Prep notebook: Coronado boys' basketball team puts struggles aside

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Coronado boys' hoops gets back on track

Coronado certainly looks like a program that has turned the corner.

The Cougars won three games in a four-game, five-day set last week, including a 98-66 romp over Sand Creek Tuesday that is sure to turn heads.

The team believes the 98 points is one of their highest scoring games in Coronado history. Coach David Thomas said he hasn't had a chance to dig deeper on the potential record because of the team's busy week.

The Cougars also had wins over Vista PEAK Prep and Mitchell and fell to Fruita Monument by only six after trailing by 16 going into the final quarter.

It's early and the Cougars are just 3-2 - but for a program that has struggled to get wins recently, it's a welcome sight. Coronado has endured four straight losing seasons and have no more than five wins in any of its previous three seasons.

"We've been saying this year, after the past years, this is our chance to make people look at Coronado in a different light," Thomas said.

CSCS Lions roar out of the gate

The girls' basketball team at Colorado Springs Christian remembers all too well the feeling of its 24-18 loss to Lamar in the 3A state finals.

That doesn't bode well for the rest of 3A.

Megan Engesser leads the state in scoring at 27.7 points per game through three games. Rachel Ingram has averaged an additional 19.7 points, good for third in 3A, as the Lions have romped each of their first three opponents by 40 or more points.

Out for a different ending this year, Engesser and Ingram are already sizing up their biggest competition. After practice Saturday, the two made the two-hour drive to La Junta to scout Lamar.

"They think about what happened last year a lot," coach Mark Engesser said.

Fuqua helps Vanguard to perfect mark

Vanguard's Seth Fuqua is on pace to graduate as the state's all-time leading scorer.

For now, he and the Coursers are just happy about the early-season success.

"He wants to win, and he wants his teammates to do well," Vanguard coach Joe Wetters said.

"The points are just kind of coming along with it."

Vanguard is 4-0 on the year with victories over Canon City, Byers, Strasburg and ECA. Fuqua, a 24.8-points-per-game guy a year ago, has led the way averaging 31.3 a game this season.

"He played a little bit of club ball this summer, which got him exposed to a little bit more big-time defense and against players he had to work a little bit harder to get his shot off," Wetters said. "That has really paid off for him this season."

The third-year junior has 1,286 points and is on track to make a run at the scoring record held by Akron's Brady Baer. He had 2,627 points before graduating in 2014.

Doherty boys show promise

Doherty is looking like a team that can make some noise in 5A this season.

Zack Szostak won 152s and Siandre Agaalii took 220s as the Spartans finished second with a score of 163.5 at the 38th annual Harold McCray Invitational Saturday. Pueblo West won the 16-team tournament at 189.5.

Doherty coach Josh Galvan believes his team could make a run at a top-eight finish at the state tournament this season.

"These guys are putting in a ton of work over the last three years," Galvan said.

"They're willing to put in the extra time and extra effort."

Lewis-Palmer's Tanner Hunt (113), Falcon's Caleb Sherrill (160), Pine Creek's Garrett Niel (182) and Widefield's Nathan Daniel (195) also took gold at the tournament.