Prep Notebook: Montrose’s Robertson selected as SWL player of the year

Montrose High School senior Nathan Robertson is the Southwestern League baseball player of the year.

The shortstop hit .419 in league with three home runs, three doubles, three triples, 17 RBI and had six stolen bases.

“He dealt with a couple different injuries and had a nice year,” Monrose coach Landon Wareham said.

Grand Junction coach Kyle Rush is the league coach of the year after leading the Tigers to at least a share of seven consecutive league titles.

The Tigers had eight all-league selections, including five on the first team.

The first-team outfielders are Andy Willett and Cory DeRush of Grand Junction, Jace Griffiths of Fruita Monument and Roland McLaren of Montrose.

First-team infielders are Hutten Veatch and Sean Rubalcaba of Grand Junction, Drew Bridges of Fruita Monument, Robertson and Easton Garcia of Durango.

Pitchers are Chandon Rose of Grand Junction, Alex Kitzman of Central and Joe Brennan of Durango.

Montrose’s Jake Bolstad and Durango’s Danny Rowley are the first-team catchers. Montrose’s Bryce Gaber is the first-team utility/designated hitter.

All-Star Game

Robertson and Grand Junction junior Stephen Baldwin have been selected to play in the Colorado Rockies high school all-star baseball game this summer, according to the Denver Post.

The game pits 20 of the top seniors against the top 20 underclassmen June 19 after the Rockies’ game against the Detroit Tigers.

In previous years, the top 40 to 50 seniors were selected.

The Rockies’ personnel and media chose the top 20 seniors and the Rockies’ scouting department chose the underclassmen.

Fans attending the Rockies game may stay and watch the seven-inning all-star high school game.

Former Grand Junction resident Sam Haggerty of Mullen made the underclassmen team.

All-League Lacrosse

Six Grand Junction girls lacrosse players and three Fruita Monument players made the Mountain League All-Conference team.

Grand Junction coach Kathaleen Recker was chosen the coach of the year.

First-team selections were defender Megan Gromke, attacker Kacie Jay and attacker Santana Martinez of Grand Junction and Fruita attacker Mikayla Clark.


Olathe High School senior Kyle Piatt has made his decision to wrestle in college at Western State College.

Piatt had options to play football, wrestle or do both at several colleges in the area, but chose Western State.

“After losing at state, the drive for wrestling picked up,” Piatt said. “I didn’t want to end my career with a loss. Plus, I like the coaches at Western.”

Piatt won a school-record 155 varsity matches, which ranks eighth in Colorado prep wrestling history.

He had an 84-match win streak that started his junior year and ended in the Class 3A state championship finals.

Piatt was a four-time state qualifier, three-time state placer and won a state title as a junior.

Sportsmanship Award

The Fruita Monument High School girls tennis team didn’t have the results it hoped for in the Class 5A state championships, but the Wildcats didn’t go away empty-handed.

The Wildcats won the state sportsmanship award as voted upon by the coaches.

“I was real excited about it,” Fruita coach Clint Davis said. “Somebody thought the girls were good sports, which they are.”

Nine players qualified for state, six of whom return next season.


Central High School Athletic Director Randy Powell told the Daily Sentinel the school could be hiring a varsity boys basketball coach as early as this week.

A committee has conducted interviews since Phil Cain resigned 12 weeks ago.

Powell said school district budget cuts have slowed and complicated the hiring process.


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