Union Colony Prep 53, Denver Academy 21, Greeley: Union Colony’s defense has been honed in this Class 3A/2A/1A Mile High League case. The Timberwolves improved to 7-7 on aggregate, 5-3 in the league. Denver Academy hasn’t scored more than eight points in a quarter. Junior Richard Mata led Union Colony offensively with 16 points to go with 10 steals, seven rebounds and two assists. Senior Rimson Mathias added six assists and four steals.
Highland 88, Longmont Christian 44, in Longmont: It was just another day at the office as Highland doubled their opponent, won their ninth straight game and improved to 12-1 on aggregate, 6-0 in the 3A/2A/1A Mile High League. The Huskies led 27-8 after one quarter and 47-27 at halftime. Junior Hyatt Tolle scored 27 points on 10 of 16 shooting to lead four double-digit Highland scorers. Tolle sank 5 of 11 3-pointers. Tolle also had five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Freshman Sawyer Morgan filled the stat sheet with 18 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
Denver Christian 64, Dayspring Christian 20, in Denver: Dayspring Christian couldn’t launch their attack against the second-seeded team in 2A, according to CHSAANow.com. Denver Christian held the Eagles to seven points or less each quarter. Dayspring fell to 4-8 overall, 1-5 in 3A/2A/1A Mile High League.
Weld Central 66, Aurora Central 64, in Keenesburg: Weld Central won a nail-biter to improve to 6-11 overall, 1-2 in Colorado League 4A/3A play. The Rebels led by slim margins for much of the game, leading 31-30 at halftime and 49-43 after three quarters.
Strasbourg 64, Frontier Academy 49, in Strasbourg: Frontier Academy lost their eighth straight game and fell to 3-11 on aggregate, 0-5 in 3A Patriot League. Wolverines trailed 33-20 at halftime and could never come back in the game.
Riverdale Ridge 68, Roosevelt 54, in Thornton: Roosevelt struggled at the start of each half as he was outscored 19-11 in the first quarter and 14-7 in the third. The Rough Riders fell to 8-6 on aggregate, 3-2 in Game 4A Longs Peak.
Englewood 70, Fort Lupton 56, in Fort Lupton: Englewood took a 21-11 lead in the first quarter and a 39-25 lead at halftime. That deficit, ultimately, proved too much for the Bluedevils to overcome, as Fort Lupton fell to 8-5 overall, 2-1 in Colorado League 4A/3A play.
Platte Valley 60, Valley 11, in Gilcrest: Platte Valley has put the pincers on their intracity league foe, holding Valley to five points or less each quarter. The Vikings recorded their lowest point total in a game this season. The Broncos lead 21-5 after one quarter and 47-8 at halftime. Junior Bree Bunting led a balanced Platte Valley team with 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Junior Andi Schissler recorded 14 points, nine boards, five assists and six steals. Junior April Fuentes and sophomore Peyton Savolt scored four points apiece for Valley. The Broncos improved to 13-0 overall, 5-0 in the 3A Patriot League, while the Vikings fell to 7-7, 2-4.
Roosevelt 57, Riverdale Ridge 41, in Thornton: Roosevelt continues to establish himself as a legitimate contender for 4A, as he won his 11th straight game and improved to 14-2 overall, 6-0 in 4A Longs Peak. The Rough Riders were in firm control after going up 16-8 in the first quarter and 33-19 at halftime.
Dayspring Christian 45, Denver Christian 36, in Denver: Dayspring Christian picked up a league-grade victory to improve to 9-3 on aggregate, 5-0 in the 3A/2A/1A Mile High League game.
The Academy 50, Eaton 38, in Westminster: Eaton dropped his first game of the season as he struggled to get into a rhythm offensively. The Reds trailed 14-7 in the first quarter before closing the gap to 25-21 with a 14-11 run in the second quarter. The Academy beat Eaton 25-17 in the second half. Junior Emily Maske scored 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting, but she was the only Reds player to score double figures. Junior Madison Chavez had 11 rebounds for Eaton. The Reds fell to 12-1 with the non-league defeat.
Strasbourg 53, Frontier Academy 42, in Greeley: Frontier Academy lost their fifth game in a row, falling 7-6 on aggregate, 0-4 in the 3A Patriot League. Wolverines could never recover from a 27-7 run by Strasbourg in the first quarter. Frontier outscored the Indians 35-26 the rest of the way.
