Overall, it has been a tough season for the Pueblo County
ice hockey team. The record shows only one win in 14 games and it has been outscored 121-45.
There has been a bright spot for the Hornets, though, in the form of Kyle Pacheco
. After scoring all five of the team's goals in a 7-5 loss to Heritage on Saturday, Pacheco leads the state in scoring with 21 goals, one ahead of Marshall Conrad
of Regis Jesuit (Aurora)
Pacheco also has eight assists, and his 29 total points rank No. 5 in the state entering play this week. Nathan Haas
of Regis Jesuit is tops with 33 points (six goals, 27 assists).
With three weeks to play in the regular season, Regis Jesuit leads the Foothills League and is perfect at 15-0-0. The Raiders have allowed only 18 goals this season. In the Peak League, six teams - Bishop Machebeuf, Liberty, Fountain Valley, Palmer, Mountain Vista and Palmer Ridge (Lewis-Palmer) – are in contention for the top spot.
* Receiving the news that a family member has passed away is always difficult. Our condolences go out to Resurrection Christian (Loveland)
girls basketball coach Scott Peterson, whose father died this weekend.
As reported by the Loveland Reporter-Herald
, Peterson received the news as he and his team traveled by bus to Yuma for a game Saturday. The Cougars, which includes Peterson's daughters Hannah and Courtney, dedicated the game to Peterson's father and won 68-60.
"We took a break from life and played basketball and had a blast doing it," Peterson told the newspaper.
* It doesn't get much more competitive in boys basketball than the Class 5A Continental League. In the MaxPreps Top 10, Highlands Ranch
, three-time defending state champion Regis Jesuit (Aurora)
, Chaparral (Parker)
and ThunderRidge (Highlands Ranch)
occupy a spot. Legend (Parker)
just missed out at No. 12.
With three weeks to go in the regular season, matters get serious this week. Highlands Ranch, Chaparral and Regis Jesuit enter the week tied atop the league standings with a 5-0 record, with ThunderRidge just a game back.
Highlands Ranch, the lone unbeaten team remaining in 5A, takes on Legend on Tuesday before traveling to Regis Jesuit on Saturday. Chaparral has an equally tough set against a quality Mountain Vista (Highlands Ranch)
team on Tuesday and ThunderRidge on Friday.
Of note, Legend boys basketball coach Kevin Boley notched his 300th career victory with a win against Castle View last Friday.
* In case you missed it, Faith Christian (Arvada)
standout Nathan Rindels
scored seven points against Englewood on Saturday without a change of possession. As detailed by The Denver Post, Rindels converted a three-point play for the Eagles, who are after their fifth consecutive Class 3A state title
. After Rindels made a layup, Englewood was called for a technical foul. After making the free throw to complete the three-point play, Rindels drilled both free throws awarded by the technical. He then scored when Faith Christian maintained possession after the technical.
* The MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard will be at Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch)
on Friday to honor the Class 4A state football champions. The trophy will be presented during a 9:45 pep assembly at the school.