Prep Notebook: Wildcats’ Daniels to play for Mavericks
Fruita Monument High School senior Tyler Daniels signed a letter of intent recently to play football at Mesa State College.
Daniels will get a chance to play for coach Shawn Marsh again after he left the Fruita program to become an assistant head coach and co-offensive coordinator at Mesa State.
“Even from last year, I learned so much from him,” Daniels said. “What he brought to the program was needed. I’m excited for that opportunity to play for him again.
“I watched their spring practice and recognized some of the plays. That was a comfort zone, too.”
Daniels, though, won’t be the first member of his family to wear the Maverick colors.
His mother, Kathy Holthus-Daniels, was an All-American volleyball player and is in the Maverick Hall of Honor.
“That’s kind of cool,” the younger Daniels said. “When I was looking to go out of the area I could tell she wanted me to stay and play there. It’s exciting for the whole family.”
Daniels had 22 carries for 209 yards and caught 21 passes for 531 yards and scored seven touchdowns this past season.
Durango has qualified for the Class 4A district playoffs out of the Southwestern League. Montrose will get in if Durango beats Cortez on Thursday or if the Indians beat Central next Monday.
Delta and Palisade have qualified out of the Western Slope League. Moffat County (4-8, 4-4 WSL), Steamboat Springs (6-5, 3-3) and Eagle Valley (6-8, 3-5) are still in the running for the third spot.
Hotchkiss, Cedaredge, Roaring Fork, Olathe and Rifle have qualified for the Class 3A district playoffs, but the sixth and final spot is up for grabs among Coal Ridge, Aspen and Gunnison.
The district playoff pairings for Class 5A, 4A and 3A will be announced next Wednesday.
In Class 2A, Western Slope League champion Paonia (10-7) and runner-up Rangely (8-10) qualified for the District 2 tournament along with San Juan League champion Dolores (14-3) and runner-up Ignacio (4-12).
The district tournament is Saturday at Canyon View Park.
Paonia plays Ignacio at 10 a.m., eighth-ranked Dolores plays Rangely at 12:30 p.m. and the winners play at 3 p.m. The teams in the district final advance to regionals next weekend.
The all-classification boys state lacrosse pairings were released Tuesday, but only league champion Steamboat Springs qualified from the Mountain League.
The Sailors (10-3) received the No. 16 seed in the 24-team draw and host No. 17 Rock Canyon (11-4). The first-round game must be played by Saturday.
The Jaguars defeated Steamboat Springs 11-7 earlier this season in Steamboat.
Regis (14-1) received the No. 1 seed. Cherry Creek (13-2) is the No. 2 seed.
Olathe High School senior Morgan Stansberry signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Western State College.
Stansberry was an all-state selection in volleyball and basketball and a three-time all-conference selection in both sports. She finished her senior season with 204 kills and 320 dig, helped lead the Pirates to a 16-2 league record and a state playoff berth.
Stansberry is a candidate for valedictorian this spring, and is also active in Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society and student government.
Grand Junction’s Payton Glasoe had to be happy with his season-best 11.23-second 100-meter dash he ran at the Montrose Invitational. The problem was, the wind reading of 3.30 disallowed it as a state qualifying time.
A wind reading is required for the long jump, triple jump and sprints, but wind speed readings of greater than 2.0 cancels any qualifying standard.
The boys and girls 100-meter dash qualifying times were disallowed in Montrose, as were the top two finishers in the boys and girls triple jump and the top five finishers in the girls long jump.
Lindsey Schultz, who graduated from Fruita Monument, won the Southern Utah University Female Athlete of the Year award. Schultz, a gymnast, owns the school record on vault with a score of 9.95. She finished ranked fifth in the floor and sixth in vault in the Western Athletic Conference.
THIRD time’s a charm
The Palisade girls soccer game Thursday at Moffat County has been rescheduled three times. The game was originally scheduled for April 23, but was postponed until April 29 because of weather. The April 29 game was also washed out.
Thursday’s forecast in Craig, according to weather.com, is 64 degrees and sunny with zero chance of precipitation.