Boy’s Basketball Is Still Legit

Jeffrey Afriyie, Sports Writer

The undefeated Rangeview Raiders are back at it again! The Rangeview boys basketball team finished last season with a record of 26-0. They finished their season off by beating Columbine in the Great 8 of the state tournament. Due to COVID-19 CHSAA canceled the remaining games of the tournament so there were no crowned champions.


Fun Fact: The boys basketball team hasn’t lost a game since December 22, 2018 against Overland High School. That puts them at a current streak of 48 straight wins!


“I was pretty upset to hear that we weren’t going to finish the rest of the playoffs,” said former Rangeview basketball player, Christopher Speller, “We only had two games left and they couldn’t just let us finish it off.”


Many players consider last season as a championship, because they knew they had what it takes to win the championship again, especially last year’s seniors.


The three seniors lost from the starting lineup from last season were Christian Speller, Christopher Speller and Obi Agbim. Christian and Obi play together at Metro State University, and Christoper plays at Colorado Mesa University. All of them received full ride scholarships. 


This year’s Rangeview team is ready to take on the new season, following the undefeated season before. “We lost 8 seniors and three of them were our starters,” Rangeview basketball coach Shawn Palmer stated. Rangeview is 3-0 so far in this year’s games.


When Coach Palmer was asked how he made his roster picks coming into the season he said, “It was difficult because we didn’t get that many workouts in, but we kind of had an idea, based on the JV performance from last season, and we got some new players from out of state.”


All players and staff had to adjust to the new system and rules. They were unable to see each other as often to get workouts in, but when they had the opportunity, the coaching staff gave many players the opportunity to prove themselves.

The Rangeview boys basketball team have started their season off with three wins. Their next game is at Rangeview against Fairview at 7pm on February 3, 2021. Tune in at NFHS. Go Raiders!

Rangeview made it to the Final Four of the state tournament last year, before the season was cut short due to Covid.