Briefs: Local Sports November 06, 2008
• Mavs place 8 players on All-RMAC team
Four Mesa State College men’s soccer players and four women’s players were selected to the All-RMAC team, announced Wednesday.
Senior forward Eric Anderson made the second team, and junior goalkeeper Josh Tinaglia, sophomore defender Jake Jobe and freshman midfielder Marco Angelo made the third team.
Metro State senior midfielder Kellen Johnson in the RMAC player of the year, Fort Lewis goalkeeper Zane Wells is the defender of the year and CSU-Pueblo forward Robert Kinsey is the freshman of the year. Fort Lewis’ Tim Hankinson and CSU-Pueblo’s Roy Stanley are the co-coaches of the year.
On the women’s team, senior defender Deb Vigil made the first team and sophomore forward Dany Ramirez made the second team. Freshman forward Alyssa Michel and junior midfielder Kira Brannan made the third team.
Metro State senior Nicole Cito is the RMAC player of the year and defensive player of the year. Regis forward Jordan Miller is the freshman of the year and her coach, J.B. Belzer is the coach of the year.
• Mesa State teams ranked No. 1 in region
The Mesa State men’s and women’s tennis teams are each ranked first in the Central Region and 40th in the nation in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Poll released Wednesday.
Mesa State’s doubles team of Nick Provenza and Jordan Chomko, who qualified for the National Small College Championships, are ranked 23rd in the nation.
“It’s another step in the building program,” Mesa State coach Dan MacDonald said. “It shows that hard work pays off.”
The Mavericks are both undefeated in duals through the fall portion of the season.
• Columbine suspends eight players
DENVER — The Columbine football team will not be at full strength Saturday when it plays in the second round of the Class 5A football playoffs.
Columbine Athletic Director Ed Woytek confirmed that eight players, including four offensive starters, have been suspended by head coach Andy Lowry for the playoff game against Big 8 League rival Arvada West.
Woytek said about 90 Columbine students, including the players, attended a party that included alcohol after the Rebels’ first-round playoff victory against Fruita Monument. According to Woytek, 65 students, including the players, were issued Minor In Possession tickets by police. Woytek would not identify the players but said more football athletes could be involved as the school continues its investigation.
• Raiders cut ties with Hall after 8 games
ALAMEDA, Calif. — DeAngelo Hall’s disappointing stint with the Oakland Raiders came to an early finish.
The Raiders waived Hall on Wednesday, less than eight months after they traded for the former Pro Bowl cornerback and gave him a $70 million contract.
The acquisition of Hall from Atlanta in March was a big part of Oakland’s plans to rebuild its defense. But the move has backfired. The Raiders gave up a second-round pick to acquire Hall and also gave him a seven-year contract.