Sports Briefs, Dec. 18, 2012

Auto Racing

GJ’s Cook wins driver of the month

Sabre Cook of Grand Junction was selected the eKartingNews.com November Driver of the Month, the kart racing publication announced this week.

The 18-year-old made karting history last month by winning the Superkarts! USA S2 semipro points championship.

Cook took second place at SKUSA SuperNationals XVI in Las Vegas. She grabbed the initial lead, surrendered it in lap six and held on for her best result at the race.

The Colorado School of Mines student will move up to the S1 Pro Stock Moto class next year.


Gymnastics

KidzPlex’s Rodriguez wins all-around

Nautica Rodriguez won the all-around title (37.325 points) and placed first on beam (9.475) in the senior age group to lead the KidzPlex team at the USAG Level 4 State Championships last weekend in Denver.

Jocelyn Canup placed 5th all-around (36.85), Kaelyn Satterfield placed 6th all-around (36.675) and Aaliyah Smith placed 8th all-around (36.075) in the senior age group.

Grace McCrum took first place on bars (9.4) in the junior age group, and Norah Kellum placed first on floor (9.45) in the child age group.

Hailey Schmitt placed 6th all-around (36.425) in the child division.


Youth Wrestling

Outlaws’ Collins wins weight class

Dawson Collins of the Colorado Outlaws Club took first place in the 12-under, 64-pound class Dec. 8 at the Amarillo Nationals.

Teammate Dylan Martinez was 8-2 for sixth place for Team Colorado in the Virginia Holiday National Duals the same weekend.

Josiah Rider of Rifle was 10-0 for Team Colorado in the Gold Bracket of the tournament, regarded as the toughest team club competition.


Minor League Baseball

Pete Rose Jr. picked as new manager for Great Falls Pioneer League team

Pete Rose Jr., has joined the Pioneer League as the new manager of the Great Falls (Mont.) Voyagers. Rose had been the manager of the Chicago White Sox’s Bristol Sox in the rookie Appalachian League the past two years after spending 21 years playing in the minor leagues. He had two hits in 14 at-bats with the Cincinnati Reds in 1997, his only time in the big leagues.

Rose, 43, the son of Major League Baseball’s all-time hits leader, Pete Rose, takes over for Ryan Newman, who was promoted to Chicago’s Class A Advanced club, Winston-Salem, in the Carolina League.

The Voyagers play in Grand Junction from July 13-15.


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