Fruita, GJ happy with boys state soccer seeds

The Fruita Monument and Grand Junction high school boys soccer teams got better seeds this year for the Class 5A state tournament, but both teams will still be on the road.

Fruita Monument (6-7-1) is the No. 23 seed and plays Tuesday at No. 10 seed Bear Creek (10-4).

“I’m ecstatic,” Fruita coach Dan Mc- Kee said. “Looking at all the other teams and going in with six wins, I’m happy with the No. 23 seed.

“I think our strength of schedule helped a lot.”

All of Fruita Monument’s opponents other than Central and Montezuma-Cortez made the Class 5A or 4A state playoffs.

Grand Junction (8-5-1) received the No. 27 seed and plays Tuesday at No. 6 seed Fairview (10-3-2).

“Fruita and us have much better seed than in the past,” Grand Junction coach Stephen Latta said. “I’m happy with our ranking. We beat Heritage and I think that helped.”

Game times will be announced today. In 4A, Montrose will host a first-round state playoff game and could possibly get a second home playoff game after winning the Southwestern League.

The Indians (12-2-1) received the ninth seed and Wednesday host No. 24 seed Canon City (9-5-1).

“Canon City played Durango early on and Durango handled them pretty well,” Montrose coach Jim Pavlich said.

Durango (9-4-2) is the No. 17 seed and plays at No. 16 seed Pueblo Centennial.

Western Slope League champion Battle Mountain (12-3) is the No. 12 seed and hosts No. 21 seed Green Mountain (4-9-2).

Moffat County (11-4) is the No. 30 seed and plays at No. 3 seed Windsor (14-1).

In 3A, Hotchkiss snuck in the state playoffs as the final qualifier out of the Western Slope League and received the last seed.

The Bulldogs (7-7-1) are the No. 32 seed and play Wednesday at the only undefeated team in 3A, Colorado Springs Christian (15-0).

Coal Ridge and Basalt will host first-round playoff games. Coal Ridge (14-1) is the No. 12 seed and hosts No. 21 seed Telluride (7-6-1). Basalt (10-3-1) is the No. 11 seed and hosts No. 22 seed Salida (7-6).

Roaring Fork (9-4-1) is the No. 17 seed and plays at No. 16 seed Pagosa Springs (10-5). Aspen (5-4-6) is the No. 29 seed and plays at No. 4 Classical Academy (9-5-1).

The prep volleyball district tournaments were also released on Sunday.

Palisade finished second in the Western Slope League, and travels to District 8 host Durango.

The Bulldogs (11-7) are the second seed in the district.

“I figured we were going to Durango,” Palisade coach Wendy MacAskill said. “But when it comes to districts you have to bring your best game no matter who is there.”

Fellow WSL participant Delta is the No. 3 seed in the district with Pueblo East, Mountain View and Widefield rounding out the district.

The Bulldogs enter the district tournament coming off of an interesting month. Palisade lost three of four matches early in the month before finishing the year with 3-0 wins over Delta and Glenwood Springs.

“There is always a lull in the season, and we had it a little later than we would have liked,” MacAskill said. “But the last week we got back on track and are playing really well.”

WSL winner Eagle Valley is hosting the District 7 tournament with Montezuma-Cortez, Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs, Palmer Ridge and Summit rounding out the district.

In 5A, Fruita Monument’s 17-2 overall record didn’t get the Wildcats where they thought it would. The Wildcats were given the No. 22 seed, and are going to the District 3 tournament hosted by Ponderosa.

Central (14-5) also made the postseason with the No. 31 seed. The Warriors are in the District 2 tournament hosted by Chaparral.

The top two teams out of each district qualify for regionals.

The time, dates as well as pools will be released today and Tuesday.

The 3A district tournaments also were released Sunday with Roaring Fork hosting the District 6 tournament. Olathe, Coal Ridge, Basalt and Gunnison all qualified for postseason play as well.


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