The Pueblo Chieftan

Fall Sports Review

VOLLEYBALL

The Cyclones volleyball team is steamrolling into the regional playoffs, having won 15 of their

last 16 matches.

Pueblo West hosted Palmer Ridge last Thursday and beat the Bears handily in three straight games.

The Cyclones then traveled to the prestigious Rangeview tournament in Aurora. This unique tournament features several different levels of brackets. The gold grouping is essentially a showcase of future Division I college volleyball players from the very best teams in the state. West’s head coach Casey King was just fine with being seeded number one in the next group of teams—the silver division. As it turned out, this division included plenty of quality competition for the Cyclones. West fell to Platte Valley (ranked #4 in 3A), in the opener, and then rolled off consecutive wins over three tough 5A teams: Brighton, Castle View and Rangeview.

King was hoping that his team’s strong performance would give them an opportunity to host one of the twelve regional tournaments, but the Cyclones came up short in the final rankings. The Cyclones received a No. 15 seed, and will travel to Niwot this Saturday for the Region 10 tournament. The host team, Niwot, earned the 10th seed. Berthod (#27), will complete the trifecta of teams in Region 10.

“We will go up and do our best”, King promised. “If we play at our best, I know that we can earn a trip to state.” Pueblo West will play in Niwot this Saturday, Nov 2. The first round games will begin at 10:00 a.m. Complete volleyball playoff brackets and details can be found at www.chsaanow.com.

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BOYS SOCCER

The Cyclones boys soccer team advanced to the second round of the 4A state playoffs by capturing a dramatic win over Skyline, 2-1.

Pueblo West came out strong again, and worked their possession game well. Junior forward Jaydon Moreschini made a pretty assist to Enrico Annaloro to give the Cyclones a 1-0 lead, but Skyline answered with a penalty kick goal by Jesus Cervantes.

Skyline had found new life, and the Cyclones defense was out of sorts for much of the second half. Fortunately, the Cyclones sophomore goal keeper, Trevor Emond was up to the challenge, tallying six total saves.

Pueblo West’s Head coach Rex Harriman was pleased with his team’s discipline and drive. “Our kids just kept fighting.” “Skyline didn’t have a lot of shots on goal, but they did enough to keep us from scoring,” Harriman said. “We set the pace and played our game.”

The score remained tied 1-1 until the 38th minute of the second half, when the Skyline goalie committed a rare handball foul by punting the ball while out of the goalie box. The Cyclones were awarded a direct free kick from just 18 yards out, and there was no question who would take the shot. West’s leading scorer, lucky number 7, Jaydon Moreschini sized up the Skyline wall, and blasted a rocket into the right side of the net. The celebration was on.

The playoff win, Pueblo West’s first since 2009, was as sweet as they come. Everyone, including the coaches, players, parents and fans took time to enjoy it. During the celebration, many of the Cyclones players took a moment to leave their bench to offer a word of encouragement and shake the hand of Skyline’s senior goalie, Alex Seeley, who was visibly upset about the way the game, and the season, had ended for his team.

The win earned the Cyclones the opportunity to take on the number two ranked Broomfield Eagles this Tuesday at Broomfield—too late to be reported in this edition of The View. Coach Harriman knows that they will have their hands full in round two. “Broomfield has been battle tested all year”, Harriman noted. “They are well coached, and will be on their home turf…so we will definitely have to bring our best effort.” “As they say…you have to beat the best to be the best.”

Complete boys soccer playoff brackets and details can be found at www.chsaanow.com.

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