Sports, 12-12-12

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

The Glenwood Demons split a pair of games with the Summit Tigers last night near Frisco. The Lady Demons improved to 4 and 0 with their 58-41 victory over the Lady Tigers. Kenzie Nelson-Buehler and Hailey Armstrong paced the Lady Demons with 14 and 11 points respectively. In the nightcap, the Glenwood boys lost their fourth straight with a 76-52 setback. Jared Gambrel led the Demons with 10 points. Glenwood hosts Eagle Valley this Friday night in the second league game.

The Rifle Bears swept Coal Ridge at the Bear’s Den. In the girl’s game, Chante Church’s 29 points led Rifle to a 53-43 victory. The Rifle boys cruised to a 30 point win over Coal Ridge.

The Grand Valley Lady Cardinals clobbered the Aspen Skiers 62-18.

HIGH SCHOOL DANCE

The Basalt Longhorns Dance Team took second place in last weekend’s state competition.

NBA

Auburn Hills, Michigan–The Denver Nuggets knocked off the Detroit Pistons last night 101-94. Ty Lawson led the Nuggets with 26 points, five rebounds and seven assists.

BRONCOS

ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Though nobody would discount an eight-game winning streak, there’s a not-so-little secret about the one Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are currently enjoying.
Quite simply, they haven’t played anyone who’s all that good since the streak started. No team the Broncos have beaten over their winning streak would be in the playoffs if they started today. Only one – Cincinnati at 7-6 – currently has a winning record. All of which adds yet another layer of intrigue to Sunday’s game at Baltimore. Not only will the game against the Ravens (9-4) go a long way toward determining where the Broncos (10-3) land in the hunt for a first-round bye in the playoffs, it will give them a litmus test on what kind of team they are heading into January.

Elsewhere in sports….

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas State has hired Texas co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin to run the Red Wolves’ football program following Gus Malzahn’s departure for Auburn. Harsin is taking over a team that went 9-3 and won a second straight Sun Belt Conference championship.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Onetime can’t-miss pro prospect Steve Lattimore is giving up his final year of eligibility at South Carolina to enter the NFL draft. Lattimore missed the final six games of the 2011 season after injuring his left knee and an injury to his right knee in October kept him on the sideline the rest of this year.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (AP) – The Oklahoma City Thunder enter tonight’s game against visiting New Orleans riding an NBA-high eight-game winning streak and holding a five and a-half game lead over second-place Utah in the Northwest Division standings. It is one of 13 games on the pro hoops slate.

NEW YORK (AP) – Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins will sit out tonight’s NBA game at Milwaukee. The veteran center has been suspended for one game without pay by the NBA for hitting Dallas’ O.J. Mayo in the groin area in the Kings’ road loss Monday night.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Veteran Clint Dempsey has been voted national soccer team player of the year, making it the second straight year and third time overall that he’s picked up the award. Fellow midfielder Michael Bradley was runner-up in the media balloting. Dempsey had six goals in nine international games this year.

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