Briefs: Local Sports October 31, 2008
• Three local players make academic team
Mesa State College’s Josh Tinaglia and Katrina Hartfield and Fruita Monument High School graduate Jimmer Commerford made the ESPN Academic All-District 7 soccer teams, announced Thursday.
Tinaglia and Commerford, who plays for Colorado College, made the college division first team and are eligible for the All-America team. Tinaglia has a 3.44 GPA in criminal justice and Commerford has a 3.86 GPA in biology.
Hartfield was selected to the second team with a 4.00 GPA in nursing.
• Alex Bennett tournament is Sunday
The fifth edition of the Alex Bennett Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is Sunday at Mesa State College’s Saunders Fieldhouse.
The tournament is expected to draw 70 teams. There are youth divisions for grades 5 to 12 plus an open women’s and an open men’s division.
Teams play a minimum of three games. Each game consists of a 20-minute running clock.
Prizes will be awarded in each division, with the winning team in each division receiving championship T-shirts.
The tournament is a fundraiser for the Alex Bennett Memorial Basketball Scholarship, which is annually awarded to a Grand Valley senior girl and boy and to a Mesa State College player.
• New Dallas Cowboys stadium will host 2010 NBA All-Star game, league says
DALLAS — NBA Commissioner David Stern says the Dallas Cowboys new stadium in Arlington will host the 2010 NBA All-Star Game.
Stern announced the plans Thursday in a ceremony outside the American Airlines Center near downtown Dallas, where the Dallas Mavericks play. Mavs owner Mark Cuban and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones also attended the ceremony.
The game will be played at the stadium on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010. The all-rookie game and Saturday night festivities will take place the day before at the American Airlines Center.
• Henry pleads not guilty to cocaine charges
BILLINGS, Mont. — Former NFL running back Travis Henry and a co-defendant pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal cocaine trafficking charges.
The 30-year-old Henry and 29-year-old James Mack of Bow Mar were arrested Sept. 30 in the Denver area.
Authorities say the two had plotted to supply at least 5 kilograms of cocaine to customers in the Billings area. They were arrested in an undercover sting operation after authorities said an associate was pulled over in a traffic stop in Montana and was found to have cocaine and marijuana.
Both men are free on bond.