State playoff contests await Demons, Basalt, RFHS
Prep sports fans – break out the blankets and heavy coats. You may need them.Playoff action for area fall sports teams increases this week with scheduled state playoff contests in boys soccer, football and volleyball slotted this week.On Tuesday, Basalt hosts a Class 3A boys soccer quarterfinal playoff match against Peak to Peak High School of Lafayette.Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.
The Longhorns, seeded No. 2 in the single-elimination 3A tournament, advanced from the first round of 16 teams on a 3-0 shutout win over James Irwin from Colorado Springs Wednesday.No. 7 Peak to Peak edged No. 10 Kent Denver, 1-0, in its first-round playoff game.The winner from Tuesday’s game moves Saturday’s 3A semifinals in Arvada against either Salida or Colorado Springs Christian.In other playoff games involving Western Slope teams, regular-season 4A WSL champ, Battle Mountain was eliminated in the second-round, 4-0, by No. 1 Colorado Springs Liberty Saturday.Roaring Fork opens the Class 2A football playoffs Saturday afternoon in Carbondale with a 1 p.m. game against Monte Vista of the Intermountain League.The Class 3A regular football season concludes Friday with playoff-bound teams Glenwood Springs and Rifle hosting conference opponents.
The Demons host Steamboat Springs at GSHS’s Stubler Memorial Field. Further west, Rifle faces winless Battle Mountain at Bears Stadium. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. starts.Grand Valley ended the football season on a down note, falling 18-6 at Class 1A state playoff bound Meeker.Both Glenwood and Roaring Fork’s volleyball teams move on to regional tournament play this weekend.The Rams, after winning Saturday’s Class 3A, District 2 tournament in Grand Junction, hope to host one of the four regional tournaments.The Demons, runners-up at the Class 4A, District 6 tournament at Pueblo West High School, are not as fortunate.Glenwood will has to earn its second straight trip to the 4A state tournament in Denver on the road.
Regional sites and the teams both area schools will face were unavailable at press time.Complete information will appear in a future edition of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent when it is released by the Colorado High School Activities Association.In a Class 2A district tournament at Rangely High School on Saturday, Grand Valley won two games in pool play, advancing to the semifinals against Meeker.The Cardinals failed to keep up their momentum in Saturday’s match with the Cowboys, dropping a 3-1 decision.After losing the first game, 25-22, Grand Valley tied the match at 1-all on a 25-22 win, then lost their next two games.
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