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Sport News | Former Colorado prep basketball stars help lead Stanford to win over CU Buffs – The Denver Post

BOULDER — Leah DuBois is a 10-year-old basketball fanatic from Centennial who brought a homemade sign to the CU Events Center Friday night for a women’s marquee game against Stanford.

DuBois did not encourage the Buffs. She applauded the other The Colorado team. His colorful handwritten letters on a white bulletin board told the story: “Welcome home Jana, Fran and Ashten.”

“I’m so impressed,” DuBois said. “This is so cool.”

No. 2 Stanford rallied for a 60-52 win to hand the No. 22 Buffaloes their first loss of the season. Three Cardinal players are Colorado high school products – Fran Belibi (Regis Jesuit), Jana Van Gytenbeek (Cherry Creek) and Ashten Prechtel (Discovery Canyon) – whose success as defending national college champions has inspired a new generation young players at home.

“It’s very stimulating,” said Van Gytenbeek. “Showing little girls that they can do this is really great. It makes me want to play even more.”

Prechtel added, “Coming back and playing in Colorado is always a tough game. But it’s one of my favorites. I look forward to it every year.

DuBois met Van Gytenbeek through a Cherry Creek basketball teammate during the Bruins’ 2019 run to a 5A state championship victory. A friendship blossomed. And now DuBois is tuning in to the Stanford basketball game live.

But she joined family and friends on Friday night to watch Van Gytenbeek from the third row behind the Stanford bench.

“Her arousal level is beyond 10,” said Leah’s father, Keith DuBois. “Actually, I was expecting tears.”


Sport News | Former Colorado prep basketball stars help lead Stanford to win over CU Buffs – The Denver Post

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