Briefs: Sports Mesa State Roundup March 21, 2009

College Tennis

• Mavs split with Western New Mexico

The Mesa State College men’s and women’s tennis teams opened RMAC play Wednesday with the same scores, but different results, in Silver City, N.M.
The women (8-1, 1-0 RMAC) defeated Western New Mexico 7-2, winning five singles matches and two doubles matches. Renee Demianeu, Kaitlin Sera and Mandie Divino were each 5-0 in singles on the spring break trip that included three duals against junior college programs.
Western New Mexico defeated the men’s team (6-1, 0-1 RMAC) 7-2. Mesa junior Jordan Chomko won 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 singles and Chomko and Nick Provenza won 8-2 at No. 1 doubles. Chomko was 4-1 during the week.
The Maverick women host Bethany (Kan.) College at 10 a.m. on Sunday and Dixie State (Utah) College at 2:30 p.m. on Monday. The men host Hastings (Neb.) College at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

High School Baseball

• Seven-run second costly for Fruita

Green Mountain used a big second inning to defeat Fruita Monument 12-3 on Wednesday in Lakewood.
The Rams got a grand slam and a two-run home run as part of a seven-run second inning.
The Wildcats (3-2) managed only four hits, including a triple by TJ Pollock and a solo home run by Ryan Mixon.
Cody Rahmann absorbed the loss for the Wildcats, who completed a three-game road trip with the loss.

• Extra-base hits lift Central to victory

Scott Clow hit two doubles and Spencer Hicks had a double and a solo home run as Central defeated Rangeview 11-9 in Aurora.
The Warriors (2-1) scored three runs in the fourth inning to break a 4-4 tie.
Dane Barsland (2-1), who came on in relief in the fifth inning, got the victory.
Clow had three hits; Hicks and Alex Heide each had two.

• Baldwin’s blast helps Tigers stay unbeaten

Grand Junction remained undefeated, scoring seven runs in the top of the sixth inning to defeat Pueblo South 12-0.
It was the third game in which Grand Junction (3-0) won by the 10-run rule.
Conner Dixon (2-0) went the distance for the win. Geoff Baldwin had a grand slam in the Tigers’ big sixth inning, his fourth of the season.


• Four-time champion Buser takes lead

TAKOTNA, Alaska — Four-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Martin Buser breezed through the tiny town of Takotna, spending less than a minute Wednesday before jumping on his sled runners and snatching the lead.
Buser wasted no time as he headed out of the checkpoint, a town of a few dozen people known for giving Iditarod mushers the biggest welcome, and tempting them off the 1,100-mile trail with homemade pies and the soothing sounds of Merle Haggard playing on the stereo in the community center.
Buser chose to push on but other mushers — many of them the superstars of the sport — were pausing in Takotna, giving their teams a long rest at the checkpoint about 700 miles from the finish line in Nome.


• L.T. happy he’s still a San Diego Charger

SAN DIEGO — Chargers President Dean Spanos seemed to have the best perspective on the LaDainian Tomlinson saga.
“The alternative was just unthinkable. He belongs in San Diego,” Spanos said after the Chargers and Tomlinson agreed to a reworked three-year deal late Tuesday.
L.T. feels the same way. That’s because the alternative, of course, would have been for the star running back to be released had the sides not reached a deal. Even as talks dragged on and speculation mounted that the 2006 NFL MVP might be finished in San Diego, Tomlinson never envisioned joining another team.


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