Conference Preview

Posted On: 11/22/15 2:00 AM

Other than the mud slinging all over the windshield on slushy I-25, Saturday morning was a perfect time to make a drive up to Fort Collins to catch Fossil Ridge hosting a four-team scrimmage with Longmont, Boulder and Overland – a quality lineup of perennial postseason squads.

Let’s say this first: It’s November. Teams have been practicing officially for about 10 days, with another 10 to go until the season opener. So much is still being learned. That being said, there were some observations to be made after a good morning of hoops.

BOULDER

The Panthers, who made a run to the 5A Sweet 16 last season, have a new coach in Jack Clarke, but one who knows the program well. He’s a Boulder alumnus who was an assistant at the school the past three seasons before taking over in April for former coach Eric Eisenhard, who moved to Texas.

Clarke’s team is well organized and hard-working, with solid size for the Front Range League on both the perimeter and down low. Seniors Landon Taliaferro (6-4) and Jack Boyle (6-5) are high-IQ players who can fill in at multiple positions. Both are solid shooters and tough through contact.

Boulder also

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