Briefs: Prep Sports Roundup October 12, 2008


• GJ plays today for berth in state softball tournament

The Grand Junction High School softball team has to wait another day to determine if it earns one of the 16 berths in this weekend’s state tournament.
After defeating Liberty 14-9 in its Class 5A Region 2 tournament opener in Denver, the Tigers (16-6) were shut out by Chaparral 5-0.
Grand Junction was slated to play Standley Lake in the final qualifying game, but it was rained out. The two teams are scheduled to play at 11 a.m. today at All City Field in Denver.
Alex Duncan, Paula Lage and Elena Arrieta had extra-base hits for Grand Junction in its victory over Liberty, but Chaparral pitcher Traci Blakely tossed a no-hitter against the Tigers in the second game.


After losing to Rifle twice during the regular season, Delta turned the tables on the Bears in the Region 2 tournament at Canyon View Park.
Delta scored four runs in the top of the second inning and held off Rifle 6-5 to earn the region’s final qualifying berth.
Castle View went 2-0 in the tournament, earning the region’s top state berth.
Trailing 6-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning against Delta, Rifle scored twice and had the tying run on third base, but a ground-out to third ended the game.
Tiffany Shaaf pitched all three games for Delta on Saturday.


Palisade bounced back from losing the first game to defeat Rifle 23-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-11 at Rifle.
Bulldogs (8-7, 7-4 Western Slope League) coach Wendy MacAskill said the first game loss to Rifle was a wake-up call for the team.
“It was an eye-opening experience,” MacCaskill said. “Rifle played really tough defense and it reinforced that idea that you have to respect every opponent.”
Kendra Collette led the way with 25 digs, five aces and two blocks. Morgan Reynolds had 15 kills and Chelsea Lorimor added 10.
It was a tough weekend for Central as the Warriors fell to Cortez 25-18, 25-21, 25-16.
“It was a tough match and we made our own errors,” Central coach Beth Nelson said. “It was a tough trip, but everyone has to do it.”
The Warriors were led by Haleigh Higgins, who had 12 kills and 12 digs. Amy Kame added 10 kills and six digs.
Grand Junction lost at Durango 3-1.
The Tigers were missing three starters, so they were forced to pull up junior varsity players and shuffle the lineup.
Grand Junction coach Lynnette Robinson said even with the new rotation, she thought the players had a strong performance against the Demons.
“Jordan Doughty had a great game, we moved Morgan Jueschke to an outside hitter and she played well,” Robinson said. 


Central was unable to string together back-to-back wins as the Warriors fell 5-1 to Durango at Walker Field.
Durango captain Nick Hofman got things started early for the Demons, scoring in the fifth minute. He added Durango’s next goal at the 20-minute mark.
A goal by the Demon’s Casey Stewart put Durango up 3-0 at halftime.
Casey Johnson scored the Warriors’ only goal at the 50th minute. 
At the Peach Bowl, Palisade lost 4-1 to Moffat County.
Tracy Mendoza led Moffat County, scoring the first two goals . Clancy Jandreau scored Palisade’s lone goal in the 67th minute.


Steamboat Springs held court, winning the 4A Region 8 tournament at Steamboat Springs.
Aspen finished second with Montrose coming in third.
Plateau Valley rolled over Nucla 45-14 at home. DJ Schuman had a solid all-around game, rushing for 42 yards, catching five passes for 37 yards — two for touchdowns — and passing for a touchdown.
Dalton Schuman also played well, going 8 of 13 for 57 yards and two touchdowns.


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