Briefs:: Prep Notes-mumbers December 18, 2008

The way the Cedaredge boys basketball team has been playing is not for the faint of heart.

The Bruins are 5-0 and have won the past three games against Grand Valley, Roaring Fork and Olathe in the final minute by a combined seven points.

“I told them in the locker room that they’re making me old,” Cedaredge coach Rick Reinks said. “These have been enjoyable games to coach and in the past, these would have been games we probably would have lost, but we’re finding ways to win.”

In the latest adventure against Olathe, the Bruins’ Travis Eason hit a 6-foot jump shot with about 30 seconds left to put Cedaredge up by one. A steal on the defensive end, followed by a free throw, gave the Bruins the two-point victory.

In what could be the next fast-paced game, the Bruins take on Hotchkiss on Friday.


District 51 athletic teams competing on the Front Range last weekend had sporadic success getting back from their events.

The Fruita Monument boys basketball team left Arvada early enough on Saturday that it returned home, although it took traveling through some rather adverse conditions.

The Palisade wrestling team wasn’t as fortunate. After winning the Sheridan Invitational in Denver, the Bulldogs got as far as Silverthorne before they were told they could go no further.

They had to find accommodations for the night before making the rest of the trip Sunday.

Grand Junction wrestling coach Bud Glover didn’t even try to chance it. After his team finished the Grandview Duals at 7 p.m. on Saturday, he found a motel and the team spent the night, then drove back Sunday.


It has been a tough season for the Palisade basketball teams this season. The girls and boys teams have played bigger schools for the most part, which has resulted in a combined 0-8 record.

The boys are in their first season under coach Steve Phillips. Although the Bulldogs played tough against Douglas County in their first game of the season, every game since then the Bulldogs have lost by at least 13 points.

Palisade is coming off of a 78-49 loss to Aspen but have had 10 days of practice heading into the Black Canyon Invitational at Montrose, which begins today.

The girls are coming off of their closest game, a 65-51 loss to Columbine in the final day of the Wildcat Invitational. The 51 points are the most Palisade had scored all season. Toni Gunther is in her first year as coach and will have a chance to get her first win this weekend in Montrose, facing Montrose, Rifle and Pueblo West.

Making waves

All three valley swim teams have a final opportunity to get into the pool Saturday before the
holiday break. Palisade/Central and Fruita Monument swim at Delta and Grand Junction hosts Glenwood Springs and Moffat County at Orchard Mesa Community Pool.

alumni update

Former Nucla three-state state champion Tucker Lane is 14-3 wrestling heavyweight Nebraska.

A redshirt freshman, Lane has two pins, one technical fall and one major decision to his credit.

He also finished fourth at the prestigious Las Vegas Invitational the first weekend in
December, a tournament won by the Huskers.


1:50: Hours and minutes it took to complete the Rangely-Legacy match at Saturday’s Maverick Duals wrestling tournament.

6: Blocked shots by Coal Ridge boys basketball player Alex Klein in the Titans’ 71-60 victory over Rifle on Dec. 9.

8: Seconds by which Montrose swimmer Emily Stucky won the 200-yard breaststroke at Saturday’s triangular in Grand Junction, clocking a 2:36.39.

13: Combined offensive rebounds for Fruita Monument girls basketball players Mary McGee (7) and Taylor Johnson (6) in the Wildcats’ 59-30 victory over Battle Mountain on Thursday.


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