Juju Hemeyer, Elisabeth Perl embracing new roles for Resurrection Christian girls 🏀, plus Day 1 regional wrestling results

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Juju Hemeyer, Elisabeth Perl embracing new roles for Resurrection Christian girls 🏀, plus Day 1 regional wrestling results
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Eaton's Ty Garnhart tries to pin Adam City's Adrian Iniguez in a 182-pound match Dec. 14 at the Northern Colorado Christmas Tournament at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland. (Photo by Joshua Polson)
Eaton's Ty Garnhart tries to pin Adam City's Adrian Iniguez in a 182-pound match Dec. 14 at the Northern Colorado Christmas Tournament at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland. (Photo by Joshua Polson)
The Lead
This is both one of the most exciting and nerve-racking weekends in the lives of any prep athlete.
Two days of regional tournament competition can make or break the entire season for a high school wrestler, regardless of how the previous two months of the season have gone.
Place in the top 4 at your regional tournament and you’ll be wrestling under the bright lights of Denver’s Pepsi Center during the state tournament next week.
Fall short, and your season is over. No do-overs. No wildcard berths. No second chances.
All nine Patriot League wrestling programs began their regional wrestling campaigns Friday and will conclude them today.
Under The Scorebook section of today’s Playbook, we’ll let you know how each of these teams fared during Day 1. Follow us on Twitter @PatPlaybook and read Monday’s edition of The Playbook to learn how Day 2 of these tournaments went.
Playbook Prime Performance
Boys’ Performer
Bobby: Dylan Yancey. Eaton’s senior 138-pound wrestler was the driving force behind the Reds’ impressive first-day performance in the Class 3A Region 3 wrestling tournament Friday.
He advanced to the championship semifinals with just 1 minute, 20 seconds of total mat time, thanks to a couple first-minute pins in the opening rounds.
Quinn: Tyler Kissler. The senior guard for the Valley basketball team kept his team alive in the postseason as he scored 17 points to lead his team over Estes Park.
However, he will need to play flawlessly and gain extra help from the rest of his team if they have any shot of taking down the second ranked Resurrection Christian Cougars.
Girls’ Performer
Bobby: Olivia Hamel. Estes Park’s double-double machine opened the postseason just like she closed the regular season, with a dominant 10-point, 14-rebound outing in a 46-43 district tournament win against Strasburg on Friday.
Quinn: Izzy Swanson. The Liberty Common sophomore recorded a 14 point, 12 rebound double-double. In fact, this is her second consecutive double-double.
Swanson is heating up at the perfect time as the Eagles will face No. 3 Platte Valley on Tuesday.
New roles, good Juju for Resurrection Christian's girls' basketball
By Quinn Ritzdorf, qritzdorf@patriotplaybook.com
The Playbook's Quinn Ritzdorf breaks down the roles of Resurrection Christian's Juju Hemeyer and Elisabeth Perl and how they compliment each other.
The Playbook's Quinn Ritzdorf breaks down the roles of Resurrection Christian's Juju Hemeyer and Elisabeth Perl and how they compliment each other.
At first glance, the Resurrection Christian Cougars look similar to last year. They are 7-3 in league play, 12-6 overall. However, if you look closer you might notice a small change; Juju Hemeyer and Elisabeth Perl have switched roles.
A year ago, Hemeyer led the Cougars in points per game with 14.8, and Perl was second on the team with 8.3 points per game. However, this year, Perl leads the team in points per game with 14.3, while Hemeyer has taken on more of a facilitator role, which is a the style of play she prefers.
Juju Hemeyer prepares to shoot a free throw against Estes Park at Resurrection Christian High School on Tuesday. (Photo by Quinn Ritzdorf)
Juju Hemeyer prepares to shoot a free throw against Estes Park at Resurrection Christian High School on Tuesday. (Photo by Quinn Ritzdorf)
“She would rather be the second or third leading scorer and be a facilitator,” said Resurrection Christian’s coach Jason Conrad. “She knows there are moments when she needs to be aggressive, but she is definitely more comfortable when she is a distributor.”
With Perl taking on the scoring load, Hemeyer is able to be more of a true point guard. In fact, her assists increased to 3.7 per game this season.
