Prep Notebook: Tigers’ football team is ranked 10th in 5A poll

The Grand Junction High School football team has finally gotten some statewide recognition.

In Monday’s Denver Post Top 10 football poll, the Tigers (7-1) were ranked 10th in Class 5A.

Grand Junction took the place of the team that handed the Tigers their lone loss this year, Highlands Ranch.

“It’s good for the guys to be recognized on that side of the mountain,” Grand Junction coach Robbie Owens said. “But in the end it really doesn’t count for anything, the wild card points are more important.”

The Tigers dropped in the wild card points from seventh to 10th with 96.875 points. A win Friday over Durango won’t improve the Tigers’ standing too much, but it should keep them from dropping further.

Fruita Monument is currently 30th in the wild card with 78.875 points, and has to defeat Montrose on Thursday to keep its playoff hopes alive.

Central is 46th with 67.500 points. The Warriors can make a big jump Saturday by defeating Lakewood. Lakewood is eighth in the wild card.

In the 3A Denver Post poll, Palisade jumped from three to two after then-No. 1 ranked Mountain View’s 27-7 loss to Silver Creek.

The Bulldogs are fifth in the wild card points with 78.625. Western Slope Conference leader Glenwood Springs is second in wild card with 80.875.

Aspen’s loss to Coal Ridge dropped it from No. 1 to No. 3 in the 2A poll; Olathe jumped to ninth.

In 1A, Hotchkiss moved from No. 5 to No. 4.

8-Man postseason

The Class 1A-8 man football season is made up of eight divisions and four conferences. This weekend, the top four teams in each division will play a cross conference game to establish four qualifiers from each conference to be placed in a 16-team playoff bracket.

That being said, the cross-over games are not playoff games.

The Western Conference consists of the Mountain Division (Antonito, La Veta, Sanford, Sangre de Cristo, Sierra Grande, South Park) and the Western Division (Dove Creek, Mancos, Norwood, Nucla, Plateau Valley).

Plateau Valley finished in the top four in the Western Division by defeating Nucla last Saturday, and is playing in a conference crossover game Saturday at 1 p.m. at La Veta.

Details, Details, Details

The Colorado High School Activities Association released the playoff seedings for boys soccer and volleyball on Sunday.

The initial bracket contained the teams that made it in, but no game information.

Monday, the times were set for both Fruita Monument and Grand Junction’s Tuesday playoff soccer game. The Wildcats are playing at 6 p.m. against Bear Creek at Lakewood Memorial Park.

The Tigers play at Fairview High School at 6 p.m.

If Fruita wins, it plays the winner of Eaglecrest and Douglas County. If Grand Junction wins, it plays the winner of Arapahoe and Ponderosa.

The 5A volleyball district tournaments was released on Sunday with 48 teams making the postseason. After Saturday, that number will be whittled to 16.

In all of the district tournaments, the six teams are broken up into two three-team pools. The top team out of each pool plays the second-place team from the other pool. The winners of those games both qualify for the regionals, but play a district championship match to determine who gets the higher seed in regionals.

Central received the No. 31 seed and plays at Chaparral in the District 2 tournament.

Central is in pool A with No. 1 Chaparral and No. 47 Northglenn. The Warriors’ first match is against Northglenn before playing Chaparral.

Fruita Monument’s District 3 tournament hasn’t been released, but the Wildcats are playing Saturday at Ponderosa.

Palisade is playing in the 4A District 8 tournament in Durango. The Bulldogs are in Pool B with Delta and Mountain View. Palisade begins with Mountain View at 9 a.m. before playing Delta at 11:30 a.m.


Hotchkiss High School wunderkind Natalie Anderson continued her domination last Saturday by winning the 3A regional at Cortez.

The Bulldogs’ freshman finished in 21:26, which was nearly 11 seconds better than the second-place finisher.

Anderson will attempt to become the first runner from Hotchkiss to win an individual state title on Saturday at the state cross country championships at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds in Aurora.


Grand Junction High School tennis player Spencer Weinberg was named The Denver Post’s student athlete of the week.


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