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Vol 1 Issue 9

Published October 31, 2013

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Regional Volleyball Brackets - State Football Playoff Brackets • PHOTOS • CONFERENCE REVIEWS & PREVIEWS

Cover Photo> District Volleyball at Yuma Yuma vs Holyoke (Y) # 5 Katrina Terrell (H) #20 Audi Pena, #8 Megan Humphreys, #21 Maddie King. Photo by Jerry Patterson


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Class 1A Volleyball Report

By Alicia Barry A few unranked teams played their way to district championships in Class 1A. Undefeated Dove Creek (22-0) stays at #1 with wins over Plateau Valley, Ouray, and Vail Christian in the District 1 tournament. This sets the Lady Bulldogs up in the Region E tournament with District 6 #2 Centennial and District 1 #3 Norwood. Always competitive Otis (21-1) sits at #2. The Lady Bulldogs claimed the District 5 title by sweeping Lone Star, Hi-Plains, and Idalia. The Region C tournament will see Otis, District 7 #2 Flagler, and District 5 #3 Hi-Plains. Caliche (21-2) was upset at the District 4 tournament. The #3 Lady Buffalos picked up wins over Prairie, Peetz, and Weldon Valley. However, Caliche lost in five games to Fleming in the district championship. The loss made them the #2 seed in Region D, along with District 8 #1 Rocky Mountain Lutheran and District 8 #3 Community Christian. #4 La Veta (20-2) is the District 6 champions. The Lady Redskins picked up wins over Primero, Centennial, and Cotopaxi. They will represent their district at the Region A tournament with District 1 #2 Vail Christian and District 6 #3

Class 1A Top Ten Volleyball Rankings Week of Oct. 21

Otis Senior Haley Patterson (11) spikes the ball to #1 Hi-Plains Hanna Herman. Otis #21` Antonya Schaffert, #33 Lissette Lefforge and #33 Anna Rhees. Photo by otsportschek A few teams outside of the make it out of the District 7 Gilpin County, before losing Cotopaxi. top 10 also claimed district Rocky Mountain Lutheran tournament. the title match to Rocky Eads (19-3) is holding out Mountain Lutheran. At titles. #11 Walsh (16-5) took (20-2) is in the middle of the pack at #5. The District 8 at #8. The Lady Eagles are regionals, they’ll compete out South Baca, Wiley, and title belongs to the Lady the District 2 runner-up, with District 4 #1 Fleming Holly on their way to a Eagles who won in straight defeating Cheyenne Wells and District 4 #3 Weldon District 3 championship. The Continued on next page sets versus Cornerstone and McClave and losing to Valley. Christian Academy, Kit Carson in five. Eads is Community Christian, and the #2 seed at the Region F Belleview Christian. Rocky tournament with District 3 Mountain Lutheran will play #1 Walsh and District 3 #3 in the Region D tournament Wiley. The Flagler Panthers (19-4) with District 4 #2 Caliche are riding at #9. Flagler is and District 8 #3 Community district runner-up, beating Christian. #6 Fleming (21-3) is flying Colorado School for the high after taking down Deaf & Blind, Genoa-Hugo, Caliche in the District 4 tour- and Edison. The Lady nament. The Lady Wildcats Panthers fell to Stratton. won in straight sets against They will play in the Region Pawnee, Weldon Valley, and C tournament with District 5 Peetz before getting to #1 Otis and District 5 #3 HiCaliche. Fleming is headed Plains. Rounding out the top 10 is to the Region H tournament with District 8 #2 Belleview Belleview Christian (17-4). Christian and District 4 #3 The Lady Bruins are the #2 seed at the Region H tournaWeldon Valley. #7 Edison (20-3) didn’t ment. To get there, they beat Jim Elliot Christian and

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1. Otis 2. Fleming 3. Caliche 4. Dove Creek 5. Stratton 6. Idalia 7. Flagler 8. Hi-Plains 9. Eads 10. La Veta


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Oct. 26 @ Weldon Valley Peetz 23 20 Weldon Valley 25 25

