Briefs: Prep Roundup Sept. 11, 2009


The Central High School volleyball team remained undefeated Thursday, winning at Eagle Valley 21-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-23.

After getting off to a tough start, the Warriors showed their mettle in winning a couple of tight games to close out the match.

“We started off slow but pulled it off,” Central coach Beth Nelson said.

The one-two hitting combination of Amy Kame and Ashley Wells was again strong. Kame finished with 15 kills and Wells 14, with Wells recording three solo blocks.

Haleigh Higgins had another good setting night with 29 assists.


Steamboat Springs placed two players in the top seven to win the Moffat County Invitational at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig.

Kaelen Gunderson shot a 74 to tie for fourth and Stock Ptach a 76 to finish seventh as the Sailors had a 227 team total, two strokes better than Battle Mountain.

There was a three-way playoff for medalist honors. Klayton Castanzo of Rifle won the playoff over Montrose’s Drew Trujillo and Montezuma-Cortez’s Brian Grubbs. All three finished regulation at even-par 72.

Mark Stern was the only School District 51 golfer to finish in the top 10. The Grand Junction senior shot a 77 to tie for eighth.

Fruita Monument had the best local team finish with a 234, tying Montrose for fourth place.

Grand Junction placed eighth at 241, Palisade 12th at 254 and Central 15th at 263.


Central earned its first victory of the season, defeating Hotchkiss 6-1 in a nonleague match at Central.

The Warriors (1-3) won all but the No. 1 singles match, including a 6-0, 6-0 victory by No. 2 singles player Kevin Cummings and a 6-1, 6-0 victory by James D’Annible at No. 3.

All four Warriors doubles teams won in straight sets.

The Bulldogs’ victory came from Kacey Kropp, who defeated Tyler Zimmerman 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.

Grand Junction remained unbeaten in dual matches with a 5-2 victory over Air Academy.

Spencer Weinberg took a convincing 6-0, 6-0 victory over Nick Nelson at No. 1 singles. Parker Hegstrom won in straight sets at No. 2 singles.

Fruita Monument fell to Steamboat Springs 7-0 at Fruita.

The Wildcats (2-2) lost in straight sets in six of the seven matches. Antonio Pestello took Mirko Erspamer to three sets before falling 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 singles.


Battle Mountain rolled to a 9-1 victory over Palisade at the Peach Bowl.

It was the second Class 4A Western Slope League loss in three days for the Bulldogs (1-3, 0-2 WSL).


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