Boys' basketball (3A-A): All-area first-team selections
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The Pikes Peak region's best from the 2011-12 season.
Mark Engesser, Colorado Springs Christian: For the second year in a row it was one loss â€” really one bad quarter â€” that derailed an otherwise perfect season for the Lions. That doesnâ€™t take away from the job Mark Engesser did in his first season at the helm. Under his direction, CSCS showed the moxie to navigate a difficult 3A schedule with perfection. The best indication of his handling of his team came against its toughest area measuring stick â€” Manitou Springs. In the first game, at Manitou, CSCS needed overtime to finally pull away for a seven-point victory. In the second game, the Lions handled business at home in regulation by three points. By the time the teams met for a third time in the district championship, CSCS had distanced itself from the Mustangs and won by 15. Engesser orchestrated this while coaching his Division-I bound son, Nate, which can often be a complication. The only thing complicating the season was a loss to Holy Family in the round of eight at state in which a 21-0 run spanning 6 minutes in the second quarter thwarted the teamâ€™s championship plans. Tough to discard more than four months of success and progress because of one 6-minute nightmare.