Prep notebook: Wildcat tennis team shines at Pueblo South Invitational
Regional tennis tournaments are only a week away, and Fruita Monument got a good look at the competition last week, with impressive results.
Fruita Monument had two singles players and a doubles team place fourth in the Pueblo South Invitational.
“Except for one match, we didn’t lose to anyone else but Cherry Creek or Cheyenne Mountain,” Fruita coach Clint Davis said. “We beat Ponderosa in three other spots. That’s the level of team we’ll see at regionals.”
No. 1 singles player Antonio Pestello nearly made the championship final with three match points against Ben Halvason of Cherry Creek in the semifinals before losing in the third set. Pestello lost to Ponderosa’s No. 1 singles player in the third-place match. Fruita No. 3 singles player Cody Iden placed fourth and the No. 3 doubles team of Levi Kramer and Matt Scofield took fourth place.
The Wildcats tied for sixth place with Ponderosa in the team scores. Other than the Cheyenne Mountain and Cherry Creek teams, only Air Academy placed higher in the 16-team tournament.
Mike Price has returned to coach the Hotchkiss boys tennis program.
Price, who helped start the program 12 years ago, retired after last season, but returned last week to take over the program on an interim basis.
His return was a personnel issue, Hotchkiss Athletic Director Doug Horton said.
There are 15 boys in the program this season from Hotchkiss, Paonia and Delta high schools.
Central cross country runner Scotty Brennan returned to the course Saturday in the Glenwood Springs Relays.
It was Brennan’s first race of the season after being sidelined since mid-July with a broken foot.
Brennan turned in a time of 19 minutes, 58 seconds, which is impressive considering he was shooting for a time around 24 minutes.
“He had been rehabbing and got his five required running practices and was ready to go,” Central coach Megan Mertes said. “He did a lot better than we anticipated.”
Brennan was the Warriors’ No. 1 runner last season, and Mertes is excited to have him back.
“In his absence other guys have to perform,” Mertes said. “But we are stoked he’s back and he’s going to help push everyone.”
Brennan can improve on his time Saturday at the Anna Banana Invitational at Connected Lakes State Park.
Montrose dropped to sixth in the latest Denver Post Class 4A poll after its first loss of the season. The Indians (4-1) play at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ponderosa (2-2), which dropped out of the top 10.
Palisade (3-1) remained third in the Class 3A poll despite its one-point loss to Glenwood Springs. The Demons (3-1) moved into 10th. Delta (2-2) dropped out of the top 10.
Aspen (4-0) gained the No. 1 spot in the 2A poll after a convincing win over Gunnison last weekend. Coal Ridge (4-0) is No. 10.
Hotchkiss (3-1) is fifth in the Class 1A poll and Norwood (4-0) in the 8-man poll.
The Colorado High School Activities Association released the pairings for the state championship golf tournaments Monday and Tuesday.
In Class 5A at Valley Country Club in Aurora, Central’s Chad Johnson tees off at 8:39 a.m. Fruita Monument’s Joey Saad tees off at 10:27 a.m.
In Class 4A at Flying Horse Country Club in Colorado Springs, Palisade’s Kyler Smith tees off at 9:15 a.m.
Montrose has three players in the tournament, with Josh Derosia hitting the course at 9:33, followed by Garrett Johnson at 9:42 and Drew Trujillo teeing off at 9:51 a.m.
In the Class 3A tournament at Eaton Country Club, Basalt’s Tristan Rourbaugh and Meeker’s Trey Morris both tee off at 9:18, Grand Valley’s Dylan Walters tees off at 9:45 and Rifle’s Danny Bartels starts his round at 10:35 a.m.
Glenwood Springs served notice in the Western Slope League last weekend with a 1-0 upset victory over eighth-ranked Battle Mountain.
“It was a pleasant surprise,” Glenwood coach John Mount said. “The guys were amped and ready. We talked about coming in with intensity. The guys really brought it.”
Kevin Hartmann scored the lone goal for the Demons (4-4-1, 1-2-1 WSL). The junior sweeper leads the team in goals, oddly enough, with three.
Battle Mountain (5-1-0, 4-1-0 WSL) still leads the league standings, but this result could make the rest of the season interesting.
“It changes things up,” Mount said. “All six teams are fighting for spots to go to state.”
As many as five teams will qualify for state from the Western Slope League, including the three Class 4A teams in the Southwestern League.