Sports Briefs, April 4, 2017
Junior College Baseball
Dyersburg remains No. 1 in poll
Dyersburg State (Tennessee) held on to its No. 1 ranking in this week’s NJCAA Division I baseball poll.
The Eagles (32-3) received nine of 10 first-place votes, with Chipola College (Florida) nabbing the other first-place vote and moving up from No. 4 to No. 2 with 186 points. Chipola, the 2007 Alpine Bank Junior College World Series champion, is 32-7. Dyersburg has never qualified for JUCO, which begins May 27 at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction.
McLennan Community College (Texas) is No. 3 again this week at 27-7, with Chattahoochee Valley (Alabama) No. 4 with a 28-8 record. Crowder College (Missouri), 29-8, is No. 5. Cochise College (Arizona), Palm Beach State (Florida), Polk State (Florida), Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and Grayson County (Texas) round out the top 10.
Tournament passes for the tournament are on sale at jucogj.org, and banquet tickets, $50 each, are on sale Monday through Friday during regular business hours at the JUCO office at Home Loan, 205 N. Fourth Street. Former Colorado Rockies outfielder Dante Bichette is the featured speaker at the banquet, which begins at 6 p.m. on May 26 at Two Rivers Convention Center.
Mavs’ Leahy wins RMAC award
A career-high 15 strikeouts by Kyle Leahy set the tone for Colorado Mesa’s sweep of New Mexico Highlands last weekend, and on Tuesday, the sophomore from Erie was selected the RMAC pitcher of the week.
Leahy, 6-0 with a 1.02 ERA, didn’t allow a base runner past second in his eight shutout innings, gave up four hits and walked two batters. The Cowboys hit .148 as a team against him in the first game of the series. Leahy is scheduled to throw the first game of this weekend’s series Friday night against Colorado School of Mines and Colorado Christian in a three-team “pod” setup for the Mavericks (22-8, 14-2 RMAC), who have won nine straight games.
Mesa men place 8th in Arizona
Garrett Harrison shot a third-round 68 on Tuesday to tie for 11th place in the Mustang Intercollegiate men’s golf tournament at Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear, Arizona.
Colorado Mesa placed eighth in the 20-team field with a three-round score of 869. Harrison’s final score was 214, eight off the pace set by Colorado Mines’ George Markham and CSU-East Bays Adam Stone, who finished tied at 206.
Trevor McKune shot a 215 and tied for 16th, Brett Krantz and Alex Trevino tied for 41st at 220, and Kyler Smith tied for 91st at 232.
Walters leads CMU women in Tucson
Taylor Walters shot rounds of 79-81 for a 160 total to lead Colorado Mesa in the West Texas A&M Desert Invite in Tucson, Arizona.
Walters, who won the RMAC individual championship last spring, tied for 32nd, and the Mavericks placed ninth in the 16-team field at the Lodge at Ventana Canyon.
Ashlyn Kirschner tied for 47th with a 165, Megan Liborio and Heather Kroll tied for 52nd at 166, and Hannah More tied for 66th with a 173.
Powderhorn hill climb is this weekend
Powderhorn Mountain Resort will host a snowmobile hill climb race on Saturday and Sunday.
The Rocky Mountain States Hillclimb Association is bringing the race to Mesa County.
Competitors will go up a designated hill one at a time on a gated course in a time-trial format.
The Sunset Grill and Powderhorn Pub will be open and the Flat Top Flyer chairlift will also be running but just for event spectators. No skis or snowboards will be allowed. Lift tickets will be $12 on Saturday and Sunday. Uphill hiking and snowshoeing is allowed.
There will also be live music during the event.
A variety of classifications are available from professional to semi-pro levels, women’s, juniors, stock and modified.
Races begins at 8 a.m. on both days with qualifying on Saturday and finals on Sunday.
The race is expected to draw some of the top factory sponsored racers since it will be a RMSHA points race.
For more information on the race go to http://www.rmsha.net or powderhorn.com.
Newton lifts Palisade soccer team
Lexi Newton scored the go-ahead goal late in the second half Tuesday and Sami Feller added two goals for Palisade in its 3-2 victory against Eagle Valley at Long Family Park.
Newton’s goal gave the Bulldogs (4-1, 4-1 Class 4A Western Slope League) the lead for good after the Devils (6-3, 4-2) had knotted the score early in the second half.
Feller assisted on the game-winning goal and scored both of her goals in the first half, giving her 12 for the season.
Aspen remained undefeated in Mountain League play after its 7-5 victory over Fruita Monument at Canyon View Park. The Skiers (4-1, 3-0 ML) moved into a tie with Grand Junction (3-4, 3-0) in the league standings and also moved one game ahead of the Wildcats (5-3, 2-1).
Michael Anton scored two goals for Fruita Monument and Michael Steele added one goal and two assists.