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High School Sports

  • Football: Platte Valley turns back Fort Lupton

    KERSEY – Even after a 50-0, rain-soaked defeat at the hands of Platte Valley High School, the No. 3-rated team in class 2A, according to the most recent media polls, Fort Lupton coach Dustin Duff was upbeat Oct. 5.

    "We tried to keep the message simple to our kids," Duff said. "We wanted them to get better at what we do and use this as an opportunity to figure out what we're doing that isn't working out as well as we would like to. They answered that call."

  • Softball: Fort Lupton in good shape for regional berth

    By the time Monday, Oct. 8, rolls around, Fort Lupton's softball team may have a seat at the postseason playoff table.

    As of Friday, FLHS was 12th in the state's RPI rankings, the method CHSAA uses to determine postseason qualifiers. The top 24 teams advance in class 3A.

    The pairings are due out Monday. The tournament is Saturday, Oct. 13. FLHS needs to win just once in a maximum two-game set to advance to the state tournament for the second straight year.

  • Softball: Waiting game begins for Frederick Warriors

    Frederick's softball team is in the midst of a three-day, wait-and-see game to see if there is another game for the Warriors.

    The loss dropped the Warriors to 34th place (as of Friday) in the state's RPI rankings, the method that CHSAA uses to determine postseason qualifiers. The top 32 teams advance, and there are two teams rated below Frederick – John F. Kennedy and Montrose high schools – that automatically qualify for regionals because they will win the 4A portions of their split conferences.

  • Softball: Defensive woes haunt Fort Lupton

    The Sept. 29 softball game between Fort Lupton and Niwot high schools had all the feel of a state-level playoff game.

    But if the Bluedevils are to advance beyond the first round of the state 3A playoffs this season, coach Albert Vasquez said FLHS will have to clean up the defense.

    The Cougars won the game 6-4 in 10 innings. Two errors by the Bluedevils in the 10th inning didn't help. FLHS couldn't handle a 10th-inning fly ball by Niwot's Savannah Rafkin. That produced the two game-winning runs.

  • Fort Lupton takes second in home volleyball tournament

    For the first time in school history, Fort Lupton's volleyball team took second place in its own four-team tournament. The event was Sept. 29.

    The Bluedevils beat Strive Prep and Platte Canyon before losing to Skyview Academy later in the day.

    Serving ruled the first two matches for the Bluedevils. Jaclyn Trujillo had nine of 18 aces in the match against Strive Prep. She and Mireya Alcocer had three aces in the win over Platte Canyon. Patricia Arellano added two and six kills.

  • Baseball mercy rule may get a tweak

    AURORA – The Colorado High School Activities Association’s baseball committee wants to change its mercy rule.

                The proposal is exactly the same as what the state’s prep softball teams use. The game ends when one team is ahead by 10 or more runs after the fifth inning, 15 or more runs after the fourth or 20 or more runs after the third.

                Fort Lupton baseball coach Stephen Flickinger likes it.

  • Soccer: Fort Lupton stays undefeated with shutout win

    In a match that was over almost as quickly as it began, the Fort Lupton boys’ soccer team dispatched the Pueblo Central Wildcats 10-0 Sept. 20. 

    The Bluedevils won the contest by mercy rule after scoring their 10th goal with just over four minutes left in regular time.  

  • Soccer: Fort Lupton wins in a breeze

    Fort Lupton's soccer team stayed unbeaten through seven games Sept. 20 with a 10-0 home-field win against Pueblo Central.

    The Bluedevils are 4-0-3 this season and sit in 17th place in the class 3A ROI standings as of Sept. 21.

    We'll have more on the game in the Sept. 26 issue of the Fort Lupton Press.

  • Fells' journey is complete

    Two months ago, Fort Lupton senior Hayden Fells wasn't sure if he'd be playing football for the Bluedevils this season.

    He put a rather emphatic exclamation point on his return by scoring a defensive touchdown in Fort Lupton's 35-0 homecoming win over Riverdale Ridge High School Sept. 14.

    Fells tore his ACL and partially tore his meniscus playing basketball last winter.

    "My dad and sister were really supportive through it," Fells said. "They told me to keep my head up. My doctor kept me going too."

  • Softball: Adjustments help Fort Lupton's Rivera

    Fort Lupton's Hilda Rivera is a different softball player, now that the season is in full swing.

    "I'm not tense. I struggled at the beginning of the season. Now, I'm coming back up," she said.

    She hit a two-run home run, one of two the Bluedevils hit in an 11-1 rout of Alameda High School Sept. 7. Gianna Tijerina hit the other.