PREP NOTEBOOK: All-star games officially put cap on basketball season

By: kevin carmody The Gazette
March 19, 2014 Updated: March 19, 2014 at 8:36 pm

The high school basketball season officially ended Saturday, but on Thursday, three all-star games will put the cap on nearly four months of action on the court.

An all-star game featuring the top boys from the 4A Colorado Springs Metro League against the South Central League is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Pueblo Central. Quincy Harding (Harrison), Lyndon Lewis (Coronado), Marcus Phillips (Mitchell) and JJ Cates and Matt Atkins (Mesa Ridge) are set to represent the Metro League.

A sub-varsity game will start the night's festivities at 5:30 p.m.

A little farther north in Widefield, the 4A Metro League-SCL girls' game will take place at 7 p.m.

For the 27th time, Colorado Springs 4A and 5A schools will face off at the Southern Colorado Basketball Classic at Doherty. The girls' game starts at 6 p.m., followed by the boys' game at 7:30.


Pirate Invitational at St. Mary's puts baseball season in full swing

Thanks to inclement weather, not much action took place at last year's Pirate Invitational at the Grace Center.

With better weather scheduled, this season's three-day event should result in much more action as eight teams - five from outside El Paso County - battle for the title.

Action gets underway Thursday in the Grace Center's version of March Madness: Jefferson Academy vs. The Classical Academy (noon); Florence vs. Mesa Ridge (2:30 p.m.); and CSCS vs. St. Mary's (5 p.m.). Alamosa and Brush complete first-round action at 11 a.m. Friday.

The bracket-format tournament concludes Saturday.


Area track and field teams descend on Dutch Clark for Centennial Invitational

Some 25 schools, many from El Paso County, will converge on Pueblo's Dutch Clark Stadium on Saturday as the second full weekend of track and field season ends at the Centennial Invitational.

Last year's event was canceled after an arctic blast blanketed the area in snow and subfreezing temperatures.

That won't be the case Saturday. Action is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.

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