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Peetz 10 M Schumacher (SR) 11 Caitlynn Peetz (SR) 14 W. Christian (JR) 23 Mallori Bjerke (JR) 25 J. Schumacher (SO) 5 Morgan Burns (SR) 6 Mikenna Curlee (SO) 9 Jessica Uhl (JR) Weldon Valley #11 C Clifford SO #16 Alley Allen SO #17 Irma Valle SO #2 Dusty Speaks SO # 5 Eryah Mora FR #6 B. Krehmeyer SO #7 Kiana Sandoval SR #8 Kendra Cullison SR #9 Danea Bender SO

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Peetz’ #6 Mikenna Curlee and #14 Whitney Christian and Weldon Valley’s #6 Brooklyn Krehmeyer. Weldon Valley wins in three sets.

Oct. 24 @ Caliche Prairie 9 4 Caliche 25 25

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Caliche #1 J. Lambrecht SO #10 Megan Pierce SR #12 Sami Morgan SR #13 Jessica Taylor JR #2 Jenna Zink SR #3 Shayln Johnson JR #4 T. Weingardt SR #5 Rachael Edler JR #8 Leanna LeBlanc JR

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1-A Report continued Lady Eagles will head to the Region F tournament against District 2 #2 Eads and District 3 #3 Wiley. #13 Liberty/Stratton (16-6) earned their District 7 title by beating Genoa-Hugo, Edison, and Flagler. The Lady Eagles will play in the Region G tournament, squaring off with District 5 #2 Idalia and District 7 #3 Genoa-Hugo.

The last team to capture a district championship was #18 Kit Carson (14-8). The Lady Wildcats took the District 2 title, beating Granada, Cheraw, and Eads.

The wins pair them with District 3 #2 Holly and District 2 #3 Cheraw at the Region B tournament. *Rankings are according to Max Preps.

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Fleming’s # 13 McCall Etl spikes to Sami Morgan in the Fleming/Caliche Game. Fleming wins in 5 sets


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Class 2A Volleyball Report By Alicia Barry With district tournaments in the books, regional brackets have been set. Three teams entered districts undefeated and fortunately, they all came out with a few more in the win column. #1 Resurrection Christian (23-0) won all of their games in straight sets on their way to a District 7 championship, beating Union Colony Prep, Heritage Christian, Dayspring Christian, and Lyons. They will be the #1 seed in Region B, along with Continued to the right

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Spiking is Yuma Indian Caitlyn Murphy, right- Tara Traphagan and #4 Madison Powell of Yuma. Holyoke’s #8 Megan Humphreys #30 Megan Vieselmeyer and #10 Jacinda Krueger. Photo by otsportschek

Oct. 25 @ Yuma Holyoke 19 6 Yuma 25 25

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Holyoke Serv. 10 Jacinda Krueger SR 6 14 Megan Parker SO 0 16 A. Humphreys SR 6 20 Audi Pena SR 9 21 Maddie King 6 27/L5 Tia Huffman SR 1 30 M Vieselmeyer JR 5 7/L29 Peyton Dittmer SO 0 8 Megan Humphreys FR 4 Yuma Serv. #1 Pieghton Roth SO 8 #10 Mollie Haruf SR 0 #12 Marina Hansen SR 11 #13 Tara Traphagan SO 9 #15 Caitlyn Murphy SR 0 #27 Mallory Noble SO 15 #4 Madison Powell JR 8 #5 Katrina Terrell JR 0 #7 Chandi Weber JR 23

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the #2 seed from District 2, Akron, and District 7 #3 Heritage Christian. Paonia (23-0) held on at #2 by claiming the District 5 title. The Lady Eagles swept Soroco and West Grand, but

was pushed to four games against Hotchkiss and Meeker. They will face off against District 3 #2 Nucla and District 5 #3 West Grand in the Region C tournament. Fowler (22-0) is the third

undefeated team in the classification and holds the #3 spot. They, too, swept their opponents, Hoehne, John Mall, and Rye. The Lady Grizzlies will go head-toContinued on next page


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File Photo- Akron Rams (L) A.J. Miller and Taylor Krause beating Pikes Peak Christian

