Prep roundup, March 8, 2014
Eagles topple Ridgway for 2A state berth
Paonia withstood Ridgway’s final rally and defeated the Demons 47-42 in a Class 2A regional final, earning the Eagles a trip to this week’s state tournament in Pueblo.
“It was a goal to get there,” Paonia coach Scott Rienks said of the state berth, “and I’m proud of them for getting it done.”
For the overall difference in the game, Rienks pointed to the Eagles’ man-to-man full-court press and the turnovers it caused. Paonia started the game using a man press off missed shots and a zone press off made shots, but Ridgway was handling the zone press, so the Eagles eventually went with just the man press, and the Demons never solved it.
Rienks said the Eagles (19-5) pushed their lead to 11 points several times, but Ridgway (17-6) kept clawing back, including the fourth quarter, when the Demons hit two 3-pointers to get back in the game.
Rienks said Ridgway made a free throw with 48 seconds left to cut Paonia’s lead to 45-42, and Eagles point guard Carson Pipher fouled out on the play that sent the Demons to the foul line. However, Paonia’s Ashley VanVleet drained two free throws in the final 30 seconds for the final points of the game.
Paonia will learn who it plays in the state quarterfinals today when CHSAA reseeds the 2A field and announces the pairings.
Manitou Springs 42, Grand Valley 37: The 10th-seeded Cardinals (18-6) bowed out of the playoffs in a 3A regional final against seventh-seeded Manitou Springs (18-6).
Peak to Peak 49, Olathe 38: Olathe (18-6) scored two points in the second quarter and trailed 22-7 at halftime against No. 5-seed Peak to Peak (19-5) in a 3A regional final.
Holy Family 62, Cedaredge 43: The 16th-seeded Bruins fell behind 12-3 in the first quarter, and top-seeded Holy Family (23-1) gradually pulled away in their 3A regional final at Holy Family.
Colo. Springs Christian clobbers Cardinals
No. 3-seed Colorado Springs Christian routed Grand Valley 62-19 in a Class 3A regional final game at Colorado Springs Christian.
The Lions (21-3) advance to this week’s state tournament.
The Cardinals (15-9) were limited to two points in the first quarter and trailed 31-8 at the half.
Griffins take second in season’s first meet
The District 51 Griffins opened the season with a second-place finish at the Southwestern League Relays.
The Griffins won four of the 13 events and finished with 404 points, 10 behind team champion Montrose, which won six events.
District 51 coach Donald Ray Craft said his team swam well and posted some good times, which pleasantly surprised him after what he called “a hard two weeks of practice.”
Fruita’s team play nets rare win over Aspen
Alyssa Urban scored six goals as Fruita Monument defeated Aspen 13-10 in nonleague game at Long Family Park.
The Wildcats (2-0) picked up their first win against Aspen under third-year coach Mark Twardowski, who lauded Fruita’s team effort.
“We played very good, mature lacrosse,” he said. “We looked like a team, played like a team.”
Danielle Oleson, Nicole Twardowski and Lindsey Burenheide scored two goals apiece for the Wildcats, and Burenheide added five assists. Fruita goalie Lynzie Kytle made nine saves, facing 19 shots.
The two teams play in the same league, but this contest did not count in the league standings.
Wildcats’ balanced attack keys victory
Five players scored for Fruita Monument (1-0-1) as the Wildcats beat Montezuma-Cortez 6-0 in a Southwestern League match at Canyon View Park.
The Wildcats led 4-0 at halftime and allowed only two shots on goal from the Panthers.
“One of the goals for this weekend was to have multiple players involved in the attack,” Fruita Monument coach Jeff Shuldener said. “We had 12 different players who took shots on the net. It was a matter of players helping out on the attack and switching up so everyone could get involved.”
Palisade 6, Delta 0: The Bulldogs (2-0) hammered a depleted Delta (1-1) squad that was missing four players from outlying towns who were playing in basketball postseason games.
Columbine 9, Grand Junction 0: The Tigers dropped to 0-2 with the nonleague loss
Wildcats open season with two dual wins
Fruita Monument defeated Steamboat Springs 6-1, then beat Aspen 6-1 as the Wildcats opened the season with pair of nonleague dual victories.
No. 3 singles player Shannon Hautzinger and the No. 1 doubles team of Lyric Fortson and Sara Cesark each won both of their matches.