Vista Ridge is heading to the land of high school football with a road trip to Texas.
A game against a Florida team last season left a hole in the Wolves’ schedule, so they scoured neighboring states for a match. Texas’ Borger High School was more than willing to fill in, going so far as to pay for the charter bus to carry the Wolves the 371 miles to Borger, Texas, about an hour from Amarillo.
“It works out well for us because the kids aren’t missing any school,” Vista Ridge interim coach Les Johnson said. “We’re on fall break at this time. The kids are extremely excited. They get to play and see kids from different states and a different caliber of kids. ... Texas is a big high school football state.”
Borger (2-4) had a hole in its schedule because of its distance from other schools, Johnson said. Last season, Borger reached the third round of the 3A Texas playoffs
“It’s extremely tough because I’m going into the unknown, so to speak,” Johnson said. “I’m not familiar with how they play out there.”
But the Wolves (6-0) have someone who is. Wide receivers coach Richard Newman grew up a couple of hours from Borger. He has plenty of family from Texas who will be attending the game and cheering for the Wolves. Johnson also said family of players will be driving from as far as Louisiana to see the game, giving the team more than 40 fans.
This trip will be much different from last year’s, when the team played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla., and visited Disneyworld. Borger doesn’t exactly have the same attractions. The kids will ride down Thursday morning, practice and have a barbecue Thursday night and maybe catch a movie. The game is Friday and the junior varsity plays Saturday.
Soccer, volleyball crossover tournaments begin
The 4A Metro crossover tournaments for soccer and volleyball begin Thursday. But the two vary slightly. Both have two brackets, with the top-four teams from the Plains Division playing the two top-four teams from the Mountains Division in the upper bracket.
For soccer, the top seven teams at the end of the tournament qualify for the state playoffs. There also will be a lower bracket with the bottom eight teams, which has no bearing on the playoff system.
For volleyball, 11 seeds are granted a berth in district play. So the eight teams in the upper bracket automatically qualify and are playing for district seeding.
The top three teams to come out of the lower bracket also will qualify for districts.
Where are they now?
• Liberty alum Patrick Slogic has quickly found a home on the back line of the Cornell soccer team.
The former Lancer is a starting center defender for the Big Red, who are on a 10-game unbeaten streak.
As a freshman, Slogic was named all-Ivy League honorable mention. He started 14 of 15 games last season and has started all 11 this season, netting a pair of goals and a pair of assists as a center defender.
Slogic was the Gazette’s Player of the Year in boys’ soccer in 2009.
• Northern Colorado safety Marcel Gibbons, a Mesa Ridge graduate, is second on the team in solo tackles and third in total tackles.
Gibbons led the FCS (I-AA) team in tackles in the season opener against Lindenwood with six solo tackles and 12 total. He also led the Bears (0-6) in solo tackles against Weber State.
• Last season, Zac Egeler was 3A’s fifth-leading goal scorer with 26 goals. This season, the Colorado Springs Christian School graduate is leading Master’s (Calif.) College in goal scoring as a freshman.
Egeler’s six goals at Master’s have the NAIA program riding a 7-1-3 record through Oct. 8.
Linebacker to visit CSU
Fountain-Fort Carson linebacker Kevin Davis will make an official visit to Colorado State this weekend.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior has 90 tackles, including five sacks. He also has an interception, which he returned for a touchdown, three fumble recoveries and is averaging nearly 40 yards on 11 punts.