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  • Former Coronado star Jessika Caldwell named coach at Valor Christian

    Former Coronado High School star and Colorado-Colorado Springs coach Jessika Caldwell was hired to take over Valor Christian’s girls’ basketball program, the school announced Tuesday. Caldwell, then known as Jessika Stratton, was a four-sport star at Coronado from 1996-2000, lettering four times in basketball, cross country and tennis and...

  • Five local girls in Under-17 USA Basketball trials at OTC starting Thursday

    Five area girls' basketball players will have a chance to see how they stack up against the nation's elite. Mesa Ridge freshman 6-foot-4 center Kylee Shook leads local standouts into the USA women's U17 world championship team trials in the SportsCenter II gym at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center from Thursday through Monday....

  • Basketball: Local players enjoy opportunity to be in 'The Show'

    DENVER - The state's most prestigious high-school all-star basketball didn't game didn't feature a vintage offensive performance from Cheyenne Mountain's Ghassan Nehme or Peyton's Shelby Patterson. It didn't have Mikayla Reese and Dylan Clark draining 3 after 3 like they'd made a habit of at Sand Creek. Nor did it have a game-saving block by...

  • 5A/4A coach of the year: Jeff Beatty, Mesa Ridge

    Three years ago, Jeff Beatty was an assistant coach when the Mesa Ridge girls' basketball team made school history, reaching the Class 4A semifinals for the first time before falling to Longmont. As a new head coach heading into the 2011-12 season, Beatty had a rebuilding job ahead of him after a star-studded senior class graduated. He later...

  • The Gazette girls' basketball 5A/4A all-area teams

    First team Starter: Gabby Purnell, Mesa Ridge, sr. - Her 12.7 ppg don't tell the real story, but her 4.5 assists per game do. She was the engine that made the 4A state champs go. Starter: Cassidy Budge, Rampart, jr. - Averaged 17.8 ppg (6th highest in Class 5A) for a total of 462 points (3rd most in 5A), nailing 48 3-pointers (10th in 5A)....

  • All-conference lists for 5A/4A area conferences

    Girls' basketball all-conference selections in the Pikes Peak region for Class 5A and 4A..

  • The Gazette Girls' Basketball 5A/4A Peak Performer of the Year: Gabby Purnell, Mesa Ridge

    Her coach referred to her as a general. Someday for Gabby Purnell, a role as an officer would suit the Mesa Ridge point guard just fine. "My dad (Donald) is in the Army, and I want to follow in his footsteps," Purnell said. "I want to become an Army officer. Growing up in a military family, I believe that has given me a lot of leadership...

  • The Gazette 3A and Below Girls' Basketball Peak Performer of the Year: Shelby Patterson, Peyton

    Peyton will miss the Patterson family. When Shelby Patterson walked off the court for the last time in her high school career at CSU-Pueblo last month, it was the end of an era. Between Shelby and older sister Sam, for seven years someone with the last name Patterson led the Peyton girls' basketball team. Now, the Peyton program goes into...

  • All-conference girls' basketball teams for small schools

    Girls' basketball all-conference selections in the Pikes Peak region for Class 3A and below.

  • Girls' basketball 3A and below coach of the year: Tony Goodman, Peyton

    If you ask Tony Goodman why the Peyton girls' basketball team has been so good the past few years, the coach will deflect the praise to his players. It's the kind of guy he is. Goodman, who has been at Peyton for six seasons, has revived a program that was by most accounts left for dead. In the two seasons before Goodman took over, the...