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Gazette Premium Content PREP NOTEBOOK: Manitou volleyball still perfect

By Kevin Carmody Published: October 4, 2013

Manitou Springs remains unbeaten in volleyball

Contrary to a recent report in Gazette Preps, the Manitou Springs volleyball team indeed won a thrilling five-set match at Platte Valley on Saturday, and with a sweep of Buena Vista on Tuesday, remains undefeated at 13-0.

Due to an error, the score of the fifth set was not recorded accurately.

"Even though we were down 13-11 in the fifth game, I could tell by the looks on their faces that they would do what they needed to do to win," Mustangs coach Carol Benedict said. "They don't doubt themselves."

With six league matches left, Manitou expects nothing but each teams' best efforts as the streak gets longer.

"Every team that comes into our gym plays us a lot harder," Benedict said. "Even though our team is young, we're handling that pressure very well."

Rampart to host

unconventional race

It'll look more like an individual time trial Saturday at Cottonwood Creek Park than a cross country race, but that's simply the Foxes and Hounds experience.

Each team submits its top seven runners in reverse order, where they are grouped according to rank and started in 20-second intervals. A full roster of seven means each team's fastest runner will start with a two-minute handicap.

"This is a unique style of cross country race that puts runners in situations they may not otherwise get to experience," Rampart cross country coach Robert Young said. "It teaches them to race their own race and brings out their inner competitor."

The racing starts at 9 a.m. with the first of two junior varsity races, followed by the varsity events at 10:10 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.

Manitou Springs athlete earns spot on national team

Taylor Finn, a sophomore at Manitou Springs, recently was selected as a member of the U.S. Telemark Ski Association's Development team.

Telemark differs from Alpine in that the heel is not fixed down, giving it the nickname of "free-heel" skiing.

Finn, in her second year of telemark skiing, also runs track, where she finished third in the 100-meter hurdles at last spring's 3A state championships in Lakewood.

Kevin CaRmody, The Gazette

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