Senior Matthew Immordino reaches the 1,000-point pinnacle
by Patty Unruh
The Gilpin Eagles boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams concluded their regular seasons this week. Both teams have had their share of struggles but have really improved throughout the season. The boys’ and girls’ teams both hold 7-12 overall records; the boys have a 5-6 league record, and the girls have a 4-7 league performance.
Boys’ head coach Paul Hanson commented after the game against the Front Range Christian Falcons of Littleton (FRC), which the Eagles won 51-45. “We have won five out of our last six games. Great run by our boys! I am pleased that we are competing well, since we moved up from 1A to 2A and are one of the smallest 2A schools in the state. Proud of our players.”
In addition to the boys’ varsity wins of late, senior Matthew Immordino reached his 1000th career point in the game vs. Twin Peaks (see below). He sank a 3-point basket at the buzzer to join the elite club of Colorado athletes earning this accomplishment.
“The girls’ season had a lot of struggles and adversity, but they never stopped battling. They stayed together as a team,” noted Jeff Schuessler, girls’ head coach.
The Eagles hosted the tough Dayspring Christian Academy teams of Greeley on Tuesday, February 14. Gilpin boys took a 60-41 loss, and the girls went down 39-20.
The senior athletes were honored for their achievements in cheerleading, girls’ basketball, and boys’ basketball that evening. Keely Schmidt, Breanna Kennedy, Berkley Davis, Annabel Diekman, Rachel Schmalz, Matthew Immordino, Eryk Lorenz, Braedyn Perez, and Nick Peterson were recognized, along with their parents.
The Eagles bested FRC on Monday, February 13, in a 51-45 away league battle. Immordino continued to keep up the good work after his scoring achievement, sinking 18 points to lead the Eagles. Austin Boulter followed with 10 and was also the rebounding leader with 11 offensive and 8 defensive.
The boys triumphed 47-28 over the Twin Peaks Charter Academy Timberwolves of Longmont (TCPA) on February 10, in an away league match. TCPA has a weak 3-12 record, with just one league win, and was not able to give the Eagles a true contest, although they did rally some in the final quarter. Immordino as noted above, shot his 1,000th point to make this an especially memorable contest. He was Gilpin’s point leader with 19. Will Lorenz, a sophomore who has shown real promise, came in with 12 points, including 3 three-point field goals. Of the team’s 32 rebounds, Nick Peterson led with 11. The team had a total of 10 steals and 7 blocks to contribute to the win.
The Eagles were not so fortunate against the Denver Christian Thunder (DC), who beat Gilpin 63-51 in conference play on the Gilpin court.
The Lady Eagles pleased their fans on the evening of February 13 with a win against Front Range Christian of Littleton (FRC). They soared over their opponents 31-24 in that away conference contest.
Their February 10 match against TCPA resulted in another victory; the away league game ended 35-25 in favor of Gilpin. The TCPA varsity girls have maintained a 7-10 overall record, 2-7 for league play. The first half of the game was a 16-16 nail-biter, and the Lady Eagles pulled ahead by just one basket in the third period. The final quarter saw the Timberwolves running out of steam, as they scored only 1 point to Gilpin’s 9, and that gave the Eagles the edge they needed to pull off the win.
The girls were defeated 38-13 by the Denver Christian Thunder on February 7 in a home conference skirmish.