

No. 1 Sierra 65, No. 2 D’Evelyn 30

No. 1 Lewis Palmer 72, No. 2 Pueblo Central 48

Final 4

No. 1 Sierra 66, No. 1 Broomfield 43

No. 1 Lewis Palmer 70, No. 2 Valor Christian 59

Championship Game

No. 1 Sierra 43, No. 1 Lewis Palmer 44



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Sunday, February 19
4A/5A brackets are out, and a Lewis-Palmer vs. Sierra title bout is still in play
2012 State Tournament

Area 4A teams shown respect, while several 5A boys mainstays are left out

February 19, 2012

BRENT BRIGGEMAN

THE GAZETTE

 

The potential exists for a Lewis-Palmer vs. Sierra state championship game on the college floor that the teams' two biggest stars will call home next year.

By giving the Rangers the top overall seed in the 4A boys' basketball bracket and the Stallions the No. 3 seed, the statewide committee kept alive hopes for a dream scenario as Lewis-Palmer's Josh Scott and Wesley Gordon of Sierra could go out in style in Colorado's Coors Event Center on March 10 in Boulder.

The committee also recognized the strength of basketball in the Pikes Peak region, putting three teams on both the girls' and boys' sides among the top eight overall seeds and going 12 deep for the girls and 13 deep for the boys. Canon City is also in on both sides.

That same respect didn't extend to 5A boys, where traditional area frontrunners Doherty, Palmer and Rampart all missed out on invitations to the field of 48.

"I think they know we have the toughest league in the state," said Coronado boys' coach Al Blanc, whose team drew a No. 2 seed in 4A and the right to host a four-team pool that will play Friday and Saturday and advance one to the quarterfinals. "I think they did us right."

Coronado is a playoff regular, but the right to host is something new. Blanc is hoping his team can take advantage of its home-crowd support and an unusually spacious gym that has so much room behind both baskets that it sometimes throws off players who are not familiar with it.

Lewis-Palmer and Sierra will also host Friday and Saturday on the boys' side, as will Air Academy (No. 1), Palmer Ridge (No. 2) and Sand Creek (No. 2) in the girls' bracket.

"They obviously thought the Springs was pretty talented compared to the rest of the state," said Air Academy coach Bob Wingett, whose team swept the 4A Metro this year.

"We like where we stand," Wingett added. "We've got to get through 48 teams. It doesn't really matter what order we play anybody in, we've got to win five games."

The Discovery Canyon girls qualified as a No. 10 seed in their second year in 4A. It's the first postseason trip for the squad.

"It was one of those things where we knew we were on the bubble. We kind of knew we were in but we just didn't know where we'd end up," said Thunder coach Danelle Rivera, who attended the CHSAA selection show Sunday afternoon in Denver. "When you've never been in a seeding situation before you're kind of hopeful and very nervous."

The nerves proved well-founded for area 5A boys' teams. Fountain-Fort Carson led the way with a No. 4 seed and Liberty (No. 7) and Pine Creek (No. 10) were also included. Graduation and transfers changed the makeup of rosters at Doherty, Palmer and Rampart, and all three tournament regulars saw their seasons end on Sunday.

In 5A girls, Doherty (No. 2) and Palmer (No. 2) earned first-round byes and will host as many as two games before the Great Eight at the Denver Coliseum on March 3.

Pine Creek and Rampart both drew No. 10 seeds, meaning just Fountain-Fort Carson and Liberty were left out.

The big news, however, had to be the placement of Lewis-Palmer and Sierra in the boys' bracket. The Stallions beat the Rangers in the semifinals en route to titles in 2009 and 2010.

If they meet again this year it will be for the championship.

"At least it's a possibility," said Lewis-Palmer coach Russ McKinstry, whose team earned the top seed by going 21-1 against a schedule that included five 5A opponents and a perfect record in what the state obviously felt was the best 4A league. "Both teams have a lot of business to take care of before we get there, but it could happen."

AREA TEAMS IN THE 5A/4A FIELDS

Brackets include four four-team regions. Seeding reflects regional placement (so there are four No. 1s, No. 2s, etc.)

Top four seeds have byes in the first round. Boys' first-round games are on Tuesday, hosted by teams seeded 5 through 9. Girls' follow same format, with first-round on Wednesday.

BOYS

5A - No. 4 Fountain Fort Carson (16-6), No. 7 Liberty (12-10), No. 10 Pine Creek (11-12)

4A - No. 1 Lewis-Palmer (22-1), No. 1 Sierra (22-1), No. 2 Coronado (17-6), No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain (17-6), No. 3 Sand Creek (16-7), No. 5 Wasson (15-8), No. 7 Falcon (11-12), No. 9 Air Academy (9-14), No. 9 Widefield (10-13), No. 10 Canon City (11-10), No. 10 Palmer Ridge (8-15), No. 10 Vista Ridge (12-11), No. 12 Discovery Canyon (8-15), No. 12 Harrison (8-15)

SEEDS HAVE BEEN PLANTED:

Key developments from Sunday's 5A/4A selections of 48-team brackets. Smaller classes go with a district format that includes nearly every team.

BOYS

Lewis-Palmer and Sierra are both No. 1 seeds and on opposite sides of the bracket, setting up a potential meeting in the championship and leading 13 4A Metro teams that made the field.

Doherty, Palmer and Rampart were left out of the 5A bracket, where Fountain-Fort Carson earned an area-best No. 4 seed.

Coronado earned a No. 2 seed and the right to host in the rounds of 32 and 16. Cheyenne Mountain is a No. 3 seed and will have a first-round bye.

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Saturday, February 18
Pikes Peak basketball rankings (through games of Feb. 18)

The rankings are through games of Feb. 18. This will be our final rankings until the completion of the season.

1a. Lewis-Palmer (22-1)

1b. Sierra (22-1)

3. Coronado (17-6)

NOTES: All three of these teams will host four-team pools in the 4A tournament this weekend, with the winners advancing to next week's quarterfinals. Cheyenne Mountain, like Coronado, finished 17-6 and earned a first-round bye as a No. 3 seed.



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Friday, February 17
Defending Home Court
Coronado game

Late Season Matchups Create Pressure For Playoff Seeding

By Daniel Russell

The Cheyenne Edition

 

Last week high school basketball fans all over Colorado were on the edge of their seats as some of the best teams in the state faced off in regular season play. 12 of the states top teams, 11 of which are currently ranked in the state’s top 25 overall, vied for leverage and seeding before the state playoff brackets are released this weekend and the playoffs begin next Tuesday, Feb. 21.

No matchup was more anticipated than Friday night’s showdown in Colorado Springs when the top four teams in 4A Metro League faced off on the same night. At Sierra High School, the sell-out crowd showed up two hours early to get a seat for the showdown between No. 1 Lewis-Palmer High School Rangers and No. 2 Sierra Stallions, who came into the matchup with a combined record of 38-1.

Sierra lead first, putting up an early five points, but then Josh Scott and the Rangers took over, only allowing the Stallions to score another 10 points in the half as they added 25 of their own. At the half it was Sierra trailing Lewis-Palmer 15-25. The lead would not last long, as the Stallions relied on their trademark second half offensive surge. The Stallions added 27 points in the final two quarters, but the Rangers were able to hold off the surging Stallions with the continued defensive play that both teams are known for.

“I guess that’s why I consider us probably the two best teams in the state right now; it’s just our ability to play on the defensive end,” said Lewis-Palmer Head Coach Russ McKinstry. The clash of the 4A titans came down to the final second when, as the Rangers lead by three, the Stallions put up a last second shot from the top of the arc that bounced off of the backboard and away from the basket. “We just have to focus more; pay attention to what we have got to do,” said senior Wesley Gordon who had nine points and 11 rebounds in the loss. “We gotta learn. This was a test and we didn’t pass the test. Hopefully we’ll get an opportunity to get another test and hopefully this time we’ll pass,” said Sierra Head Coach Terry Dunn. “The only way we will see them again is in the state finals and we have to get there. That would be a dream,” he said.

Eight miles away the battle for a possible third place in the 4A Metro League was raging between the No. 3 Coronado High School Cougars and the No. 4 Cheyenne Mountain High School Indians.