Resurrection Christian's coach Jason Conrad talks about his five seniors, the roles of Hemeyer and Perl and expectations for the postseason.
Resurrection Christian's coach Jason Conrad talks about his five seniors, the roles of Hemeyer and Perl and expectations for the postseason.
Not only is she comfortable, but the junior’s swagger is undeniable as she slings cross-court passes with ease. Her ability to distribute allowed Perl to shine on senior night as the Cougars beat Estes Park 63-30 on Tuesday.
Elisabeth Perl drives into the lane for a layup against Estes Park at Resurrection Christian High School on Tuesday. (Photo by Quinn Ritzdorf)
Elisabeth Perl drives into the lane for a layup against Estes Park at Resurrection Christian High School on Tuesday. (Photo by Quinn Ritzdorf)
“(Perl) has contributed a lot to this team,” Hemeyer said. “We have been playing together since seventh grade so we have really good chemistry together.”
The senior finished her last game on her home court in style, recording 23 points, with many of them coming off of assists from Hemeyer. As the Cougars prepare for regional and state tournaments, Hemeyer is coming into form.
To begin this season, she got off to a slow start. The junior went six games without scoring in double digits. It wasn’t until her game against Colorado Academy, when she scored 10 points that she started to get back into her grove.
Hemeyer is back into form just at the right time as the postseason arrives. She struggles to start the season.
Hemeyer is back into form just at the right time as the postseason arrives. She struggles to start the season.
“Her teammates continue to encourage her,” Conrad said. “They knew her game would come back to her and that has helped a lot when the five seniors are encouraging her.”
Her passing is sneaky sharp and her scoring ability is beginning to replicate that of last year. Joining the relentless attack of Perl, this dynamic duo could be hard to stop.
Elisabeth Perl and Juju Hemeyer of Resurrection Christian discuss senior night, team chemistry, Hemeyer's slow start and expectations for the postseason.
Elisabeth Perl and Juju Hemeyer of Resurrection Christian discuss senior night, team chemistry, Hemeyer's slow start and expectations for the postseason.
Sterling's Jayson Frank to attend Concordia University
Sterling's Jayson Frank will play basketball and run track and field at Concordia University. (Photo by Journal-Advocate)
Sterling's Jayson Frank will play basketball and run track and field at Concordia University. (Photo by Journal-Advocate)
Sterling’s basketball and track and field athlete, Jayson Frank, will attend Concordia University in Seward, Neb.
Frank will compete for both the basketball and track and field teams. He will major in Christian education leadership so he can pursue a career as a director of Christian education.
Update on Brush's construction project
As mentioned in a previous Playbook issue, Brush High School will be building a new campus for grades 6-12. The campus will include a new gym for the high school and renovations to the football stadium.
Brush recently released updated pictures on the construction project. These photos were taken on Jan. 31.
The construction of the new campus for Brush schools. The project includes a new gym (left) for the high school.
The construction of the new campus for Brush schools. The project includes a new gym (left) for the high school.
Another view of the construction process. The new gym is at the top and the football field is at the top right.
Another view of the construction process. The new gym is at the top and the football field is at the top right.
To search through the hundreds of photos of the construction process and see how far they have come, click here.
Patriot League Trivia
What was the Patriot League originally called back in the 1970-80s?
Bonus Question: Can you name the 13 teams that were in that league in 1980? (Answer at the bottom of the newsletter)
Valley's Jaziah Whaley grapples with Northglenn's Donovan Schrad in a 160-pound match Dec. 14 at the Northern Colorado Christmas Tournament at the Budweiser events Center in Loveland. (Photo by Joshua Polson)
Valley's Jaziah Whaley grapples with Northglenn's Donovan Schrad in a 160-pound match Dec. 14 at the Northern Colorado Christmas Tournament at the Budweiser events Center in Loveland. (Photo by Joshua Polson)
The Scorebook
Wrestling
Region 2 at Platte Valley HS
Estes Park — The Bobcats came into this regional with just three wrestlers. Fortunately for Estes Park, all three of those wrestlers are still in contention, including sophomore 106-pound semifinalist Elijah Kitchen (27-3). The Bobcats scored 19 team points and are 11th in the 14-team standings.
