1A BOYS STATE TOURNAMENT CAPSULES

1A Boys State Tournament Capsules
Front Range Baptist is the number two seed as the Class 1A state tournament opens on Thursday in Greeley. The Falcons meet Genoa Hugo in the quarterfinals.

A new champion will be crowned, with Holly failing to make the field this year. The following 1A boys’ state tournament team capsules are in bracket order.

 

#1 CREEDE MINERS (20-3)

COACH:  Robert Koets

STATE TITLES:  None

LEAGUE:  Tied 2nd Southern Peaks (8-2)

DISTRICT FINALS:  Beat Sierra Grande 55-51

REGIONALS:  Beat Kit Carson 58-56

STREAK:  Won 6

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS:  1-1 / beat Sangre de Cristo 72-58, lost to Sangre de Cristo 67-66

RPI:  2nd

TEAM NOTES:  Won Thunderbird Shootout and Cotopaxi tournament. Won 4 of 5 games decided by single digits. Won 8 of last 10 games. Lost consolation championship last year as Creede/Lake City.

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Isaac Borchers 20.1 9.5 4.0 2.4 15
Casper Freedle 14.0 6.7 2.0 1.7 49
Marcos Romero 7.8 2.0 1.8 2.6 6
Finn Leggitt 7.7 4.9 3.8 2.6 9
Colter Simon 7.5 9.0 1.4 2.0 2
Fisher Leggitt 6.7 2.3 1.0 1.4 17

 

#8 CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY BULLDOGS (15-7)

COACH:  Jeff Wilson

STATE TITLES:  None

LEAGUE:  2nd 5280 (5-2)

DISTRICT FINALS:  Lost to Front Range Baptist 51-46

REGIONALS:  Beat De Beque 74-60

STREAK:  Won 1

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS:  0-2 / lost twice to Front Range Baptist 54-51 and 51-46

RPI:  14th

TEAM NOTES:  First ever state appearance. First winning season since 08-09. Two wins shy of matching program single season record. Won 6 of last 7 games.

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Brandt Vos 17.6 7.4 1.7 2.4 33
Christian Lambertson 12.7 2.1 1.2 1.4 69
Jaydon Contrerras 4.7 3.1 3.8 2.0 4
Nathan Kascak 4.1 6.5 0.7 1.1
Ethan Carlson 3.7 2.0 0.5 0.8

 

#4 SANGRE DE CRISTO THUNDERBIRDS (20-4)

COACH:  Ryan Mortensen

STATE TITLES:  2001 (2A)

LEAGUE:  Tied 2nd Southern Peaks (8-2)

DISTRICT FINALS:  Beat Primero 58-36 for third place

REGIONALS:  Beat Cheraw 54-35 and Sierra Grande 43-39

STREAK:  Won 3

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS:  1-1 / Lost to Creede 72-58, beat Creede 67-66

RPI:  5th

TEAM NOTES:  Unbeaten against 2A opponents (5-0). Won 6 of 8 games decided by single digits. Finished third in Thunderbird Shootout. Won 5 of last 6 games. First appearance since 2014-15 (3rd place) and beat Peetz 63-27 in the quarterfinals that season.

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Cole Christensen 14.3 3.7 5.1 3.1 16
Manuel Lopez 13.3 2.8 1.7 2.2 33
Jake Slane 12.2 6.7 2.0 1.6 19
Jared Sinclair 9.3 3.4 1.6 2.1 12

 

#5 PEETZ BULLDOGS (22-1)

COACH:  Sean Fehringer

STATE TITLES:  1962 (Class C)

LEAGUE:  Won North Central League crown (10-0)

DISTRICT FINALS:  Lost to Heritage Christian 63-62

REGIONALS:  Beat Otis 62-50

STREAK:  Won 1

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS:  0-1 / lost to Heritage Christian 63-62

RPI:  6th

TEAM NOTES:  Had won 21 straight before loss in district finals. Only one game decided by single digits (0-1). Won Carlile Classic tournament. First appearance since 2014-15 (0-2).

