Prep Roundup: Titans sink Pirates, top Cowboys in volleyball
PEACH VALLEY — The girls up front for the Coal Ridge High School volleyball team made sure the Titans became the front-runners in the Class 3A Western Slope League on Saturday.
Britni Allen finished with a match-high 16 kills with six blocks and Nicole Mooney and Bailey Davis each added 12 kills for Coal Ridge, which jumped to the top of the league standings with a 23-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-17 win over Olathe at the Coal Ridge High gym.
“We came out kind of sluggish in that first set,” Coal Ridge coach Scott Black said. “We had a talk afterward and made some big adjustments. Credit to the girls for making the adjustments that I asked them to make.”
Also making a big contribution was Kaitlyn Detlefsen, who finished with eight kills and eight blocks, giving her 16 blocks in two matches on Saturday. The Titans (8-5 overall, 2-0 3A WSL) have won five straight and are tied with Grand Valley (4-6, 2-0) atop the league standings.
The Titans play a nonleague match at Paonia on Thursday.
Coal Ridge def. Gunnison 25-8, 25-6, 25-15
PEACH VALLEY — Maggie Bell had five aces, Bailey Davis added 10 kills and four aces and Leah Kanakaraj chilled in 11 digs and two aces to help the Titans easily prevail over the Cowboys in their first league match of the day.
Gunnison def. Roaring Fork 16-25, 25-13, 25-21, 25-23
CARBONDALE — Grace Brown’s 33 digs were a highlight for the Rams (3-5, 1-2 WSL) in their four-set loss to the Cowboys. Lily Ramos had six kills, 26 digs and a solo block, Jasmin Lopez added three aces and Leelah Ahumada added five kills for Roaring Fork.
“We played not one, but two strong teams today,” Roaring Fork coach Jenn Dority said. “We are learning about mental strength and self-discipline.”
Olathe def. Roaring Fork 25-10, 25-17, 25-18
CARBONDALE — Grace Brown finished with two aces and 15 digs, Lily Ramos had 15 digs and six aces and Lyndsay Hansen added five kills and three blocks for the Rams in their loss to the Pirates early Saturday afternoon.
Crisler, Martinez shine for Coal Ridge at Hotchkiss Invitational
HOTCHKISS — Noah Crisler and Mariela Martinez of Coal Ridge each managed 12th-place individual finishes to pace their respective boys and girls teams during the Hotchkiss Invitational cross country meet on Saturday.
Crisler finished in 19 minutes, 29.99 seconds for the 3A school in a meet that included bigger schools like 4A Montrose and 5A Fruita Monument. Also placing high was Grand Valley’s Joel Carrasco, who was 17th in 19:49.47.
Other finishers for the Titans included Dalton Miner (28th, 20:30.18) and Javier Davila (31st, 20:43.76). Jonathan Smith (58th, 22;38.86) and Trevor Andrews (66th, 23:00.24) were Grand Valley’s other finishers.
Ian Meek of Montrose crossed the finish line first in 17:30.64.
In the girls meet, Martinez, a Coal Ridge senior, clocked in at 24:11.07. Not far behind was teammate Molly Mello (19th, 24:54.77) and Grand Valley’s Gabriele Coleman (34th, 27:18.27).
Also finishing were Diana Arizaga of Grand Valley (43rd, 29:45.55) and Aiyana Castorena of Coal Ridge (50th, 33:32.92).
Mykayla Music of Delta won the race in the 57-runner field in 21:44.73.
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It may be by a technicality, but the Valley Valkyries 7s rugby club were the de facto champions of their hosted tournament Saturday.