2A report Continued head against District 1 #2 Sargent and District 6 #3 Swink in the Region A tournament. The District 1 championship belongs to Sangre de Cristo (22-1). The #4 Lady Thunderbirds defeated Cripple Creek-Victor, Sargent, Custer County, and Del Norte. They earned the top spot in the Region E tournament, along with District 6 #2 Rye and District 1 #3 Del Norte. Colorado Springs School (21-2) has found themselves at #5. The Lady Kodiaks earned the District 8 title by

and Simla before falling to Kiowa. They bounced back to beat Peyton. CSS will play in the Region H tournament with District 4 #2 Byers and District 8 #3 Peyton. Up one spot from last week is Lutheran (20-2). The #6 Lady Lions eased their way through the District 4 tournament by sweeping Front Range Christian, Byers, and Limon. Lutheran is the #1 team in Region D, along with District 8 #2 Simla and District 4 #3 Limon. Ridgway (19-3) is holding strong at #7. The Lady Demons worked their way to a District 3 championship and took out Mancos, Telluride, and Nucla along

Oct. 25 @ Yuma Akron 17 14 Yuma 25 25 Yuma #1 Pieghton Roth SO #10 Mollie Haruf SR #12 Marina Hansen SR #13 Tara Traphagan SO #15 Caitlyn Murphy SR #27 Mallory Noble SO #4 Madison Powell JR #5 Katrina Terrell JR #7 Chandi Weber JR

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the way. They will be playing in the Region G tournament with District 5 #2 Meeker and District 3 #3 Telluride. Sargent (19-3) and Swink (18-4) will both face off in the Region A tournament. The #8 Lady Farmers were the District 1 runner-up, by beating Center and Sanford before losing to Sangre de Cristo in the district championship. The #9 Lady Lions lost to Rye, but beat Springfield and Hoehne in the District 6 tournament, making them the #3 seed at Regionals. #10 SkyView Academy didn’t make it out of their district tournament. Sitting at #11 is Yuma (18-5). The Lady Indians should be in the top 10, and have proven they can play with just about any-

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1A/2A Lower Platte League

Max Prep Prediction 1Resur. Christian 2Lutheran 3Fowler 4Paonia 5Sangre de Cristo 6Swink 7Lyons 8Ridgway 9Yuma 10Sargent 13Akron

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2A Ranking

1. Res. Christian 2. Lutheran 3. Paonia 4. Fowler 5. Sangre de Cristo 6. Sargent 7. Swink 8. Yuma 9. Ridgway 10. Colorado Springs School

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Box Scores for this week

Oct. 24 @ Brush Brush 24 21 8 0 University 26 25 25 3 Brush #1 Selby Wolever JR #10 Allyson Pabst SR #11 Megan Baker JR #12 Ellie Monarch SR #13 Laura Lynch SR #3 Ashley Stratman JR #5 Hanna White SR #8 Emma Mortensen JR

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3A Patriot League Volleyball Report tBy Alicia Barry Unlike the lower classifications, class 3A teams are placed in their regional brackets by using the Freeman Rankings from MaxPreps. The top 12 seeds will host a regional consisting of three other teams. The top team from each region will advance to next week’s state tournament. The favorite heading into the weekend tournaments is Eaton. The Lady Reds are 21-1 on the season and riding a 16 game win streak.

Their only loss to date was to #3 Manitou Springs on September 7. Eaton will host #24 Eagle Ridge Academy and #36 James Irwin in Region 1. Two northeast Colorado school will try their luck at a state tournament berth. Brush (10-13) will head to Gunnison for the Region 6 tournament. The Lady Beetdiggers lost their final three games of the regular season, but all to top ten teams (#1 Eaton, #2 Valley, and #7 University). Brush

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will compete with #6 Gunnison and Middle Park. #11 Sterling is set to host the Region 11 tournament. The Lady Tigers struggled at the end of the regular season play, losing their last five games and bringing their record to 13-10. They will entertain #14 Fort Lupton and #26 Buena Vista. Other tournaments include: Region 2 - #2 Valley, #23 La Junta, #35 Alamosa; Region 3 - #3 Manitou Springs, Grand Valley, Pagosa Springs; Region 4 - #4 Platte Valley, #21 Peak to Peak, #33 Cedaredge; Region 5 #5 Holy Family, #20 Bennett, #32 St. Mary’s; Region 7 - #7 University,

