Prep Notebook: Qualifying for state swim meet is a relief for GJ’s McLean

Gillian McLean qualified for the Class 5A girls swimming & diving state championships during last weekend’s Jeffco Invitational in Lakewood.

The Grand Junction High School senior scored 346.9 points in the 1-meter diving competition to qualify for the second time in two years.

“It is a relief,” McLean said. “I don’t have to stress about making it anymore. I can have fun and work on improving my score.”

McLean placed second at the meet. Her most successful dive was the front double pike, she said.

Needed road trip

After the Grand Junction boys basketball team’s 58-34 home loss to Fruita Monument last Friday, Tigers coach Dutch Johnson was grateful for today’s nonleague game at Uintah, Utah.

Uintah, a Class 3A team located in Vernal, Utah, has already played and defeated Central this season.

“Maybe it’s a good thing we have a nonleague game in the middle of the week in Vernal, Utah, where there won’t be too many people to watch it,” Johnson said. “We have to respond.”

Baby Indian

Montrose girls basketball coach Eric Sanchez didn’t make the trip to the Four Corners to coach the Indians against Montezuma-Cortez and Durango last weekend.

But, it was for a good reason. Sanchez and his wife welcomed a new baby boy last week.

In his absence, longtime Montrose girls basketball coach John Mraule took over for the weekend.

The Indians won both games, and are in sole possession of first place in the Southwestern League.

Basketball Polls

The Plateau Valley boys basketball team moved up one spot to fifth in last week’s Denver Post Class 1A boys basketball poll.

The Cowboys (6-1) lost their first game of the season Friday to Meeker, but bounced back to defeat Vail Mountain on Saturday.

Olathe (8-2) remained No. 3 in the Post Class 3A girls basketball poll. Rifle (9-0) moved up two spots to No. 6. The Paonia girls (5-3) are back in the 2A poll at No. 8.

Wrestling Rankings

Grand Junction is ranked 10th in the On the Mat Magazine Class 5A rankings, led by Jessie Hoffschneider, who is ranked No. 1 at 145 pounds and Dylon Thompson, ranked fifth at 119.

Montrose is ranked fourth in Class 4A with eight ranked individuals. Delta is fifth with six individuals and Palisade is 10th with five.

Olathe is ranked fifth and Hotchkiss is sixth in Class 3A. Paonia is seventh in 2A.

Central signing

Danielle and Jessica Romine are signing their national letter of intent to play softball at Otero Junior College.

The sisters will be signing at 11 a.m. on Friday in the Central High School library.

Danielle Romine was second in RBI for Central with 42. Jessica Romine finished her senior season with a .513 batting average.

Rifle Runner

Rifle’s Makayla Wilkins is signing her national letter of intent to run track and cross country at Ottawa (Kan.) University.

The signing is at 4 p.m. on Friday in the Rifle High School library.


Grand Junction High School graduate Jonathan Wright placed third in the 400-meter dash last weekend at the Air Force All-Comers meet in Colorado Springs.

The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs freshman finished the race in 49.64 seconds. He placed eighth in the 200 dash in 22.39.


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