The first half of play went as expected, as both teams came out on-fire, with the lead constantly changing throughout the first half. The two teams went into half time tied 27-27, but the edge seemed to be on Coronado’s side, with a huge dunk by junior Titus Rice over a Cheyenne defender just before the half. The Indians came back with a vengeance, as they opened the quarter on a 15-3 run, blowing the game wide open. It seemed as if the Indians would continue to run away with the game. The Indians offense was boosted by great rebounding by big men Ian Murphy and Bret Helton, as well as guard Darrin Haynes.

A late push brought the Cougars back to within seven points of the Indians at the end of the third quarter. Just one minute into the fourth quarter, the Indians’ gymnasium erupted when a huge dunk, scored off a turnover by sophomore Ghassan Nehme, all but gassed the Cougars and helped the Indians gain a lead that they would carry for the remainder of the game. “Loosing Canyon was big, but we came together as a team and finished strong,” said Nehme after the game. “We just gotta stay hungry and humble and everything will fall into place.” There was a scary moment on the court; when senior Eric Rayer went to the ground after attempting a three point shot which fell short with 4:30 remaining in the game.

The game came to a close with the Indians topping the Cougars by a final score of 69-57. The Cougars are currently ranked third in the 4A Metro rankings, but still have to face off against Scott and the Rangers Friday night, meaning that if the Indians continue to play at the top of their game as a team they quite possibly may be able to steal third place away from the Cougars.

The Indians showed great teamwork in their first game since losing leading scorer Canyon Barry last Tuesday to a torn ligament. “I went up for a rebound and came down on someone’s ankle,”

said Barry about the injury.

“I’m out until February 20 at least, and then the doctors will decide on whether I can play or if I will need surgery.” “Right now it has got to be a team effort,” said Head Coach J’on St.Clair. “Right now ‘Big Murph’ is stepping up in a big way and that’s gonna be huge.”

Tuesday night the Indians faced the Bears of Palmer Ridge High School in Monument. The two schools, situated on opposite ends of the city, are beginning to develop a rivalry; last year battling back and forth for state titles and bragging rights, mostly in track and baseball. The two teams clashed in a defensive battle with the Indians controlling the first two quarters and taking a 19-15 lead into the half. The Indians relied on their speed and sound defensive play without their offensive captain available. The Indians owned the boards with 32 team rebounds, 18 steals, and 20 deflections.

Senior Bret Helton and junior Darrin Haynes stepped up to be the only Indians to score double digits, adding nearly half of the aforementioned rebounds. The Bears had a late scoring surge, but the Indians lead was too much for the Bears to overcome. The Indians were able to get the 48-40 win as well as keep pace with the Coronado Cougars who beat Discovery Canyon Tuesday night as well.



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Wednesday, February 15
POST PREPS: BOYS BASKETBALL - High school boys basketball rankings:

 In 4A, Lewis-Palmer took over the No. 1 spot after a huge win of its own.

 

The Week 10 rankings for Colorado high school boys basketball are below.

Class 4A
  RK TEAM REC PTS PVS LW  
  Lewis-Palmer (6) 20-1 78 3 2-0  
Sierra (1) 21-1 63 2 1-1
Broomfield (1) 21-1 59 4 2-0
D'Evelyn 19-1 58 6 2-0
Sterling 20-1 49 1 3-1
Valor Christian 18-2 39 5 2-1
Pueblo East 17-5 20 8 1-1
Cheyenne Mountain 16-6 19 9 2-0
Montrose 19-3 18 10 2-0
10 Windsor 16-5 12 - 2-0
  OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES  
  Bold indicates team dropped from rankings. (Previous ranking in parentheses.)  
Coronado (No. 7) 8, Kennedy 6, Longmont 5, Thomas Jefferson 3, Pueblo Central 2, Green Mountain 1.


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Monday, February 13
BOYS BASKETBALL: Conference Breakdown (5A, 4A & 3A)

By kevin on Feb 13, 2012 

With the final week of the regular season upon us, there’s not a better time to recap each league and break down the games that will help determine league championships in Classes 5A, 4A and 3A.

CLASS 4A

CS METRO: With last Friday’s hard fought 45-42 win over Sierra, Lewis Palmer gained sole possession of first place.  They also gained an additional game on third place Coronado when the Cougars were upset by Cheyenne Mountain on the same night.  Lewis Palmer and Coronado face off Friday night in a game twice delayed by weather but if the Rangers beat Mitchell (Tuesday) and Vista Ridge (Thursday) as expected, that game will have no bearing on the championship race.  Lewis Palmer would have clinched the title by then.  Sierra has a win over Coronado so the Stallions are in good shape to finish second.  They go to Vista Ridge on Tuesday and then visit Mitchell on Thursday.  Cheyenne Mountain’s win over Coronado kept them in the chase for fourth.  They’re tied with Wasson and Sand Creek for that spot.  All three are favored to win their final two league games so they could end up in the same position by week’s end.  Wasson faces Woodland Park and Falcon with both games away from home.  Sand Creek plays Air Academy and Mesa Ridge while Cheyenne Mountain meets Palmer Ridge and Discovery Canyon. 



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Monday, February 13
Pikes Peak basketball rankings (through games of Feb. 11)

We stack up the best area basketball teams by classification.

1a. Lewis-Palmer (19-1)

1b. Sieera (20-1)

3. Coronado (15-5) 

Lewis-Palmer finally got over the hump against Sierra, as Josh Scott scored 28 points and the Rangers won the hyped contest 45-42 on the road. It would be a shame if the teams don’t meet again. While that game was going on, Cheyenne Mountain (15-6) was shocking Coronado with a 68-57 home victory in the Indians’ first game since losing leading scorer Canyon Barry to an ankle injury. Coronado’s body of work, including a 10-2 record in the 4A Metro, keeps it in the top three by a hair, but the loss illustrates the competitiveness and parity of the four teams (Sand Creek, Wasson being the others) sitting underneath Lewis-Palmer and Sierra. One of those teams, or even Vista Ridge or Widefield, is sure to make some noise in the postseason.



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Saturday, February 11
Friday's roundup:
Coronado game2

SCOTT KANIEWSKI

THE GAZETTE

Highlights from Friday's high school sports action in the Pikes Peak Region.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Cheyenne Mountain 69, Coronado 57

At Cheyenne Mountain: Playing its first game without leading scorer Canyon Barry, Cheyenne Mountain (14-6, 8-4 4A Metro) did just fine, using a 23-point third quarter to pull away from Coronado (15-5, 10-2).

The Cougars got 20 points from Eric Rayer and 17 from Jamin Abeyta.

Barry injured his ankle in Tuesday's loss to Lewis-Palmer. Barry could be out for the season depending on the severity of the injury.



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Friday, February 10
Going Above the Rim
VR game

Indians finishing hard

By Daniel Russell

The Cheyenne Edition

 

With one week remaining in the winter sports season, high school teams all over Colorado are trying to make that final push to make better seeding in the playoffs while others are playing to make it into the playoffs at all. The Indians of Cheyenne Mountain High School are no different. With the Indians’ winter sports ending in the next two weeks, athletes are all looking to add to the already full trophy case that serves as a daily reminder of what they are competing for. This past week the Indians boys’ basketball went through their final walkthrough preparing for the next weeks’ games. The final two weeks of the season will be the toughest that the Indians have had all season, as they play six of the top ten teams in a very deep 4A Metro League including the current “Big Three:” Sierra High School, Lewis-Palmer High School and Coronado High School in consecutive games. Dubbed as part the “Murderers Row” of Southern Colorado basketball, the Indians are a high flying and defensively sound team that poses a threat to anyone they face. Since January 20, the Indians have outscored their opponents 420-257, with their only loss to current 4A leader Sierra High School. The Indians are not a very large team in terms of height, but they certainly make up for it with their speed. The Indians, averaging 14.1 steals and 32.2 rebounds per game, have three different players with more than 40 steals and six with more than 65 rebounds so far this season. Leading almost all of the categories is College of Charleston-bound Canyon Barry. Barry leads the team in point (323), blocked shots (20), steals (50), as well as turnovers (52). He is also viewed by Coach St. Clair as one of the overall leaders of the team, “Canyon continues to get better at being a leader. As a coaching staff we need to make sure Canyon is getting the ball once every 4-5 possessions.”