#18 Classical Academy, #30 Rifle; Region 8 - #8 Bayfield, #17 Frontier Academy, #29 Colorado Academy; Region 9 - #9 Coal Ridge, #16 Faith Christian, #28 Estes Park; Region 10 - #10 Machebeuf, #15 Colorado Springs Christian, #27 Roaring Fork; and Region 12 - #12 Lamar, #13 Olathe, #25 Strasburg.

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Fort Morgan closes out season

Ft. Morgan # 10 Kali Baker, #2 Maddie Linton Photos by Cindy Schneider

4A/3A Colorado 7 Volleyball League Standings Elizabeth Fort Lupton Weld Central Fort Morgan Skyview Vista PEAK Prep Englewood

League 12-0 9-3 8-4 6-6 5-7 2-10 0-12

Overall 22-1 20-4 12-10 8-14 13-10 5-16 3-20

otsportschek The Fort Morgan Lady Mustangs closed out their regular season last week with a 8 & 14 overall record. The team finished fourth in the 4A, Colorado 7 League with a 6 & 6 record. Karli Baker led the team in kills with 170 and 43 blocks. In 200 and more serves Lia Shaver led the team with 221 serves and a 96.8 serving average. Haley Harden was the assist leader with 294 and Nicole Kauffman led the team with 243 digs. The Lady Mustangs will be losing 3 seniors off the squad, Nicole Kauffman, Brianna Frick and Haley Harden.

Box Scores

Oct. 24 @ Weld Central

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Class 1A 6-Man Football

Knighted Eagles earn #1 seed in 6-Man playoffs By Kerry Sherman

Arickaree’s #30 Conagher Jones, #55 Joe Jefferson, and #57 Kyle Leoffler going for the tackle in the crossover game with Peetz. Photo by Deb Atwater

1A 6-Man Football Bracket Quarter Finals Nov. 2

Semi Finals Nov. 9

Finals Nov. 16

(1)Liberty/Stratton (8)Flager (4)Prairie (5)Otis (3)Eads (6)Peetz (2)Hi-Plains (7)Hanover

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After last weekend's cross-divisional play, the 6man field has been pared to eight teams and those teams have been seeded for the play-offs, which begin this weekend. Two shocking upsets changed the make-up of the bracket and left two division winners on the sidelines as two fourth places teams will play on. Liberty/Stratton, who held down the top spot in the polls the final eight weeks, earned the top seed in the bracket. The Knighted Eagles defeated Mountain Valley 54-18 in cross-divisional play last Saturday. They will host #8 Flagler, one of the fourth place teams who sprung upsets. The Panthers ambushed Cotopaxi, the Southwest Division champs, 72-50. Liberty/Stratton won the regular season meeting, 476. The 4-5 pairing gives us a match-up that was scheduled for week three, but was cancelled due to flooding. Prairie, the North Division champion, will host the fifth-seeded Otis Bulldogs on Saturday. The Mustangs punched their ticket into the field with a 50-6 victory over Bethune, while Otis knocked Briggsdale out of the picture, 46-41. This will be the third time in the last four weeks that the Bulldogs pass defense figures to be tested, as the Mustangs, behind Ross Stump, are one of the top passing teams in the class. Otis likes to get it done on the ground, with Eli Palser leading the class in rushing yardage. With their only loss coming to the #1 seed, the Eads Eagles are in as the #3 seed. The Eagles made it two blow-out victories in as many weeks against Primero, as they blasted the Bulldogs 62-26. In those two meetings, Eads

Liberty/Stratton’s Dillion Underwood with the tackle. #7 Flint Corliss. Photo by K.C. Holtman. outscored Primero 136-32. They will host the #6 Peetz Bulldogs this week. Peetz played keep-away in its cross-divisional game against Arickaree last week, running the ball 49 times, while also gaining a 4-1 edge in takeaways. They gave the Indians their first loss of the season. Hi-Plains narrowly edged Eads for the #2 seed. The Patriots got the nod due to having four victories over play-off teams. Dave Sheffield's squad racked up

545 yards of offense in last week's classic 6-man game with Fleming. The Patriots outscored the Wildcats 4514 between the second and third quarters to grab a 6544 win. They will host a Hanover squad that ran 67 plays in a 36-8 win over Kit Carson. The Hornets attempted 32 passes, but only connected on seven. However, the defense was stout, holding the Wildcats to 34 yards on 27 rushing attempts.


