Commissioners honor LP men's basketball team for second consecutive state title

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The El Paso County Board of Commissioners recognized the Lewis Palmer High School Rangers for their recent state championship in men's basketball.

The Rangers clenched their state championship on March 16th when they handily defeated Valor Christian High School 51-40.

A resolution presented to the Board of County Commissioners by District 1 Commissioner Darryl Glenn celebrated not only the recent state championship but a program which has achieved consistent success. This year's title marked the second consecutive championship, and the fifth year in a row that the Rangers have reached the final four.

Members of the team, along with head coach Russ McKinstry and varsity assistant coach Bill Benton, were on hand at the meeting to receive the resolution. McKinstry thanked the commissioners for taking the time to honor the team and spoke to the special nature of the team.

“The incredible fact about our program is that these are great athletes but they are better human beings,” McKinstry said.

Commissioner Darryl Glenn stressed the importance of being well rounded as well.

“We are proud to have you in the county and representing our region. The fact that you can succeed academically as well as athletically shows that you guys have a great future ahead,” Glenn said.

However, Glenn, who represents the district containing LPHS, did not forget the main purpose of the resolution.

“I've been watching you guys for a while and I can tell you one thing - you guys can ball!” Glenn added.