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• The boys basketball team reeled off nine consecutive victories heading into the second week of Continental League play. Senior Brendan Sullivan leads the league in scoring with a 23.1 average and rebounding with 9.1 per game. The Falcons, ranked 10th in the CHSAANow.com Class 5A poll, were 11-3 overall and 1-0 in the league after a narrow win over Douglas County on Jan. 12.
• Two tough Continental League opponents await the girls basketball team, which is third in the CHSAANow.com Class 5A rankings. The Falcons (11-3) play an up-and-coming Chaparral team on Jan. 23, but Highlands Ranch is 12-0 all-time against the Wolverines. On Jan. 25 the Falcons go to Regis Jesuit to face the top-ranked Raiders. Highlands Ranch has won the past three games against Regis and hold an 11-5 edge in the all-time series.
• The hockey team is 3-6 overall and 2-4 in Foothills Conference play and will play Denver East for the second time this season on Jan. 19. The Golden Eagles picked up their first win of the campaign on Dec. 15 with a 4-1 win over the Angels. Jake Smith scored twice in that game while AJ Diehl and Jared Goodman also lit the red light.
• The girls basketball team got off to an 11-3 start, thanks in part to its long range shooting. The Golden Eagles took an average of 18.5 3-point attempts in the first 14 games of the season. Sophomore Amy Holland led Vista with 26 successful 3-point field goals. Senior Dani Mills leads the team in scoring with an 11.0 point per game average.
• Kent Grams’ boys basketball team got off to a 13-0 start, the best in school history, and the Jaguars are averaging 67.4 points a game, which is on pace to break the school’s record of 61.9 ppg.
• Jessica Beckwith has recorded the second fastest time of 56.41 in the 100 butterfly, according to the Jan. 11 prepswimco.com rankings. The Jaguars are eighth in the team rankings.
• After a 45-44 victory over Manual on Jan. 11, the girls basketball team had a 5-3 overall record. Natalia Miller-Forrest leads the team, scoring 15 points a game, and the Hawks will be hoping to notch a first when the team plays Colorado Academy on Jan. 19. The Hawks have lost all three previous games played against Colorado Academy.
• Senior Jordan Wilson leads the boys basketball team in scoring and rebounding with 13.3 and 7.3 averages respectively. The Hawks took a 4-4 overall record into the second week of play following the winter break.
Coach Joe Ortiz doesn’t hesitate to let his boys basketball players shoot. In statistics after 14 games, the Grizzlies were shooting at a 50 percent clip from the field and averaging 67.6 points per game. Kaison Hammonds is ThunderRidge’s top scorer at 15.9 points per game. ThunderRidge (13-1) is ranked second in the CHSAANow.com Class 5A poll behind top-ranked and Continental League opponent Rock Canyon.
• Girls basketball standout Kindyll Wetta, who injured her knee in the third quarter of the Jan. 10 game against Golden, was scheduled to have an MRI to determine the extent of the injury. The 5-foot-9 freshman leads the Eagles with a 13.4 scoring average and is also averaging 6.1 rebounds and five assists a game. She had 21 points in the 55-53 win over Golden before leaving the game.
• The hockey team, coached by George Gwozdecki, whipped Mullen 10-0 on Jan. 13. The Eagles, 10-1 overall and ranked third in the state, had 50 shots on goal compared to one for the Mustangs. Sophomore right wing Colton Carson scored four goals and had an assist to finish with five points, while junior goalie Jack Kuzla was credited with the one save and collected the victory.
• Senior Ella Kirschke’s 200 IM time of 2:06.96 is the fastest among 4A swimmers in the prepswimco.com rankings. She is second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.28, and Valor’s 200 freestyle relay team has turn in the best time of 1:36.85. The Eagles are ranked fourth among 4A teams.
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