Boys basketball teams ready to hit the court

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ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL

Coach: Ken Rutt (7th year)

Last year’s record: 14-9

Returning players: Devan Caswell, Jr., 5-11; Anthony Ramirez, Sr., 5-11; Joey Ray, Sr., 6-1; JJ Pita, Sr., 6-1; Elijah Morgan, Sr., 6-1.

Outlook: The Academy boys’ basketball team has developed a strong tradition of winning and qualifying for the state tournament and we look forward to another great year. We have four returning players that are very good and will be solid for us. They have a lot of varsity experience and with both Anthony Ramirez and Joey Ray being three-year varsity players. Overall team speed, quickness and defense are strengths.

COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Coach: Zach Holton (1st year)

Last year’s record: 13-8, lost in district semi-finals

Returning players: Brandon Black, Sr., F; Tommy McClay, Sr., F; Jacob Hodge, Jr., F; Luke Rumbyrt, Jr., F; Nick Gustafson, Jr., G; Josiah Vandenbos, Jr., F; Danny Hoesle, Jr., G; Micah Broseghini, Jr., G.

Outlook: We have a lot of young, athletic players. Our goal this year is still up in the air as we learn to play basketball as a team. We would love to make it to regionals, but will take it one game at a time.

HOLY FAMILY HIGH SCHOOL

Coach: Pete Villecco (4th year)

Last year’s record: 20-6

Returning players: David Sommers, Sr., G; Ryan Willis, Sr., G; Devlin Granberg, Sr., F; Tim Kinoti, Sr., G; Austin Brown, Jr., F; Alex Comeaux, Jr., G; Luke Golter, Jr., G; Nick Kreutzer, Jr., F; Chris Helbig, So., G.

Outlook: Our goals as a program is to have a daily focus on growth. We want to come in each day with a great attitude, and bring great effort regardless of our circumstances. We want to learn from our mistakes we made last year and do those things differently. We have high expectations in our locker room. Our kids have worked hard to improve as players this offseason. We expect to see growth from our returning players and we expect to build off how we finished last season.

JEFFERSON ACADEMY

Coach: Mark Sharpley (14th season)

Last year’s record: 9-10

Returning players: Bryson Sharpley, Sr., 6-5; Reese Swanson, Sr., 5-9; Brenen Ballard, Sr., 6-3; Joe Raff, Jr., 6-1; Jake Barlow, Jr., 6-2; Andrew Ulman, Jr., 6-0; Taylor Teets, Jr., 5-8; Kendal Ryan, Sr., 6-3.

Outlook: Working hard to compete in a very difficult league.

MOUNTAIN RANGE HIGH SCHOOL

Coach: Jim Mason (8th year)

Last year’s record: 6-17

Returning players: Ben Egan, Jr., G; Grady Egan, Sr., G.

Outlook: Our goals this year is to play a fun fast-paced brand of basketball that hopefully will bring us back to the success that we are accustomed to.

NORTHGLENN HIGH SCHOOL

Coach: Kevin Knudson (9th year)

Last year’s record: 10-13

Returning players: Derrick DeLaTorre, Sr., G; Marcus Cruz, Sr., F; Ike Hosier, Sr., G; Zeph Sanders, Sr., F; Jonah Radebaugh, Sr., G; Jalyn Johnson, Sr., G; Alec Choury, Sr., G; Jacob Brown, Sr., F.

Outlook: To be very competitive, be the top-three in league and make the playoffs.

PINNACLE CHARTER SCHOOL

Coach: Lou Vullo (5th year)

Last year’s record: 12-0 in league, 14-9 overall

Returning players: Chase Gonzales, Sr., SG; Sansom Ouk, Sr., PG; David Pinela, Sr., F; Jayden Reyes, Sr., C; Sam Allen, Jr., PG; Eliseo Carrizales, Jr., F; Josh Brown, Jr., F; Alexander Blank, Jr., PG.

Outlook: We have a great group of experienced players returning. We have a great opportunity to win league title again to make it two years in a row. If everybody stays eligible and healthy, we should make a great run in postseason. This is probably one of the better teams that I have had here at Pinnacle the last four years.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN LUTHERAN

Coach: Mish Al-Eisa (1st year)

Last year’s record: 3-17

Returning players: Alec Hahm, Sr., SF/SG; Bennett Treptow, Sr., G; Levie Hill, Sr., PF; Zach Schlittenhart, Jr., SG; Ryan Uhlhorn, Jr., PF; Jordan Cothran, So., PF/SF; Keanen Hill, So., PG/SG; Eli Sievert, So., SF.

Outlook: Last year, we had starting freshmen on our varsity. This year, it will be starting sophomores. We lost two senior centers from last year, but we have guys who will step into that role. Our core group is still here and with that we can only improve.

SKYVIEW HIGH SCHOOL

Coach: Paul Barringer (20th year)

Last year’s record: 13-10, state qualifier

Returning players: Corey Wilson, Sr., PG; Fisayo Awolaja, Sr., C; Andrew Ortiz, Sr., SG; George Lara, Sr., SF; Anthony Aguilar, Jr., F.

Outlook: Going to state or winning the league are destinations. The goal is to get better and closer as a team each day (embrace the process and make that kind of preparation a habit). The destinations will take care of themselves.

STANDLEY LAKE HIGH SCHOOL

Coach: Mike Puccio (6th year)

Last year’s record: 5-17

Returning players: Marcus Asmus, Sr., 6-7; Dylan Critchfield, Sr., 6-8; Connor Durant, Jr.

Outlook: With all players returning from last season, we hope to be highly competitive in Jeffco 5A this year. As always, we want to be the most physical hard working team in the state.

THORNTON HIGH SCHOOL

Coach: Geoff Girsch (1st year)

Last year’s record: 14-11 (11-0 at home)

Returning players: Daezionte Henderson, Jr., F; Omar Juarez, Sr., G; Brynaum Cain, Sr., F; Tristan Collette, Sr., G.

Outlook: Our goal is to be recognized as a top program in the state, and the target that we have set to prove to ourselves that we are one of the top 32 teams in the state is to be the host of a CHSAA playoff game at home this season at our gym.

WESTMINSTER HIGH SCHOOL

Coach: Jim Montijo (5th year)

Last year’s record: 1-20

Returning players: Will Dickson, Sr., PG

Outlook: Play together and improve as the season goes on and make the playoffs. We will have a good core of young players. They are young agewise, but spent all spring/summer playing varsity. They are ready to compete at the varsity level.