Prep notebook: GJ, Central have key soccer game already

Today’s soccer game between Grand Junction and Central will be an important match that could determine the rest of the season.

The Warriors and Tigers have both started the season well and look to gain an edge in the Southwestern League with tonight’s game.

Central defeated Montbello 10-0, and new Warriors coach Doug Beach said his team has enough talent to challenge all comers.

“We really have a good balance,” Beach said. “We have goals for this season to make the playoffs and we should be in contention for a league title.”

Central is led in scoring by Haleigh Higgins and Stacy Kinnett.

The Tigers are 3-2 but have played some tough Class 5A competition. Grand Junction is led by speedster Stephanie Drake.

The game begins at 7 p.m at Walker Field at Mesa State College.

CENTRAL AWARD

The Central boys basketball team was senior-dominated this past season having five senior starters. When the 2009 All-Southwestern team came out, three Warriors made it on as Clay Kame, Kahler Grandbouche and Michael Wiedrich were all selected. Warriors coach Phil Cain said there were two other players who could have been selected.

“Blaine Jackson and Travis Key both had outstanding seasons and it is a shame that there were only so many positions,” Cain said. “All of our seniors played hard, represented the school well and they will be missed.”

Cain said he hopes to maintain the success this senior class established.

TOURNEY PICK ’EM

Fruita Monument girls tennis coach Clint Davis is a die-hard fan of Brigham Young University.

A graduate of BYU, Davis was asked how his team would fare in the NCAA men’s basketball Tournament.

“We’ll beat Texas A&M but then get killed by UConn,” Davis said with a laugh.

No. 8 seed BYU takes on Texas A&M at 10:30 this morning. The timing should work out perfectly for Davis, who plans to catch the game in the morning, then coach the Wildcats in a dual against Durango at 4 p.m.

MORTENSEN HONORED

Moffat County High School girls basketball coach Craig Mortensen was honored by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Asssociation by being selected the District 7 coach of the year.

Mortensen is one of eight high school girls basketball coaches throughout the United States chosen. He will coach in the WBCA High School All-American Game on April 4 at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

JUCO Warriors

Former Central baseball players Branden Jamison and Mick Ritter are in the midst of their baseball season at Neosho County (Kan.) Community College. The Panthers are off to a rocky start at 5-7 but are 2-0 in the Jayhawk Conference. Ritter has started two games and played in seven. He is batting .375 and is 2 for 2 on stolen base attempts. Jamison has appeared in only one game and gave up four runs on two hits.
cougar career

Former Fruita Monument graduate Daven Harmeling ended his college basketball career Tuesday night when Washington State lost to St. Mary’s in the first round of the NIT.

Harmeling played six minutes and had one assist in his final college basketball game.

Numbers

20: Runs scored in two innings by Eagle Valley last Friday against Hotchkiss. The Devils carried a 5-0 lead into the fourth inning before breaking out for 12 in the fourth and eight in the fifth.

8: Years since a Western Slope girls team has won a Class 2A state championship. The Paonia girls basketball team made a run but lost to Wray in the final.


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