Sports year in review 2009
by Martinique Davis
Dec 31, 2009 | 1994 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Regional high school sports teams stole the spotlight in 2009 sports news, with some teams (like Norwood’s football and Ridgway’s boys soccer) making school history with their momentous achievements in 2009; while other school teams (Telluride Cheer and Boys Basketball and Montrose Golf) maintaining their hard-fought winning traditions to confirm their preeminence among their peers during the 2009 school sports season.

RHS boys soccer repeat Regional win, make it to second round of State tourney

The RHS boys’ soccer team’s illustrious 2009 season came to a close in the post-season this fall, with the Demons making school history by making it to the second round of the State tournament.

The Regional Champions for two years running made their way into uncharted waters in October when they beat Coal Ridge 1-0 at home, winning a berth into the second round of the State Tournament.

But the boys didn’t have much time to celebrate the win, the first preliminary round victory in school soccer history. Early season snowstorms had forced postponement of the Coal Ridge match, and thus the team was forced to collect their cleats and board the bus the very next morning for their second-round match.

Despite playing a hard-fought game just 24-hours before, and then making the long bus ride to Lafayette (near Boulder) the next morning, the Demons nevertheless stepped up to the challenge of facing the state’s No. 2-ranked team, the Peak to Peak Pumas.

“The guys just worked really hard; They played the day before and then had a long trip to make, but were still able to match their intensity two days in row. I was really pleased with that,” Siefken said of the Ridgway soccer team’s whirlwind week.

Facing the league’s No. 2-ranked team was no easy feat, however. The Demons ultimately fell to the Pumas by just one goal, losing 2-1.

Telluride girls take home State hockey banner for second year in a row

Winning a state championship banner for the second year in a row was a feat perfectly fit for the 2009 Telluride Lizard Heads girls hockey team, who established yet again this year that they had what it takes to be Colorado’s best.

The squad battled through a grueling, five-game blitz in which they beat the Colorado Springs Jr. Tigers, Colorado Select, and Arvada to land in the finals against rivals Aspen. Aspen managed to come up with the 1-0 win, but since it was Telluride’s first loss of the double-elimination tournament, the ladies got another shot at glory.

With the championship on the line, Telluride players may have seemed nervous pre-game in the locker room, said coach John Cohn. Yet once their skates hit the ice, it was as good as over for Aspen.

“Inspiring,” is the single-best word to describe the game Telluride played against Aspen for the title, Cohn said. “We got to every puck first. There was just no stopping us. We were smothering Aspen – they just couldn’t come close to competing against us!” he said of Telluride’s ultimate 2-0 victory, in which team captain and graduating senior Natalie Brown, fittingly, scored both of her team’s goals.

Norwood football back to the glory days with explosive record in 2009

The Norwood Mavericks’ perfect football season finally came to an end this November at the State Football playoffs, following their 42-12 home loss to defending state champion Dayspring Christian.

The Mavericks’ 2009 football season was a spectacular one, with the team climbing to an undefeated record and winning the Western 8-man division for the first time in 13 years. Their appearance in the State playoffs was also an historic occasion for the NHS football program, and bodes well for the future of Norwood football.

THS basketball kindles Miner spirit with inspiring 2009 season

One of the most successful basketball teams in Telluride High School history came up just short of winning a State Tournament berth in 2009, losing to Sanford in the Regional Finals in Alamosa last March.

Telluride, after finishing as District Runners-Up behind fierce league rivals Ignacio, went to the Regional Tournament brimming with the hope that their State Tournament dreams would finally be realized. The team started strong, winning their first regional game against Rocky Ford 48-54. But the Miners lost steam in the finals, falling to Sanford 44-52.

While the team may not have brought home a State Tournament pennant, what they did bring home in 2009 was an energy and a buzz about Miner basketball. Senior Mike Matthews became the first Telluride basketball player in school history to receive a full-ride basketball scholarship; he now attends Ft. Lewis College in Durango. Fellow Senior players Ian MacCracken and Carl Schroedl also became school sports luminaries by standing aside Matthews as the team’s knockout trio, under the leadership of 2008 Colorado School Coach of the Year Mike Hughes.

