Area preps in All-State Games |

Area preps in All-State Games

Which region of the state produces the best high school athletes? The answer to the that argument, at least among the crop of 2004 graduates, unfolds Saturday when Colorado’s best compete in the 48th annual All-State Games in Denver.The all-day sports festival, which includes seven recently graduated area prep athletes, features all-star games in football, boys and girls basketball, volleyball and wrestling.Over 260 of Colorado’s top high school athletes, representing Class 1A-5A schools will compete in the games.Both basketball tournaments feature teams representing the West, North, South and Eastern regional of the state in a double-elimination tournament.

The volleyball tournament has the same format. Team rosters consist of players chosen from across the state. The wrestling tournament and football game feature a North vs. South matchup.Among the games on tap, the girls basketball tournament should draw the most notice among area fans where five of the 12-person West team roster are from area high schools.Area athletes scheduled to play for the West squad include Nikita Danelly of Glenwood Springs, Krista Wagstrom from Rifle, Roaring Fork standout Tarn Udall, Basalt’s Lauren Redfern and Grand Valley’s Holly Stelzlen.Grand Valley’s Mike Johnson will co-coach the West team with John Layton of Wiggins.The girls basketball tournament will be played at Eaglecrest High School in Aurora. First round games begin at 9:30 a.m.

All-State: see page 26All-State: from page 25The third-place contest is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. with the championship game, pitting the first-round winners at 5 p.m.

Eaglecrest High School is located at 5100 S. Picadilly Street.Roaring Fork’s Dan Markoya will play for the West in the boys basketball tournament at Cherokee Trail High School, located at 25901 Arapahoe Road in Aurora. Times for the boys games will be the same as the girls.In volleyball, Glenwood’s Celeste Cashel is a member of the Blue team, whose makeup includes players from 11 high schools. The tournament is at Grandview High School.Opening round games start at 9 a.m. The third-place and championship contests are scheduled for 12:30 and 2 p.m., respectively.The wrestling tournament is also at Eaglecrest. The football game will be played at Legacy Stadium, adjacent to the Cherokee Trail High School campus at 7 p.m. Saturday evening. There were no area athletes selected to either the all-state wrestling tournament or the football game. All-event, family pack or single event tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the event. All-event, family pack or single event tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the event.

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