Briefs: Local Sports Roundup September 17, 2008


• After big win, Fruita plays flat vs. IndiansBy SENTINEL STAFF

After beginning the season 6-1, the Fruita Monument High School volleyball team received a wake-up call, losing to Montrose 25-16, 25-22, 25-22.

Fruita coach Amelia Connor said the Wildcats looked nothing like they did in their 3-2 win over the Tigers.

“Montrose was pretty solid all around and made very few hitting errors,” Connor said. “We made a lot of mistakes at crucial times and kept losing momentum.”

The Wildcats were led by Mya Sadler and Mary McGee, who both finished with seven kills. Setter Lindsey Henke had 20 assists and Andi Kirtland added 10 digs.


• Central earned its first Southwestern League victory as the Warriors (4-3, 1-1) defeated Grand Junction 4-1 at Mesa State College.

Montrose got two goals from Steven Tobler and another from Eduardo Rojas as the Indians defeated Fruita Monument 3-1 at Canyon View Park.

The loss dropped the Wildcats (2-4-1, 2-1-1) from the SWL lead.

• Eagle Valley scored in the first minute, then added seven more first-half goals as the Devils defeated Palisade 11-0 in Gypsum.

Eagle Valley led 8-0 at halftime.

It was the sixth consecutive loss for the Bulldogs (1-6, 0-5 Class 4A Western Slope League).


• Palisade squared its Class 4A Western Slope League record with a 6-0 shutout of Eagle Valley at Gypsum.
Emily Crow pitched the complete-game victory for the Bulldogs (6-7, 1-1 WSL).


• Central defeated Fruita Monument 4-3 in an important Southwestern League match. The Warriors took two out of three singles matches as No. 1 Isaac Brown defeated Tristan Beck 6-3, 6-1. No. 3 Tom Morrison continues to play well taking down J.P. Lambert 6-0, 6-0. Fruita’s No. 2 player Antonio Pestello defeated Tyler Zimmerman 6-4, 6-2.

The team’s split the doubles matches with Central taking the No. 1 and No. 2 matches and the Wildcats coming away with No. 3 and No. 4.

•  Grand Junction defeated Montrose 6-1. Robert Herr earned the Indians sole victory defeating Owen Gartner 7-5, 6-7, 7-6 at No. 1 singles. The rest of the matches were won in straight sets by the Tigers.

College GOLF

• The Mesa State women’s golf team placed fourth in the Chadron State Invitational on Tuesday at the Scottsbluff Country Club in Scottsbluff, Neb.

The Mavericks scored 686 and finished 18 strokes behind Montana State-Billings (668). Western New Mexico took second (679).

Freshman Jessica Berve led Mesa with a score of 165, good for seventh place. Afton Balling placed 12th with 168, Sadie Peavler shot 170 and Jennifer Hilts scored 183.

Western New Mexico’s Carissa Schwalm and Nebraska-Kearney’s Sara Wissing tied for first with 158.

College Soccer

• The Mesa State College men’s soccer team is back in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division II national poll.

The Mavericks (5-1-0), who made their debut two weeks ago at No. 24, are ranked 23rd in the poll released Tuesday.
Mesa State hosts Colorado Christian at 4 p.m. on Friday and No. 7 Fort Lewis (3-1-0) at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.


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