Warriors fall short of making 5A tourney in volleyball

The Central High School volleyball team’s quest for a berth in this weekend’s Class 5A state tournament came up one victory short.

The Warriors went 1-2 in their round-robin games Saturday in the Region A tournament at Ponderosa High School in Parker.

Central, the ninth seed in the 16-team regional playoffs, lost its opener to eighth-seeded Chaparral 25-20, 17-25, 20-25,  25-17, 15-11.

“We played extremely well in that first match,” Central coach Beth Nelson said. “We just couldn’t finish that game five.”

Central then lost to the top seed in 5A, Ponderosa, 25-18, 30-28, 25-18.

The Warriors came back to defeat Eaglecrest 25-15, 16-25, 25-20, 25-12 in their final match, ending the season on a winning note.

Ponderosa and Chaparral finished first and second in the tournament and will represent the region in the state tournament, which begins Friday at the Denver Coliseum.

“It’s been a great season,” Nelson said of a Warriors squad that finished 22-4.

CROSS COUNTRY

Fruita Monument struggled in the biggest race of the season.

Saturday during the Class 5A cross country state championship at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, the Wildcats fell behind early and finished last in the team standings with 603 points.

“We had a couple of guys dealing with injuries that just didn’t go away,” Fruita Monument coach Herb Huskey said. “We fell short on our goals, but that’s OK.”

The Wildcats were led by Woody Seagren, who finished 49th in 17 minutes, 5.19 seconds. The next Wildcat runner, Tyler McDermott, finished 114th in 17:52.14.

Six of Fruita’s seven runners were seniors and Huskey said it was a fun group to coach.

“They were a good crew to hang out with,” Huskey said. “They worked so hard all year.”

In the Class 4A boys race, Palisade’s Kevin Martinez finished 30th in 17:07.27.

In the 5A girls race, Grand Junction’s Kelsey Slauson finished 123rd in 21:14.06.

Two Class 3A Western Slope runners turned in solid performances, with Hotchkiss’ Johanna Reed finishing fifth in 19:15.61 and Grand Valley’s Brandi Krieg sixth in 19:17.66.


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