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Gilpin County High School Eagles

By Gary King

High School basketball faced a late start this 2020-2021 season due to constraints stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic. Covid protocols in compliance with Federal and State mandates were adopted at the Gilpin County School level and by the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA), which directs high school athletics competition. Colorado High School teams were not allowed to begin CHSAA competitions until late in January of 2021. This resulted in a flurry of games scheduled to compensate for the early season games that were cancelled or delayed. Covid-19 protocols sometimes differ between schools depending on how the school’s and CHSAA’s protocols are implemented ranging from allowing a restricted number of attendees, to not allowing any spectators at home games.

The Gilpin County High School Eagles basketball season began on January the 28th with a boys’ varsity game against West Grand High School in Kremmling, CO. Six more games were scheduled and played during the following two weeks ending with a game vs Highland High School played on January the 13th. Following is a summary of each of those games.

Gilpin County Eagles Lost First Game of the Season in a Closely Contested Match vs the West Grand Mustangs

The Eagles varsity boy’s first game of the season was a non-conference game played in Kremmling, CO against the West Grand Mustangs on January 28th at 7:00 pm. Only a limited number of pre-approved spectators were allowed to attend with screening for Covid-19 symptoms at the door and were required to social distance and wear masks at all times. The athletes were also required to wear masks even while playing.

The Eagles came out strong leading the Mustangs by 7 points at the end of the 1st quarter. The Eagles led in points at various times during the 2nd and 3rd periods but trailed by only 1 point at the end of each of the middle periods. In the 4th quarter, with just over 2 minutes left on the clock, Blake Boulter (25) sunk a 3-pointer to make the score 48-46 Eagles. The Mustangs answered with a 2-pointer and a free throw to pull ahead by 1 point. Eagles Stephen King (4) drew a shooting foul and responded with 1 point on a free throw tying the score at 49 to 49.

The Mustangs followed up with a 2-point field goal followed by 2 free throws by the Eagle’s Boulter (25) tying the score at 51 to 51 with 40 seconds left in the game. In the last 34 seconds of the game the Eagles committed 2 fouls resulting in the Mustangs scoring 3 points in free throws ending the game on a score of Eagles 52 to the Mustangs 55.

Trey Lindberg (3) and Stephen King (4) lead the Eagle’s scoring with 14 points each followed by Nolan Lindberg (24) with 13 points and Blake Boulter (25) with 11 points. Blake Boulter led the team with 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals.

Gilpin Eagles Boys’ Varsity Win vs the South Park Burros in Their Second Game of the Season

The Eagle’s second basketball game of the season was a non-conference game played on the Eagle’s home against the South Park High School Burros. Due to school covid-19 policies at the time no spectators were allowed to attend.

The Eagles ended the first quarter trailing the Burros by 4 points on a score of 4 to 8. By the end of the second quarter the Eagles had cut their deficit to only 1 point with the score at 17 to 18. In the 2nd half the Eagles came out fired up and scored 21 points to the Burros 6 in the third period establishing the score at 38 to 24 Eagles. In the final period of the game the Eagles scored 16 points holding the Burros to only 3 points winning the contest making the score 54 to 27 in favor of the Eagles.

Blake Boulter (25) and Stephen King led the Eagles in scoring with 17 points and 11 points respectively. Boulter (25) also led the team with 14 rebounds, 2 assists and 6 steals.

The Gilpin Eagles Boys’ Varsity Triumph over the Rocky Mountain Lutheran Eagles In Third Game of Season

The Gilpin Eagles played a non-conference away game in Denver against the Rocky Mountain Lutheran High School Eagles on Monday, February the 1st beginning at 5:30 pm. Due to covid-19 safety protocols spectators were not allowed to be present.

The Gilpin Eagles came out resolute in the 1st period scoring 19 points to the RML Eagles 8. In the 2nd quarter the RML Eagles whittled the Gilpin Eagle’s lead from 11 in the first quarter to 8 by the end of the 2nd quarter with a score of 32 to 24. By the end of the 3rd quarter the RML Eagles had reduced the Gilpin Eagle’s lead to only 1 point with the score standing at 41 to 40 favoring Gilpin. The Gilpin Eagles dug in during the final period scoring 19 points to the RML Eagles 13 points ending the game with a Gilpin win on a score of 60 to 53.

The Gilpin Eagle’s top scorer was Stephen King (4) with 24 points followed by Trey Lindberg (3) with 15 points. Boulter led the team with 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals.

Gilpin Eagles Defeat Union Colony Timberwolves in First Conference Game of Season

The Gilpin Eagles boys’ varsity played its first Conference game of the season against the Union Colony Timberwolves in Greely, CO. The contest took place on the Timberwolves home court on Wednesday, February 3rd beginning at 6:30 pm. Preapproved spectators were allowed observing all school mandated Covid-19 safety protocols.

