Briefs: Prep Sports Roundup October 11, 2008


• Bulldogs roll past Panthers

Palisade flexed its muscle Friday night in a big first half.

The Bulldogs jumped to a 53-0 halftime lead over Montezuma-Cortez in Palisade’s 59-3 rout in Cortez.

The win improved the Bulldogs to 8-0 overall, 6-0 in the Western Slope Conference.

“It has not been just one kid,” Bulldogs coach John Arledge said. “Everyone is getting it done, it is great group of (junior varsity) kids, a good scout team, coaches that are working hard. Everyone is working.”

Palisade again relied on its power running game to manhandle the Panthers. Jesse Brannon led the way with 116 yards on only eight carries. Brannon found the end zone three times.

Palisade had five different players score, including Zach Adair, who returned a fumble for a touchdown.

Aaron Wagler added two touchdowns on 41 yards rushing, Travis Fehlman had one touchdown on 43 yards rushing and quarterback Jake Appling added one touchdown, rushing for 34 yards.

“The kids were ready to go and there was no real weakness in our game tonight,” Arledge said. “We really got after it.”

Appling passed for 61 yards.

Palisade face Glenwood Springs next weekend in the showdown for the conference lead.

The Demons set up the matchup by routing Rifle 45-0 to stay undefeated.

•  In other Class 3A WSC games, Eagle Valley won its second straight game by defeating Delta 27-23 and Steamboat Springs rolled over Battle Mountain 62-13. In a nonconference game, Moffat County defeated Rawlins, Wyo., 26-16.

• At the 2A level, Basalt defeated Coal Ridge 28-13, Olathe continues to prove it’s top-10 worthy, defeating Aspen 36-7. Grand Valley earned its sixth win of the season by dropping Roaring Fork 40-16.

• In Class 1A , Hotchkiss defeated Hayden 49-14 and Paonia won big over West Grand 47-0, led by Jordan Van Vleet’s 95-yard kickoff return.

•  In other games, Dove Creek improved to 7-0 with a 32-26 overtime win over Norwood when Jesse Poole scored on a nine-yard run on the Huskies’ overtime possession.

Colten Huskey rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught a TD from Poole.


• Central High School’s hopes of winning the Southwestern League volleyball title took a big hit in Durango.

Durango defeated the Warriors 25-20, 25-18, 21-25, 25-16.

Central (11-3, 4-2 SWL) got off to a slow start, but recovered to win the third game behind Amy Kame and Hayleigh Higgins.

Durango started quickly in the fourth game and closed out the match.

Kelley Dodds led the Demons (10-6, 4-3 SWL) with 14 kills.

• Montezuma-Cortez swept Grand Junction 25-18, 25-22, 25-20 in Cortez.

Lisa Hughes led the Tigers (6-11, 0-8 SWL) with seven kills and one ace, Jordan Doughty had five kills and two aces and Krickett Adelman had four kills and three digs.


• Freshman Brady Carrol scored his first career varsity goal to give Central a 1-0 victory over Montezuma-Cortez at Long Family Memorial Park.

Carrol scored in the 25th minute on an assist by Stevie Palma. Central (4-7, 2-5 SWL) had 18 shots and Cortez (5-7-1, 2-6 SWL) had 18 shots.

Central goalkeeper Tyler Felker made 12 saves and Cortez goalkeeper Michah Conrads made five saves.


• Every seed held up in the Class 4A Region 8 tournament in Steamboat Springs, with Aspen and Steamboat dominating play.

The Sailors advanced their entire team to today’s championship matches. Aspen lost only once, in the semifinals at No. 4 doubles to Montrose, but has a chance in the playbacks.

In today’s final at No. 1 singles, Bryan Mehall of Aspen faces Jamey Swiggart of Steamboat.

At No. 2 singles, Keegan Burger of Steamboat Springs plays Taylor Lambert of Aspen, with Jeff Lambart of Steamboat playing Michael Willsky of Aspen at No. 3 singles.

The only final that isn’t Steamboat vs. Aspen is at No. 4 doubles, where Montrose faces Steamboat.


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