Practices launch winter sports seasons

Prep football teams still heading into tournament time

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With the football season still ongoing with semifinal games set for Nov. 27, the high school winter sports seasons began with practices on Nov. 15.

However, for Valor Christian in Highlands Ranch, that means the boys and girls basketball teams will have to be flexible because of damage to the gym floor due to a boiler leak.

Also in Highlands Ranch, the gym floors at Rock Canyon and Highlands Ranch high schools were impaired in the summer when a heavy rainstorm coupled with roof repairs resulted in damage. The repairs have been completed at both schools and the gyms are in full operational mode.

Rock Canyon's girls volleyball team did not host a home match all season. Highlands Ranch's volleyball team had a home match to end the regular season and got to host a regional tournament. Highlands Ranch entertained Rock Canyon in the final regular season volleyball match and both teams celebrated senior night.

“Unfortunately our gym flooded a few weeks ago and caused quite a bit of damage,” said Valor sports information manager Paige Stingley. “We've had to get creative in our efforts to carry on practices for our winter teams.

“Wrestling will continue to practice in the wrestling room, as there was no damage from the water in there. Our boys team will be practicing at South Suburban Rec Center early in the mornings, while our girls team will alternate between having individual skill practices during student-athletes' off periods, and holding shorter-length team practices in our small gym in the afternoons. It will certainly require us to be creative and flexible this season.”

Valor Christian's girls basketball team defeated Regis Jesuit of Aurora to win last season's state championship. The Eagles hockey team is the defending state champs.

ThunderRidge of Highlands Ranch won the 2021 boys basketball title and Cherry Creek of Greenwood Village is the defending girls state swimming champions. Pomona of Arvada won last season's boys wrestling championship with Parker-area Ponderosa the runner-up.

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