Season C playoff roundup: Centaurus, Justice bow out of football postseason

Prospect Ridge makes 3A state volleyball tournament


It was a derby of a day in local high school sports Saturday, as several area volleyball teams and a couple of spring football teams got the chance to extend their seasons in postseason play — which is an accomplishment in and of itself given the extremely slashed number of qualifiers in both sports.

Most teams, however, saw their season come to its conclusion, with the exception of Prospect Ridge volleyball, who went on the road to defeat a pair of quality teams including host DSST Montview in order to reach a coveted position at the Class 3A state tournament on May 12-13 in Colorado Springs.

A rundown of Saturday’s action:


Class 4A playoffs: Harrison 34, Centaurus 6

Harrison, the No. 2 seed, held Centaurus without a first down the entire first half, and the Panthers (7-0) rolled to victory over the No. 7 Warriors (3-4). A couple of turnovers for CHS led to some easy points for HHS, but the Warriors did get on the board late with a 15-yard touchdown reception by Eddie Zygowicz.

Class 1A 8-man playoffs: Plateau Valley 22, Justice 8

Despite surrendering 415 yards of offense to Plateau Valley, Justice (2-4) hung in the game for most of it and showed life with a third-quarter touchdown that cut the score to a two-possession game. But the Phoenix could not get any closer, allowing Plateau Valley (3-4) to advance to the semifinals in 1A 8-man play.


Class 3A Region 7: Prospect Ridge advances

The Miners advanced to their second state tournament ever, joining the 2018 team by defeating No. 18 seed St. Mary’s as well as No. 7 seed and host DSST: Montview in rather convincing fashion. The team improved to 14-1 overall on the season with victories of 3-0 and 3-1 counts, meaning PRA will ride into state having lost just five sets all season long.

Class 2A Region 1: Dawson goes 1-1

Dawson ended a fine Season C at 10-5 by seeing both sides of 3-0 sweeps at top-seeded Wiggins. The Mustangs had no problems dispatching of Olathe (26-24, 25-12, 25-11) before meeting up with the Tigers, who proceeded to flex their muscles in a 25-23, 25-13, 25-17 victory to earn a spot at the 2A state tournament.

Class 4A Region 2: Holy Family splits

Cheyenne Mountain lived up to its traditional prowess in the sport by getting the state berth out of Region 2, but Holy Family (9-4) did manage to find itself in the win column for the first of its two matches by getting past Weld Central (25-12, 25-14, 25-11). The Indians of CMHS, six-time champs in the sport, will get another shot at it after beating the Tigers 25-16, 25-11, 25-14.

Class 4A Region 5: Frederick gets a win

The Warriors had a fine season, whipping up a 13-3 overall record that certainly represents one of the program’s best-ever winning percentages. Saturday at Coronado, FHS came up with the key points against Montrose (25-13, 27-25, 25-22) and gave the host Cougars a run for their money before falling 3-1 (25-23, 25-16, 22-25, 25-11).

Class 4A Region 7: Palmer Ridge powers past Niwot, Erie

Palmer Ridge, one of the early favorites for the 4A state crown, defended its home court and earned a trip to the Broadmoor World Arena for the 4A tournament by defeating local squads Erie and Niwot, both by 3-0 sweeps. However, Erie did manage to sneak out one last victory, getting past the Cougars in four games to finish 9-6 on the season. Niwot finished the season with a solid 11-3 season.

Class 5A Region 4: Broomfield sees end to season

Working with a younger roster because of quarantine, the Broomfield Eagles gave it their all at Cherry Creek but could not come up with a match victory against either the Bruins or Valor Christian in Region 4. Valor had to claw for points in a 3-0 sweep (26-24, 25-21, 25-16), while Cherry Creek claimed a more decisive 25-14, 25-15, 25-14 win as part of its clinching of a 5A state tourney spot. Broomfield finished 9-6.