Volleyball regionals set to start

Staff report

Arapahoe, Mountain Vista, Cherry Creek, Highlands Ranch, Ponderosa and Valor Christian will host the Nov. 2 state volleyball regionals.

Winners of the 12 three-team regional tournaments in Class 5A and 4A will advance to the state tournament, which will be held Nov. 8-9 at the Denver Coliseum.

Arapahoe, the No. 2 seed in the Class 5A regional format, will compete in a pool with No. 23 Brighton and No. 35 Boulder.

No. 5 Mountain Vista will entertain No. 20 ThunderRidge and No. 32 Palmer. No. 19 Chaparral and No. 31 Gateway will be at No. 6 Cherry Creek.

Highlands Ranch will host the Region 11 tournament that will include No. 14 Cherokee Trail and No. 26 Douglas County.

No. 24 Heritage will be in the Region 1 pool at top-seeded Grandview. No. 36 Dakota Ridge will also be the pool. No. 21 Castle View will be at No. 4 Regis Jesuit along with No. 33 Rangeview. No. 29 Legend and Nov. 17 Rocky Mountain will travel to No. 8 Doherty.

In Class 4A regionals, No. 8 Ponderosa will face No. 17 Mead and No. 29 Broomfield while No. 12 Valor will have matches against No. 13 Windsor and No. 25 Mesa Ridge.

State gymnastics on tap

Cherry Creek and Ponderosa qualified their teams for the Class 5A state girls gymnastics meet, which will be held Nov. 1-2 at Thornton High School.

Creek finished second in the Region 1 meet Oct. 23 at Cherry Creek. Ponderosa was fourth, but scored high enough to advance its team to state.

Cherry Creek junior Sela Buted was an individual regional champion on the beam.

Elizabeth, the Class 4A defending state champion, won the Region 1 meet at Cherry Creek and headlines the teams advancing to state.

Senior Emily Reynolds was the regional all-around and beam champion while classmate Haily Breikss won the vault competition.