Priorities? Head coach Jack Clarke and his Boulder Panthers have them in order, thank you.

They know when high school sports meet real life, real life continues to run the table.

Having missed the previous two days of practice as the coach welcomed his first child, Callan Griffey Clarke, the Panthers celebrated the return of their leader with a 66-33 thrashing of visiting Loveland. Boulder climbed to 12-9 overall, 7-3 in the Class 5A Front Range League and proved to its coach its humming along at the right time as only a week remains in the regular season.

The younger Clarke, named partly for a scrappy, grade-school camper coach Clarke met as well as being a fan of Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken - the middle name also is in honor of Boulder assistant Jim Griffey - entered the fray earlier this week a healthy 6 pounds, 11 ounces despite being born a bit prematurely, and already has drawn speculation concerning his athletic prowess.

"Oh, yeah, that was awesome," senior Luke Wilson said. "I know that kid's going to be a real good basketball player, we're just really happy for him."

Said coach Clarke: "Coach Griffey wouldn't let me come to practice. He thought the kids would react really well ... We talk about a family a lot. But I love these guys and they're my family, too."


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Once everyone was reunited, Boulder quickly turned it into a no-contest. The Panthers effortlessly made it 10-0, had Wilson and Peter Chopra combine to score 24 of the team's first 26 points and methodically made it a rout.

The Panthers canned nine of their first 12 shots and received a wave of contributions, Clarke said, everything from deflecting balls to defending, rebounding and cutting off angles.

In all, 15 Panthers scored.

"We're starting to play the right way at the right time," Clarke said.

Wilson, who led all scorers with 26 points, said his guys didn't necessarily foresee a blowout against the Indians, now 6-15, 3-7, merely that "You just go into every game with the same mentality every game - you've got to get a win."

Chopra added 12 points, including seven of his team's first 10.

For Loveland, coach Adam Anderson's guys are gaining experience on the fly. The Indians dress just four seniors and it showed - they were held to a combined four field goals over the first, second and fourth quarters, had turnover issues and shot just 2-of-11 in the first half in trailing 37-7.

Boulder next gets Poudre on Tuesday, a road game in Fort Collins.

Afterward, Clarke, a 2001 graduate of Boulder, appeared exhausted.

"He should be," Wilson said. "But we're so happy for him."

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Boulder 66, Loveland 33

At Boulder

LOVELAND

Rembac 2 4-4 9, Jenkins 1 0-0 2, Nyenhuis 0 3-5 3, Kolb 4 1-2 10, Weinmaster 0 1-2 1, Rakowsky 1 0-0 2, Berg-Harry 0 0-0 0, Spencer 1 0-0 3, Olson 0 1-2 1, Myers 0 0-0 0, 0 2-2 2, Cabrera 0 0-0 0. Totals 7 12-17 33..

BOULDER

Wilson 8 6-6 26, Davis 1 0-0 3, Kang 0 1-3 1, Dulchinos 3 0-0 6, Chopra 4 2-2 12, Ryan 2 1-1 7, Sinner 2 0-0 5, Blessing 0 0-0 0, Newell 2 0-0 4, McKee 0 0-0 0, Turner 0 2-2 2, Scalia 0 0-0 0, Davidson 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 12-14 66.

Score by quarters:

Loveland 3 4 15 11 — 33

Boulder 21 16 14 15 — 66

3-point field goals — Loveland (3): Kolb, Rembac, Spencer; Boulder (8) Wilson 4, Chopra 2, Davis, Sinner. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none.