1A BOYS STATE TOURNAMENT CAPSULES

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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