Siblings bond over basketball


Sometimes for Rocky Beers and his sister Raegan, it is difficult not to bring what happens on the basketball court home with them.

Rocky, a 6-foot-6 senior, and Raegan, a 6-3 sophomore, are having good seasons so far for the Valor Christian boys and girls basketball teams.

However, often what happens on the basketball floor winds up coming home.

“Usually when we get home we talk about our school day and our practice and what happened because we didn’t see each other’s practice, so we talk about what happened,” said Raegan, who is averaging 14.6 points and 9.3 rebounds for the Eagles.

“A lot of it goes home,” agreed Rocky, who was a tight end on the football team and is scoring 7.9 points and grabbing 8.5 rebounds for the basketball team. “College basketball is always on our TV at home.”

“We’re a pretty close family so we tell each other pretty much everything about what is going on, mostly basketball,” added Raegan. “Usually all the stuff about basketball comes home.”

Both admit to being competitive with each other.

“Yeah we are competitive,” said Raegan. “We race to everything to who is going to shower first or who eats what first and like who gets the leftovers.”

Both almost simultanously utter that Rocky is usually first.

The siblings got to watch each other play several times during the preseason but not during the Jeffco conference season because of scheduling.

So what is the reaction when they do watch the other play? Are there positive or negative responses?

“I get to see most of her tournaments during the offseason,” said Rocky. “That’s pretty fun. For me it’s more like healthy criticism, like `you could do this better’ or it’s like `hey, make your free throws.’

“For her, she is more encouraging.”

Honor roll

Each week performances of South Metro athletes and teams will be highlighted. This week’s performances were selected from games, matches, meets held between Jan. 17 and Jan. 23.

Andrew O’Conner and JT Waufle each had two goals in Chaparral’s 7-0 hockey win over Steamboat Springs on Jan. 20 that saw Wolverines goalie Evan Crawford make 14 saves.

Lyndsey Wehr won the 50 (23.91) and 100 (52.67) freestyle events to help Arapahoe’s girls swim team finish first on Jan. 18 at the Arapahoe Warrior Invite.

Mountain Vista’s girls basketball team, led by 16 points from senior MacKenzie Gamble, shot 55% from the field on Jan. 23 in a 67-30 win over Castle View.

Junior Nolan Marold scored 18 points as the ThunderRidge boys basketball team rallied in the second half to down Douglas County, 64-50, on Jan. 23.

Julian Hammond III made 11 of 16 field goal attempts and had 26 points as Cherry Creek’s boys basketball team edged Eaglecrest, 60-57, on Jan. 22.

Jim Benton is a sports writer for Colorado Community Media. He has been covering sports in the Denver area since 1968. He can be reached at jbenton@coloradocommunitymedia.com or at 303-566-4083.

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