Sports Briefs, July 18, 2014

Prep Baseball

GJ’s Taylor doesn’t sign contract

Grand Junction High School graduate Owen Taylor, who was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays last month, did not sign a professional baseball contract.

The 19-year-old, who signed a letter of intent with the University of Kansas, had until Friday to sign. He was drafted in the 27th round by the Blue Jays.

Taylor hit .483 with four home runs and 31 RBI as a junior. He was an all-state honorable mention and was selected to the academic honor roll twice.

He is the grandson of former Baltimore Oriole Gene Taylor.

Prep Wrestling

Grand Valley promotes Frink to coach


Grand Valley High School assistant wrestling coach Ryan Frink will take over the program from Rick Gallegos, according to the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent.

Frink, 38, was an assistant for Gallegos for six years. Frink was a wrestling state qualifier at Berthoud High School and graduated from Colorado State University.

Gallegos resurrected the wrestling program at Grand Valley 12 years ago after it went dormant. He led the Cardinals to the program’s first and only team state title in 2008 and coached four individual state champions.

College Athletics

Westminster’s move into Div. II, RMAC delayed until 2015


Westminster (Utah) College won’t be joining the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 2015.

The NAIA institution was denied approval by the NCAA Division II Membership committee this week, but the RMAC announced it still plans to accept the Griffins when the NCAA accepts the school. Each school accepted for membership must go through a three-year provisional status before it is eligible to compete in the postseason.

“Our commitment to our 16th member, Westminster College, remains unchanged,” RMAC Commissioner Chris Graham said in a release. “The conference is highly supportive of Westminster as they engage in the next step towards NCAA Division II membership. Westminster will add significant value to the division and the conference once they are accepted.”

Westminster was an RMAC member when the conference was affiliated with the NAIA in the 1970s. It is located in Salt Lake City.

College Football

Former Rifle coach Gorham joins CSU-Pueblo staff as TE coach


Former Rifle High School football head coach Darrel Gorham is headed to the college ranks.

Gorham, who led the Bears to the 2004 Class 3A state title, has joined Colorado State University-Pueblo, where he will coach tight ends.

After spending 30 years coaching at the high school level, Gorham resigned as the head coach at Highlands Ranch after the 2013 season. In nine years at the school south of Denver, he led the team to the Class 5A playoffs six times.

Gorham took over a Rifle team that had struggled for a number of years and turned the Bears into a perennial playoff power.

The Bears won the Class 3A 2004 title with a 7-6 win over Sterling after entering the playoffs as the No. 16 seed.

The Bears continued to be a 3A contender after Gorham departed after the 2004 season. Current Rifle head coach Damon Wells, who was an assistant with Gorham, led the Bears to the state title game in 2005 and 2012. The Bears lost both those games.

Gorham, 52, joins a CSU-Pueblo program that has won three straight Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference titles.

Legion Baseball

Gene Taylor’s splits doubleheader


Trailing 5-4 in the second game of a doubleheader against Rocky Mountain on Friday, Gene Taylor’s rallied for four runs in the seventh inning to win 8-5.

Tyson Zanski opened the inning with a walk and Tristan Lafferty and Tyler Sandoval singled to drive in Kaden Cummings, who was running for Zanski, tying the score 5-5. Zane Abeyta gave Gene Taylor’s the lead, doubling to left to score Lafferty. After a groundout and a strikeout, Nick Arcieri singled to center to score Sandoval and Abeyta.

Caleb Coleman was the beneficiary of the late-inning magic by Gene Taylor’s, earning the win after pitching six innings, allowing five runs, four earned, with four strikeouts. Sandoval pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to get the save.

Abeyta led Gene Taylor’s at the plate, going 3 for 4 with two runs scored. Troy Levinson, Tass Crow and Arcieri all had two hits.

In the first game, Rocky Mountain scored two runs in the first and four in the second to take an early lead. The Lobos added one run in the fifth and held on for the 7-6 win.

Trailing 7-5 in the sixth inning, Gene Taylor’s rallied, scoring one run on Cummings’ single. With runners on first and second, Kenny Wood grounded into a fielder’s choice and was then picked off, ending the threat.

Sinjin Garrett allowed eight hits and seven runs in his five innings of work, but only two of the runs were earned as Gene Taylor’s committed two errors. Garrett walked five and struck out one in the loss.

Zanski, Lafferty, Crow and Michael Price all had two hits in the loss.

Gene Taylor’s (25-11-1) returns to the field today with a doubleheader against the Greeley Gojos in Greeley.


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