• After suffering a scare on the road at Fort Morgan, the Erie Tigers returned to form last week blowing out Roosevelt 73-35. Senior Rylan Haines went off for the Tigers with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting, blowing by his previous best of 12 points scored this season. The Tigers enter the week holding firm at second place in the Tri-Valley League standings behind Mead.
• Getting back on track in the Northern League were the Niwot Cougars with a pair of road wins at Mountain View 49-41 and at Northridge 50-30. Defense is the theme for the Cougars as Niwot is 10-0 when holding teams to 50 or fewer points and 0-7 when allowing more than 50 to be scored against them. Austin Rathburn had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Mountain View while Cooper Sheldon led Niwot at Northridge with 20 points, his third game with 20 or more points scored this season.
• Longmont suffered its biggest scare to end its lengthy win streak in the Northern League on Friday when they trailed 32-24 going into the fourth quarter versus Thompson Valley. But Longmont would rally, outscoring Thompson Valley 21-4 in the final quarter to win 45-36. The comeback makes it 36 straight wins for Longmont in the Northern League, and the team is also riding an 11-game win streak.
• Silver Creek had a chance to stand alone at second place in the Northern League standings, but Centaurus had other plans when it won 73-54 over the Raptors on their home floor. Centaurus shot 59 percent from the field and had a balanced scoring attack with four players going in double figures, led by Dashiel Walker with 15. Centaurus and Silver Creek now sit tied for second in the Northern.
• Dawson School is back on track and currently on a four-game win streak in the Mile High League to sit in third place in the league standings. Its recent run included an 82-71 win at Heritage Christian, highlighted by a 33-point third quarter, and a 71-54 win at Denver Academy. Phil Geraghty got to the foul line and went 12-of-13 to help him score 25 points in leading the Mustangs over HCA. Against Denver Academy, Danny Gonzalez-Hyde made five 3-pointers and Coby Grant-Krenz was efficient from the field as both scored 19 in the win.
• RPI watch: Fairview (No. 4) and Boulder (No. 5) are in great shape for a potential first-round bye in the state tournament while Broomfield (No. 19) is looking at a home game in the first round in Class 5A; Mead is still No. 1 and Longmont still No. 2 in Class 4A, Erie (No. 8) Skyline (No. 11) and Centaurus (No. 14) are in play for a first-round bye, and Silver Creek (No. 20) and Frederick (No. 28) are position for a first-round game at home potentially.
• Broomfield is rolling in the Front Range League, winning all six league games so far this season. In the team’s current five-game win streak, the longest of the season and all coming in league play, the Eagles have won by double figures in each. Courtney Wristen and Jessica Hoffman each scored 16 points to pace Broomfield in a blowout win over Greeley West. Wristen would then record a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds in a 56-46 win at Mountain Range.
• Fairview is keeping pace with the Eagles, too. Also undefeated in league play, Fairview outscored Fort Collins 27-11 in the second half to win 49-37 and saw Izzy Munson score 15 and Kailey Page with 10. The two paced Fairview again versus Legacy with Munson scoring 22 points, Page adding 13 and Haley Sommer scoring 10 in a 59-52 win. Fairview hosts Broomfield in a critical league game on Friday.
• Jefferson Academy freshman Helen Stegner stepped up in a big way at Peak to Peak on Friday. Stegner scored 17 points and added 16 rebounds for her first career double-double. Her production helped the Jaguars get a 46-41 comeback win against the Pumas, a win that helps them stay with SkyView Academy and Lutheran in the Class 3A Metro League standings. Both those teams come to Broomfield this week to face Jefferson Academy.
• Erie is rolling again and currently holds a six-game win streak in the Tri-Valley League. The backcourt duo of Grace Moyers and Genevieve Gudino have led the way so far. Moyers’ 3-point shooting sees her leading the league with 49 makes, and both players find themselves in the top five in scoring average. The Tigers are still alive in the Tri-Valley League race, but they face the two teams ahead of them in the standings when they travel to Holy Family on Tuesday and host Berthoud on Friday.
• Welcome home, Shining Mountain. The Lions have finished playing six consecutive games on the road, winning the last five. Their latest win was a 46-40 victory at Evangelical Christian that saw Frances Hilliard and Kalea Zeender each score 11 to lead the team. Their first game back at home this week comes against the No. 2 ranked Briggsdale Falcons, a rematch of a Prairie Classic tournament game back on Dec. 13 won by Briggsdale.
• Things are have more of a bubble-watch feel in the RPI standings on the girls side. Fairview (No. 17) and Broomfield (No. 18) could move up and get a top-16 seed and first-round bye with a strong finish while Legacy (No. 32) and Monarch (No. 34) are trying to get a home game in the first round in Class 5A; Holy Family (No. 6) and Erie (No. 10) are in control for a first-round bye in Class 4A while Mead (No. 28) currently is in play for a home game and Longmont (No. 35) is three spots from playing at home in the first round. Frederick (No. 47) is right on the edge of being one of the final teams to make it to the state tournament as well.
• Logan Novara and John Nicholas were the big winners for Longmont at the Mile High Classic in Denver. Nicholas won four matches, including two by fall, to win the tournament title at 138 pounds and to secure his 100th win of his career. Novara also won twice by fall to take the title at 106 and improve to 36-5 on the season.
• Rocky Mountain and Poudre were the top two teams at the Front Range League tournament on Saturday, but Monarch and Legacy each had individual champions in the tournament. For Monarch, Ryan Kuykendall beat teammate Brayden Legge for the title at 120 and Vince Cornella rolled at 126 to first place. Legacy saw Grady Funk take first place at 182 and Adam Lynch win the title at 220.
