Briefs: Prep Roundup December 12, 2008


• Pins help Central escape from Paonia with a win

In a dual that came down to the final match Thursday, Central defeated Paonia 36-34 in Paonia.

“Paonia is a real tough team,” Central coach Laurence Gurule said. “It is one of those duals that is fun for the fans and nerve-racking for the coaches.”

Although the Eagles won more matches (seven to Central’s six), the Warriors were able to escape with the win by earning more pins.

The heavyweight match, with Central’s Zach Rosales pinning Zach Solass of Paonia, sealed it for the Warriors.

“It was excellent competition,” Paonia coach Andy Pipher said. “It came down to a point here or there and it was a real good dual.”

The Warriors were able to use the Paonia match as a good test before Saturday’s Mesa State Duals.

Boys Basketball

• It was a good day for Rangely’s Patrick Phelan at the White River Cowboy Shootout in Meeker. Phelan had 26 points, leading the Panthers past Middle Park 65-45. Phelan made three 3-pointers and was 5 of 6 from the free-throw line. In other Cowboy Shootout games, Hayden defeated Altamont, Utah, 64-55; Telluride defeated the Moffat County JV 81-40 and Meeker topped North Park 86-21.

• Cedaredge defeated 3A newcomer Grand Valley 36-34 in part by holding the Cardinals scoreless in the third quarter. Cade Sweeney led the way for the Bruins with 10 points.

• Durango fell to Alamogordo, N.M., in the Webb Toyota Invitational 52-48.

Girls Basketball

• On the girls side, Norwood escaped Dolores with a 40-39 victory. Hettie Shaffar led the way for the Mavericks with nine points. Telan Nickerson had 15 points for the Bears in the loss.
• Montrose defeated Conifer 61-38 and Steamboat Springs topped Summit 45-25 at the Steamboat Springs Shootout. Durango won big over Pueblo Centennial 65-29 at the Widefield tournament.


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