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Friday, May 1, 2015

Colorado High School Playoffs - Got Grit?


Rocky Mountain Grit Time: High School Playoffs
Now is the temporal period during which everything everyone has been working toward since the start of the season bears fruit. From high school-to-college-to-adult leagues the effort and energy expended on a weekly basis all season long is on the line. All over our fine State of Colorado determinations will be made over an 80-minute interval as to who rocks and who knocks regarding the small white pill that all seek.
High School Boys: tightest playoff picture?
Quarterfinals are done and dusted. Semis on the upcoming RugbyDay at Aurora Sports Park (ASP). Premier Division looks like:
·         Denver East High Angels are the first seed and rightly so. Coach Bill Baer’s Angels have only one loss on their league record and that was a 34-38, near-comeback, nailbiting defeat to nemesis, Colorado Springs Grizzlies in the Springs. And that was without the services of center, Adam Leonard, who’s a game changer. With the likes of front row CJ Cade stretching the defenses when that big man fills the three-quarterline and the elite halfback pairing of Chris Musselman and Jack Martin, East can fire on many cylinders from a wide range of circumstance. This just may be the year Denver East wrests the top-division trophy from longtime claimant…
·         Colorado Springs Grizzlies, who are the product of a fine organization with dedicated players and are five-years running as State D-1 champions. Fronted by captain and hooker, Paddy Donavan, then on through to backrow lock, Jacob Heister, the Big Bears forward pack may be the best in the state. Cal Robeson at the pivot along to spritely center Seung-Ju Han and on to fullback Ashkon Golabi and his talented back-three backs pose a constant threat as well, but Ursinus Majorus must get by…
·         Regis Jesuit, who are one of two clubs to take down the reigning 2014 champs this season. A 13-12 tweakage of the Bear announced that Jesuit had arrived at the topside of the competitive circle behind the coaching prowess of USA Eagles front row Zach Fenoglio and longtime pilot, Brian Normile, and…
·         4th-seeded PAC Rugby are not to be discounted after their 27-22 takedown last week of Aurora Saracens in the quarterfinal round. PAC, last year’s Division-2 champions promoted to the big time this season, are big and bold and well-instructed. The Front Range amalgam (Platte Valley, Evergreen and Conifer), appeared as yet-evolving in their losses to East and the Springs in league play, but woe to the squad that takes these Mountain Men lightly, for if nothing else, expect them to have learned well lessons from their losses to seeds numbers one and two, and Coach Hugh Miller’s 1st XV will be aptly and comprehensively well-prepared with countermeasures on the day, Saturday… THE RUGBY DAY!

Premier Division Semifinals:
Grizzlies v Jesuit – 1pm at ASP tomorrow
Angels v PAC – 2:30 at the Park

Division-2 semis will feature: Fort Collins v Highlands Ranch at 10 am and Grand Junction v Titans Rugby at 11:30 in the same location, ASP.




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