1A BOYS STATE TOURNAMENT CAPSULES

Five of the teams in this year’s bracket are making a return, including the defending state champs from last season. De Beque is back, looking to add another state title to its trophy case, but the Dragons will have to do so as the fourth seed. The top seed in the bracket belongs to Kit Carson, a team that lost its first game of the season and has reeled off 21 straight wins since. After Thursday, the schedule could see a number of changes, depending on the results of Mile High Academy, who is not allowed to play from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday because of religious restrictions. All games prior to the championships will be held at UNC-Greeley, with the title game moving to the Loveland Events Center on Saturday.

Individual statistics quoted below are courtesy of MaxPreps. Teams are listed in bracket order.

 

#1 KIT CARSON WILDCATS (21-1)

COACH: Damon Dechant

STATE TITLES: 2007, 2004

LEAGUE: Won High Plains title (5-0), won District 2 title

REGIONALS: Beat South Baca 63-43

STREAK: Won 21 straight

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS: 1-1

Wins: Walsh

Losses: Limon

TEAM NOTES: Second straight appearance, fourth in last five years – third place in 2017 – Head coach was player on last title winning team – 4-0 in games decided by single digits – won seven games by at least 20 points – beat Walsh 57-52 for Lamar Holiday Tournament title – outscored opponents 1242-874

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Sullivan Farmer 13.3 4.4 1.1 2.0 49
Jayden McCombs-Farmer 12.8 6.5 3.4 2.2 19
Brayden Bogenhagen 6.6 1.0 0.7 1.0 42
Joe Bryan 6.0 3.3 0.9 3.0 3
Cordell Farmer 5.6 4.1 1.0 2.1 2
Peter Hornung 5.0 3.1 0.5 0.4
Brock Weiand 3.4 3.4 0.4 0.4 4

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#8 OURAY TROJANS (14-6)

COACH: Adam Trujillo

STATE TITLES: None

LEAGUE: Third in San Juan Basin, top 1A team (5-4), 2nd in District 1

REGIONALS: Beat Sangre de Cristo 61-52

STREAK: Won 1, 4 of last 5

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS: 0-3

Wins: None

Losses: Ignacio, Aspen, De Beque

TEAM NOTES: First appearance since 2017 – fourth place in 2016, 2010 – 6-2 in games decided by single digits – lost to De Beque 65-64 in district final – outscored opponents 1262-1137

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Jackson Leo 18.9 3.0 2.6 1.7 48
Channing Green 18.2 7.3 1.6 0.6 29
Liam Miller 12.1 6.0 3.8 1.7 5
Stuart Owens 7.7 5.2 1.3 0.8
Hayden Hart 3.3 2.1 0.6 0.2 3
Judah Preston 2.9 4.8 1.3 1.1 1
Kaden Nelson 1.4 2.5 0.4 0.4 3

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#4 DE BEQUE DRAGONS (20-2)

COACH: Jake Higuera

STATE TITLES: 2019, 1998

LEAGUE: Won Western Slope (10-2), won District 1 title

REGIONALS: Beat Primero 58-57 at the buzzer

STREAK: Won 5 straight

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS: 2-0

Wins: Briggsdale, Ouray

Losses: None

TEAM NOTES: Had 40-game winning streak snapped during season – beat first round opponent (Briggsdale) 82-74 in OT on 12/7 – 8-2 in games decided by single digits – two losses by combined three points – 1-1 in OT games – outscored opponents 1303-1029 – Wes Ryan over 500 points on the season, more than 1300 in career, 11 double-doubles

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Wes Ryan 23.4 10.1 2.0 1.0 42
Jaden Jordan 12.7 7.5 4.9 2.9 21
John Chapman 10.7 2.6 0.8 0.9 42
Logan Wingfield 9.9 7.5 1.8 1.0 17
Chase Dooley 2.0 5.6 0.5 0.6

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#5 BRIGGSDALE FALCONS (19-4)

COACH: Clint Fiscus

STATE TITLES: None

LEAGUE: Won North Central title (7-1), third in District 4

REGIONALS: Beat Denver Jewish Day 57-50

STREAK: Won 2 straight, 4 of last 5

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS: 0-1

Wins: None

Losses: De Beque

TEAM NOTES: First appearance in school history – made seven tournaments as part of Crow Valley co-op (with Pawnee) – three runner-up finishes as Crow Valley (2001, 2000, 1993) – one win from matching total of previous five seasons combined – 6-2 in games decided by single digits – outscored opponents 1419-1079 – Wyatt Patton went over 1000 career points during the season, needs two assists and 16 steals for 100 of each this year