Platte Valley — The Broncos finished Day 1 in the top 5 but may have trouble moving any further up the 14-team standings. Platte Valley has 57 points, well behind fourth-place Fort Morgan’s 70.5. The Broncos have five wrestlers in today’s championship semifinals: sophomore 106-pounder Nicholas Dill (16-15), freshman 120-pounder Orrin Jackson (25-13), junior 160-pounder Josh Yancey (23-8), senior 182-pounder Colton Moore (24-7) and sophomore 195-pounder Jeremiah Garcia (19-11). Five other Platte Valley wrestlers are competing today in consolations with a chance to earn one of the region’s four state tournament berths.
Resurrection Christian — The Cougars will no doubt savor their chances at state tournament berths today. There likely won’t be too many opportunities. Of the 10 wrestlers Resurrection Christian brought to the regional, only five remain alive in the tournament. That includes championship semifinalist freshman 132-pounder Eddie Lemos (24-14). With 12 team points, the Cougars are 13th out of 14th in the team standings.
Sterling — If the Tigers were a legitimate sleeper in 3A, they probably aren’t a sleeper at all anymore. With a strong first day, Sterling is on pace for a regional title, scoring 90 points to top second-place Berthoud (83). Twelve of the Tigers’ 14 wrestlers are still in contention today. Eleven of those are in the championship semifinals: freshman 106-pounder Casteus Combs (17-13), sophomore 113-pounder Moises Rivas (18-6), senior 126-pounder Zach Loft (34-2), sophomore 132-pounder Riley Bornhoft (22-5), senior 138-pounder Isaac De Leon (22-6), senior 152-pounder Traevonn Walton (22-12), senior 182-pounder Tate Green (18-15), senior 195-pounder Eleazer Chavez (13-9), junior 220-pounder Drew Book (29-3) and sophomore heavyweight Austin Garcia (4-11).
University — Looking to qualify a wrestler for state after qualifying none a year ago, University has 10 of its original 11 wrestlers still in contention, including semifinalists senior 145-pounder Josh Anderson (20-10), sophomore 220-pounder Sebastian Cortez (11-13) and talented junior heavyweight Emanuel Munoz-Alcala (32-3). The Bulldogs (31) are eighth in the team standings.
Valley — The Vikings had a bit of a first-place lead midway through competition Friday before the numbers game caught up, with Sterling and Berthoud taking over the top 2 spots. Valley is third with 72 points. The Vikings brought just nine wrestlers to the tournament and eight are in the championship semifinals: junior 106-pounder Angel Rios (21-3), sophomore 113-pounder Javan Valdez (20-8), junior 120-pounder Daniel Matthews (30-7), junior 126-pounder Noah Damian (20-8), sophomore 132-pounder Zach Brown (31-5), sophomore 138-pounder Isaiah Rios (25-1), freshman 152-pounder Colin Brown (37-4) and junior 160-pounder Jaziah Whaley (36-1).
Eaton's Toby Gavette lifts Lewis-Palmer's Skyler Hunt off the ground as wrestles in a 113-pound match Dec. 14 at the Northern Colorado Christmas Tournament at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland. (Photo by Joshua Polson)
Eaton's Toby Gavette lifts Lewis-Palmer's Skyler Hunt off the ground as wrestles in a 113-pound match Dec. 14 at the Northern Colorado Christmas Tournament at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland. (Photo by Joshua Polson)
Region 3 at Jefferson HS
Eaton — Eaton has taken a commanding lead on the rest of the 14-team field with 96.5 points. Second-place Eagle Valley has 77.5 points. All 13 of the Reds wrestlers remain in contention. Ten of those wrestlers are in the semifinals: freshman 106-pounder Alex Castaneda (19-5), senior 113-pounder Toby Gavette (33-4), junior 120-pounder Armando Munoz (21-8), senior 138-pounder Dylan Yancey (37-5), senior 152-pounder Jackson Contreras (17-4), senior 170-pounder Ty Garnhart (36-5), senior 182-pounder Judson Church (27-12), junior 195-pounder Logan Bean (18-10), sophomore 220-pounder Tanner True (30-9) and senior heavyweight Jeremy Murano (31-3).
