Loss to Durango in district title game doesn’t cost ‘Dogs spot in regionals

The Palisade High School volleyball team lost Saturday in the championship of the District 8 tournament 25-16, 25-20, 25-7 to host Durango.

Despite the loss, the Bulldogs are moving on to regionals.

“We have had a little bit of a drought so it’s good to be moving on,” Palisade coach Wendy MacAskill said. “We still haven’t played our best, so we are excited to get another week.”

Palisade (12-4) swept Mountain View, Delta and Widefield before falling to Durango.

Jenny Thibodeau set a school record with nine aces against Widefield.

Audrey Steinkirchner had 60 kills in the four matches, including 20 against Mountain View.

Shannon Rhodes had 30 assists against Delta.

Palisade finds out its regional seed today.

Fruita Monument (18-4) lost both its matches in the District 3 tournament at Ponderosa.

The Wildcats opened the day with a 25-23, 25-23, 25-21 loss to Ralston Valley.

“We couldn’t get going,” Fruita Monument coach Bob Richardson said. “We really didn’t play well.”

The Wildcats were led by Teddi Larson’s nine kills. Camille Kovach chipped in with eight kills.

Fruita faced district host and defending state champion Ponderosa in the crossover round, losing 21-25, 25-14, 25-16, 24-26, 15-7.

“We woke up and finished strong,” Richardson said. “We gave a good effort and outplayed them in two games.”

Kovach and Larson both had 12 kills against Ponderosa.

Central (15-7) opened up its District 2 Tournament with a 25-17, 25-22, 25-16 victory over Northglenn. Ashley Wells finished with 11 kills.

The Warriors lost their other Pool A game to Chaparral 25-19, 25-18, 25-17.

“We played well against Chaparral,” Central coach Beth Nelson said. “They are one of the top teams in the state and we were there with them.”

Wells had 11 kills and 11 digs against the Wolverines.

In the crossover round, Central lost to Mountain Vista 25-8, 25-17, 24-26, 25-14.

Wells had 21 kills and two blocks in the match.

In the 4A District 7 Tournament at Eagle Valley, the host Devils defeated Montezuma-Cortez 3-1 in the championship match.

Roaring Fork won the 3A District 6 Tournament by finishing its day with 3-0 wins over Salida, Coal Ridge and Lamar.

Olathe lost its final match in the District 7 tournament in Bayfield 3-0 against the host Bears, and was unable to qualify for regionals.

In 2A, Rangely advanced to regionals with a 3-0 wins over Paonia and Soroco and a 3-2 victory against Hayden.

Paonia is the runner-up in the district and moving onto regionals.


Montrose couldn’t overcome a defensive lapse in its 2-1 loss to Broomfield in the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

“It’s a tough day,” Montrose coach Jim Pavlich said. “We wanted to go deeper in the tournament than we did.”

The Indians outshot the Eagles 14-7 but allowed two goals during a 10-minute span in the first half.

Montrose came out strong early in the second half, with Jose Zavala scoring in the 57th minute on a pass from Hector Almanza.

Goalies John Hishen and Jorge Rojas combined for three saves.

No. 17 seed Durango pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the tournament with a 2-1 win over top-seeded Cheyenne Mountain.

The Demons got two second-half goals from forward Abel Garcia and limited Cheyenne Mountain to 10 shots, three of which were saved by senior goalie John Bernazzani. Durango plays at Broomfield on Wednesday in the state quarterfinals.

Class 3A

Coal Ridge, seeded 12th, upset fifth-seeded Weld Central 2-0 in Keenesburg.

Although the Titans were outshot 14-10, they took advantage of an own goal in the 30th minute by Weld Central. In the second half, Coal Ridge got a goal from Eliel Ruiz. Goalie Tyler Guettler finished with four saves.

Basalt lost 1-0 to St. Mary’s in Colorado Springs. The Longhorns allowed a goal to Kyle McKenna in the second half.

Roaring Fork lost 4-0 to top-seeded Colorado Springs Christian. The Rams allowed three goals in the first half, including two by Daniel Broas.


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