News and notes about basketball’s top tourney
In 1922, Colorado introduced the first boys basketball State Tournament with Greeley winning the first state championship.
In 1976, the girls State Tournament made its debut in Colorado as Campo won the Class A title, Wray won the first of four straight in Class AA titles and Golden captured the Class AAA crown.
Ever since those tournaments began, the Colorado High School State Basketball Championships have provided prep basketball fans with thrills.
Here are just some news and notes from the history of the State Tournament. Aspen’s last near chance In 1992, the Hotchkiss boys spoiled Aspen’s hopes of advancing to the State Tournament by defeating the Skiers in the Regional game.
The Bulldogs went on to win the 3A state title that year led by the brothers duo of Kurt and Kenny Clay.
The Clay brothers are now coaching – Kurt is the boys’ head coach at Delta and Kenny is the girls’ head coach at Hotchkiss.
Harold Clay, who coached his sons at Hotchkiss, is now Kurt’s assistant coach at Delta.
The last team from the Western Slope League to win a state title was Carbondale which won back-to-back titles in 1958-59. Some State Tournament records In 1975 Terry Walsh of Roaring Fork set the record for most points in a state tournament game with 55 points against Cannon City Abby.
His final two points won the game in the consolation championship.
Scott Wilson holds the record for most points in a four-year career at the State Tournament with 311 from 1971-75 while at Custer County.
He also holds the record for most points in two State Tournament appearances with 297 from 1972-75 and he scored 120 in the 1975 State Tournament for the record for most points in one State Tournament appearance.
In 1975, Wilson also pulled down 75 rebounds for the record.
Scott Hill grabbed 67 rebounds for Ridgway in the 1982 State Tournament for second place. He grabbed 34 against Campo for the single-game record.
Shelly Grasmick scored 236 points for Granada in three State Tournament appearances (1988-90) for the girls scoring queen.
Tracy Hill scored 102 for Ridgway in the 1982 State Tournament while former Roaring Fork standout and current WNBA player Tricia Bader (Utah Starzz) scored 67 points in the 1988 and ’89 State Tournaments for ninth place on the all-time scoring list.
Lisa Hosac scored 41 for Heritage in the 1996 state championship game for the single-game record. Team records The Manuel boys team of Denver holds the record for winning 11 state titles. The Thunderbolts’ first title came in 1939 and their last was in ’91.
Greeley Central is second winning eight overall titles with its first coming in 1922 and the last in 1981.
Denver Christian holds the record for most state tournament appearances on the boys side with 18. Ridgway is second at 12 with Lutheran third at 11.
All of Denver Christian’s state appearance have come under the direction of coach Dick Katte. And Denver Christian is back in the boys’ field this year, seeded No. 2 with a 20-2 record. Denver Christian won back-to-back titles in 1982 and ’83.
Merino boys team won five consecutive state championships from 1976-80.
The Wray girls won four-straight titles from 1976-79 and the Lamar girls capped off four in a row by winning their fourth straight title last year.
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