Eaglecrest


The Eaglecrest Raptors pose as a group with their new 5A State Championship trophy March 11 at the Denver Coliseum. Eaglecrest overcame a six-point deficit at the end of the first half defeating George Washington 53-47.
(Photo by Philip B. Poston/Aurora Sentinel)

When they arrived four years ago, the current seniors on the Eaglecrest boys basketball team came into a program that had just won a Class 5A state championship. That was the 2012-13 season, when coach John Olander led the Raptors to the school’s first state title with a victory over Denver East. The new group inherited expectations — and belief — that winning a state championship might be possible someday.


Eaglecrest team members jubilantly react to winning the 5A State Championship game against George Washington March 11 at the Denver Coliseum. Eaglecrest overcame a six-point deficit at the end of the first half defeating George Washington 53-47.
(Photo by Philip B. Poston/Aurora Sentinel)

DENVER | When they arrived four years ago, the current seniors on the Eaglecrest boys basketball team came into a program that had just won a Class 5A state championship. That was the 2012-13 season, when coach John Olander led the Raptors to the school’s first state title with a victory over Denver East. So the new group inherited expectations — and belief — that winning a state championship might be possible for them someday.


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DENVER | Josh Walton got mad at himself for missing a free throw with 0.8 seconds left in overtime of Friday night’s Class 5A boys state basketball semifinal. Fortunately for the Eaglecrest senior, he got another one. Walton knocked down the back end of a pair of free throws he earned with a drive to the basket and it served as the final blow in the top-seeded Raptors’ 61-60 victory over No. 5 Rock Canyon in a heavyweight slugfest in front of a raucous crowd at the Denver Coliseum.