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BoCoPreps spotlight: Monarch girls among several teams off to hot start

Wraparound coverage of Season B through two weeks

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Monarch’s Natalie Guanella

Prep sports in Season B are an entirely different ball game than in years past and it’s crazy to think that due to its modified schedule, the basketball regular season in Colorado is already a quarter of the way through.

So far, there are several teams in the area that have yet to lose a game. Teams like the Monarch girls, who went 8-0 to start the 2019-20 season and finished 14-10 to reach the postseason, fully understand the value of coming out of the gates strong.

But then again, this season is only 14 games long and league play is just beginning for most teams, so the most important contests are still yet to come.

“The start’s nice,” Monarch coach Mike Blakely said. “Going 3-0 is nice but you really have to go out and win each game because it’s a short season and the playoffs are smaller, so we have to come out to play every night. We play in a tough (Front Range) league and you saw that last year after we went 8-0 through our nonleague schedule. So, 3-0 doesn’t really matter a whole lot to me because we have to keep it going.”

Leading the way for Monarch, sophomore point guard Natalie Guanella is averaging 17 points and four steals per game. The Coyotes also have six other players averaging five or more points a night.

Also unbeaten, the Peak to Peak (2-0) girls basketball team’s early success has been paced by juniors Mary Reilly and Mattie Stevens, who have combined to average 34.5 points through two games.

On local boys basketball, Legacy (3-0), Longmont (4-0), Erie (3-0), Mead (3-0) and Peak to Peak (1-0) are all unbeaten early in this unusual season.

Nederland boys dominate GS at home meet

The Nederland Panthers played host to Evergreen at Eldora Ski Resort on Friday and fared quite well at their first — potentially only — home meet of Season B.

In the boys competition, the Panthers took the top three places. Freshman Stanley Buzek placed first, senior and team captain Carson McCue was second and another freshman, Gio Busilini, placed third. In the girls races, Nederland sophomore Ellie Boye was the Panthers’ top finisher, taking home fifth place.

Fairview’s Greysen Carter is lighting up the scoreboard

Through the first four games of Season B, Fairview senior Greysen Carter is the 11th-leading scorer in Class 5A. Averaging 21.5 points, Carter exploded for 29 points on 12-for-18 shooting in a 65-53 victory over Rocky Mountain on Friday. He is also averaging 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 steals a night.

Carter, an outstanding pitcher, has committed to play baseball at Vanderbilt University.

Holy Family girls hoops is rolling after early slip

Since it lost its season opener to Lutheran, the Holy Family girls basketball team (3-1) has found its footing and has blown out its last three opponents, outscoring them 212-56. Senior Tyler Whitlock leads the team in scoring with 13.5 points per game.

The Tigers, who reached the Final Four last winter, are currently ranked No. 2 in Class 4A.

Longmont, Mead boys hoops sitting top three in the Class 4A RPI

It’s still early, but both the Longmont and Mead boys basketball teams are doing their best to solidify themselves as postseason contenders. Currently, Longmont is No. 2 in the Class 4A RPI standings and Mead is No. 3. Steamboat Springs is No. 1.

Erie girls ballers continue to spread the love

Junior Grace Moyers has been scoring at will in Season B, averaging 16.3 points. But she’s not alone in that regard, and certainly isn’t hogging the ball, as the Tigers have three other players averaging double figures through four games.

Deb Altshuler is averaging 14.5 points, Anna Hefner is averaging 13.8 points and Alea George is averaging 10.3 points. The Tigers are 3-1 and their only loss came against Fossil Ridge, which is an unbeaten Class 5A team.

Sam Zis is Monarch hockey’s early points leader

The Monarch ice hockey team is 1-3, but it could easily be even at .500 if the puck bounced a little different during a 3-2 overtime loss to Fort Collins on Friday. With two goals and two assists, Sam Zis leads the Coyotes with four points. Drew Fehr has three points and goaltender JT Harland has a .914 save percentage while sharing time in net with Simon Holstein.

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