Sports briefs for Oct. 11, 2016

Colorado Mesa’s 48-34 loss at Black Hills State dropped the Mavericks out of the Top 20 in the latest Division II American Football Coaches Association rankings, released Monday.

The Mavericks (5-1, 5-1 RMAC) fell from No. 13 to No. 23 after one of the biggest shakeups in the rankings this season.

The top three teams — Northwest Missouri State, Grand Valley State (Michigan) and Shepherd (West Virginia) remained the same, but Midwestern State (Texas) jumped from No. 7 to No. 4 after its 26-25 win over Texas A&M Commerce, which fell from No. 4 to No. 9. California (Pennsylvania) jumped from No. 15 to No. 7 after upsetting No. 6 Indiana (Pennsylvania), which moved down to No. 13, and Harding (Arkansas) moved from No. 16 to No. 8 after beating fifth-ranked Henderson State 35-3, dropping Henderson to 15th.

Mesa got 118 votes, with two Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schools, Colorado School of Mines and Black Hills, receiving nine votes each. Mines beat Azusa Pacific 27-23, dropping the Cougars from No. 10 to No. 19.

College Soccer

Mavs’ GK given academic honor


Colorado Mesa sophomore goalkeeper Briley Guarneri was selected as the RMAC Men’s Soccer Academic Player of the Year, the conference said in a press release on Monday.

Guarneri, a sophomore out of Gilbert, Arizona, is one of two Mesa soccer players to earn an academic award from the conference. The other is Janelle Richmond-Buccola, the goalie for Mesa’s women’s soccer team who received first-team all-academic honors from the RMAC.

Guarneri holds a 4.0 grade point average as a nusing student at CMU. He also leads the RMAC with six shutouts and is second in the conference in goals-against average (.686). He was also an RMAC all-tournament selection as a freshman.

Richmond-Buccola, a sophomore, has 31 saves in seven games this season.


Prep Football

Wildcats ranked 16th in 1st RPI


Fruita Monument High School’s football team was ranked No. 16 when the first Class 4A RPI standings were released by the Colorado High School Activities Association on Saturday night.

The Wildcats (2-4), which lost to top-ranked Denver South this past Saturday, were the only Southwestern League team to make it into the Top 16. Central(3-3), following its loss to Pueblo South, are at No. 27.

The top 16 teams in each classification reach the state playoffs, with conference champions receiving automatic berths. Top-eight finishers host first-round games.

In Class 3A, Palisade (5-1), which beat Glenwood Springs this past Thursday, is ranked No. 11. Fellow 3A Western Slope Conference team Rifle (5-1) is seventh.

Delta is ranked No. 9 in the 2A RPI standings. In Class 1A, Paonia and Meeker, both 6-0, are ranked second and third, respectively.


Minor League Baseball

Tim Tebow works out in Arizona


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Tim Tebow participated in his first Arizona Fall League workout Monday night, taking the field with the Scottsdale Scorpions after his stint with the New York Mets’ instructional league was cut short due to Hurricane Matthew.

The former Denver Broncos quarterback and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner embarked on a professional baseball career last month when he signed a minor league contract with the Mets.

Tebow’s first AFL game will be Tuesday.


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