Sports Briefs, Dec. 15, 2010

Prep basketball

Snow prevents Fruita, Central from making it to tournament

The Fruita Monument and Central high school boys basketball teams were scheduled to play Wednesday in the Hinkley Challenge in Aurora, but the teams had to turn around and come back home because of the school district travel policy.

The policy forbids any of the school district’s clubs, sports or organizations from traveling through the mountains when the chain law is in effect.

Fruita and Central made it to Vail about 9:30 a.m. when the chain law went into effect. The Wildcats returned to school and practiced Wednesday afternoon, coach Dave Fox said.

Both teams will attempt to travel today if the chain law is lifted. Neither team had to forfeit their scheduled Wednesday game.

Prep football

Olathe’s Piatt, Corn win awards

Olathe senior Kyle Piatt is the Class 2A Western Slope Conference’s outstanding back and Olathe’s Ryan Corn is the conference’s coach of the year.

Piatt was one of seven Olathe first-team all-conference picks after leading the Pirates to their second state title in three years. The others are seniors Zach Cosper, Kiefer Wollert and Cody Harrison and juniors Willy Corey, Taylor Carlson, and Joe McCracken.

Juniors Miguel Barajas, Luke Wieben and Joe Laird and seniors TK Ullery and Michael Mackey made the first team for Cedaredge. Grand Valley seniors Caleb Lenard and David Witt and junior Garrett Smith made the first team.

Aspen’s Dane Christensen was chosen the outstanding lineman.


Four FC Fire players chosen for team

Four Grand Junction Soccer Club Fire FC players have been selected to represent Colorado in the Olympic Development Program Championship tournament.

Baseley McClaskey, Leah Swander and Taylor Chaffetz will play on the ‘97 girls team and Marques Combs will play on the ‘96 Colorado boys team. The ODP tournament is in mid-January in Phoenix, with the winner of the 14-team regional competing against three other regional champions for the national ODP title.

Jordan Padgett of Fire FC has made the pool for ODP ‘98 Colorado and will be on one of two girls teams playing in a tournament in January in California.


Cyclocross race is Saturday

The Grand Valley Cyclocross Championships are at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at Canyon View Park.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. The junior race is at 9:45 a.m., followed by the B and C race at 10:05 a.m. and the A race at 10:40 a.m.


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