Kent Denver sophomore Tom Kourlis takes a shot.Photo courtesy of Kent Denver
Submitted by Kent Denver
In its best season in at least 20 years, Kent Denver’s boys basketball team finished with an 8-0 record in the Metropolitan League and an overall record of 25-2.
The Sun Devils entered the 3A state tournament as the No. 1 seed and hosted their regional games at home in Black Field House, walloping Aurora West College Prep 71-28 and besting Aspen 62-49. The boys then beat Sterling 55-34 in the quarterfinals and Brush 59-38 in the semifinals before losing in an upset in the final game to Pagosa Springs by a score of 53-49.
Kent Denver senior Josh Repine, who had 16 points in the final game, was named to The Denver Post’s All-Tournament Team.
“It truly was the journey over the four months and not just the end product at the state championship game that matters,” said Kent Denver Head Coach Todd Schayes. “Winning the league and district titles was tremendous. The leadership of our 12 seniors on this team has really raised the bar for years to come. All of the players showed tremendous character and class throughout the season, especially in congratulating Pagosa after the final game.”
Kent Denver’s girls basketball team, meanwhile, enjoyed its best season since 2005, with a final record of 21-6 and an 8-1 finish in the Metro League. As the No. 12 seed in the state tournament, the Sun Devils beat Middle Park and Moffat County. Then, the girls fell 37-34 in a hard-fought game against St. Mary’s of Colorado Springs. The Sun Devils went on to finish as runners-up in the 3A state consolation tournament.
Finally, the girls’ swimming and diving team was the top 3A finisher in the Colorado 4A state meet. All of Kent Denver’s relay teams qualified for the meet, as did seniors Olivia Leoni and Lauren Abruzzo and sophomore Kendall Crawford in their individual events.
Notably, throughout her four years as a Kent Denver swimmer, Abruzzo did not lose a single race in a dual meet or at the League Championships — finishing with a record of better than 60 wins. In all, she holds seven records in the 11 events in which she has participated, and she has posted All-American times in both the 200 IM and the 500 free events. Abruzzo is currently ranked 8th in the country in the 500 free.
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