Coach St. Clair also made note of some of his younger players that he will be looking to take the reigns going into the playoffs and beyond into next season, “We are going to lean on Darrin Haynes, Sharell Bell, Ghassan Nehme and Reece Eddy this spring.”

Last Thursday night the Indians played the Wolves of Vista Ridge High School. From the beginning the Indians had the game locked away forcing the Wolves to turn the ball over 40+ times in the game. At halftime the Indians led 34-23, and then went on to outscore the Wolves 22-5 in the third quarter alone. One of the only blemishes of the game for the Indians came 38 seconds into the fourth quarter when senior Ian Murphy was called for a technical foul for talking back to a referee. Senior Canyon Barry got the Indians fired up again when he forced a turnover and on the fast break leapt from a foot and a half in front of the free throw line and threw down a massive dunk with 5:46 remaining in the game. The Indians finished the game strong adding nine points in the final six minutes to give the final score of 70-40.

“The thing that we struggled with early in the season was our kids would not always buy into what we were doing and didn’t always have their heart in it,” said Coach St. Clair after the game, “As of late though, our kids have come around and I think they are excited about what we have going on here. When our kid’s buy in, we’re a very tough team to beat.”

Last Saturday night the Indians faced the current leaders in 4A Metro Stallions of Sierra High School led by CU-Boulder-bound senior Wesley Gordon. The Indians were right in the mix with the Stallions in the first half nearly going shot for shot and entered halftime down only four points. In the fashion to which they have become accustomed, the Stallions took off on a scoring surge in the third quarter, outscoring the Indians 19-6. They finished the game by adding on 13 more points to give the Stallions a 58-36 victory. Gordon led the Stallions with 18 points followed by senior Calvin Brown who had 11 points in the game. The Indians were led by Canyon Barry who was the only player for the Indians to scored double digits with 13.

Tuesday night the Indians traveled to Monument to face the 4A giant Lewis-Palmer High School Rangers. The Rangers played a solid and consistent game that used their size to their advantage, taking over inside the paint and scoring on nearly every possession that they got the ball. The Rangers, led by soon-to-be Wesley Gordon’s CU-Boulder teammate Josh Smith and his younger brother Jordan Smith, started the game with a fire and did not let up until the final buzzer sounded, outscoring the Indians in all but one quarter. The Indians came out of halftime ready to get right back into the game and outscored the Rangers 22-21 in the quarter, but the Rangers‘ physical size and style prevailed as the Indians were only able to add nine more points in the fourth, giving the Rangers the 72-50 victory.

Friday night is sure to be a wild night in 4A Metro as No. 1 Sierra hosts No. 2 Lewis-Palmer, and No. 4 Cheyenne Mountain plays host to the No. 3 Cougars of Coronado High School. The Indians have played four of the top five teams in Colorado 4A basketball so far, and even though they lost each game, they have shown that they have what it takes to roll with some of the top teams in the state. The game against the Cougars Friday night will most certainly hold more than school pride on the line, as seeding for the Colorado 4A playoffs, set to start next week, will also be on the line for both teams.



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Thursday, February 9
BOYS BASKETBALL: Thursday Top Ten Schedule/Results

By kevin on Feb 09, 2012 

8th ranked Coronado (4A) looks to stay within a game of co-leaders Sierra and Lewis Palmer in the Colorado Springs Metro.  With a win, the Cougars will be tied in second place with the loser of Friday’s clash between the Stallions and Rangers.  Cheyenne Mountain is tied with Sand Creek in fourth place (both 8-4) but may play the game without senior Canyon Berry who injured an ankle in Tuesday’s loss to Lewis Palmer.



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Thursday, February 9
Ankle injury might cut Barry's senior season short
gazette2 1-6-2012

February 09, 2012

BRENT BRIGGEMAN

THE GAZETTE

Canyon Barry's senior season likely came to an abrupt end on Tuesday night.

The Cheyenne Mountain guard and Division I signee rolled his left ankle while coming down with a rebound on the first possession at Lewis-Palmer, suffering a high ankle sprain so severe that he's in a walking boot and won't even learn the extent of the damage until Feb. 20.

The fear is ligament damage and a possible fracture, both of which would likely sideline him for the remainder of the season.

"He goes in the day before the playoffs start, so we'll find out then if we have him," first-year Indians coach J'on St. Clair said Wednesday night. "He's disappointed. It's not the way you want to end your senior year, of course. He's worked hard to get where he is."

Basketball royalty by blood as the son of NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry and the half brother of three NBA players, Barry turned himself into one of the area's top threats. A little used reserve as a sophomore, he showed glimpses of his potential as a junior when he averaged 13.2 points with four 20-point efforts. It all came together as a senior, as he's averaging 17 points, nearly five rebounds, 2.6 steals and 2.2 assists for the Indians (14-6, 8-4 4A Metro).

The 6-foot-5 guard signed in November with coach Bobby Cremins at the College of Charleston.

Turns out, that might be the next uniform he wears.

"You just hope some kids can step up and fill a little bit of the void," St. Clair said. "We've got a lot to pick up."



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Wednesday, February 8
Tuesday's roundup: Lewis-Palmer routs Cheyenne Mountain as Barry goes down with injury


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Wednesday, February 8
POST PREPS: BOYS BASKETBALL - High school boys basketball rankings:
The Week 9 rankings for Colorado high school boys basketball are below.

Class 4A
  RK TEAM REC PTS PVS LW  
  Sterling (5) 17-0 71 1 1-0  
Sierra (1) 20-0 70 2 3-0
Lewis-Palmer (2) 18-1 68 3 2-0
Broomfield 19-1 51 4 2-0
Valor Christian 16-1 50 5 1-0
D'Evelyn 17-1 48 6 2-0
Coronado 15-4 18 7 1-1
Pueblo East 16-4 15 9 2-0
Cheyenne Mountain 14-6 13 10 1-2
10 Montrose 17-3 12 - 2-0
  OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES  
  Bold indicates team dropped from rankings. (Previous ranking in parentheses.)  
Kennedy 9, Pueblo Central (No. 8) 7, Windsor 7, Thomas Jefferson 2.

 



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Monday, February 6
Mark your calendar for these events

THE GAZETTE

Area’s a look at key remaining events in the winter sports season. Please let us know if there is a big game we've overlooked or if any times/locations are incorrect. Things might change, teams might emerge, and we'll be on the lookout for developing story lines. If you're a casual sports fan in the Pikes Peak area, we hope this might serve as a guide if you are looking to see some of the talented young men and women competing at a high level.

Updated Feb. 6

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Coronado at Cheyenne Mountain, 7 p.m. Friday: The undercard to Lewis-Palmer and Sierra will, in all likelihood, be Cheyenne Mountain’s only hope of putting itself in position for a third-place finish in the 4A Metro. In any other year, two teams this good would be in position to win league and make a run at state. The state run is still possible, but L-P and Sierra look like they’re going to run away with the league’s top two spots.

 



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Sunday, February 5
BOYS BASKETBALL: The Week Ahead

CLASS 4A

#4 Broomfield at Longmont (Tues)

#3 Valor Christian vs #6 D’Evelyn (Wed)

#8 Coronado vs Cheyenne Mountain (Fri)

Pueblo West at Pueblo East (Thurs)

#1 Sierra vs #5 Lewis Palmer (Fri)

Kennedy at Lincoln (Fri)

Greeley Central at Longmont (Fri)

NOTES: Two league championships should be decided this week with heavyweight clashes among top six teams. On Thursday, 3rd ranked Valor Christian and 6th ranked D’Evelyn hook up to determine the regular season Jeffco championship. They could meet again in the post-season league tournament about ten days later. Sierra and Lewis Palmer strap it on for their much anticipated battle on Friday. The teams are a combined 35-1 on the season and both have state championship aspirations. Both teams are also in line for a top f our tournament seed. The game features two CU bound seniors going head-to-head in Josh Scott of Lewis Palmer and Wesley Gordon of Sierra. Coronado, which lost to Sierra last week, looks to rebound against Cheyenne Mountain. They must win to have any chance of at least sharing the league championship. The Cougars were scheduled to face Lewis Palmer last week but that game was snowed out. Longmont has a huge week. They enter play tied with Greeley Central for second place in the Northern and two games back of first place Broomfield. They open by hosting their long-time rivals before trying to avenge a crucial loss to Greeley Central on Friday. Kennedy and Lincoln are battling for a top three finish in the City. Each has a league loss to 2nd ranked Denver East (5A). Pueblo West gave South Central leading Pueblo Central their first league loss last week and now they have their sights set on second place Pueblo East. East needs a win to stay within one game of first place.



