Lady Miner Volleyball finished the regular season on a high note last weekend, handily winning their final match to add yet another W to their already-imposing record, and taking the title of San Juan Basin League Champions in the process.
The Telluride-Norwood Cross-Country team is also enjoying the view from the top, after both its boys’ and girls’ squads triumphed at the Regional Meet held in Delta last week. The two victories mean both teams have qualified for this Saturday’s State Meet in Aurora.
Meanwhile, THS boys’ soccer got an opportunity to advance in the State Soccer Tournament bracket last night, playing the first-round State tourney game against Basalt (results were not available at press time).
THS Cross-Country Dominates at Regionals; Sights Now Set on State
The Telluride-Norwood Cross-Country team had a reputation to uphold in 2011, following a brilliant 2010 season in which the boys’ team took the State Championship title at the 2A State Meet.
So far, 2011 has lived up to expectations, with the team once again on top. In addition, the girls’ team has charged ahead in 2011, and is looking to make a break for the State title this Saturday.
“The team is running well, and looks ready to go,” said cross country team coach Keith Hampton, who watched both girls and boys handily beat the rest of the field at last week’s Regionals event in Delta, where Ty Williams won for the boys, and Rachel Hampton crossed the finish line first for the girls.
NHS senior Williams will lead the team, as he hopes to defend his individual title from last year, while Nathan Loomis, Dylan Newell, and Brooks Rogers will be close behind. They all look for top ten finishes.
“I’m anticipating that the competition will come down to only a few points separating the top teams,” of which Telluride is one, along with Crested Butte and Lyons, Coach Hampton said.
The girls, meanwhile, will be looking forward to challenging 2010 state champion Nederland for the title. Nederland is bringing back all three scorers from last year’s winning team, Hampton said, but added; “I like our chances to upset them.”
Rachel Hampton has lead the girls all season, and hopes to make a run at the individual title against Nederland’s two-time defending champion, Kelly Robinson. Josephine Bush, Katherine Bush, Jessie Hild, and Shelby Brier are also among the top-ranked girls in the state.
Lady Miners’ 18-1 Record Bodes Well for Coming Post-Season Run
THS volleyball has enjoyed its best season in recent memory, rising to an 18-1 overall record, and an undefeated league record.
The team, propelled to regular-season greatness thanks in part to the finesse of starter standouts Emmy Ludwig, Emily Langley, Mallory Bosse, Sara Wontrobski, Genevieve Matamoros, and Scout Franklin, chalked up its last regular-season victory at home last Saturday against the Nucla Mustangs.
The win solidified the team’s position at the top of the San Juan Basin League standings, giving the Lady Miners the League title.
With an illustrious regular season behind them, the girls now have their sights set on the coming District Playoffs.
“I am just really proud of our team’s performance,” says THS senior Langley. “We set goals, and we work hard every week to reach them. We’ve just stayed consistent and confident throughout the season so far, and we hope to do the same throughout the playoffs.”
Langley, a four-year veteran of Telluride’s volleyball squad, says she feels confident that the team can advance beyond this Saturday’s District Playoffs to the Regional Tournament, as long as its players continue to play the way they have been all season.
“To advance further, we just need to keep up our passion and hard work and stay healthy. If we do that, then we should be set,” she said.
Districts will be held in Dolores this Saturday. Regionals are scheduled for Saturday, November 5.
Telluride Soccer Advances to First Round in State Playoffs
Despite suffering a painful loss during their last home game of the season last week, the Miner boys’ soccer team came back in force to annihilate their competition in their final game of the regular season last Saturday.
Telluride’s 9-0 victory over Grand Junction’s Junior Varsity saw scoring distributed among five Telluride players; Slator Aplin, Santi Hernandez, Ian Mitchell, Jose Pena, and Henry Sosa each scored at least a goal (with Sosa scoring three).
The boys were undefeated for much of the season, ultimately suffering just one loss to Crested Butte, and narrowly missing the top spot in the 3A Region 5 standings. They came in second, behind Alamosa, with a 5-1-2 record.
The team hoped to continue their scoring streak last night, as they traveled to face top-ranked Basalt High School for the first-round game in the state playoffs. Results weren’t available at press time.