Sports: Prep Notes-Numbers November 06, 2008

Indians set for state volleyball

Making it back to state is a feeling of relief for the Montrose volleyball team.

The Indians are one of eight teams competing for the Class 4A state championship this weekend at the Denver Coliseum.

Montrose made the state tournament last season as a No. 4 seed but lost two matches the first day and was unable to make it out of pool play.

With that experience, the Indians set the bar higher this season, intent on making it back to the Denver Coliseum.

“It would have been a disappointment if we didn’t go back,” Montrose coach Shane Forrest said.

“With everyone back having contributed last year, we had our sights set on state.”

Despite an improved record this season, the Indians received a lower seed, No. 8 seed.

“I was surprised,”  Forrest said. “But we would have to play the same teams anyway. This just changes the order.”

The Indians will start off with No. 1 seed and last year’s state runner-up, Cheyenne Mountain, with Mullen and Windsor also in its pool.

“I don’t know much about them but they look like they are well-balanced,” Forrest said. “We have to be ready to go right from the start. We have a tendency to be a team that will get in a hole, then do a good job fighting back, and you can’t do that at state.”

Berthoud, Roosevelt, Lewis-Palmer and Skyline are the four teams in the other pool in Class 4A.

rangely’s ready

Rangley is making its third straight appearance in the 2A state volleyball tournament.

The Panthers are looking to improve on last year’s performance, when they lost their first two matches. This year the field will be just as difficult, with the Panthers in a pool with Colorado Springs School, Sangre de Cristo and Resurrection Christian.

“We have to pick it up on every single block and be able to overcome our mistakes,” Rangely coach Jimmie Mergelman said. “We have to make every point count and not get lazy.”

Rangely is led by Victory Phelan and Heather Wanstedt.

better late than never

Hotchkiss’ 68-26 win over Holyoke in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs marked the first postseason victory for the Bulldogs since 1991. Hotchkiss had only made the postseason one time in that span, losing to Platte Canyon in 2005.

ALUMNI UPDATE

John Thomas, a 2006 Montrose graduate, was selected last week as the National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week.

Thomas, a junior at Johns Hopkins University, won the 100 and 200 backstroke events at a meet at the University of Maryland on Sept. 26 and swam legs of the second-place 200 medley relay team and the victorious 200 freestyle team.

Thomas, who is the reigning NCAA champion in the 200 backstroke, is a 13-time All-American and holds two individual and two relay school records.

It is the second time in his career Thomas has been selected as the nation’s top collegiate swimmer of the week.

hot ticket of the weekend

There are five home football games Saturday on the Western Slope, so choose your favorite team.

Montrose is hosting Niwot, Palisade is taking on D’Evelyn, Glenwood Springs hosts Roosevelt,

Olathe is going against Buena Vista and Hotchkiss will play host to Yuma. All but the Glenwood
Springs game begin at 1 p.m.; the Demons kick off at 2 p.m.

NUMBERS

1: Goal given up by the Hotchkiss soccer team in its five playoff games en route to the state title.

3.7: Average yards gained per reception by the Central football team in its 49-7 loss to Chaparral on
Saturday.

33: Football games played this season at Jefferson County Stadium through last weekend’s Fruita Monument-Columbine game.

33: Points scored by the Aspen football team in the first quarter of its 60-14 victory over Coal Ridge on Friday.


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