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Sunday, February 5
BOYS BASKETBALL: New Rankings Announced (Feb. 5th)

CLASS 4A

  1. Sierra (19-0)
  2. Sterling (16-0)
  3. Valor Christian (15-1)
  4. Broomfield (17-1)
  5. Lewis Palmer (16-1)
  6. D’Evelyn (16-1)
  7. Windsor (12-5)
  8. Coronado (15-3)
  9. Montrose (17-3)
  10. Pueblo Central (14-6)

NEW: None

DROPPED OUT: None

TEAMS TO WATCH: Kennedy (13-4), Cheyenne Mountain (14-5), Evergreen (12-6), Golden (11-6), Longmont (12-5), Greeley Central (10-8), Pueblo East (15-4), Palisade (15-4), Eagle Valley (15-5), Delta (13-5)

NOTES: Despite losses, Windsor, Coronado and Pueblo Central remain in the rankings this week. Windsor, which lost a tough six point decision at home to Sterling and Coronado, which fell by ten to unbeaten Sierra, both remained in the same spots as a week ago since the losses came in narrow fashion to the top two teams in the rankings. Coronado was scheduled to face 5th ranked Lewis Palmer last week as well, but that contest was twice delayed because of the weather and a new make-up date has not been announced. Pueblo Central ended an 11-game winning streak with a loss to Pueblo West and dropped one spot to tenth. They stayed in the rankings ahead of a red hot Pueblo East team since they lead the Eagles by one game in the South Central and beat them head-to-head earlier in the season. The Wildcats exchanged positions with Montrose who bumped to ninth by beating Montezuma Cortez and Durango. They were also helped in their bid to win the Southwestern crown when Grand Junction upended Fruita Monument. Montrose and Fruita are now tied for the league lead with the Wildcats winning round one. The second matchup is in the final week of the season. There are several huge games on the schedule this week including Sierra-Lewis Palmer, Valor Christian-D’Evelyn and Broomfield-Longmont.



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Saturday, February 4
Saturday's roundup:
THE GAZETTE

Highlights from Saturday's high school sports action in the Pikes Peak region:

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Sierra 58, Cheyenne Mountain 36

At Cheyenne Mountain: Wesley Gordon scored 18 points and Calvin Brown added 11 as Sierra rolled through one of the best challenges it figured it would get from the 4A Metro.

Of course, the Stallions (19-0, 11-0 4A Metro) still face Lewis-Palmer on Friday in a matchup of league unbeatens.

Canyon Barry scored 13 points for Cheyenne Mountain (14-5, 8-3).



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Friday, February 3
The Coming Storm
Sand Creek

Indians basketball rolls into February with their toughest tests ahead

By Daniel Russell

February 3, 2012 The Cheyenne Edition

 

The Cheyenne Mountain High School basketball teams have been making waves in a tough Colorado Springs 4A Metro League play that is still open to the top teams. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams are currently in the top four of the division with plenty of tough tests remaining.

The Indians boys’ basketball team was in action this past week with games against Woodland Park, Sand Creek and Mitchell High Schools. The Indians have been playing great as of late and are currently on a four game winning streak.

The Indians had commanding victories against Woodland Park High School, outscoring the Panthers 91-28 and the Marauders of Mitchell High School 71-39. Amazingly the Indians have put up 90+ points on a team three times this season; 94 points against Lakewood High School in December of 2011, and 92 points on Harrison High School, just four days before the 91 point game against Woodland Park.

Last Thursday night the Indians took on the fifth place 4A CSML Scorpions of Sand Creek High School. The game started out fast and neither team lost adrenaline until the final buzzer sounded. The Scorpions led for most of the game at the hands of junior Josh Smith who put up 28 points, seven rebounds and four steals in the game. Late in the first half the Indians surged to bring themselves back to with in one of the Scorpions before going into the half.

The Indians continued the momentum gained at halftime with an 11-3 run, but the Scorpions came back late to finish the third quarter on a 15-3 run giving them a 44-40 lead over the Indians going into the fourth quarter. Senior Canyon Barry took over in the second half scoring 15 straight points. The Indians were downas much as nine in the fourth, but came roaring back with a 12-1 run sparked by great defensive play. With just under two minutes remaining, the Scorpions were able to tie up the game at 54-54, but Indians junior Darrin Haynes had a huge steal and breakaway to give the Indians the 56-54 lead and take the Scorpions out of the game entirely with 41 seconds remaining in the game. The game ended with the Indians tacking on three more points for the final score of 59-54, helping solidify the Indians place as one of the top teams in the 4A Metro League. “We are playing well in spots,” said Head Coach J’on St.Clair. “I told our guys that, if we got the lead, we were going to win the game.”“Our tough stretch is coming up,” said St. Clair as the Indians prepare for the giants of the 4A Metro League Sierra, Lewis-Palmer and Coronado, which the Indians face in consecutive games between Feb. 4 and 10.



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Thursday, February 2
Thursday's roundup:
VR game 2
THE GAZETTE

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Cheyenne Mountain 70, Vista Ridge 40

At Vista Ridge: Ghassan "Gus" Nehme led three Cheyenne Mountain players in double figures with 17, and the Indians used a 22-5 third quarter to turn the game into a rout.

Canyon Barry added 16, and Bret Helton 12 for the Indians (14-4, 8-2 4A Metro), who have won five in a row.

Jakolbhi Gillette's nine points paced Vista Ridge (10-8, 4-6).



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Wednesday, February 1
POST PREPS: BOYS BASKETBALL - High school boys basketball rankings:

The Week 7 rankings for Colorado high school boys basketball are below.

Class 4A
  RK TEAM REC PTS PVS LW  
  Sterling (6) 16-0 99 1 2-0  
  Sierra (2) 17-0 95 2 2-0  
  Lewis-Palmer (3) 16-1 89 3 2-0  
  Broomfield 17-1 79 4 3-0  
  Valor Christian 15-1 70 5 2-0  
  D'Evelyn 15-1 60 6 2-0  
  Coronado 14-3 24 7 2-0  
  Pueblo Central 14-5 20 - 2-0  
  Pueblo East 14-4 19 9 1-0  
  10 Cheyenne Mountain 13-4 14 10 2-0  
  OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES  
  Bold indicates team dropped from rankings. (Previous ranking in parentheses.)  
  Windsor 13, Montrose (No. 8) 12, Kennedy 4, Green Mountain 4, Thomas Jefferson 4, Longmont 1.  

 




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Monday, January 30
NEW! Mark your calendar for these events
THE GAZETTE

Here's a look at key remaining events in the winter sports season. Please let us know if there is a big game we've overlooked or if any times/locations are incorrect. Things might change, teams might emerge, and we'll be on the lookout for developing story lines. If you're a casual sports fan in the Pikes Peak area, we hope this might serve as a guide if you are looking to see some of the talented young men and women competing at a high level.

Updated Jan. 30

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

What to watch this week

Sierra at Cheyenne Mountain, 7 p.m. Saturday: At some point, you have to figure someone is going to throw a challenge at Sierra (and/or Lewis-Palmer). Perhaps Cheyenne Mountain is the team to do it.



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Sunday, January 29
BOYS BASKETBALL: The Week Ahead

By kevin on Jan 29, 2012

Since we’re almost to February, the conference races are really starting to take shape and the pecking order in some will be sorted out a bit more by weeks’ end.  Below is a quick rundown of the top games on the slate in each division.

