Brierfs: Sports Prep Roundup April 12, 2009

It was the same old story Saturday for the Palisade High School baseball team.

“Snakebit,” Palisade Athletic Director Mike Krueger said as he surveyed Canyon View Park, deeming it unplayable for his team’s scheduled doubleheader with Moffat County.

It marked the ninth and 10th games this season Palisade has had to cancel or reschedule.
The Bulldogs (2-4, 1-2 Western Slope League) have doubleheaders scheduled with Battle Mountain on Tuesday at Canyon View Park (a makeup), Steamboat Springs on Thursday at Suplizo Field (another makeup) and yet another Saturday at Rifle.

Head coach Steve Moore’s biggest concern is how the glut of games in the next couple of weeks will affect his pitching staff.

“The hook’s going to be not as tight,” Moore said of his reluctance to pull his starters should they get in trouble. “The hitting’s got to carry us.”

Moore hopes to be able to throw a couple of his junior varsity pitchers in games against Battle Mountain and Steamboat Springs this week.

Grand Junction (11-1, 4-0 Southwestern League) had its game with Durango rained out. No make-up date has been set yet. Tigers coach Kyle Rush said at this point in the season it hurts to have to reschedule a game.

“You have your rotation set and now they are going to get bunched up,” Rush said. “The next time we see Durango it might come down to whose (No.) 3 or 4 guy can throw the best.”

SOCCER

Palisade played impenetrable defense on its way to a 3-0 victory over Eagle Valley.

The Bulldogs (3-3, 3-3 Western Slope League) allowed only five shots. As a result, Palisade goalie Amelia Davis registered zero saves.

“Our defense was tough today,” Palisade coach Luann Ehlers said.

Offensively, Palisade overcame a scoreless first half with two goals by Flannery Davis.

Lindsey Rasmussen knocked in the other score.

Palisade will next play at Moffat County on Thursday.

A combined four goals from Stacey Kinnett and Ashley Paul helped Central defeated Rifle 8-0.

The Warriors (9-0-1, 5-0-1 SWL) were strong defensively as the Bears managed only two shots, neither of which was on goal.

Central held a 3-0 lead at halftime before adding five goals in the second half.

“Because of the way we played against Steamboat, we talked about moving the ball around and finding the open person,” Central coach Doug Beach said.

Fruita Monument’s game at Durango was postponed because of snow.

track & field

Palisade placed fourth in the girls meet and sixth in the boys meet at the Demon Invitational.

Host Glenwood Springs won both meets, defeating Eagle Valley for both titles.

Holly Odneal won the high jump for the Palisade girls and took second in the 100 hurdles.

Palisade’s Nick Stephanus, who won the discus in Friday’s Phil Wertman Invitational in

Grand Junction, took second to Greg Orosz of Glenwood Springs. Teammate Zach Adair was third in the 100-meter dash.

At the Runner’s Roost Invitational in Denver, Central’s Nolan Curtis placed second in the 400 meters. The Warrior boys got fourth-place finishes from Devon Moore (triple jump),

Blaine Jackson (200 meters) and the 400-meter relay team.

Jamie Pomaski took fifth in the discus for the Central girls and the medley relay team broke 2 minutes for the first time this season in placing sixth.

Grand Junction also competed at the meet but its results were unavailable.

TENNIS

Grand Junction won the Phil Krous Invitational in Denver with 33 team points.

“We were going into this wanting to let all these teams know we were a good team,” Tigers coach Carol Elliott said. “I thought we proved that.”

The Tigers were led by their doubles teams, who all finished first. The No. 2 doubles team of Liz Heaps and Samantha Weinberg led the way defeating Air Academy 6-0, 7-5, Denver East 6-0, 6-1 and Colorado Academy 6-1, 6-).

Kirsten Schulte was lone singles placer for Grand Junction as she finished third at No. 3. No. 1 singles Charlotte Mooney and No. 2 singles Margeaux Prinster both lost two matches.

The Tigers host Central on Tuesday.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Amy Flukey and Bri True each scored four goals in Grand Valley’s 15-5 win over Eagle Valley.

The Lightning (8-0) took a 6-1 halftime lead, then poured it on in the second half.

Lightning goalie Stephanie Long had 23 saves.

Grand Valley will have nearly two weeks off until its next game when it host Eagle Valley on April 24.

SWIMMING

After nearly three weeks off, the District 51 Griffins won a triangular meet in Durango.

The Griffins defeated Durango 122-108, then took down Montrose 129-104.

“This was a good meet for us,” Griffins coach Dale Leonhart said. “We have had almost a month of training so we took off some huge chunks.”

Tyler Walton won the 200-yard individual medley at in 2 minutes, 1.40 seconds. Brett Scott finished second in the 500 freestyle at 5:42.72.


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