The Eagles were outscored by 2 points by the end of the 1st quarter with the score at 7 to 5 favoring the Timberwolves. The Eagles performed better in the 2nd quarter scoring 13 points to the Timberwolves 8 points. The Eagles performance improved beginning in the second half scoring 18 points to the Timberwolves 8 in the 3rd quarter to take the score to 36-23 Eagles. The Timberwolves outscored the Eagles by 3 points in the 4th period, but not enough to make up their 10-point deficit verified in the final score of 54 to 44 favoring the Eagles.

The Eagle’s scoring was led by Trey Lindberg (3) with 20 points, including 5 3-pointers, trailed by Stephen King (4) with 16 points. Blake Boulter (25) led the team with 11 rebounds while King (4) led with 5 assists and 5 steals.

Gilpin Eagles Suffer Second Conference Game Loss versus the Heritage Christian Eagles

The Gilpin Eagles boys’ varsity played its second conference game of the season against the Heritage Christian Eagles on Friday, February 5th at 5:45 pm. The contest took place on the Heritage Christian home court in Fort Collins, CO with spectators not allowed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The Gilpin Eagles had a sluggish start ending the 1st quarter down 8 points with the score at 15 to 7 Heritage Christian Eagles. The Heritage Christian Eagles outscored the Gilpin Eagles by only 1 point ending the 2nd quarter on a score of 29 to 20 in favor of the Heritage Christian Eagles. The Heritage Christian Eagles outscored the Gilpin Eagles in the 3rd quarter by 4 points bringing the score to 45 to 32 Heritage Christian Eagles. The game ended with a Heritage Christian Eagles win with a score of 66 to 50.

Stephen King (4) was the leading scorer with 22 points followed by Nolan Lindberg (24) with 12 points. Blake Boulter (25) led with 12 rebounds, while Lindberg (24) and Boulter (25) led the team each with 4 assists and King (4) had 7 steals.

Gilpin Eagles Narrowly Lost Friday’s Conference Basketball Contest vs the Front Range Christian High School Falcons in Overtime

The Gilpin Eagles boys’ varsity played the Front Range Christian High School Falcons on Friday, February12th at 6:00 pm on the Eagles home court. Only one pre-registered spectator per player was allowed to attend the game due to Covid-19 restrictions.

In a low scoring 1st quarter the Eagles outscored the Falcons 8 points to 5 points. In the 2nd quarter the Eagles increased their lead to 8 points establishing the score at 23 to 15. In the 3rd quarter the Falcons scored 2 more points than the Eagles, leaving the Eagles to maintain a 6-point lead on a score of 30 to 24. In the final period, the Eagles maintained their lead for the first 3 minutes. The Falcons tied the game at 32 to 32 with 5:05 remaining on the clock. During the final 5 minutes of the game the score was tied six separate times as the lead switched between teams as many times. Eagle’s starter Stephen King (4) fouled out in the last several minutes of the quarter leaving the team to draw from the bench. The final quarter ended in a tie at 46-46 throwing the game into a 4-minute overtime. With a little over a minute left in the overtime and with the score tied at 53 to 53 the Falcons connected with a 3-point field goal after which they drew 2 fouls from the Eagles connecting with one free throw on each foul. Finally, as the Eagles conceded with about 1 second left and were leaving the court, the Falcons took a free layup to end the game at 60 to 53 in favor of the Falcons.

Blake Boulter (25) led the Eagles in scoring with 26 points tracked by Trey Lindberg with 11 points. Other stat leaders were Boulter (25) with 10 rebounds, Nolan Lindberg with 4 assists and Stephen King (4) with 5 steals.

Gilpin Eagles Defeated In Conference Game with Highland High School Huskies

The Gilpin Eagles boys’ varsity played its fourth conference game against the number 2 ranked team in the 3A/2A/1A Mile High League on Saturday, February the 13th at 6:00 pm. The game was played on the Eagle’s home court with only one person per player allowed to attend in compliance with the school’s Covid-19 policy.

The Huskies came out strong in the 1st quarter scoring 24 points to the Eagle’s 10 points. With a deep bench and frequent substitutions the Huskies were able to make gains on the Eagle’s starters in the 2nd and 3rd quarters. In the 2nd quarter the Huskies outscored the Eagles by 15 points making the score 17 to 46 Huskies. In the 3rd quarter the Huskies bested the Eagles by 11 points growing their lead to 31 to 71. In the final period of the game the Huskies added 9 points to their tally while the Eagles added 8 points leaving a final score of Huskies 80 to the Eagles 39.

Stephen King (4) and Nolan Lindberg (24) led the Eagles in scoring each with 10 points followed by Blake Boulter (25) with 9 points. Boulter (25) led the Eagles with 11 rebounds while Lindberg (24) led with 4 assists and 3 steals.

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