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Trojans have plenty to build on

The boys’ track and field team at Fountain-Fort Carson is brimming with confidence heading into this week’s state meet.

Jalen Lyon won the 200 and 400 to go along with two relay victories, Jequan Hogan dominated the triple and high jumps, and the Class 5A favorites ran away with the 4A/5A Colorado Springs Metro League championships over the weekend.

Fountain-Fort Carson won eight events and head into the season’s pinnacle at Jefferson County Stadium with five of the state’s top marks, which include the 200, 400 relay, 800 relay, 1,600 relay and triple jump.

Still, the Trojans aren’t taking anything for granted.

“It’s track, anything can happen,” Lyon said. “We have to remain focused and not go in too big headed.”

Lyon has the fastest 200 (21.28) in the state and is a part of preeminent relays in the 4x100 (41.70) and 4x200 (1:26.39). Hogan, meanwhile, has the top triple jump (50 feet and 8 ½ inches) and is aiming to break the state record of 51 ¼ this weekend.

The state meet will kick off Thursday. F-FC and Vista Ridge boys along with Air Academy and TCA girls are the area’s reigning champs.

“When we get there, we just need to do what we need to do,” Hogan said. “When a guy runs or jumps a PR, we want to do the same.”

Vanguard boys' volleyball undefeated again

Vanguard’s domination in boys’ volleyball continued with its third straight 3A state title on Saturday.

Hayden Frear had 18 kills and four aces on the final day of the season as the Coursers beat Cherry Creek, Arapahoe and SkyView to cap its second straight undefeated season in 3A.

The Coursers haven’t lost a set in two years in their classification and have dropped just one in the past three. Their success comes on the heels of the Colorado High School Activities Association’s approval of boys’ volleyball as a pilot program.

The sport is still looking for state sanction.

“Everyone who is involved in boys’ volleyball in Colorado knows we're trying to grow the game,” Vanguard coach Andrew Soeldner said. “There’s a lot of work between all of the coaches to develop the teams we have and actively start new ones.”

According to the Colorado Boys High School Volleyball Association’s site, there are more than 50 teams and 600 athletes participating in the sport around the state.

Danes continue to climb

Fountain Valley girls' soccer has scratched off goal after goal throughout the season.

Two more to go.

The No. 3 Danes will face No. 2 Denver Christian in the Class 2A semifinals at All-City Stadium on Wednesday. They beat No. 6 Del Norte 2-1 to secure their second straight trip to semis on Friday.

“We had small goals (all season),” Fountain Valley’s new coach, Kevin Ray, said. “Those goals were to finish top 12. When we realized it was realistic to finish top four, then our aim was to finish top four.

“Every goal we’ve set out to do, we’ve done.”

The Danes returned 80 percent of their roster from a year ago.

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