Rifle, Glenwood open state tourney on the road
The Western Slope League is at a decided disadvantage when it comes to state tournament seedings. Front range teams don’t see much of the Slope squads and, in the Class 4A in particular, the a bulk of the voting base is also on the Front Range. Staff ReportThe Western Slope League is at a decided disadvantage when it comes to state tournament seedings. Front range teams don’t see much of the Slope squads and, in the Class 4A in particular, the a bulk of the voting base is also on the Front Range. So it’s not a big surprise that Western Slope boys soccer teams didn’t get the highest seeds when the Colorado High School Activities Association released the state tournament brackets Sunday. Of the four state tournament qualifiers that play the regular season in the 4A WSL, only league champion Battle Mountain hosts a first-round playoff game. And the Huskies barely slipped into a host seed.Despite posting a 13-2 record and being ranked in the top 10 of the Denver Post and RockyPreps polls, the Huskies were the No. 16 seed in the 32-team bracket. Battle Mountain faces 17 seed Ranum (9-6).Rifle (9-4-2) and Glenwood Springs (12-2-1) were grouped close together in the seedings, but not in the order one might expect.Rifle finished lower in the league standings and didn’t win in two games against Glenwood but earned the 20th seed, while Glenwood took the 21st spot. The Bears did, however, hand Battle Mountain its only league loss of the season.Rifle travels to Summit (9-3-3) of the Jeffco League for the first round, while Glenwood makes the trip to Niwot (11-4) of the Northern League.Moffat County (9-5-1) is the 23rd seed and faces Mountain View (11-2-1).The games must be completed by Wednesday. Schedules are expected to be released today.Class 3AIn the Class 3A bracket, things turned out mostly as expected for Western Slope teams. League champion Basalt (13-1-1), which had a bye through the regional round is the second seed and hosts No. 16 James Irwin (8-5-2) of the Colorado Springs Tri-Peaks League.The Roaring Fork Rams (6-8-2), who defeated Fountain Valley last week in the regional round, will have a tough state opener on the road against the state’s No. 1 team in unbeaten Faith Christian (15-0) of the Metro League.Vail Mountain (7-3-3) is the other qualifier from the Western Slope and faces No. 5 seed Denver Christian (9-4-2).According to the CHSAA Web site first-round games must be complete by Saturday.According to the CHSAA Web site first-round games must be complete by Saturday.
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The 40th annual Demon Invitational track and field meet takes place Saturday, May 15 at Stubler Memorial Field.