Students and athletes at Greeley Central and Greeley West High Schools are probably used to seeing each other on a regular basis, outdoors, living in the same town.
But last week the Wildcats and Spartans were fortunate enough to meet just as frequently on various athletic surfaces.
Greeley Central and Greeley West faced off on the tennis courts and soccer field on Wednesday. They even shared the same track at the Greeley Central Twilight Invitational on Thursday.
Note, the Wildcats and the Spartans compete on the same team in women’s golf – under the aegis of Northridge – and in the swimming boys, under the Greeley West banner. There was therefore no direct confrontation in these two sports.
As for the sports the two longtime rivals faced off in: Greeley West beat Central in tennis, 5-2, and women’s football, 4-0.
The boys from Greeley West had a better team result than Central in the Twilight Invitational track and field competition, but Central beat the Spartans in the women’s portion of the competition.
The ultimate bragging rights go to the West, with a 3-1 advantage over the Wildcats this week – and a 4-1 advantage this spring. The Spartans outscored Central on the baseball field, 5-1, earlier this month.
Ride on the right side of history
The Roosevelt boys’ track and field are experiencing what coach Daniel Joiner consistently describes as one of the best seasons in the program’s long and rich history.
And, apparently, with each week comes another or two hardware components.
In the Rough Riders’ home meeting – the Randall Hess Invitational – on May 21 in Johnstown, Roosevelt won the tag team title with 113 points in the massive 31-team encounter. His closest competitor was runner-up Niwot with 77 points.
Then, less than a week later on Thursday, Roosevelt won another tag team title scoring 105 points in the No. 2 19-team NoCo Series meeting at Severance. Poudre finished second with 93.5 points.
Queen of the ‘hill’
Separation sophomore Alexys Hill wasted no time in making her presence felt on the runway locally and at the state level.
In addition to regularly collecting gear at an assortment of events – the 100, 200, long jump and relays – Hill has already carved a place for herself at the top of the women’s 100-meter rankings across the world. ‘State.
With his time in the Highland Twilight Invitational on May 20 (12.44 seconds), Hill places first in 3A with 0.11 seconds and fifth in State, regardless of classification. She is also third in 3A at 200 (26.51) and 13th in long jump (15 ′ 9 ″).
Bobby Fernandez covers high school sports for the Greeley Tribune. Contact him at (970) 392-4478, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @BobbyDFernandez.