Class 5A girls basketball has no more undefeated teams, courtesy of Grandview’s impressive Centennial League victory Jan. 25 at Arapahoe.
The Wolves played strong and confident from start to finish, getting up quickly and rolling to victory against the Warriors, who came in at 14-0.
Senior Natasha Edge scored a season-high 21 points to lead Grandview, which also got 13 from senior Adaeze Obinnah, 11 from junior Natalie Halbleib and 10 from junior Katie Cunningham. The Wolves improved to 14-1 overall and 6-0 in the Centennial League, giving themselves a game cushion over Arapahoe (14-1, 5-1).
“I think they were amped up and ready to play tonight,” said Grandview coach Josh Ulitzky, whose team won its fourth straight games since its lone loss to Regis Jesuit.
• The Regis Jesuit boys basketball team couldn’t quite follow suit on Jan. 30, as the Raiders fell short of taking out undefeated Mountain Vista in a 77-73 loss.
Josh Perkins had a game-high 26 points, but went 1-for-3 from the free throw line with a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds.
Kip Boryla and Devin Kadillak had 11 points each and Bryan Staerkel and Zach Smith added nine apiece for Regis Jesuit, which lost its first Continental League game since the 2010-11 season.
• Regis Jesuit and Resurrection Christian tied 3-3 in a Foothills Conference ice hockey showdown Jan. 26 in Fort Collins.
The Raiders trailed by a goal in the third period until Alec Aichinger netted the equalizer with less than five minutes remaining. Brett Quartuccio and Conner Wigton also scored for Regis Jesuit, which remained undefeated.
Junior goaltender Sam Harden made 31 saves and all three goals he allowed were on power plays.
• Smoky Hill finished 2nd and Rangeview 3rd at the Smoky Hill Buffalo Invitational wrestling tournament on Jan. 26.
Dexter Bess won the Buffaloes’ lone championship at 220 pounds, while Dan Kasberg (120) and Colby Tate (132) lost in the finals. Rangeview had a pair of winners in 145-pounder Jon Askew and 170-pounder Sean O’Keefe.
• Three Aurora wrestlers came away with championships from the Northglenn Norse Invitational on Jan. 26.
Gateway had a pair of champs in 138-pounder Josh Butler and 152-pounder Abdelaziz BenQadi, while Regis Jesuit 195-pounder Grant Neal also won.
Senior Sergio Marquez (113) and freshman Deyaun Trueblood (145) lost in the finals for Gateway, which finished seventh out of 19 teams with 100 points. Neal and Regis Jesuit had 85 to tie for 10th, as Josh Redman (120) and Donovan Ronan (126) each took third.
Hinkley deadlocked for 14th with 67.5 points and had five placers, led by Max Carbajal’s fourth.
• Overland senior Amer Tipura kept rolling and the Trailblazers finished sixth out of 20 teams at the Commander Invitational on Jan. 26 at Kennedy High School.
Ranked No. 2 in Class 5A at 220 pounds by On The Mat, Tipura kept his undefeated season intact and won the tournament championship to improve to 32-0.
With a runner-up finish by senior Javier Alonso at 182 pounds and a third-place result from junior heavyweight Jaseri Dixon, coach Bert Dalton’s Overland team racked up 86 points. Aurora Central, with 132-pounder Dan Valdez taking fourth, came in 11th with 42.
• The Rangeview boys basketball team pounded Valor Christian 78-47 in a non-league contest Jan. 23, gaining revenge for an overtime loss in December. Larry Bridges scored 14 of his team-high 20 points in the second quarter as Rangeview opened a double-digit advantage on the Eagles, who were ranked No. 1 in 4A.
Trey Bridges added 16 points, Jeremiah Paige 15 and Tim Ealy 10 for the Raiders, who lost to Valor Christian 82-80 in the controversial championship game of the Ralston Roundup.
• The Centennial League wrestling championship slipped away from Eaglecrest in the span of two matches Jan. 23, as Arapahoe rallied to beat the Raptors 33-27. Adin Puris put Eaglecrest in good position with a pin at 170 pounds, but the Warriors won the last two matches by pin to take the match.
• The Cherokee Trail wrestling team took a tight Centennial League dual from rival Grandview on Jan. 24, beating the Wolves 37-34 on their home mat.
Senior 126-pounder Tim Constant broke a tie with a pin and gave Cherokee Trail the lead for good and the Cougars survived some drama in the final two matches to hold off Grandview.
Harley Korte (152 pounds), Diego Rogel (170) and Trent Rogers (182) also had pins for Cherokee Trail, while Tanner Patterson (106), Seth Brown (138) and Mitchel Smith (220) won by fall for Grandview.
• The Grandview girls swim team wrapped up its dual meet schedule with a 189-119 victory over Mullen on Jan. 22.
Junior Madison Dirks and sophomore Morgan Ammon won two events each and Grandview swept the relays and took first in 10 of the 12 events on its way to victory.
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