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ASPEN — Heading into Friday night’s first round of the Class 3A state tournament, it had been eight years since the Holy Family boys basketball team experienced a playoff victory, with its last coming in 2004.

The Tigers, though, halted that drought with a 69-44 road triumph over The Classical Academy, and they now roll into the Sweet 16 with a chance to make the Great 8 for the first time since 2001.

Holy Family was able to jump out to a six-point lead by the end of the first quarter, and never relinquished the advantage. Although it was never really close, coach Pete Villecco said the team put in a well rounded effort led by different players in separate quarters to seal the deal.

“The third quarter was key, we had 22 total points, with David Sommers scoring 10 of those,” Villecco said.

Senior Connor Clay led the Tigers with 15 total points, and Villecco also pointed out strong single quarter performances from Tanner Stuhr and Chuck Hollwedel, who scored six and 10 respectively.

The Tigers improved to 14-9 with the win. They will face the No. 7 Aspen Skiers at 1 p.m. Saturday at Aspen High School.

Holy Family 69, The Classical Academy 44

At Aspen HS


Middleton 0 0-0 0, Hollwedel 4 0-0 10, Stuhr 3 0-0 6, Cox 0 0-0 0, Atencio 0 0-0 0, Sommers 5 2-2 12, R. Willis 1 0-2 2, Sprenger 1 0-0 2, Jarasius 4 1-2 9, Clay 5 3-5 15, Granberg 2 0-0 5, K. Willis 3 2-3 8. Totals 28 8-14 69.

Score by quarters:

TCA 11 9 8 16 — 44

Holy Family 17 16 22 14 — 69

3-point field goals — The Classical Acad. (4); Holy Family (5): Hollwedel 2, Clay 2, Granberg. Total fouls — The Classical Acad. 14, Holy Family 18. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — None.

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