Strasburg — If the Indians are going to produce a state qualifier or two, they’re going to have to do so from the consolation bracket. Six of Strasburg’s nine wrestlers are still in contention, but they’re all contending in the consolations after suffering a loss Friday. The Indians are 12th in the 14-team standings with 11 points.
Region 4 at Pueblo Central HS
Brush — Even though Brush has fell a considerable distance back in the team race, the Beetdiggers are well positioned for at least a half dozen state berths. Brush is fourth within the 13-team field with 50.5 points. Lamar is first with 96.5. The Beetdiggers have six wrestlers in today’s championship semifinals: junior 120-pounder Erick Urbina (20-8), senior 152-pounder Oswaldo Nunez (25-6), senior 160-pounder Chase Barnett (11-5), senior 170-pounder Wyatt Pfau (35-3), junior 182-pounder Nick Wellen (29-7) and senior 195-pounder Thomas Mettlen (25-12). Brush’s other five wrestlers are still alive in the consolations.
Sterling's Tucker Myers tries to make a shot over Resurrection Christian's Sparky Morris on Jan. 15 at Resurrection Christian High School in Loveland. (Photo by Joshua Polson)
Sterling's Tucker Myers tries to make a shot over Resurrection Christian's Sparky Morris on Jan. 15 at Resurrection Christian High School in Loveland. (Photo by Joshua Polson)
Boys Basketball
No. 7 Valley 69, No. 10 Estes Park 51
  • Key Stat — Senior Tyler Kissler isn’t going down easy in his final year as he led the Vikings in scoring with 17.
  • What’s next? — Valley will visit No. 2 Resurrection Christian at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Lutheran 54, Sterling 40
  • Key Stat — Sterling loses its first game of the season! Lutheran outscored the Tigers 18-7 in the fourth quarter, which has been Sterling’s kryptonite all year.
  • What’s next? — No harm, no foul though as the Tigers begin postseason play as the top seed in the Patriot League district tournament. They’ll play host to No. 8 Frontier Academy at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
No. 8 Frontier Academy 52, No. 9 Brush 39
  • Key Stat — Down 20-19 at half, Frontier Academy came out firing in the third quarter, outscoring Brush 18-9 and never looking back.
  • What’s next? — The Wolverines will face its toughest challenge of the season as they travel to No. 1 Sterling at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
No. 6 Strasburg 67, No. 11 Liberty Common 26
  • Key Stat — This game was dominated by Strasburg’s defense. They only allowed Liberty Common to score double digits one quarter- 13 points in the third. The other three quarters they scored 13 points…combined.
  • What’s next? — Strasburg will travel to No. 3 Platte Valley at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Girls Basketball
No. 7 Liberty Common 48, No. 10 Valley 19
  • Key Stat — The Eagles sophomore Izzy Swanson recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
  • What’s next? — Liberty Common will make the trip to No. 2 Platte Valley at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
No. 6 Sterling 86, No. 11 Frontier Academy 28
  • Key Stat — An impressive offensive onslaught as the Tigers get remarkably close to the century mark.
  • What’s next? — Sterling will visit No. 3 Resurrection Christian at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
No. 8 Estes Park 46, No. 9 Strasburg 43
  • Key Stat — Estes Park junior Olivia Hamel had 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting to go with 14 rebounds.
  • What’s next? — Estes Park travels to Eaton to take on the top-seeded Reds at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Coming up in Monday's edition of The Playbook
We’ll hit you with final results and analysis from the regional wrestling tournaments
Thanks for reading! See you Saturday!
Bobby Fernandez, The Playbook Publisher
Quinn Ritzdorf, The Playbook Reporter
Trivia Answer: Welco League. The 13 teams in 1980 were Weld Central, Platte Valley, University High, Valley, Windsor, Fort Lupton, Erie, Highland, Eaton, Estes Park, Roosevelt, Berthoud and Frederick. (Fun Fact: This is the exact order of the Welco Boys Basketball Standings on Feb. 7, 1980).

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