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4 Teams from North Plains Qualify For Playoffs

Akron’s #3 Darrion Gibbs with the carry. Also pictured # 4 Tanner Watson. Photo by Shantil Basler

1A 8 Man Football Bracket Round 1

Qtr. Finals

Nov. 2

Nov. 9 *Top Bracket

(1)Hoehne (16)Granada (8)Dove Creek (9) Sanford (4)Simla (11)Akron (5)Caliche (12)Walsh

Finals Nov. 23

*Bottom (3)Norwood (14)W. Grand (6)Kiowa (11)Merino (7)Sargent (10)Vail Christ. (2)Dayspring (15)Fowler

Semi-Finals Nov. 16

By Kerry Sherman Few people were surprised to see all four teams from the Plains Division win their crossdivisional games last weekend. What may have been surprising was the ease in which they did it. Caliche, Akron and Merino all posted shut-outs and Dayspring Christian only allowed eight points, which came late in a blow-out contest. Friday night saw the three Plains teams defeat their I-25 opponents by a combined score of 163-0. Caliche blasted Gilpin County, 57-0; Akron hammered Rocky Mountain Lutheran, 50-0; and Merino took down Longmont Christian, 56-0. On Saturday, Dayspring Christian defeated Justice, 66-8. That made the total score of the four cross-divisional games 229-8 in favor of the Plains Division. D a y s p r i n g Christian, who lost in the opening round last year as the top seed, will be the #2 seed this year. The Eagles will host #15 Fowler, who defeated Springfield 28-0 in cross-divisional play. The Grizzlies finished third in the Southern Division, behind Hoehne and McClave. Caliche will be the #5 seed the Buffs will face a familiar opponent in the opening round, #12 Walsh. Last season, the Eagles were the higher seeded team in a 6-11 match-up, and they ended the Buffs' season with a 36-22 victory. Walsh, the champs of the Arkansas Valley Division, defeated Swink 49-15 in crossover action. Merino finds itself on the same half of the bracket as Dayspring, but as the #11 seed, the Rams would not face the Eagles until the semifinals. In the opening round, Merino will

Ram’s #12 Bridger Reese Photo by Shantil Basler

get a rematch against #6 Kiowa, who defeated the Rams 14-6 back in week four. The Rams led that game 6-0 in the second quarter, but did not score again. The Indians took down Rangely, 40-14 on Friday. Akron will not only be in the same half of the bracket as Caliche, but if both win, they will face each other in the quarterfinals. The Rams are the #13 seed and they will visit #4 Simla. The Cubs are one of three unbeaten teams in the class, along with Hoehne and Dayspring Christian. The Cubs pounded Soroco 50-8 last week.

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Eagles soar back in 4th quarter

1A 11-Man Football Bracket

Round 1

Qtr. Finals

Nov. 2

Nov. 9

Semi-Finals Nov. 16

*Top Bracket (1)Buena Vista (16)Front Range Christian (8)Platte Canyon (9) Res. Christian (4)Paonia (11)Colorado Springs Christian (5)Monte Vista

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Finals Nov. 23

*Bottom (3)Centauri (14)Wray (6)Hotchkiss (11)Burlington (7)Yuma (10)Rye (2)Limon (15)Lyons