CLASS 4A

#2 Sterling at #7 Windsor (Tues)

#1 Sierra vs #8 Coronado (Thurs)

#6 D’Evelyn vs Golden (Fri)

Kennedy at Lincoln (Fri)

#5 Lewis Palmer at #8 Coronado (Sat)

#1 Sierra at Cheyenne Mountain (Sat)

NOTES:  No team in any class has a more difficult schedule this week than Coronado but the 8th ranked Cougars also have a chance to make the most noise as well.  They begin the week tied with #1 Sierra and #5 Lewis Palmer atop the very rugged Colorado Springs Metro and since they face both teams over a three day period, the Cougars have a great opportunity to grab the conference reins and make a statement statewide.  It will be difficult to get one win let alone two as Sierra is unbeaten on the season and Lewis Palmer may be the best team in the division right now.  They’ve won every league game by at least 20 points thus far.  Sierra also has a tough road trip to Cheyenne Mountain on Saturday.  The Indians have dropped two league games already but since they haven’t played any of the big three yet, they have a chance to get back into the race.  Their chance is over the next two weeks because after Sierra, they tangle with both Coronado and Lewis Palmer next week.    Sterling beat Windsor 64-46 in the first meeting at the home and the rematch is this Tuesday in Windsor.  The Tigers basically secure the title with a second win over the Wizards.  D’Evelyn must avoid looking past Golden ahead of next week’s first place battle with Valor Christian.  Since the Demons are two games back of the two co-leaders, the game doesn’t have much of an impact on the championship chase but since it’s a great rivalry, we mention it as a top game.  Kennedy knocked off Thomas Jefferson last week but also fell to Denver East but a win over Lincoln gives them a great chance to end up second in the City league. 



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Sunday, January 29
BOYS BASKETBALL: New Rankings Released

From top to bottom in all classes, it was probably the most consistent week for our top ten polls.  Compared to most weeks, there were fewer upsets of highly ranked teams so there are also fewer changes than normal, but here’s a look at our newest Colorado Preps boys’ basketball polls.

CLASS 4A

  1. Sierra (16-0)
  2. Sterling (15-0)
  3. Valor Christian (15-1)
  4. Broomfield (16-10
  5. Lewis Palmer (15-1)
  6. D’Evelyn (15-1)
  7. Windsor (12-4)
  8. Coronado (15-2)
  9. Pueblo Central (11-4)
  10. Montrose (15-3)

NEW: None

DROPPED OUT: None

TEAMS TO WATCH: Cheyenne Mountain (14-4), Pueblo East (13-4), Wasson (9-7), Longmont (11-5), Kennedy (12-4), Evergreen (11-6), Greeley Central (9-8)

NOTES: Since the top nine teams all went 2-0 during the past week keeping them in the same order was an easy job but deciding a tenth proved difficult.  Montrose was ranked 10th last week but lost last Tuesday to Fruita Monument before rebounding with a nice road win at Grand Junction last Friday.  Since both games were against quality 5A opponents and the fact that Montrose is the top 4A team in the conference, we kept the Indians in the rankings ahead of such teams as Cheyenne Mountain, Pueblo East, Wasson and Longmont.  Each one of those two teams has already suffered at least two leagues and trails their league leaders by at least the same two game margin.  Wasson would also get consideration ahead of Cheyenne Mountain since they beat the Indians head-to-head but the Thunderbirds are hurt by their 9-7 overall record.  They are however 6-3 since Christmas with losses to league unbeatens Sierra, Lewis Palmer and Coronado so their schedule has been a difficult one giving them serious consideration for the rankings this week.  It’s the same situation in the Northern conference where Greeley Central has a lesser record than Longmont but would receive rankings attention first since they beat the Trojans head-to-head and the two are tied for second behind first place Broomfield. 



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Saturday, January 28
Saturday's roundup:

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Cheyenne Mountain 71, Mitchell 39

At Cheyenne Mountain: Cheyenne Mountain's Canyon Barry scored a game-high 23 points.

Mitchell (3-12, 2-7 4A Metro) had 24 points through three quarters.

Bret Helton had 12 and Darrin Haynes added 10 for the Indians (13-4, 7-2).

The Marauders were led by Michael Odom's 11. Diondre Scott added 10.

Mitchell's leading-scorer Larry McLin, who averages more than 13 ppg, scored only five.



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Friday, January 27
Cheyenne Mountain, Barry hold off game Sand Creek
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January 27, 2012

NEAL REID

THE GAZETTE

The good news for Sand Creek’s boys’ basketball team is that its gnarly run through the 4A Metro's “Murderers Row” is over.

Canyon Barry scored 18 of his team-high 24 points in the second half to lead Cheyenne Mountain to a 59-54 win over the Scorpions at Sand Creek’s home gym Thursday. The loss was the fourth in the row for the Scorpions, who faced Coronado, Sierra, Lewis-Palmer and Cheyenne Mountain in consecutive games beginning Jan. 14.

Dylan Clark hit a pair of free throws for Sand Creek (8-7, 3-4 4A Metro) with 1:44 remaining to tie the game at 54-54, but the Indians (12-4, 6-2) dominated the rest of the way to win for the fifth time in six games.

“I told our guys that, if we got the lead, we were going to win the game,” Cheyenne Mountain coach J’on St.Clair said. “I was a little nervous, but I was proud of our guys for coming back and getting this win. They got tired, so their shots weren’t falling, and we subbed nine guys and had a little more ‘oomph.’”

The Scorpions committed two turnovers, missed a plethora of uncontested shots and were on the short end of a no-call by the referees in the final 1:44. Darrin Haynes’ steal and layup for the Indians with 41.4 seconds left gave Cheyenne Mountain a 56-54 lead.

“They wanted it more than we did,” Sand Creek coach Joe Rausch said. “They got all of the loose balls and rebounds, and we weren’t willing to sell out tonight and go that extra step to win a ball game. You’ve got to give all the credit to Cheyenne Mountain.”

Josh Smith had 18 of his game-high 28 points for the Scorpions in the first half, but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter.

Barry took over in the second half, scoring 15 straight points for Cheyenne Mountain and sparking his team’s rally.

“We came out a lot harder in the second half and knew we were going to have to play our best to come back and beat them,” said Barry, whose team outscored Sand Creek 19-10 in the fourth. “In the fourth, we stepped up and came back, and Darrin had a great steal. We definitely deserved to win tonight.”

The Indians opened the second half with an 11-3 run to erase a 23-22 halftime deficit, but the Scorpions countered with a 15-3 run and took a 44-40 lead into the fourth quarter. Sand Creek led by as many as nine early in the fourth, but a 12-1 Cheyenne Mountain run gave the Indians a 54-52 lead.

Rausch hopes his battle-tested squad can learn and grow from its grueling four-game slate.

“I hope that, after this stretch, we can grow from it,” he said. “I hope we can take this and become a better team, because we’ve still got a lot of tough games left.”

St.Clair doesn’t feel too sorry for the Scorpions. His team has a three-game stretch against Sierra, Lewis-Palmer and Coronado from Feb. 4-10.

“Our tough stretch is coming up,” St.Clair said. “It’s just the way the schedule is set up, but it’s a cliché – one game at a time.”



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Wednesday, January 25
POST PREPS: BOYS BASKETBALL - High school boys basketball rankings:

In 4A, Coronado and Montrose both joined the ranking.

This season, The Post will be conducting coaches polls with dozens of coaches from each classification taking part. A complete listing of the panel is below.

The Week 5 rankings for Colorado high school boys basketball are below.

Class 4A
  RK TEAM REC PTS PVS LW  
  Sterling (6) 14-0 75 1 3-0  
  Sierra (1) 15-0 70 2 2-0  
  Lewis-Palmer (1) 14-1 63 4 2-0  
  Broomfield 14-1 55 3 2-0  
  Valor Christian 13-1 52 5 2-0  
  D'Evelyn 13-1 45 6 2-0  
  Coronado 12-3 14 - 2-0  
  Montrose 14-3 13 - 1-1  
  Pueblo East 13-4 12 8 1-1  
  10 Cheyenne Mountain 11-4 11 7 2-0  
  OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES  
  Bold indicates team dropped from rankings. (Previous ranking in parentheses.)  
  Windsor (No. 9) 10, Pueblo Central 8, Thomas Jefferson (No. 10) 7, Kennedy 5, Palisade 2.  


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Monday, January 23
Mark your calendar for these events

THE GAZETTE

Here's a look at key remaining events in the winter sports season. Please let us know if there is a big game we've overlooked or if any times/locations are incorrect. Things might change, teams might emerge, and we'll be on the lookout for developing story lines. If you're a casual sports fan in the Pikes Peak area, we hope this might serve as a guide if you are looking to see some of the talented young men and women competing at a high level.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

What to watch this week

Cheyenne Mountain at Sand Creek, 7 p.m. Thursday: Two quality teams, but the loser will face a massive task if it wants to stay in the hunt for a top-three league finish.



