Briefs: Local Sports April 24, 2009

College Tennis

Mesa men, women sweep Mines

It took nearly a month and three tries to play, but Mesa State and Colorado Christian finally played their RMAC tennis match Thursday, with the Mavericks winning the men’s and women’s matches by 9-0 scores.
The RMAC champion women’s team had little trouble with the Cougars on its way to a perfect 8-0 conference record. Kate Lowder had the closest match of the day, defeating Sara Howard 6-4, 7-2 at No. 1 singles. The women are the No. 1 seed and received a first-round bye in the conference tournament that begins today at the Gates Tennis Center.
The men’s team locked up the No. 4 seed in the RMAC tournament with its win over the Cougars, winning all but one match in straight sets. Jordan Chomko defeated Matthew Cooper 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, but Rashan Khamis needed three sets to win at No. 2 singles, outlasting Clint Walder 6-3, 5-7, 13-11.
The Mavericks play Montana State-Billings at 11 this morning in the first round of the RMAC tourney.

College Softball

• Mavs place six on All-Academic team

Mesa State placed six players on the RMAC All-Academic softball team, announced Wednesday.
Senior catcher Meagan Hennessey, who has a 3.80 GPA in business, made the second team along with sophomore outfielder/second baseman Dani Vallie (3.51, nursing) and sophomore pitcher Sara Jordan (3.31, sports management). Senior outfielder Jamie Prather (3.45, marketing), senior pitcher Jessica Rayman (3.31, sports management) and junior shortstop Katie Mitchell (3.56 kinesiology) made the honor roll.
Amber Massey, a junior shortstop from Rifle with a 3.57 GPA in business administration at Fort Lewis, made the second team. Chadron State pitcher Casey Williams (4.00, psychology) was selected the academic player of the year in voting by the schools’ sports information directors.

High School Soccer

• Young players lift ’Dogs to win

Three freshmen scored goals for Palisade as the Bulldogs defeated Moffat County 3-0 on Saturday in Craig.
Flannery Davis and Hannah Talbott both scored in the first half. Torrey Yeats added a goal with four minutes remaining for the clincher.
Palisade (4-6, 4-5 Western Slope League) plays Rifle on Saturday and Eagle Valley on Monday.
In a game that’s been rescheduled, Palisade plays Moffat County at the Peach Bowl at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

High School Tennis

• ’Cats win pair of matches in Denver

To make up for matches lost in the Denver area because of a snowstorm last week, Fruita Monument played two matches in Littleton on Thursday.
The Wildcats defeated Columbine 6-1 and Dakota Ridge by the same 6-1 score.
Fruita Monument’s singles players, Lindsey Henke, Andi Kirtland and Janine Kirtland, all had straight-set victories in both matches. No. 1 doubles team Emily McGovern and Teryn Moon and the No. 3 team of Lauren Bleil and Channing Hayward also won two matches, though both teams had to go three sets to defeat Columbine.

Football

• Falcons acquire Gonzalez from KC

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons obtained tight end Tony Gonzalez from the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday for a draft pick next year.
The Falcons will send a second-round pick in 2010 to Kansas City in exchange for Gonzalez, the only tight end in NFL history selected to 10 Pro Bowls, the Chiefs announced.
Gonzalez caught 96 passes for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2008. He owns NFL career records for tight ends with 916 receptions, 10,940 yards receiving, 76 TDs receiving and 26 100-yard receiving games.
One of the most popular athletes Kansas City has ever had in any sport, Gonzalez said leaving the town and its fans is not easy.
“I love Kansas City,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press. “The fans have been unbelievable to me. I’m going to miss them. This is a happy day for me, but in many ways it’s a sad day, too. I’m going to miss running out that tunnel and seeing that sea of red in those stands.”


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