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Logan Sircy 18.3 4.0 3.7 3.9 26
Bryson Long 10.5 3.0 1.2 1.7 1
Gabe Naegele 9.5 6.5 0.3 0.9
Jake Curlee 8.4 2.0 1.1 1.3 5
Tre Fehringer 7.5 2.2 2.2 1.7 32
Alex Curlee 7.5 3.3 0.5 0.9

 

#3 HERITAGE CHRISTIAN EAGLES (19-4)

COACH:  Don Kegerreis

STATE TITLES:  None

LEAGUE:  2nd Mile High League (9-3)

DISTRICT FINALS:  Beat Peetz 63-62

REGIONALS:  Beat Arickaree/Woodlin 70-40

STREAK:  Won 6

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS:  1-1 / lost to 2A Highland 75-61, beat Peetz 63-62

RPI:  4th

TEAM NOTES:  Won 10 of last 11 games. Earned championship of Front Range Baptist tournament. Won 5 of 7 games decided by single digits. First appearance since 2008-09 (won consolation championship in 2A).

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Josiah Bowsher 14.6 4.4 1.5 2.3 12
Josh Samuelson 11.6 5.3 1.6 2.6 12
Levi Killian 11.0 3.9 2.1 1.7 2
Isaiah Bowsher 9.9 7.3 2.1 2.1
Keaton Case 7.3 6.9 3.4 2.1
Austin PJ Brown 5.8 5.9 0.7 1.1

 

#6 SOUTH BACA PATRIOTS (19-4)

COACH:  Gary Page

STATE TITLES:  Pritchett 1974 (Class A)

LEAGUE:  2nd Arkansas Valley (4-1)

DISTRICT FINALS:  Lost to Holly 63-41

REGIONALS:  Beat McClave 67-51 and Holly 80-67

STREAK:  Won 2

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS:  0-0

RPI:  8th

TEAM NOTES:  Ended Holly’s 47-game winning streak in regional finals. Won 15 of last 16 games. Finished third in RL Ballard tournament. Lost only game decided by single digits in season-opener. First appearance since 2014-15 (won consolation championship).

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Thomas Manuel 22.5 15.7 2.2 2.1 6
Micah Crane 21.4 6.1 4.2 2.6 50
Shadow Varnado 14.5 6.1 3.8 1.8 41
Enrique Gutierrez 10.1 7.5 1.2 0.2 13

 

#2 FRONT RANGE BAPTIST FALCONS (19-4)

COACH:  Jason Bell

STATE TITLES:  None

LEAGUE:  Won 5280 League title (6-1)

DISTRICT FINALS:  Beat Cornerstone Christian 51-46

REGIONALS:  Beat North Park 54-32

STREAK:  Won 6

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS:  2-0 / beat Cornerstone Christian twice 54-51 and 51-46

RPI:  3rd

TEAM NOTES: Two losses in state by single digits (Longmont Christian and Denver Waldorf). Other two losses to out of state opponents. Won 13 of last 14 games. Went 0-2 last year in first state appearance.

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Adam Poole 14.5 4.0 3.0 2.6 44
Deric Woods 13.7 8.3 2.0 1.6 2
Austin Bates 11.7 6.6 2.4 2.3 8
Noah Johnson 6.6 4.8 1.9 1.5 6
Stephen Stallings 5.8 4.7 2.0 1.5 5

 

#7 GENOA-HUGO PIRATES (16-8)

COACH:  Jason Smith

STATE TITLES:  None

LEAGUE:  4th Union Pacific (2-3)

DISTRICT FINALS:  Beat Elbert 55-29

REGIONALS:  Beat Stratton/Liberty 60-53 and Longmont Christian 51-49 (OT)

STREAK:  Won 6

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS:  0-1 / lost to 2A Byers 70-41

RPI:  18th

TEAM NOTES:  Won 6 of 10 games decided by single digits. Won 11 of last 12 games. Finished second in Jeff Sherman Memorial tournament. First appearance since 1994. Won four straight District 7 titles. First appearance since 1994.

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Caid Smith 16.5 3.5 2.3 4.2 59
Ben Miller 12.5 7.1 2.2 3.9 26
Trey Boger 6.4 4.0 0.3 0.8 2
Greg Tidquist 5.5 2.3 0.8 1.4 11
Nicholas Knutson 4.5 2.7 0.5 1.1 1
Levi Miller 4.0 2.0 0.3 0.8 8

 

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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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