In Brief: Squibb to finish school year as Fruita athletic director

Denny Squibb has taken over as athletic director at Fruita Monument High School for the remainder of the school year. Last month, Squibb replaced Pat Noland on an interim basis when Noland took a personal leave.

Noland has resigned as athletic director for personal reasons and taken another job in the district.

Squibb will be the athletic director until the end of the school year, when Fruita Monument will open the search for a full time A.D. Squibb served as athletic director at Palisade and filled in at Grand Junction on an interim basis in 2007.

“Denny has a wealth of experience as an A.D. in this valley,” District 51 Athletic Director Paul Cain said. “He is a good fit at Fruita.”

College Tennis

Mesa team loses at nationals

Mesa State’s Kate Lowder and Victoria Sargent dropped two matches Thursday in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Small College National Championship doubles tournament in Mobile, Ala.

The Mavericks fell 6-2, 6-1 to Francis Marion (S.C.) University’s Tereza Sykorova and Sabrina Barberadova in the first round, then lost 6-0, 6-0 to Lynn (Fla.) University’s Katerina Jiskrova and Maggie Ekert in the consolation bracket.

Lowder and Sargent will play for seventh place today in the eight-team national finals against Wayne State (Mich.) University’s Sharon Gill and Milena Vuksanovic.

College Golf

Hilts wins second RMAC award

Mesa State women’s golfer Jennifer Hilts won her second consecutive individual title to become the RMAC women’s golfer of the week for the second straight week.

The sophomore won the Quality Inn Mesa State Fall Invitational with a two-round score of 159. Her first round score of 78 was the tournament low.

Hilts led the field in par 4 scoring (+8) and tied for first with three birdies. She has placed in the top five in four of the five fall tournaments.

College Volleyball

Mesa sixth in regional rankings

Mesa State is ranked sixth in the first NCAA Division II Central Region rankings, released Thursday.

The Mavericks are 12-7 against regional competition and are behind four Northern Sun teams, Concordia-St. Paul, Minnesota State Mankato, Minnesota Duluth and Southwest Minnesota State, and one RMAC team, Nebraska-Kearney, in the region.

Mesa State plays Kearney, ranked fifth in the nation, at 7 tonight at Brownson Arena.

Prep Volleyball

Palisade, Fruita pull out victories

Palisade High School used a defensive effort Thursday to defeat Glenwood Springs in four games, 25-21, 26-28, 25-23, 25-11.

Mackenzie Clark, Audrey Steinkirchner and Shelby Bosch all recorded double digits of digs against the Demons. Clark had 15, Steinkirchner 13, and Bosch 12.

Steinkirchner also recorded 14 kills and four solo blocks.

Fruita Monument outlasted Battle Mountain in five games, 25-23, 23-25, 25-17, 27-29, 15-13.

Camille Kovach recorded 28 digs and nine kills for the Wildcats. Sarah Hensley had six blocks, nine kills and 21 digs in the win.


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