Girls basketball teams set for the season

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ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL

Coach: Steven Cancino (2nd year)

Last year’s record: 11-13

Returning players: Jordan Bauer, Sr., C; Jackie Wilson, Sr., G; Alex Garcia, Sr., G; Jo Becker, Sr., C/PF; Antoinette Carrera, Sr., G; Allie Falagrady, Jr., G/F; Michayla Morris, Jr., C/F; Katie Honomichl, Jr., G; Makayla Marcus, Jr., G; Katie Edwards, So., G/F.

Outlook: This year is deep with experience and leadership. It’s finally having the same coach and direction they missed with three different coaches in three years. We should challenge all the teams on our schedule with a new outlook of confidence, skills and desire.

HOLY FAMILY HIGH SCHOOL

Coach: Ron Rossi (11th year)

Last year’s record: 22-5, 3A state champions

Returning players: Lindsey Chavez, Sr., SG; Claudia Pena, Sr., F; Katie Chavez, So., PG; Megan McMillian, Jr., F; Maggie Spitzer, Jr., C; Olivia Quinn, Sr., F; Jaelyn Hall, Jr., G; Alex Jaros, Jr., G; Jessica Talamantes, Jr., G

Outlook: To be first in the Metro League and repeat state champions.

HORIZON HIGH SCHOOL

Coach: Ti Streff (1st year)

Last year’s record: 13-3 in league, 18-8 overall

Returning players: Ashley Rasmussen, Sr., G/SF; Alyssa Rader, Jr., C/F; Lauren Bennett, SG; Kayla Chand, G; Linsi Calvo, PG

Outlook: The goal for this team is to find our success in hard work. We plan to play at a high level of intensity for 40 minutes a game. We have great skills in all positions, but lack size and depth. We will make up for it by playing very tough defense.

JEFFERSON ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL

Coach: Kevin Porter (11th season)

Last year’s record: 3-6 in league, 10-13 overall

Alyson Thimsen, Sr., F; Mollie Heitman, Sr., G; Emma Anderson, Jr., F; Jennifer Kupcho, Jr., G; Heidi Wendt, Jr., G; Tiana Mullis, Jr., F; Karah Burkel, So., F; Kassidy Hastings, So., G; Kristi, Nagai, Fr., G

Outlook: Compete for Metro League Title, qualify for regionals and return to 3A State Tournament at the Air Force Academy.

MOUNTAIN RANGE HIGH SCHOOL

Coach: Chyrisse Domenico (8th year)

Last year’s record: 8-16

Returning players: Rio Mitchel, Sr., G; Miesha Spencer, Sr., G/F; Abby Brich, Sr., F; Rebecca Kendall, Sr., G; Lauren Bohan, Jr., G/F; Lexi Swenson, Jr., G; Dani Ponzio, Jr., F; Riley Craig, So., G

Outlook: With a group of experienced players within the program, we are looking to compete in the Front Range League, finishing in the top half of the conference. Our goal is to make it to the State Tournament and earn our way deeper than the first round. This is a team who knows what our league brings night in and night out and will compete and work hard until the end of each game no matter the score.

NORTHGLENN HIGH SCHOOL

Coach: Phil Miller (1st year)

Last year’s record: 3-14

Returning players: Jackie Elliott, Sr.; Jayia DelReal, Jr.; Sarah DeVito, Jr.; Jenny Do, Jr.; Angel Espinoza, Jr.; Ariel Guerrero, Jr.; Brianna Jara, Jr.

Outlook: Looking to rebuild this year.

PINNACLE CHARTER SCHOOL

Coach: Steve Gutierrez (9th year)

Last year’s record: 7-14

Returning players: Kara Maestas, Sr., F; Jacey Ovalle, Jr., G; Valencia Diaz, So., PG.

Outlook: With another year of experience under our belts, we hope to have a better record this year.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL

Coach: Adam Frey (5th year)

Last year’s record: 17-6

Returning players: Brittney Zemlicka, Sr.; Greta Sievert, Sr.; Jessica Dalbotten, Sr.; Mariah Dally, Jr.

Outlook: A good mix of veterans and young players. A small yet speedy team with good potential. The lack of experience could become an issue with some players. Excited to see the strides that will be made throughout the season.

SKYVIEW HIGH SCHOOL

Coach: Christopher Kemm (3rd year)

Last year’s record: 12-12, lost to Sierra in 1st state tournament

Returning players: Klaudia Stewart, Sr., PF; Bailey Zugschwert, Sr., PF; Aspen Jacklin, Jr., G; Biry Gonzales, Jr., G; Jillian Shew, So., G; Ebonee Stark, So., PF

Outlook: After graduating a wonderful talented group of players, we are focusing on our new age. With four upperclassmen and a talented sophomore duo Jillian Shew, and Ebonee Stark, we have a good launching pad for some interesting things to come. We add to our excitement to our new age, combining the aforementioned with very talented freshman Monique Esquibel and newcomer in sophomore Andrea Lucero, we look to be competitive in the Colorado 7.

WESTMINSTER HIGH SCHOOL

Coach: Jim Iversen (4th year)

Last year’s record: 6-3 in league, 9-14 overall

Returning players: Agustina Santistevan, Sr., PG; Melissa Aguilar, Sr., G; Gillian Muniz, Jr., F; Izzy Burge, Sr., C; Savannah King, Jr., G.

Outlook: Last year, we finished third in our conference (second year in a row) and made the state tournament (second year in a row). The 2013-2014 season is the year we need to get a higher seeding in the tournament and win games. We need to win our conference in order to accomplish this. Albeit, we lost our top four scorers from last year. We feel we have a good nucleus coming back and will help us achieve our goals.

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