Cards fall in second round |

Cards fall in second round

ENGLEWOOD — Eric Sarno couldn’t have been happier with the way his Grand Valley High School girls soccer team played this season — even if the way the season ended was bittersweet.

“It was great, absolutely,” the Cardinals’ coach said after his team lost, 6-1, to Kent Denver in the second round of the Class 3A State Championships on Saturday. “For us to make it to the second round of the playoffs, I have nothing to complain about.”

Ashlynn Speakman’s goal in the 35th minute accounted for all of the scoring for the Cardinals (13-3-1 overall), who were making their first playoff appearance. The Sun Devils had taken a 4-1 halftime lead and cruised from there.

Speakman’s goal was her 30th of the season which, like the 13 wins the team tallied this season, is a record for the program.

“Their players made the plays they needed to,” Sarno said. “But I’m excited for us. We return nine starters next year. The sky in front of us looks pretty bright right now.

Kent Denver, the No. 6 seed, moves on to play at No. 3 seed Coal Ridge on Wednesday in the 3A quarterfinals.

Rams fall in 2nd round of girls soccer playoffs to Peak to Peak

LAYFAETTE — Taylor Adams’ second-half goal off a pass from Natalie Olivas helped break up a shutout, but it couldn’t make up for a three-goal deficit in the Rams’ 3-1 loss to Peak to Peak in the second round of the 3A State Championships.

Roaring Fork’s goal came in the final minutes of the match, but second-seeded Peak to Peak had already built a 3-0 lead. The Rams’ season ended at 13-3-1 overall.

“They were definitely the better team today,” said Roaring Fork coach Heather Fox, who said she was missing two starters due to injuries. “I do wonder how the outcome would have been if we had been totally at full strength. Obviously, we would have liked to have gone further.”

Short-staffed Demons take third at league meet

Glenwood Springs High School’s boys swimming team used its seven swimmers to full potential on Saturday, placing third as a team at the six-team Western Slope Conference Championships at the El Pomar Natitorium.

Among the top finishers was Jack Cassidy, who set a new personal record in the 500-yard freestyle with a first-place time of 4 minutes, 56.33 seconds. He also finished second in the 200 individual medley in 2 minutes, 2.53 seconds, as he was touched out at the wall by Moffat County’s Matt Hulstine (2:00.01).

Glenwood’s Zachary Baker was second in the 100 backstroke in 58.88, and the Demons’ 200 freestyle relay team of Luke Herron, Jon Birzon, Baker and Cassidy took third place in 1:37.97.

The state meet will take place on Friday and Saturday in Thornton.

Rifle baseball team falls to Air Academy in 4A first round

COLORADO SPRINGS — Triston Quigley and Bailey Hoffmeister accounted for each of the two hits for the Rifle High baseball team, which couldn’t catch up from a six-run deficit during its 6-1 loss to Air Academy in the first round of the Class 4A District Tournament.

A five-run second inning for the No. 4-seeded Kadets staked them to a 6-0 lead, and the Bears (13-7) weren’t able to catch up. Danny Bartels took the loss, allowing five earned runs and six hits with one walk and a strikeout in two innings.

Teig Hauer pitched four scoreless innings in relief of Bartels.

Rifle won its final seven games of the regular season to reach the 4A playoffs, clinching the league’s third and final seed in the postseason.

“Our kids had a great season and did a lot of things well,” Rifle coach Troy Phillips said. “They made a really good push at the end of the year.”

Palisade, the WSL’s league champ, lost, 5-4, in eight innings to Pueblo East in the first round.

Roaring Fork baseball team falls to tough Holy Family squad in first round

BROOMFIELD — Roaring Fork couldn’t carry its first-inning momentum over for the remainder of the game, eventually losing a 12-2 decision to Holy Family in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs.

Holy Family closed the game out in the sixth inning with a three-run frame after Roaring Fork (7-13 overall) had stayed within 6-2 going into the fifth inning.

Oscar Olivas’ RBI single in the first inning gave Roaring Fork a 1-0 lead early. But Holy Family’s offense, which cranked out three home runs during the game, was too much for Roaring Fork to handle.

“We have nothing to hang our heads about,” Roaring Fork coach Marty Madsen said. “We had a great season based on the circumstances we were faced with.”

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