Prep Notebook: GJ’s Capri Rino will walk on to volleyball team at Saint Peter’s
Grand Junction High School senior Capri Rino has always dreamed of playing Division I college volleyball.
Thanks in part to her grades, she’ll get that opportunity.
Rino has accepted a walk-on offer to Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, N.J.
“Throughout high school, my goal was always to play volleyball at a Division I school,” Rino said in an email to the Sentinel. “I worked really hard over the last four years to improve as an individual player and as a team player.”
Saint Peter’s College discovered Rino through her “Be Recruited” website page.
“I believe that I will grow not only as a player, but as a person, for playing under Coach (Joseph) Agrest,” she said. “I’ve got a great opportunity at this school to live my dream and be part of building a strong, competitive, winning volleyball team.”
Rino was a two-time All-Conference libero for the Tigers and set the Colorado state record for most digs in a match with 52. The team captain is second all-time in most digs in a season with 465.
She received an academic scholarship and a housing grant. Rino plans to study business.
Saint Peter’s College plays in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Peahens were 7-24 last season.
THE empty RELAY
The Grand Junction High School track team finished third in last weekend’s Montrose Early Invite. The Tigers won several events, but lost points by not running in any of the relay events or distance events. Tigers coach Darrell Simonton said the Tigers were missing several athletes.
“I let the kids take off spring break if they have vacations or whatever, I don’t try to fight it,” Simonton said. “So we didn’t even have a whole team, but we still did pretty well.”
The Tigers will have a full squad during this weekend’s Mickey Dunn Invitational at Stocker Stadium.
Anderson vs. Krieg
The running rivalry between Grand Valley senior Brandi Krieg and Hotchkiss freshman Natalie Anderson continued last Saturday at the season-opening Delta Panther Invitational track meet.
Anderson bested Krieg in the 1,600-meter run, finishing first in 5 minutes, 21.56 seconds. Krieg came in second in 5:30.91.
The two runners were side by side during the 2010 cross country season. Anderson topped Krieg in the Class 3A state championship meet, finishing third in 19:30.22. Krieg finished fourth in 19:59.92.
SIGN ON THE LINE
Two prep baseball players will sign their national letters of intent Thursday.
Central’s Tanner Denton is committing to Antelope Valley (Calif.) College and Grand Junction’s Mike McGovern is signing with Trinidad State Junior College.
California junior colleges play in the California Community College Athletic Association, a separate affiliation from the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Grand Junction seniors Fawn Brady and Paula Lage have been selected to play in Sunday’s Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports All-State Basketball Game at Arvada High School.
Rifle senior Cortney Cordova was chosen for the Class 3A team.
Montrose’s Madison Gill had a hole-in-one at Monday’s Fruita Monument Invitational at Adobe Creek Golf Course.
Gill aced the Desert course’s 114-yard No. 2 with an 8-iron.
It was Gill’s first hole-in-one.
“I was mad from a previous hole so I wasn’t thinking too much about it,” Gill said. “I hit it and it went up, landed on the green and went in. It was really exciting.”
Defending Southwestern League champion Montrose is ranked third in the Denver Post Class 4A preseason baseball poll.
The Indians (5-1) went 3-0 in the Lloyd McMillian Invitational last weekend. Their only loss came to Aztec (N.M.) in the opening weekend of the season.
Cedaredge (2-0) and Olathe (1-2) are ranked sixth and seventh, respectively, in the Class 3A poll.
Rifle (4-0), though, swept the Pirates in a Western Slope League doubleheader last weekend.
Grand Junction High School 2010 graduate Jayke Brock has a .308 batting average in 17 games played for Eastern Arizona College.
Brock, an outfielder, has five RBI on the season, and a .372 on-base percentage.