Briefs: Sports Prep Roundup March 22, 2009
• Lightning boys sweep doubleheader
In a tight game, the Grand Valley Lightning boys lacrosse team figured out how to attack Summit in the second half.
Grand Valley (4-1) overcame a 3-1 first quarter deficit and got a goal from Willie Stevens with less than five minutes left to top Summit 8-7 on Saturday at Canyon View Park.
“It was a one-goal game the whole way,” Grand Valley coach Dave Zabronsky said. “We were able to get our matchups down in the second half and got more comfortable.”
The Lightning got two goals from Stevens in the fourth quarter and Taylor Watkins led the way in the first half, scoring twice. After five first-half goals, Grand Valley held Summit to two goals in the second half.
“Summit has been playing varsity for a long time so they are game tough,” Zabronsky said. “I was real proud of the guys today for pulling out a close one.”
Earlier Saturday, Grand Valley made it a two-day sweep of Durango, defeating the Demons 11-2. Luke Olsen scored three goals and Stevens, Watkins, John Heil and Trevor Allen each added two.
The Lightning host Steamboat Springs on Friday.
• The Grand Valley Lightning (5-0) outscored Durango 7-0 in the second half to defeat the Demons 11-2.
Fighting through an injury, Bri True led the Lightning with five goals. Amy Flukey and Mikayla Clark both added two.
“It was a tough game,” Grand Valley coach Robin Stevens said. “Durango played well and it was important to win this game.”
Stephanie Long was tough in goal for the Lightning, allowing only two goals on 46 Durango shots.
• At the Montrose Invitational, the District 51 Griffins had five state-qualifying swims on its way to a second-place finish.
The Tigers qualified in the 200-yard medley relay, 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Individually, Ben Krane qualified in the 100-yard butterfly at 1:57.01. Tyler Walton earned a state cut in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing at 1:39.20.
The Griffins also had a strong finishing in the diving event, taking four of the top five spots. Jeff Sederlin led the way with 268.
District 51 will next be in the pool at Valley on Friday.
• A slow start and missed opportunities contributed to Central’s 6-5 loss to Emery, Utah, in a game played at Montrose High School.
The Warriors (5-2) fell behind 5-0 before tying the game in the top of the seventh. Emery scored one run in the bottom half of the inning to earn the victory.
Central had five errors and left nine runners on base. Emery also struggled in the field, making four errors.
Travis Key led the way for the Warriors, going 2 for 4 with a triple.
• Fruita Monument (4-3) split its doubleheader with Loveland, taking the first game 10-9 and falling in the second 7-5.
In game one, the Wildcats led the entire way before holding off a late rally by the Indians.
TJ Pollock had a strong game, finishing with a solo home run and a triple.
In game two, Fruita fell behind 4-1 in the first inning and were unable to make up the difference.
Ryan Mixon and Cody Rahmann both had two doubles in the game.
• Palisade (1-3, 1-1 Western Slope League) earned its first win of the season, defeating Eagle Valley 4-3 in the first game of a doubleheader.
The Bulldogs over came a 3-0 deficit in the first game, punctuated by a Riley Josey two-run home run in the sixth inning.
“It was huge for us to get our first win,” Bulldogs coach Steve Moore said. “But I don’t think we have our momentum just yet.”
The Bulldogs lost game two 8-4 after the Devils took a 7-1 lead after two innings. Although the Bulldogs lost, they did have five doubles in the game — including two from both Mike Seriani and Jake Appling.