Sports Roundup: Holy Family volleyball No. 8 seed at state
BROOMFIELD - The Holy Family volleyball team swept the regional playoffs and will open the Class 3A state tournament as the No. 8 seed.
The Tigers beat both Buena Vista and Middle Park on Friday at the Region 8 tournament. Holy Family defeated Buena Vista in three games (25-15, 25-8 and 25-15) and then topped Middle Park in four games (25-11, 19-25, 25-23 and 25-18).
The Tigers will open the tournament in Pool 1 and will face No. 12 Manitou Springs Friday morning and then will play No. 1 Valley Saturday.
Jefferson Academy (13-11) had its season end after losing to Bayfield (25-10, 25-15 and 25-18) in Region 3.
In Class 1A, Community Christian (15-10) lost both of its matches in the Region H tournament, falling to Caliche and Weldon Valley in three games.
Rocky Mountain Lutheran (19-5) lost to Fleming in the Region D tournament.
No. 8 Holy Family (16-9) vs. No. 12 Manitou Springs (19-6)
At Denver Coliseum, 8 a.m. Friday
* Game plan: The Mustangs rolled through the Class 3A Region 12 tournament, topping both Bishop Machebeuf and Pagosa Springs in three games. Senior Ali Thompson and freshman Nicole Mack led the way. Thompson had nine kills, eight digs and an ace against Pagosa Springs, while Mack had nine kills and six digs in the win against Bishop Machebeuf. Mack is also leading the squad with 37 aces.
* Extra point: Freshman outside hitter Katie McKiel has 270 kills to lead the Mustangs. McKiel had a season-best 16 kills in a loss to Platte Canyon earlier this year. Manitou Springs beat Holy Family in the state playoffs in 2007, topping the Tigers in three games.
No. 8 Holy Family (16-9) vs. No. 1 Valley (25-0)
At Denver Coliseum, 9:30 a.m. Saturday
* Game plan: The Tigers have a tough task ahead on Saturday, when they face the undefeated Vikings. Valley has lost only one game all season long, against Class 5A Thompson Valley. Outside of that, the Vikings have swept 24 of their 25 matches. They are led by senior outside hitter Courtney Chacon and senior middle hitter Brynn Eckhardt. Chacon has a team-best 243 kills and 37 aces, while Eckardt has 203 kills and 32 aces. Sophomore Cori Aafedt has 33 aces.
* Extra point: Valley won the 2009 state title, but lost to Colorado Academy in the semifinals last year. The squad has lost a combined five matches over the past four years. The Vikings beat Holy Family 3-2 in the regional tournament in 2011.
KNOCKED OUT: Mountain Range lost to Cherokee Trail 42-6 in the first round of the Class 5A state football playoffs on Friday.
Elijah Rocha scored the lone touchdown for the Mustangs after returning a fumble 21 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.
But that was it for a Mountain Range team, which had only 150 total yards on offense and turned the ball over twice.
Dieon Atencio and Tom Commander each had interceptions, but Cameron Smith scored three touchdowns and rushed 116 yards to lead the Cougars.
NON-QUALIFYING GAMES: Thornton and Northglenn High School football teams both lost their non-qualifying games on Friday.
The Trojans fell to Boulder, 49-35, and dropped their fifth consecutive game after starting the season 5-0.
Keynan Huguley rushed for 384 yards and five touchdowns and finished the season leading the state with 30 touchdowns and with a 5A-best 2,161 yards.
Northglenn (2-8) fell to Fruita Monument, 70-36. Jordan Radebaugh threw for 400 yards and three touchdowns, when Ken Heard had four receptions for 144 yards and Alex Wedel had 143 yards receiving on 10 catches.
Vince Grasso rushed for 256 yards and five touchdowns for Fruita.
ENDING ON A HIGH NOTE: Skyview shutout Englewood 36-0 to pick up its first win of the season.
The Wolverines scored 20 points in the second quarter and 16 more in the third. George Lara threw two touchdown passes, while Deion Pena added another.
Emillo Daigle caught five passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns, while Jorge Barajas and Jose Gonsalez each added a score.
Skyview finished the season 1-9.