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All-South Metro Basketball teams loaded with talent

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Most basketball coaches would love to have a well-rounded team.

With the 14 players — seven boys and seven girls — selected to the 2017-18 Colorado Community Media All-South Metro teams, that is exactly what a coach would have.

The boys team would have outstanding guard play from Rock Canyon’s Sam Masten, Kaison Hammonds of ThunderRidge and Tyson Gilbert of Rock Canyon.

Ronnie DeGray III of Chaparral, Highlands Ranch’s Brendan Sullivan, Connor Staib of Mountain Vista and Ponderosa’s Connor Hawk can swing from playing in the paint or can shoot from the perimeter.

The girls team has floor leaders in guards Tommi Olson of Highlands Ranch and Jana Van Gytenbeek of Cherry Creek, plus an accurate shooter in Dani Mills of Mountain Vista.

And there would be no worries about rebounding or scoring inside, with Autumn Watts of Highlands Ranch, Madison Hema of Castle View, Sydney Speights of Chaparral and Rebekah Sandstrom of Littleton.

The biggest question for both squads would be which five players to put on the court at the same time.

The teams were picked by the CCM sports staff, with input from area coaches. Players were eligible from schools in the Littleton and Englewood districts, Cherry Creek High School and all schools in Douglas County.

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