Playoffs, tournaments on high school agenda
Prep sports will serve up a big weekend of playoffs and tournaments, starting bright and early Friday morning.
The Regional Tennis Championship were set to begin at 9 a.m. Friday at the Elliott Tennis Center on the campus of Mesa State College in Grand Junction.
Matches also are scheduled at the nearby Lincoln Park tennis courts.
Ten schools, including Glenwood Springs and Roaring Fork, will compete in the Regionals in an effort to qualify for the State Championships.
The top two in each division will advance to the state meet the following weekend.
The tennis tournament will continue on Saturday at the same Mesa State and Lincoln Park courts.
Other schools competing include Aspen, Cedaredge, Delta, Hotchkiss, Montezuma Cortez, Montrose, Paonia, Ridgway and Steamboat Springs.
Montrose is traditionally the power of the region with a strong challenge this year from Aspen, featuring two-time defending Regional No. singles champion Laura Gordon.
The 4A State Tennis Championships will be held May 9-11 at Pueblo City Park.
High school girls soccer Regionals are scheduled this weekend in Class 4A.
The Western Slope League-champion Glenwood Springs Demons (11-2-1) will host Skyline of Longmont (9-4-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Stubler Memorial Field.
Rifle, the No. 3 qualifier out of the WSL, will travel to Lewis-Palmer for a 1 p.m. Regional match on Saturday.
Lewis-Palmer is 9-4-1 overall after finishing 8-1-1 in the Colorado Springs Metro League.
Rifle is 8-5-2 overall, with ties coming against both Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs.
Steamboat, the No. 2 qualifier from the league, will host Legacy of Broomfield at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The 3A and 4A teams from the Western Slope League will play their respective District Tournaments this weekend. The 3A team will play at home sites Friday before shifting to Canyon View Park in Grand Junction for the Saturday semifinals and championship (and third-place) games.
Roaring Fork will host Gunnison at 4 p.m. Friday in one of the 3A quarterfinal matchups.
Games on Saturday in Grand Junction are scheduled to start at 9 a.m.
The championship is set for 2 p.m. with the third-place game at 4 p.m.
The top three teams from the 3A tournament advance to Regionals.
The 4A District Tournament will be played Friday and Saturday at Cooper Field in Rifle.
Moffat County will take on Montrose in the first game at 2 p.m. Friday.
Host Rifle will play Palisade at 4:30 p.m.
The winners of Friday’s semifinals will qualify for Regionals and advance to the 10:30 a.m. championship game on Saturday. The top two from 4A move ahead to Regionals next weekend.
Track and field
Area tracksters are heading to the Clint Wells Invitational, hosted by Moffat County High School in Craig, on Saturday.
The meet is the final tuneup before the all-important Regional Championships May 10-11 in Grand Junction.
The meet in Craig is named for former Moffat County standout Clint Wells, a multiple state champion in cross country and track. He also was an all-conference basketball player.
He went on to an All-American career at the University of Colorado where he ran both cross country and track.
He remains an Olympic hopeful in distance running, specializing of late in the steeplechase.
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