Palisade earns No. 1 seed for 4A district tournament

Palisade High School’s volleyball team will get a chance to avenge its loss in the final regular-season match of the season when the Bulldogs host the Class 4A District 7 tournament.

The Bulldogs (15-4) received a No. 1 seed after winning the Western Slope League title. Match dates and times will be finalized today.

Montezuma-Cortez, Delta, Glenwood Springs, Sand Creek and Summit are in the field. Delta and Glenwood Springs defeated Palisade this season, the Demons winning Thursday night in Glenwood. The other two teams to beat the Bulldogs, Canon City and Vista Ridge, are in the District 5 tournament.

Durango, which won the Southwestern League, hosts the Class 4A District 8 tournament, which features Eagle Valley, Steamboat Springs, Pueblo Centennial, Montrose and Pueblo East.

Fruita Monument travels to the Class 5A District 7 tournament at Rangeview and Central is at Chaparral in the District 1 tournament this weekend.

The Wildcats received the No. 26 seed, with seventh-seeded Rangeview, Doherty, Legend, George Washington and Thornton also in the district.

The Warriors are the final team in the district playoffs, with Chaparral seeded first overall. Fossil Ridge, Bear Creek, Greeley West and Mountain Vista are also in District 1.

Olathe received the top seed from the Class 3A Western Slope League and hosts the four-team District 6 tournament, with Classical Academy, Coal Ridge and Manitou Springs. Roaring Fork is the No. 2 seed in District 5 at Colorado Springs Christian, with Trinidad and Brush also in the tournament.

Gunnison hosts the District 8 tournament, playing Pagosa Springs, Buena Vista and Aspen.

SOCCER

Fruita Monument achieved one goal, qualifying for the Class 5A state playoffs, but in order to advance, the Wildcats (7-8) will have to pull off a major upset.

Fruita drew the No. 30 seed and plays at No. 3 Denver East (13-2) in Tuesday’s first round. Game times will be announced today.

Cherry Creek (15-0) is the top seed, with Fairview (11-2-2) seeded second in the 32-team field.

The Wildcats are the only Southwestern League team to qualify for the 5A playoffs, but two SWL teams received home games in the 4A playoffs.

League champion Montrose (12-0-3) is seeded seventh and hosts No. 26 Sand Creek (10-4-1) on Wednesday, with No. 15 Durango (9-3-3) seeded 15th and hosting No. 18 Valor Christian (7-7-1).

Battle Mountain (12-1-2) is seeded 10 and hosts No. 23 Lewis-Palmer (6-8-1), and No. 19 Steamboat Springs (12-2-1) playing at No. 14 D’Evelyn (10-5) in the first round. Broomfield (11-3-1) is seeded first, with Evergreen (13-2) seeded second.

In Class 3A, Basalt (12-1-1) drew the No. 6 seed and hosts No. 27 Denver Academy (8-7). Roaring Fork (9-5) plays Bruce Randolph (10-4-1) as the No. 15 seed; Telluride (10-3-2) hosts Coal Ridge (11-3-1) and Hotchkiss (9-5-1) plays at fifth-seeded Faith Christian (9-2-4).

Colorado Springs Christian (12-3) is the top seed in the 32-team field, with Classical Academy (14-1) seeded second.

FOOTBALL

Plateau Valley’s 44-6 victory Friday night at Nucla put the Cowboys into the Class A 8-man cross division playoffs.

Plateau Valley (1-6) plays at Sanford (5-3) at 1 p.m. Saturday.

In other cross division games in the West Division, Norwood (7-1) hosts Sierra Grande (3-5), Dove Creek (5-3) hosts La Veta (5-3) and Sangre de Cristo (5-3) hosts Mancos (3-4).

Plateau Valley lost its first six games before breaking out against Nucla, with quarterback West Castro throwing two touchdown passes, including a 90-yarder to Ted Grundy. Jimmy Roberts ran for one touchdown and caught another TD pass, and Matt Nichols had a pair of rushing touchdowns.

Coach Dave Bristol is achieving his goal of building up the program again, with 14 of the 15 players on the team Plateau Valley students, with one from the Collbran Job Corps. Three years ago, more Job Corps students played for the Cowboys than Plateau Valley students, and eight of the 14 Plateau Valley students are underclassmen.


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