Girls' basketball (3A-A): All-area first-team selections
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The best in the Pikes Peak region for the 2011-12 season.
Frank Haist, Vanguard: The 2A landscape shook a bit when Haistâ€™s Coursers toppled longtime Black Forest front-runner ECA on Jan. 14. The win was monumental not only because of ECAâ€™s run of success, but because the Eagles were senior-laden and Vanguard didnâ€™t have a senior on the roster. ECA eventually avenged the loss with a pair of lopsided victories, but the message was sent in that first meeting that Haist has built a new power at the young charter school best known for its rigorous academic standards. It didnâ€™t hurt matters that Haist can coach his best player full-time. Junior point guard Bailey Haist â€” his daughter â€” emerged as the floor general, the best ball-handler, a reliable shooter and a calming influence against pressure. The Haist duo and everyone else on the Vanguard team can expect to see plenty of pressure in the future, as the top dog gets everyoneâ€™s best shot. And thatâ€™s where Haist has the Coursers pointed.