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Skyhawks look to snap skids

Volleyball, football and golf hit the road this week
Fort Lewis College wide receiver Christopher Thomas Jr. catches a 20-yard touchdown pass Saturday against Adams State University at FLC. (Courtesy)

The Fort Lewis College volleyball and football teams will both hit the road this week with hopes of snapping their losing streaks.

The volleyball team fell short of a reverse sweep last Friday to Chadron State College. After Chadron won the first two sets 25-23 and 25-23, FLC stormed back and won the next two sets, 25-23 and 25-22. In the deciding fifth game, however, Chadron prevailed 15-4 to take the match.

FLC then faced its third nationally ranked foe since beginning RMAC play on Saturday, No. 21 Colorado School of Mines. The Orediggers swept FLC 25-18, 25-21 and 25-11.

The Skyhawks will be back on the road this week, but will have another tough test. FLC will take on Colorado Mesa, the new No. 21-ranked team, on Friday and then Westminster College on Saturday.

FLC is currently 4-8 overall. Mesa is 9-4, Westminster is 4-10, Colorado Mines is 10-4 and Chadron is 7-8.

Football to visit CSU Pueblo

The Fort Lewis football team (0-3) will continue looking for its first win of the year when it visits CSU Pueblo (1-3) Saturday.

FLC scored 17 points on Saturday against Adams State, the most it has scored in a game since Nov. 13, 2021, but it couldn’t get the stops it needed on defense and the Grizzlies used a dominate second half to win the game, 52-17.

Adams scored first, but Fort Lewis matched the Grizzlies with a 75-yard drive of its own, tying the game on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Braden Wingle to Christopher Thomas Jr.

Adams, however, took a 24-10 lead into halftime and scored two touchdowns in both the third and fourth quarters to pull away.

CSU Pueblo, on the other hand, won its opener, but has lost ts last three games, including a 45-17 defeat Saturday against Colorado Mines.

Saturday’s game will kick off at 2 p.m. inside the ThunderBowl.

Golfers look to keep momentum

The Fort Lewis men’s golf team will return to action after a week off. In the team’s last competition, FLC finished fourth at the Farmers Insurance Sam Proal Invitational at CSU Pueblo.

This weekend, the team will head to Amarillo Country Club for West Texas A&M University’s Ryan Palmer Invitational.

The Fort Lewis women’s golf team competed Tuesday and finished 14th at the Ruidoso Junior Golf Association South Central Shootout. The team got off to a rocky start in its opening round and was never able to recover.

Brooke Sturtevant, Kendal Gutierrez, and Emma Tornroos finished tied for 64th at 163 (+19).