Prep Volleyball

Bulldogs draw Discovery Canyon

Palisade High School is one of the opening acts Thursday at the state volleyball tournament.

The Bulldogs (20-5) are seeded ninth in the Class 4A tournament and face No. 8 Discovery Canyon (17-8) in the first round at 8 a.m. on Thursday at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs.

If Palisade wins, it will play top-seeded Palmer Ridge (22-3) at 2 p.m. Should the Bulldogs lose their first-round match, they’ll fall into the elimination bracket, which begins Friday morning.

Meeker (24-1) is the No. 2 seed in Class 2A, receiving a first-round bye, and plays the winner of a first-round match between Rye and Limon in the final match of the day Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

The double-elimination state tournament, featuring all six classifications at one site, runs through Saturday, with the championship matches at 6 p.m.

Prep Football

Palisade playoff tickets on sale

Tickets for Palisade’s Class 3A state football playoff game can be purchased online only.

The Bulldogs kick off at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Stocker Stadium against Pueblo East. Tickets are on sale at

Fruita Monument’s second-round Class 4A game is at 7 p.m. on Friday at fifth-seeded Erie. Top-seeded Montrose hosts Denver South at 6 p.m. on Friday.

In Class 2A, Delta plays at University at 1 p.m. on Saturday, North Fork is at top-seeded Limon at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the Class 1A quarterfinals, with Meeker traveling to Buena Vista at 1 p.m. on Saturday in another 1A quarterfinal game.

College Football

CMU drops to No. 10 in region

Despite its lopsided victory over Black Hills State, the Colorado Mesa football team fell one more spot in this week’s Division II Super Region Four rankings to No. 10.

Only seven teams receive spots in the playoffs after the end of the regular season this week.

Colorado Mines is No. 1 in the region with Western Colorado moving up to No. 5.

CMU running back Darick Holmes Jr. was voted the RMAC offensive player of the week on Monday. Holmes had a breakout game Saturday, rushing for 190 yards and four touchdowns in the Mavs’ 52-9 victory.