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Sunday, January 22
BOYS BASKETBALL: New Rankings Announced

Only nine unbeaten teams are left in Colorado and to no surprise, those teams are at or near the top of the latest Colorado Preps boys’ basketball rankings. A new poll is released every Sunday by the Colorado Preps Network.

CLASS 4A

1.     Sierra (14-0)

2.     Sterling (13-0)

3.     Valor Christian (13-1)

4.     Broomfield (13-1)

5.     Lewis Palmer (12-1)

6.     D’Evelyn (13-1)

7.     Windsor (10-4)

8.     Coronado (12-2)

9.     Pueblo Central (9-4)

10.   Montrose (14-2)

DROPPED OUT: Cheyenne Mountain, Longmont

NEW: Pueblo Central, Montrose

TEAMS TO WATCH: Evergreen (10-5), Wasson (7-6), Greeley Central (7-7), Pueblo East (12-4), Thomas Jefferson (6-01), Kennedy (10-4), Palisade (12-4)

NOTES: At this point of the season, it’s difficult to imagine the state champion coming from outside the top six teams in our rankings. All five teams have been very consistent this year and very dominant at times. Sierra and Sterling are unbeaten overall while Valor Christian, Broomfield and D’Evelyn are perfect against teams in Class 4A. Lewis Palmer, which may be playing the best basketball of any team in any class right now, has won 13 straight in overwhelming fashion since a one point overtime loss to Broomfield to open the season. In two victories last week, the Rangers averaged 98 points and won by a combined 128 points over Harrison and Woodland Park. Pueblo Central and Montrose are two newcomers to the rankings. They take over spots vacated by Cheyenne Mountain, which lost to Wasson and Longmont, which dropped a key Northern league game to Greeley Central. Pueblo Central has won eight straight overall including five in league play to open a two game edge in the South Central. The Montrose winning streak stretched to ten games with wins over Battle Mountain and Grand Junction Central. Tied with Fruita Monument atop the Southwestern League, the Indians will face the Wildcats Tuesday in a game to determine first place.



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Saturday, January 21
Pikes Peak basketball rankings (through games of Jan. 21)

We stack up the area's best basketball teams as they stand after the games of Jan. 21.

4A BOYS’ BASKETBALL

1a. Lewis-Palmer (13-1)

1b. Sieera (14-0)

3. Coronado (11-3)

Lewis-Palmer put up 102 points against Woodland Park – its fourth 90+ effort in league play – and Sierra’s Wesley Gordon scored 49 points against Sand Creek, which still has a legitimate shot at taking third in the league. These two teams are just at a different level. … Coronado is holding its own, however, as the Cougars have matched the Rangers and Stallions with a 6-0 start in the Metro. Coronado hosts Wasson and travels to Harrison this week, so it could stand at 8-0 when it hosts Sierra on Feb. 2 and Lewis-Palmer two days later. Wasson won’t be a pushover, however, as it showed with a 55-45 victory at Cheyenne Mountain on Tuesday.

 



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Saturday, January 21
Friday's roundup:

January 21, 2012

SCOTT KANIEWSKI

THE GAZETTE

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Cheyenne Mountain 92, Harrison 38

At Harrison: Canyon Barry scored a game-high 25 points and three others were in double digits, as Cheyenne Mountain (10-4, 4-2 4A Metro) eased past Harrison (4-10, 1-5).

Bret Helton scored 20, Ghassan Nehme 15 and Reece Eddy 14 for the Indians.

Jonah Gordon led the Panthers with 19 points

 



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Thursday, January 19
BOYS BASKETBALL: Class 4A Weekly Update
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It’s half and half week in the 4A ranks this time around as half of the top games have already been played with the remainder left for Friday. In our weekly update, we’ll recap the games that have already been completed and look ahead to how results from Friday will affect conference races.

Looking back to Tuesday night, the highlights came from Sierra and Greeley Central. Sierra picked up a whopping 49 points from C-U bound Wesley Gordon in a convincing 72-51 win over Sand Creek. That effort pushed his season average past the 22 point mark and the win kept the Stallions tied with Lewis Palmer and Coronado (all 5-0) atop the rugged Colorado Springs Metro. Sand Creek’s loss dropped them to 3-2 and into a four way tie for fourth place with Vista Ridge, Cheyenne Mountain and Wasson. Cheyenne Mountain was considered a title threat at the start of the season but their costly loss to Wasson (55-45) Tuesday night likely dropped them from contention. They already have two league losses and have yet to play Sierra, Lewis Palmer or Coronado.

Coronado is home to Mesa Ridge on Friday and then has a tough home date with Wasson on Tuesday. The Cougars have won five in a row since a non-league loss to Falcon to close the December portion of the schedule. They turned around and beat Falcon in conference play on January 10th. Eric Rayer leads the Cougars with 21 points a game and went for 30 in the win over Widefield earlier this week.

After the important win over Sand Creek, Sierra faces a stretch where they should be able to rest some key players for upcoming matchups with Coronado (February 2nd) and Cheyenne Mountain (February 4th). Up next on the schedule are games with Falcon, Air Academy, Widefield and Discovery Canyon. Lewis Palmer has outscored five league opponents by a combined 213 points and a similar margin could happen when they go to Woodland Park on Saturday. A home game with Sand Creek on Tuesday should prove to be a better battle.

The complete list of games for Class 4A each day can be found on our sister website at www.coloradoscores.com. Scores can be sorted by team, by class and by conference making it easier to track down the score of your choice. We’ll also recap all the games on our Built Ford Tough Scoreboard Show which airs each Friday night from 9-11pm on the Colorado Preps Radio Network.

 



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Wednesday, January 18
POST PREPS: BOYS BASKETBALL - High school boys basketball rankings:
Class 4A
  RK TEAM REC PTS PVS LW  
  Sterling (7) 11-0 111 1 2-0  
  Sierra (3) 13-0 99 3 2-0  
  Broomfield (1) 12-1 93 5 3-0  
  Lewis-Palmer (1) 12-1 92 2 3-0  
  Valor Christian 11-1 72 4 2-0  
  D'Evelyn 11-1 67 6 2-0  
  Cheyenne Mountain 9-4 38 7 1-1  
  Pueblo East 12-3 26 8 2-0  
  Windsor 9-4 23 9 2-0  
  10 Thomas Jefferson 6-9 13 - 1-1  
  OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES  
  Bold indicates team dropped from rankings. (Previous ranking in parentheses.)  
  Montrose 6, Kennedy 6, Coronado 5, Longmont 4, Golden 2, Palisade 2, Green Mountain (No. 10) 1.  

 




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Monday, January 16
National Day of Service
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The Men’s basketball team spent a couple of hours at Care and Share volunteering our time for the National Day of Service on Martin Luther King Jr day.

The team did a great job sorting and checking food. We processed about 4 ½ big tubes of food that will be distributed to people in need in our community.

I am so proud of how hard the boys worked and the teamwork was outstanding!

Great job Indians!



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Sunday, January 15
BOYS BASKETBALL: New Rankings Announced (Jan 15th)

In many ways it was a turbulent week for boys basketball teams as several top ten teams were beaten and a few were knocked off twice since the past poll was released. As a result, there is quite a bit of movement in the new Colorado Preps rankings released today.

