Highlands Ranch • The girls basketball team, seeded fifth in the Class 5A state basketball playoffs, earned a first-round bye and will face the winner of the Legacy-Cherokee Trail game in a …
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• The girls basketball team, seeded fifth in the Class 5A state basketball playoffs, earned a first-round bye and will face the winner of the Legacy-Cherokee Trail game in a second-round contest on Feb. 23.
• The boys basketball team, seeded 10th, also drew an opening-round bye and will host the winner of the Cherry Creek-Horizon game on Feb. 24 in a second-round contest.
• The boys and girls basketball teams will have something to prove in the Class 5A playoffs. Coach Bob Wood’s boys team lost three of its final four regular season games but the Golden Eagles were seeded 14th and drew a first-round bye. Vista will host the winner of the Vista Ridge-Chatfield game in a second-round contest, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 24.
• The girls team is coming off a 43-point loss to Highlands Ranch in the final regular season Continental League game but gained the ninth seed in the playoff pairings. Vista will host the winner of the Rampart-Rock Canyon game on Feb. 23 in a second-round game that is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.
• Boys basketball coach Kent Grams earned his 100th win on Feb. 14 when the Jaguars defeated Castle View, 77-44. In six seasons as head coach Grams has compiled a 100-48 record.
• Seedings were released for the boys and girls state basketball playoffs. The boys basketball team was the top-seed in the 5A bracket and earned a first round bye. The team will host the winner of the Columbine-Castle View game on Feb. 24. The girls team was seeded 41st and was on the road against Rampart in the first round.
• The boys basketball team dropped a 54-52 game to Peak to Peak on Feb. 17, which followed a 46-37 victory over Denver Jewish Day on Feb. 15. Statistics from either game were not recorded but the team ended the regular season with a 7-13 record.
• The girls basketball team took a three-game winning streak and an 11-9 overall record into a Metro District playoff tournament game against Kent Denver. Junior Sydney Watt scored 18 points in a 46-22 win over Manual on Feb. 17 to conclude the regular season.
• The boys basketball team, top-ranked in the CHSAANow.com poll and coming off an overtime win over No. 2 Rock Canyon in the regular-season finale, was seeded second in the Class 5A playoff bracket behind Rock Canyon. The team got a first-round bye and will entertain the winner of the Greeley West-Brighton game on Feb. 23.
•The girls team was seeded 25th for the state playoffs and faced Rangeview in a first round game.
• In a vote of coaches published by CHSAANow.com, two-time defending champion Izzy Mroz was the Class 4A Diver of the Year. The Eagles’ Lori Stenstrom was Coach of the Year and Alton Urban was the 4A Diving Coach of the Year.
• Rod Sherman, who helped build Valor Christian into a state football powerhouse, is the new head football coach at Arapahoe. Sherman was Valor’s athletic director from 2007-12 and was also an assistant football coach and offensive coordinator when Valor won five state championships. He became head coach in 2013 and won three state championships. It was announced in December that Sherman was no longer the coach at Valor. He replaces Mike Campbell at Arapahoe, who is now the head coach at Englewood.
• Both the boys and girls basketball teams were awarded first-round byes in the Class 4A state playoff pairings. The boys, seeded ninth, will play the winner of the Vista Peak Prep-Standley Lake game on Feb. 24. The girls are the fifth seed and will take on the Standley Lake-Skyview winner in a Feb. 23 second-round contest.
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