Undefeated Tigers open 5A playoffs Friday night

Grand Junction High School opens its playoff run at 7 p.m. Friday at Stocker Stadium, the first of three games at the park this weekend.

The Tigers (9-0), seeded second in the Class 5A playoffs, face Chatfield (3-6).

Saturday at 1 p.m., Colorado Mesa University plays Adams State in the Mavericks’ final home game of the season.

Fruita Monument (4-5) hosts Heritage (3-6) at 6:30 Saturday evening in a Class 5A non-qualifier game.

Central (1-8) plays at Hinkley (2-7) at 4 p.m. Thursday in Aurora in another Class 5A non-qualifier game.

Tickets for Grand Junction’s playoff game are $6 for students, $8 for adults. Only CHSAA passes will be accepted.

Regular-season ticket prices apply to Fruita’s game, $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens.

In Class 1A, second-seeded Hotchkiss (9-0) hosts No. 15 Sargent (5-4) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hotchkiss High School.

Palisade (7-2), which wraps up its regular season Friday night at Delta, slipped to No.10 in Class 3A in the Denver Post media poll.

Once playoff pairings are announced, the Post stops ranking teams until after the state championship game, so there are no rankings this week in Class 5A, Class 1A and 8-man and 6-man football.

Grand Junction, despite its No. 2 seed in the playoffs, finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in Class 5A. Columbine (9-0) received the No. 1 seed, with one more wildcard point than the Tigers.

Rifle (9-0) is ranked fifth in Class 3A and Battle Mountain (8-1) seventh.

Montrose (8-1) stayed at No. 5 in Class 4A and Olathe moved back into the rankings at No. 10 after defeating Aspen last weekend to win its third straight Western Slope Conference title.

Palisade’s volleyball team opens the Class 4A Region A tournament at 8 a.m. Saturday at Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs against Roosevelt. The Bulldogs (19-4) then play Niwot at 11 a.m.

The top two seeds in the tournament, Cheyenne Mountain and Palisade (19-4), wrap up the round-robin at 3:30 p.m.

The Class 2A Region C tournament, originally announced as being played at Telluride, has been moved to Palisade High School on Saturday. Meeker, Mancos, Rangely and Telluride are in the field. The Class 1A Region A tournament with Mountain Valley, Norwood, Sierra Grande and Vail Christian, is Saturday at Western State College in Gunnison.

The top two teams in each region qualify for the state tournament Nov. 11-12 at the Denver Coliseum.


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