• Monday’s matchup between Boulder and Fairview at the CU Events Center was a battle for first place in the Front Range League thanks to both teams having come in riding lengthy win streaks. Wins for BHS over Horizon 61-49 and Loveland 74-63 last week brought them to 12 straight, while Fairview had won 11 straight after wins over Rocky Mountain 73-51 and Greeley West 84-56 last week.
• Broomfield kept pace with those two squads after two close wins last week. Broomfield came back in the fourth quarter to defeat rival Legacy 53-50 with Carson Briggs and Grant Swenson each scoring 11 points to lead the Eagles in the win. Another close game followed with Fossil Ridge, and BHS won 45-39 with Swenson scoring 15 and Andrew Purdum finishing with 10.
• Skyline’s win over Erie on Friday was impressive and will again boost an already top-10 RPI in Class 4A. The Falcons made the CHSAANow.com coaches poll this week, debuting at No. 8, as well.
• Three wins in five days for the Longmont Trojans puts them in the driver’s seat for the Northern League title entering the final week of the regular season. Dallas Dye came up big for the Trojans as he led the team in scoring in all three games. He had 14 points in a game that featured a balanced attack to help Longmont beat Centaurus 56-48, and then he went off for 24 points in a 77-32 blowout versus Mountain View and 19 in a 58-33 win at Niwot.
• A few school records and personal marks were set: Longmont Christian senior Nick Holst broke the school record for 3-point percentage in a single game when he made 4-of-5 shots (80%) from behind the arc in a 61-26 win over Twin Peaks Charter Academy; Peak to Peak’s Garrett Shriver made nine 3-pointers in an 85-61 win over Prospect Ridge Academy for a single game record; and Elias Soto of Jefferson Academy scored his 1,000th career point in their win over Stargate School.
• RPI bubble watch: Legacy, who started the season 1-6, sits as one of the final teams in the Class 5A state tournament picture at No. 47. The Lightning can help their cause this week beating Horizon, ranked No. 14 in the RPI standings, to close the regular season.
• Broomfield’s big week in the Front Range League started with a 57-54 win at Fairview to remain at the top of the league standings. Courtney Wristen scored 17 points, Emma Rich had 11 and Jessica Hoffman finished with 10 in the win. The next day, Broomfield rolled over rival Legacy 57-33 with the same trio combining for 38 points. In the final game with Fossil Ridge to determine who would sit alone in first place entering the final week of the season, Broomfield fell 58-47 on the road, so it sits firmly in second place.
• Erie is now the hottest team in the Tri-Valley League with a 10-game win streak and remains tied with Holy Family and Berthoud at the top of the standings with a 12-2 league record entering the final week of the season. A balanced attack helped Erie score a season-high 80 points in a win over Windsor with four players in double figures — Deb Altshuler led with 19 points. Similar balance helped Erie pull away at Skyline 63-56 for its other win of the week.
• Jefferson Academy bounced back with a pair of big wins over Colorado Academy 52-30 and Stargate School 60-25 to finish in second place in the Class 3A Metro League standings. Rachel Moreno led Jefferson Academy in both games, scoring 18 points in the win over Colorado Academy and 15 against Stargate School.
• Dawson’s four-game road swing to conclude the regular season began last week with a pair of wins. Kaitlyn Day had big performances scoring in the wins as she finished with 19 points in a 44-33 win over Union Colony Prep and then had 24 to lead Dawson to a 47-35 win over Flatirons Academy.
• While the seasons for Silver Creek and Niwot have not gone the way they have hoped, the two teams have been fighting down the stretch. Facing each other last week, they played a double-overtime thriller that ended with Silver Creek’s Marissa Bartels scoring 12 points and getting the game-winning block on the final shot in a 36-34 win for SCHS.
• RPI bubble watch: two teams sit just outside of the state tournament picture in their classifications. Skyline is two spots out in Class 4A sitting at No. 50 while Prospect Ridge Academy is three spots out in Class 3A at No. 35. Prospect Ridge Academy can help its own cause with the district tournament still to come while Skyline will need some help with the numbers as they face Holy Family and Berthoud in the final week of the regular season.
• Four unanswered goals in the third period gave Monarch a win against Heritage in what was a streaky scoring contest. Sam Zis had his first hat trick of the season to lead the Coyotes to the 7-4 win, and scoring a goal apiece were Caleb Gold, Hunter Hawkins, Liam Keeley and Adam MacArthur in the win.
• Another team scoring in bunches last week was the Centaurus JV team, who scored nine times in a win over Battle Mountain. Declan Hiller, the leading scorer for the team, had a huge night with four goals. Aaron Mallinger had his own hat trick with three goals, as well.
• Nederland had a good day in Eldora with three skiers finishing in the top five overall. Max Lynch had a combined time of 1:34.24 that saw him win the alpine skiing competition on the boys side. His teammate, Carter Tomasko, was fifth with his combined time of 1:41.84. Leading the girls team was Kate Skilbred, who finished in fifth place with her combined time of 1:46.32. Nederland took second place in the boys team standings and the girls finished in third.
• Helen Cross had one of her top placing results for the Nordic Ski team in Steamboat Springs. She finished 14th overall with her time of 25:01.0. Bella Lynch cracked the top 30 with her time of 27:07.0 as well. Paul Masters was the fastest for the boys team finishing in 25:00.2.
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