Sports, December 3rd

LOCAL FOOTBALL PLAYERS RECEIVE POST SEASON HONORS

Glenwood Springs—Glenwood Springs Senior Running Back Henry Hill was named the “Back of the Year” in the Western Slope 3A.  Hill led the state in rushing with over 16-hundred yards.  Joining Hill on the 1st team all conference squad were fellow Demons Justin Barham, Garrett Lowe, Cole Adams and Evrett Marr.  Glernwood players named to the honorable mention team included Travis Lundin, Chris Sarabia, Christian Gonzalez, Tristan Harris, Derrick Chase and Sam Carmer.  The Rifle Bears were also well represented on the Western Slope All Conference Team.  Bears earning first team honors included Tanner Quick, Layton Stutsman, Brock Clark, Austin Shephard, Kellin Leigh, Bailey Hoffmeister and Javier Nunez.  Zack Bare, Cody Rice, Clayton Coombs and Jose Prado were named honorable mention.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Rifle opens the season at Colorado Mesa University tonight against Fruita Monument.  The Lady Bears tip off at 5:30 and the boys follow at 7.   The Coal Ridge Titans begin play tonight on the road at Battle Mountain at 5:30 and 7.

PRO SOCCER COMING TO COLORADO SPRINGS

COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) – Professional soccer is coming to Colorado Springs.
A United Soccer Leagues PRO men’s team owned by Ragain Sports will start playing in the city in March 2015. Nicholas Ragain told the newspaper that the team doesn’t have a name yet. More details about the Colorado Springs team could be released at an official announcement planned for Thursday afternoon. The team could play in a new stadium proposed for the city’s downtown.USL PRO and Major League Soccer announced earlier this year that its franchises will sign affiliation agreements by next season.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL / P-RICH GOING PRO

BOULDER (AP) – Paul Richardson is leaving Colorado to enter the NFL draft.
The junior receiver, who caught 83 passes for 1,343 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, announced Monday that he’s forgoing his senior season to turn pro.
Richardson was voted first-team all-conference in the Pac-12 on Monday. He ranked second in the conference in receptions per game and yards receiving per game.
Richardson was named the Buffaloes’ MVP at their annual banquet Sunday, the first junior to win the honor in 11 years and just the sixth receiver to win the award since it was created in 1959.He set 20 school receiving records.

BRONCOS NEXT OPPONENT FIGHTING FOR PLAYOFF SPOT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Titans keep making mistakes at crucial times, and now they’ve lost control of their playoff destiny and possibly their last chance at a winning record. A team that has scored 122 points in the fourth quarter this season couldn’t score late, and a defense that had been so stingy couldn’t get off the field when it mattered most as the Titans lost 22-14 to Indianapolis. Tennessee now has lost six of its last eight. Coach Mike Munchak says the Titans are having growing pains.
Now the Titans (5-7) trail Baltimore and Miami, both 6-6, for the AFC’s final playoff spot with four games left. They visit Denver on Sunday and a quarterback in Peyton Manning that Tennessee has struggled to beat for years.

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