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On Campus: News and notes from local high school sports programs



• The Wolverines' cheer team was third in the CHSAA State Spirit Championships, which were held Dec. 8-9 at the Denver Coliseum.

• Former Chaparral athlete Nolan Ellis, now a redshirt junior at Colorado Mesa, has the top Division II indoor pole vault mark so far this season, with a 16-6 3/4 effort on Dec. 7. He is a two-time Division II All-American and holds school pole vault records of 16-10 3/4 (indoor) and 16-8 3/4 (outdoor). Ellis also played two years of football at Mesa as a wide receiver and punter.

• The boys basketball team — which is ranked third in the CHSAANow.com Class 5A poll — took a 6-0 record to Las Vegas, where the Wolverines will compete in the Tarkanian Classic, starting Dec. 19


• Basketball coach Kevin Boley won his 400th career game on Dec. 2 when the Titans toppled Ralston Valley. Boley, a 1986 Littleton graduate, has been the head coach at Jefferson, Montrose and the past 11 seasons at Legend. He has a 401-210 record in 19 seasons after Legend beat Monarch on Dec. 8. He has compiled a 145-81 record at Legend.

• Nikki Kennedy, a 2014 Legend graduate, was the Rocky Mountain Athletic Association volleyball Player of the Year and an AVCA first-team All-American. The 6-foot-4 sophomore transferred from the University of Denver and wound up with 365 kills and 17 blocks for Regis this season. She was the first Regis undergraduate to earn first team All-American honors as the RMAC champion Rangers went 31-4 before losing in the NCAA Division II quarterfinals.


• Shaden Sieffreid, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound senior linebacker, led Class 3A football players with 163 tackles. He also saw time on offense with 516 rushing yards and 158 receiving yards.

• The boys and girls basketball team will find out if rest helps. With the holiday break looming, the boys team will have 24 days off before resuming play Jan. 9 and the girls team will not play another game until Jan. 10 which is a 25-day layoff.


• Coach Angela Ottmann's jazz squad won its fourth consecutive state title at the CHSAA State Spirit Championships, which were held Dec. 8-9 at the Denver Coliseum. It gives the Mustangs 11 state spirit titles, which ties the school for the most spirit championships in state history. The Mustangs' cheer team was fourth in Class 4A competition.

• Max Shuman is the third boys basketball coach in four years for the Mustangs, but his team is off to a 7-1 start with a game set for Dec. 21 against Centaurus. Ponderosa is led by 6-6 senior Connor Hawk, who is scoring at a 19.6 clip.

• In the Dec. 15 On the Mat individual ratings, the Mustangs had three wrestlers ranked either first or second. Two-time defending 295-pound champion Cohl Schultz is top ranked along with 195-pounder Jayden Woodruff. Parker Benekas is No. 2 at 160 pounds.


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