CLASS 4A

1.     Sierra

2.     Sterling

3.     Valor Christian

4.     Broomfield

5.     Lewis Palmer

6.     D’Evelyn

7.     Cheyenne Mountain

8.     Windsor

9.     Longmont

10.   Coronado

DROPPED OUT: Green Mountain

NEW: Coronado

TEAMS TO WATCH: Montrose (12-2), Palisade (10-2), Golden (8-4), Evergreen (8-4), Pueblo Central (7-4), Canon City (9-4), Pueblo East (11-3), Kennedy (10-3)

NOTES: Movement in the poll was caused by losses from Valor Christian, Green Mountain and Longmont. While Green Mountain was beaten in conference play by both D’Evelyn and Evergreen to drop out of the rankings, the Eagles and Trojans suffered only a minor drop because of losses to 5A Legend (Valor Christian) and Broomfield (Longmont). Longmont battled the Eagles from start to finish before falling by eight points (55-47) but that loss cost them only one spot in the rankings. Valor Christian dropped just two positions to third because their loss to Legend is considered a quality loss. Sierra, which rolled past Harrison (64-39) and Woodland Park (68-28) is the new number one while defending state champion Sterling also bumped one position after beating Frederick (53-33) and Fort Morgan (65-47) to stay unbeaten. Spots four through six remain unchanged as Broomfield and Lewis Palmer have won a combined 19 consecutive games. D’Evelyn was held to a season low 44 points in their win over Green Mountain but then scored a season high 105 points in the blowout of Summit. Cheyenne Mountain and Windsor both climbed two spots by combining for five wins. Coronado is the newest member of the rankings. The Cougars scored quality wins over Falcon, Air Academy and Sand Creek stretching their winning streak to eight games while staying tied for first in a very good Colorado Springs Metro conference.



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Saturday, January 14
Pikes Peak basketball rankings (through games of Jan. 14)

We stack up the best area basketball teams.

4A BOYS’ BASKETBALL

1a. Lewis-Palmer (10-1)

1b. Sieera (12-0)

3. Coronado (9-4)

Coronado got an edge on Sand Creek in the race for third when Jamin Abeyta hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a victory Saturday. Cheyenne Mountain is also in that mix. And calling it a race for third is in no way meant to belittle the other 14 teams in the 4A Metro, it's just that Lewis-Palmer and Sierra are, by all appearances, absolutely loaded.



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Friday, January 13
Thursday's roundup:

THE GAZETTE

Highlights from Thursday's high school sports action in the Pikes Peak region:


BOYS' BASKETBALL

Cheyenne Mountain 83, Mesa Ridge 35

At Mesa Ridge: Canyon Barry scored 29 points to pace the lopsided victory for Cheyenne Mountain.

Kai Belveal scored 17 points and Darrin Haynes added 14 for the Indians (9-3, 3-1), who led 14-13 after the first quarter but blew it open by scoring 29 of the second quarter's 35 points.

Mesa Ridge (3-8, 0-4) has dropped seven straight.



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Thursday, January 12
BOYS BASKETBALL: Class 4A Weekend Preview
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Colorado Preps by kevin on Jan 12, 2012

It’s already been a huge week inside the 4A ranks as top ranked Valor Christian suffered their first loss of the season while D’Evelyn captured a very important win inside the Jeffco. Another top game is set for Friday as long-time rivals Broomfield and Longmont battle in the first of two Northern League contests.

Broomfield is ranked fourth and Longmont eighth in the latest Colorado Preps poll. Other a stumble against Fountain Fort Carson in the Fairview Festival, the Eagles have been virtually perfect overall. Their best win of course came in game one when they outlasted Lewis Palmer in overtime in a game many feel could be a preview of the state finals two months down the road.

While the Eagles have been red hot since the opener, Longmont experienced some growing pains early dropping three of their first five. Since those difficulties though the Trojans have turned it around winning four straight including league games against Centaurus, Mountain View and Niwot so again it appears the league race will come down to the traditional powers.

Senior Riley Mau leads Longmont with 15 points and seven rebounds a game. In the last two league wins over Mountain View and Niwot, Mau has contributed 31 points and nine rebounds. Classmate Marcus Johnson has been very steady scoring between 10 and 16 points in the last nine games and is shooting 60 percent from the field including 15 of 22 in league play.

Broomfield’s Nick Ongarato averaged seven points a game last season helping the Eagles into the third round of the state tournament before they lost to eventual runner-up Windsor. Now a senior, Ongarato has pushed that average to 14 points to become the team’s leading scorer. He’s dropped in 25 three pointers on the including four in wins over Denver South, Monarch, Thompson Valley and Legacy. Austin Wood (11.1) provides a second option and has scored at least 11 points in all but two games.

Of course it’s very early in the league chase but the two are tied with Greeley Central at 3-0 and all three squads already have a two game lead on all other teams. Greeley Central goes to Centaurus on Friday before hosting Longmont next Tuesday. Their first meeting with Broomfield is on the 24th.

While Sierra and Lewis Palmer expect to finish one-two in the Colorado Springs Metro, several other teams are vying for a spot near the top of the vast 16-team league. Two of those are Coronado and Air Academy and they square off on Friday. Air Academy is 2-1 in league play and tied with two others in fifth place while Coronado is one of four teams still unbeaten in conference. They’re tied with Sierra, Lewis Palmer and Sand Creek. Coronado has an important week as they battle both Air Academy and Sand Creek.

Air Academy was blown out by Lewis Palmer by 40 points last week but recovered to upset then 7th ranked Cheyenne Mountain (53-51) just two nights later. In the win, the defense limited high scoring Canyon Berry to just nine points and on Thursday they will face another top player within the conference. Coronado’s Eric Rayer is averaging 22 points and has been above 20 points in seven of nine outings. Jamin Abeyta went for a season high 27 points in the conference win over Falcon on Tuesday.

Elsewhere in league play, Lewis Palmer goes to Wasson on Friday. The T-Birds are another 2-1 conference team trying to stay close to the top. Sierra should have an easy time at Woodland Park ahead of Tuesday’s important battle with Sand Creek. The Scorpions entertain Discovery Canyon on Friday before facing Coronado. Sand Creek has won four of five since falling to Sterling in the semi-finals of the Greeley Invitational. Josh Smith (24) and Dylan Clark (19) combined for 43 points in their latest win; 68-61 over Vista Ridge.

League play in the Southwestern League opens this weekend and Montrose faces the two other 4A teams in the combined conference. On Friday they host Durango and then battle Montezuma Cortez the next afternoon. The Indians (10-2) strive for an up-tempo and with an average of 73 points a game they’ve been successful on most night. Nathan Hawley (22.8) is almost the first and second option on offense as he’s the only double digit scorer for the season. The 6-5 senior exploded for 37 points in a win over Delta in December. They edged Alamosa 59-55 last Saturday in their only game since the break.

Montezuma Cortez (9-4) meantime has already played four games since Christmas going 2-2 against out-of-state opponents during the Four Corners tournament they hosted last week. Averaging 60 points as a team, the Panthers prefer a slightly slower pace so Saturday’s game will be a battle of tempo. Jay Rainer (19.3) is also a 6-5 senior and should matchup very well with Hawley.

D’Evelyn’s 44-40 win over Green Mountain on Wednesday was not only a top ten battle but will also greatly factor into the Jeffco championship. The win kept the Jags unbeaten in league play (2-0) and tied with Valor Christian and Golden. Green Mountain slipped into a fourth place tie with Evergreen and Wheat Ridge. Luke Stratman registered 13 points for the winners. Next up for the Jags are three straight home games they should win against Summit, Conifer and Wheat Ridge. Green Mountain faces a toughie at home on Friday with Evergreen and then visits Valor Christian next Wednesday.

The top ranked Eagles were unbeaten until a 73-66 loss to 5A Legend on Tuesday. They took out the frustration on Arvada with an easy 86-54 blowout the next night. Valor goes to an improved Elizabeth squad on Friday but remains the favorite to land the conference crown. In addition the previously mentioned meeting with Green Mountain next week, the Eagles face Golden on the 25th and D’Evelyn on February 8th. All three key league games will be on Valor’s home court.

Pueblo Central took over sole possession of first in the South Central with their Tuesday win over Pueblo South. Central sits at 3-0 and will stay alone atop the standings since they step away from the South Central by hosting Denver North on Friday. South is one of four teams with one league loss and Pueblo West is another. They face off Friday.

Sterling’s win over Windsor last Friday put the Tigers alone in first in the Tri Valley. They lead Windsor, Skyline, Fort Morgan and Roosevelt by one game. The Tigers host an improved Fort Morgan club on Friday which has won two of their first three league games including a nice win over Northridge earlier this week. The Mustangs went just 1-13 in conference a year ago so they’ve already topped that win total here in 2012.

Palisade (9-2) paces the Western Slope at 2-0 with Steamboat Springs right behind at 1-0. The two meet for the first time on January 20th. Palisade should get a very good test at home against Glenwood Springs Thursday night while Steamboat plays twice this weekend; at home against Battle Mountain Friday and then on the road to Eagle Valley on Saturday.



