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On Campus: Highlands Ranch/Lone Tree


Highlands Ranch

• Mikayla Johnson finished second at 105 pounds in the girls state wrestling tournament Feb. 3 at Thornton High School. Savannah Howarad won the 147-pound third-place match with a pin in 2:12 over Isabella Romero, of Mead, in the non-sanctioned CHSAA event.

• The girls basketball team, ranked fourth in the Class 5A CHSAANow.com poll, leads the Continental League in scoring (61 points per game), 3-pointers made (4.5 per game) and assists (16.8 per game).

Mountain Vista

• The hockey team has gone 1-6-1 in the past eight games and has contests scheduled Feb. 9 against Ralston Valley and Feb. 10 against Regis Jesuit. Earlier this season, the Golden Eagles lost 5-2 to Ralston Valley and 8-2 to Regis.

• Sophomore Holley Dennis won the 100 freestyle event on Feb. 3 at the Continental League A swim/dive championships. She was timed in 53.43 and was also part of two relay teams.

Rock Canyon

• Girls basketball coach Becky Mudd came up with an idea to urge her players to engage with the community. The Jaguars’ game against Legend on Feb. 6 was designed as the Small Actions-Big Changes game. Each player selected a cause, person, family or group and played the game in honor of that person/group. The girls were committed to do a small action for the person/cause they selected. This small action could be a note of encouragement, a donation, time in community service or sharing awareness for the person/group selected.

• The girls swim team won the Continental League A championships held Feb. 3 with 577 points to outdistance second-place Heritage. Junior Jessica Beckwith was crowned the champion of the 100 butterfly with a winning time of 57.42.

SkyView Academy

Jordan Wilson and Mitch Steele are the leaders of the boys basketball team which travels to Faith Christian for a Feb. 9 game. Wilson is averaging 12.3 points per game and Steele 11.5. Natalia Mille-Forrest is the top scorer on the girls team, averaging 12.8 points per game.


• The boys basketball team had no time to rest. After a Feb. 6 game against top-ranked Chaparral, the second-ranked Grizzlies faces rival Mountain Vista in Feb. 9 game at Mountain Vista. ThunderRidge leads the Continental League in scoring (70.2 points per game), rebounding (34.5), 3 pointers (7.5), assists (15.4) and steals (199). The all-time series against Mountain Vista is tied at six wins apiece, but ThunderRidge has won the past two in the rivalry, which always draws sellout crowds.

• The girls basketball series against Mountain Vista is lopsided in favor of ThunderRidge. The Grizzlies, which host the Golden Eagles on Feb. 8, lead the series, 10-2.

Valor Christian

• Coach George Gwozdecky’s hockey team has clinched the Highlands Conference title with a 15-0-0 record and 30 points, with one game remaining against last place Woodland Park on Feb. 9. The Eagles, 16-1-0 overall, finish the regular season on Feb. 10 with a non-conference game against Monarch which is 13-1-0 this season.

• The girls basketball team is hanging around in the Jeffco 4A title race and is a game behind league leading and defending state champion Evergreen. The Eagles travel to Evergreen to face the Cougars on Feb. 13. Evergreen whipped Valor, 52-33, earlier this season.


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