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BoCoPreps.com basketball midseason update

Many local teams remain in the hunt for their respective league titles

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Broomfield head coach Terrence Dunn, center, has has senior-heavy team playing confident as they enter the gauntlet of the Front Range League starting Friday against Boulder.
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The Broomfield boys basketball team has gotten off to a much better start than last winter when the Eagles opened the season with a 2-7 record before finding their way and reaching the second round of the Class 5A state tournament.

With at least a baseline comfort level provided by the fact that it likely won’t take another epic run to reach the postseason, and the fact that the league title feels like it’s within reach, the Broomfield boys are once again focusing on winning their first Front Range League championship since moving up to 5A six years ago.

“We thought coming into the break that we had a chance to win four or five in a row and get in a good spot,” Eagles head coach Terrence Dunn said. “The league title is always the goal. We haven’t won one since we’ve been in 5A so to get one would be great.”

Broomfield is currently sitting with a 7-6 overall record and will take a 2-1 conference mark into a big game against Boulder (11-3, 3-0) on Friday night. The Eagles will still have to get past other top teams like defending league champion Fairview (12-3, 4-0), Mountain Range (10-4, 3-1) and Fossil Ridge (9-5, 2-1) in order to accomplish their goal. But in the 13-team league, there are still eight or nine teams that can at least say they’re still in the mix.

“I think there are five or six teams that are playing really well and, on the right night, have a shot to beat each other,” Dunn said. “Depending on the matchup, any of those teams are capable of beating the others and that should make things interesting down the stretch.”

Seniors Grant Swenson (15.3 points) and Ryan Collins (14.3) are pacing the Eagles’ offensive attack with a combined 29.6 points per game. The senior-heavy club also has solid players in 6-foot-4 forward Carson Briggs and Charlie Vanderberg. Senior Mark Georgiton has taken 41 charges in 38 career games and needs 11 more to set a Broomfield school record.

Broomfield also has a fight on its hands for the FRL title on the girls front. The Eagles (9-5, 3-0) are one of four teams along with Fossil Ridge (9-2, 3-0), Legacy (8-6, 4-0) and Fairview (9-4, 4-0) with perfect conference records.

Girls 4A Northern race remains wide open

Longmont senior Jordynn Lee has averaged 15 points and 8.2 rebounds in the Trojans’ five games since Northern League play began, and that’s a major reason why the Trojans remain in the hunt for a conference title.

But will Lee’s increased production be enough for the Trojans to catch Thompson Valley? Or even fend off other chasing teams like Greeley Central and Centaurus?

“Going into the year, I think we all thought Thompson Valley was the favorite,” Trojans head coach Wade Kingsbury said. “We played them three tough quarters and just had a bad second quarter when we played them the first time. They’re at the top but then us, Greeley Central and Northridge are all right there looking to knock them off the second time we play them. It’s really open and even the teams that are struggling a little bit are all young so you can expect them to be better the second time around.”

Thompson Valley (12-1, 5-0) currently leads the league standings. Greeley Central (9-3, 4-1) and Longmont (7-7, 4-1) are close behind and a young but talented Centaurus (6-7, 3-2) team remains in the hunt.

The Longmont boys are beginning to separate themselves from the pack with a perfect 5-0 league record.

Holy Family girls holding on to Tri-Valley League lead

With head-to-head wins over other league title contenders Berthoud (13-1, 6-1) and Erie (12-2, 5-2), the Holy Family girls (10-4, 7-0) have established themselves as the frontrunners for the Tri-Valley League title. But both of those games were close and neither Berthoud nor Erie can be counted out just yet with a full second round of league games left on the schedule.

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Tyler Whitlock, center, and the Holy Family girls are starting to gel in the Tri-Valley League.

Skyline senior Ashayla Powers is leading the league with 20.1 points per game and Erie sophomore Grace Moyers is second with a 16.9-point average.

On the boys side, the No. 2-ranked Mead Mavericks (13-1, 7-0) have emerged as the clear favorites with an unblemished conference record and having hardly been challenged by any in-league opponent.

Jefferson Academy teams hanging tight in 3A Metro League

Through the early portion of the 3A Metro League season, the Jefferson Academy girls are one of four teams – Colorado Academy, Lutheran, Jefferson Academy and SkyView Academy – that have yet to drop a conference game.

Led by Elian Soto and his 22.5 points per game, the Jaguars boys’ 10 overall wins are the most in the league but a recent loss to Manual dropped them out of first place and into a large pack of teams chasing three clubs that remain unbeaten in conference play.

Dawson girls, boys contending in 2A/1A Mile High

In the Mile High League, there are still four girls basketball teams that have not lost in league play – Union Colony (3-6, 3-0), Heritage Christian (8-0, 3-0), Dawson School (8-2, 3-0) and Denver Christian (6-4, 3-0). The Dawson boys have a 3-1 league record and are currently tied for fifth place behind several teams that remain unbeaten in conference play.

Longmont Christian’s Taylor Vandenberg leads the MHL on the girls side with 14.4 points per game.

Shining Mountain girls look like 5280 favorites

Conference play has scarcely begun in the 1A 5280 League but with a 9-2 overall record and ranked No. 8 by the CHSAANow.com poll, the Shining Mountain girls appear to be the early pick to win the conference. The Lions’ only two losses are to No. 1-ranked Briggsdale and a new but talented team at Severance.