Olkowski, Shuman shoot solid first rounds

Prep Girls Golf

GJ’s Olkowski, Palisade’s Shuman shoot solid first rounds at state

After the first round of the two-day state golf tournament several area golfers opened with solid rounds in their respective classifications.

In Class 5A, being played at The Club at Rolling Hills in Golden, Grand Junction’s Gracie Olkowski shot an 84, good for 15th place.

Rock Canyon’s Amelia Lee leads with a 75.

In 4A, Palisade’s Aly Shuman is in eighth place after shooting an 82 on Erie’s Colorado National Golf Course.

Loveland’s Lauren Lehigh leads with a 73, and Lauren Murphy of Glenwood Springs is in second after shooting a 75.

The round of the day was shot by Hailey Schalk of Holy Family, who shot a 65 on Broomfield’s Broadlands Golf Course in the 3A tournament.

Colorado Academy leads the team standings after shooting a 3-over par 215. Rifle is fourth at 248.

Masi Smith shot a 75 and is in seventh for the Bears. Teammate Elly Walters is in eighth with a 77.


Prep Sports

Ramunno D51 Coach of the Year


Palisade football coach Joe Ramunno won the District 51 Coach of the Year award on Monday, presented by Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates.

The Bulldogs athletic program receives $1,000 from RMOA, recognizing the coach who best demonstrates the attributes of RISE (respect, integrity, sportsmanship and excellence).

“RMOA wanted a way to recognize the hard work and dedication that coaches put into leading their team, even if they don’t have a winning season,” RMOA Outreach Coordinator Mike Zamora said in a news release. “This award is designed to do just that — reward the team with the coach who best exemplifies the RISE philosophy, as identified by essays written by students.”

Ramunno, who has won multiple state championships at Palisade, led the Bulldogs to a 10-2 record and 3A Western Slope League championship this season. Since returning to Palisade for the 2013 season, Ramunno has a record of 37-11.

Other nominees were Central softball coach Scott Else, Central assistant cross country coach Brian Kearns, Central assistant football coach Vern McGee, Fruita Monument swimming and diving coach Jessica Haley, Grand Junction wrestling coach Cole Allison, Grand Junction physical education teacher Darrell Simonton and Palisade marching band director Jeff Mason.


Lions to honor student-athletes


The Grand Junction Lions Club will honor eight student-athletes — two from each high school — at noon today at Bookcliff Country Club. It’s the first year the Grand Junction Lions Club has expanded its award program to honor athletes at the four largest high schools in the valley.

Each award-winner is presented with a plaque and selects a non-profit to receive a $250 donation from the Lions Club on the recipient’s behalf.

Winners are Fruita Monument’s Daniel Van Hoose and Alexis Prall, Grand Junction’s Tia Wright and Andrew Hansen, Central’s Koby Steves and Rylea Rottmann, and Palisade’s Abby Thiessen and Nate Woll.

Nonprofits selected for a donation were Colorado Discover Ability, the Roice-Hurst Humane Society, Grand Junction Young Life, Challenger Baseball, Lower Valley Fire District, Holy Family Catholic School and Central basketball.


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