Prep notebook: Weinberg still coming to grips with his state title

Grand Junction High School tennis player Spencer Weinberg is still trying to comprehend his memorable weekend.

Saturday, Weinberg defeated Mark Miller of Regis Jesuit 6-4, 7-5 to win the No. 1 singles title at the Class 5A state tennis tournament at Gates Tennis Center.

“It was emotional for me both mentally and physically,” Weinberg said Tuesday. “I was so overwhelmed.”

Weinberg kept Regis from sweeping the singles titles and helped the Tigers finish in fifth place.

Miller pushed Weinberg in the second set, but Weinberg’s steady play put Miller away.

“It was crazy when that final ball went out,” Weinberg said. “It was just a blur, and it was the best feeling I’ve ever felt.”

Only a sophomore, Weinberg wants to defend his title.

“We’ll go one title at a time,” Weinberg said. “I’ll get back training because I definitely want to do that again.”

football frenzy

This is the time of year where things really get interesting on the gridiron, starting with The Denver Post’s football rankings.

Grand Junction isn’t in the Class 5A rankings despite its 6-1 record. Working in the Tigers’ favor is the only team it has lost to this season, Highlands Ranch, debuted this week at No. 10.

Both Palisade and Glenwood Springs held their positions in the 3A poll, with the Bulldogs at No. 3 and the Demons at No. 6.

The same goes for Class 2A, with Aspen holding at No. 1 and Olathe at No. 10.

Hotchkiss remains No. 5 in 1A.

Now for the good stuff.

CHSAA released its first complete week of wild-card points. Class 5A playoff berths are determined strictly on wild-card points, with the smaller classifications giving first priority to the league winners.

In Class 3A, Glenwood Springs sits at No. 3 in the wild-card points with 79.429. Right behind at No. 4 is Palisade with 78.571.

Rifle is No. 10 with 71. 429 and Delta is No. 16 with 66. 286.

In 5A, Grand Junction is No. 7 with 95.286 points. The Tigers are the highest-ranked team with a loss. The top six teams are all 7-0.

Fruita Monument is 27th with its 3-4 record. The Wildcats have 77.875 points.

If the playoffs began today, Central would out, at the No. 41 spot with 69.143 points. If the Warriors win their final two games, against Montrose and Lakewood, it would all but guarantee Central a spot in the top 32 teams.

In Class 4A, Montrose is 15th with 75.857 points.

In 2A, Aspen is atop the standings with 77 points and Olathe is No. 8 with 64.857 points. Coal Ridge is No. 12 with 61.571 points.

Scramble for state

Fruita Monument and Grand Junction have each locked up a spot in the Class 5A boys soccer state playoffs, which begin next Tuesday, but there is plenty to be decided in Class 4A.

Four or five teams from the Southwestern League and Western Slope League qualify for the playoffs, depending on where Mullen finishes in the Centennial League. If Mullen places in the top five (the 7-5-1 Mustangs are currently third), four teams from the SWL and WSL qualify.

The four teams are based on a points system.

Going into Tuesday’s games, ninth-ranked Montrose is in first with 35. Battle Mountain is second with 33; Durango and Moffat County are tied for third with 32.

Steamboat Springs has 26 points and Eagle Valley 23, but the Sailors played Eagle Valley on Tuesday and visit Moffat County in their regular-season finale Thursday.

Coal Ridge, Basalt, Roaring Fork and Aspen should qualify in Class 3A, and Vail Mountain (3-7-1) is trying to hold onto the fifth and final berth.

The state pairings are announced Sunday.

Committee member needed

CHSAA needs two volunteers to serve on its state seeding committee for the Class 4A boys and girls state basketball tournaments.

Assistant Commissioner Bert Borgmann stressed the need for a committee member on the Western Slope for boys.

Qualifications include a background in high school basketball as a player, coach, adult spectator, administrator or official within the past 10 years, a willingness to attend a minimum of 20 regular season games (with no reimbursement) and a willingness to work with representatives of the leagues across the state.

Apply at http://www.chsaa.org/sports and click on basketball or call Borgmann at (303) 344-5050.


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