FRUITA, Colo. With the first CHSAA preseason polls coming out Monday, we found out that none of our teams on the western slope made the top ten in class 5A.
One team that is going to have some work to do in order to crack the ranks is the Fruita Monument Wildcats.
With the Southwestern League breaking up, FMHS was welcomed in to the 5A Continental League, with some perennial power front range schools like Regis Jesuit and ThunderRidge.
That means a lot of travel back and forth for them, but the team is absolutely looking forward to the step up in competition.
The team returns very few returning starts from last year's 4-6 team, where they were dangerous at times on offense, but struggled more on the other side of the ball.
They will be a young team with a new challenge, but are excited to meet it.
"If you're going to be a good team, you're going to have to play those teams anyway," head coach Sean Mulvey said. "We have very serviceable kids, who will do more than just step in. They're going to make it their own, compete hard and get after some people."
"I'm really excited to go play them," senior center Chase Clayton said. "It's awesome to play really good teams because it makes you better. That's all I'm looking forward to is playing tough teams and getting better."
Fruita Monument begins their season August 30th against Denver East at Stocker Stadium.