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Twins are powerhouse basketball performers


Standley Lake seniors Garrett and Savannah Martin have been double trouble for Jefferson County 4A basketball opponents this season.

The Martins are fraternal twins and like most siblings are very competitive.

Some of the first evidence of their competitiveness was evident when they played T-ball as 4-year-olds.

Savannah is very quick to point out that she is minutes older than her brother and came out first.

Their parents, Heather and Billy, have been able to see every game for both twins this season, either watching live in person or on video because they were attending the game of the other sibling.

Now that the Jeffco 4A season has started, boys and girls basketball games are played at different venues.

They split attending weekday games and then go the watch the offspring they didn’t see for the weekend contests.

“Weekend game were fabulous in the off-season, there were doubleheaders,” said Heather.

Both Martins rank among the Jeffco leaders.

Garrett, a 6-3 forward, is third in the league with a 19.8 scoring average. He is second with 9.2 rebounds a game and second in double doubles with six.

“Garrett is having a great year on the court playing as well as leading this team of young athletes. He is an absolute pleasure to coach and gives everything he has when on the floor,” said Ted Allen, head boys basketball coach at Standley Lake.

Garrett hit .490 last baseball season as a middle infielder and is planning to attend McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas, with hopes of landing a Division I offer and follow in the footsteps of his dad.

No, we are not talking about that Billy Martin who played and managed the Yankees.

Garrett’s father was a four-year standout at the University of Texas at Arlington and played professional baseball in the Mets, Diamondbacks and Nationals organizations. He was a three-time minor league All-Star.

Savannah is 5-9 forward who is uncertain on which college she will attend. She is fourth in Jeffco scoring with a 15.8 but leads in rebounding and blocks with averages of 13.3 and 27 blocks. She leads the state’s 4A players with 11 double doubles.

“She has played at an elite level this year,” said Gators’ girls coach Lee Gibson. “She’s scoring, rebounding and doing all the other things for us. She’s also been a leader for us, keeping everybody positive. The best thing you can say about Savannah is she has all the talent and uses every time she steps on the floor.”

Hot stove season

I don’t know if there is a hot stove league for high school football.

The term hot stove is for baseball’s off-season where baseball fans used to sit around a hot stove in the winter to discuss moves, changes and hopes for their favorite teams.

Well, there are several area high schools looking for new head football coaches and Thornton has hired one.

Nick Trombetta, who led Denver North to a 7-3 record last season, has been named head coach at Thornton, where he used to be an assistant coach.

Athletic directors and administrators at Arapahoe, Englewood, Faith Christian, Highlands Ranch and Valor Christian are still scanning resumes to find people to take over the reins of their football programs.

Jim Benton is a sports writer for Colorado Community Media. He has been covering sports in the Denver area since 1968. He can be reached at jbenton@coloradocommunitymedia.com or at 303-566-4083.


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