Two in a long line of storied and accomplished Aurora boys basketball coaches will call the shots from the sidelines for the inaugural A-Town All-Stars Game.
Rangeview won its first 26 games of the 2015-16 season and made it all the way to the Class 5A Final Four — its second trip to the semifinals in five seasons — where coach Shawn Palmer’s team hoped to earn a chance to win the program’s first state championship since 1985.
The Raiders fell to eventual 5A runner-up Eaglecrest in a tight all-Aurora semifinal at the Coors Events Center in Boulder.
Palmer — who coached one of the teams in the now-defunct “Show” All-Star Game hosted by the Denver Nuggets in 2013 — passed the 200 career win milestone earlier in the season with a win at Regis Jesuit.
Only the second coach in school history since Rangeview opened in 1983, as he took over for Terry Taylor Sr., Palmer will head Team West, which includes half of Rangeview’s four selections for the game in senior EJ Reed and junior Elijah Blake.
Team West roster, here.
With an Aurora Public Schools coach on one sideline, the Cherry Creek School District will be represented on the other side by Grandview’s Michael Rogers.
Like Palmer, Rogers is only the second coach his school’s history, as he came in following a 16-year run by Gary Childress (still coaching in Aurora, but now at Vista PEAK).
The Wolves were one of only three teams (joined by Eaglecrest and Regis Jesuit) to beat two-time 5A state champion Overland in 2015-16 and they received a No. 4 seed in the 5A state tournament. Grandview lost by two points to Arvada West in the second round to finish 13-11.
While at Denver’s George Washington High School, Rogers led the Patriots to the 5A state championship game in 2009 where it lost to Regis Jesuit.
Rogers will direct Team West in the A-Town All-Stars Game which includes both of Grandview’s selections, juniors Lechaun Duhart and Gaige Prim.
Team East roster, here.
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