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‘147 Miles’ closes the book on 2016 title

Lucy Bloesser (left), an employee of The Media Center, sells a copy of "147 Miles to Boulder," the documentary about Pueblo West High School's boys basketball team's 2016 state championship, to John and Cheri Ward (right), during the premiere of the documentary at the Pueblo West High School auditorium Dec. 30, 2016.
Lucy Bloesser (left), an employee of The Media Center, sells a copy of "147 Miles to Boulder," the documentary about Pueblo West High School's boys basketball team's 2016 state championship, to John and Cheri Ward (right), during the premiere of the documentary at the Pueblo West High School auditorium Dec. 30, 2016.

As 2016 came to a close, so too came the final reflection of the Pueblo West High School boys basketball team’s 2016 4A state championship.

In a free exhibition Friday, Dec. 30 at the Pueblo West High School Auditorium, a documentary about the team’s title run, “147 Miles to Boulder,” brought the members of the championship squad together to re-live their glory.

The 58-minute long film included highlights and interviews about the team’s championship run.

It was great to get together one last time, departed senior Braden Shirley, now playing basketball at CSU-Pueblo, said.

“I still get chills from that video,” Shirley said. “It’s still a great memory and one I’ll always remember.”

Pueblo’s “The Media Center,” which also produced documentaries about Pueblo East High School’s football championships, employed videographer Bernard Jackson and director Tyler Lundquist to pull together the story about the 147-mile trek from Pueblo West High School to Boulder’s Coors Events Center, the site of the 2016 state championship game. The film was executive produced by Steve Shirley, Frank Provenza and Brad Padula.

Viewing the film allowed head coach Bobby Tyler, whose undefeated Cyclones are seeking the 2017 championship as well, to set its sights upon another title.

“As a coach, you want so bad to put last season on the back burner and focus on this season,” Tyler said. “But this is special and I’m glad we got to knock it out before the new year.”

The film is available on DVD and Bluray from The Media Center for $20 per copy. To purchase a copy, visit www.themediacenter.com.

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