• Broomfield finished in fourth place at the Westminster Invitational thanks to Darren Green finishing in first place, Morgen Watt and Bryant Walker coming in second, Tyler Carpenter and Hunter Harris taking third and Vince Beeson grabbing fourth place in their respective brackets. Also placing in the tournament were Erie’s Gustavo Fonseca-Walker (first), Ramon Salazar (third) and Gavin Malek (sixth), and Centaurus’s Alex Robles added a sixth-place.
• Lyons had six wrestlers place at the Valley Viking Invitational to help them get a top-10 team finish. Oran Huff and Karson Bean both finished in second place in their brackets, Monte Pickering and David Gardner were fourth, Christian Keller was fifth and Logan Odell took sixth. Holy Family was also in the field and saw Matthew McCarthy take fifth place at 113.
• Mead and Niwot both saw a couple of wrestlers place for their teams at the Thornton Invitational. For Mead, Emilio Chavez took second at 170, Caleb Domenico was fourth at 145 and Randy Guerra finished in fifth at 126. Jovani Lopez led Niwot with his second-place finish at 285 while Keith Hemenway was fourth at 152 and Bryan Martinez took sixth at 145.
• This year’s St. Vrain Valley School District girls wrestling team in Mead will send two wrestlers to the girls state wrestling tournament for the second straight season. Kassandra Reyes of Mead finished in second place at 111 and will be going to state for a second time while Jenna Joseph of Longmont was third at 136 and is making her first trip. They will compete at Thornton High School on Saturday.
• Broomfield and Windsor had a dual meet that was decided by just two points. While Broomfield did take first place in all three relays and in six other events, the depth for Windsor gave them enough to win 157-155. Maelynn Higgins led sprints with her first-place times in the 50 free (25.86) and 100 fly (1:03.63) while Ellianne Effland won the 100 breast (1:10.52). Winning the 200 free was Rebecca Thompson (2:04.52), the 200 IM went to Mairead Powers (2:17.34) and the 500 free was won by Kaylee Austin (5:25.71).
• Erie and Centaurus met for a dual and it was Erie who got the win 100-82. Kambrie Payne won both the 100 fly (1:08.28) and 200 free (2:11.61) with times that were the second-fastest swim times in those events for Erie. Anna Lillie and Anna Dunn also posted second-best times for the Tigers on the season with Lillie winning the 100 back (1:07.87) and Dunn in the 200 IM (2:29.91). For Centaurus, Emma Sundberg recorded the fastest time for the team in the 100 free (58.40) while Zoe Keenan won the 100 breast (1:14.06), Kathleen Welch won the 500 free (6:02.02) and the 200 free relay team won with a time of 1:55.57.
• Katey Lewicki led Monarch to a 109-74 win over Mountain Range by winning the 100 back (56.68) and setting a season-best time in 200 free (1:58.63) in her individual events. She also helped the 400 free relay team win with a time of 4:02.55. Coming into this week, Lewicki holds the fastest time in the 100 back in Class 5A and looks poised to defend her state title from last season.
• Boulder picked up a nice dual over Loveland 105-81 with its top swimmers standing out in the meet. Emilia Culberson won the 100 free (54.43) and 100 breast (1:10.94), Bena Koehn showed her versatility the 50 free (25.91) and 500 free (5:33.89) and Lily Koehn was the fastest in the 100 back (1:05.81). All three girls also played a role to help all three relay teams take first place in the meet.
• The newest polls in girls swimming came out and it features Fairview as the No. 1 ranked team in Class 5A. Legacy joins them in the polls at No. 8. In Class 4A, Broomfield leads area schools at No. 4, Silver Creek is right behind at No. 5, Monarch is No. 7 and Niwot is No. 8; Erie is the lone area school ranked in Class 3A, sitting at No. 3.
• The power play ended up hurting the Monarch Coyotes in a 3-2 loss to No. 1 ranked Fort Collins on Friday. Tanner Marsh recorded a hat trick for Fort Collins and got two of his three goals when his team was shorthanded and Monarch was on the power play. Andrew Kim did get a power-play goal and Sam Zis scored at even strength in the loss.
• In need of a win on Saturday, Monarch responded with six goals in a 6-3 win over Ralston Valley to snap a three-game losing skid. Kevin Maisells had two goals and Fuller Loose scored another in the third that broke a 3-3 tie and blew the game open for the Coyotes to win. Zis, Henry Ziegert and Jadon Del Tufo all had goals in the first two periods and Ethan Blackburn made 39 saves in the win.
• Despite the 1-1 split, Monarch moved up in the CHSAANow.com polls to No. 5, but it sits at No. 10 in the RPI standings.
• Freshman Jack Vincent led the Nederland boys alpine ski team at Winter Park, posting a combined run time of 1:33.53 to finish in fifth place in the boys division. Right behind him was Kale Lantz at 1:34.43. Nederland finished third out of seven teams in the meet.
• Kate Skilbred had one of her best days for the Nederland girls alpine ski team at Winter Park. The junior took sixth place with a combined run time of 1:35.77. Maz Finch just missed out on a top-10 team with her combined run time of 1:43.66 and Nederland would finish in fourth place in the team standings.
• Snow Mountain Ranch hosted both a 3.5-kilometer and 5-kilometer race in Nordic skiing. Helen Cross led Nederland in the 3.5-kilometer (15:14.7) and Bella Lynch was the top finisher for the team in the 5-kilometer (17:31.7) for the girls. Townes Bakke was the fastest race for the boys team in both races, finishing in 16:02.4 in the 3.5-kilometer and 17:35.8 in the 5-kilometer
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