Prep Notebook: Some coaches are still trying to keep things quiet
There’s still a certain element of secrecy to high school sports, and it’s showing — or not showing — for some prep teams in Garfield County.
Among them is Coal Ridge High School’s volleyball team, which will be one of 12 schools that will host a regional round of the Class 3A state tournament this weekend. The 11th-seeded Titans will host St. Mary’s Academy and Eagle Ridge in the Region 11 Tournament, which begins at noon on Saturday at Coal Ridge High School.
Eagle Ridge and St. Mary’s Academy each have statistics for their players that cover the course of the 2014 season posted at http://www.maxpreps.com. Coal Ridge, however, does not have individual statistics posted on the site — by choice.
“Why would I want to give away something on our girls?” Coal Ridge coach Scott Black said at the end of this past regular season. “It just gives [other teams] a chance to scout us.”
The Colorado High School Activities Association requires all schools sanctioned within the organization to post their final game scores on the MaxPreps team site. CHSAA, however, does not require that either team or individual statistics be posted, leaving that at the discretion of the team’s coaches.
A majority of teams do post statistics for their players and teams, giving athletes a chance to see how their statistics stack up against people in their league or people around the country. And most coaches who do not post statistics online still have someone keeping statistics for their team.
Among the teams that don’t post team or individual stats online are the football teams at Roaring Fork, Grand Valley and Coal Ridge.
Former Grand Valley girls basketball coach Mike Johnson had stats for his team posted for the whole season headed into the Cardinals’ Class 3A regional March 7 and 8, but said he deleted them right before the tournament to give his opposing coaches one less thing with which to scout his team. And it seems like it worked: Grand Valley beat Kent Denver, 44-43, in overtime before falling 42-37 to Manitou Springs in the regional title game.
Bears to the air?
Rifle High School’s football team has always looked to show more balance between the run and pass out of its Wing-T offense. This season, that’s starting to show.
Bears senior quarterback Layton Stutsman, following a standout performance this past Friday night against Glenwood Springs, has the top quarterback rating among regular starting signal callers in the 3A Western Slope League. Stutsman’s QB rating is 121.7, with Glenwood sophomore Dante Sparaco (84.3) in second and Delta’s Cade Gafford (72.9) in third. Statistics are what were provided on MaxPreps through Tuesday night.
A quarterback rating is calculated using a player’s passing attempts, completions, yards, touchdowns, and interceptions, according to http://www.NFL.com. Since 1973, passer rating has been the official formula used by the NFL to determine its passing leader.
Headed into Friday night’s regular-season finale at home against Summit, Stutsman is 43-for-80 passing for 877 yards and 12 touchdowns with just two interceptions. Against the Demons, he was 6-for-12 passing for 177 yards and a touchdown with one interception.
Friday night lights in Denver
Glenwood Springs High School’s boys and girls basketball teams will, for the second consecutive year, take part in the Denver Nuggets’ Preps to Pros program.
The program gives high school programs around the state a chance to play a “home” game inside of the Pepsi Center in Denver. Last season, Steamboat Springs was the recipient and chose the Demons as their opponent for the boys and girls basketball doubleheader.
This season, Glenwood was the recipient. The Demons chose longtime rival Rifle Bears as their opponent.
The game will take place at the Pepsi Center in Denver on Dec. 19. Tip-off times will be 1:15 p.m. for the girls game and 3 p.m. for the boys game. Everyone who buys a ticket can see the Nuggets play the Los Angeles Clippers later that night.
Both games will count in the Class 4A Western Slope League standings. The Rifle boys and Glenwood girls are the defending league champions.
Information: Glenwood Springs boys coach Cory Hitchcock, 970-819-5845.
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