Western Garfield County prep sports recap
Hitting the road for a 3A Western Slope League showdown against the Roaring Fork Rams, the Coal Ridge Titans football team dropped a tough one to the Rams, falling 27-0 and dropping a game behind the Rams in the league standings.
With one game left in the regular season, the Titans can pick up a big win with trip to Battle Mountain, Friday.
Taking on the Rifle Bears and the Grand Valley Cardinals last week with the league title on the line, the Coal Ridge Titans girls volleyball team (14-5, 7-0) pulled off the impressive feat of finishing the regular season undefeated in league play, topping the Bears in three sets (25-17, 25-8, 25-14) and the Cardinals in three sets (25-20, 25-20, 25-15).
Due to winning the league title, the Titans enter this weekend’s 3A WSL tournament in Grand Junction as the No. 1 seed.
Winning four of their final five games to close out the regular season, the Coal Ridge Titans boys soccer team (9-5-1, 6-1-1) head into the 3A Colorado State Playoffs as the No. 18 seed, where they’ll take on the No. 15 seeded Denver Christian Crusaders, Friday, at Liberty Common.
Prior to the announcement of playoff seedings, the Titans had shut out Aspen and Roaring Fork in consecutive games, out-scoring them by a combined 8-0.
Rifle Bears football:
Hitting the road to take on the Steamboat Springs Sailors last Friday, the Bears picked up a big 41-0 win, moving to 7-1 (4-1) on the year.
Up next on the schedule for Rifle is a showdown with rival Glenwood Springs, Friday.
The Bears went 0-3 last week, dropping three tough games to Coal Ridge, Delta and Steamboat Springs.
It’s been a trying year for the Bears in 2015, but head coach Kristin Noska has the Bears building toward a brighter future, flashes of which have been shown over the last few weeks.
Grand Valley Cardinals football:
Speaking of trying years, the Grand Valley Cardinals can’t seem to catch a break with injuries.
Down a number of upperclassmen, forcing head coach Tim Lenard to play a ton of freshmen and sophomores, the Cardinals are looking to make it to the finish line.
Sitting at 0-8 (0-4), the Cardinals haven’t quit.
Credit to Lenard and his staff for that.
Despite losing to Meeker 55-8 last Friday, the Cardinals showed tons of heart and determination, punching in a late touchdown to get on the board. With a number of underclassmen getting loads of playing time, the future looks promising for Lenard and the Cardinals.
After a tough loss to the Titans that cost them the league title, the Grand Valley Cardinals girls volleyball team (11-8, 6-1) bounced back in a big way to defeat the Moffat County Bulldogs, Saturday, in three sets (25-22, 25-9. 25-12).
The Cardinals now turn their attention to the 3A WSL tournament in Grand Junction, Friday and Saturday. They’ll face off with the Bulldogs for the second consecutive game, Friday.
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