Overland High School

The first game introduction of his senior season didn’t go exactly how Nick Holmes had pictured it — not even close. Ideally, he would be suited up with the starting five and ready to lead coach Danny Fisher’s new-look Overland boys basketball team on the path towards a potential third straight Class 5A state championship. But when Holmes was introduced in front of a pumped up “O-Town” crowd on Dec. 1 for the Trailblazers’ 2016-17 opener against Regis Jesuit, he proudly wore his white No. 1 jersey, knowing he would spend the entire game — and season — on the bench for reasons totally out of his control.

Former Overland football coaching legend Tony Manfredi is set to be inducted into the Colorado High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The organization announced the five members of the 2017 Hall of Fame class — its 54th class of inductees — and it included Manfredi, who spent nearly three decades as head coach of the Trailblazers.

“Initially we were a little more hopeful the rhetoric was just that, but when you look at the people he is surrounding himself with, who will influence him, it doesn’t alleviate any concerns, that’s for sure” — Jennifer Piper, interfaith organizer for the American Friends Service Committee

THORNTON | Through video study and talking with her coaches, Christie Yee knew her floor exercise could be better the second time around at the Class 5A state gymnastics meet. The Cherokee Trail student — who competes for the Overland co-op gymnastics team — cleaned things up for her performance in the event in Saturday’s individual event finals at Thornton High School and came home with a state championship.

THORNTON | The Overland co-op gymnastics team came into Thursday’s Class 5A state meet undefeated and posted its best score of the season in the competition at Thornton High School. It wasn’t quite enough for the Trailblazers, who exceeded coach Lisa Sparrow’s expectations, but a fully healthy Pomona team had a little too much individual firepower in winning its second straight state title.

GREENWOOD VILLAGE | Full replay of the A-Town Game of the Week prep football contest — Overland vs. Smoky Hill — played on Oct. 21, 2016, at Stutler Bowl. The Trailblazers posted a 42-24 win over the Buffaloes to claim the Wagon Wheel traveling trophy. Replay brought to you courtesy of the Aurora Sentinel and StreamItSports.

GREENWOOD VILLAGE | Wagon wheels used to roll over the Overland and Smoky Hill trails long ago in Aurora. The Overland football team’s path to claiming the replica Wagon Wheel — the traveling trophy in the longstanding rivalry — also stayed exclusively on the ground Thursday night in the A-Town Game of the Week.