Englewood 40, Fort Lupton 15, in Englewood: Englewood held Fort Lupton to five points or less each quarter as the Bluedevils fell to 4-8 overall, 1-2 in Colorado League 4A/3A play.
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Resurrection Christian 3, Steamboat Springs 1, in Fort Collins: Resurrection Christian extended their mid-season winning streak to three games, improving to 6-6 with this non-league victory. The Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the second quarter then slammed the door at Steamboat Springs with two more goals in the third.
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Windsor 427, Greeley West 390, in Greeley: Windsor picked up a big win against their intra-county rival. The Wizards placed first in nine of 12 events, including all three relays. Senior Nicole Reynolds had two wins for Windsor, in the 100-yard freestyle (52.97) and 200-yard freestyle (2:00.12). Rookie Sienna Hawbaker added another top spot for the Wizards, in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.78). Wizards senior Karter Friesen finished first in the 200 individual medley (2:16.34) and her freshman teammate Kate Harrison won the 500 freestyle (5:57.57). Windsor eldest Megan Dodrill won the 50 freestyle (26.18). Greeley West sophomore Paige Wright was first in the one-metre dive (300.25). Spartans junior Zoey Douglass placed first in the 100 butterfly (1:03.16) and second Kourtney Smith won the 100 backstroke (1:04.19).
Eaton 60, 12 pounds, in pounds sterling: Eaton dominated a Patriot League duel, winning five of seven games played and winning six games by forfeit. The Reds’ 145-pound Jackson Tribbett won a 6-5 draw against Jesus Ochoa. Tribbett is ranked sixth and Ochoa is seventh in 3A at 145 pounds, according to On The Mat. Eaton’s 113-pound Preston Smith also won a close match, 5-3, over Aden Young. Young is ranked sixth, while Smith is ranked 11th in 3A at 113 pounds.
Departure 42, Thompson Valley 26, in Loveland: Severance continued to prove themselves as a 3A candidate, leading a strong 4A team after winning nine of 14 games played. There was not a single forfeit in this hotly contested duel. In perhaps the Silver Knights’ most contested doubles win, 126 pounds, Daniel Hall edged Sam Malara 4-3. Severance 138-pounder Kilian Schultz picked up an impressive win over Titus Juergensen, 3-1. Schultz is ranked sixth in 3A at 138 pounds by On The Mat, while Juergensen is ranked fifth at 138 in 4A. In another high-profile match, 195-pound Colby Runner of the Silver Knights defeated Ronan Bittner 4-2. Runner is ranked first in 3A at 182, while Bittner is seventh in 4A at 182.
Platte Valley 42, Wiggins 24, in Wiggins: Platte Valley has won four of the six games played, all via a pin. Broncos 152-pounder Jonathan Malovich got the fastest pin of the night, fending off Riley Thomas in 38 seconds.
Greeley West goes 1-1, at Greeley: Greeley West won six of 12 games played, but the difference in a 45-36 double loss to Loveland was a pair of Spartans forfeits. All but one of the games played ended in a pin. Greeley West’s 220-pound Riley Lester bowled the second-fastest pin of the night, beating Drake Frohling in 58 seconds. The Spartans also picked up a 53-18 double win over Silver Creek. In this duel, West won six of the eight games played. The 152-pound Ethan Sinclair Spartans went technically down 16-0 in 5:47 over Alexander Pheneger.
Brush 54, University 15, in brush: The university won two of the eight games played. Along with winning the majority of games played, Brush also had four forfeit wins. Bulldogs star Paxton Daggett picked up an impressive victory at 152 pounds, pinning Wiley Eicher in 1:10.
Fort Lupton 39, Northridge 15, in Greeley: Fort Lupton won five of eight games in this highly competitive duel. The Bluedevils also picked up two forfeit wins. In the closest match of the duel, Paige Jaramillo, 111 pounds from Fort Lupton, edged Isabelle Bailey 7-5. In another well-contested match, Northridge 127-pound Aspyn Hikida defeated Lashya Tijerina 9-4.
Bobby Fernandez covers high school sports for the Greeley Tribune. Reach him at (970) 392-4478, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @BobbyDFernandez.