Sports: Prep Notebook November 20, 2008

Bruins look to add to dominance

Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village has had a dominant fall season, winning the Class 5A state championship in volleyball, boys cross country and boys tennis. The Bruins finished second in boys golf, third in girls cross country.

Cherry Creek is looking to add a fourth state championship after the Bruins upset the No. 1 seed in the football playoffs, Grandview, 26-20 last week. Cherry Creek is in the semifinals Saturday and takes on Mullen.

TOUGH ‘D’

Speaking of teams still alive in the state football playoffs, Akron is hosting Wray on Saturday for the Class A 11-man title.

The Rams have not given up a point in their three playoff games

In fact, opposing teams have scored only 33 points combined on the Akron defense all season. No opposing team has scored more than eight points.

Wray shut out its past two playoff opponents, so defense may be the order of the day in Akron.
all state spikes

Sunday was the Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports All-State volleyball game in Broomfield. There were roughly 90 players involved, with 10 different teams (two from each level).

Western Slope players on the teams were Veronica Boyd (Dove Creek), Kailtin Councilman (Crested
Butte), Janae Kindall (Meeker), Holly Salazar (Hayden), Meagan Piering (Rangely), Kaitie Vader (Gunnison), Chloe Nelson (Coal Ridge), Kelly Romero (Coal Ridge), Ana Finley (Montrose), Ana Padget (Battle Mountain) and Katerina Garcia (Durango).

HOOPS ACCOLADES

Telluride senior boys basketball player Michael Matthews undoubtedly turned some heads at the Colorado Fall Shootout earlier this month. The showcase event drew basketball players from throughout the state.

Matthews, a 6-foot-1 shooting guard, was selected as co-Most Outstanding Player after averaging 14.5 points during the tournament in Denver.

Coming from a small school (and a Western Slope one at that), Matthews made a name for himself at the showcase.

He’s scored approximately 1,700 points in his high school career and with a good senior season could finish among the top five all-time leading scorers in state history.

Winter Dates

The first games for the winter sports season can be played Dec. 2. The Grand Junction boys basketball team plays at Uintah, Utah, and the Central girls basketball team plays at Rifle. Wrestling and swimming begins for all four valley schools that weekend.
hot ticket of the weekend

Only two football teams are left on the Western Slope. In Class 2A, Olathe hosts Faith Christian and in Class 3A, Glenwood Springs hosts Mountain View. Both games are Saturday at 1 p.m., with the winners advancing to their respective championship game Nov. 29 at Legacy Stadium. The Class 2A title game begins at 11 a.m., followed by the 3A championship at 2:30 p.m.

NUMBERS

0: Losses this season by the Western Slope’s two remaining football playoff teams, Glenwood Springs
and Olathe.

4: Blocked kicks in Saturday’s Greeley West-Montrose football game (two extra points and a field goal by Montrose, one extra point by Greeley West).

16: Points given up by Olathe in its two playoff games, the least of any of the 2A state semifinalists.

517: Offensive yards for Glenwood Springs quarterback Dakota Stonehouse in the Demons’ 50-39 victory over Berthoud on Saturday — 368 passing and 149 rushing.


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