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I remember years ago, 29 to be exact, being in the Denver North gym for a memorable night of high school basketball.
Manual's Chucky Sproling set a single-game state record by scoring 74 points against the Vikings.
Alameda's boys basketball coach Henry Aguilar probably won't forget the evening he spent in the North gym Feb. 6, when the Pirates outlasted North, 95-93, in a four-overtime, non-league game.
"It was like playing two games, it was a long night," said Aguilar, who assumed the Alameda head coaching reins less than three weeks before the start of the season.
"The win kind of helps bring us together. We've had a rough season. Four starters fouled out of the game against North and everybody was completely exhausted. We had to play the fourth overtime with four sophomores and one senior starter. That was tough."
The win helped boost Alameda's overall record to 9-10.
"The first overtime, they were up by two and our senior guard Anthony Lawson drove to the basket and hit two clutch free throws to send it to the second overtime," Aguilar explained. "In the second overtime, we had a two-point lead with like 20 seconds left and a younger guy took a shot when he wasn't supposed to. The North point guard took it all the way and got a layup and sent it to the third overtime.
"We hit two free throws and sent it to the last overtime. In the fourth overtime, four starters fouled out so we had four reserves. A couple of our younger players stepped up. A sophomore, Domonic Creazzi, hit a clutch three, we got fouled a couple times and made some free throws and ended up winning."
No stranger to titles
Taelore Fehr knows what it takes to win a state gymnastics championship.
Fehr, a 2009 Green Mountain graduate, was been hired as the new head coach for the Rams' gymnastics program, according to Athletic Director Tommy Dodge.
In 2006 and 2008, Fehr was a member of Green Mountain's Class 5A state championship teams. The Rams were the state runner-up in 2005 and 2007.
Fehr, who has been an assistant at Green Mountain for the past six years, takes control of the program that won the Class 4A state title last fall.
She replaces coach Sandi Patterson and her assistant coach and husband Don Patterson, who left to spend more time with family.
Dodge is also seeking a new girls volleyball coach.
Heritage hires Eberle
Heritage has hired Hannah Eberle as its new volleyball coach.
Eberle is a Ralston Valley graduate and a former Mustangs junior varsity coach.
She replaces Jana Barrett, who stepped away after compiling a 11-33-0 record over the past two seasons.
Can you dig it?
Over the past few weeks it has been hard to not notice posters for boys volleyball tryouts at various gyms.
Boys volleyball is not a sanctioned sport by the Colorado High School Activities Association, but there are 43 schools that have club teams and compete during the spring in the Colorado Boys High School Volleyball Association.
The CHSAA Equity Committee delivered a side-out last month by failing to endorse a proposal to have boys volleyball added to the list of sanctioned sports.
Adding boys volleyball would affect most school's under Title IX, which aims to provide male and female students with varsity athletic opportunities in proportion to their school's student body.
Despite not getting a recommendation from the committee, some league could sponsor a bylaw that would seek to sanction boys volleyball at the April Legislative Council meeting.
Jim Benton is a sports writer for Colorado Community Media. He has been covering sports in the Denver area since 1968. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 303-566-4083.
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