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Three teams from the North Central League punched their tickets into the state play-off, and interesting match-ups could await two of them in the quarterfinals if they can earn opening round wins. Both Yuma and Wray could see familiar opponents in the quarters, finding themselves in the same portion of the bracket as Limon and Burlington. Yuma earned the highest seed from the league after winning the NCL title. The Indians are the #7 seed in the field and they will host #10 Rye on Saturday. The Indians held a 55-7 lead over Las Animas in last week's regular season finale when the officials called the game early due to multiple Trojan players being ejected after receiving personal fouls on the same play. Should the Indians win their opener, there is a good possibility of a rematch with Limon, as the #2 Badgers host #15 Lyons in the opening round. Resurrection Christian, runner-up to Yuma in the league race, earned the #9 seed and will travel in the opening round to face #8 Platte Canyon, in Bailey. The Cougars completed their regular season with a 50-7 blasting of

Highland. Resurrection was ahead 36-0 at the half. Topseeded Buena Vista, last year's 1A runner-up, will likely await the winner between the Cougars and Huskies. The Demons host #16 Front Range Christian. Wray overcame a 37-18 deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat Holyoke, 38-37. That provided an almost fitting conclusion to what was a startling collapse by the Dragons this season. Holyoke lost four of its last five games after a 4-0 start. The Dragons had a chance

to win three of those four defeats. The Eagles will be the #14 seed in the bracket and they will travel to La Jara, to face the #3 seeded Centauri Falcons. If the Eagles can spring the upset, they could meet Burlington in the quarterfinals. The Cougars are the #11 seed and they will visit #6 Hotchkiss. Cornerstone Christian came up just short of the play-offs, even with a 48-14 victory over Wiggins. The Bulldogs led 20-0 in the first quarter and never looked back.

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2A Patriot League Football

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Beetdiggers top seed in 2A By Kerry Sherman Half of the Patriot League will continue to play this weekend, as four teams qualified for the state bracket. Brush, Platte Valley and Strasburg all made the field by placing in the top three of the league, while Fort Lupton got in as a wild card. Eaton, Sterling and University all finished in the top 23 of the wild card points, making the Patriot League one of, if not the toughest leagues in Class 2A. Brush completed a perfect regular season by downing Fort Lupton, 54-8. The Beetdiggers, who led 47-0 through three quarters,

outscored their league opponents by a 274-45 margin. Despite the loss, the Blue Devils finished the season #14 in the wild card points. Brush is the top seed in the play-off bracket, and the Beetdiggers will host #16 seed, The Academy, on Saturday. Fort Lupton garnered the #12 seed, and the Blue Devils will visit #5 Gunnison, also on Saturday. Platte Valley finished the season with a 55-13 pounding of University. The Broncos are the #3 seed, and they will host #14 Ridge View Academy, who got in by defeating Denver West on Saturday. That upset earned the Rams enough

points to get in as a wild card. University ended the year ranked 23rd in wild card points. Strasburg crushed Valley, 48-6, to lock up a top-three finish in the league. That put the Indians eighth in wild card points, but they received the #9 seed. They will open the play-offs on the road against #8 Florence, runner-up in a tough Tri-Peaks League. Eaton took down Sterling, 21-7, to finish .500 on the season, but it wasn't enough to get the Reds into the field. They finished 18th in wild card points. The loss dropped the Tigers to 21st.

2A Football Bracket Round 1 Nov. 2

Qtr. Finals

*Top Bracket

Nov. 9

Semi-Finals Nov. 16

OTSPORTSCHEK File photo Sterling 2. Brush Oct. 19. Photo By Jerry Patterson Brush #3 Alec Petterson Sterling #33 DJ Graves

Brush vs Fort Lupton Box Score

(1)Brush (16)The Academy (8)Florence (9) Strasburg (4)Faith Christian (11)Aspen

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3A East Metro Football

Fort Morgan Shuts Out Weld Central 21-0

Fort Morgan’s #3 Alex Perez and #72 Ouray Ocanas. Photo by Cindy Schneider

By Kerry Sherman Two teams meet this week in the Metro-East, with the winner keeping it's slim play-off hopes alive. Fort Morgan will visit Vista PEAK Prep on Saturday, and both teams are hoping to join Elizabeth in the state bracket. Elizabeth is a lock for the play-offs, as the league champion. Vista PEAK enters this week 17th in wild card points and Fort Morgan is 20th. The seven league champions are automatically in the bracket, and the final nine spots will be determined by the wild card standings. The

Bison have a better shot at getting into the field with a victory, as they would require less help. Fort Morgan made this week's game important by shutting out Weld Central, 21-0, last week. The Mustangs held the Rebels to 32 yards on four of 15 passing. They also came away with the only turnover in the contest, an interception. Elizabeth, who thumped Skyview 45-6 last week, will close out the regular season at Weld Central. Skyview meets up with Englewood, with both teams looking for it's first league win.

