Briefs: Prep Roundup Aug. 29, 2009


Montrose roughs up defending champs

• Defending Class 3A state champion Glenwood Springs High School was brought back to reality Friday night.

Montrose compiled 500 yards of offense as the Indians traveled to Glenwood and defeated the Demons 38-12.

“I thought our O-line did a good job,” Montrose coach Todd Casebier said. “We had some zero week stuff that we did wrong, but that’s all fixable.”

A large chunk of the total yardage came on the ground, as Indians running back Jordan Passehl scored two first-quarter touchdowns to give Montrose a 14-0 lead.

Glenwood responded with two unanswered rushing touchdowns, but failed on the conversions both times, which left the Demons trailing 14-12.

With less than four minutes remaining in the first half, Justin Trujillo scored on a 6-yard pass from Nathan Robertson for the Indians.

Montrose added two more scores in the third quarter when Glayden Berry converted on a 75-yard run and on a 5-yard pass from Robertson.

“I thought we played pretty good for three quarters,” Casebier said. “Playing in the defending state champs’ back yard isn’t easy, and I was proud of how physical the kids played in the second half.”

Next week, Montrose travels to Piedra Vista, N.M.

• Paonia took a 34-6 halftime lead at Dolores and turned it into a 46-14 win. The Eagles were led by Adrian Lopez, who had two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown.

• After Durango didn’t win a game in 2008, the Demons started off the 2009 season by defeating Piedra Vista 41-0.


• Grand Junction High School softball player Kelsey Jull didn’t need much time for her timing at the plate to come back.

The junior hit a two-run home run and two doubles to help the Tigers (1-0) defeat Columbine 18-10 in Denver.

“Everyone came out pretty confident,” Grand Junction coach Adam Diaz said. “We hit it hard from the start, but they started dropping in the third, and that let us jump on them.”

Jull’s big home run came in a five-run third inning for the Tigers. Grand Junction held its lead until the fourth, when Columbine tied it at 5-5. The Tigers added six runs in the sixth inning and seven in the seventh to give them a comfortable lead.

Cierra Cosslett and freshman Arrianna Diaz took care of the pitching duties for the Tigers who play Prairie View in a doubleheader Thursday at Kronkright Park before the start of the annual Peach Fuzz Tournament.

Boys golf

• Palisade finished second at the Cedaredge Invitational at Deer Creek Golf Course with a team score of 262. Montrose won the tournament with a 254. The Bulldogs were pushed to their high team finish by two top-five finishes. Dalton Workman tied for third at 84 and Kyler Smith finished fifth at 86.  Rifle was third at 267.

• In the Demon Invitational at Durango’s Hillcrest Golf Course, Montezuma-Cortez finished atop the team scores at 234. Fruita Monument was the top finisher of the

Grand Valley teams ending the day third at 247. The Wildcats were led by their top three finishers Joey Saad, Ethan Grider and Ryan Keeler all finishing at 82.

“(Thursday) at Pagosa and (Friday’s) course were entirely different,” Wildcats coach Dave Fox said. “The greens were slow in Pagosa and (in Durango) they were rapid quick. But I’m proud of the way the boys played all weekend.”

Grand Junction finished fourth at 249 led by 80s from both Mark Stern and Cody Holman, and Central finished sixth at 268.

Boys tennis

The Grand Junction tennis team earned its second win of the season, defeating Aspen 6-1 at Grand Junction High School.

Spencer Weinberg defeated Brian Mehall 7-5, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, and Greg

Coleman and Gabriel Campos defeated Brett Garden and Stevie Anderson 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles. The No. 4 doubles team of Grayson O’Rourke and Tate Hegstrom defeated Miles Keilin and Calen Gabow 6-0, 6-1.

The Tigers’ only loss came at No. 2 singles, where Aspen’s Michael Wilsky defeated Parker Hegstrom in a tough three-set match 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Grand Junction plays Central on Thursday.


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