By Kyle Potts
1.Legend vs. Chaparral (Men’s Basketball)
Nothing beats the Crosstown throw down. Nothing. There’s always something about this game. This year it was at Legend but that didn’t mean that the home crowd didn’t show up. It may have been about a 10 point loss but the game was close until 5:30 was left in the fourth. It was neck and neck until then, with the most crowded arena they’ve ever had (surprisingly it most Chap fans…). Both were competing for good playoff position making it that much more special. Two heavy weights battling out for bragging rights, playoff position, and the pride of Parker. Undoubtedly the #1 game of the year.
2.Denver East vs. Chaparral (Volleyball)
A battle that went to a fifth set. It’s always a different game when you’re fighting to stay alive. If Chap lost this game they were out of the playoffs. And they didn’t let that happen! A close contender for the top game of the year, but the fact that makes it a playoff game, makes it that much more special. Each set besides the third was decided by less than 5 points. Chap went up 2-0 but eventually lost two straight making it tied at 2-2 going into the fifth. After 28 nail biting serves, the Chaparral girls came out victorious. The 3rd seeded team in the state proved their dominance. Everyone stepped up that game. EVERY SINGLE PLAYER! That what made it so fun to watch, making it the second most exciting game of the year.
3.Mullen vs. Chaparral (Women’s Basketball)
One of the biggest upsets of the year! For Mullen unfortunately… Still doesn’t mean it wasn’t exciting. Chaparral was the favor in this matchup and lead with a commanding lead in the 1st quarter which was chipped away at in the final minutes of the 2nd and 3rd quarter. From the middle of the third until the final moments of double overtime it was neck and neck. Even with a total of 8:00 minutes of play, both teams couldn’t find continuous success against defenses that have proven to be dominate. A lot of missed shots and costly turnovers got Mullen the unexpected victory 56-52 taking down the 3rd ranked team in the state.
4.Castle View vs. Chaparral
Chaparral was without a doubt the better team. We all knew it going into the game. Sportscaster Vic Lombardi even said, “This game is over before it started”, but clearly it wasn’t… Castle View really gave the Wolverines a run for their money. The Sabercats went on a tremendous 14-0 run in the first half. But Taiden Blaise and and his offense went out swinging. With 7:30 left in the 2nd quarter, the Wolverines went on a 11-0 run to end the first half. Whether it was the relentless blitz or he onslaught displayed through the passing game, something got to the Sabercats. The coach definitely made some good halftime adjustments and went back up by 10. And yet again Chap tied it up. With less than 3:00 to go in the 4th quarter and down by 3, Chaparral drove down the field and scored what would be the game winning touchdown. Castle View couldn’t respond and Chap won 28-24. Vic Lombardi made a bet before the game that if Castle View won, then he’d go a month without hair product. He would’ve probably pulled out his hair if they won.
5. Legend vs. Chaparral (Football)
Sometimes rivalry games make the best games. Wait, what am I saying, they’re always the best kind of games! Legend came into this game with a 3-1 record in league play. Chaparral went 2-2. At that point Legend was leading over Chaparral in the standings. And with a win in their own stadium against a decently ranked team, Legend could clinch a playoff berth. But Chaparral couldn’t let that happen. Even as the home team, there were definitely more Wolverines than Titans. A close game may have been decided by the rowdiness of the Away Fans. A game that went down to the wire that was emotional on the Chaparral bench and in the stands. Especially with the twitter drama sparking the fire. Way to go Twitter!