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Fort Morgan Lady Mustang Nicole Kauffman. Photo by Cindy Schneider By Alicia Barry As regular season play winds down, area seniors are gearing up for their last prep games. This week's Super Seniors are Fort Morgan's Nicole Kauffman and MC Griffin of Liberty. Kauffman played her final game as captain for the Lady Mustangs, ending her volleyball season sooner than she would have liked. Fort Morgan finished the year at 8-14. Despite a tough schedule, Kauffman was a leader on the court from start to finish. She was about as reliable as they come from behind the serving stripe. Kauffman finished with a 91.3 serving percentage, dropping 16 aces on 172 serve attempts. She more than doubled the amount of digs to the second highest number on the team. Kauffman tallied 243 digs, with the next highest on the team being 110. Kauffman was a favorite target among servers from other teams. She took the serve receive 345 times, compared to 155 from the next highest for the Lady Mustangs. Kauffman will have a little bit of a break before putting on her track shoes for the Lady Mustangs.

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Liberty’s MC Griffin Photo by KC Holtman Griffin is the 6'3", 195-pound captain for the #1 ranked 6-Man Eagles. The Eagles have marked a perfect season to date (9-0) and will make a run for the gold ball as they face #8 Flagler in this week's playoff match-up. Griffin is a threat on the run and out for the pass. He currently has 665 rush yards, averaging 15.83 yards per carry and 73.9 yards per game. Receiving, he has grabbed 296 yards, averaging 21.14 yards per catch and 32.9 yards per game. Together, that's an average of 106.8 total offensive yards per game. He is sitting in second in touchdowns for the team, with 14. He is the leading tackler for the Eagles, with 55 solo and 23 assisted. Griffin also has 2 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries.

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OTsports3Northeastern Colorado Sports Schedule Week of Oct. 28th

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1A 6-Man

Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 Quarter-Finals 5 Otis @ 4 Prairie 2pm 7 Hanover @ 2 Hi-Plains 1pm 8 Flagler @ 1 Liberty/Stratton 1 pm 6 Peetz @ 3 Eads 1 pm

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Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 First Round of Playoffs 16 Granada @ 1 Hoehne 13 Akron @ 4 Simla 1pm 11 Merino @ 6 Kiowa 1 pm 12 Walsh @ 5Caliche 1pm 15 Fowler @ 2 Dayspring Christian 1pm 10 Vail Christian @ 7Sargent 1pm 9 Sanford @ 8 Dove Creek 2pm 14 West Grand @ 3 Norwood 1pm

College Ft. Morgan Mustangs wrap up conference play against Vista Peak Prep on Nov. 2 @ Vista Prep

1A 11-Man Saturday, Nov 2, 2013

14 Wray @ 3 Centauri 1pm 11 Burlington @ 6 Hotchkiss 1 pm 15 Lyons @ 2 Limon 1 pm 10 Rye @ 7 Yuma 1pm 9 Res. Christian @ 8 Platte Canyon 1pm 16 Front Range @ 1 Buena Vista 1 pm 12 Cedaredge @ 5 Monte Vista 1 pm 13 Colorado Springs C @ 4 Paonia 3 pm

2A

Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 16 The Academy @ 1 Brush 1p 9 Strasburg @ 8 Florence 1p 14 Ridge View @ 3 Platte Valley 2p 13 Aspen @ 4 Faith Christian 12p 11 Olathe @ 6 Bennett 1p 15 Jefferson @ 2 Manitous Springs 1p 12 Ft. Lupton @ 5 Gunnison 2p

Nov 2 Montana State @ UNC Army @ Air Force Boise State @ CSU CU @ UCLA Colorado Mesa @ CSUP

Sunday, Oct. 27

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