The showdown between the Eaglecrest and Overland boys basketball teams remained a marquee matchup Jan. 9 despite the absence of its marquee player.
With 6-foot-9 Trailblazers’ junior center De’Ron Davis not suited up, the Raptors used a strong second half on their way to a 66-54 victory in front of a packed house at ‘The Nest’ that gave them an early leg up in the Centennial League.
Senior Blend Avdili poured in game-high 24 points in a variety of ways and senior Elijah Ross made 15 of 18 free throw attempts on his way to 19 points as Eaglecrest (7-3) pulled away from Overland (6-5) in the second half. Full story and box score, here.
The win helped the Raptors rise from No. 7 to No. 4 in the more recent Associated Press Class 5A media poll, while the Trailblazers — who got 16 points from Austin Conway — remained No. 6. Full AP boys basketball poll, here.
• Overland senior guard Austin Conway was one of just seven Colorado senior boys basketball players on the list of McDonald’s All-American Game nominees released on Jan. 14. From a pool of more than 800 nominees nationwide, 24 boys and 24 girls will be selected to play in the All-American games on April 1 in Chicago. Full story, here.
• The family of former Eaglecrest star safety Xavier Lewis released encouraging information through the University of Wyoming athletic department about Lewis’ condition. The 19-year-old safety, who finished his sophomore season with the Cowboys, suffered a stroke on Dec. 19, 2014, and is currently in Denver, where his rehab is going “quite well.” Full story, here.
• The top-ranked Regis Jesuit boys basketball team drained 13 3-pointers and eventually pulled away from No. 5 Montbello for an 80-47 non-league win Jan. 13. Bryan Staerkel cashed in five 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 21 points and Kip Boryla added 19 for the Raiders, now 11-0.
• Cherokee Trail’s Danny Constant claimed second place at 120 pounds at the Shane Shatto Memorial wrestling tournament in Wyoming. The Cougars finished seventh overall in the 24-team tournament. Seth Bogulski claimed third place at 160 pounds.
• Cale Woodley and Carter Alcock scored goals within a minute of each other late in the second period to give the Regis Jesuit ice hockey team the edge it needed to beat Dakota Ridge 4-2 on Jan. 9 at Family Sports Center. John Kane and Andre Dugas also scored and Sam Gartner made 19 saves in net as the Raiders moved to 6-0 and dealt the Eagles their first defeat. Full story, here.
• The Regis Jesuit girls swim team finished second at the Mustang Invitational on Jan. 9, while Cherokee Trail finished 13. Junior Lindsay Painton won the 100 yard freestyle and the Raiders claimed the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
• Cherry Creek dealt the Grandview girls basketball team its first loss of the season with a 50-40 victory Jan. 9. The Wolves got 12 points from freshman Jaiden Galloway, but couldn’t overcome the absence of sophomore star Michaela Onyenwere to fall to 8-1.
• Aurora Central announced the hiring of former Greeley West offensive coordinator Travis Peeples as its new head football coach on Jan. 8. Peeples — part of the coaching staff of a Greeley West team that went from 1-9 in 2013 to 8-4 in 2014 — emerged from a field of 25 applicants, including 10 finalists. Full story, here.
• Jaizec Lottie scored four straight points in overtime and a team-high 11 for the Cherokee Trail boys basketball team in a 56-50 win at Cherry Creek Jan. 7.
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