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Gilpin Middle School girls’ basketball team finishes with 24-1 record

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“A” team undefeated till Frontier League tourney

by Patty Unruh

“It was an incredibly exciting and successful season,” reported Gilpin Middle School girls’ basketball coach Brook Ramsey at the team’s end-of-season awards program Tuesday, March 12. Teammates, coaches, and families gathered in the school’s auditorium for an awards presentation following a banquet.

The “A” team girls started strong in the fall and were undefeated in the 5280 League, despite some key players being out with injuries, Ramsey said. In the 5280 League tournament, the team defeated Belleview 30-17 and Front Range Baptist 23-12.

After Christmas break, the team competed in the Summit Tournament against 3A and 4A schools, marching over Basalt, Summit and Craig to win first place and remain undefeated.

Gilpin girls won all regular season games in the Frontier League. In the match against Clear Creek, Gilpin came in with a 32-0 win. Gilpin earned second place in the Frontier League tournament, defeating Fitzsimmons 51-12 and taking their only loss for the season to Academy, 35-45.

The ending season record for the “A” team was an amazing 24-1. A big reason for all that success was the number of hours practiced. Several girls had 100 hours or more. Avery Ramsey was credited with 200 hours, Tommie DiMauro with 300, Camryn Ganz and Faith Ramsey with 400, and Skyley Ramsey and Abigail Smith with 500.

“A” team and special awards: Annabelle Aloel (Hardworking), Tommie DiMauro (Most Ambitious), Hannah Donaldson (Most Determination), Camryn Ganz, Sterling O’Sullivan, Avery Ramsey (Hardworking, Point Guard, Enthusiasm), Faith Ramsey, Skyley Ramsey, Abigail Smith, and Kailee Starkey.

The “B” team, coached by Katura Atherton, was 500 in 5280 League play and beat 3A Basalt and 3A Craig in the Summit tournament. The team was proud of this accomplishment, as it was the first time Gilpin’s “B” team has won a game at that tournament. “B” was also undefeated in the Frontier League and came home with a first-place win at the Frontier League tourney.

“B” team and special awards: Bailey Bagwell, Alexa Brandon (Dedication), Calla Brandon (Best Team Player), Kyla Ganz, Joei Sutton, and Elise Vincent.

Kellie Bayne coached the “C” team and declared that their improvement was amazing. It was the second year that Gilpin has had the opportunity to include some fifth graders in its middle school program. The girls worked on specific skills and fundamentals, which will give them the tools they need to succeed throughout the middle school program. The young athletes had lots of time on the court, with several games and a tournament.

“C” team and special awards: Aaliyah Amaya-Beard, Jadie DiMauro, Adele Fisher (Persistence), Killian O’Brien, Taylor Patrick, Nadia Preisser, Juliet Ragan, Kiley Ralstin (Positivity), Dannika Sternlicht, Maddie Sutton (Hustle), Skylar Webb, and Vella Wyka.

Noteworthy awards went to “A” team members Skyley Ramsey (High Point with 227 points for the season), Abigail Smith (Leadership), Kailee Starkey (Newcomer), Sterling O’Sullivan (Coach’s Award), Camryn Ganz (High Energy), and Faith Ramsey (Coach’s Award). “B” team member Elise Vincent received the Most Improved award.

Ramsey advised, “We have taken a middle school girls’ basketball team to the Adams State Team Camp every summer for the past six years. Our eighth-grade leadership committee used this time to develop our team core values. Our mission is, ‘We succeed as a supportive family with precision, passion and dedication to our team.’“

Gilpin has hosted the Gilpin Gold Game and Giveaway for the past two years to raise funds for summer team camp and spring JAM season. The coaches thanked local organizations for supporting the fundraiser, including Dostal Alley, Panda’s Pastries and Pies, Gilpin County Booster Club, Shell Gas Stations, and Ara Spa.

The girls and their coaches are grateful for the community support and plan to give back this summer by volunteering with the Gilpin County summer food service program.

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