This year’s Miner basketball team revived their hometown’s pride in high school sports, a gift that Hughes anticipates will live beyond the 2009 season.

“How do you thank a group of kids for what they’ve brought back to their school?” asked Hughes. “It’s beyond words.”

Brilliant season on the golf course for MHS and RHS players

Montrose High School Junior Drew Trujillo was literally on fire at the 4A State golf tournament last fall in Denver, posting an incredible six-under-par in round one and coming back in day two to score at even par, catapulting this MHS Junior into 2nd place overall.

Trujillo’s low scores; an awe-inspiring 66 on day one and a commendable 72 in the second round; helped round out a solid team effort from Montrose’s other players, Garrett Johnson, Kevin Masterson, and Nico Youngren. Together, the team (who had won the Regional Title in Steamboat Springs earlier in the season) penciled in a combined low score of 448 over the two-round tournament, coming in at third place among 4A schools.

“I think we’ve got a really good shot at the State title next year,” MHS coach Angelo Dejulio said.

Meanwhile Ridgway’s golf team sent two of its members to the 2A State Tournament in Trinidad. Sophomore Nick Purvis, who finished as the 3A Western Region champ for the second year in a row this year after penciling a 76 at the Steamboat Springs Regional tournament, battled through dicey weather to come out in the top 20, as did teammate Kolton Kyne.



MHS Indian take fourth straight Southwestern League title, yet unable to get through quarterfinal round at State

For four years in a row, the Montrose High School Indians have been crowned the best in the Southwest, emerging as the 4A team with the best record at the end of the season.

Yet despite the team’s regular season fireworks, the Indians still have not been able to crack the code to get through the quarterfinal round of the State playoffs.

For the fourth time in the past five seasons, the Indians fell in the quarterfinal round of State Class 4A football playoffs this fall, this time to the Heritage Eagles of Littleton. With a final score of 43-24, the Indians’ final game of 2009 was tainted by the bitter taste of loss, especially for the team’s 16 seniors, who were hoping to break Montrose’s quarterfinal-curse and push through the second round of state competition victorious. “We’ve been very good,” said Indians coach Todd Casebier. “The only thing we haven’t done is get to the semi-finals and win state.”

In a building year, young THS cheer squad make it to final round in State competition; New TMS team makes school history with Regional win

The Telluride High School Cheer squad made it into the four-team final bracket at the State Spirit competition in Denver in December, beating out a dozen other 2A teams to get a shot at another State Spirit title.

A dropped stunt in the final round knocked the Lady Miners out of contention for the 2009 State trophy, however, and the girls finished in 4th place overall.

The squad boasts a dazzling five-year competitive history, starting in 2004 with a third place finish at the State Cheer Championships, followed by two years as the top cheer team in the State in 2A. They took second in 2007, then were dealt a painful blow at the 2008 State Championships when the team was disqualified due to a technicality – an illegal hand-grab sent the team home without performing in the State finals.

This year, the team (comprised of many brand new members) showed their mettle by taking the Regional spirit title for the second year in a row. The brand new Telluride Middle School team also wowed the Regional judges at the Nov. 21 competition, making Telluride Middle School sports history by being the first TMS team ever – and taking the Middle School regional title to boot.

Norwood Sophomore and THS runner Williams takes 2A cross country title

THS’ young cross-country runners sped to remarkable finishes at the 2009 Colorado State 2A cross-country championships, with Norwood High School sophomore and Team THS runner Ty Williams living up to his No. 1 ranking by taking the 2009 2A boys title.

Williams ended up crossing the finish line in a blazing 16:34.90, with no other runner in sight – a pretty impressive feat, especially for a sophomore, says THS XC coach Keith Hampton.

“It’s a good sign that he could be dominating in 2A for years to come,” he said.

The newly blossomed THS XC team will be one to look out for in the coming seasons, Hampton added.
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