Briefs: Prep Sports Roundup September 07, 2008

Bear Creek mauls Fruita; Palisade loses in boys soccer


• LAKEWOOD — Fruita Monument saw first-hand why Bear Creek is a favorite this season to challenge for the Class 5A state football title.

Bear Creek, a 5A state semifinalist last season, which returns 10 all-conference selections from last year’s squad, rolled over Fruita 47-6 on Saturday at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood. The Wildcats (1-1) trailed only 7-0 after the first quarter, but three turnovers in the second quarter allowed the Bears (2-0) to capitalize with five touchdowns in only nine minutes.

“They (Bears) are definitely a good football team,” Fruita senior running back Sean Hillman said. “They just came out and hit us harder.”

Bear Creek junior quarterback Zach Thenell threw four touchdowns to four different receivers in the second quarter. Thenell was 11 of 19 for 189 yards at halftime, and threw only one pass during the running-clock second half because of the 40-point lead the Bears had.

Fruita prevented a shutout loss on the final play of the game. Senior quarterback Brett Nankervis found senior Mitch Howard for a 46-yard connection to put Fruita at Bear Creek’s 8-yard line. Nankervis connected with senior Scott Miller on the next play for a touchdown as time expired.

Boys soccer

• Palisade saw major improvement Saturday in a 3-1 loss to Glenwood Springs. While it was a loss, the Bulldogs played more competitively than their two previous games, which were double-digit losses to Eagle Valley (10-0) and Battle Mountain (14-0).

“We are still dealing with some new players and so it has been tough to get the rhythm,” Palisade coach Drake Jandreau said. “But things are moving in the right direction.”


• Central lost in the championship game of its bracket in the Dave Sanders Memorial Tournament in Aurora.

After defeating Loveland 7-1 on Saturday morning, the Warriors were defeated by Lakewood 7-6 in the Gold
Bracket when the Tigers scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

After a walk to open the bottom of the seventh, Lakewood got three consecutive singles to tie the game. A thowing error then allowed the winning run to score.

Ashley Goltez absorbed the loss despite striking out nine.

Fruita Monument took fourth place in the Gold Bracket, the Wildcats losing 6-3 to Loveland in the third-place game.

Loveland opened up a close game with three runs in the fourth inning

Ashley Hyde had a double and scored twice to lead the Wildcats’ hitting effort.

Grand Junction scored in double digits in all four games at the Eagle Valley Invitational in Gypsum.

The Tigers (7-1) defeated Eagle Valley 19-0, Cedaredge 16-4, Palisade 13-5 and Steamboat Springs 17-0./

In addition to the loss to Grand Junction, Palisade (2-5) was shut out by Basalt 10-0 but defeated Cedaredge 10-6..


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