Centaurus senior Owen Koonce, the reigning BoCoPreps.com player of the year, crossed the 1,000-point milestone earlier this week in a 65-45 win over Thompson Valley.
The senior, who has averaged over 17 points in his last three seasons while helping lead the Warriors to towering heights, needed just 68 career games to accomplish the feat.
“He’s fun to watch, easy to root for, a good teammate and coachable,” Warriors frontman Travis Maron said Wednesday. “He’s proud to be a Centaurus Warrior, and him being as good as he is and the kind of person he is, has been great for our program.”
After the historic bucket Tuesday, Maron subbed out Koonce as his accomplishment was announced overhead for the home crowd. The 6-foot-5 senior posed for a picture with a red, white and blue Centaurus basketball afterward with “1,000 points” and the date written on it.
Owen Koonce drops 26pts tonight to go over the 1,000pt mark for his career. Special accomplishment for a special young man and special player!! pic.twitter.com/Hj9l8LKhRj
— Centaurus Boys Basketball (@CHSWarriorhoops) January 15, 2020
“At first I really didn’t think it was a big deal,” Koonce said. “But people started congratulating me and I realized it was pretty cool.”
Koonce averaged nearly 18 points and 7.5 boards per game coming into Friday despite, early on, not feeling like he has played to his potential following injury over the offseason.
He seems to be getting there now.
In his first four games back from winter break, the senior averaged nearly 21 points on 65.3 percent shooting. Against Longmont Friday, he dealt with foul trouble and scored 11 of his team’s 29 points in a loss.
“I think now, probably over the last few weeks, he’s really started to find his groove again,” Maron said. “He’s an efficient player. How I describe it is he’s a high-volume scorer without being a high-volume shooter, which is really, really nice.”
The Holy Family girls’ basketball team began the season with perhaps the most daunting nonconference schedule of any Class 4A team in the state.
Good prep for the new year, eh coach?
The Tigers’ four losses in their first six games could have been seen as a slow start for a team returning eight players from last year’s Final Four team. But considering those losses were against 5A No. 5 Regis Jesuit, No. 6 Fossil Ridge, Arapahoe and 4A No. 2 Pueblo West, Holy Family coach Ron Rossi liked the path his team was going down.
“We knew we played probably the most difficult 4A schedule and we choose to do that because we want to improve,” Rossi said. “We know when we play people better than us our weaknesses show up. And when they show up, we can correct them before league.”
His team won its sixth straight game, fifth in a row to open its 5A/4A Tri-Valley League slate and took a game lead in the league standings with its win over previously unbeaten No. 3 Berthoud on Thursday.
A 20/20 focus so far in 2020: The Tigers haven’t allowed more than 44 points in the new year while keeping three of their opponents under 30. Against the Spartans, who’d averaged 67 points per game coming into Thursday, they held them to 44.
“The key factor was defense,” Rossi said. “This team has been one of my better defensive clubs and each week they’re inclined to play defense and it’s making a difference.”
Alyssa Wells led all scorers for Holy Family coming into Saturday’s game against Windsor, averaging 11.3 points. The junior set her career high with 16 in a blowout win over Frederick after winter break, then re-upped it with 26 against No. 8 Erie four days later.
Before the weekend, Tyler Whitlock had 8.9 points and 5.2 rebounds. Dylan Sanders averaged 6.6 points and 3.7 steals.
Five different players have led the Tigers in points in a game this season.
A Grand Ole’ Time
Fairview’s Izzy Munson also crossed the 1,000-point threshold in a win over Mountain Range Friday night, according to the school athletic trainer’s twitter.
— FairviewAT (@AtFairview) January 18, 2020
Munson has been one of the highest scoring players in the state this season, leading the Knights to an 8-4 start with three straight wins to open their league slate.
The 5-9 guard is currently ranked 33rd in the state’s 2020 class, per PrepGirlsHoops.com.
Erie sophomore Grace Moyers hit eight 3-pointers in a 75-68 win over Windsor Friday. She now has 37 3s this season, second in Class 4A.
The Deep End
The weekly PrepSwimCo.com rankings came out Wednesday, and several area programs appear to be in nice positions with the state meet a month away.
Fairview is three points back of Cherry Creek for the lead in the Class 5A rankings. Broomfield, Silver Creek, Monarch and Niwot rank between fourth and seventh in the 4A points breakdown. And Erie is just eight points back of Durango in 3A.
As far as top-five times in the state go coming into the weekend (deep breath): The Knights — Jenna Reznicek, Julianne Jones, Edith Simececk and Morgan Lukinac — are less than a half-second behind Heritage for the state’s top time in the 200-yard medley relay.
Their 200 free relay (Julia Urbanowski, Helen Sun, Simecek and Karolina Bank) is third behind Chatfield and Arapahoe.
Simecek is second in the state’s butterfly and Karla Lessing is fourth in the 500 free. Reznicek is fourth in the backstroke.
Legacy’s 400 free relay (Indigo Armon, Kandice Chandra, Abbie Kehmeier and Sabrina Rachjaibun), meanwhile, is fourth in the state. Rachjaibun has the top 5A time in the 200 IM and is .09 seconds behind Cheyenne Mountain’s Caroline Bricker’s state time.
Niwot’s Mary Codevilla has the top 4A time in the 200 freestyle and is .07 seconds behind Chatfield’s Kathryn Shanley’s state time. She also has top marks in the 100 breaststroke in Class 4A, second in state to Bricker.
Monarch’s Katey Lewicki is second in the state 100 backstroke, first in 4A. Skyline’s Karla Avitia is tops in the state in the 100 free.