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Wyatt Patton 17.6 5.5 4.3 3.7 28
Braden Krise 11.0 3.0 2.2 2.3 45
Malik Carlson 8.8 3.7 1.8 2.3 24
Ty Dill 7.9 6.9 0.9 0.9
Luke Lambertson 7.4 7.8 2.2 2.1
Michael Bittinger 3.9 3.4 0.8 1.3 3
Kaleb Brown 3.8 2.9 0.5 0.8 2

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#2 MILE HIGH ACADEMY MUSTANGS (20-3)

COACH: Todd Essex

STATE TITLES: None

LEAGUE: Tied for 2nd in 5280 (6-2), won District 8 title

REGIONALS: Beat Longmont Christian 67-51

STREAK: Won 4 straight, 8 of last 9

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS: 0-0

Wins: None

Losses: None

TEAM NOTES: First appearance in program history – only second season as CHSAA member – face playing restriction on the Sabbath – 4-2 in games decided by single digits – outscored opponents 1429-1034

Full team statistics not entered on MaxPreps.

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#7 EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN EAGLES (19-3)

COACH: Bob Wingett

STATE TITLES: 2005 (2A), 2004 (2A)

LEAGUE: Second in Black Forest (5-1), Won District 7 title

REGIONALS: Beat Kim/Branson 56-49

STREAK: Won 5 straight, 11 of last 12

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS: 0-1

Wins: None

Losses: Peyton

TEAM NOTES: Second straight appearance – beat Kit Carson for consolation championship last year – 4th place in Class 2A (2007) – 2-3 in games decided by single digits – outscored opponents 1334-777 – Jason Holt went over 1000 career points during the season

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Jason Holt 20.0 5.2 2.9 2.8 57
Sam Mote 12.6 4.5 3.9 2.8 29
Judah Alexander 5.9 6.7 0.5 1.1
Jonah Aragon 5.8 7.1 1.4 1.0 3
Landon Bunker 5.4 3.4 5.7 2.5 18
Michael Kim 5.0 2.2 2.8 1.0 27
RJ Wagner 4.4 4.1 0.9 0.8 8
Andrew DeRuiter 2.1 3.4 0.4 0.8 2

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#3 WALSH EAGLES (20-2)

COACH: Josh Wittler

STATE TITLES: 1972, 1971. 1968

LEAGUE: Won Ark Valley title (4-0), Won District 3 title

REGIONALS: Beat Cheraw 58-51

STREAK: Won 16 straight

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS: 0-1

Wins: None

Losses: Kit Carson

TEAM NOTES: Second straight appearance – went 0-2 last year – lost opening game to Merino 45-42 – third place in 2012 – most wins in a season since 2012 (23) – won 3rd place in 2011 – 8-1 in games decided by single digits – 4-0 in games decided by two points or fewer – outscored opponents 1386-1094

Full team statistics not entered on MaxPreps.

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#6 MERINO RAMS (16-8)

COACH: Chase Debus

STATE TITLES: 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1970, 1969

LEAGUE: 8th in Lower Platte (1-4), won District 4

REGIONALS: Beat Stratton/Liberty 59-46, Denver Waldorf 57-52

STREAK: Won 7 straight, 8 of last 10

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS: 1-3

Wins: Briggsdale

Losses: Wray, Yuma, Limon

TEAM NOTES: Second straight appearance – tied for sixth-most state championships (7) – finished fourth last season – finished second in 1999 – took third in 2003 (2A) – 1-4 in games decided by single digits – outscored opponents 1326-1058

Full team statistics not entered on MaxPreps.

 


Kerry Sherman

Kerry Sherman

Kerry Sherman is a lifelong resident of eastern Colorado. He started covering high school sports in 1991, focusing on the smaller classifications. He has also coached boys basketball at Woodlin, Otis & Weldon Valley. In his spare time, Kerry substitute teaches at area schools. He and his wife, Colleen, live on the family farm near Anton, along with their three Corgi mutts, Selene, Caesar & Helios.

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