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Thursday, January 12
POST PREPS: BOYS BASKETBALL - High school boys basketball rankings:
Class 4A
  RK TEAM REC PTS PVS LW  
  Sterling (6) 9-0 108 1 2-0  
  Lewis-Palmer (2) 9-1 100 2 3-0  
  Sierra (1) 11-0 90 5 3-0  
  Valor Christian (2) 9-1 83 4 2-1  
  Broomfield (1) 9-1 80 3 3-0  
  D'Evelyn 9-1 74 6 2-0  
  Cheyenne Mountain 8-3 36 7 2-1  
  Pueblo East 10-3 21 9 2-0  
  Windsor 7-4 18 - 2-1  
  10 Green Mountain 7-4 15 - 2-0  
  OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES  
  Bold indicates team dropped from rankings. (Previous ranking in parentheses.)  
  Thomas Jefferson (No. 8) 11, Longmont 6, Montrose 4, Golden 4, Coronado 3, Kennedy 2, Air Academy 2, Palisade 2, Pueblo Central 1, Elizabeth (No. 10) 0.  
 

 



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Monday, January 9
BOYS BASKETBALL: Rankings for January 9th

Another week of basketball is in the books so we can release a new set of rankings. Colorado Preps releases a new top ten for each classification every Monday. Here’s a look at today’s poll.

CLASS 4A

1.     Valor Christian (9-0)

2.     Sierra (10-0)

3.     Sterling (8-0)

4.     Broomfield (8-1)

5.     Lewis Palmer (8-1)

6.     D’Evelyn (9-1)

7.     Green Mountain (7-4)

8.     Longmont (6-4)

9.     Cheyenne Mountain (7-3)

10.   Windsor (6-4)

NEW: Green Mountain, Longmont

DROPPED OUT: Pueblo East, Thomas Jefferson

TEAMS TO WATCH: Golden (6-4), Pueblo Central (5-4), Montrose (10-2), Palisade (8-2), Coronado (7-2)

NOTES: It was a mixed bag for the top ten as teams holding down the top six spots all went through the week without a loss while teams seventh through tenth all suffered at least one loss. That trend may continue through much of the season as the top six seem to be a step ahead and maybe more consistent than the rest of the division. Of the top six, Sterling likely posted the best win as they whipped Windsor (64-46) on Friday to take the early lead in the Tri Valley. Those two meet again later in the season. Despite the loss, Windsor stayed in the rankings at number ten. They’re just 6-4 but three of the losses have come against ranked teams. It’s the same case with Cheyenne Mountain. They were upset by Air Academy (53-51) on Friday but stayed in rankings since their other two losses are against Sterling and Valor Christian. Pueblo East and Thomas Jefferson were dropped from the rankings. TJ lost two of three and now sit at just 5-7 for the season. East is a hard luck case. They lost at Canon City but played the game without their leading scorer so we expect them to make a quick return to the top ten. Air Academy’s win over Cheyenne Mountain serves as another indication of the separation of the top six teams from the rest of the division. They beat then 7th ranked Cheyenne Mountain (53-51) just three nights after losing to 5th ranked Lewis Palmer by 40. Green Mountain and Longmont are newcomers this week. The Rams have won three in a row and are unbeaten against 4A teams. Longmont started 0-2 but has won four in a row since a loss to Denver South. They challenge Broomfield on Friday.

 



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Sunday, January 8
Saturday's roundup:

BRENT WILSON NEW

THE GAZETTE

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Air Academy 53, Cheyenne Mountain 51

At Air Academy: Air Academy squeaked by Cheyenne Mountain.

The Kadets trailed by one going into the fourth, only to pull-out the two-point win.

Air Academy's Nick Ambuul had 14 points and Jeremy Reitinger added 12 for the Kadets.



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Friday, January 6
Barry, defense ignite third-quarter explosion that propels Cheyenne Mountain past Falcon
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JUSTIN SHAW

THE GAZETTE

Although it may have looked like Cheyenne Mountain was running a layup drill, the Indians were actually displaying why they have one of the quickest offensive strikes in the city.

Cheyenne Mountain used a big third-quarter run, and 25 points from Canyon Barry, to run away from Falcon 67-57 at home.

Leading just 32-27 at the half, the Indians decided to turn up the pressure in the third quarter. Barry, who signed with NCAA Division I College of Charleston in November, was held to just four first-half points. He exploded for 15 in the third period.

The 6-foot-5 senior did nearly all of his damage in the paint as he shot layup after layup to give his team a 56-38 lead heading into the last quarter.

“I’d say not many,” Barry said when talking about the points he scored outside the paint. “My shot wasn’t falling, so I had to attack more. It all started with our defense; we pressured them a lot and it led to a lot of fast break layups.”

Cheyenne Mountain (7-2, 1-0 4A Metro) used coach J’on St. Clair’s signature full-court man-to-man defense, and also a zone trap in the half-court, to create 10 steals and force many more turnovers against the Falcons (4-5, 1-1).

After a sluggish first half, St. Clair told his team to crank it up a notch in the third quarter, and it led to a large lead.

“We needed to have a little more pride in our defensive effort; we were scoring, but we need better defense,” he said. “We went full court man-to-man in the second half to change the tempo and it helped.”

Although the Indians only made three 3-pointers and shot 12-for-20 from the free throw line, their aggressiveness carried them to a conference win.

“We need to get to the basket and play like we did in the second half when we aren’t having a good night from the outside,” St. Clair said. “But we have nine guys that all can play well and we want to play fast and force the tempo.”

Early in the fourth quarter the Indians built their largest lead of the game at 61-40, but the young Falcon team did not go away.

Paced by freshman forward Shaun LiVecchi’s 16 points, the Falcons used a 12-2 run to cut the lead to 63-52 with over three minutes left, something their coach was happy about.

“I’m always proud of this team, because they never quit,” Greg Cox said of his squad, which includes just one senior. “We made some young team mistakes, but we were working hard and we played hard the whole game and stayed with a very good Cheyenne Mountain team.”




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Thursday, January 5
BOYS BASKETBALL: Class 4A & 5A Weekend Preview

Three games featuring top ten teams on the same court highlight the weekend slate for Classes 5A and 4A. The most important game is inside the 4A Tri Valley where 3rd ranked Sterling meets 9th ranked Windsor in a rematch of the 2011 state championship contest.

Lewis Palmer and Sierra are favored to battle for the Colorado Springs Metro but Cheyenne Mountain hopes to make it a three team race. The Indians (6-2) face the Stallions (February 4th) and Rangers (February 7th) in the same week but they have plenty of work to do before thinking about that stretch. The Indians begin the conference run at home against a good Falcon club on Friday. It’s their first contest since falling to defending state champion Sterling (52-48) in the finals of the Greeley Invitational on December 17th. The Indians have a solid eight man rotation headed up by Canyon Barry (15.8) and Ghassan Nehme (11.1). Barry had 21 in a semi-final win over Windsor the night before being limited to seven in the championship loss to Sterling. His season high of 26 came against Lakewood on December 10th.

Falcon will be a tough out. The Falcons have won two straight since a 12 point loss to highly regarded Pueblo East. Nick Lenhard (12.9) leads a balanced attack that also features Shaun LiVecchi (11.8) and Chances Matlock (10.1). Lenhard has been in double figures in five straight and seven of eight overall. LiVecchi is just a freshman and Matlock is in his second year of high school ball so the future is very bright for the Falcons. An upset of Cheyenne Mountain should speed up their progress.



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Wednesday, January 4
High school boys basketball rankings:

Week 4 rankings for Colorado high school boys basketball.

 

This season, The Post will be conducting coaches polls with dozens of coaches from each classification taking part. A complete listing of the panel is below.

  

Class 4A
  RK TEAM REC PTS PVS LW  
  Sterling (5) 7-0 80 1 1-0  
  Lewis-Palmer 6-1 68 4 0-0  
  Broomfield (2) 6-1 67 3 0-0  
  Valor Christian 7-0 66 5 0-0  
  Sierra (2) 8-0 65 2 0-0  
  D'Evelyn 7-1 45 6 0-0  
  Cheyenne Mountain 6-2 30 8 0-0  
  Thomas Jefferson 4-5