Eagles boys B-Ball team gallops over Mustang rivals

Seniors recognized for participation in winter sports

by Patty Unruh

Gilpin Eagles varsity basketball teams celebrated Senior Night on Friday, February 8 by hosting the Dawson School Mustangs of Lafayette in a conference showdown. Gilpin boys conquered their opponents 44-27. The girls took a 39-26 loss to Dawson. The Lady Eagles have had a difficult season, but continue to play courageously.

Seniors participating in the winter sports of basketball, cheerleading, and wrestling were honored, along with their parents, just prior to the girls’ match. Those recognized were cheerleader Anna Yocom and parents Jerry and Katie; basketball players Chad Holmes and parents Craig and Kim, Blaizun Diamond and mother Bliss, Alex Wilhelm and parents Curt and Christine, Will Lorenz and parents Tony and Mary, Cheyenne Cowles and parents Neil and Laurie, Kristy Schmidt and parents Marc and Joni; and wrestler Angel Gomez and mother Lupe.

Pee Wee cheerleaders entertained with spirited moves during the halftime of the boys’ game. The cute youngsters ranged in age from preschool to mid-elementary and had attended a three-hour clinic conducted by the varsity cheer squad that morning.

In additional conference action, the Eagles boys overwhelmed the Mustangs of Denver Academy 72-33 on Tuesday, February 5. However, victory slipped away during the last quarter as they faced the Eagles of Dayspring Christian Academy in a 45-40 loss in Greeley. The Eagles girls did not play Denver Academy and suffered a 45-16 defeat to Dayspring.

Final regular season games were scheduled this week against Clear Creek and Nederland. District playoffs begin on February 18.

Victory over Dawson

The Eagles boys “shone bright on Senior Night” with the win at the Gilpin gym. They now have a very respectable 6-5 record for league games and are 8-10 overall. The young men are fifth in 2A District 7 standings and sixth in 2A/1A Mile High standings.

The game started slowly, with both teams playing keep away and missing shots. Finally, with about two minutes left in the first quarter, Will Lorenz swooshed in a 3-point field goal to plant the first score and then hit another one at the buzzer. The score was 9-3 in favor of Gilpin going into the second period.

The pace picked up a bit, with Stephen King hitting two free throws to start. Dawson came dangerously close to catching up with their own travels to the free throw line, bringing the score to 11-10 with Gilpin leading. Gilpin pressed on, owning a 17-10 lead at halftime.

The Eagles outscored the Mustangs in the third quarter, Lindberg and King successfully storming the basket. Gilpin led 34-19 going into the fourth quarter and shot 10 more points in that period. The Mustangs, to their credit, did not give up but scored 17 points in the second half.

In spite of not feeling well, Lorenz shot 12 points in the game. The Eagles missed senior Alex Wilhelm, who was sidelined with a sprained ankle.

Nolan Lindberg was point leader for Gilpin with 16, including four 3-pointers. Chad Holmes rattled the Mustangs with five steals and four deflections, and Lindberg put up five blocks.

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