The Grandview boys basketball team won the Elite Division championship of the Mission Prep Christmas Classic on Dec. 21 in San Luis Obispo, Calif., with a 52-47 victory over host Mission Prep.
Coach Gary Childress’ team trailed by 11 points after three quarters, but outscored Mission Prep 21-5 in the final period for the victory, which moved the Wolves to 7-1 on the season going into winter break.
KyRon Allen scored 13 points, while Jarred Burr added 11 and Devon Brown nine for Grandview, which returns to action on Jan. 3 against Regis Jesuit.
• The Regis Jesuit boys basketball team reached winter break at 6-1 thanks to back-to-back road victories at Fort Collins (66-51) on Dec. 20 and at Cherokee Trail (66-59) on Dec. 21. Junior Bryan Staerkel poured in 19 points in the victory over the Cougars and was joined in double figures by junior Taylor Kallsen with 17 and senior Devin Kadillak with 11, which was enough to counter the 20 Cherokee Trail got from sophomore Ronnie Barfield.
• The Overland boys basketball team posted three routs in as many contests at the Rock Canyon Winter Shootout, capped by an 86-36 drubbing of Fruita Monument on Dec. 21. The Trailblazers also beat Palmer (62-26) and Aurora Central (73-42) with an average margin of victory of 38.3 points in the three games. Arapahoe also finished 3-0 in the tournament, which didn’t have placing games. Aurora Central finished 0-3.
• In other Aurora boys basketball tournament play, Smoky Hill finished a 2-1 run at the Harrison Tournament — with the only loss coming to undefeated Mountain Vista — Hinkley placed sixth at the Cherry Creek Holiday Classic and Gateway won its final game to take fifth at the Douglas County Holiday Tournament.
• The Grandview girls basketball team finished second in the Mike Desper Division of the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, while Regis Jesuit claimed fifth place in the rugged Joe Smith Division. Both Aurora teams went into the tournament undefeated and both came away with one loss, as coach Josh Ulitzky’s Wolves won their first two games before Miramonte, Calif., stopped them 72-53 in the Dec. 21 championship game, while coach Carl Mattei’s Raiders lost their opener in overtime to Long Beach Poly before winning two straight, including a 53-36 win over Homewood-Flossmoor (Ill.) in the consolation championship game. The two Aurora teams — who met in last season’s Class 5A state semifinals, with Regis Jesuit winning and going on to take the state championship — play each other at Grandview on Jan. 11.
• In other Aurora girls basketball tournament play, Rangeview won its last two games to claim fifth place among the eight teams at the ThunderHawks Hoops Fest at Prairie View, while Cherokee Trail finished sixth in the Heritage Memorial Hoopla Tournament.
• The Overland girls basketball team finished second in the Aurora Central Tournament following a 39-35 loss to George Washington in the championship game on Dec. 21. Senior Zelle Moore scored 12 points, but the Trailblazers (5-2) managed just four points in the fourth quarter as the Patriots escaped with the title. Eaglecrest fIinished third with a 44-33 victory over Skyline and host Aurora Central placed sixth after suffering a 36-27 loss to Denver North in the fifth-place game.
• The Cherry Creek co-op ice hockey team closed out a busy early portion of the season with a 3-0 road victory at Steamboat Springs on Dec. 21, rebounding from a 4-3 overtime loss the previous night against Mountain Vista at Family Sports Center. Junior Cody Oakes (Cherokee Trail) put the finishing touches on a fantastic stretch to open the season with his ninth goal in seven games for the Bruins, who stand at 5-1-1 after winning just two games all of last season. Nick Sanchez and Pieter Gesink had the other goals and goalie Quinton Reynolds (Overland) made 20 saves for Cherry Creek, which plays next on Jan. 4.
• Regis Jesuit senior wrestler Grant Neal won the 220-pound championship at the Northern Colorado Christmas Classic on Dec. 21 at Loveland’s Budweiser Events Center. Ranked No. 1 in 5A, Neal won a 5-3 decision over Evan Lancelot of Pueblo Central — 4A’s No. 1 — in the championship match to enter the break with a 17-0 record. Neal’s Raiders finished tied for 16th out of 67 teams competing in the tournament, as junior Logan Ronan (fifth place at 145 pounds) and freshman Trenton Schultz (eighth place at 160 pounds) joined Neal as placers. Eaglecrest tied for 31st with senior Trevon Beauford’s fourth-place result at 182 pounds leading the way.
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