Basketball all-stars will put on a show


It turns out the Colorado high school basketball season is not over, as 20 area players have made it to The Show.

There will be four games this year in The Show, which is an all-star showcase set for March 25 at Metro State University in Denver.

The 1A-3A girls contest will start at 2:30 p.m. followed by the 1A-3A boys game at 4 p.m. The Top 20 girls game will tip off at 5:30 p.m. and the Top 20 boys game is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Top 20 games feature primarily 4A and 5A players.

Golden's Adam Thistlewood, Jake Belknapp of Mountain Vista and Kaison Hammonds of ThunderRidge will be on the Blue Top 20 boys team.

The Top 20 boys White team includes Sam Masten of Rock Canyon and is coached by the Jaguars' Kent Grams.

Cherry Creek's Chris Curneen will be one of the coaches for the Blue Top 20 girls team. The roster of the Blue team includes Ashley Madden, of Pomona, Sydney Mech, of Cherry Creek, Jaela Richardson, of Cherry Creek, Jana Van Gytenbeek, of Cherry Creek, Ashley Van Sickle, of Ralston Valley, and Autumn Watts, of Highlands Ranch.

The Top 20 girls White team will feature Camilla Emsbro, of Lakewood, Kylie Jimenez, of Horizon and Tommie Olson, of Highlands Ranch.

Benjamin Hawkins, of Faith Christian, Robert Williams, of Sheridan, and Will Willis, of Lutheran, are on the 1A-3A boys White team. Haylee Shaklee, of Lutheran, Hristina Geraskova, of Faith Christian, and Faith Barela, of Sheridan, will play on the 1A-3A girls team.

Terrell Davis to speak

Castle View's Gridiron Club has lined up former Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis to speak at the "Back the Cats" program scheduled for Aug. 18.

Davis, the Super Bowl XXXII Most Valuable Player, will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 5, and he follows ex-Colorado State football coach Sonny Lubick, who was featured at the Castle Rock community event last summer.

CVGC President Charles Oster said, "We believe this is something not just for our program but the entire community of Castle Rock."

Information can be obtained by contacting Farah Oster at 720-445-1615.

A look at the rankings

Late this month, spring breaks for the Douglas County, Littleton, Jefferson County, Adams 12 and Cherry Creek school districts will slow sports activities between local teams.

So it might be time to look at the CHSAANow.Com polls to see which area teams are featured in the March 20 rankings.

In the Class 5A baseball poll, Rocky Mountain was top ranked, with Rock Canyon holding down the third position. Other area teams in the top 10: Cherry Creek (fourth), Mountain Vista (seventh), Legend (eighth), ThunderRidge (ninth) and Highlands Ranch (10th).

Valor Christian was top-ranked in the 4A poll and Faith Christian was No. 1 in the 3A rankings.

Arapahoe was second behind Regis Jesuit in the 5A boys lacrosse poll with Cherry Creek third, Mountain Vista fourth, Rock Canyon seventh, Wheat Ridge ninth and Highlands Ranch 10th.

Valor is second in the 4A lacrosse poll with Golden fourth, Green Mountain seventh and Littleton ninth.

Cherry Creek is second behind Colorado Academy in the girls ratings, with Chaparral seventh and ThunderRidge eighth.

In the girls soccer rankings, Mountain Vista is third in the 5A poll, with Cherry Creek fifth, Legacy eighth and Ralston Valley ninth. Valor is No. 1 in the 4A and Wheat Ridge comes in sixth and D'Evelyn seventh. Jefferson Academy is third in the 3A rankings, with SkyView Academy 10th.

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 or at 303-566-4083.

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