Prep Notebook: Fruita, GJ sweep top SWL honors

Fruita Monument’s Drew Bridges has been a dominating player in the post the past two seasons.

Tuesday, the Southwestern League coaches confirmed that, voting Bridges player of the year for the second straight season.

Bridges’ coach, Dave Fox, was voted coach of the year for the second straight season.

“He saw a lot of different game plans and a lot of different ways to be guarded,” Fox said. “But he did a good job of continuing to improve and working on his game.”

Bridges averaged 18 points per game this season.

Bridges also made the SWL first team, along with teammates Alex Padgett and Tyler Daniels.

Fruita’s Tyler Kenagy was voted onto the second team.

Grand Junction’s Tyler Winder and Central’s Taylor Sanchez made the first team.

On the girls side, Grand Junction’s Paula Lage was selected player of the year.

The Tigers’ Sam Provenza was coach of the year.

First-team selections were the Tigers’ Lage, Fawn Brady, Stephanie Drake, Fruita’s Taylor Johnson and Lauren LaBonde and Montrose’s Kaylee Walker.

The SWL second team included Central’s Brittany Hoppe and Grand Junction’s Jeslyn Szabo.

New Trainer

Central and Palisade high schools have a new athletic trainer.

Noah Larsen began his duties this week. He replaces Jill Flaherty, who filled in the past year. The schools’ athletic trainers are employed by St. Mary’s Life Center.

Larsen is a 2003 graduate of Grand Junction High School and received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Fort Lewis College.

“It’s great to be able to work in this valley and help the community I went to school in,” Larsen said. “A lot of it stemmed from high school. I wanted to be involved in sports. I looked into athletic training and it seemed like a good fit. It’s very rewarding.”

The past four years, he’s been the athletic trainer for Coal Ridge High School and last year at Grand Valley High School.

“A year or two after he graduated from high school, he called me and wanted to meet,” St. Mary’s Life Center Director Scott Coleman said. “We talked for two and a half hours about life, school and everything else. He was considering going into athletic training.”

Flaherty had filled in since Shawn Miller’s death in October 2009.

Erin Glavan is the athletic trainer for Fruita Monument and Grand Junction. This is her fifth year.


The rosters for the Denver Nuggets and Gold Crown Foundation Colorado prep basketball all-star game, “The Show,” were released Monday.

The game is April 9 at the Pepsi Center before the Nuggets’ 7 p.m. game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Two Western Slope players made the game, Rifle’s Cortney Cordova in the girls game and Montrose’s Brian Davidson in the boys game.


The Class 1A state basketball tournament was originally scheduled to be played at the University of Northern Colorado.

Last week, it was tentatively moved to Colorado School of Mines because of a potential scheduling conflict with UNC’s women’s team, which could have hosted the Big Sky Tournament.

The Bears, though, lost 69-61 to Idaho State, so the 1A tournament is back in Greeley.


The Fruita Monument High School girls lacrosse game against Aspen on Friday has been moved to 3 p.m. at Canyon View Park.


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