It was a perfect start to the new basketball season for Rangeview’s boys and girls teams, which both went 3-0 at the season-opening Aurora Public Schools Tip-Off Classic tournament.
The Rangeview boys got back a title they ceded to Aurora Central last season by sweeping through district rivals Aurora Central, Gateway and Hinkley in three days of play at Aurora Central.
The Raiders were led by junior guard Jeremiah Paige — who averaged 18.3 points per game — and double-digit scorers in seniors Dezant Burks, Tim Ealy and Larry Bridges.
Aurora Central, led by Carlton Hurst and Tyler Stephenson, went 2-1, followed by Terry Wedgeworth and Hinkley at 1-2 and Gateway at 0-3.
On the girls side, Carra Jackson averaged 9 points over three contests to lead Rangeview’s girls to their third straight APS Tip-Off title and extend the Raiders’ win streak to nine games in the annual tournament.
Gateway finished 2-1, Hinkley 1-2 and Aurora Central 0-3. For the full tournament scoreboard, visit aurorasentinel.com.
• The Grandview girls basketball team opened the season with a tight 45-44 road victory over Denver East on Dec. 3.
The Wolves won with a strong second half that helped them erase a six-point halftime deficit.
Tasha Edge led Grandview with 16 points, while fellow senior Brooke Genovese added 13.
•The Gateway wrestling team had six placers in the Mountain Vista Survivor Series, including a trio of tournament champions.
Senior Josh Butler at 145 pounds and freshman 152-pounder Deyaun Trueblood each went 10-0 and won the golden belt in their respective classes, while Sergio Marquez went 9-1 at 113 to finish first.
Abdelaziz Benqadi placed 3rd at 160s.
•The Regis Jesuit ice hockey team improved to 2-0 on the season with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Bishop Machebeuf on Dec. 1 at Big Bear Ice Arena.
Brian Engh scored the eventual game-winning goal late in the third period on assists from Alec Aichinger and Connor Harshman. Aichinger had Regis Jesuit’s other goal and goaltender Sam Harden made 13 saves.
•Senior point guard Eric Garcia made six 3-pointers in Grandview’s season debut and finished with 30 points, leading the Wolves to a 74-62 win over visiting Liberty Nov. 30.
Grandview, which came into the game ranked No. 2 in Class 5A got 17 from Branden Cosby-Lee and 10 each from Tanner Gentry and Akram Imam.
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