KATIE PICKRELL//KELSEY PHARIS
Mountain Vista High School’s varsity men’s basketball team has only one game left in the season against its biggest rival, ThunderRidge High School, who is also ranked first in the state.
Vista is just coming off of a great win against the second ranked team in Colorado, Regis Jesuit High School.
The game against Regis was back and forth the entire time. Both teams held the lead at one point or another.
At the start of the game it seemed as though it was going to be a blowout when the Golden Eagles were down, 12-4, in the first minutes of the first quarter.
The two teams ended up tied at halftime and in the last two quarters of the game it was extremely close with no one particular team taking a large lead over the other.
This intense match up ended with a last second shot by senior Brady Subart to win the game. The crowd went wild as it was almost an exact repeat of last year’s game.
Subart was also titled player of the game with 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Taking on ThunderRidge on its own turf will be a challenge for the Eagles. ThunderRidge recently defeated Regis Jesuit, 59-36.
However, ThunderRidge may be on a downward spiral following that triumph as the team was defeated by Chaparral High School, 66-42. Mountain Vista beat Chaparral earlier in the season, 70-54, at an away game.
The game is always very exciting between these two schools no matter what the rankings are. Although ThunderRidge is ranked higher than Mountain Vista, it is anybody’s guess on who will win between these two rivals.
The history of this rivalry only goes back nine years but it is always one to remember.
The two teams have met a total of nine times during the regular season of men’s basketball and for the past two years, Vista has beat ThunderRidge.
In total, the Golden Eagles have won five of the nine games against the Grizzlies.
This year alone Vista has won all varsity match-ups (excluding women’s basketball) against ThunderRidge including football, where the Golden Eagles won, 21-14.